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July 06, 1987

The Mecham Recall Committee plans to obtain papers today to start its petition drive Friday against Arizona Gov. Evan Mecham. Mecham, 63, a Republican, has drawn fire for abolishing the state holiday honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., for defending the use of the word pickaninnies in a 40-year-old book and for controversial appointments. The committee will have 120 days to collect signatures of 216,746 registered voters. If the drive is successful, which political observers doubt, a recall election probably would be held next spring. Mecham says the recall movement "lacks substance."

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