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Cunningham: Learn from out-of-control conspiracy rumors about 'child sex camp'

There are so many things that disappoint me about how this has emerged. I understand how a reporter, just like a regular citizen, would get scared when they hear allegations about sex trafficking. I just wish a little more care was taken in evaluating the source that this information came from. I hope this is something they have learned from. ... Read more»

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Rothschild: Separating kids from families at border 'morally reprehensible'

Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild joined the leaders of L.A., Houston and Albuquerque on Thursday in calling on the Trump administration to halt separating children from parents who are illegal immigrants and migrants seeking asylum. The mayors called the policy "flawed ... cruel" and "morally reprehensible."... Read more»

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Huckelberry: More to Pima County budget than just the total amount

The Pima County Board of Supervisors at the end of May took one of the interim steps required by state law to pass the annual county budget and set the expenditure limit for next fiscal year at $1.35 billion. That means that when they consider final budget adoption at the June 19 meeting, no matter what changes they may seek, the budget can't be any more than $1.35 billion. ... Read more»

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What Martha McSally won't tell us about her border bill

U.S. Rep. Martha McSally showed last week how little she understands our southern border — and how well she understands her political campaign. She evidently hopes her hardline tack on immigration will make her look tough as she prepares for an uphill Senate primary.... Read more»

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McSally: Asylum seekers 'enrich cartels'; vulnerable to MS-13 recruitment

Citing the same U.S. gang repeatedly referred to by the Trump administration, Rep. Martha McSally said Tuesday that "loopholes" in vetting asylum seekers must be ended, as the "daily border caravan" of migrants "enriches the cartel."... Read more»

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Grijalva: 'Dark & misguided' to deploy Park Police on border

The Trump administration and many Republicans in Washington claim that our border with Mexico is swarming with dangerous immigrants. According to this tired narrative, we have no choice but to send Park Police to help carry out a crackdown that won’t stop until President Trump believes “the homeland” is safe.... Read more»

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Traffic calming, or segregation, in Miramonte neighborhood?

Faced with a traffic project encoded with a "keep out" message, I'm left to fight a palpable pattern of segregation in my own backyard and disregard for the safety of children where I live. This can not go unchallenged. ... Read more»

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Durham: Why I voted to OK 'Partners on 4th' development on Maloney's site

City Councilman Paul Durham: I want to be clear—we don't want development at any cost along the streetcar line and we only want quality development and increased density in the right places. I believe the Maloney's site is one of the few right places likely to be available. ... Read more»

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Cunningham: Pumping Tucson water an expensive, uphill process

Tucson Water rates will be going up. You need to be told why. The simple answer is, we live in a desert and we don't have much water. Getting water from the Colorado River — 334 miles away, downhill — is expensive. In a sense, you aren't paying for water so much as the power and infrastructure it takes to get it to your house.... Read more»

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Tucson bishop: Not-guilty verdict 'deeply troubling' in border shooting death

Edward Weisenburger, Bishop of Tucson: "Yesterday's deeply troubling jury decision related to the Border Patrol agent stationed in the Nogales area, who fired multiple shots across our border with Mexico, killing a 16-year-old boy on October 10, 2012, raises serious issues of justice and accountability."... Read more»

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Ragan: Stand with teachers who walk out, as they stand for kids and schools

On the eve of what is set to be an historic week, many of us are preparing all across Arizona for something we haven’t seen in generations: an educator walkout.... Read more»

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Durham: Why I voted to OK TEP's natural gas power plant upgrade

City Councilman Paul Durham: As you know, sustainable power generation, clean air and reducing our carbon footprint are high on my priority list. Since I took office, I've pushed the city to make our buildings more energy efficient and install more solar. So I questioned TEP pretty hardabout the RICE plant. Here's what I learned. ... Read more»

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Huckelberry: Preserving iconic courthouse through adaptive reuse

For mostly all of its nearly 90-year history, the Pima County Historic Courthouse was exactly that, a courthouse. Last month, the Board of Supervisors approved leases by the UA Mineral Museum and Visit Tucson, giving this grand old building a new life as a tourist attraction and resource center. ... Read more»

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It's time to rename KGUN

As hundreds of thousands participated in the March for Our Lives over the weekend, here in Tucson we got news of the protests from our local television station and ABC affiliate: KGUN. We can do better, Tucson.... Read more»3

Quick take

McCain: American president does not lead Free World by congratulating dictators like Putin

McCain: "An American president does not lead the Free World by congratulating dictators on winning sham elections. And by doing so with Vladimir Putin, President Trump insulted every Russian citizen who was denied the right to vote in a free and fair election to determine their country's future."... Read more»2

State of the City

Rothschild: Envision Tucson's future with clear eyes

Mayor Rothschild: "2020 is less than two years away. Let's look where we're at today, and where we want to be then, with clear-eyed, 20/20 vision. Let's strive to see things from each other's perspective, and not through the distorting lens of ideology."... Read more»

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