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Arizona political ad spending hit new highs

Spending on campaign ads in Arizona reached a record $129 million this year, part of a national trend that saw cable and broadcast election ad spending top $3 billion for the first time in a midterm election cycle.... Read more»

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What the Devil won't tell you

Orange Crush: Trump broke McSally, GOP's stranglehold on Arizona

It’s fine, Martha. You didn’t lose. Donald J. Trump beat you. He beat Lea Marquez Peterson's bid to replace you. He looks like he's electing Democrats Katie Hobbs, Sandra Taylor and Kathy Hoffman to statewide office.... Read more»

FactCheck: Viral meme misidentifies Nazi guard as Soros

Viral chatter about George Soros being a former SS officer known as "the Bookkeeper of Auschwitz" proves untrue.... Read more»

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Real reporting from TucsonSentinel.com is the antidote for fake news — and right now, your gift to support nonprofit independent local journalism will be matched, dollar-for-dollar!... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

Words not bombs: Local GOP can get further playing on media's soft spot for answers

Republicans like Martha McSally and Lea Marquez Peterson need a refresher: Reporters will for damn sure always follow a good news tip, no matter where it leads. Trying to change the subject doesn't end questions. Answering them does. ... Read more»

Photo exhibit reveals tension over who has right to tell migrant stories

An ASU photo exhibit features portraits of objects confiscated from migrants by U.S. law enforcement at the border. ... Read more»

McSally-Sinema debate likely to attract attention around the U.S.

When Arizona Senate candidates Martha McSally and Kyrsten Sinema face off in a live debate Monday night, people from around the globe will likely be tuning in – or least catching the highlights.... Read more»

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CD2 debate decoded: Why have debates like this?

Put two candidates in a room and let them go at it. It would have made the Kirkpatrick-Peterson debate a lot more interesting and required less work from me to snarkily translate.... Read more»1

Forum: Why a free press is essential to democracy

A free event Monday evening will feature local reporters — including TucsonSentinel.com's Dylan Smith — and politicians Bruce Ash and Steve Kozachik in a discussion of the importance of real news.... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

Garcia lets Ducey skate in forgettable debate

Sticking to talking points only goes so far without putting forth some substance, and challenger David Garcia effectively pulled his punches against Gov. Doug Ducey. The incumbent Republican's worried enough to endlessly repeat the URL of an attack website, but the Democrat continually let him slide.... Read more»2

From the editor

Calling candidate commentaries: Pols' op-eds wanted

Local political candidates are welcome to submit guest opinion pieces for publication. Here's what we're looking for, and what we're not.... Read more»

After McCain’s death, false Forrestal claim resurfaces

Q: Did John McCain “hide the fact that he ‘accidentally’ killed 134 American sailors”? A: No. He wasn’t responsible for the fatal 1967 accident aboard the USS Forrestal.... Read more»

Commentary

Who has the courage, honesty & fortitude to take McCain's place in our civic life?

Through it all, he was steadfast in promoting public service over self-service. It is that John McCain who I came to know and choose to remember. Now that he's gone, I wonder who – if anyone – has the courage, honesty and fortitude to take his place. ... Read more»

From the editor

Calling candidate commentaries: Pols' op-eds wanted

Local political candidates are welcome to submit guest opinion pieces for publication. Here's what we're looking for, and what we're not.... Read more»

Guest opinion

Ally Miller encourages cruelty in attacking Star reporter

It is with great sadness that I saw Supervisor Ally Miller’s Facebook post the other day publicly implying Arizona Daily Star (or the “Red Star,” as she calls it) journalist Joe Ferguson was asleep or drunk on the job, when I knew him to be neither. ... Read more»1

Senate unanimously declares 'press is not the enemy of the people'

The U.S. Senate unanimously adopted a resolution Thursday declaring that "the press is not the enemy of the people" — a rebuke of the repeated declarations by President Trump.... Read more»

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