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Az Dep't of Education releases school grades after pushing reporter from office

After refusing to release school letter grade records distributed to Arizona public schools and claiming that no list of all scores existed, the Department of Education has reversed course and released the records to media outlets who sought them.... Read more»3

Az Dep't of Education forcibly removes reporter asking to inspect records

The Arizona Department of Education physically pushed an AZCIR reporter out of its Capitol Mall offices Thursday in response to a request to inspect the latest school letter grade records. The agency’s security guard told AZCIR’s reporter he was trespassing and pushed him out of the public building.... Read more»

McSally strips BP freedom of information loophole from border bill

Rep. Martha McSally pulled a provision that would have allowed CBP to evade FOIA laws from a border bill moving through Congress on Wednesday, after TucsonSentinel.com broke the news about the measure the previous day. No one has yet offered an explanation for the exemption being included in the bill in the first place.... Read more»1

From the editor

McSally bill may exempt Border Patrol from freedom of information laws

A hearing Wednesday may — inadvertently or on purpose — move forward a law, backed by Rep. McSally, that would exempt Customs and Border Protection from FOIA almost entirely, allowing the agency to keep records about its border enforcement activities under wraps. ... Read more»2

Facebook enabled advertisers to reach 'Jew haters'

Want to market Nazi memorabilia, or recruit marchers for a far-right rally? Facebook’s self-service ad-buying platform had the right audience for you. After being contacted, Facebook removed several anti-Semitic ad categories and promised to improve monitoring.... Read more»

FactCheck: Trump’s Phoenix fiction

In Phoenix for a rally Tuesday night, the president revised history, exaggerated accomplishments and made false claims. ... Read more»

'Elvis of academia': Noam Chomsky joins University of Arizona faculty

Noam Chomsky, a pioneer in cognitive science and noted linguist, philosopher and social critic, has joined the UA. Chomsky, an MIT professor emeritus, has been a leading American intellectual since the 1950s, and co-taught a UA course last spring. "We fell in love with Tucson — the mountains, the desert," he said.... Read more»

Grijalva will lead demonstration countering Trump rally in Phoenix

In a video message released Wednesday, Rep. Raúl Grijalva called President Donald Trump "unhinged" and said that he would hold a counter-demonstration against the president at the Phoenix Convention Center next Tuesday. ... Read more»

News analysis

TUSD continues pattern of secrecy with sup't hiring process

TUSD picked four finalists for the district's next leader Tuesday night: B, G, P and W. And as far as they're concerned, right now that's all the public needs to know about who might lead Tucson's largest school district. "Unbelievable," said an expert in public records law.... Read more»13

Nonprofits seeking public information at record rates

Advocacy groups are filing more lawsuits against the federal government for access to public records than ever before, according to a report released last week by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, a federal information research center based at Syracuse University.... Read more»

Reagan vows to begin maintaining records of voter roll changes

Every day, the thousands of voting jurisdictions in the U.S. share information about current voter registrations to guard against people being registered in multiple places. Up until earlier this year, Arizona's Secretary of State was not keeping copies of those voter registration notifications.... Read more»1

New dawn for daily? Star looks outside for (another) publisher

Tucson's remaining daily print newspaper has (yet another) new publisher. The Lee/Gannett-owned outlet picked an advertising VP from the Tronc-run Orlando Sentinel — John D'Orlando — filling an office chair that's been rotating for the past several years.... 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»

Memorial for political commentator Franzi set for Monday

A memorial service for outspoken conservative commentator Emil Franzi, a "living encyclopedia of local politics," will be held Monday evening. The journalist and political activist died last month at 78.... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

Trump voting commission's valid public records request reveals rise of fake realities

When election results become fake news, democracy is screwed but that doesn't mean Kobach doesn't have every right to expect his request to be met. In that space of reality between two lies is where journalists ply their trade today. Rather than adapt to the new reality of changing demographics, the GOP finds it easier today to find safe spaces by declaring war on reality.... Read more»

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