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Sentinel editor joins in pushing Obama on transparency — again

In my role as head of a national group of local indie publishers, I signed onto another letter to the Obama administration, urging changes to federal government policies that restrict reporters — and you — from learning what leaders and regulators are doing.... Read more»1

'No amnesty' - Trump doubles down in Phx immigration speech

Donald Trump shut the door Wednesday on the possibility that he was softening his rhetoric on immigration, laying out a plan built on detention and deportation, while new limits on legal immigration would include an "extreme vetting process" with "ideological certifications."... Read more»1

FactCheck: Fake Clinton medical records in circulation

Medical documents purporting to be from Hillary Clinton's doctor and posted on conservative websites claim to show Clinton suffers from seizures and dementia. ... Read more»

‘Latinx is me’: How one letter links controversy, community

Just one letter – “x”– has spurred death threats, sparked arguments and reverberated through a community. Latinx — marking the intersection where masculine and feminine are dropped in the Latino/Latina culture, rolling out a new, controversial label for those who don’t identify as masculine or feminine.... Read more»1

The best reporting on Hillary Clinton over the years

Clinton has been in the public eye for four decades — and there have been investigative stories about her for nearly as long. ... Read more»

Exclusive: Ex-staffers say 'paranoid' Miller lies about personal email use

Supervisor Ally Miller, subject of a probe into her cover-up of public records, warned staffers to whisper because of "listening devices in the walls," and has not told the truth about her use of private emails and Facebook to carry out her duties, former staffers Timothy DesJarlais and Jeannie Davis said.... Read more»3

Judge tosses defamation suit over report on Az terrorism info center

A federal district judge in Phoenix threw out a lawsuit over a report that allegedly defamed a government contractor who helped a Chinese national gain access to a counterterrorism center. The lawsuit stemmed from an August 2014 story that revealed an apparent security breach at the Arizona Counter Terrorism Information Center.... Read more»

Az Daily Star lays off 15 percent of newsroom

The newsroom of the Arizona Daily Star became a bit quieter last week, as about 9 staffers were shown the door in the latest round of layoffs that have pushed the reporting crew there to less than half its former strength. The newspaper now lists just 60 newsroom staffers.... Read more»3

County Attorney hands Miller email case to AG for investigation

Declaring a conflict of interest, the Pima County Attorney's Office has referred the case of Supervisor Ally Miller's apparent attempts to evade public records laws to the Attorney General's Office, officials said Thursday.... Read more»

Comic: Politicomix

Great moments in politics: Miller & Nixon

Pima County Supervisor Ally Miller continues to deny having used personal email accounts to conduct government business, although copies of emails proving otherwise have been turned over to the Pima County Attorney's Office. ... Read more»9

What the Devil won't tell you

Ally Miller's tales of enemies, real and imagined

Pima County Supervisor Ally Miller may survive the political and legal challenges facing her in light of revelations, first broken by the TucsonSentinel.com, that she used her personal email accounts to seek greater secrecy from prying county eyes. But man, do those emails paint a portrait of politician consumed by paranoia.... Read more»

Ally Miller may have broken law in ordering staff to use personal email 'to be more secretive'

Two months after public records were requested, Supervisor Ally Miller has doubled and tripled down on false claims that she does not use her personal email for public business. Documents just disclosed show that she instructed staffers to use private emails and encrypted drives to evade "prying eyes." Miller may face a criminal probe into her activities.... Read more»


UA prof to Congress: 'Tipping point' for freedom of information

"We have reached a tipping point – a crisis situation – when it comes to freedom of information in this country. We are frogs in the kettle of slowly heating water," the head of the UA Journalism School, David Cuillier, told Congress on Tuesday. "The law is broken. FOIA has been co-opted as a tool of secrecy, not transparency."... Read more»

Holt to Trump: 'What evidence do you have?'

It’s a simple question, one that we ask candidates, campaigns and political committees all the time: “What evidence do you have?” It’s a question that needs to be asked more often by TV news anchors, as NBC’s Lester Holt did in his interview with Donald Trump. ... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

Heraldgate is needlessly spinning out of control on Ally Miller

After Miller walked out of a Board of Supervisors meeting Tuesday, it's clear this story is rapidly gyrating out of her control. She's playing a losing game of "why are you hitting yourself?" Miller needs to stop, take a breath and fully comply with public records requests and be open and transparent. The Herald saga is a ridiculous reason to toss away a political career. ... Read more»2

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