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Alison Jones ousts Jo Holt as Pima Dems chair by 4 votes

Activist Alison Jones won the votes of precinct committeemen Saturday, beating sitting Pima County Democratic Party Chair Jo Holt by a narrow margin.... Read more»

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Haggis import ban to be lifted by U.S.

Haggis, the traditional Scottish dish made from minced sheep offal, oatmeal and spices, may soon be allowed back into the U.S. after a 21-year ban based on mad cow disease worries.... Read more»

Comic:

Mad Men: No such thing as bad publicity for Al Qaeda

It's all about keeping the name in the news for Osama Bin Ladin and his Al Qaeda cabal. Even to the point of claiming miserable failures like the alleged underpants bomber as one of their own.... Read more»

Terror

U.S. lends firepower to Yemen fight vs. Al Qaeda

Behind-the-scenes American training of Yemeni police is a 'sensitive' issue, opposed by many there. A renewed offensive against Al Qaeda has sparked the debate.... Read more»

Corky: TV talking heads conduct 'an uncivil war'

In the cave of winds called Television, no zephyr shrieks like the voguish panel discussion. It's an affliction - or infection, take your choice - that has developed both in TV news and sports.... Read more»1

Walkup, Uhlich, Romero targets

City recall activists get down to business

A small group of political activists came out into the cold on Saturday morning. Spurred by radio talk shows and political blogs, they signed up to circulate petitions calling for a recall of Mayor Bob Walkup and council members Karin Uhlich and Regina Romero.... Read more»1

Health care

Health-care reform: Friend or foe? Area politicians split along party lines

I’m a little bit ashamed to admit that I haven’t exactly been following all the hubbub about health-care reform. I’m one of the lucky people that has pretty good medical insurance through my employer. But I also know there are a lot of people who aren’t so lucky. ... Read more»5

Arizona legislature

Bill would dock legislator pay for skipped votes

Rep. Jerry Weiers is fed up with fellow lawmakers who skip floor votes. His solution: Dock their pay and list their names on the Web. "Nobody can sit in your seat and vote for you," said Weiers, a Glendale Republican. "We are paid to vote no matter how you look at it."... Read more»

China v. Google: Beijing fights back

After days of circumspect near-silence amid an international debate on Chinese censorship and surveillance that began more than a week ago when Google threatened to quit its operations here, China came out swinging Friday.... Read more»

Bank bailout

FDIC chief got Bank of America loans while working on its rescue

Sheila Bair, one of the chief regulators overseeing Bank of America’s federal rescue, took out two mortgages worth more than $1 million from the banking giant last summer during ongoing negotiations about the bank’s bailout and its repayment.... Read more»

Recall election

Rally to push Mayor, Council recall effort Saturday

Take Back Tucson, a group dedicated to recalling Mayor Bob Walkup and two City Council members, will be collecting signatures this weekend to aid in its efforts.... Read more»

Comic: Seventeen Words For Snow

There're two sides to every sign

Driving west on Valencia Road toward the casinos, I'm always amused by the many billboards announcing how much farther away they are. Each billboard seems so overtly promissory that all visitors will win and win big. This, of course, has often left me wondering: what do the other sides of the billboards advertise, for the gamblers who are returning to reality from their fleecings? I always forget to look.... Read more»

Massachusetts Senate election

Mass. panic for Democrats?

The Sunday morning chattering class was busily Wednesday-morning quarterbacking the election even before the polls closed Tuesday. But what's the real impact of Scott Brown's election to the Senate?... Read more»

Rep. Raúl Grijalva

Grijalva not reconciled to health care reform loss

Rep. Raúl Grijalva is pushing a plan for the Senate to pass the House health care reform bill with budget reconciliation, reports The New Republic. Reconciliation would only require 51 votes in the Senate, removing the threat of a filibuster. ... Read more»

Unemployment

COBRA health insurance subsidy extended by feds

Workers who become unemployed in January and February may qualify for a 65 percent subsidy of their health insurance premiums, and the length of that subsidy was extended to 15 months.... Read more»

Center for Biological Diversity

Obama earns 'C' for environmental efforts

The Center for Biological Diversity awarded the Obama administration a C grade for its environmental record Tuesday. In its "Report Card," the Tucson-based environmental advocates found that the administration has a mixed record on protecting endangered species, climate, public lands and oceans.... Read more»

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