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Napier: Ending Stonegarden in Pima County will adversely impact public safety

The Board of Supervisors ending Operation Stonegarden "was a politically motivated vote that will adversely impact public safety in our county." — Sheriff Mark Napier... Read more»

A judge ordered immigrant children removed from troubled Texas facility. They’re still there.

Immigrant children still are being held at a troubled Texas facility nearly a month after a federal judge ruled they should be moved to other housing, court documents show.... Read more»

163 border-crossers detained by Border Patrol in often deadly Az desert

A group of 163 suspected illegal migrants was intercepted Saturday by Border Patrol agents in a remote stretch of Arizona desert west of Tucson — the third large group found in about a month in a wilderness where water is rare and crossings are frequently deadly. ... Read more»

Experts: Constituents should see smooth transition from McCain to Kyl

On the late Sen. McCain’s office website is a note asking constituents for patience as staffers deal with their cases in the wake of the senator’s death. But that was before Gov. Ducey appointed former Sen. Jon Kyl to fill his seat, a move that assures what experts said would likely be a “near-seamless” transition as far as constituents are concerned.... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

Once & future Sen. Kyl is a dicey proposition for Team MAGA

Jon Kyl is a throwback conservative to the days of counting character, budget slashing and rule of law. Senator, meet Donald Trump, who believes all glory goes to him. I'm not sure how well they are going to fit.... Read more»

Supervisors vote to refuse Operation Stonegarden border funds

Pima County Supervisors voted 3-1 to terminate Operation Stonegarden, rejecting a $1.4 million federal grant for border-enforcement patrols by the Sheriff's Department. Supervisor Ramón Valadez provided the swing vote.... Read more»1

Former senator Jon Kyl named as McCain's replacement

Former U.S. Sen. Jon Kyl has been appointed to fill the seat of the late Sen. John McCain, and will take office this week — but perhaps only for a short time.... Read more»

Tapped out? Developers argue there’s more water in Colorado River Basin

Despite exceptional drought conditions, some developers contend there still are places in the 246,000-square-mile Colorado River Basin to dam and divert water. Although some portions of the watershed are bracing for impending shortages, they say, other portions have surpluses.... Read more»

For Tucson native, even small role in McCain rites is ‘humbling’

It was a “humbling” experience when Army 1st Sgt. John Carrigg served as non-commissioned officer in charge of the military detail that received McCain’s casket when it arrived Thursday night at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland.... Read more»

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Bronson: Stonegarden collaboration with BP makes community feel less safe

I agree with Sheriff Napier's that his department should not be a proactive arm of border enforcement, and that's why our deputies should not participate in a federal program whose stated goal is to proactively engage them in enforcing federal immigration laws.... Read more»

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Cunningham: Initiative intimidation rips heart out of Arizonans' right to pass our own laws

This week, we heard the news that two citizen initiatives will not be on the state ballot. Whatever your thoughts on these particular proposals, we will be denied a discussion and the right to vote for or against them. ... 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»

Court: Asylum-seeker in 24-year-old case deserves another hearing

A federal appeals court overturned an immigration board’s decision to deport an Arizona man to his native El Salvador, rejecting the lower court’s “glib characterization” that murders, beatings and home invasions did not constitute persecution.... Read more»

Maricopa County voting issues continue to raise eyebrows of watchdogs

A civil rights watchdog group that tracks elections said it was greatly concerned that 62 Maricopa County polling stations failed to open on time Tuesday, and “very disappointed” that county officials refused to extend voting hours to let people cast a ballot.... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

Fatal miscalculation: Invest in Ed math error doomed initiative in courts

The Arizona Supreme Court has bounced the Invest In Ed initiative off the ballot. The #RedforEd crew needed a red team to vet the proposition's petition language before they gathered signatures.... Read more»

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