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Pima County slashes road construction staff

With Pima County dialing back work with the failure of road bonds at the polls, the county is laying off 36 workers from the Department of Transportation, following the elimination of 16 vacant positions.... Read more»

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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

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

El Chisme

Caught napping? News going to the dogs, Bond backers mum, Arpaio's blown chances

KVOA's sinking teeth into stories while station's on the auction block, and backers of Pima County road bonds aren't paving the way to passage. El Chisme never sleeps when it comes to what's news for political people in the Old Pueblo.... Read more»

Pima Supervisors wait to reconsider Stonegarden border funds

The continued acceptance of nearly $1.4 million in federal grant money under a program known as Operation Stonegarden remains in limbo after Pima County supervisors voted to delay their decision until September, allowing a citizen commission to review data from police agencies. ... Read more»

El Chisme: How could you let this happen?

As early ballots go out, some candidates seem to be fumbling in a panic. Plus, accurate quotations aren't child's play; KVOA's new motto: More than 2 weeks late, less than half the story; Cunninghams poised to sting Bee; & more actually factual tidbits, gossip, rumors & alternative truths about politics in Tucson.... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

Bonding for road repair is a horrible idea, but likely necessary

Debt is for the new refrigerator. It's not for weekly groceries. Still, we all gotta eat, right? Pima County faces no option other than taking on debt to pay for much-needed maintenance.... Read more»

Free-speech ruling in Trump Twitter case echoes Arizona debate

A lawsuit against an Rep. Paul Gosar aims to bar elected officials from blocking critics on social media, while claims of censorship in Pima County have not been pressed in court.... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

Pima County impasse over sales tax for roads a result of Dem gerrymandering

Five votes can not be found among Pima supervisors to raise taxes to fix roads because two of those seats only answer to Republican voters. Democrats saw to that. Strict party-line votes are the result of drawing boundaries to protect incumbents.... Read more»3

Pima accepts Stonegarden border funds, but still questions program's costs, accountability

Pima County supervisors OKed taking nearly $1.4 million from the feds to underwrite border enforcement, after Supervisor Ramón Valadez requested five conditions to make working with Border Patrol more transparent and responsive to claims that deputies may engage in racial profiling. ... Read more»

Republicans crowding into CD 2 primary

GOP voters will have a choice between candidates running to fill the seat being left open by Martha McSally after all: four more candidates hopped into the primary race over the last couple weeks, joining Lea Marquez Peterson in the CD 2 race.... Read more»1

What the Devil won't tell you

The great tax trade: Can city & county cooperate?

A Tucson-Pima County swap could give both the options they seek at no big cost to taxpayers: Have the city increase property taxes and cut the sales tax, and the county do the opposite. It would diversify revenues for both.... Read more»

Jackalope award, poem laud Ally Miller's budget blasts

Supervisor Ally Miller was named a Local Hero by the Koch brothers-connected Americans for Prosperity this week, receiving a taxidermied specimen of the mythical creature of the Southwest deserts, the jackalope. ... Read more»

The vote came first: Pima to allow more backyard chickens

Pima County residents in more residential areas will be allowed to keep chickens for eggs beginning next month, after the Board of Supervisors voted 3-2 on Tuesday to loosen restrictions on backyard poultry.... Read more»2

Carroll appointed to Green Valley justice court

Former longtime county supervisor Ray Carroll was appointed Tuesday to a justice of the peace position at Green Valley Justice Court, filling a vacant spot on the bench. The Pima County Board of Supervisors, with a few predictable moments of drama, voted 4-1 to appoint him.... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

Supervisors should let Ally Miller's 'proud white' comments drop

Any official action against Ally Miller would only make her stronger among those who believe her cries that she's a "victim." Miller's comeuppance is best left to conversations and arguments out among Pima County voters, rather than in the hands of county government.... Read more»

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