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Pima Supes wannabe Chew spits out unconstitutional 'hate crime' meme

Another day, another stream of selfie memes and bizarre, incoherent political proposals from Felicia Chew, who wants to be a Pima County supervisor. Plus, laying to rest rumors of illegality in the JP8 constable appointment, and more hot local gossip.... Read more»

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What the Devil won't tell you

Small ball could still bring big innings for Pima pre-K proposal

Pima County is trying hard not to say "yes" to kickstarting public preschool in the region but the supervisors aren't quite saying "no," either. They seem to be saying: "Grrrrrrr ... really! Again?" ... Read more»

Pima County OKs Stonegarden border funding on 3-2 vote

After hours of public comment and debate, the Pima County Board of Supervisors voted 3-2 for Operation Stonegarden, accepting — with conditions — $1.8 million in federal grants for border-enforcement patrols by the Sheriff's Department.... Read more»

Huckelberry: County plans to seek Stonegarden funding to care for asylum-seekers

Two weeks before the Board of Supervisors considers a controversial border enforcement grant, a top official said Pima County intends to apply for additional funding under the Homeland Security-led grant to cover care and transport for asylum-seekers who have been released here by U.S. immigration officials. ... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

World View's return to earth shows the dangers & costs of a sucker's game

Chasing and keeping businesses that are ready to bounce from city to city looking for the best deal has cost us all and given us not a whole bunch.... Read more»1

World View announces CEO shift, grounds co-founder's 'space tourism' dream

Tucson's high-altitude balloon company publicly named a new CEO on Thursday, a move months in the making as World View "retools" toward boosting scientific and communications gear — even as the firm's workforce has fallen short of lofty goals and even its contract with Pima County.... Read more»1

World View jobs falling hundreds short of lofty predictions

Although Pima County invested $15 million in a facility for a high-altitude balloon company, the number of workers there isn't taking off as officials forecast — or even as World View's lease requires. But a new CEO is making changes.... Read more»2

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»

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

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