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Memorial for political commentator Franzi set for Monday

A memorial service for outspoken conservative commentator Emil Franzi, a "living encyclopedia of local politics," will be held Monday evening. The journalist and political activist died last month at 78.... Read more»

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What the Devil won't tell you

Look out afterworld, Emil Franzi is advancing right at you

It's all too easy to praise the dead, and Emil slipped the mortal coil having a bone to pick with the hereafter. I'm just going to appreciate the individual thing that was him. I can't vouch for all his deeds or the full depth of his character but I can vouch that he was one of the great characters in turn of the century Tucson.... Read more»1

Obituary

Emil Franzi: Local political legend dies at 78

Outspoken conservative commentator Emil Franzi, a "living encyclopedia of local politics," died Wednesday. His frame had been weathered by cancer, but the curmudgeonly political operative, columnist and talk show host kept his opinions flowing strong. "You might not agree with him, but you had to listen," said radio talker John C. Scott.... Read more»5

Arizona's 11 Electoral College members cast votes for Trump

Arizona's representatives in the Electoral College met Monday morning in Phoenix, with all 11 signing their names for President-elect Donald Trump, as expected. The Republican stalwarts were named by their party prior to the November election, which was won in Arizona by Trump.... Read more»

Full 9th Circuit to take another look at Tucson elections

A full panel of appeals court judges will review Tucson's municipal elections system, officials said Wednesday. In June, an 11-member panel will hear oral argument over the city's appeal of an earlier decision by three judges that held Tucson's elections to be unconstitutional.... Read more»

Judge nixes Republican case to overturn City Council election

A Superior Court judge ruled Monday against a request by a pair of Republican candidates who sought to be declared the winners of last month's Tucson election. Kelly Lawton and Margaret Burkholder won their East Side wards, but lost in landslides in the total vote count.... Read more»

Court hears GOP suit to overturn City Council election

A Superior Court judge will rule within a week on a lawsuit by a pair of Republican candidates who are seeking to be declared the winners of last month's Tucson election. Kelly Lawton and Margaret Burkholder won their East Side wards, but lost in landslides in the total vote count.... Read more»

City Council appeals 9th Circuit election ruling

The City Council voted Tuesday to appeal last week's ruling of a 9th Circuit panel that found Tucson's election system unconstitutional. The Council also discussed moving ahead with putting changes to elections on the ballot for voter approval.... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

Despite GOP lawsuit, judge's ruling seems to favor city-wide elections

The shark has just poked his head out of the waves and watched the Pima County Republican Party sail over his head on water skis. The party that refused to mount a full-fledged campaign and has called city elections "Jim Crow" oppression now wants to sue incumbents Paul Cunningham and Shirley Scott out of a job.... Read more»9

Republicans sue to be declared Council winners

Even though they lost the city-wide vote, two of the three GOP candidates for City Council are asking a judge to declare them the winners, based on a 9th Circuit ruling that Tucson's elections are unconstitutional. Kelly Lawton and Margaret Burkholder won their East Side wards, but lost in landslides in the total vote count.... Read more»1

What the Devil won't tell you

Should GOP crow about 9th Circuit tossing Tucson elections?

Tuesday's ruling tossing out Tucson's elections is neither that shocking, nor a game changer. In fact, I'm trying to figure out what Republicans are crowing about because they haven't proven adept at the sort of all-out campaign required to win over skeptical voters. They were great at it, once.... Read more»2

Judge rules against challenge to Tucson city elections

Writing that "no court decision has determined that the same geographical unit must apply to corresponding primary and general elections," a federal judge has knocked down a challenge to Tucson's hybrid election system. ... Read more»1

John C. Scott

J.C. Scott: Deadline to mail ballots today

Interviews with: City Council candidate Ben Buehler-Garcia, state Sen. Steve Farley (D-LD9), Tucson Weekly Editor Dan Gibson, RNC Committeeman Bruce Ash, Middle East expert Prof. Stephen Zunes.... Read more»

John C. Scott

J.C. Scott: Shutdown debate continues

Interviews with: Downtown Tucson Partnership CEO Michael Keith, Pima County Recorder F. Ann Rodriguez, Councilman Paul Cunningham, Inside Tucson Business Editor Mark B. Evans, RNC Committeeman Bruce Ash... Read more»

John C. Scott Show

J.C. Scott: Will Affordable Care lead to gov't gridlock?

Interviews with: Tucson Weekly editor Dan Gibson, Ward 2 Tucson Councilman Paul Cunningham, RNC Committeeman Bruce Ash, and Ward 6 Tucson Councilman Steve Kozachik.... Read more»

Dems: RNC's Bruce Ash uses racial slur in Obama comment

Arizona's Republican National Committeeman, Tucson businessman Bruce Ash, used what opponents called out as a racial slur Thursday. In a Facebook post about President Obama, Ash said the president is "shucking and jiving" about health care reform.... Read more»1

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