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Election 2018

Grijalva cruises to win, Kirkpatrick holds strong lead over Marquez Peterson

Rep. Raul Grijalva easily won a ninth term Tuesday, while fellow Democrat Ann Kirkpatrick held an 11-point lead over Republican candidate Lea Marquez Peterson in CD 2. Plus: more local and state election results.... 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»

A year after U.S. left Paris climate pact, mayors still cling to fight

When the U.S. pulled out of the Paris Accords last summer, five Arizona cities — including Tucson and Bisbee — joined hundreds around the country that vowed to live up to the Paris climate standards even if the U.S. wouldn’t.... Read more»

Lawn time ago: Tucson saves water with desert landscaping, synthetic grass

Tucson used to be a city of lawns. Patches of Bermuda grass lined residential neighborhoods, kept green — even in blazing summer months — with diligent watering. Over the decades, that has changed. Most Tucson residents eschew lush lawns in favor of landscaping more in tune with the city’s desert setting — although that doesn’t necessarily mean there’s no green at all.... Read more»3

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Cunningham: More clinics needed to combat opioid addiction; oversight needed

The state Department of Health Services estimates that we had nearly 8,600 cases of opiod overdose in the last year, and that 1,382 Arizonans died due to opiod abuse. Many folks that want to get off of opiods here in Arizona cannot find programs. ... Read more»

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Durham: Why I voted to OK new tower on Palm Shadows site

Councilman Paul Durham: "Its height generated some controversy — is Tucson really ready for a 20-story tower at that intersection? But if Tucson is going to stop blading our beautiful Sonoran Desert while continuing to grow, we have simply got to increase density at appropriate locations."... Read more»

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Durham: Why I voted to OK 'Partners on 4th' development on Maloney's site

City Councilman Paul Durham: I want to be clear—we don't want development at any cost along the streetcar line and we only want quality development and increased density in the right places. I believe the Maloney's site is one of the few right places likely to be available. ... Read more»

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Cunningham: Pumping Tucson water an expensive, uphill process

Tucson Water rates will be going up. You need to be told why. The simple answer is, we live in a desert and we don't have much water. Getting water from the Colorado River — 334 miles away, downhill — is expensive. In a sense, you aren't paying for water so much as the power and infrastructure it takes to get it to your house.... Read more»

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Durham: Why I voted to OK TEP's natural gas power plant upgrade

City Councilman Paul Durham: As you know, sustainable power generation, clean air and reducing our carbon footprint are high on my priority list. Since I took office, I've pushed the city to make our buildings more energy efficient and install more solar. So I questioned TEP pretty hardabout the RICE plant. Here's what I learned. ... Read more»

City offices closed Friday for Cesar Chavez Day

Tucson city offices will be closed Friday in honor of civil rights and labor leader César Chávez. The city established the paid holiday in 2014.... Read more»

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Cunningham: New police cars on the prowl in Tucson

Councilman Paul Cunningham: The next time you see a police cruiser or a fire vehicle, you might see a decal that says "Tucson Delivers." That means it was purchased with the half-cent sales tax that you voted for last year. ... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

Rothschild lacks urgency in State of the City address

If a mayor is going to discuss the condition of his fair city, he should discuss its actual condition. Rothschild didn't do that, instead opting for a "huzzah," cheering on his own stewardship. Leadership would have meant owning our city's sorry economic reality.... Read more»1

State of the City

Rothschild: Envision Tucson's future with clear eyes

Mayor Rothschild: "2020 is less than two years away. Let's look where we're at today, and where we want to be then, with clear-eyed, 20/20 vision. Let's strive to see things from each other's perspective, and not through the distorting lens of ideology."... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

Can Candidate Glassman prove that he's grown up?

I'll put it this way: Everything I need to know about Donald Trump, I learned from Rodney Glassman. The ego, the affirmation-seeking narcissism, the treatment of staff, the belief that he's the victim. If he had any sense of authenticity he'd be dangerous, but his lens was the convenience of ambition.... Read more»

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Romero: Tucson Water customers shouldn't subsidize pipes for big businesses

Councilwoman Regina Romero: On Feb. 21, Tucson's mayor and Council passed a new economic incentive, the Water Infrastructure Incentive, with a 6-1 vote. I was the lone opponent of this proposal, and I opposed it for a number of reasons. ... Read more»

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Cunningham: Texting while driving will now get you pulled over

At this week's mayor and City Council meeting, my colleagues and I voted to make texting while driving a primary offense. Six months ago, a new ordinance came into effect making it a secondary offense, meaning that you could only be cited if there was an accident or another violation. ... Read more»

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