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Trump says he thought being president would be easier than his old life

He misses driving, feels as if he is in a cocoon, and is surprised how hard his new job is. "I loved my previous life. I had so many things going," President Donald Trump told Reuters in an interview. "This is more work than in my previous life. I thought it would be easier."... Read more»

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Trump concession on wall funding rekindles gov't shutdown talks

The threat of a U.S. government shutdown this weekend appeared to recede Tuesday after President Trump backed away from a demand that Congress include funding for his planned border wall with Mexico in a spending bill. ... Read more»

Guest opinion

Dear George Soros: Where's my protest paycheck?

Dear George Soros, According to the Twitter-verse you are the one funding the Resistance endeavors, so I am writing to you today because I would like to discuss the fact that you haven't been paying your people!.... Read more»

Community activist hopes to ride dark horse to Senate win as Democrat

All the things that analysts say present a political challenge for Deedra Abboud – her lack of political experience and party ties, her Muslim faith and liberal activism – are the things she embraces in her race for a U.S. Senate representing Arizona.... Read more»

Exclusive: Asylum applications in Mexico surge after Trump win

The number of people applying for asylum in Mexico has soared by more than 150 percent since Donald Trump was elected U.S. president, according to Mexican data, as more Central American migrants seek to stay rather than take their chances in the United States. ... Read more»

Monday deadline to register to vote in Tucson sales tax election

The deadline to register to vote in next month's special election on a half-cent city sales tax is midnight on Monday, April 17. You can register online or check your current registration at ServiceArizona.com.... Read more»

New sheriff to close Arpaio's 'Tent City' jail

A controversial outdoor tent jail in Arizona that became one of the signature tough-on-crime projects of former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio will be shut down, his replacement for the job said Tuesday. “Tent City”, long branded inhumane by civil rights groups, was no longer needed, new Sheriff Paul Penzone said. ... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

Dems' best hope to beat McSally could be a complete nobody

Rep. Martha McSally is in trouble, but to do something about it, the Democrats – the national Democratic establishment – may have to break form and follow the voice of their base. Who can beat McSally? It may be a nobody out there thinking “I'm sick of this … I'm gonna run without apology."... Read more»4

State election chief seeks new funds for hobbled campaign finance website overhaul

Secretary of State Michele Reagan campaigned on making it easier for people to see how money flows into political campaigns. But after spending $494,000 on a new website that never saw the light of day, her office is now asking the Clean Election Commission to pay $200,000 of an estimated $462,000 cost to develop a new website, plus $50,000 per year in maintenance.... Read more»

Tucson city election system will stand, after Supreme Court rejects GOP appeal

The U.S. Supreme Court let stand an appeals court ruling that said Tucson’s hybrid election system – primaries by ward and general elections at-large – does not infringe on the right to vote by city residents. The denial ends two-year court battle by Republican critics.... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

Supreme Court tells Tucson Republicans to 'play ball'

As the Supreme Court denies a GOP appeal of a ruling that upheld Tucson's system of electing City Council members, it's back to the campaign trail for local Republicans and I will offer the “Red Team” advice because I'm the columnist who cares. ... Read more»

CBP seeking proposals for 'physically imposing' concrete wall on Mexico border

Late Friday night, officials with U.S. Customs and Border Protection began accepting proposals to design and build prototypes for two walls along the U.S.-Mexico border, one a "physically imposing" wall of reinforced concrete. ... Read more»

State of the City

Rothschild: Tucson a 'reliable partner' with business

The text of Mayor Rothschild's "State of the City" speech, delivered Thursday: "The City of Tucson is a good partner, a reliable partner, as we've proven time and time again during my tenure as mayor." Rothschild made his case for an increase in Tucson's sales tax, asking voters to OK it at an upcoming special election to help fund police, fire and road repairs.... Read more»

Sunshine Week

Media groups push back after 'fake news' defined U.S. elections

One of the lessons of the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign is that many Americans could not distinguish between actual news stories and fabrications, leading to an environment in which damaging hoaxes spread across social media networks... Read more»

Legislative roundup: Women, fake news and money

Wednesday was International Women’s Day and it was clear across the capitol who supported it and who didn’t. Some women across the world took the day to strike, wear red and blue, or not buy anything, while others kept their nose to the ground. Women packed both the House and Senate galleries.... Read more»

Flake likely to face challenges from all sides, vows to be ready

Sen. Jeff Flake begins the 2018 election cycle with $580,000 in the bank, a history of disagreeing with President Trump – and a target on his back. With almost two years until midterm elections, experts say Flake can expect serious opposition in his re-election bid from Republican and Democratic challengers alike.... Read more»

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