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Pizzagate: Anatomy of a fake news scandal

Conspiracy theorists, Russian operatives, Trump campaigners & Twitter bots manufactured “news” that Hillary Clinton ran a pizzeria child-sex ring. ... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

Zoo column flub shows media's true potential biases

The public just doesn't know much about journalists' motivations and obstacles, so the public fills in the blanks and presumes bias prompts the press. Here's the 'ripped from the headlines' story that Hollywood won't tell you about what drives journalism... Read more»1

Quick take

McCain: Trump 'naive' to believe Putin on election interference

"There's nothing 'America First' about taking the word of a KGB colonel over that of the American intelligence community. There's no 'principled realism' in cooperating with Russia to prop up the murderous Assad regime," said U.S. Sen. John McCain, reacting to President Trump's statement that he believed the Russian leader was sincere.... Read more»

Both Reid Park zoo props pass in updated election results

After being split in the first count, both of the initiative measures that would create a 1/10-cent Tucson sales tax to fund zoo improvements passed as updated tallies were released Thursday afternoon. Plus, complete election numbers. ... Read more»

McSally’s entry into Senate race could set up ‘war’ in GOP primary

Rep. Martha McSally has told House colleagues that she will run next year for the seat being vacated by Sen. Jeff Flake, setting the stage for what could be a fractious primary fight with Kelli Ward.... Read more»

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Election '17: Yes to zoo, no to paying for it (most Tucson thing ever)

Props. 202 and 203 tell Tucsonans one of the frustrating things about ourselves. Yes, we want the zoo animals to have better digs and we approve of the plan. Go do it! No, we won't give you a red cent to pay for it. That may be the most Tucson thing, ever. ... Read more»1

Democrats sweep Tucson Council races, Strong Start losing 2-1

The trio of Democrats seeking election to the Tucson City Council were handily ahead in early returns, and the Prop. 204 Strong Start Tucson measure was losing 2-1. Councilman Steve Kozachik and Richard Fimbres were reelected, and Paul Durham won a vacant seat. ... Read more»

McSally to seek U.S. Senate seat, fellow Republicans say

She hasn't yet made a formal announcement, but U.S. Rep. Martha McSally has told her GOP colleagues that she plans to seek the Senate seat being vacated by U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake. Rep. David Schweikert told the AP that McSally is poised to run.... Read more»

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Reasons to vote, from left to right

Be it practice, vengeance, kindred spirits or standing up for our flag in the one way that matters, we've all got skin in the game of democracy. So what if the election isn't sexy? The whole political spectrum has cause to cast a ballot.... Read more»

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Wooing Amazon not the answer to Tucson's economic troubles

Strong Start Tucson may not pass but it's the sort of self-starter approach that may show the way forward as we tackle our economic challenges. Being supplicants to megacorporations like Amazon isn't the fix.... Read more»

Ballot mailing deadline past; turn in votes in person

Voters in Tucson, Oro Valley and several area school districts should drop their ballots off by hand if they didn't mail them by Wednesday. Three early voting sites are open through Monday, with polls open in OV and a handful open in Tucson on Tuesday.... Read more»

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Ad debunker: Tucson taxes nowhere near the country's highest

Spreading the falsehood that Tucson's taxes lead the country is proselytizing a faith in local incompetence that is beyond biblical and dangerous for our economy. As a matter of fact, we don't come close to stacking up against truly tax-stricken cities.... Read more»

Quick take

McCain: Russian interference in U.S. election an 'attack on our democracy'

Sen. John McCain: "We have to stop looking at this through the distorted lens of politics and see Russia's attack on our democracy for what it is: just one phase of Vladimir Putin's campaign to weaken the United States, to destabilize Europe, to break the NATO alliance, to undermine confidence in Western values, and to erode any and all resistance to his dark and dangerous view of the world."... Read more»

Guest opinion

Jones: Community crisis of access & affordability

"We are at a pivotal moment right now in the fight for equity for our youngest learners -- a real opportunity to invest in our most crucial resource, our children." — Strong Start Tucson campaign supporter Amber Jones.... Read more»5

Flake won’t run again, opening likely ‘free-for-all’ in Senate race

U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake walked away from a 2018 re-election bid this week, saying in a speech on the Senate floor that he “will not be complicit or silent” about the ongoing degradation of the political climate.... Read more»

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