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Biz groups come out against Strong Start Tucson education initiative

A coalition of business groups has launched an effort to derail Prop. 204, a sales-tax initiative that would direct $50 million yearly to early childhood education in Tucson. Proponents say it's a necessary investment, but opponents say the measure lacks oversight, with some calling it a "voucher" system.... Read more»4

Friese ices Senate run after Sinema announcement

Tucson legislator and doctor Randy Friese said Friday that he won't run for the U.S. Senate, endorsing Kyrsten Sinema after her announcement the previous day that she'll campaign to be the Democrat running against Sen. Jeff Flake.... Read more»

Guest opinion

Good intentions aside, Strong Start Tucson is a bad idea

At first glance Strong Start Tucson—the initiative that promises high-quality preschool for up to 8,500 kids—seems like a nice idea. But voters should look closer at what the initiative would actually do. It is flawed in ways that could produce disastrous outcomes. I think it’s a risk Tucsonans would be unwise to take.... Read more»2

Guest opinion

Strong Start Tucson: Is one penny on a $2 ice cream cone too much?

Children who go to high-quality preschool perform better in school, complete more years of education, and become productive members of a more educated workforce. I wish we could provide every kid in AZ the chance SST will offer Tucson’s kids. Until that day, let’s make progress for our children, close to home, here in Tucson.... Read more»3

McCain: Can't vote 'in good conscience' for Graham-Cassidy repeal of Obamacare

U.S. Sen. John McCain announced Friday that he will not vote for the repeal of Obamacare being considered by the Senate, saying "too many lives are at risk" to back a bill "without knowing how much it will cost" and lacks bipartisan support. ... Read more»

Carroll seeking Green Valley justice court post

Former longtime county supervisor Ray Carroll said Monday he is asking to be appointed to a justice of the peace position at Green Valley Justice Court.... Read more»

Experts: Trump’s 'voter fraud' commission illegally using private emails

President Trump’s voter fraud commission came under fire earlier this month when a lawsuit and media reports revealed that the commissioners were using private emails to conduct public business. Commission co-chair Kris Kobach confirmed this week that most of them continue to do so. Experts say the commission’s email practices do not appear to comport with federal law.... Read more»

Durham wins Ward 3 primary by double-digit margin

With all nearly all ballots tallied, Paul Durham had a solid lead in the three-way Ward 3 Democratic primary, up by double digits over Felicia Chew and Tom Tronsdale. Despite being unopposed in the primary, Ward 6's Steve Kozachik nearly racked up more votes alone than the Ward 3 trio combined.... Read more»

Just days after his pardon, Arpaio muses about possible future moves

Just days after President Donald Trump pardoned Arpaio late Friday for a criminal contempt of court conviction, the former sheriff was musing Monday about remaining active in Arizona politics. ... Read more»

Kelli Ward's flawed attack on Jeff Flake

A campaign ad attacking Republican Sen. Jeff Flake falsely says that he hasn’t worked with President Donald Trump to “repeal Obamacare.”... Read more»

FactCheck: Trump’s Phoenix fiction

In Phoenix for a rally Tuesday night, the president revised history, exaggerated accomplishments and made false claims. ... Read more»

Trump in Phoenix: Prelude to policy statements?

As the city of Phoenix prepares for President Donald Trump's political rally on Tuesday evening, and protestors lay the ground-work for furious recriminations of the president, there are still questions about why he is coming to the city and what policies he may announce during the event. ... Read more»

Documenting hate

A stealth history lesson in Baltimore

The city’s removal of Confederate statues in the dead of night was Baltimore’s latest attempt to make peace with the ghosts of the Civil War. ... Read more»

Trump returning to Phoenix for rally next week

On the heels of a troublesome week, President Trump will return to the Phoenix Convention Center on Tuesday for a political rally — the same place he effusively declared a year ago that Mexico would pay for an "impenetrable, powerful, solid southern border wall." Trump has hinted at a pardon for Joe Arpaio, and may endorse a challenge to Sen. Flake.... Read more»

SaddleBrooke Republicans censure McCain, Flake for 'abandoning' Trump

A group of GOPers north of Tucson has censured Arizona's pair of U.S. senators, John McCain and Jeff Flake. The elected Republicans have "continued to attack" President Trump, the SaddleBrooke group said, noting McCain's vote against the bill that would have repealed Obamacare and Flake's stance on trade with Cuba.... Read more»1

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