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Lies, damned lies and a useless media

Donald Trump is a liar. Sorry, Trumpeters, that's not my opinion; it's fact. Hillary Clinton is a liar. Sorry, Clintonistas, that's not my opinion; it's fact. And the mainstream media is useless. ... Read more»4

Wendy Rogers adds name to crowded CD1 field

Republican Wendy Rogers will take a third run at a congressional seat, but this time in a different district. While she lives in Tempe in CD9, she's jumped into a crowded GOP primary in sprawling CD1 as both parties jockey to grab an open seat. "Welcome to the clown car!," Democrats said.... Read more»

Factchecking the sixth Republican debate

In the final GOP debate before the Feb. 1 Iowa caucuses, candidates spun some old and new points.... Read more»

Factchecking Bernie Sanders’ wealth inequality statistic

The presidential candidate says that the American people “understand that something is profoundly wrong when the 20 richest people in our country own more wealth than the bottom half of the American population — 150 million people.” ... Read more»

2016 could be a showdown year for reproductive rights

Two potentially sweeping Supreme Court cases set the stage for a seismic shift in the battle over abortion and contraception. ... Read more»

Pima GOP needs new ED

Pima County Republicans might bemoan the state of Tucson's job market, but there's at least one job opening here: the GOP needs a new executive director. Matt Perez left his post at the beginning of the year.... Read more»

Clinton calls for an end to U.S. immigration raids

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton called on Monday for an end to raids by U.S. officials to deport undocumented Central American families, saying they were divisive and sowing fear in immigrant communities.... Read more»

Victoria Steele resigns to focus on Congress run

State lawmaker Victoria Steele submitted her resignation Monday, the opening day of the legislative session, to focus on a run to be the Democratic candidate to challenge U.S. Rep. Martha McSally. Steele, first elected in 2012, is vying with former lawmaker Matt Heinz for the party's nod.... Read more»

Guest opinion

Raising the minimum rage: A New Year’s revolution

A tongue-tied TV analyst was talking about salaries some time ago, and she referred to “a rise in the minimum rage.” That would have been a perfect Freudian slip for an America ready to storm its Bastilles. If only. ardly outraged, we hand over our keys to self-serving politicians and grasping tycoons who betray our basic values. Police gun down kids with impunity. If we don’t wield pitchforks now, our democracy may soon become serfdom.... Read more»

Bush not named ‘statesman’ by NRA

Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush has said repeatedly that the National Rifle Association named him a “statesman of the year,” and that Charlton Heston gave him an award, or a rifle, about 10 years ago. His campaign now says he was mistaken on both counts.... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

A look ahead to 2017, after Tucson's tumultuous 2016

Megachurch evangelists and political pundits see even more chaos ahead in 2017, after the Chicago Cubs' four-game sweep in the World Series. So the world, indeed, seems on the brink. So as we toast Auld Lang Syne-style to the passing of 2016, let's see what the new year seems to hold for Tucson and Arizona. ... Read more»

Factchecking Clinton’s shaky cost-shifting claim

Hillary Clinton claimed in the Dec. 19 debate that private insurance premiums have “gone up so much” in some states that didn’t expand Medicaid because hospitals shifted their costs for providing emergency care for the uninsured. ... Read more»

Democratic presidential candidates blast U.S. plan to deport families

The Obama administration on Thursday came under fire from Democratic presidential candidates and human rights groups for plans to intensify deportations of Central American migrants by rounding up undocumented families.... Read more»

FactCheck: Political 'whoppers' of 2015

It’s been a banner year for political whoppers. FactCheck gives you a generous sampling of the most far-fetched, distorted or downright fallacious claims made during 2015.... Read more»

Trump becomes poster boy in Dem effort to register Latino voters

In heavily Latino areas, Democratic party and progressive activists are actively using the inflammatory immigration rhetoric of Trump and some other Republican presidential candidates as part of their voter registration campaigns.... Read more»1

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