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Dems keep spotlight on McSally campaign filings

A local Democratic activist has complained to federal regulators about hundreds of pieces of missing information in campaign finance papers filed by U.S. Rep. Martha McSally. The statement sent to the FEC follows TucsonSentinel.com's reporting last month on McSally's incomplete filings.... Read more»1

FactChecking the GOP candidate forum

Several Republican presidential candidates made false and exaggerated claims at a candidate forum in New Hampshire on Aug. 3.... Read more»

Former GOP Sedona lawmaker running for CD 1 as a Dem

A former Republican legislator from Sedona wants to go to Congress, representing Arizona's sprawling CD 1 as a Democrat. Tom O'Halleran, a retired Chicago cop and member of the Chicago Board of Trade, announced his candidacy Tuesday. ... Read more»4

FactCheck: Sanders overstates unemployment rate

Bernie Sanders has repeatedly said 51 percent of young black high school graduates are “unemployed.” That’s wrong.... Read more»

Huckabee's hot air on volcanoes

Mike Huckabee claimed that a single volcanic eruption “will contribute more than 100 years of human activity” toward global warming. This is far from accurate. Humans actually pump upward of 100 times as much carbon dioxide into the atmosphere every year than all the world’s volcanoes combined.... Read more»

Guest opinion

Third parties have opportunity in uncontested Tucson mayoral race

Tucson's local elections are right around the corner and amidst several contested City Council seats, one position is currently unchallenged. That is of course the office of mayor, currently held by Democrat Jonathan Rothschild. The failure of the Republican Party to produce a single candidate presents a unique opportunity for Tucson's third parties.... Read more»5

Safari Club that suspended lion-killing hunter donates to top politicians

A Tucson-based hunting club that suspended a Minnesota dentist who killed Cecil the lion in Zimbabwe has given money to the campaigns of numerous U.S. politicians, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker John Boehner, a watchdog group's records show.... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

Pima County newest contestant in 'So You Want to Sue the Legislature'

It's too hot to be intriguing, but the summer slowdown gives us a chance to catch up on the helpings I've dished so far — and look forward to what comes next with the city, county and state.... Read more»

Update: Heinz making bid to unseat McSally

And then there were two: Matt Heinz, who unsuccessfully ran for the Democratic nod in 2012, has joined legislator Victoria Steele in seeking to campaign against freshman Republican Martha McSally. Heinz filed paperwork with the FEC on Tuesday, and made a formal announcement Thursday.... Read more»5

Rick Perry launches populist offensive against big banks

Sounding a deeply populist note, former Texas Gov. Rick Perry on Wednesday launched an offensive against banks that are too big to fail, making a pitch for Wall Street reform while tying the 2008 financial crisis to Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton.... Read more»1

FactCheck: Graham wrong on 9/11 visas, again

U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, a South Carolina Republican who is running for president, incorrectly claimed that “all the hijackers who attacked — attacked us on 9/11 were visa overstays.” Two of the 19 hijackers were in the U.S. on expired visas.... Read more»

FactCheck: Bernie Sanders correct on veteran PTSD

A look at Sen. Bernie Sanders’ talking point that 500,000 veterans came back from Iraq and Afghanistan with PTSD or traumatic brain injuries. ... Read more»

Monday is deadline to register for Tucson primary election

If you're not registered to vote, or have recently moved, Monday is the deadline to make sure you can cast a ballot in next month's primary election in Tucson. Of course, there aren't any contested primary races, with three Republicans set to challenge three Democratic incumbents on the City Council in November, and the mayor running unopposed.... Read more»

FactCheck: Sanders stretches state of the rich

Sen. Bernie Sanders claims that in the United States, “almost all of the wealth rests in the hands of the few.” He exaggerates. At most, the top 0.1 percent of U.S. families own 22 percent of the nation’s wealth, and Federal Reserve Board economists put the figure at 14 percent.... Read more»


Trump a star in our dysfunctional political reality show

Heroic or pathetic: Which is Donald Trump to you? If the former, you need no encouragement to applaud his flamboyant proclamations, even when they cast aspersions on no less a national icon than John McCain. But if you’re one to dismiss Trump’s oratory as merely the ravings of an egotist with too much money on his hands, think again.... Read more»

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