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FactCheck: Trump meme about 'dumb Republicans'

Did Donald Trump tell People magazine in 1998 that if he ever ran for president, he’d do it as a Republican because “they’re the dumbest group of voters in the country” and that he “could lie and they’d still eat it up”?... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

Tucson leaders need professional help after bond losses

In hatching and selling the 2015 bond program, county leaders played the game of thrones as they have in the past and wound up on the receiving end of a Red Wedding massacre. The broad community coalition responsible for the horror show should ask themselves, "Just how personal was the voter rebuke and how deep runs the antipathy to the players?"... Read more»4

Factchecking Trump, Carson on 9/11 ‘celebrations’

Donald Trump’s widely discredited claim that Muslims in New Jersey were seen on TV cheering the 9/11 terrorist attacks — and Ben Carson’s initial support of Trump’s remarks — has resulted in even more false claims, as both candidates try to explain their statements.... Read more»

Holt picked as new Pima Dems chair

A former UA biochemist has been picked as the chair of the Pima County Democratic Party. Jo M. Holt was voted in by party precinct committee members on Saturday.... Read more»

Guest opinion

Beard: Republican candidates' suit a chance to fix Tucson elections

On Tuesday the Council certified Paul Cunningham and Shirley Scott the "winners." How do you do that when the rules determining that are unconstitutional? When the Supreme Court makes a 5-4 decision about a matter of law it is sometimes dismissed as a split decision but it is still the law of the land. In this case we have an appeals court decision that says the rules of this election are unconstitutional.... Read more»1

City Council appeals 9th Circuit election ruling

The City Council voted Tuesday to appeal last week's ruling of a 9th Circuit panel that found Tucson's election system unconstitutional. The Council also discussed moving ahead with putting changes to elections on the ballot for voter approval.... Read more»

Factchecking Trump on bombing ISIS oil fields

Donald Trump says the U.S. is “just starting … as of two days ago” to heed his advice to “attack the oil” fields controlled by the Islamic State group. The U.S. has changed its policy, but it happened more than four weeks ago — not two days ago.... Read more»

Factchecking the 2nd Democratic debate

The three Democratic presidential candidates faced off on a Saturday night, and made several inaccurate claims.... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

Despite GOP lawsuit, judge's ruling seems to favor city-wide elections

The shark has just poked his head out of the waves and watched the Pima County Republican Party sail over his head on water skis. The party that refused to mount a full-fledged campaign and has called city elections "Jim Crow" oppression now wants to sue incumbents Paul Cunningham and Shirley Scott out of a job.... Read more»9

Republicans sue to be declared Council winners

Even though they lost the city-wide vote, two of the three GOP candidates for City Council are asking a judge to declare them the winners, based on a 9th Circuit ruling that Tucson's elections are unconstitutional. Kelly Lawton and Margaret Burkholder won their East Side wards, but lost in landslides in the total vote count.... Read more»1

Obama calls Trump's plan to deport illegal immigrants unrealistic

President Barack Obama said on Thursday that Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's plan for mass deportation of undocumented immigrants is unrealistic.... Read more»

Trump vs. Fiorina: Who knows Putin best?

Donald Trump implied he had met Russian President Vladimir Putin while taping an episode of “60 Minutes.” Carly Fiorina said she met Putin “in a private meeting.” FactCheck looks at those claims.... Read more»

Who wants to be a U.S. president? Az nominations open

Maybe any child can grow up to be president — there are enough candidates already in the race. But if you'd like to ensure an even more crowded ballot in Arizona's March presidential primary, the filing period is now open. Get 500 people to sign a nominating petition, and you can add your name.... Read more»

FactChecking the GOP economic debate

The fourth Republican presidential debate featured fewer candidates, but no shortage of factual missteps. ... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

Should GOP crow about 9th Circuit tossing Tucson elections?

Tuesday's ruling tossing out Tucson's elections is neither that shocking, nor a game changer. In fact, I'm trying to figure out what Republicans are crowing about because they haven't proven adept at the sort of all-out campaign required to win over skeptical voters. They were great at it, once.... Read more»2

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