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What the Devil won't tell you

As goes Billy Kovacs, so go Pima Democrats

Billy Kovacs is going to lose. Billy Kovacs is the future of the Democratic Party in Southern Arizona. Reconciling those two truisms is the biggest challenge the party faces, here, statewide and nationally because they could use some new blood. ... Read more»6

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Raytheon to build Naval Strike Missile in Tucson

Working with a Norwegian company, defense contractor Raytheon will assemble anti-ship missiles for the Navy's littoral combat vessels, such as the USS Gabrielle Giffords, in what could be an $850 million deal. ... Read more»

'Buzzed' threats against McSally earn Tucson man 15 mos. in prison

A series of threatening phone messages directed at Rep. Martha McSally led to a sentence of more than a year in federal prison for a Tucson man. Steve Martan was told by a federal judge Wednesday that he'll also spend three years on probation after completing his stay behind bars.... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

Stop making sense: Immigration debate devolving into word salad

The immigration debate, and for the moment the controversy about the National Guard on the border, is about an inevitable power shift – who's losing it, who's got it, and what they are going to do with it on the brink of massive cultural change. No wonder the facts are irrelevant.... Read more»

‘We deserve better:’ 17-year-old activist joins legislators calling for gun control laws

High-school student Jordan Harb, flanked by Arizona lawmakers and a representative for the state school board, delivered a gun control message on Monday: “We want our lives taken into account.”... Read more»

Commentary

On celebrating Gabby and calling bullshit

Unfinished reports on faraway places litter my desk - ocean plunder, abandoned refugees, Cape Town running dry - but I'm fixated on those pools of blood, indelible in memory, at the Safeway just up the road. For sheer human folly and hypocrisy these days, America is first.... Read more»

Giffords assures crowd at Capitol ceremony she’s 'still fighting'

Close to 100 people turned out Wednesday as lawmakers renamed a Democratic meeting room to honor Gabby Giffords and former Rep. Leo Ryan Jr., D-Calif., who was killed 39 years ago while investigating a cult in Jonestown, Guyana.... Read more»

'Cause of my life' - Giffords rebrands gun-control group with her name

Gabrielle Giffords is a woman of few words, but the name of the formerly voluble lawmaker speaks volumes. Tuesday, the gun-control advocacy group she founded after surviving an assassination attempt was rebranded, and now simply bears her last name.... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

D.C. smart guys aside, McSally still a favorite if she faces Kirkpatrick ... if

When I predicted a tough race for U.S. Rep. Martha McSally, I assumed Democrats would find a candidate from within 200 miles of the district. Sorry Charlie Cook, McSally is still a six-point favorite. Ann Kirkpatrick knocks just a point or two off the spread. ... Read more»3

Giffords to Congress: ‘The nation is counting on you’ after Las Vegas

Former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords turned and shook her fist toward the U.S. Capitol on Monday after telling lawmakers “the nation is counting on you” to act in the wake of Sunday’s mass shooting in Las Vegas.... Read more»

Quick take

Giffords: 'Know this horror & heartbreak too well'

Former congresswoman Gabby Giffords pressed lawmakers to address gun violence: "I know this feeling of heartbreak and horror too well. The massacre in Las Vegas is a grave tragedy for our nation. This must stop - we must stop this."... Read more»

Palin sues NY Times over editorial linking her to Giffords shooting

Former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin has sued the New York Times for defamation because of an editorial that linked her rhetoric to a 2011 shooting that killed six people and seriously wounded a U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. ... Read more»

For victims of Jan. 8, Wednesday attack a painful reminder

It’s been more than six years since a shooting spree at a Tucson congressional event killed six and wounded 13, including then-Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, but Wednesday’s shooting in Virginia brought the memories flooding back.... Read more»

Flake, witnesses recall ‘indiscriminate firing’ at lawmakers in attack

Arizona's Sen. Jeff Flake was among the Republican lawmakers practicing for a charity baseball game Wednesday when “indiscriminate firing” rang out from a gunman who left five wounded before he was killed in a shootout with police.... Read more»

Guest opinion

'Heartbroken' Giffords: D.C. shooting 'an attack on our democracy'

"This shooting is an attack on all who serve and on all who participate in our democracy. ... May we all come together with prayers for the survivors, love for their friends and family, and the courage to make this country its best."... Read more»

USS Gabrielle Giffords commissioned by Navy on Saturday

One of the newest ships in the U.S. Navy fleet, the USS Gabrielle Giffords, was commissioned Saturday in Galveston in a ceremony that included the former congresswoman, her husband Mark Kelly, Navy officials, Jill Biden, Nancy Pelosi and Hillary Clinton. (with video)... Read more»

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