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Strong Start, zoo campaigns failed to disclose 100s of thousands in donations, expenses

The backers of the Strong Start Tucson education tax for months failed to file prompt disclosures of high-dollar donations and expenses, a TucsonSentinel.com investigation shows. The No on Prop. 204 campaign had a filing error, and backers of the zoo sales tax also failed to properly file.... Read more»2

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

Familiar names again top Az campaign contributor list

Of the roughly $7.4 million in individual contributions made to Arizona politics in 2015, about 10 percent came from 10 individuals or households. Longtime contributors like Jim Pederson, Bill and Alice Roe, Jerry and Marilyn Hayden, and Jim and Vicki Click again made the list of the largest political contributions.... 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

What the Devil won't tell you

GOP Council candidates need to up fundraising ahead of looming deadline

The GOP aspirants have $16,715 cash on hand. Which ones? All of them. Together. Lawton, challenging Cunningham in Ward 2, has $7,962 in the bank. Burkholder, vying for Scott's Ward 4 seat, has $4,559. Hunt, pursuing Romero's seat in Ward 1, is sitting on $4,194. At this rate, they'll be fierce contenders by 2019.... Read more»2

High-profile donors, familiar names top '14 campaign contributions

Former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg, casino mogul Sheldon Adelson and wrestling magnate Linda McMahon might make a funny trio for the setup of a joke, but what they actually have in common is their outsized funding of Arizona's 2014 campaign season.... Read more»4

Recorder: Orr has sigs to remain on ballot

GOP freshman Ethan Orr will retain his spot on the ballot, with local Democrats dropping their challenge after the Recorder's Office reported that Orr filed 393 valid signatures, 32 more than required — although he had turned in 634 on nominating petitions.... Read more»

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Ethan Orr's (very) bad day (updated)

While initial reports were that Ethan Orr had a very, very bad Tuesday, the assessment is now that it was merely "very bad."... Read more»

Click says no falling out with Orr; Dems file sig challenge

In a week in which Republican Ethan Orr has been touting his latest endorsements, he may have lost the most valuable one of all. Sources tell TucsonSentinel.com that Orr has fallen out with auto dealer and GOP wheeler-dealer Jim Click, and has lost his job at the nonprofit Linkages. Click and Orr denied there has been a rift. Meanwhile, Democrats have moved to push Orr off the ballot.... Read more»1

Car dealer hopes electric car means green for Tucson charities

Auto dealer Jim Click is raffling off a 2012 Nissan LEAF in support of local nonprofit organizations. Click said he'll give 40,000 raffle tickets to participating organizations, free of charge, over the next seven months.... Read more»

Arizona CEOs say 'no' to immigration bills

The state legislature's focus on illegal immigration is hurting the state, a group of 60 Arizona business leaders said Tuesday.... Read more»4

Civility Fund clicks with car dealer

You won't often find car dealer Jim Click on the same side of the table as Ron Barber. One's a wealthy supporter of Republican causes, the other is the district director for Democratic U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. What they can agree on is that our disagreements need to be voiced in a more respectful way.... Read more»

University of Arizona

UA looking at downtown arena, other athletic facilities

The University of Arizona has set up a working group to study options for new athletic facilities, including a possible arena downtown. The Athletics Facility Planning Committee will "look into all options for the distant future," Athletic Director Greg Byrne said.... Read more»

Guest opinion

Prop. 401: Good government for whom?

Guest opinion: In politics, the phrase "good government" is a notorious harbinger of suspicion. Legislative maneuvers sold under this banner naturally beg the question "good for whom?" The answer, all too often, is some deep-pocketed clique with a purposefully opaque agenda. ... Read more»