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Council candidate filings set up 2 contested primaries

Tucson's city primary election in August won't just be an opportunity for candidates to organize the base this year — there will be two contested races. Three Democrats will face off for the open Ward 3 seat, and two Green Party candidates are running in the primary for Ward 6.... Read more»

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Sessions: Sanctuary cities ‘dangerously undermine’ fight against gangs

Attorney General Sessions repeated criticisms of sanctuary cities Tuesday, calling them a threat to U.S. safety that “dangerously undermine” efforts to stop transnational criminal gangs. But Tucson Councilwoman Karin Uhlich said, “Local law enforcement agencies need to be focused on community policing and keeping the community safe.” said ... Read more»

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Supreme Court tells Tucson Republicans to 'play ball'

As the Supreme Court denies a GOP appeal of a ruling that upheld Tucson's system of electing City Council members, it's back to the campaign trail for local Republicans and I will offer the “Red Team” advice because I'm the columnist who cares. ... Read more»

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Election night: The best hours to be a journalist

It's about to be election night. And for a journalist there is no better time to have the gig. It's the bottom of the ninth, the two-minute warning and the home stretch all wrapped into one. As a journalist, you see politicians govern in prose and campaign in codes. The poetry happens on election night.... Read more»

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Figuring out how time works proving hard for Arizona politicos

Civic-minded folks on both sides of the political divide suddenly seem shocked that April can turn into July in just three months and get whipsawed by the year 2016 preceding 2017. The technology isn't Tinder. It's Stonehenge. And that's why a couple of initiatives won't be on this year's ballot.... Read more»2

Tucsonans to hold vigil for victims of Orlando massacre

Tucsonans will hold a march and candlelight vigil on 4th Avenue to honor the victims of this weekend's attack on a gay nightclub in Florida that killed at least 50 people and wounded scores more. "The loss of so many of our brothers and sisters hurts my heart. For all the gains the LGBTQ community has achieved, we still face attacks in the places we go," said Adam Ragan, an organizer.... Read more»

Uhlich won't seek another term on City Council

Karin Uhlich plans to serve out her third term representing Tucson's Ward 3, but won't run again for the City Council in 2017, she announced Thursday.... Read more»2

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Reading up on why Tucson's zoning examiner quit

The city of Tucson's zoning enforcement officer resigned this week, citing "political interference" from the City Council. Here are a few cases in which City Hall switched-up the determinations made by Linus Kafka.... Read more»2

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Details show bus strike disaster was much ado about nothing

Game ball to Mike Ortega. Finally given rein to push a deal, he figured out how to settle the Sun Tran strike so both sides walked away feeling like they won something. And he did it without much long-term cost to the city. ... Read more»2

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Subsidy express: Who gets a lift, and who does Sun Tran take for a ride?

So how badly bloated is Sun Tran's budget with hard-earned tax dollars to give people (aka unfortunately necessary collateral damage) a lift? I'm about to give you, dear readers, news involving Sun Tran: Hard figures that tell a story that may shock and amaze you involving which riders are really subsidized by taxpayers.... Read more»7

Queer Youth Summit 'validating' for LGBT kids

About 35 young people participated in the first “Tucson Queer Youth Summit” held at City High School on Saturday. For some, such as Danie Enriquez, 19, it was about connecting with people who've had similar experiences. "It's good to know you're not alone," Enriquez said.... Read more»

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Charter changes: Tucson could use some competitive elections

Elections in Tucson are too safe for incumbents so a citizens committee looking at charter changes should think big and create competitive elections. ... Read more»2

Analysis

City Hall fights transparency in manager search

The search for a Tucson city manager is proceeding, with the Council having winnowed down a list of candidates. Who those potential municipal CEOs are, we don't know. And despite that list being a public record, no one at the city will tell us — or you.... Read more»5

Reduce ID theft risk and clear clutter at Shred-A-Thon

If you have a pile of documents you want to shred but don’t have the time or money? On Saturday, a low-cost shred-a-thon will help take care of all those unwanted stacks of paper crowding your desk. ... Read more»

Kozachik holding city budget roundtable Tuesday

A Tuesday evening roundtable discussion of next year's city budget, hosted by Councilman Steve Kozachik, will include the mayor and two other council members, as well as city staffers and time for public input.... Read more»1

GOP candidates won East Side, trounced in own wards

Demonstrating a divide in local politics, a TucsonSentinel.com analysis of City Council election results shows that the Republican candidates won the East Side, but were overwhelmed by the Democratic votes in the rest of the city — including losses in the wards they sought to represent.... Read more»12

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