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Did a quarter-million Tucson Citizen newspaper stories go up in digital smoke?

The bare-bones remnants of the Tucson Citizen's online archive vanished from public view weeks ago, and corporate staff have given conflicting accounts about whether hundreds of thousands of news stories will ever be accessible again.... Read more»

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El Chisme

Caught napping? News going to the dogs, Bond backers mum, Arpaio's blown chances

KVOA's sinking teeth into stories while station's on the auction block, and backers of Pima County road bonds aren't paving the way to passage. El Chisme never sleeps when it comes to what's news for political people in the Old Pueblo.... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

Pima County impasse over sales tax for roads a result of Dem gerrymandering

Five votes can not be found among Pima supervisors to raise taxes to fix roads because two of those seats only answer to Republican voters. Democrats saw to that. Strict party-line votes are the result of drawing boundaries to protect incumbents.... Read more»3

What the Devil won't tell you

The great tax trade: Can city & county cooperate?

A Tucson-Pima County swap could give both the options they seek at no big cost to taxpayers: Have the city increase property taxes and cut the sales tax, and the county do the opposite. It would diversify revenues for both.... Read more»

Memorial for political commentator Franzi set for Monday

A memorial service for outspoken conservative commentator Emil Franzi, a "living encyclopedia of local politics," will be held Monday evening. The journalist and political activist died last month at 78.... Read more»

Obituary

Emil Franzi: Local political legend dies at 78

Outspoken conservative commentator Emil Franzi, a "living encyclopedia of local politics," died Wednesday. His frame had been weathered by cancer, but the curmudgeonly political operative, columnist and talk show host kept his opinions flowing strong. "You might not agree with him, but you had to listen," said radio talker John C. Scott.... Read more»5

What the Devil won't tell you

Balloon payment: County foray into space as dubious as it is inspired

The idea of Pima County Supervisors rocketing into the space biz provides guffaws that write themselves. However, manned spaceflight has been turned over to the private sector and I'll tell you the folks at the Kennedy Space Center weren't laughing at World View. They were eager to rip World View from Tucson and relocate it on the shores of Cape Canaveral. The county's move to keep the company here has been met with hostility, derision and legal threats. I concur and completely disagree. ... Read more»2

Feds shooting down local drone bans

FAA officials told state and local authorities last week that only the federal government has the ability to regulate remote-controlled aircraft. This week, Pima County reiterated a ban on drones in public parks — a policy they said isn't a violation of the federal regulations.... Read more»1

Officials: Planning for animal shelter hasn't gone astray

A new center for stray pets may be still more than two years from opening, but officials said Monday that planning for Pima County's replacement animal shelter is well under way. A site plan will be presented next month, with final details and construction plans hammered out over the next year. The new Pima County Animal Care Center is slated to open in late 2017.... Read more»

New editor named for 10/13's NW Explorer, Tucson Weekly, ITB

David Rupkalvis, a UA grad who's worked on newspapers in North Dakota and Texas, has been named the new editor of the Northwest Explorer, Tucson Weekly, Inside Tucson Business and other Tucson-area publications owned by media chain 10/13 Communications.... Read more»1

Grimes leaving editor's desk at Explorer, ITB, Weekly

Thelma Grimes, the editor of media chain 10/13 Communications' holdings in Southern Arizona — the Tucson Weekly, Northwest Explorer, Inside Tucson Business and smaller publications — is stepping down after a year. Grimes, who was the managing editor of the Explorer for three years before 10/13 expanded in Tucson, is moving to Denver.... Read more»2

McSally wins by 167 votes after recount

After counting, and counting, and recounting and counting again, Martha McSally has been declared the winner of the CD 2 race. The Republican challenger ousted U.S. Rep. Ron Barber by just 167 votes, a change of only six votes after an automatic recount was performed.... Read more»10

Barber/McSally: Pima recount complete

Pima County completed a hand count of selected precincts Monday, which "exactly" matched the electronic recount finished last week, officials said. The state has a deadline of 5 p.m. Tuesday to deliver the tally in the race between Ron Barber and Martha McSally to a judge.... Read more»6

McSally pulls out 161-vote win in CD2, recount coming

Eight days after the election, we have a winner in Arizona's CD 2: The third time was the charm for Martha McSally, who finished with a razor-thin 161-vote lead over Rep. Ron Barber that will trigger an automatic recount. The unofficial totals in CD 2 are 109,704 for the Republican challenger, and 109,543 for the Democratic incumbent.... Read more»3

Update: 213 ballots surface in Pima County, may forestall CD2 recount

In an election twist that's certain to raise eyebrows in some quarters, about 200 ballots have turned up in Pima County, potentially affecting the 133-vote margin that separates Martha McSally from Rep. Ron Barber. Voters in Green Valley's Continental School District were originally mailed misprinted ballots and sent replacements, and some were returned in the wrong envelopes.... Read more»4

Recount pending: McSally clings to 133-vote lead over Barber

Too close to call: Martha McSally held a dwindling lead over U.S. Rep. Ron Barber, up just 133 votes Tuesday as Pima County reported that "nearly all" ballots had been tallied. While McSally is the apparent winner of the election, an automatic recount is almost inevitable. There are about 200 conditional ballots that might yet be added to the count. ... Read more»3

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