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Supervisors vote to refuse Operation Stonegarden border funds

Pima County Supervisors voted 3-1 to terminate Operation Stonegarden, rejecting a $1.4 million federal grant for border-enforcement patrols by the Sheriff's Department. Supervisor Ramón Valadez provided the swing vote.... Read more»1

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Allow me to retort: Latinos, money & local Dems

Latinos can cross over, no matter what the party sachems say and yes, money matters. Let me show you how to buy a revolution for the price of a latte per month.... Read more»

Pima Supervisors wait to reconsider Stonegarden border funds

The continued acceptance of nearly $1.4 million in federal grant money under a program known as Operation Stonegarden remains in limbo after Pima County supervisors voted to delay their decision until September, allowing a citizen commission to review data from police agencies. ... Read more»

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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

Pima accepts Stonegarden border funds, but still questions program's costs, accountability

Pima County supervisors OKed taking nearly $1.4 million from the feds to underwrite border enforcement, after Supervisor Ramón Valadez requested five conditions to make working with Border Patrol more transparent and responsive to claims that deputies may engage in racial profiling. ... Read more»

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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»

Bronson stepping down as Pima County board chair, will remain as supervisor

Saying she's "tired of herding cats," Sharon Bronson, chair of the Board of Supervisors, is putting Pima County's top leadership post on the agenda for the next meeting. "It's time for someone else to take the reins," she said.... Read more»1

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Supervisors should let Ally Miller's 'proud white' comments drop

Any official action against Ally Miller would only make her stronger among those who believe her cries that she's a "victim." Miller's comeuppance is best left to conversations and arguments out among Pima County voters, rather than in the hands of county government.... Read more»

Pima supes, Tucson City Council oppose border wall construction

The Tucson City Council and the Pima County Board of Supervisors approved separate resolutions Tuesday opposing the construction of a border wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. Tucson declared a policy of divesting from companies that work on the border barrier. ... Read more»

Pima County to appeal World View lease ruling

By a 3-2 vote, the Board of Supervisors approved an appeal of last week's ruling that the county violated procurement laws in a 2016 build/lease deal with high-altitude tech firm World View. County officials called the lawsuit "job killing" and noted that the Phoenix-based Goldwater Institute "ignored" similar economic development deals in Maricopa County.... Read more»1

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Monsanto hearings tempt wrong kind of fate

Pima County's Monsanto hearings will not be five teachable moments about the virtues of a deal with the ag company. It's just five chances to piss people off. ... Read more»

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Nanos' candidacy part of a bigger problem in Pima politics

It snows more often in Tucson than new blood washes through a county department, which is what elections are supposed to provide. It would be nice to elect people to run the county who didn't draw a public paycheck prior to being placed in office. ... Read more»1

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What revolution? Primary is good news for Bronson

Staunch conservatives taking control of the liberal Pima County government looked doable. Then votes got counted Tuesday. The big winner of the primary election would seem to be (right now ... hedge, hedge) Sharon Bronson. If the Tea Party/Trump revolution is coming, it may be bypassing us.... Read more»1

Exclusive: Ex-staffers say 'paranoid' Miller lies about personal email use

Supervisor Ally Miller, subject of a probe into her cover-up of public records, warned staffers to whisper because of "listening devices in the walls," and has not told the truth about her use of private emails and Facebook to carry out her duties, former staffers Timothy DesJarlais and Jeannie Davis said.... Read more»3

County Attorney hands Miller email case to AG for investigation

Declaring a conflict of interest, the Pima County Attorney's Office has referred the case of Supervisor Ally Miller's apparent attempts to evade public records laws to the Attorney General's Office, officials said Thursday.... Read more»

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Ally Miller's tales of enemies, real and imagined

Pima County Supervisor Ally Miller may survive the political and legal challenges facing her in light of revelations, first broken by the TucsonSentinel.com, that she used her personal email accounts to seek greater secrecy from prying county eyes. But man, do those emails paint a portrait of politician consumed by paranoia.... Read more»

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