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El Chisme: How could you let this happen?

As early ballots go out, some candidates seem to be fumbling in a panic. Plus, accurate quotations aren't child's play; KVOA's new motto: More than 2 weeks late, less than half the story; Cunninghams poised to sting Bee; & more actually factual tidbits, gossip, rumors & alternative truths about politics in Tucson.... Read more»

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Carroll appointed to Green Valley justice court

Former longtime county supervisor Ray Carroll was appointed Tuesday to a justice of the peace position at Green Valley Justice Court, filling a vacant spot on the bench. The Pima County Board of Supervisors, with a few predictable moments of drama, voted 4-1 to appoint him.... Read more»

Carroll seeking Green Valley justice court post

Former longtime county supervisor Ray Carroll said Monday he is asking to be appointed to a justice of the peace position at Green Valley Justice Court.... 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

2017 could bring a lot of talk about increasing sales taxes

Tucson and Pima County residents could see up to four proposals for sales-tax increases next year — to pay for for road repairs, police and fire equipment, preschool subsidies and property-tax cuts.... Read more»1

What the Devil won't tell you

Ally Miller's lack of discipline exposes taxpayers, undermines GOP

Ally Miller is about to be sued over handling records, but this time her lack of compliance could cost the county (taxpayers: you) cash. While a vanishing Facebook comment could be worth $75,000, what Miller's inability to pick her battles has really cost is the Tea Party's chance to completely take over the Pima County Board of Supervisors. ... Read more»2

What the Devil won't tell you

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

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»

What the Devil won't tell you

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»

Ally Miller may have broken law in ordering staff to use personal email 'to be more secretive'

Two months after public records were requested, Supervisor Ally Miller has doubled and tripled down on false claims that she does not use her personal email for public business. Documents just disclosed show that she instructed staffers to use private emails and encrypted drives to evade "prying eyes." Miller may face a criminal probe into her activities.... Read more»

Tripped up by records questions, Ally Miller flees Supes meeting

Forced to acknowledge that she has not revealed records of public business she conducts using her personal accounts, Ally Miller quickly left a Board of Supervisors meeting Tuesday, even as officials continued to discuss her month-long stonewalling of reporters' questions about ex-staffer Timothy DesJarlais' sham news website.... Read more»1

Ex-Ally Miller staffer 'confesses' he was behind bizarre blog

Timothy DesJarlais, a staffer for Ally Miller who quit his post after becoming the focus of an ongoing investigation into a peculiar political website, the "Arizona Daily Herald," has now owned up to his lies — at least in part. After denials, diversions and a false crime report, he wrote a "confession" to Miller.... Read more»2

Ally Miller aide linked to imitation news website; alter ego posing as reporter

A communications aide for Pima County Supervisor Ally Miller has been linked to a pretend news site whose "editor" is using a false name. Timothy DesJarlais, who is also running for the Marana School Board, was apparently posting for the "Arizona Daily Herald" while being paid during public meetings.... Read more»4

Pima County OKs new paid parental leave plan

New parents who work for Pima County will be eligible for reduced pay for a six-week leave, under a plan approved Tuesday by the Board of Supervisors. The benefits will cost about $500,000 annually, less than the $1.1 million estimated for a proposed plan that would've allowed for full salaries during parental leave.... Read more»

Winchester takes aim: Another conflict for Ally Miller

Pima County Supervisor Ally Miller, no stranger to controversy, will have an opponent in the Republican primary. John Winchester, a University of Arizona staffer and pro-Israel activist, will challenge the first-term supervisor from District 1.... Read more»3

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