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Cunningham: Texting while driving will now get you pulled over

At this week's mayor and City Council meeting, my colleagues and I voted to make texting while driving a primary offense. Six months ago, a new ordinance came into effect making it a secondary offense, meaning that you could only be cited if there was an accident or another violation. ... Read more»

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Both Reid Park zoo props pass in updated election results

After being split in the first count, both of the initiative measures that would create a 1/10-cent Tucson sales tax to fund zoo improvements passed as updated tallies were released Thursday afternoon. Plus, complete election numbers. ... Read more»

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Election '17: Yes to zoo, no to paying for it (most Tucson thing ever)

Props. 202 and 203 tell Tucsonans one of the frustrating things about ourselves. Yes, we want the zoo animals to have better digs and we approve of the plan. Go do it! No, we won't give you a red cent to pay for it. That may be the most Tucson thing, ever. ... Read more»1

Democrats sweep Tucson Council races, Strong Start losing 2-1

The trio of Democrats seeking election to the Tucson City Council were handily ahead in early returns, and the Prop. 204 Strong Start Tucson measure was losing 2-1. Councilman Steve Kozachik and Richard Fimbres were reelected, and Paul Durham won a vacant seat. ... Read more»

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Reasons to vote, from left to right

Be it practice, vengeance, kindred spirits or standing up for our flag in the one way that matters, we've all got skin in the game of democracy. So what if the election isn't sexy? The whole political spectrum has cause to cast a ballot.... Read more»

Ballot mailing deadline past; turn in votes in person

Voters in Tucson, Oro Valley and several area school districts should drop their ballots off by hand if they didn't mail them by Wednesday. Three early voting sites are open through Monday, with polls open in OV and a handful open in Tucson on Tuesday.... Read more»

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Fimbres: Education key to success but Prop. 204 not the right answer

Councilman Richard Fimbres on the Strong Start Tucson initiative: "The efforts this year on the ballot measure known as Prop. 204 are admirable, but the language in this proposition raised concerns for me, for future mayors and Councils and for the good citizens of Tucson."... Read more»1

Don't believe the hype: Tuesday deadline to register to vote in Tucson, school elections

Despite what you may have been told, the deadline to register to vote in next month's general election in Tucson, Oro Valley and several school districts is midnight on Tuesday. You can register online or check your current registration at ServiceArizona.com.... Read more»

Durham wins Ward 3 primary by double-digit margin

With all nearly all ballots tallied, Paul Durham had a solid lead in the three-way Ward 3 Democratic primary, up by double digits over Felicia Chew and Tom Tronsdale. Despite being unopposed in the primary, Ward 6's Steve Kozachik nearly racked up more votes alone than the Ward 3 trio combined.... Read more»

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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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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Fimbres: Tucson long a 'welcoming' city

"What your community has stood for: I am glad to remind our citizens that their city has been on the forefront of protecting civil rights of all citizens, regardless of race, color, national origin, religious beliefs, gender, gender identity and sexual orientation."... 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

Cherrybell mail sorting shutdown delayed for a year

Following pressure from Tucson political leaders, the closure of the mail sorting facility at Tucson's main post office has been delayed for one year, officials said Tuesday. U.S. Rep. Raul Grijalva announced the postponement, which was welcomed by Rep. Martha McSally and confirmed by the Postal Service.... Read more»8

Ending Cherrybell mail sorting could cost S. Az millions

Over the past three years, the Postal Service has begun shifting the processing of mail from Tucson to Phoenix. Residents are starting to realize the impact it's having on the city. The agency had planned to close down the processing center on Jan. 5, but officials delayed the move until July 11.... Read more»2

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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

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