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Strong Start, zoo campaigns failed to disclose 100s of thousands in donations, expenses

The backers of the Strong Start Tucson education tax for months failed to file prompt disclosures of high-dollar donations and expenses, a TucsonSentinel.com investigation shows. The No on Prop. 204 campaign had a filing error, and backers of the zoo sales tax also failed to properly file.... Read more»2

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Biz groups come out against Strong Start Tucson education initiative

A coalition of business groups has launched an effort to derail Prop. 204, a sales-tax initiative that would direct $50 million yearly to early childhood education in Tucson. Proponents say it's a necessary investment, but opponents say the measure lacks oversight, with some calling it a "voucher" system.... Read more»4

Tucson biz leaders blast Goldwater suit over World View

The heads of local business groups are calling on a rightwing lobbying group, the Goldwater Institute, to drop a lawsuit against Pima County over support for World View, the high-altitude technology company. That includes the leaders of the Metro Chamber, Sun Corridor, SALC and Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.... Read more»

PCC's Even getting out, won't run again

A long-time member of the Governing Board of Pima Community College won't seek another term. Brenda Even, in office since 2001, will step down when her term expires after the November election. Two others have filed to seek the District 1 seat on the board, the only one in question this year.... Read more»2

Organizers toss in towel on PCC recall

A recall effort that targeted two members of the Governing Board of Pima Community College is being abandoned, and organizers will not submit petitions after failing to gather enough signatures. The Southern Arizona Leadership Council said that the "recall committees found identifying valid voters ... and then convincing them to sign the recall petition too difficult to overcome."... Read more»1

Brewer nominates SALC's Shoopman to Board of Regents

Ron Shoopman, the president of the Southern Arizona Leadership Council, was nominated by Gov. Jan Brewer on Tuesday to the Arizona Board of Regents. The former Air Force brigadier general would succeed Dennis DeConcini, whose ABOR term expired in January.... Read more»

John C. Scott

J.C. Scott: Steve Pierce on Senate passage of Medicaid expansion

Interviews with state Sen. Steve Pierce, Tucsoncitizen.com's Mark B. Evans, Steve Lynn of the SALC on the PCC Board, and talk show host Emil Franzi.... Read more»

Pima Community College

PCC holding public forums with chancellor candidates

The four candidates for permanent leader of Pima Community College will meet with the public this week in evening forums.... Read more»

John C. Scott

J.C. Scott: Tucson gives pay hike to workers

Interviews with TUSD Boardmember Mark Stegeman, Ward 6 Tucson City Councilman Steve Kozachik and Ward 2 Tucson City Councilman Paul Cunningham, financial advisor Shelly Fishman, and Ron Shoopman, president of the Southern Arizona Leadership Council.... Read more»

Pima Community College

Biz leaders to Pima board: Resign or face recall

Members of the Southern Arizona Leadership Council, a private group of local business leaders, plan to push the resignation of Pima College board members, and would back a recall effort if the longtime Governing Board members remain in office. The SALC joined PCC faculty and staff groups last week in asking the board to halt a search for a permanent chancellor for the school.... Read more»1

Appeals court upholds Tucson's city-wide partisan elections

A three-judge panel ruled in favor of Tucson's current election system Wednesday, saying it's a matter of "purely local concern." The Arizona Court of Appeals overturned a lower court decision in favor of a 2009 state law that sought to change city elections.... Read more»

Guest opinion

Prop. 401 helps brings results to city government

Guest opinion: Albert Einstein defined insanity as "doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results." It's time to break that cycle in city government in Tucson and bring some sanity to the process by voting yes on Prop 401.... Read more»

Guest opinion

Prop. 401: Good government for whom?

Guest opinion: In politics, the phrase "good government" is a notorious harbinger of suspicion. Legislative maneuvers sold under this banner naturally beg the question "good for whom?" The answer, all too often, is some deep-pocketed clique with a purposefully opaque agenda. ... Read more»

Charter change, sales tax on November ballot

A half-cent bump in the city sales tax and a slate of City Charter changes will be on November's ballot, the City Council decided Wednesday.... Read more»

Sales tax bump, charter changes on Council slate

The Tucson City Council is set to vote Wednesday on whether to place a half-cent bump in the sales tax on the ballot. Also on the agenda are possible changes to the city charter, which would likewise have to be placed on November's ballot.... Read more»

Council seeks charter change input

Members of the Tucson City Council are seeking more public input on proposed amendments to the City Charter. Council members in Wards 1-5 have scheduled town hall meetings on the charter changes.... Read more»

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