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Pet peeve rant: Candidates, please do your homework

Mail-in ballots will go out this week to Ward 3 Democrats and Ward 6 Greens. Here are some quick thoughts on the candidates, and some quick advice on anyone who thinks about running for office: Study up. Read the budget. Read the agendas. Ask questions. Understand the limitations of the office sought.... Read more»2

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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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Power down: TUSD needs help after Sanchez battle turns ugly

Politics is getting way too personal on TUSD's Governing Board, which puts schools at risk. So for the good of the students, teachers and my sanity, the board members and their accompanying factions must start to look outside themselves to the broader community to fix what's wrong.... Read more»1

Tucson to ask voters for half-cent sales tax increase to fund fire, cops and roads

The Tucson City Council will ask voters at a May 16 special election to approve a half-cent sales tax that would raise $50 million per year, mostly for new fire and police vehicles and gear, and to maintain crumbling roads in the city... Read more»1

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City gun destruction lawsuit on shaky legal ground

The city of Tucson is taking the state to court over the right to destroy guns in what could be a landmark case to decide who runs what in Arizona. God bless 'em. I like the gumption as much as I question their chances.... Read more»2

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Az's high priest of the Holy Handgun commands obedience to the faith

The worship of firepower matters to Tucson because here in Arizona the gun is that which cannot be destroyed, and that fact may just cost the city our share of state sales tax revenue. That would be a $178 million hit.... Read more»1

Tucson struggles to attract film industry without state incentives

Fans of the movie-making industry are still irked that Arizona legislators stopped allowing incentives to entice filmmakers six years ago and continue to rebuff efforts to reinstate them.They contend that the lack of incentives is a major reason why Pima County hasn’t come close to its potential.... Read more»

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Promised 'big think' missing from Sun Tran rate hikes

The City Council has for months now been weighing, mulling, ruminating and groaning under the weight of indecision concerning an increase in bus fares. Relax, gang. A fare increase is fine. But any hike should be included in a plan that locks Sun Tran's labor union into a long-term deal to avoid another strike and to get a grip on the cost of the system.... Read more»1

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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

Muhammad Ali to be celebrated at Tucson interfaith service

Tucsonans of all faiths will join together on Saturday to mourn and remember Muhammad Ali at the Islamic Center of Tucson. The service will include Muslim and Christian leaders, Mayor Jonathan Rothschild and Councilman Kozachik, and a Ramadan feast.... Read more»

Skepticism, excitement over possible minor-league hockey in Tucson

The Arizona Coyotes announced plans Tuesday to purchase their American Hockey League affiliate and move the team to Tucson where they would play at the TCC. But the Convention Center would need upgrades, and not everyone in Tucson is thrilled with the prospect.... Read more»

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Should GOP crow about 9th Circuit tossing Tucson elections?

Tuesday's ruling tossing out Tucson's elections is neither that shocking, nor a game changer. In fact, I'm trying to figure out what Republicans are crowing about because they haven't proven adept at the sort of all-out campaign required to win over skeptical voters. They were great at it, once.... Read more»2

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Message to GOP: Play the game before you claim you are victims of it

I can already hear it: City-wide elections are bad for democracy. Conservative East Side voters are the victims of Jim Crow laws. Republicans in Tucson are disenfranchised. Tucson only votes party line. Voters only look at the party and the GOP has no hope. I say to those voices: Bite me. ... Read more»9

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Reading up on why Tucson's zoning examiner quit

The city of Tucson's zoning enforcement officer resigned this week, citing "political interference" from the City Council. Here are a few cases in which City Hall switched-up the determinations made by Linus Kafka.... Read more»2

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Tucson stumped by 'Before-After Paradigm'

Well, city honchos almost made it a month without having to mutter to one another, “Do you think anyone will notice?” I'll make it easier on you, city of Tucson. If you tell your kids, no desert until after you eat your vegetables and the kids are wolfing down pie with their green beans untouched, the "Before-After Paradigm" has been violated.... Read more»

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