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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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What the Devil won't tell you

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»

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»

Arizona wrongly distributed $62M in federal aid for poor students

The Arizona Department of Education was alerted in March 2015 that it was improperly distributing federal funds intended to help low-income students, but didn’t undertake serious efforts to identify and fix the problem until early 2017.... Read more»

Guest opinion

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»

Who's running for Tucson-area school boards

Here's a list of the people running for the governing boards of the Tucson area's larger school districts.... Read more»1

Candidate filings open for school board elections

Candidates for local school board elections can now sign up to run; the filing period opened Monday and runs through Aug. 6.... Read more»2

Polak ends CD3 write-in run after 'minor heart attack'

Republican Mike Polak pulled out of the primary race in CD3 on Friday, telling supporters that he had a "minor heart attack" the day before. Polak, who's come up short in City Council and Sunnyside Governing Board races, signaled that he's not yet done with politics.... Read more»1

Outgoing Sunnyside board buys out Isquierdo's contract

After more than seven hours in executive session, the Sunnyside Unified School District Governing Board voted 3-2 to buy out the contract of Superintendent Manuel Isquierdo at a special meeting on Monday night.... Read more»

South Side park renamed to honor fallen soldier CSM Barreras

A park near Sunnyside High School will be renamed to honor a fallen graduate. Army CSM Martin Barreras, who died two weeks ago after being wounded in Afghanistan, will be remembered at the park following a unanimous vote of the Sunnyside Governing Board. (with video)... Read more»

Sunnyside recall: Quintero, Giffin in landslide over incumbents

In unwelcome news for Sunnyside's Manuel Isquierdo, two challengers beat the incumbents by a 3-1 margin in the district's recall election — one which will determine the fate of the controversial superintendent. Rebecca Quintero and Eric Giffin were handily leading recalled board members Bobby Garcia and Louie Gonzales.... Read more»1

Crouch: Isquierdo 'lied' about Sunnyside graduation rates

An early-morning meeting of the Sunnyside Governing Board turned hot and heavy Tuesday, as Boardmember Buck Crouch accused Superintendent Manuel Isquierdo of fudging the numbers of high school graduates from the district. "He has intentionally falsified, misrepresented, or lied about the data," Crouch said. Isquierdo, the flash point for a recall election, dismissed the accusations as "political." (video)... Read more»

Few ballots returned in Sunnyside recall

Voters in Sunnyside School District have been slow to return ballots in the all mail-in recall election that ends May 20. Just over 10 percent of ballots have been cast so far, the Pima County Recorder's Office said Wednesday.... Read more»1

Uhlich: Democrats 'won big' in Tucson election

With the Democratic incumbents sweeping in Tuesday's election results, Mayor Jonathan Rothschild said "The city has decided to keep its team in play." The two Republican challengers wouldn't concede Tuesday night, saying they wanted to wait for a count of the ballots turned in on Election Day.... Read more»2

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