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Tucson and Pima County will take up several items involving people needing emergency shelter.

Tucson and Pima County will both take up measures and – let's face it – outright hopes and prayers about how to address the needs of people who need emergency housing. Plus more in local government meetings this week. Read more»

U.S. Rep. Juan Ciscomani delivers his first remarks in the House of Representatives, honoring the late Rep. Jim Kolbe on Jan. 24.

U.S. Rep. Juan Ciscomani should cruise into 2024. However, the showdown over deficits and debt ceilings illustrates the Republican "reality problem" that will dog his future until he decides to do something about it. Read more»

Pima Community College Chancellor Lee Lambert keeps plodding toward a restored school accreditation.

The PCC Governing Board will discuss the next in a long line of action steps required to get right with the Higher Learning Commission, which put the college on probation in 2013. Plus, OV wants bigger parks, and more in local government meetings this week. Read more»

U.S. Rep. Ruben Gallego has jumped into the U.S. Senate race. For the moment, his prospects are a lot better than independent incumbent Kyrsten Sinema's.

U.S. Rep. Ruben Gallego is a former Marine Corps combat officer and it shows, as he guns the engine on his U.S. Senate campaign. He is reading the terrain well, surrounding himself with good commanders and has just seized the high ground. Read more»

A look at the roadwork projects in the draft RTA plan would suggest Tucson is doing OK in the fight for projects.

Tucson looks like it's coming out OK in a draft RTA Next plan, with 24 of 37 projects slated for the region's urban core. Plus, Pima County dives into initial appearances and Buffalo Soldiers, and more in local government meetings this week. Read more»

Oro Valley has millions of federal dollars to spend by the end of the calendar year. The town just has to figure out where the money goes.

Oro Valley's Town Council has some decisions to make involving how to spend its remaining $5.4 million in coronavirus relief money. Marana's OKing a new contract for the town manager — salary unknown. Plus more in local government meetings this week. Read more»

It's a long, dry haul to secure Tucson's water future and rates are set to increase to foot the bill.

Water, trash, space and a big old "I told you so" headline this week's agendas of the Tucson City Council and Pima County Board of Supervisors. Plus more in local government meetings this week. Read more»

Republican Abe Hamadeh still lost the race for Arizona attorney general after recount deemed him a loser again.

So the recount in the 2022 Arizona attorney general's race is over and Democrat Kris Mayes won even though Pinal County's recounting of the votes cut her margin of victory in half. Read more»

Short-term rentals aided by applications like Airbnb have irritated neighborhoods. Oro Valley's town council is set to take the little action its allowed by state law.

Property owners in Oro Valley pocketing extra cash by renting to short-term customers and vacationers may face new – but limited – restrictions. Plus more in local government meetings this week. Read more»

A Tucson effort to fight homelessness has been nixed by Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich. But for how long?

Outgoing Attorney General Mark Brnovich left me a holiday present — something to go with the snickerdoodles and cheap New Year's champagne. Read more»

The napping elephant is the symbol of the Pima County Republican Party.

Any list of important democratic institutions must include the Republican Party. The party's failures in Pima County are adding an extra 20,000 votes to Democrats statewide and that's proving decisive. Read more»

School boards across the state are being forced to ban transgender girls from participating in high school sports with teams that match how they live their lives.

The unbeatable transgender athlete is not a thing. Trans athletes are in fact rare. What this law is about is telling GOP voters they should be afraid of the unfamiliar, and making sure transgender students are told they're the ones who are unfamiliar and don't belong. Read more»

U.S. Sen. Kyrsten Sinema is no longer a Democrat. She was just passing through the party, anyway. (Sinema speaks during a 
Finance Committee hearing, Oct. 19, 2021)

News flash: U.S. Sen. Kyrsten Sinema pulls an attention-seeking move to make herself so much more super-important. Or not. And my hot take: Eyeroll. Of course she did. Read more»

Rendering of an American Battery Factory pop-up operation. The Utah start-up business wants to build a plant in Tucson and is set to receive local incentives.

A combination of city and county incentives would help land an American Battery Factory plant in Tucson — with a forecast of 1,000 jobs at a $1.1 billion plant. But the deal might remind some of the World View situation. Read more»

Former U.S. Rep. Jim Kolbe at a 2010 think-tank discussion on 'Avoiding a Government Debt Crisis.'

On a December night in 2006, I did an exit interview with Jim Kolbe. I knew he was smart. I didn't yet realize he was brilliant. He saw how the pieces fit together, and his intellect explained how he could be a total pain. Read more»

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