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According to a lawsuit filed this month, the Arizona Democratic Party chair directed expenditures toward her friend and husband, and when the party's top staffer objected to the payments, she was fired. "The allegations are false. There is no self-dealing. She's making these claims only since she was let go," the chair said. Read more» 5

Proposition 205, a measure that would have legalized recreational marijuana use for Arizona adults, was defeated at the polls on Tuesday, with a 52-48 margin. Read more»

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

McManus, left, and Butrum at a June lunch marking the retirement of former Sheriff Clarence Dupnik.

Shasta McManus, the executive director of the Pima County Democratic Party, is leaving for a role with local political consulting firm SIMG. Stepping in on an interim basis will be Democratic activist Heath Butrum. Read more»

Tucson City Councilwoman Karin Uhlich says she's gathered enough signatures to appear on the ballot in her bid for reelection. Read more»

The Pima County Democratic Party has hired Wendy Cevallos as its new executive director, the party announced Thursday. Read more»

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The Pima Democratic Party is doing their part to spur job growth: they posted two employment opportunities Monday, including the post of executive director. That job is becoming vacant because Adam Kinsey plans to step down to work on a campaign. Read more»

A poll by a Democratic political strategy group shows Tucson's majority party has a significant lead over Republican candidates in this fall's election for mayor and city council. Read more» 2