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Pima supervisors again scuttle K-12 mask mandate, will pay $300 bonus to vaxxed county staffers

Pima County employees who get their COVID shots will be paid a $300 bonus, and the Board of Supervisors agreed to provide local schools with assistance, but punted a plan to charge higher insurance rates for unvaccinated employees, along with a vaccine mandate for county health-care workers. ... Read more»

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What the Devil won't tell you

No gimme: GOP may not benefit from Kirkpatrick's retirement

Ann Kirkpatrick's leaving Congress next year, creating an open seat. But too many moving parts obstruct any clear view into what might pass for a crystal ball that predicts the 2022 midterms that should be a big year for Republicans. Both parties remain their own biggest foils.... Read more»1

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2021 promises a liberal helping of local politics

Holy Ocasio did voters in Pima County deliver a southpaw’s blow. And in 2021, our new progressive elected leaders take office and begin to govern and God only knows what happens then.... Read more»1

Analysis

Arizona officials ran this election with integrity & transparency

We have both run for office in Arizona multiple times at the local and state levels. We have both been in close elections and it hasn’t always worked out in our favor. But the vote count was reached with integrity and a commitment that every Arizona ballot was counted. — Terry Goddard & Bob Worsley... Read more»

Mapping the GOP supervisor primary in Pima County's District 1

With retiring Supervisor Ally Miller's endorsement, newcomer Steve Spain scored a solid victory in the August 4 Republican primary for Pima County supervisor in District 1. ... Read more»

Pima Supes mandate COVID-19 face masks county-wide

The Board of Supervisors voted 3-2 on Friday to require wearing face masks in public everywhere in Pima County — an order that supersedes town and city regulations — to slow the spread of COVID-19.... Read more»

Pima County issues regs for restaurants reopening after CV-19 shutdowns

Pima County has adopted temporary measures for the reopening of restaurants, gyms, pools, spas and venues. The county vote established 15 mandatory health guidelines and two recommendations for restaurants, including allowing outdoor expansions.... Read more»

Richard Elías, longtime Pima County supervisor, dead at 61

Richard Elías, a fixture on the Pima County Board of Supervisors for nearly two decades, died Saturday morning at home in bed. The Democrat was "a poet warrior" and "a brother," political colleagues said.... Read more»

Pima County extends bar closure, other CV-19 restrictions until April 10

Bars and gyms and other gathering places, including dine-in restaurants, will remain closed in unincorporated Pima County until April 10 after the Board of Supervisors OKed the extension at a special meeting Thursday.... Read more»

Pima County set to extend bar closure, other CV-19 restrictions until April 10

Bars and gyms and other gathering places, including dine-in restaurants, will remain closed in unincorporated Pima County until April 10 if the Board of Supervisors OKs the extension at a special meeting Thursday.... Read more»

Pima County rejects Stonegarden border enforcement grant on 3-2 vote

On a party-line vote, Pima County supervisors nixed federal immigration enforcement funding for the Sheriff's Department, following a renewed debate in which they could not agree on conditions for the Stonegarden grant.... Read more»1

What the Devil won't tell you

Strong public records policies can prove that the fix isn't in

How do you know there’s nothing shady going on with Pima County? Make sure the public records law is followed so the county business is done right there for the community to see.... Read more»2

Pima County supes declare TucsonSentinel.com Day to mark 10th birthday of local news outlet

Recognizing the 10th anniversary of the founding of the local independent nonprofit news site, the Pima County Board of Supervisors declared Wednesday to be "TucsonSentinel.com Day."... Read more»1

El Chisme

Constable Ferguson reporting for duty

The Daily Star newsroom got a little bit sleepier on Tuesday, as longtime political reporter Joe Ferguson became a politician himself, trading his pen for a gun. Despite accusations of "a political favor" and some loud profanity, Pima supervisors appointed him as a constable in JP 9.... Read more»1

Pima County expects to aid 12,000 asylum-seekers in 2020; continues to seek federal funding

Pima County expects to assist about 12,000 asylum-seekers in the coming year, and are seeking more than $1 million in federal funding to "compensate" for the costs of a migrant shelter — which are running about half of July's projection.... Read more»2

Trump admin blocks Pima County request to shift Stonegarden funds to migrant aid

Federal officials have rejected a request by Pima County to use part of an Operation Stonegarden grant for humanitarian aid, including funding for a migrant shelter hosted at a section of county's juvenile detention center.... Read more»1

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