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Judge nixes Republican case to overturn City Council election

A Superior Court judge ruled Monday against a request by a pair of Republican candidates who sought to be declared the winners of last month's Tucson election. Kelly Lawton and Margaret Burkholder won their East Side wards, but lost in landslides in the total vote count.... Read more»

Court hears GOP suit to overturn City Council election

A Superior Court judge will rule within a week on a lawsuit by a pair of Republican candidates who are seeking to be declared the winners of last month's Tucson election. Kelly Lawton and Margaret Burkholder won their East Side wards, but lost in landslides in the total vote count.... Read more»

City Council appeals 9th Circuit election ruling

The City Council voted Tuesday to appeal last week's ruling of a 9th Circuit panel that found Tucson's election system unconstitutional. The Council also discussed moving ahead with putting changes to elections on the ballot for voter approval.... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

Despite GOP lawsuit, judge's ruling seems to favor city-wide elections

The shark has just poked his head out of the waves and watched the Pima County Republican Party sail over his head on water skis. The party that refused to mount a full-fledged campaign and has called city elections "Jim Crow" oppression now wants to sue incumbents Paul Cunningham and Shirley Scott out of a job.... Read more»9

Republicans sue to be declared Council winners

Even though they lost the city-wide vote, two of the three GOP candidates for City Council are asking a judge to declare them the winners, based on a 9th Circuit ruling that Tucson's elections are unconstitutional. Kelly Lawton and Margaret Burkholder won their East Side wards, but lost in landslides in the total vote count.... Read more»1

GOP Council candidates won East Side, still lost in landslides

In a reversal of the last Tucson City Council election, two of the Republican candidates led the vote in the wards they sought to represent but lost the overall city vote, a TucsonSentinel.com analysis showed. Incumbents Shirley Scott and Paul Cunningham trailed in the count in their East Side wards, but still won in overall landslides.... Read more»3

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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

Democrats re-elected to Tucson Council, county bonds fail

The Democratic incumbents on the Tucson City Council easily swept their Republican challengers, while the Pima County bond questions lost by large margins. A proposition to ban red-light and speed enforcement cameras in Tucson passed easily, as did propositions to change the City Charter.... Read more»3

City Council forum set for Tuesday night

It might be a bit overshadowed by the Clinton-Sanders face-off and baseball playoff games, but you just might find some fireworks tonight in Tucson. League of Women Voters events are usually as sedate as can be, but the Republican challengers in Tucson's City Council races are working to raise their profiles as early balloting has begun.... Read more»1

Midnight deadline to register for November election

If you're not registered to vote, or have recently moved, Monday is the deadline to make sure you can cast a ballot in next month's election for Tucson's City Council, recalls in Oro Valley, the Pima County bond proposals and more.... Read more»

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GOP Council candidates need to up fundraising ahead of looming deadline

The GOP aspirants have $16,715 cash on hand. Which ones? All of them. Together. Lawton, challenging Cunningham in Ward 2, has $7,962 in the bank. Burkholder, vying for Scott's Ward 4 seat, has $4,559. Hunt, pursuing Romero's seat in Ward 1, is sitting on $4,194. At this rate, they'll be fierce contenders by 2019.... Read more»2

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Council's helplessness in bus strike is wrong message for November

Three people who should have been paying an inordinate amount of attention to the labor talks are Scott, Romero and Cunningham. Back in February, when these races truly begin with meetings over Diet Coke and snack food, someone should have asked with a mouth full of Funyuns: "What is it out there that can completely screw us in November?" ... Read more»3

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