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What the Devil won't tell you

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

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What the Devil won't tell you

Down-ticket candidates need love too

The laws governing how you drive, where you live, your rights on the job, your rights as a property owner, the property taxes you pay, the future of our kids education and the local ordinances are swamped by national tribal identities.... Read more»

Candidate commentary

Orr: Pima College is crucial to regional economy, community

"Improved student success will lead to better careers, increased business recruitment and more job opportunities, and ultimately a more prosperous community. Pima Community College truly is a gateway of hope for our students and our community." — PCC Board candidate Ethan Orr... Read more»

Recount pending: McSally clings to 133-vote lead over Barber

Too close to call: Martha McSally held a dwindling lead over U.S. Rep. Ron Barber, up just 133 votes Tuesday as Pima County reported that "nearly all" ballots had been tallied. While McSally is the apparent winner of the election, an automatic recount is almost inevitable. There are about 200 conditional ballots that might yet be added to the count. ... Read more»3

Update: Barber picks up more votes, McSally up by 179

Martha McSally held a dwindling lead over U.S. Rep. Ron Barber on Monday, up 179 votes as Pima County released new numbers around 5:30 p.m. Barber picked up another 162 votes in the spread as new tallies were reported, while a judge denied McSally's move to block the count of a number of provisional ballots.... Read more»

Judge denies McSally move, says to continue counting Pima ballots

A request by GOP candidate Martha McSally for a restraining order to halt the count of provisional ballots in Pima County was denied by a judge Monday. McSally, up just 341 votes, has had her lead slowly eroded as additional ballots have been tallied in her challenge to U.S. Rep. Ron Barber.... Read more»6

Update: Barber picks up votes, McSally still up by 341

In the latest results, Martha McSally led U.S. Rep. Ron Barber by just 341 votes Sunday, as Pima County released new numbers just after 4 p.m. Barber picked up 168 votes in the spread as new tallies were reported, and McSally threatened a lawsuit as she challenged the process of reviewing provisional ballots.... Read more»

McSally threatens suit to stop provisional count

Republican congressional candidate Martha McSally's lawyers said Sunday they may go to court to halt the processing of provisional ballots, saying they are challenging the validity of provisional ballot forms that were not signed by elections officials. The GOP challenger leads Rep. Ron Barber by 509 votes, but there are thousands of Pima County ballots left to tabulate.... Read more»

No new count in Barber-McSally race until Monday

There'll be no new totals of the vote count in Southern Arizona's congressional race until Monday. In the latest results, Martha McSally led U.S. Rep. Ron Barber by just 509 votes Friday, after being up just a few dozen votes in the count Wednesday morning. Other close local races also hang in the balance.... Read more»

Pima counting 14k ballots, no update until Fri. evening

Stare as long as you want at our live vote tracker, but there won't be an update of Pima County's ballot count until round 5:30 p.m., officials said. "Several thousand" of the 14,000 outstanding ballots were expected to be tallied Friday, with another 10,000 provisional ballots being reviewed.... Read more»2

Huckelberry: Pima vote count could take another week

With some races being decided by just a handful of votes, it could take Pima County until next Thursday to wrap up its vote count. Broken election machines and a high number of difficult-to-read ballots have slowed the process, County Administrator Chuck Huckelberry said.... Read more»

Update: More than 310,000 ballots left to count in Arizona

More than 313,000 early and provisional ballots remain to be counted in Arizona, with 41,000 left to be tallied in Pima County alone, officials said Thursday morning. Several close races hang in the balance, from the CD 2 contest between Ron Barber and Martha McSally, to the LD 9 House race that has just 8 votes separateing Ethan Orr and Randy Friese.... Read more»

Medical marijuana backers launch effort to OK recreational use

The Marijuana Policy Project is pushing to have voters to decide in 2016 whether to legalize the recreational use of the drug. In 2010, the group led a successful effort to legalize medical marijuana. ... Read more»1

Recorder: Orr has sigs to remain on ballot

GOP freshman Ethan Orr will retain his spot on the ballot, with local Democrats dropping their challenge after the Recorder's Office reported that Orr filed 393 valid signatures, 32 more than required — although he had turned in 634 on nominating petitions.... Read more»

Comic:

Ethan Orr's (very) bad day (updated)

While initial reports were that Ethan Orr had a very, very bad Tuesday, the assessment is now that it was merely "very bad."... Read more»

Click says no falling out with Orr; Dems file sig challenge

In a week in which Republican Ethan Orr has been touting his latest endorsements, he may have lost the most valuable one of all. Sources tell TucsonSentinel.com that Orr has fallen out with auto dealer and GOP wheeler-dealer Jim Click, and has lost his job at the nonprofit Linkages. Click and Orr denied there has been a rift. Meanwhile, Democrats have moved to push Orr off the ballot.... Read more»1

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