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'Rebel' Pima Constable Randall resigns, citing 'great divide' between vision for post & 'archaic' practices

Pima County Constable Kristen Randall, known for her efforts to help people being evicted during the COVID pandemic and dubbed the "rebel eviction-enforcer," announced Monday that she's resigning.... Read more»1

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Pima warns over 'catastrophic' COVID: Stay at home — even on Christmas

Tucson-area residents must stay at home as much as possible to halt the dangerous spike on COVID-19 cases, including skipping holiday gatherings with family, Pima County health and hospital officials said. ... Read more»

Conover wins Pima County Attorney race, Heinz ousts Valadez from Supes seat

In key Pima County races, Laura Conover won county attorney election with 57%, while Matt Heinz beat out incumbent Supervisor Ramon Valadez in the Democratic primary in District 2.... Read more»

Candidate commentary

Ferguson: Constables working to prevent COVID-19 eviction crisis through collaboration

With Gov. Ducey's delay in evictions ending July 22, both worried landlords and desperate tenants are wondering what happens next. Property owners, tenants, constables, courts, government agencies and nonprofits are starting to collaborate and come up with ideas that have never been tried before.... Read more»

Tenant unions prepare for wave of evictions after executive order expires

Tenant unions across the country have been emerging in reaction to the on-going housing crisis across the United States, and in the wake of the on-going COVID-19 pandemic have gained more attention.... Read more»

Only 5% of people seeking Az pandemic aid to avoid eviction have been helped

Arizona parents who pay child support have received hardly any of the state and federal unemployment aid that they are entitled to because the Arizona Department of Economic Security overcharged them for their child support obligation, according to the state agency.... Read more»

Pima constables hosting eviction-prevention resources Thursday

A "resource fair" Thursday morning will include a number of agencies offering information on rental assistance and other guidance, as about 500 eviction cases are scheduled to be heard next month.... Read more»

Navigating the eviction process amid COVID-19 proves tricky for all

Ducey's executive order didn't stop evictions, it just delayed them for certain people under certain circumstances.... Read more»

Az governor orders evictions delayed due to CV-19 outbreak

Arizona renters undergoing hardships because of the coronavirus outbreak can't be evicted — at least not immediately, Gov. Doug Ducey ordered Tuesday. The governor ordered evictions be delayed for at least 120 days.... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

Az Legislature has work to do & social distancing should not apply to them

The Pima County constabulary's eviction strike is duct tape on a hemorrhage. Gov. Doug Ducey and the Legislature is going to have to work against form to get us through the coronavirus pandemic and its economic aftermath. ... Read more»

Pima County constables refuse to carry out evictions, citing coronavirus risks

All of the constables of Pima County declared Wednesday that they will no longer serve eviction papers on residents, citing the threat of transmitting coronavirus due to the many households they contact.... Read more»

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

Forum: Why a free press is essential to democracy

A free event Monday evening will feature local reporters — including TucsonSentinel.com's Dylan Smith — and politicians Bruce Ash and Steve Kozachik in a discussion of the importance of real news.... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

Garcia lets Ducey skate in forgettable debate

Sticking to talking points only goes so far without putting forth some substance, and challenger David Garcia effectively pulled his punches against Gov. Doug Ducey. The incumbent Republican's worried enough to endlessly repeat the URL of an attack website, but the Democrat continually let him slide.... Read more»2

Guest opinion

Ally Miller encourages cruelty in attacking Star reporter

It is with great sadness that I saw Supervisor Ally Miller’s Facebook post the other day publicly implying Arizona Daily Star (or the “Red Star,” as she calls it) journalist Joe Ferguson was asleep or drunk on the job, when I knew him to be neither. ... Read more»1

El Chisme

Caught napping? News going to the dogs, Bond backers mum, Arpaio's blown chances

KVOA's sinking teeth into stories while station's on the auction block, and backers of Pima County road bonds aren't paving the way to passage. El Chisme never sleeps when it comes to what's news for political people in the Old Pueblo.... Read more»

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