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Wounded vet with Tucson ties pleads guilty in 'private border wall' scheme

Brian Kolfage, a former Tucsonan and wounded Air Force veteran who led a failed effort to raise millions of dollars to build a privately funded wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud on Thursday. ... Read more»

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Texas sheriffs sue President Biden for limiting deportations

Four Texas sheriffs and an association of Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers sued the Biden administration, claiming its policy limiting ICE from taking most arrested immigrants into custody for deportation is allowing “extremely dangerous illegal aliens” to be released onto the streets. ... Read more»

New engineering report finds privately built border wall will fail

The report, set to be filed in federal court this week, confirms reporting from ProPublica and The Texas Tribune that found portions of the wall were in danger of overturning if not fixed due to extensive erosion just months after it was built.... Read more»

'OGs' for Trump with Tucson ties indicted for 'private border wall' fraud

Former Tucsonan Brian Kolfage and ex-White House advisor Stephen Bannon of "We Build the Wall," a group that raised millions to build private walls along the U.S.-Mexico border, were indicted for fraud, allegedly using donations to line their own pockets.... Read more»

Private group backed by Trump supporters builds border barrier in El Paso

The construction over the weekend started after a federal judge blocked the Trump administration’s efforts to build his long-promised wall with funds not appropriated by Congress.... Read more»

Bannon boosts 'private' border wall at Sahuarita event

Billed as a town hall, Friday's pro-border wall event in a gated community near Tucson, featuring former Trump strategist Steve Bannon, was every bit as much a pep rally and fundraiser — and maybe part dry run. ... Read more»

Census rushes to respond to request to add citizenship question

The Census Bureau is exploring options about adding a citizenship question to the next census, amid a firestorm of protest about the controversial proposal.... Read more»

Experts: Trump’s 'voter fraud' commission illegally using private emails

President Trump’s voter fraud commission came under fire earlier this month when a lawsuit and media reports revealed that the commissioners were using private emails to conduct public business. Commission co-chair Kris Kobach confirmed this week that most of them continue to do so. Experts say the commission’s email practices do not appear to comport with federal law.... Read more»

Trump taunts states, like Arizona, that denied voter data to task force

Arizona election officials had sharp words for President Trump after he suggested that states that are withholding voter information from his commission have something to hide. “We could say the same thing about him,” shot back Pima County Recorder F. Ann Rodriguez. “What is he hiding in his taxes?”... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

Trump voting commission's valid public records request reveals rise of fake realities

When election results become fake news, democracy is screwed but that doesn't mean Kobach doesn't have every right to expect his request to be met. In that space of reality between two lies is where journalists ply their trade today. Rather than adapt to the new reality of changing demographics, the GOP finds it easier today to find safe spaces by declaring war on reality.... Read more»

The flaws in Trump's commission on voter fraud

The commission said states’ voter rolls will be run against federal databases to find potential fraudulent registrations — a move experts say will result in thousands of errors and could distort fraud. ... Read more»

Arizona won't turn over voter rolls to Trump; Reagan invokes 'best interests of state'

Arizona Secretary of State Michele Reagan has shifted course, telling the Trump administration that she won't provide information on the state's voters. Friday, she'd indicated that she would provide the same set of data that would be released under a normal public records request.... Read more»1

From the editor

Here's why it's vital to hand your voter info over to Trump

Here are a few facts, rather than fervent partisan spin, on the request for voter data by the Trump administration, as there's some stiff competition going for the most uninformed knee-jerk Democratic over-reaction. This information is a public record, and should be released to anyone who asks for it.... Read more»3

Arizona will comply with only some of White House request for voter data

Arizona will comply with some of a request from the Trump administration's "Commission on Election Integrity" for public records on the state’s 3.6 million registered voters, Secretary of State Michele Reagan said Friday.... Read more»

Presidential commission demands massive amounts of state voter data

A commission created by President Trump to enhance confidence in America’s elections has asked all 50 states for copies of their voter records which often include names, addresses and ages. The commission has said it intends to make the information widely available. ... Read more»

Grijalva slams Trump's 'voter fraud' commission as Orwellian

Tucson Democrat Raul Grijalva said President Trump's announcement of a "Commission on Election Integrity" is "straight out of an Orwell novel." Trump, who has repeatedly made unfounded claims that illegal voting played a significant role in the 2016 election, named VP Pence and "voter ID" advocate Kris Kobach to the panel.... Read more»

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