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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»

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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»

Guest opinion

Beard: Republican candidates' suit a chance to fix Tucson elections

On Tuesday the Council certified Paul Cunningham and Shirley Scott the "winners." How do you do that when the rules determining that are unconstitutional? When the Supreme Court makes a 5-4 decision about a matter of law it is sometimes dismissed as a split decision but it is still the law of the land. In this case we have an appeals court decision that says the rules of this election are unconstitutional.... Read more»1

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

What the Devil won't tell you

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

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»

What the Devil won't tell you

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

What the Devil won't tell you

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

Uncontested primaries mean no surprises in Tucson voting

With not a single contested race on the ballot, combined with Tucson's vote-by-mail system, primary day was about as anti-climactic as an election can possibly be. Tuesday, City Council candidates barely even worked to turn out the vote, knowing their electoral fates had already been sealed in envelopes days or weeks ago.... Read more»

Council Democrats swamping GOP challengers in money race

At least thus far in the races for Tucson's City Council, the GOP isn't the party of big money. The slate of incumbent Democrats are easily raising more campaign cash than their Republican challengers — three to six times as much.... Read more»

Monday is deadline to register for Tucson primary 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 primary election in Tucson. Of course, there aren't any contested primary races, with three Republicans set to challenge three Democratic incumbents on the City Council in November, and the mayor running unopposed.... Read more»

Republican candidates for City Council file for ballot at deadline

Three GOP candidates for the Tucson City Council filed nominating petitions Wednesday afternoon, the final day to turn in signatures to gain a place on the August primary ballot. Bill Hunt in Ward 1, Kelly Lawton in Ward 2 and Margaret Burkholder in Ward 4 handed in their paperwork to challenge incumbent Democrats Regina Romero, Paul Cunningham and Shirley Scott.... Read more»

Republicans have a candidate for Tucson mayor — sort of, maybe

A frequent speaker at Tucson City Council meetings wants to make a leap into the mayor's seat: art gallery owner Robert Reus has filed to run as a GOP candidate. A Democrat during a 2007 primary with Rodney Glassman, Reus didn't inform GOP headquarters before declaring his candidacy, party officials said.... Read more»

Dem Council candidates file petitions, GOP gathering sigs

The three Democratic City Council candidates facing reelection filed their nominating petitions this week, while the three Republican challengers are working to secure their places on the ballot. There remains, as yet, no announced GOP candidate to challenge Mayor Jonathan Rothschild.... Read more»

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