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What the Devil won't tell you

The age of Chuck Huckelberry comes to a close

Chuck Huckelberry's tenure as the administrator atop Pima County will end Tuesday. Gone are the days when "You didn't need a whole process. You just needed Chuck."... Read more»

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Man convicted for years-long harassment of Judge Ray Carroll

Green Valley real estate agent Michael Scaramella was sentenced to 30 days of home detention for continuing to menace Justice of the Peace Ray Carroll, despite a court order to stay away from the former county supervisor.... Read more»

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Richard Elías brought the heart until it gave out

Richard Elías was a politico who made the job fit him, rather than the other way around. He had an inner sense of mischief, and the political courage to stand up to his friends if he thought it was the right thing to do. ... Read more»1

Richard Elías, longtime Pima County supervisor, dead at 61

Richard Elías, a fixture on the Pima County Board of Supervisors for nearly two decades, died Saturday morning at home in bed. The Democrat was "a poet warrior" and "a brother," political colleagues said.... 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»

Justice Court halting evictions & misdemeanor trials for CV-19 outbreak, but one judge won't go along

All possible criminal and civil cases in Pima County Consolidated Justice Courts have been ordered to be delayed for at least a month, including criminal misdemeanors and eviction cases. But one justice of the peace is refusing to go along with the plan.... Read more»

Green Valley eviction cases can no longer be filed in Tucson court

Starting March 1, Green Valley residents facing eviction will no longer have to travel to Tucson to plead their cases, after Justice of the Peace Ray Carroll argued for a change in filing procedures.... Read more»

El Chisme: How could you let this happen?

As early ballots go out, some candidates seem to be fumbling in a panic. Plus, accurate quotations aren't child's play; KVOA's new motto: More than 2 weeks late, less than half the story; Cunninghams poised to sting Bee; & more actually factual tidbits, gossip, rumors & alternative truths about politics in Tucson.... Read more»

Carroll appointed to Green Valley justice court

Former longtime county supervisor Ray Carroll was appointed Tuesday to a justice of the peace position at Green Valley Justice Court, filling a vacant spot on the bench. The Pima County Board of Supervisors, with a few predictable moments of drama, voted 4-1 to appoint him.... Read more»

Carroll seeking Green Valley justice court post

Former longtime county supervisor Ray Carroll said Monday he is asking to be appointed to a justice of the peace position at Green Valley Justice Court.... Read more»

Obituary

Emil Franzi: Local political legend dies at 78

Outspoken conservative commentator Emil Franzi, a "living encyclopedia of local politics," died Wednesday. His frame had been weathered by cancer, but the curmudgeonly political operative, columnist and talk show host kept his opinions flowing strong. "You might not agree with him, but you had to listen," said radio talker John C. Scott.... Read more»5

2017 could bring a lot of talk about increasing sales taxes

Tucson and Pima County residents could see up to four proposals for sales-tax increases next year — to pay for for road repairs, police and fire equipment, preschool subsidies and property-tax cuts.... Read more»1

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Ally Miller's lack of discipline exposes taxpayers, undermines GOP

Ally Miller is about to be sued over handling records, but this time her lack of compliance could cost the county (taxpayers: you) cash. While a vanishing Facebook comment could be worth $75,000, what Miller's inability to pick her battles has really cost is the Tea Party's chance to completely take over the Pima County Board of Supervisors. ... Read more»2

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Nanos' candidacy part of a bigger problem in Pima politics

It snows more often in Tucson than new blood washes through a county department, which is what elections are supposed to provide. It would be nice to elect people to run the county who didn't draw a public paycheck prior to being placed in office. ... Read more»1

Exclusive: Ex-staffers say 'paranoid' Miller lies about personal email use

Supervisor Ally Miller, subject of a probe into her cover-up of public records, warned staffers to whisper because of "listening devices in the walls," and has not told the truth about her use of private emails and Facebook to carry out her duties, former staffers Timothy DesJarlais and Jeannie Davis said.... Read more»3

County Attorney hands Miller email case to AG for investigation

Declaring a conflict of interest, the Pima County Attorney's Office has referred the case of Supervisor Ally Miller's apparent attempts to evade public records laws to the Attorney General's Office, officials said Thursday.... Read more»

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