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State Constable Ethics Board investigating Pima County's Martinez over election violation claims

Arizona's Constable Ethics, Standards and Training Board decided Friday to launch an investigation into accusations against Deborah Martinez that include forging signatures for her nominating petitions and lying about living in her precinct. ... Read more»

Fraud, perjury allegations probed against Pima Constable Deborah Martinez

Pima County officials are looking into claims that Constable Deborah Martinez forged signatures on her election nominating petitions and lied about where she was living, saying "there is a reason to believe felony offenses may have occurred."... Read more»

Guest opinion

Proposed redistricting diminishes clout of Southern Arizona voters

If we don't take our time to get this right, the power of Southern Arizona will be unfairly diminished for the next decade, and our community won’t be ensured representation that reflects the values of our community and fights for our priorities. — Sami Hamed, Richard Estrada & Tony Zinman... Read more»1

Romero runs away with Tucson mayoral primary

Updated results: Regina Romero won Tucson's Democratic primary for mayor by more than 6,000 votes, leading Steve Farley and Randi Dorman. Lane Santa Cruz won the Democrats' four-way Ward 1 Council race, and Green Party candidates earned their way onto the ballot.... Read more»

No Republicans running for Tucson mayor after filing deadline

Democrats are jockeying for primary support in Tucson's city elections, but no Republican mayoral candidate managed to gather nominating signatures to make the ballot, with Wednesday's filing deadline having passed.... Read more»

Cunningham seeks re-election; other Council candidates file for primary

With two open seats and a handful of Democrats and a single Republican filing so far for this year's City Council elections, there is yet to be a competitive primary race — although that's likely to change in West Side's Ward 1.... Read more»

Arizona State Schools for the Deaf and Blind

Gov. Brewer appoints 5 to ASDB Board

Gov. Jan Brewer appointed five new members to the Board overseeing the Arizona State Schools for the Deaf and Blind on Wednesday, following allegations of mismanagement. The terms of all eight gubernatorial appointees had expired without Brewer picking replacements until now.... Read more»

Guest opinion

Hamed: Brewer must continue ASDB's fresh start

From a former Board member, and student: Gov. Jan Brewer's appointment Wednesday of five new members of the Board of Directors of the Arizona State Schools for the Deaf and Blind is a start to fixing the damage done to that institution's reputation.... Read more»

John C. Scott

J.C. Scott: Restaurants get cookin' Downtown

Sami Hamed of the National Federation of the Blind, PCC alum Kelly Ponzio and student Joe McGrath, Carlos de Leon of the city Department of Transportation, developer Richard Studwell, Downtown Tucson Partnership's Michael Keith, and Prof. Stephen Zunes.... Read more»

Candidates grilled: Clean Elections debates to heat up races

The debates in Arizona's primary races begin this week, with local legislative hopefuls, Corporation Commission candidates and Libertarians running for governor scheduled to explain their take on the issues.... Read more»