Tucson city charter changes going slow

Tucson city charter changes going slow

Staff Report / Southern Arizona News-Examiner The avaricious maw of government knows no bounds. After all the smoke and mirrors crap put up by the Mayor and Council and their hokey committee about changing the charter, they avoided everything relevant to settle on simply increasing revenue via higher taxes. They are both intellectually and morally […]

Why do local conservatives let the Marana Town Council get away with it?

Why do local conservatives let the Marana Town Council get away with it?

By Emil Franzi / Southern Arizona News-Examiner Those who are opposed to any tax hikes by anyone have my sympathy. But I am in a quandary why only certain jurisdictions raising local taxes are being discussed by local conservative groups, pols, and supposedly conservative talk show hosts. Based on the average evaluation of $147,000, the […]

Oregon politicians surrender to Bloomberg; Arizona next?

Oregon politicians surrender to Bloomberg; Arizona next?

Staff Report / Southern Arizona News-Examiner On May 11, Oregon Governor Kate Brown signed SB 941, the Bloomberg-backed bill restricting private property rights and establishing gun owner registration in Oregon.  SB 941 zoomed through the Democrat controlled legislature.   SB 941 criminalizes the private transfer of personal property.  It requires private transfers of firearms to […]

Tucson leaders to residents: Speak up about postal impacts

Tucson leaders to residents: Speak up about postal impacts

Staff Report / Southern Arizona News-Examiner Tucson Vice Mayor Richard Fimbres and numerous elected and business officials have launched a set of open surveys in an effort to provide the residents of Tucson a platform to share opinions about, and impacts of, the consolidation plans for the Tucson Postal Processing and Distribution Center (P&DC)/Cherrybell. “Shutting […]

2016 Tucson city budget is a challenge

2016 Tucson city budget is a challenge

Staff Report / Southern Arizona News-Examiner Tucson City Councilman Steve Kozachik has always been an out-spoken critic of how Tucson is run since being elected to the council. Kozachik was elected to the council as a Republican and later changed his party affiliation to Democrat. Below is a letter he sent out to his Ward […]

McCain and Graham comment on fall of Ramadi to ISIL

McCain and Graham comment on fall of Ramadi to ISIL

Staff Report / Southern Arizona News-Examiner Washington, D.C. ­– U.S. Senators John McCain (R-AZ) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) released a statement on the fall of Ramadi, the capital of Iraq’s Anbar Province, to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL): “Today the black flags of ISIL fly over Ramadi, the capital of Iraq’s […]

ITE yellow time considerations

ITE yellow time considerations

By Mark Spear / Southern Arizona News-Examiner The City of Tucson Transportation Department seems to always turn a deaf ear when the discussion of light timing at intersections where the red light cameras are installed. There is a mathematical formula that traffic engineers and physicists use to determine the timing. It seems that the City […]

New report alleges VA spends $6 billion annually in improper payments

New report alleges VA spends $6 billion annually in improper payments

Staff Report / Southern Arizona News-Examiner U.S. Rep. Martha McSally today released a statement after new reports released today state the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) spends $6 billion a year in improper payments, wasting taxpayer dollars and putting veterans’ lives at risk. “Today’s news is yet another tragic disclosure in what’s become all too […]

McCain identifies $1.1 billion in wasteful spending

McCain identifies $1.1 billion in wasteful spending

By Elizabeth Harrington / Washington Free Beacon Following in the footsteps of retired Sen. Tom Coburn (R., Okla.), Sen. John McCain (R., Ariz.) released the first edition of America’s Most Wasted, an oversight report that seeks to expose wasteful federal spending. “Government spending is spiraling out of control,” McCain writes in the report. “The national […]

Tucson native serves with Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron 78

Tucson native serves with Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron 78

Airman Apprentice Brianna Vega is an aviation machinist’s mate with the “Blue Hawks” of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron 78, based out of San Diego. By Lt. Emily J. McCamy, Navy Office of Community Outreach SAN DIEGO – A 2014 Tucscon High School graduate and Tucson, Ariz. native is serving with a U.S. Navy helicopter squadron […]