Smith, who initially admitted to spending too much in the GOP primary, has since said he just made some minor accounting errors. Response from CCEC officials: "No takebacks!"
Smith, who holds the dubious honor of being the first lawmaker in the United States to be booted from office for violating the rules of a publicly financed campaign program, has vowed to take his legal fight all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court, saying that the CCEC has no authority to order him out of office. Except, of course, for the contract he willingly signed to get the public money, which seems to holding up remarkably well in court so far.
The change would add an estimated $100 million to the $191 million makeover bill. Where might the extra money come from? Well, how about if state lawmakers just let us keep diverting sales taxes through the special Rio Nuevo district for an extra 15 years? That would be mighty generous of them.
In other transportation news: Tony Davis of the Arizona Daily Star brings us the news that Oro Valley Town Manager Chuck Sweet wants to push La Cholla Boulevard right through the Tortolita Mountains to accommodate future commuters who are moving to the outskirts of the community. The downside: It would cut through a planned expansion of Tucson Mountain Park.
Don't you just feel awful for people who save money by buying houses in the middle of nowhere and then complain when the roads aren't convenient? They need to come first, don't they?
The initiative could put a real crimp in Tucson City Councilwoman Nina Trasoff's "plan" to lobby lawmakers to allow the city to replace Tucson's garbage fee with a citywide tax on cigarettes and liquor.
Hamm has since completed law school but was blocked from entrance to the bar association. The court ruled that it wasn't so much Hamm's execution-style act of murder but his failure to pay child support that suggested that he still lacked the good moral character necessary to practice law in Arizona.
The lawsuit comes on the heels of another suit filed by the MPAA in October alleging that Tucsonan Steve Streeter used KaZaA to illegally download Alien Vs. Predator and Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World. We're not movie critics, but we don't think watching AVP was worth anywhere near $150,000.