Now they're going to start all over again, only focusing on local talent within the department this time. Guess that means that Leavitt and Klein are welcome to re-apply, although it doesn't sound like council members are all that excited about them.
Does this mean that someone on the council wants to put in the fix for a local pick? Perhaps someone wants to see some girl-power in the top slot. Wait and see.
We'll also wait and see if anything comes of an investigation into whether someone on the council leaked information from that closed-door executive session. Pima County Attorney Barbara LaWall announced last week that she was beginning an investigation to see if any of the council members broke the law during the police chief search.
This all begs the question: Is there really no one interested in running against the incumbents this year?
Fimbres has his own lengthy history in Ward 5, having lived there for most of his 54 years. The son of a Southern Pacific railroad worker and a stay-at-home mom, Fimbres credits his parents for instilling in him a responsibility to serve his community.
Fimbres is no stranger to politics. In 2002, he was tapped by Democrat Janet Napolitano to head up the Governor's Office of Highway Safety. Before that, he spent two decades working in an administrative position for Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik.
On the side, Fimbres has served on the Pima Community College governing board since 1997, although he plans to resign if elected to the council.
He's also collected a boatload of awards over the years, including being named Man of the Year by the Tucson Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce in 2002 and National Man of the Year by the League of United Latin American Citizens in 2001.
He's assembled quite the team for his council campaign, including Dan Eckstrom, the South Tucson powerbroker and former Pima County supervisor; Ramón Valadez, Eckstrom's successor on the Pima County Board of Supes; Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik; former Tucson Mayor George Miller; and Leal himself.
Fimbres should know plenty about the council office if he listens to his wife. Mary Fimbres has been a longtime aide to Leal. Fimbres is the first one into the Ward 5 pool, but Democrat Annabelle Nuñez is telling people she's still considering a run.
That will be something of a miracle if he can pull it off, especially if it turns out to be a plan that (a) doesn't include tax hikes, (b) is something that can pass out of the House of Representatives, and (c) is something that Gov. Jan Brewer will sign.
Meanwhile, the House of Representatives is carrying on with business as usual. Last week, the big news was the passage of a package of abortion restrictions, including specific requirements a judge must consider when allowing a minor to seek an abortion without parental permission; a 24-hour waiting period before a woman can have an abortion after she meets with her doctor; a list of detailed information that a doctor must tell a woman before she has an abortion; and a provision that allows pharmacists to refuse to fill prescriptions for emergency contraception or other abortion medication if it violates their political or religious views.
The legislation now heads to the Senate, which is not hearing bills that aren't budget-related.
Lawmakers told reporters how they believe in all the tenets of transparent government. Then they announced they'd be evicting reporters from the press room the media have used for more than three decades, because the lawmakers need the space. And it turns out there's another space at the Capitol for the media to rent an office.
You really can't make this stuff up.
So it was quite a surprise to see the latest bulletin from the PAChyderm Coalition, which describes itself as backing candidates who "support pro-life and pro-school choice legislation, embrace traditional family values, support all legal measures to combat illegal immigration and support limited government, including lower taxation and unnecessary government regulations."
The Pachyderm Co. released its rankings of the GOP caucus in the Arizona Senate and House, grading them on a scale of "Reagan Republican" to "Republican In Name Only." (The second-worst category is "bipartisan Republican.")
Guess who is at the bottom of the PAChyderm Coalition's list of Republicans in the Senate? Yes, Al Melvin, who has been declared a RINO by his own peeps. Ouch!
Melvin's seatmate, Rep. Vic Williams, is third from the bottom in the House, earning the rank of "Big Government Republican."
In Southern Arizona's other GOP district, LD 30, Sen. Jonathan Paton earns the rather neutral ranking of "Republican," while his House mates, Frank Antenori and David Gowan, are "Pro-Freedom Republicans."
Well, attorney Jonathan Rothschild, one of our eight would-be candidates and treasurer of the Pima County Democratic Party, called to let us know that he's not interested in the seat.
Whether Rothschild wants to run for mayor of Tucson in a few years, however, is "another conversation."
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