/ Modified jul 20, 2013 10:05 a.m.

AZ Illustrated Politics: Friday, July 19, 2013

Tucson Tea Party founder, Dem. party chairman talk Rio Nuevo Board; Rosemont Copper mine closer to approval; DREAMers back in court.

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Play the video above to see these stories on AZ Illustrated Politics for Friday, July 19:

RIO NUEVO BOARD: Earlier in the week, the Rio Nuevo Board voted to tentatively move forward with a deal to lend a downtown developer $4.3 million for a new hotel project. The funds would help build a parking garage, and Rio nuevo would be paid back with revenues from the parking spaces. Trent Humphries, Tucson Tea Party founder, and Don Jorgensen, chairman of the Pima County Democratic Party discuss the decision.

ROSEMONT MINE: Humphries and Jorgensen speak about the Rosemont Copper mine, as it moves closer to approval. Rosemont expects all permits by the end of October, and begin construction by the end of the year. The U.S. Forest Service has the last word for approval. Jorgensen and Humphries debate endangered species in the area, the outstanding EPA Clean Water Act permit that's still pending.

DAVIS-MONTHAN: This week, pilot training in Davis Monthan Air Force Base was restored. It had been put on hold as part of the sequester, the general cut in government spending. Humphries and Jorgensen discuss whether the sequester was a good decision from the federal government or not, and weigh on the effects of budget cuts across-the-board.

DREAMERS BACK IN COURT: DREAMers and immigrant rights advocates are back in court, hoping to block Gov. Jan Brewer's order to deny driver's licenses for young immigrants who received work permits and avoided deportation thanks to an executive order issued by President Barack Obama earlier this year. Humphries and Jorgensen share their views on the issue.

AZ Illustrated Politics is produced by Jim Nintzel. Contact him at jnintzel@azpm.org.

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