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Shift of CBP officers has led to border slowdown that’s hurting trade

The Trump administration has moved border agents from ports of entry to dealing with asylum seekers, causing delays that leave some fearing economic impacts.... Read more»

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Mexican ambassador expresses confidence new trade deal will get done

The Mexican ambassador to the U.S. said Tuesday he is confident final details can be worked out a new trade deal between the two countries and Canada, despite President Donald Trump’s sometimes disruptive border rhetoric.... Read more»

Ted Vogt out as Corp Comm director over conflict of interest

Ted Vogt, a former Tucson lawmaker, was pushed out as director of the Arizona Corporation Commission over concerns about a conflict of interest. His wife has been working for a PR firm for Arizona Public Service, a utility regulated by the state panel.... Read more»

'Frat party': State fired Corp Comm candidate over harassment claims in 2016

Corporation Commission candidate Eric Sloan, whose campaign slogan is “Conservative. Experienced. Principled.” was fired from his job as chief of public policy at the Department of Gaming two years ago, after employees complained about a hostile work environment that resembled a “frat party.”... Read more»1

Newman drops out of Corporation Commission race

Paul Newman, acknowledging that he's falling short in collecting nominating signatures, announced that he's dropping his bid to return to the Arizona Corporation Commission.... Read more»

Corp Comm candidates to debate Sunday in GV

Four Democratic candidates for the Arizona Corporation Commission — one of the most powerful elected bodies in the state — will debate Sunday afternoon, moderated by TucsonSentinel.com Editor Dylan Smith.... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

Can Candidate Glassman prove that he's grown up?

I'll put it this way: Everything I need to know about Donald Trump, I learned from Rodney Glassman. The ego, the affirmation-seeking narcissism, the treatment of staff, the belief that he's the victim. If he had any sense of authenticity he'd be dangerous, but his lens was the convenience of ambition.... Read more»

Rodney Glassman on GOP bus as candidate for Az Corp Commission

Rodney Glassman, a former Tucson councilman who ran for U.S. Senate as a Democrat, has filed as a Republican candidate for the Arizona Corporation Commission in the 2018 election... Read more»1

Ex-Az utility regulator, lobbyist, owner charged with bribery

Federal prosecutors charged former Arizona Corporation Commissioner Gary Pierce, his wife, prominent lobbyist Jim Norton and utility owner George Johnson with conspiracy, bribery and fraud over what prosecutors lay out as a scheme to pay off Pierce in return for favorable regulation surrounding a special $18 million wastewater plant deal.... Read more»

Arizona still a power in solar industry, despite gains by other states

Arizona currently ranks second in total installed solar capacity after California, the nation’s undisputed leader. More than 100 solar facilities are operating or under construction here, and could have a large effect on our economy, with the potential to attract a skilled workforce.... Read more»

Utilities and solar advocates clash over Corporation Comission races

Three of the five seats on the Arizona Corporation Commission are up for grabs. While the regulatory body is not as well known as others, its decisions regulate energy production and expenses for utilities. The ACC has perhaps the biggest impact on your monthly bills of any state agency.... Read more»

Less is more: Dems run fewer Corp Comm candidates for better odds

This fall, Arizona voters will choose three utility regulators to sit on the Arizona Corporation Commission, and while one might expect that each of the main parties would run a full slate of candidates, Democrats are only running two. That makes the state’s underdog party counterintuitively more competitive to win at least one seat.... Read more»

Dark money group leads last-minute effort to speed up campaign finance changes

Arizona is already poised to relax rules regarding so-called "dark money" groups starting next year, but a last-minute amendment from the state Senate could make the changes go into effect in less than a month.... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

A look at TEP's 'threat' to solar

Liberal media has been awash with talk about how solar is under attack by utilities. I have no doubt installers like Solar City will lose in the near-term. But I have tremendous doubt that the Corporation Commission can derail the solar-paneled freight train rolling down sustainable tracks.... Read more»1

Andy Tobin appointed to Corporation Commission

A former state House speaker has been appointed to the Arizona Corporation Commission. Andy Tobin will take the place of Susan Bitter Smith, who resigned over conflict of interest allegations.... Read more»1

What the Devil won't tell you

Capitol complex: Bitter Smith case a tangy reminder Az's troubles run deep

Somewhere up there, Boss Tweed is looking down at Susan Bitter Smith and muttering, "Ballsy." The Arizona Attorney General told her, "No, you can't serve on the board regulating utilities and then take money from those utilities." But, it's on the media to ensure public offices are treated as public trusts.... Read more»

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