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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»

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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

Regulators pull plug on Meritus as Obamacare enrollment begins

Just as open enrollment for the third round of Obamacare was beginning this weekend, federal officials removed from the marketplace an insurance cooperative that had been providing coverage to about 59,000 Arizona residents.... Read more»

Hopefuls Babeu & Gowan enter crowded GOP field for open CD1

The Republican primary field in the race for Arizona’s 1st Congressional District got more crowded Monday, setting the stage for a competitive GOP primary reminiscent of the bruising 2012 campaign for the same seat. State House Speaker David Gowan and Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu threw their hats in the ring.... Read more»

Arizona Weights and Measures Department folding, duties moving

The state agency that investigates rogue moving companies, makes sure you get the gas you paid for at the pump and offers other consumer protections is set to shutter its doors next year. Gov. Doug Ducey is closing the Arizona Department of Weights and Measures with a stated goal of making state government more efficient.... Read more»

Capitol roundup: Powdered alcohol, guns, police secrecy & a cat fight

This week at the state Capitol: The Legislature is on track to finish its business early this year with this week being the final one for most committee meetings. The goal for legislators is to wrap up the session in the next couple of weeks, but the House and Senate still saw new legislation introduced. ... Read more»1

High court grills both sides in Arizona redistricting case

Supreme Court justices grilled both sides in the Arizona Legislature's challenge of a voter-approved redistricting commission. Opponents say the Constitution give the job of redistricting to lawmakers, but some justices argued that ultimate legislative power belongs to voters.... Read more»4

High court to hear Az lawmakers’ redistricting challenge

The Supreme Court said Thursday it will hear the Arizona Legislature’s challenge to a voter-passed law that gave an independent, nonpartisan commission – not lawmakers – the power to draw legislative and congressional district boundaries... Read more»

Spending on Arizona primary topped $43.5M

Driven by the race for GOP nomination for governor, politicians and independent committees spent a "staggering" sum on the primary, according to the most-recent campaign filings. That number is likely to go up, and millions more are likely to be spent before the Nov. 4 general. ... Read more»

McSally wins, Ducey takes GOP gov nod, Huppenthal & Horne ousted

CD2 candidate Martha McSally won the GOP primary Tuesday, while in the Republican gubernatorial primary, Doug Ducey was easily leading the crowded field. Incumbent schools chief John Huppenthal was losing at 42 percent, as was incumbent Attorney General Tom Horne with 46 percent.... Read more»5

Experts: Don’t be fooled by funding gap in tight congressional races

The Democratic incumbents in three Arizona districts that have been deemed among the most competitive in the country have raised substantially more than their challengers, more than 3-to-1 in some cases. The closest challenger in the money race is Martha McSally, who's aiming to face off against U.S. Rep. Ron Barber.... Read more»

Tight CD1 race racks up endorsements

As they race for votes in the hotly contested district, candidates are also racing to pick up endorsements. Political experts question their worth but, they say, in a tight race every little bit helps. And this race is one of the tightest. ... Read more»

Az Congress fundraising shows incumbents' advantage

There's nothing new to the idea that congressional incumbents have a huge advantage in fundraising, but recent campaign totals show just how difficult it can be to out-maneuver a sitting representative on the money front. Just one challenger, CD 2's Martha McSally, raked in big bucks, with CD 3's Gabby Mercer faring so badly that her campaign account is running in the red.... Read more»

Brown out: Ends CD1 bid, enters CD2 race

Republican congressional hopeful Jim Brown has wound up his campaign for CD1 before it ever started, and announced his intention to run against Martha McSally and Shelley Kais to be the GOP candidate to challenge U.S. Rep. Ron Barber in CD2. "I'll have to make up for a lot of lost ground," said Brown, who first filed to run in January.... Read more»

Brewer vetoes SB 1062: 'Could divide Arizona in ways we cannot imagine'

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer vetoed SB 1062 on Wednesday, saying it would "create more problems than it purports to solve... Religious liberty is a core American and Arizona value, so is non-discrimination ... I have not heard of one example in Arizona where a business owner’s religious liberty has been violated."... Read more»4

Republican contenders for CD1 duke it out

Three Republicans vying to challenge U.S. Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick made their pitches to Southern Arizona voters Wednesday afternoon. Andy Tobin, Gary Kiehne, and Adam Kwasman spoke to about 200 members of the Saddlebrooke Republican Club, jockeying to see who could express more dislike for Obamacare and the incumbent Democratic congresswoman.... Read more»1

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