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Arizona Corporation Commission defends ethics policy as lawmakers gripe

The Arizona Corporation Commission is defending its efforts to show independence from utilities, despite lawmakers' complaints. ... Read more»

Guest opinion

Is the ‘legalized corruption’ that let APS get its way over?

Arizona Public Service ratepayers have been complaining about electricity bills for the past four years, but now it seems APS no longer has carte blanche at the Corporation Commission - regulators finally made changes that have the utility threatening to sue.... Read more»

Arizona lawmaker takes aim at Corp Comm policy on campaign contributions by utilities

Legislative attorneys believe a Corporation Commission policy intended to restrict campaign contributions by utilities violates the Arizona Constitution, and the lawmaker who requested that opinion is hoping it will persuade the commission to change course for next year’s election.... Read more»

Redistricting commission picks Neuberg as independent chair

Erika Schupak Neuberg, a psychologist and life coach with a practice in Scottsdale, and a national board member of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, will serve as independent chair of the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission. Neuberg will be a critical tie-breaking vote if the four partisan members deadlock.... Read more»

Arizona redistricting commission interviews chair candidates in first meeting

The Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission decided Thursday to schedule another meeting next week to hopefully decide who to select for the position of independent chair; otherwise, the choice will be made by the Commission on Appellate Court Appointments, which selected the finalists.... Read more»

Arizona redistricting commission will meet to choose independent chair

The four partisan members of the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission will hold their first meeting on Thursday, and their first order of business will likely be the most important decision they’ll ever make: choosing a chair who will decide the shape of state politics for the next decade.... Read more»

Analysis

Ducey budget is a better deal than GOP leadership plans

The State Capitol budget is on an election year fast track, and that’s OK. Republican legislators should pass Gov. Doug Ducey’s fiscal year 2021 budget recommendation as is, thus eliminating what has become a closed-door, drawn-out GOP budget process. Democratic legislators can protest with their votes against it.... Read more»

Arizona poised for hefty 2018 election spending

There were no statewide or legislative elections in 2017, but the year marked the most prolific campaign fundraising year since the state began keeping the records in an electronic database, setting up the 2018 election for massive political spending.... 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»

APS holding co. was largest donor to 2014 federal campaigns in Arizona

Pinnacle West Capital and its employees were the largest non-party contributors to federal candidates in Arizona in the last election cycle, giving $187,783 to House and Senate candidates in the 2014 midterm election cycle.... Read more»