Top Headlines: Oct. 29th, 2015
2015-10-29
Top news stories covering C&BP’s Lawsuit for Access to Commissioner Bob Stump’s Taxpayer-Funded Phone.   Roberts: State sued in fight for Stump’s text messages (Arizona Republic) The Checks and Balances Project on Wednesday sued both the Arizona Corporation Commission and Arizona Attorney General’s Office. This, in its continuing quest to get a look at the ever-elusive text messages… Read more »
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Clean-energy group questions regulators’ letters that oppose APS campaign disclosures
2015-10-27
Excerpt from The Arizona Republic (10/26/15): “Clean-energy group questions regulators’ letters that oppose APS campaign disclosures“: A clean-energy group wants to know if two Arizona utility regulators got help from Arizona Public Service Co. in writing letters that oppose forcing the company to disclose what it spent on last year’s election campaigns… The executive director of the… Read more »
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Roberts: Why is Bob Stump shocked?
2015-10-13
Excerpt from The Arizona Republic (10/12/15): “Roberts: Why is Bob Stump shocked?” For most of this year,[C&BP] has been after Stump’s text messages – the ones he sent during last year’s campaign to an APS executive, to a dark-money group believed to have been funded by APS and to Doug Little and Tom Forese, the commission… Read more »
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In smog battle, industry gets help from unlikely source: black business group
2015-09-30
Excerpt from The Washington Post (9/28/15): “In smog battle, industry gets help from unlikely source: black business group” The National Black Chamber of Commerce, which acknowledges receiving strong financial backing from Exxon Mobil and other ­fossil-fuel interests, has specifically tailored its message to African American audiences, drawing anger from environmental and public health groups that… Read more »
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Arizona Corporation Commission omitted e-mails about Bob Stump phone in records fight
2015-09-25
  Excerpt From the Arizona Republic (9/23/15): “Arizona Corporation Commission omitted e-mails about Bob Stump phone in records fight”: The Arizona Corporation Commission responded to public records requests from a government watchdog group with inaccurate and incomplete information about regulator Bob Stump’s phones, possibly in violation of state public records laws. The commission revealed the… Read more »
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Top Headline, August 24
2015-08-24
Excerpt from KJZZ (8/24/15): “Utility Regulator’s Business Ties Called Into Question” : Bitter Smith, a Republican, is a registered lobbyist for Cox Communications, a status she’s held long before her 2012 election to the commission. Cox is regulated for cable by the Federal Communications Commission and local municipalities. But because it also offers telephone services, Cox… Read more »
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Top Headline, August 18th, 2015
2015-08-18
Excerpt from The Arizona Republic (8/17/15): “Our View: Can commissioners be bought? Here’s a test”  The moment of truth — consideration of a fee increase for rooftop-solar customers of Arizona Public Service — is upon Arizona’s all-Republican Corporation Commission. The moment is an uncomfortable one. Two of the sitting commissioners are widely believed to have… Read more »
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Top Video Headline, August 17, 2015
2015-08-17
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Top Headlines, August 17, 2015
2015-08-17
Excerpt from The Sierra Vista Herald (8/13/15): “Utility regulator wants change in public records law” State utility regulator Bob Burns wants lawmakers to tighten up the state’s Public Records Law, possibly setting up a “gatekeeper” who would have to approve — and could deny — requests. Burns, a former state Senate president, said his concerns… Read more »
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