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 »
Excerpt from The Arizona Republic (10/27/15): “Our View: Corporation Commission must learn to love disclosure” Arizona Corporation Commissioners Doug Little and Tom Forese consistently have refused to distance themselves from Arizona Public Service, which is widely believed to have backed their campaigns
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
What is the difference between misdemeanors and felonies in Arizona? Wochit Former Chairman of the Arizona Corporation Commission Gary Pierce and water company owner George Johnson were indicted this week in federal court on charges of bribery, conspiracy and fraud.
Six years after former Gov. Bob McDonnell and his family began receiving money, loans, vacations, golf outings, designer clothes and a Rolex from a businessman he called a friend, little has changed to prevent such largesse being provided to Virginia's top executive, state officials say.
A stretch of sunny, windy days, combined with brimming reservoirs at hydroelectricity facilities across the state, helped California reach yet another renewable energy milestone last weekend. Early Saturday afternoon, renewable sources produced a record 67.
A major Canadian logger appears to be using a pair of law suits to end the existence of Greenpeace and to stop or curtail pro-environmental activities by other organizations operating in North America, or perhaps, generally. This activity is being carried out by Resolute Forest Products.