“To Shape the Value of Solar Study Before it Starts” For 18 months, we’ve reported to Arizonans the evidence we’ve uncovered that indicates public business between captured regulators and utility lobbyists is taking place via text messages to conceal their communications. Now a small batch of texts between Lon Huber, Arizona’s Residential Utility Consumer Office’s… Read more »
Bob Stump has been development director for School Choice Arizona (SCA) for a decade. During eight of those years, he has also been a commissioner of the Arizona Corporation Commission. Commissioners are allowed to have outside jobs. It’s only when there are legal or ethical conflicts of interest that it becomes a problem. One obvious… Read more »
A Statement by Executive Director Scott Peterson “Checks and Balances Project was founded six years ago to ask tough questions of government officials, lobbyists, and corporate managers who stand in the way of sustainability. Despite today’s action, we’re celebrating the progress we’ve made in Arizona over the past year. “Our pressure on the Corporation… Read more »
HASH Values Can Tell If Records Have Been Altered Arizona Corporation Commissioner (ACC) Bob Stump is one court decision away from potentially being in a lot of trouble. And he’s not alone. His magical thinking does not change that fact. Our request to obtain 3,547 potential public records exchanged by Mr. Stump on his taxpayer-funded… Read more »
A critical decision is approaching in the effort to enforce public access to public records. Superior Court Judge Randall Warner will soon decide whether to allow continued gamesmanship by Arizona Public Service-connected players in Arizona government or take a step toward public transparency. On April 15, 2016, we submitted a new motion to the court…. Read more »
After Year of Evasion on Record Requests, New Poll Shows a Majority Reject Stump’s Assertions (Note: this story was updated on March 8, 2016.) Lawyers for the Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC) tried today to have a judge help it to continue blocking public access to thousands of work-related text messages on Commissioner Bob Stump’s… Read more »
Is Arizona Attorney General Brnovich Hiding the Ball? Nearly 11 months ago, a reader tipped us that Arizona Corporation Commissioner Bob Stump used text messaging as his preferred means of communication. We found and reviewed footage of him texting repeatedly during Commission meetings. That led us to ask to examine Mr. Stump’s text messages, in… Read more »
While Judge Cole’s two-paragraph report is silent about which of Commissioner Bob Stump’s text messages he actually looked at, the former judge’s comments last Friday to the Arizona Republic indicate that he did not look at any of the more than 3,500 text messages sought by C&BP’s public records request. Only those text messages given… Read more »
Two Paragraph Letter Tells Us Little Wednesday evening, C&BP attorney Dan Barr received a two paragraph report from Judge Cole, the special master appointed to examine Commissioner Bob Stump’s text messages from his government-issued smartphone. According to Cole’s report, “none of the text messages” that the Attorney General’s investigators downloaded from Stump’s iPhone6 are… Read more »
Is it a New Era? Or Is Winter Coming? Can an ethics honcho help to restore public confidence in the Arizona Corporation Commission? There’s certainly a lot to clean up. On New Year’s Eve, Commissioner Bob Stump was partying with Strategen’s Lon Huber. Theoretically an impartial judge for Arizona citizens regarding energy rates, Stump… 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.