opinion Abe Kwok Arizona Republic Published 8:40 AM EST Nov 13, 2018 Democrat Sandra Kennedy seems poised to win a seat on the utility-regulating state Corporation Commission. Arizona Public Service, with whom Kennedy locked horns when she served a previous term on the commission, didn’t appear to have campaigned heavily against her. Or to have campaigned heavily in support of the two Republicans in the race. Which raises the question, did APS and its parent company, Pinnacle West Capital Corp., hurt their cause in sitting out the election? One can argue that the electric utility should have played a bigger role to protect its interests. But a stronger argument is that it acted just as wisely, if not more so, to stand pat. APS has spent big on this race before Evidence in recent elections certainly points to APS and Pinnacle West standing to gain politically by spending more in the race. In 2016, they spent millions to help elect three Republican … [Read more...] about Will APS regret sitting out of Arizona’s Corporation Commission race?
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A brutal, tumultuous primary season in Arizona is finally careening toward a finish, with the August 28 election less than two weeks away.Candidates are making their final pitch to voters, urging Arizonans to send them to the general election while throwing elbows at other politicians in the process.The feuds have intensified. Attack ads have gotten nastier. Candidates and political action committees are hurling money around in an attempt to capture internet eyeballs and prime-time television viewers.Some ads are staid and boring. Others are memorable, mostly for how terrible they are. So, let's examine a few of the most ill-conceived, poorly shot, or just all-around awful commercials of the 2018 election season in Arizona. Steve Farley State Senator Steve Farley delivers policy briefs over pizza, according to this campaign ad. Steve Farley/YouTube This one's easy.State Senator Steve Farley, a Democrat from Tucson who is running for governor, has pitched himself as … [Read more...] about Watch: The Worst Campaign Ads of Arizona’s 2018 Primary Season
opinion Editorial board Arizona Republic Published 1:05 p.m. UTC Aug 12, 2018 If the Republican primary for U.S. Senate looks decided, the Democratic race may be stick-a-fork-in-it done. Most pundits have proclaimed U.S. Rep. Kyrsten Sinema the nominee. Her opponent, civil-rights attorney and activist Deedra Abboud, lags mightily in name recognition and fundraising. She trails heavily in the polls. Why isn’t this more of a contest? You can’t blame Abboud for that. Really, it’s like a lightbulb – even a brilliant one – competing with the sun to provide light. That’s because Sinema is the 15 gazillion-watt candidate. She is a fundraising machine, having pulled in $9 million so far for her election bid. That’s $3 million more than her presumed general-election opponent, U.S. Rep. Martha McSally, and more than 100 times more than what Abboud has raised. Abboud refuses to take money from corporate or special interests and … [Read more...] about Arizona’s Democratic Senate race should be more of a contest. Here’s why it’s not
opinion Editorial board Arizona Republic Published 1:08 p.m. UTC Aug 2, 2018 No other political body in the state has as tarnished of a reputation as the Arizona Corporation Commission. A poll last year found that nearly two out of three Arizonans believe the commission that regulates public utilities and helps set consumer rates has been “corrupted” by outside influences and spending. A former commissioner, Gary Pierce, went on trial this year on accusations he took bribes to help a water company operator; the case ended in a mistrial because of a hung jury. It is no surprise, then, that corruption and ethics drive both the Republican and Democratic primaries this year. It is not a simple case, however, of tossing out the two GOP incumbents up for re-election and installing challengers. Here’s why. GOP incumbents took different paths Corporation Commission Chairman Tom Forese and Commissioner Justin Olson are running as a team, but … [Read more...] about This is the only way to begin fixing Arizona’s tarnished Corporation Commission
Russ Wiles Arizona Republic Published 12:00 p.m. UTC Jul 29, 2018 Times are good for the men and women who run Arizona's public companies. In some ways, they've never been better. Propelled by a healthy economy, a strong stock market and rising corporate profitability, the chief executive officers of the 35 largest Arizona-based companies earned a median $4.79 million last year, according to an analysis by The Arizona Republic. That's up from $3.26 million in 2016 and easily the highest statewide compensation total ever. CEO pay totals are among the most visible signs of income inequality around the nation. Next year's numbers could be even larger given that the pro-business corporate income-tax changes adopted late last year in Washington, D.C., haven't yet been fully reflected in company financial results. The 47 percent rise in Arizona CEO compensation in 2017 compares with a 4 percent increase for Arizonans overall, as reported by … [Read more...] about CEOs of Arizona’s largest companies earned more than ever in 2017 – pay jumped 47 percent