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
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Share This Story! Let friends in your social network know what you are reading about Facebook Email Twitter Google+ LinkedIn Pinterest Ever wonder where used cars on Arizona's dealer lots come from? This is where Cox Enterprises is best known for cable TV, but the privately held company also auctions 8 million used cars each year in Arizona and other states. Sent! A link has been sent to your friend's email address. Posted! A link has been posted to your Facebook feed. Join the Conversation To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the Conversation Guidelines and FAQs Subscribe Today Log In Subscribed, but don't have a login? Register your digital access. Russ Wiles, The Republic | azcentral.com Published 6:00 a.m. MT March 23, 2018 | Updated 11:52 a.m. MT March 23, 2018 CLOSE If you have bought a used car or truck in Arizona over the past couple decades, or traded one back to a dealer, there's a good chance … [Read more...] about Ever wonder where used cars on Arizona’s dealer lots come from? This is where
Would you give Andy Tobin a large hunk of money and ask him to invest it in energy futures for you?Tobin apparently believes that, when you elected him to the Arizona Corporation Commission, that’s what you did.Tobin wants his fellow politicians on the commission to dictate the energy mix of regulated electric utilities as far into the future as 2050. By that date, they would have to produce 80 percent of their power from “clean” sources such as solar, wind and nuclear. Each year, they would have to submit reports documenting their progress toward that result.But that’s only the beginning of Tobin’s mandatory prescriptions for the future. In addition to producing electricity, regulated utilities must restore the health of Arizona’s forests. They would be ordered to do that by getting into the biomass electricity generation business big time. From Dec. 31, 2021, to Dec. 31, 2041, to be precise. This supposedly will produce the demand for the … [Read more...] about Robb: Andy Tobin wants to bet on Arizona’s energy future. Do you trust him?
Renewable-energy advocates are hoping to ask voters to increase Arizona's use of solar, wind and other alternative-energy resources with a ballot measure.A coalition of health-care providers and other organizations plans to launch the initiative Tuesday.Clean Energy for a Healthy Arizona filed paperwork with the Arizona secretary of state on Friday.They hope voters will require electric companies to get half their power supply from renewables by 2030, which would be a significant jump from the existing standard.“Using more clean energy will result in cleaner air and better health for our children and families,” said Dr. John Swagert, CEO of Mountain Park Health Center in Phoenix, in a prepared statement. “Arizona has high rates of respiratory ailments like asthma, and less air pollution from coal-burning power plants will mean fewer cases of childhood asthma and lung and heart disease.”To get on the ballot, the groups will need to gather more than 150,000 … [Read more...] about Ballot initiative aims to increase Arizona’s use of renewable energy
When Arizonans turn on the television or look at the internet this week, they likely will see a 30-second advertisement that highlights how the state is spending money to help K-12 public education, along with some achievements of public schools.The cheerful ad, with images of teachers in the classroom and students huddled around a laptop, comes from a newly formed non-profit corporation called the Arizona Education Project.Donors to the non-profit so far include some heavy hitters: Pinnacle West Capital Corp., the parent company of Arizona Public Service Co., Services Group of America, the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Arizona Lodging and Tourism Association, and the Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. –All are allies of Gov. Doug Ducey, who is running for re-election amidst intense pressure to boost funding to public education.The public-education ad is intended to counter the narrative set by those who question state leaders’ commitment to … [Read more...] about Ad blitz touting Arizona’s K-12 education system hits airwaves – see who is funding it