Law & Government

Brandt’s claim that APS is widely loved doesn’t jibe with reality

“People around this state love APS. I go out and the kudos that are thrown at me are kind of embarrassing,” Don Brandt said in response to another question from Kennedy.

Driverless semis in Arizona navigate open roads, vague statutes, tumultuous industry

Self-driving commercial trucks face a host of challenges, but the industry isn't going anywhere -- in Arizona or nationwide.

Arizona’s ESA school voucher program shares problems California’s Medicaid system

What do California’s Medicaid program and Arizona’s Empowerment Scholarship Accounts school vouchers have in common? The California state auditor flagged $4 billion in questionable payments made by that state’s Medi-Cal program (their version of Medicaid)...

Commission could seek answers on APS spending in secretary of state race

Why did Arizona Public Service spend hundreds of thousands of dollars to try to help a corporation commissioner’s son get elected secretary of state?

Taking stock: APS’s election spending meant millions for its CEO

Don Brandt, the CEO of both APS and Pinnacle West, reaped massive personal profits after APS spent $16 million to elect regulators in the 2014 and 2016 elections.

Arizona joins other states calling on Supreme Court to overturn DACA

Arizona joined 12 other states this week that asked the Supreme Court to roll back Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, a program that they say has caused “irreparable harm” to their states.

Activists protest McSally’s lack of action to fight climate change

Environmental activists took to street corners and hosted a town hall Thursday to protest Republican U.S. Sen. Martha McSally’s inaction on climate change.

Like presidential hopefuls, Arizona Dems split on ‘Medicare for All’

A chasm is growing within the Democratic party over the most appropriate route to address the country’s struggling health care system.

How a 19-year-old Phoenix native is making Phoenix discuss facial recognition tech

Eric Brock Jr. has worked for Treasurer Kimberley Yee, Phoenix Councilman Sal DiCiccio, Congressman David Schweikert and started the first African American student association at his old high school. Now, at the age of 19, he is taking on how the City of Phoenix uses facial recognition technology.

Despite changes in leadership, APS’s influence remains strong at the Corporation Commission

Unelected staffers at the commission have brazenly continued to advocate anti-consumer positions favorable to APS on issue after issue. In doing so, APS’s interests have been protected at the expense of ratepayers.
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