Politics

As I lay dying

“If the killer had waited just a few days to kill a bunch Hispanics, we could have been in Walmart that day when he opened fire.” It takes my breath away to think about it.

Commissioners grill APS head Brandt over political spending, customer death

Members of the Arizona Corporation Commission got their long-awaited chance to personally question retiring Arizona Public Service CEO Don Brandt, and some used the opportunity to excoriate him over the company’s controversial political activities.

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.

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. 

AZGOP chair’s consulting firm working on legislative races

A political consulting firm owned by Arizona Republican Party Chairwoman Kelli Ward and her husband is soliciting work for legislative campaigns, raising questions among Republicans about conflicts of interest.

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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