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Chandler and SRP butt heads over power line routes

Posted by   /  May 26, 2017  /  Energy and Environment, Government and Politics  /  No Comments

By Jerod MacDonald-Evoy | The Republic The Salt River Project’s proposed routes for power lines in Chandler are facing criticism and opposition again but this time the city council is getting involved. SRP-proposed power lines in Chandler are sparking controversy again, but this time the City Council is getting involved in the nearly four-year saga. […]

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Lobbyist declares innocence in Corporation Commission federal case

Posted by   /  May 26, 2017  /  Courts/Law, Energy and Environment, Government and Politics  /  No Comments

Suggests fiendish ‘unindicted co-conspirator’ By Katie Campbell | Arizona Capitol Times Lobbyist Jim Norton’s attorney said Friday federal charges against him hinge on the allegations of an “unindicted co-conspirator,” whose motivations will become “transparent” when the mystery person’s identity is revealed. In a written statement issued Friday in response to a 17-count federal indictment, Norton […]

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APS continues its fight against disclosing political contributions

Posted by   /  May 26, 2017  /  Courts/Law, Energy and Environment, Government and Politics  /  No Comments

Says commissioner has no grounds for such By Howard Fischer | Capitol Media Services via Arizona Daily Sun The attorney for the state’s largest electric utility said the fact that Bob Burns may think the other members of the Arizona Corporation Commission are “scoundrels” does not give him the right to issue his own subpoena […]

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Government agendas for week of May 29 –June 2, 2017

Posted by   /  May 26, 2017  /  Government and Politics  /  No Comments

Cities and Towns: 5-31 City of Phoenix Council Meeting 6-1 City of Phoenix Zoning Adjustment Hearing 6-1 City of Phoenix Board of Adjustment Meeting 6-1 City of Casa Grande Planning Hearing 5-30 Town of Cave Creek Special Council Meeting 6-1 Town of Florence Planning and Zoning Commission 6-1 Town of Fountain Hills Special and Regular […]

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REGIONAL NEWS for May 26, 2017: Nevada becomes 19th state to ask Congress for constitutional amendment to overturn the Citizens United.

Posted by   /  May 26, 2017  /  Courts/Law, Government and Politics, Immigration, Real Estate, Regional News  /  No Comments

Nevada Legislature passes proposal to overturn Citizens United Trump promised a ‘big beautiful door’ in his border wall. California farmers are ready and waiting Utah lawmaker takes aim at campus free-speech rules Attorney general looking into University of New Mexico golf junket Downtown Denver hotel opening this summer will boast highest open-air rooftop bar in […]

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No one hurt yet by law restricting voter initiatives, lawyer says

Posted by   /  May 26, 2017  /  Courts/Law, Government and Politics  /  No Comments

By Howard Fischer | Capitol Media Services via Arizona Capitol Times The attorney for two top Republican lawmakers is laying the groundwork to quash a legal challenge to new hurdles they erected to voters creating their own laws. During a preliminary hearing May 25, David Cantelme did not address whether the Legislature exceeded its constitutional […]

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Residents discuss drawbacks, benefits of life on federally owned land

Posted by   /  May 25, 2017  /  Government and Politics  /  No Comments

By Ben Moffat | Cronkite News Wednesday, May 24, 2017 An Arizona rancher and state legislator told a congressional committee Wednesday that he has been “held hostage” for years by the red tape that accompanies federal ownership of lands in the West. The testimony by state Rep. David Cook, R-Globe, came during a House hearing […]

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Former AZ utility regulator, lobbyist, utility owner charged with conspiracy, bribery, fraud

Posted by   /  May 25, 2017  /  Courts/Law, Energy and Environment, Featured News, Government and Politics  /  No Comments

By Evan Wyloge and Jim Small | Arizona Center for Investigative Reporting Federal prosecutors on Tuesday charged former Arizona Corporation Commissioner Gary Pierce, his wife, prominent lobbyist Jim Norton and utility owner George Johnson with conspiracy, bribery, mail fraud and wire fraud, over what prosecutors lay out as a scheme to pay off Pierce in […]

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GOP leads efforts to pass state laws it says protect free speech

Posted by   /  May 25, 2017  /  Government and Politics  /  No Comments

Much of the proposed legislation is based on a model bill published in January by the Goldwater Institute By Douglas Belkin | The Wall Street Journal Demonstrators have chased away conservative speakers over the past few months at the University of California, Berkeley, and Middlebury College in Vermont. Taking action to avoid similar scenes, universities […]

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Arizona Supreme Court backs Horne in challenge to $400,000 campaign fine

Posted by   /  May 25, 2017  /  Courts/Law, Government and Politics  /  No Comments

By Jeremy Duda | Arizona Capitol Times The Arizona Supreme Court ruled today that Yavapai County Attorney Sheila Polk violated Tom Horne’s due process rights by levying a $400,000 fine against him and a former aide over campaign finance violations. The decision overturned two lower court rulings and handed the former attorney general a major […]

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