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On eve of possible decision, Johnson Utilities says ACC can’t appoint manager

Posted by   /  July 24, 2018  /  Real Estate  /  No Comments

  By Jake Kincaid | Casa Grande Dispatch Johnson Utilities has filed an exception disputing Administrative Law Judge Sarah Harping’s proposed order for the Arizona Corporation Commission to appoint an interim manager to Johnson Utilities. The commission is set to hold a special hearing Tuesday and will possibly vote to appoint an interim manager. The […]

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Government to decide whether to re-try bribery case after mistrial

Posted by   /  July 23, 2018  /  Courts/Law, Government and Politics  /  No Comments

  By Katie Campbell | Arizona Capitol Times Gary Pierce and his fellow co-defendants aren’t off the hook yet, despite the government’s failed attempt to convince a jury they were part of a scheme to bribe the former utility regulator. The futures of Pierce, his wife, Sherry Pierce, lobbyist Jim Norton and utility owner George Johnson […]

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Longtime Arizona Corporation Commission executive appointed interim director

Posted by   /  July 20, 2018  /  Energy and Environment, Government and Politics  /  No Comments

  By BrieAnna J Frank | Arizona Republic The Arizona Corporation Commission appointed an interim executive director to lead its staff after the previous head resigned amid conflict-of-interest accusations, the agency announced Thursday. Matt Neubert will take on the role after serving as director of the commission’s securities division for 15 years, overseeing 46 employees. […]

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Johnson Utilities: ALJ recommends that ACC appoint Interim Manager; ‘something had to be done’ says Court Rich, Rose Law Group senior partner and director of Renewable Energy Department

Posted by   /  July 13, 2018  /  Courts/Law, Energy and Environment  /  No Comments

By Jake Kincaid | Casa Grande Dispatch Administrative Law Judge Sarah Harping, who presided over the evidentiary hearing on Johnson Utilities’ operations, has recommended that the Arizona Corporation Commission appoint an interim manager for the company owned by George Johnson. The order and recommended opinion was released earlier than anticipated and orders staff to immediately […]

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Regulator set to offer renewable energy plan for Corporation Commission consideration

Posted by   /  June 26, 2018  /  Energy and Environment  /  No Comments

By Howard Fischer | Capitol Media Services via Arizona Capitol Times With a renewable energy initiative ready to be filed next week, a state utility regulator is filing his own proposal, one that electric companies are likely to find more attractive. Andy Tobin wants the Arizona Corporation Commission on which he serves to require that […]

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Bribery trial jury hears from defendant Sherry Pierce

Posted by   /  June 16, 2018  /  Courts/Law  /  No Comments

By Katie Campbell | Arizona Capitol Times Sherry Pierce says she had no idea she was doing work on behalf of water utility owner George Johnson while she was employed by KNB Consulting and her husband sat on the Arizona Corporation Commission. “I wasn’t working for George Johnson,” she testified on June 14. “That didn’t […]

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Testimony: Johnson hired witness to find Pinal candidates against San Tan Valley incorporation

Posted by   /  June 13, 2018  /  Courts/Law  /  No Comments

By Howard Fischer | Capitol Media Services via PinalCentral Seeking to undermine her credibility, defense attorneys in the Corporation Commission bribery case got the government’s key witness to admit on the stand Tuesday she may have committed tax fraud. Kelly Norton acknowledged that she never reported to the Internal Revenue Service the $6,000 a month […]

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Arizona utility bribe trial details contact with FBI

Posted by   /  June 8, 2018  /  Energy and Environment  /  No Comments

Howard Fischer Capitol Media Services | San Tan Valley News The government’s key witness in the Arizona Corporation Commission bribery case told jurors Wednesday she divorced husband lobbyist Jim Norton because he had multiple affairs but that her decision to testify against him and others was because “I didn’t want to go to jail.” Kelly […]

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Defendants reject plea offers in Corporation Commission bribery case

Posted by   /  May 30, 2018  /  Courts/Law  /  No Comments

By Howard Fischer |Capitol Media Services via Arizona Capitol Times Plea deals offered to a former state utility regulator and a lobbyist suggests that federal prosecutors are not done looking at other possible criminal activities at the Arizona Corporation Commission. Assistant U.S. Attorney Frederick Battista disclosed Wednesday that his office had offered to let Gary […]

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Queen Creek witnesses blast utility, plug town as ideal interim manager

Posted by   /  April 23, 2018  /  Government and Politics  /  No Comments

By Jake Kincaid | San Tan Valley Sentinel The town of Queen Creek wants to be appointed interim manager of Johnson Utilities. That much was clear as Queen Creek officials testified in the Arizona Corporation Commission evidentiary hearing for Johnson Utilities, whose officials were called to the stand by the attorney representing Queen Creek and […]

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