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Bitter Smith under fire for lobbying ties

Several lawyers and former commissioners are calling out Corp Comm chairwoman Bitter Smith for her ties to a cable industry trade group, and one attorney is considering filing a complaint with the AG to have her be removed from office because of conflict of interest, KJZZ’s Kristena Hansen reported today (Aug. 24).

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Fuzzy math

The Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol presented a giant fake check to school officials on Wednesday at the Capitol, claiming that taxes from recreational marijuana sales would generate more than $40 million a year in revenue for education. “Our schools are in serious need of funding, and taxing marijuana would create a significant new revenue stream,” said Quezada, who serves on the governing board of Pendergrast Elementary School District.

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She is the one who knocks

The commission meeting opened with an address from Reagan, who expressed concern with the proposal. Reagan told the commission that there’s a place for Clean Elections in Arizona and that, in order to respect the will of the voters who approved the Clean Elections Act, it’s her duty to work with the commission.

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Recipes for sausage-making

Former Clean Elections Commissioner Louis Hoffman responded to the Arizona Chamber of Commerce's suggested revisions to the commission's proposed "political committee" rule with some changes of his own.

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Stay in the dark, my friends

Critics of dark money hoping to shine the light on whether APS was the driving source behind the Arizona Free Enterprise Club’s abnormally high level of campaign spending last year had their hopes dashed yesterday (Aug. 13), when the AG’s office informed our reporter that a complaint against the group had been dismissed.

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Enter the thought police

Burns’ suggestion yesterday that lawmakers consider narrowing access to Arizona’s public records laws got Kavanagh’s wheels spinning. He said he is mulling legislation to allow public officials some semblance of privacy when dealing with electronic communications, even if they are exchanged between public officials discussing public business.

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AZGOP lapping Dems in federal fundraising

Through the first half of 2015, the Arizona Republican and Democratic parties are mirror images of each other in terms of fundraising for their federal campaign accounts. As of June 30, the GOP had raised nearly $942,000, dwarfing the $406,000 the Dems had brought in.

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