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Anti-corruption group: Pick one career

The Public Integrity Alliance (née the Arizona Public Integrity Alliance), which went after Horne in 2013 and 2014, is asking Commissioner Susan Bitter Smith to sever all her ties with outside groups, and cease all lobbying on behalf of any client during her term as a regulator.

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Better call Saul Tom

Attorney Tom Ryan is officially seeking the removal of Commissioner Bitter Smith from office. Today, the lawyer filed a complaint with Brnovich’s office, alleging that Bitter Smith was not qualified to run for office because of a conflict of interest: She works as a lobbyist for the telecommunications industry, which the commission oversees.

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Net metering and the Arizona Corporation Commission

Net metering and the Arizona Corporation Commission

I believe many of the Arizona Corporation Commission’s recent decisions to this date surrounding net metering have done more harm than good to our local economy, to businesses like mine, and especially to low-income and middle-class families throughout the state (who would benefit the most from rooftop solar).

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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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The end of transparency? Corp commissioner Burns considering further restrictions to public records

The end of transparency? Corp commissioner Burns considering further restrictions to public records

After three months of fighting with the Washington DC-based Checks and Balances Project over records of an Arizona Corporation Commission member’s text messages, emails and call logs, a fellow commissioner was fed up. "When does too much become too much?” Commissioner Bob Burns wrote in an email to Jodi Jerich, executive director of the Corporation Commission.

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