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Paperwork error lands Burns in hot seat

Bitter Smith isn’t the only Corp Commissioner whose lobbying activities are drawing scrutiny: Burns is registered as a lobbyist for a telecom trade group, the Arizona Telecommunications and Information Council, the Republic reported this morning.

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Corp Comm drama will scramble 2016 field

A railbird familiar with the Corp Comm told our reporter there’s a lot of anger among commissioners after Tuesday’s divide over utility electioneering disclosure. Bitter Smith and Burns had previously said they were planning to run together in 2016, and Gray previously told our reporter he’d be running on a slate with Burns.

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

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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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Breaking up the band?

The conventional wisdom is that the outcome of next year’s Corp Comm race is likely to hinge on who teams up with Bitter Smith and Burns, the two incumbents seeking re-election.

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