The Arizona Commerce Authority set off alarms at the Goldwater Institute this week after the government agency announced it would be awarding thousands of dollars to companies that were eliminated from a competitive grant program.Read More »
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A panel of senators today approved legislation to bar the Arizona Corporation Commission from adopting renewable energy standards that are more stringent than what is currently in place. Many consider the bill an attempt by lawmakers to assert control over the state’s energy policy, but critics said it infringes on the commission’s constitutional authority to set rates for public utility companies.Read More »
A power struggle over who has the authority to set the state’s energy policies has erupted with a bill that would make the Arizona Corporation Commission answerable to the Legislature and governor.Read More »
A legal challenge to a state program that allows disabled students to attend private schools isn’t stopping school-choice advocates from trying to expand it.Read More »
If a silver lining exists to the explosive growth of national power over the past several years, it is that Americans are turning to their federal and state constitutions, reading them, understanding them, and invoking them to protect their rights.Read More »
A pending ballot referendum that would allow voters to decide the fate of publicly funded political campaigns in Arizona could be deemed illegal by a county judge, but a former lawmaker who has set his sights on Arizona’s Clean Elections system promises voters will have the last word.Read More »
The Goldwater Institute is among the most powerful public-policy groups in Arizona.
The organization’s employees draft legislation, regularly meet with lawmakers and testify before committee hearings at the state Capitol. The group even advocated for the call of a 2010 special session in which lawmakers sought to give workers the right to a secret ballot in union elections.
But the institute’s officials bristle at the suggestion that the organization has more than one lobbyist on its staff.
The Rose Law Group employes 43 people and is involved in several big political cases, including a federal SB1070 suit, the proposed Indian casino near Glendale, medical marijuana cases and the Republican redistricting group FAIR Trust.
For Jordan Rose, it's a far cry from the desk in storage closet she first worked from coming out of law school.
This week’s most outstanding utterances, gibes and quips.Read More »
Backers of an anti-union ballot measure were incensed last year when the unions successfully got it removed from the ballot, more than a year after lawmakers agreed to send it to voters and after the Legislature had adjourned for the year.Read More »