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12 applicants line up for state Supreme Court opening

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Gov. Doug Ducey is getting his first chance to put his imprint on the state's high court. A dozen attorneys and lower court judges have applied to replace Rebecca Berch who is retiring. The Commission on Appellate Court Appointments will meet later this month to winnow down the list and decide who to interview and, ultimately, who to nominate.

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Former Supreme Court justice says Corp Comm has authority to subpoena utility (access required)

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Former Arizona Supreme Court Chief Justice Thomas Zlaket said the commission has the clear authority to subpoena a public service corporation’s spending. Solar advocacy group The Alliance for Solar Choice asked Zlaket to provide a legal opinion on the commission’s subpoena power, and the group filed Zlaket’s letter to the utility electioneering docket Thursday.

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IRC ruling dashes GOP hopes, sets 2016 campaigns in motion (access required)

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As current Speaker of the House David Gowan and former Speaker Andy Tobin stood on the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court in early March, their attorneys having just delivered compelling testimony during oral arguments in their big case, Arizona Legislature v. Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission, things were looking up for the two congressional wannabes.

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