Anna Tovar

May 13, 2021

Regulator scorned for vote on energy rules

Clean energy advocates in Arizona watched four years of work essentially go down the drain as the Arizona Corporation Commission killed its own standards the body had initially approved several months earlier.

Apr 15, 2021

Corp Comm starts new plan on power cutoff ban

The Arizona Corporation Commission took an important first step to creating a permanent rule change on utility companies shut-off policies that stemmed from the death of a 72-year-old woman in 2018.

Apr 2, 2021

Unregulated chemicals contaminating water near air base

The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality is warning that contaminated water around Luke Air Force Base is linked to toxic foam used to put out fires and urging fire fighters to stop using the foam.

Feb 2, 2021

Bill gives Legislature some control of utility regulators

The Arizona Corporation Commission may be the next branch of government that legislators can force the Attorney General to investigate.

Nov 3, 2020

Republicans move up in Corp Comm race

After the final update from Maricopa County on Election Night, one Democrat and two Republicans are in position to win seats on the Arizona Corporation Commission.

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Oct 1, 2020

Corp Comm candidates debate dark money, renewable energy

The three Republicans running to become state utility regulators warn that putting Democrats in charge of the regulatory panel would turn Arizona into California. And they don’t mean that in a good way. In a debate at KAET-TV on September 30, all three Republicans – Jim O’Connor, Eric Sloan and Lea Marquez Peterson – criticized […]

Aug 4, 2020

Three Democrats, Two Republicans, write-in candidate advance in Corp Comm primary

All five candidates seeking a seat on the Arizona Corporation Commission advanced to the November election, as expected, but it’s still too soon to tell if a Republican write-in candidate will join them.

May 7, 2020

Democrats hope for Corp Comm control as GOP candidates fall

Democratic control of the Arizona Corporation Commission could become a reality after multiple Republican candidates failed to make the ballot.

Nov 6, 2014

Nearly half of Senate Dem caucus elected to leadership

The Senate’s 13 Democrats elected Sens. Katie Hobbs and Steve Farley as minority leader and assistant minority leader, respectively. And in an unconventional move, two new senators – Reps. Martin Quezada and Lupe Contreras – will serve as co-whips of the minority caucus.

May 28, 2014

Session Wrap 2014: UpClose with Senate Minority Leader Anna Tovar

Sen. Anna Tovar led the Senate Democratic caucus in 2014 under uncomfortable circumstances, having helped lead a coup of the old leadership team in October 2013. That vote left some bad blood among members of the minority party in the Senate, and the awkwardness of a failed vote to put back in place some of the old leadership team, led by Sen. Leah Landrum Taylor, in April.

Arizona state Sen. Ed Ableser, D-Tempe, sits dejectedly at his desk after a Senate vote approved HB2281 at the Capitol on Tuesday, April 15, 2014, in Phoenix. The bill grants property owners who lease to churches but aren't themselves religiously affiliated similar tax breaks to the ones churches get when they own property. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
May 27, 2014

Ableser attributes low attendance to family responsibilities

Democratic Sen. Ed Ableser of Tempe regained his title of most absentee lawmaker this year, showing up for only 62 percent of Senate floor sessions, though he voted on 70 percent of all the bills put before the chamber.

Senate Minority Leader Anna Tovar (Photo by Evan Wyloge/Arizona Capitol Times)
May 15, 2014

Senate minority leader says she won’t run for office in 2014

Sen. Anna Tovar announced Thursday she won’t run for public office in the 2014 campaign cycle, relinquishing a possible bid for a seat on the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors.