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Oct 11, 2022

Convergence of sporting events could make state betting capital

Arizona is gearing up for a sports year like no other, and odds are the state will become the sports betting capital of the world, at least for a few weeks.

Nov 19, 2019

Former AG Woods to lead probe of suspended assessor Peterson

Maricopa County Attorney Allister Adel has hired the attorney who botched an investigation into the Fiesta Bowl a decade ago to oversee a probe of County Assessor Paul Petersen.

Mar 6, 2017

Attorney with criminal record to serve as special prosecutor

Gary Husk, a lawyer with a criminal record who also figured in a scandal involving the Fiesta Bowl has been selected to serve as a special prosecutor in two death-penalty homicide cases in Pinal County.

Nov 9, 2015

Arizona gets D on government accountability and transparency

The Grand Canyon State received an overall score of 64 – a D grade – in a new State Integrity Investigation, a data-driven assessment of government accountability and transparency in all 50 states by the Center for Public Integrity and Global Integrity. Despite the low grade, Arizona ranked 22nd among all the states.

Jun 18, 2014

Cardinals stadium tax ruling leaves state on the hook for $150M

A tax on renting cars to help pay off the Cardinals Stadium is illegal, a Maricopa County Superior Court judge ruled Tuesday.

In this Feb. 21, 2013, file photo, Former Fiesta Bowl CEO John Junker appears in Maricopa County Superior Court in Phoenix, Ariz. Junker, who acknowledged participating in an illegal campaign contribution scheme, faces sentencing Thursday, March 13, 2014, in federal court. Junker pleaded guilty two years ago to a federal conspiracy charge after being accused of being involved in the scheme in which Fiesta Bowl employees made illegal campaign contributions to politicians and were reimbursed by the nonprofit bowl. (AP Photo/The Arizona Republic, Mark Henle, File)
Jun 13, 2014

Ex-Fiesta Bowl boss to start serving sentence

The former Fiesta Bowl chief executive is scheduled Friday to start serving an eight-month federal prison sentence for his acknowledged participation in an illegal campaign contribution scheme.

Lobbyist Gary Husk (Photo by Evan Wyloge/Arizona Capitol Times)
Jan 14, 2014

Husk speaks out, declaring his innocence in Fiesta Bowl scandal

Lobbyist Gary Husk, who has claimed he was wrongly identified as the architect of the Fiesta Bowl scandal, said Tuesday the false allegations have devastated his business.

Phoenix city manager asked to end pension spiking
Nov 4, 2013

Investigators must tread lightly while following paper trail of attorney

Agents with the Arizona Attorney General’s Office had a sticky problem when they walked out of lobbyist Gary Husk’s office on Jan. 27, 2012, with documents and computer data seized as evidence.

Oct 17, 2013

Search warrant provides details into investigation of Gary Husk

A small group of lobbyists with Husk Partners met in an office in 2009 at the firm as allegations of a Fiesta Bowl scandal involving illegal political contributions swirled.

Lobbyists John MacDonald, Dana Paschke and Dean Miller made a pact of sorts as they looked over the statute outlawing reimbursement of contributions, according to a search warrant affidavit that provides details of an i[...]

May 16, 2013

Lobbyist gift ban crusader accepts gifts from lobbyist

Since getting caught up in the Fiesta Bowl scandal of 2011, Democratic Sen. Steve Gallardo has been the Capitol’s gift ban crusader, repeatedly introducing legislation to make it illegal for lawmakers to take free tickets or meals from lobbyists.

Apr 29, 2013

Action lacking despite opportunities to improve Arizona’s lobbyist reporting system

From lobbyists to lawmakers to advocacy groups, reactions to flaws in Arizona lobbying reports reflect an image of a system that needs to be improved.

Some proposals for how to improve the system have emerged, but any agreement on the solutions, not to mention the political will to enact them, still eludes lawmakers two years after the Fiesta Bowl lobbying scandal roped in dozens of pol[...]

Oct 4, 2012

Change of plea set for Rep. Ben Arredondo

Rep. Ben Arredondo, a Tempe Democrat, is scheduled to plead guilty Friday to federal charges stemming from a public corruption indictment.