Mary O'Grady

Oct 4, 2017

Judge can’t tell lawmakers how much money to give schools, attorney says

An attorney for the state is telling a judge she has no legal right to tell the Legislature it isn't providing enough money for school construction and repair.

Sep 7, 2017

Utility goes on offensive, accuses regulator of illegal power grab

Turning the legal tables on Bob Burns, the state's largest electric utility is accusing him of an improper and illegal power grab.

Aug 29, 2017

APS derides Burns’ attempt to have court overturn rate hike

Attorneys for Arizona Public Service are deriding efforts by Bob Burns to have the state Supreme Court overturn a 3.3 percent rate hike just approved by the other utility regulators.

Aug 29, 2017

State asks judge to dismiss legal challenge to school finance scheme

Saying challengers have no right to sue, lawyers for the state want a judge to throw out a challenge to the state's school funding scheme.

Aug 23, 2017

Maricopa colleges: Appellate court’s ‘Dreamers’ decision flawed

An appellate court ruling denying in-state tuition to “Dreamers” is based on a flawed reading of the law, the attorney for Maricopa colleges contends. In new legal papers, attorney Mary O’Grady, who represents the colleges, told the Arizona Supreme Court that the Court of Appeals wrongfully conflated restrictions in a 2006 voter-approved law about services […]

Bob Burns explains why he was the lone vote against selecting Tom Forese as new chairman of the Arizona Corporation Commission (Capitol Media Services photo by Howard Fischer)
Aug 7, 2017

Judge insists he can decide extent of commissioner’s powers

In an extensive ruling Monday, Judge Daniel Kiley rejected arguments by Arizona Public Service that he is legally powerless to intercede in what the company contends is a dispute among Arizona Corporation Commissioners.

Bob Burns explains why he was the lone vote against selecting Tom Forese as new chairman of the Arizona Corporation Commission (Capitol Media Services photo by Howard Fischer)
May 26, 2017

‘Scoundrels’ aside, Burns has no right to APS records, lawyer says

The attorney for the state's largest electric utility said the fact that Bob Burns may think the other members of the Arizona Corporation Commission are "scoundrels'' does not give him the right to issue his own subpoena for the company's records.

Feb 19, 2015

Lawmakers move to kill Common Core standards in Arizona

State lawmakers are moving to do what schools chief Diane Douglas has so far been unable: Kill the Common Core academic standards and any tests associated with them.

Nov 18, 2014

Commission urges Supreme Court to preserve Arizona legislative boundaries

The fact that politics may have been involved in drawing legislative lines is no reason to declare them illegal, the attorney for the Independent Redistricting Commission is urging the U.S. Supreme Court.

Dec 11, 2012

Both sides claim victory in latest redistricting commission ruling

Attorneys defending the state’s redistricting commission against allegations of open meeting law violations are touting an appellate court decision today as a victory. So is the county prosecutor who pursued the allegations.

May 21, 2012

Arizona redistricting judge represented GOP before

A federal judge assigned to a politically-charged Arizona redistricting case represented Republicans in a similar case a decade ago.

Oct 31, 2011

IRC responds to Brewer, says allegations unwarranted

An attorney for the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission said the host of allegations lobbed at the panel by Gov. Jan Brewer are not grounds for removing individual commissioners, and that the governor is not following the constitutional process for ousting members of the IRC.