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Free Market Under Attack as APS Proposes Massive Monopoly Expansion
Arizona’s Largest Solar Industry Group Calls Proposal Unfair and Calls for Immediate Rejection
(PHOENIX) In an unprecedented announcement that took the solar industry by surprise, Arizona’s largest utility, APS, announced that it intends to begin competing directly with Arizona solar installers. APS announced Monday that it is seeking permission to spend between $57 and $70 million -not including its profits- of ratepayer money to install solar on the roofs of homes in its service territory and to compete directly with solar installers of all sizes.
“The idea of our members who compete in the free market today having to all of a sudden compete with a regulated monopoly is frightening. How would you like it if the government just stepped in and started competing with your business?” said Corey Garrison, CEO of Arizona based Southface Solar and treasurer of Arizona Solar Energy Industries Association (AriSEIA). "APS has proposed subsidizing certain customers that allow it to put solar on their rooftops while the free market gets no more utility subsidy and actually gets charged for going solar."
It has been well publicized that APS spent much of the last year in a battle with the very industry it now seeks to dominate. Throughout 2013 APS urged the Arizona Corporation Commission to install a huge monthly tax on those who would put solar on their roof. It has also been reported that APS urged the Department of Revenue to institute a new property tax on rooftop solar panels that are leased to customers.
“After spending a year misleading the public with well-publicized lies and misdirection, APS seems to think this is a good time for it to be rewarded with an expansion of its monopoly franchise” said Corey GarrisonRead more
From Tom Horne
Last week I participated in the first televised debate with my primary opponent in the race for Attorney General.
As you will see from this edited, five-minute clip, my opponent was asked a simple question about donations he made to the leading open border advocate in our state, and evaded them each time.
Taking his deceitful campaign one step further, my opponent sent an email out after the debate stating I would not appear in the same room with him to debate. We all know that is laughable, and the station that hosted the debate, 3TV, has confirmed that it was their request and decision.
I welcome your feedback to this debate, and encourage you to share the facts with at least 5 of your friends.
As always, I am grateful and thank you for your continued support.
(Tempe, AZ) - “I endorse retired Lt Col Wendy Rogers to represent Arizona’s 9th Congressional district. Wendy Rogers served a distinguished 20-year military career as one of the first 100 women pilots in the United States Air Force. She stands ready to serve again.” said Congressman David Schweikert. “Personally knowing Wendy Rogers, I can tell you she will work tirelessly to serve her district and do what is best for our country. As a veteran and a small business owner, Lt Col Rogers is the clear choice for a true leader - - the real, battle-tested type of leader we so desperately need in Congress right now.”
“I am honored to receive the endorsement of Congressman Schweikert. He has been a mentor to me and a true champion of us Arizonans. He used to be my congressman - - now I will get the opportunity to serve alongside him in Congress to really get things done for Arizona.” said Wendy Rogers.Read more
Last year, I had the chance to speak at a dinner honoring Arizona Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry, who was murdered fighting drug cartels on our border. Now, his sister, Kelly, is speaking out in support of my campaign. She says:
Not a day goes by that I don’t think about my brother, Brian Terry. He was an elite Border Patrol Agent murdered while on duty in southern Arizona, in a federal scandal known as Operation Fast and Furious.
Imagine our frustration that Brian died fighting drug cartels in our own backyard – on American soil.
Now imagine our shock when we found out the weapons used to kill Brian were sold to the cartels by the Obama Administration.
Our family understands the dangers of an unsecure border – our Brian died fighting to secure it.
Thankfully, Arizona has a chance to elect a governor who also understands the dangers of an unsecure border, someone who will stand up for what is right and do whatever it takes to get the job done. That next governor is Doug Ducey. My brother was a fighter, and so is Doug.Read more
The AZ Republic has endorsed my campaign for Secretary of State. In fact, they said “it was an easy call”. Please read their endorsement here:
Reagan has acted like secretary of state for years
Editorial board, The Republic | azcentral.com
Our View: State Sen. Michele Reagan has a long track record of election-law reform, which best prepares her for this office.
The traditional duties of an Arizona secretary of state, such as keeping essential records and overseeing elections, seem so quaint these days. So anachronistic.
Election-related duties are more tied now to hot-button political issues pitting the interests of the parties against each other.
Keeping a list of voters who automatically receive early ballots, for example, once may have been an apolitical housekeeping matter.
But don't tell that to the Republicans and Democrats fighting over whether to cleanse the list of people who don't vote early.
Likewise, the secretary of state is at the center of the debate over "dark money," the money spent by all-but-anonymous organizations.
The office should be an honest broker for developing policies to bring transparency to such groups. Again, that has become a fierce partisan battle that can compromise the office if the elected secretary of state lets it.
And then there is a history of Arizona secretaries of state ascending unexpectedly to the governor's office. That is a consideration when weighing whom voters should favor.
In the Republican primary race for secretary of state, one candidate is well suited for the job under these modern-day qualifications. Another may have the intellectual chops to grow into the job. A third does not belong in the race.
The top-rung candidate of the three Republicans vying to be secretary of state is Michele Reagan.
It is an easy call.
As a state senator from Scottsdale, Reagan made reform of campaign-finance disclosure laws and election law a top priority.
In 2013, Reagan put together a sensible, serious-minded package of election-law reforms with the help of all 15 Arizona county election directors, Democrats and Republicans alike.Read more
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