7/6, 3:45pm: The jury is expected to begin deliberations on Monday morning in the alleged bribery trial involving former Arizona Corporation Commissioner Gary Pierce and three others. After 17 days of trial testimony, jurors were given the 4th of July week off and told to report back on the 9th to determine the fates of Pierce and his wife Sherry, Johnson Utilities owner George Johnson, and lobbyist Jim Norton.
Top staffer at @CorpCommAZ effectively forced out as regulators suddenly realize that wife @A_Dorff works for @VeridusAZ which is helping APS to kill renewable energy initiative. https://t.co/AFnaInK4L6 pic.twitter.com/yjEw9kyT8G— Howard Fischer (@azcapmedia) July 6, 2018
As noted below, Arizona's Politics reported extensively in 2014 on APS's contributions to both dark money organizations and semi-dark organizations, and its efforts to elect Doug Ducey as Governor, Mark Brnovich as Attorney General and favorable Corporation Commissioners.
7/6, 2:45pm: As expected, Arizona Public Service is going over each of the 480,464 petition signatures - on 50,065 different petition sheets - submitted yesterday by the Clean Energy for a Healthy Arizona initiative group. And, Matt Benson, the spokesperson for the APS-funded opposition group Arizonans For Affordable Electricity, is claiming that there are "LOTS" of examples of invalid signatures and ineligible petition circulators.
Here are the two examples cited thus far:
Getting our 1st look @ an initial batch of the @CleanHealthyAZ signature petitions and ... wow, just wow.— Matthew Benson (@MatthewWBenson) July 6, 2018
These. Are. A. Mess.
A teaser: Guess who turned in signature petitions? The same Russian spy we already told the campaign about.
LOTS more to come. Watch this space. pic.twitter.com/JRYlfnd4e7
Lonetree was indeed convicted of being a spy; however, it is not clear whether or not he had his civil rights restored following his prison term. If he has such proof, he would be a valid circulator. Also, it is highly likely that the highly-capable attorneys for Clean Energy would try to retain the signers on Lonetree's petitions by bringing those people in to testify.
Attorneys for AAE have filed an unresolved complaint with the Attorney General's Office* that Clean Energy has registered more than 30 possibly ineligible felons as circulators. And, AAE attempted to use that partial information to warn people not to sign the initiative petition.
More adventures in fraudulent signature gathering by @CleanHealthyAZ . I'm no expert, @roddmcleod - do these look legit to you?— Matthew Benson (@MatthewWBenson) July 6, 2018
I wonder if @TomSteyer knows his millions paid for this hot garbage in AZ.#SleazySignaturesAZ pic.twitter.com/O5XUubiCRZ
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