Editor, Casa Grande Dispatch:
Have you noticed the newest outcry from Arizona Republican state legislators? Their collective underwear is in a twist. OMG, they just discovered that the Arizona Corporation Commission is broken and needs fixing.
Anyone who pays even the slightest attention knows that the GOP has been under the sheets with Pinnacle West and APS for eons! The 10s of millions of dollars poured into the campaigns of Republican regulators has paid huge dividends in profits. Those bought and paid for winning officials turned blind eyes to ratepayers and taxpayers being ripped off with no consequences. They watched silently as Arizona’s push toward solar energy national leadership was stymied by greed and corruption.
What’s changed to awaken these sleeping co-conspirators? In 2018 a single Democrat, Sandra Kennedy, got elected to the Corporation Commission. In the ensuing 13 months, Commissioner Kennedy has forced APS to finally open their books and admit their corrupt deeds.
Now the GOP claims they want to fix the newly discovered disaster of their own making. Their solution is to make sure no other Democrats get elected! Instead they want the GOP governor to appoint them and muzzle voters. This follows a similar pattern for them — they stopped auditing tax loopholes and private prisons when trouble was found.
Voters of every party have got to be aware and prevent a further corruption of public utilities in Arizona. We can also take another major step toward a real solution: Elect Bill Mundell in 2020. He will be an experienced and principled addition to a commission that sorely needs both of those qualities.