Navajo County Supervisor David Tenney Endorses Andy Tobin

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May 6, 2014

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Navajo County Supervisor David Tenney Endorses Andy Tobin

Andy Tobin is the conservative that rural Arizona needs…

Navajo County support continues to rally behind Andy Tobin with Navajo County Supervisor David Tenney’s endorsement today. Tobin has long been a fierce advocate for rural community roads, fire safety, water rights and economic development.

“Andy Tobin is the conservative leader that rural Arizona needs to fight for our practical way of life,” said Navajo County Supervisor David Tenney. “I have spent a lot of time working with Andy to fight for the issues that we care about here in Navajo County, and he has been a champion that gets things done. He has played a key part in the fight to restore much of the money that cities, towns and counties lost from our state’s Highway User Revenue Fund (HURF). As a rural lawmaker he knows that those funds make all the difference to maintaining roads in Navajo County. Andy also understands that Arizona relies heavily on the ability of forest industries to have access to our forests to restore their health, create jobs, reduce threats to our communities, supply clean water, and improve recreation and tourism. He understands that to fuel the rural business of Arizona and to protect our communities from disastrous wildfires, the federal government must use taxpayer resources wisely, and accelerate the success of forest restoration that has taken place in Arizona during the last ten years. Andy has lived in and fought for Arizona since he brought his family here over 30 years ago. He knows rural Arizona, and that is why I endorse Andy Tobin for Congress in Arizona’s 1st Congressional District.”

“Supervisor Tenney is a powerhouse conservative advocate for Navajo County,” said Tobin. “Communities from Kayenta and Holbrook to Show Low have been positively impacted by our relentless fight to restore HURF money. We need to get the EPA off the backs of rural communities who power our state and provide our water. I sincerely thank Supervisor Tenney for his support. Having him on my team will go a long way in Navajo County.”

ABOUT ANDY TOBIN:

Andy Tobin and his wife of 28 years, Jennifer, are the proud parents of five children- three daughters and two sons. Tobin is a small business owner who has devoted his life to positively affecting his community through job creation, public service and advocating for conservative principles. Tobin’s focus has been on creating sustainable jobs, helping small businesses succeed, building a stronger middle class and putting Arizona back on track. While serving as Speaker of the Arizona House of Representatives, Tobin drastically cut government by 25 percent, balanced Arizona’s budget and presided over the largest tax cuts in Arizona’s history, saving Arizona taxpayers millions of dollars.

Tobin has fought for your family’s freedoms, your prosperity and your community for the past six years while serving in the Arizona Legislature. He continues to lead the fight to stop the implementation of the disastrous ObamaCare. As your Representative in Congress, Andy Tobin will represent your voice, and lead the charge in fighting for you against the wasteful spending, government intrusion, and out-of-touch insiders that are taking away your freedoms.

Join Andy Tobin today!

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For more information, please contact Tobin for Congress Campaign Manager Craig Handzlik at press@andytobin.com or 928-275-1417

Growing Number of Arizona Republican Leadership and Grassroots Support Mark Brnovich for Attorney General

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Growing Number of Arizona Republican Leadership and Grassroots Support Mark Brnovich for Attorney General

“We are building a ground game and an army of dedicated supporters and volunteers who are going to ensure we win the Republican primary this August. I can’t thank everyone enough for their support.” – Mark Brnovich

Today, Republican candidate for Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced another list of support by Republican grassroots leaders and party leadership from across Arizona. The second round of supporters includes:

  • Teresa Wright – Legislative District 21 1st Vice Chair
  • Nathan Brown – ASU College Republican Treasurer
  • Shirley Dye – LD 6 Republican Activist
  • Vince Manfredi – City of Maricopa GOP Chair
  • Susan Cohen – Prescott Republican Activist
  • Pam Miller – Prescott Republican Activist
  • Bill Feldmeier – Yavapai County Republican Activist
  • Richard Mihalik – Congressional District 1 Member-at-Large
  • Sean McClusky – LD 10 Republican Precinct Committeeman
  • Lori Oien – LD 10 Republican Precinct Committeeman
  • Anita Christy – Gilbert and Payson Republican Activist
  • Aaron Borders – LD 29 Republican Activist

To date, more than 35 Republican activists, district leaders, county leaders, and state leaders have endorsed Mark Brnovich for Attorney General in the Republican primary. They join former U.S. Senator Jon Kyl, Congressman Trent Franks and Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery in supporting Mark Brnovich over his opponent.

ABOUT MARK BRNOVICH

Mark Brnovich is a Republican candidate for Attorney General. He is challenging Tom Horne in the August Republican primary. Raised in Arizona, Mark Brnovich is a graduate of Arizona State University. Mark is an experienced federal and state prosecutor. To follow the campaign, please visit https://www.facebook.com/Mark4AZ

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Former Senate Majority Whip Frank Antenori endorses Mark Brnovich for Attorney General

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Former Senate Majority Whip Frank Antenori endorses Mark Brnovich for Attorney General

 

Today, Republican candidate for Attorney General Mark Brnovich received the endorsement of Retired Army Special Forces Combat Veteran, former Tucson State Senator and Senate Majority Whip Frank Antenori.

“With the Obama Administration’s open hostility towards Arizona and their constant attack on our values, the need for a strong State Attorney General to defend us from these attacks is more important than ever. As a conservative leader and resident of Southern Arizona, I have no doubt Mark Brnovich has what it takes to be that Attorney General. That’s why I’m supporting and endorsing Mark Brnovich. We need an Attorney General with both the integrity and moral conscience to represent and defend our state,” Antenori said.

Former Senator Antenori served as Vice Chairman of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and was elected by his peers to serve as the Senate Majority Whip. Antenori is a Green Beret who served in the military for 20 years before moving to Tucson where he now works in the aerospace defense industry.

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“Frank has an accomplished track record of service and dedication to our country. His military service, along with his time serving in the state legislature, is greatly appreciated. His support is a clear indication of the growing momentum we are building in Southern Arizona. I’m very proud to have a conservative such as Frank supporting my campaign,” Brnovich said.

Former State Senator Antenori joins U.S. Representative Trent Franks, Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery, Representatives Brenda Barton, Debbie Lesko, Paul Boyer, and T.J. Shope, former State Senators Linda Gray and Barbara Leff, Arizona Christian University President Len Munsil, former State Treasurer Dean Martin, Coolidge Mayor Tom Shope, Chandler City Councilman Jeff Weninger and national and local conservative leaders like David McIntosh, Shane Wikfors, and Jennifer Wright in endorsing Mark Brnovich for Arizona Attorney General.

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AZ Electric Utility Rates: Regulated Monopoly or Free-Market Competition?

gavel1-300x223In May, 2013, the Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC) opened a docket to gather information on how Arizona might allow competition among electric companies. On September 11, they shut down the docket with a 4-1 vote, citing “legal issues” that were apparently just too much trouble to tackle. Maybe the ACC will tell us more about that later(?).

So until & unless a new docket on the subject is opened, it’s over.  Of course, Arizona residents do still have a choice: either sign up with the one company legally allowed to provide electric service in your area or go without electricity altogether.

APS and SRP are regulated monopolies. The ACC sets the rate of return that they are allowed to earn on their capital investment in generating stations, transmission lines, and so on*. Their day-to-day operating expenses, depreciation expenses, taxes, etc. are fully covered, dollar-for-dollar, by their customers (you and me). That’s the law.

power-transmissionIs that so bad? Yes, it can be. This is the classic problem of regulated monopolies. While their rate of return is firmly capped by ACC, what are the incentives these monopolies have to hold down their capital expenditures on which they earn that guaranteed return? And what are their incentives to minimize expenses such as payroll? Technically, there aren’t any, other than their own good will and the ACC looking over their shoulder.

So can’t the ACC guarantee that the monopolies are run efficiently?  Oh, would that it were!  No, ACC politicians can’t hope to micromanage a monopoly for efficiency.  On the other hand, if there were competition, the utility would have to run itself efficiently or lose customers to a more efficient competitor that could charge lower prices.

Even when the monopolies are run by people of good will and good intentions**, they can easily slip into inefficient behaviors when there is no overriding free-market, profit-motivated, competitive incentive to stay efficient and keep prices down.

Bell_System_1939I’ve been through deregulation before. From 1969 to 1984, I worked at Bell Laboratories, the research arm of the biggest regulated monopoly ever — the old Bell System (“Ma Bell”).  We even had our own tightly coupled manufacturing arm called Western Electric.  The old Bell System was heavily regulated at the federal, state, and (in some states like Texas) local level.

In the old Bell System our advertising proudly claimed that we provided the world’s best telephone service at the world’s lowest prices. And we really did. But the DOJ Antitrust Division broke up AT&T anyway in 1984, opening the long-distance and equipment manufacturing businesses to competition. It was traumatic for us.  It was complicated.  But the job got done, and today’s telecom industry is much more competitive, innovative, entrepreneurial, and a lot cheaper than it would be if we still had one grand national monopoly.

powerlinesWouldn’t it be nice if the same thing happened with electric power in Arizona?  It could — but not until the ACC opens another docket and attacks those “legal issues” anew.

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*Correction: As shown on the ACC website, ACC regulates rates for APS, but on SRP, ACC is only involved when SRP wants to build large power plants (100 Megawatts) or very high voltage transmission lines (115 kVolts.)  ACC also regulates Tucson Electric Power (TEP).

** Regarding good intentions:  A look at the SRP and APS websites will show that these utilities are indeed responsible corporate citizens, offering ratepayers tips, a choice of rate plans, rebates, and other assistance to help customers lower their electric bills. Both utilities and their employees are involved in conservation, and I know first-hand of their contributions to public education in Arizona. But business is business, and there’s nothing like the pressure of competition and the incentive of higher profits to drive a company to run the most efficient operation and offer the lowest prices possible.

MIHS Meets in Closed Door Session to Discuss Controversial State Contract


The Maricopa County Integrated Health Systems Board of Directors
is currently meeting in closed-door Executive Session to discuss the current legal challenge and protest filed by Magellan and United RHBA against MMIC (Mercy Maricopa Integrated Care), MIHS CEO Betsey Bayless, and Maricopa County Special Health Care District.  The current agenda shows a 30-minute spot dedicated to discussion of this subject, all of which will be exempt from records requests and exempt from public inspection.

It is not surprising that the MIHS Board is keeping a low profile and is remaining tight-lipped about this controversial contract after being awarded a possibly illegal $2 billion to $3 billion dollar contract from the State of Arizona.  This came on the heels of a controversial pay raise for MIHS CEO Betsey Bayless that raised her taxpayer salary to $500,000.

Accountability and SunshineThe board will apparently receive legal advice on the protest to the bid and discuss options moving forward.  An administrative law judge is likely to uphold the Department’s awarding of the contract, leaving a lawsuit targeting the state as a possible option.  Magellan has already filed a civil suit seeking financial damages in Maricopa County Superior Court against MIHS and MIHS’ CEO Betsey Bayless.  Magellan alleges MIHS was awarded the contract improperly and used proprietary information from Magellan to win the bid.

The new contract was set to begin on October 1, 2013, but the protest and lawsuit are likely to delay implementation.  Previously MIHS responded to the formal protest with the following statement:

“We are studying those protests and will respond in the appropriate venues,” the statement said. “We are confident in the strength of our bid, and we are proud to offer a unique, collaborative approach to meet Maricopa County Medicaid recipients’ behavioral-health needs and to integrate the behavioral- health and medical services for those with serious mental illness.”

If you recall, the lawsuit also alleges “serious conflicts of interest” by MIHS because Mercy Maricopa both manages the system and provide services, which is “prohibited by the contract and by state law.” Magellan also alleges that the bidding process contained “serious irregularities,” such as the state’s bidding process being amended twice to unfairly benefit MIHS over their private competitors.  Additional claims include conflicts of interest, improper scoring, licensing problems, and disclosure of proprietary information to competitors. Magellan originally serviced the state contract since 2007.

The serious allegations require attention and deserve public scrutiny.  MIHS should be holding discussions on the contract and the protest, but they should be doing this in the face of the public.  Not behind closed doors immune from public records requests. MIHS is a government entity that collects nearly $60 million dollars in property taxes every year and is run by a publicly elected Board of Directors.  When the state awards a contract that could be worth up to $3 billion dollars, possible bias in favor of a taxpayer funded MIHS over private competitors deserves more sunshine and certainly more accountability.

If you’d like to contact the MIHS Board of Directors and demand more transparency for taxpayers, they can be reached via email as follows: