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I can hear the music playing in my head now and I’m singing along: “It’s the most wonderful time of the year.”
Tom Horne will pay $10,000 out of his own pocket to end an investigation into whether he illegally used staffers at the Attorney General's Office in his unsuccessful reelection campaign.
Democrat Felecia Rotellini officially conceded to Republican Mark Brnovich in the race to become Arizona’s next attorney general.
Early results and several projections have Republican Mark Brnovich becoming Arizona’s next attorney general, although his opponent hasn’t conceded the race yet.
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PHOENIX -- A Maricopa County Superior Court judge rejected efforts by Attorney General Tom Horne to kill charges that he violated state campaign finance laws in his 2010 election.
With the 2014 election less than a week away, it’s important to remember that an election is a job review for legislators and elected officials. Let’s review.
Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne is warning consumers and businesses to be aware of phony bills for newspaper and magazine subscription renewals.
Consumers around the state have recently received mail claiming to be renewal notices or invoices for publications to which they regularly subscribe. The invoices claimed that the consumer’s subscriptions were about to expire and asked for a credit card account number to make the renewal payment.
The invoices were sent by companies that have no affiliation with the newspaper or magazine company listed on the invoice. This appears to be a mailer scam intended only to obtain consumers’ credit card information.
Here are some tips to avoid being scammed:
1. Be wary of any mailers or phone calls asking for a payment. Check to be sure you owe the amount demanded.
2. Research the name of the company that sent the mailer before sending them money. The Better Business Bureau’s website is a good place to start.
3. Contact the newspaper or magazine, or any company demanding payment, before providing any personal information. Never divulge any personal or financial information, including your credit card number, unless you are absolutely sure that you are sending the payment to the company you determine you owe money to.
4. Contact your bank or credit card company if you believe you have been scammed.
If you suspect a scam, report it to the Arizona Attorney General’s Office by filing a consumer complaint at www.azag.gov/complaints/consumer. You may also contact them by phone at 602-542-5763 (Phoenix), 520-628-6504 (Tucson), or toll-free outside metro Phoenix, 800-352-8431, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Republican Mark Brnovich
Arizona’s candidates for attorney general clashed over immigration issues, campaign finances and their respective bona fides during a forum on Sept. 25.
PHOENIX -- The candidates for attorney general openly derided the other's experience Tuesday night, each telling viewers of a televised debate their foe is unqualified for the office.
Republican Mark Brnovich pointed out that Democrat Felecia Rotellini never has taken a criminal case to trial.
"Folks expect someone with experience because the stakes are too high,'' said Brnovich who had been a federal prosecutor. "With everything going on in this country and the Obama administration about to grant amnesty to millions of people, we need an attorney general who's going to push back against the federal government and also has the experience to hit the ground running from Day One.''
Rotellini, in turn, derided Brnovich's experience as "doing street crimes.''
"That's not the jurisdiction of the Attorney General's Office,'' she said.
"The job of the attorney general is doing statewide financial fraud,'' Rotellini continued, pointing out that virtually all criminal cases are handled by county attorneys.
"He's never prosecuted financial fraud,'' she said.
"He's never returned money to victims of fraud,'' Rotellini continued, citing her own experience in the Attorney General's Office and head of the state Department of Financial Institutions which oversees banks and mortgage companies. "He's never shut down scammers.''
Brnovich shot back that if she were such a good regulator the state would not have gone from 21st in mortgage fraud in the nation to No. 4.
Rotellini, who repeatedly interrupted Brnovich during the half-hour debate on KAET-TV, also took off after his experience as a lobbyist for the private Corrections Corporation of America, something she said "made Arizonans less safe.''
She said Brnovich is on record as opposing 2006 legislation which would have precluded private prison companies from bringing in certain violent criminals from other states. The result, she said, is there are private prisons in Arizona housing inmates from Hawaii and Alaska.
Brnovich defended his role with CCA, saying there's a legitimate place for private prisons, with about 7,000 of Arizona's own inmates housed in such facilities. And then he turned the tables on Rotellini, saying if she's so opposed to them she should not have accepted campaign donations from former U.S. Sen. Dennis DeConcini and Anne Mariucci, a former regent, both who actually sat on the CCA board.
Her response was to say that such contributions do not make her beholden to what donors want.
But Rotellini said voters should be concerned about Brnovich being backed by social conservative groups like Arizona Right to Life -- and the fact that he boasted of that during his Republican primary fight against incumbent Tom Horne.
"Mr. Brnovich is an ideologue,'' she charged, saying he is backed by "the anti-women, anti-gay, anti-immigration groups that are hopeful that he'll get in there because they need someone like him who will do their bidding.''
And she charged that means he would use his office to trim the right of women to terminate a pregnancy.
"That's not the law of the land,'' Rotellini said, arguing that "most Americans believe women have the right to choose.''
Brnovich acknowledged he is opposed to abortion. But he said he will defend the laws approved by the Legislature without regard to his own personal beliefs one way or the other.
"As the attorney general, the law is what the law is,'' Brnovich said. But he added that also means he will "defend us against the overreach of the Obama administration,'' whether on environmental regulations or challenging Arizona's laws dealing with illegal immigration.
Brnovich said he understands immigration, saying his mother came here from what used to be Yugoslavia after living through World War II and then the communist government there.
"Immigration is something that this country needs,'' he said.
"But at the same time we are a country of laws,'' he continued. "We must secure the border.''
Democrat Felecia Rotellini, left, and Republican Mark Brnovich
Phoenix (AP) • The candidates for Arizona attorney general square off tonight in a televised debate.
Republican Mark Brnovich and Democrat Felecia Rotellini will debate at 5:30 p.m. on KAET’s Horizon show. The debate is sponsored by the Arizona Citizens Clean Elections Commission.
Brnovich defeated incumbent Republican Tom Horne in last month’s primary election. Rotellini ran against Horne in 2010 and lost.
Disney Live is bringing a new musical performance to US Airways Center on Sept. 27 and 28, where Disney characters will dance and sing in an interactive performance. In addition to the traditional characters like Mickey and Minnie Mouse, the show will feature characters from “Aladdin,” “Toy Story” and “The Little Mermaid.” Aladdin will be performed by 22-year-old Anthony Gonzales, who said he is excited to play Disney’s street urchin.
Former Arizona Gov. Fife Symington is among nearly 200 prominent Republicans who are endorsing Democrat Felecia Rotellini over the GOP candidate in the race tor Arizona attorney general.
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The director of the Arizona's Citizens Clean Elections Commission on Tuesday recommended the commission authorize a full investigation of Attorney General Tom Horne to determine if he broke election laws.
Abortion providers have opened up a second legal front in their bid to block Arizona from restricting the use of medication to terminate pregnancy.
Chandler Republican Women will host an Attorney General Night featuring Attorney General Tom Horne and GOP candidate Mark Brnovich.
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The Tucson Police Department is scrapping its policy of forbidding individuals from taking photos of its records.
In a major victory for citizens, Attorney General Tom Horne has sharply constrained the right of public agencies to charge for access to public records.