The legal team for suspended Maricopa County Assessor Paul Petersen dropped a bombshell this week with his broad request to examine office attendance records and audit computers used by the Board of Supervisors, County Attorney, Sheriff and other elected officials.
You’ll recall the Supervisors relied on Petersen’s alleged “neglect of duty” as its rationale to suspend him for 120 days while he grapples with human trafficking and other allegations related to his adoption business. Petersen is appealing his suspension. More interesting is his legal foray, which suggests the work habits of each of the other county elected officials may now come under the microscope.
Let’s just say, it’s something of an open secret that certain local (and state, for that matter) elective offices require a tad less than a 40-hour work week. The Petersen saga has rekindled a long-running debate about the wisdom of holding elections for positions like county Assessor and Treasurer, not too mention certain state-level offices (State Mine Inspector?) and a Byzantine list of local and judicial posts.
In an interview with KTAR this week, Governor Doug Ducey said of the county Assessor’s post: “Does this need to be an elected office? I think we’re gonna see how unnecessary and inconsequential it is through this crisis and I’m sure we’ll be fine through it.”
Perhaps the Governor is right and this chapter may stir a push to make some of these posts appointed or staff-level, rather than elected. More likely voters will simply continue to leave this section of their ballots blank.
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After a period of regulatory overload, the banking industry has received some relatively good news in recent years when it comes to regulatory relief.
“Dodd–Frank was expected when it was enacted in the wake of the financial crisis,” says Paul Hickman, president and CEO of the Arizona Bankers Association, “but it was an over-reaction.”
The Dodd–Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act is a federal law that overhauled financial regulation in the aftermath of the recessions of 2007–2008. It was a sweeping overhaul of the United States financial regulatory system, a transformation on a scale not seen since the reforms that followed the Great Depression. Some critics argued that the law had a negative impact on economic growth and smaller community banks. Many Republicans called for the partial or total repeal of the law.
“The banking industry got some regulatory relief from Senate Bill 2155, which is actually 10 times the size of Dodd-Frank,” Hickman says.
Senate Bill 2155 — also known as the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief and Consumer Protection Act — was signed into federal law by President Donald Trump on May 24, 2018. The bill eases regulations imposed by Dodd-Frank by raising the threshold to $250 billion from $50 billion under which banks are deemed too important to the financial system to fail. The bill also eliminated the Volcker Rule — which prohibits banks from conducting certain investment activities with their own accounts and limits their dealings with hedge funds and private equity funds — for small banks with less than $10 billion in assets.
[…] “One of the biggest pieces of legislation that we are cautiously optimistic will soon become law and have a major impact on the banking industry is the SAFE Act, which was recently passed by Congress,” Hickman says.
The Secure And Fair Enforcement (SAFE) Banking Act aims to ensure that state-authorized and regulated cannabis businesses are not forced to operate with cash only. Under the proposed law, financial institutions would be provided with a federally approved safe harbor to serve not only retail cannabis stores, but the vendors and service providers that serve those stores — plumbers, carpenters, cleaning companies, etc.
If the bill wins approval by the U.S. Senate, then President Trump, it will become law.
Our sponsorship of the Creative Equals Returner scheme #CreativeComeback, for the second year, will fund a multi-market roll-out to address the lack of women represented in top creative leadership roles around the world.
The programme will run in London, New York and Mumbai in 2020 with the objective of supporting 100 women back into the creative industries following a career break of a year or more. The expansion follows the success of the first programme which saw 58 women complete the course in London and Manchester 2019, with the majority returning to the creative industries following completion.
#CreativeComeback takes place as the advertising industry struggles to close the gap in creative leadership roles and more progress is needed on gender portrayal in advertising. In the UK advertising industry, according to Creative Equals, women make up only 16% of creative directors .
In the US, the ANA found in 2018 that although women comprise over half of the marketing industry’s workforce, they still lag behind in leadership roles . In India, research by Kantar and Diageo into the top 150 Indian adverts across sectors found that 29% showed outdated gender stereotypes or needed improvement in terms of gender portrayal.
[…] Following the bootcamp, returners will do a four-week placement with a leading agency whilst being supported by a coach. Organisations involved include Anomaly, D&AD, DDB Mudra, Geometry, Glitch, M&C Saatchi, MRM//McCann, Publicis, Uncommon, VMLY&R, Wunderman Thompson amongst others.
[…] To find out more about #CreativeComeback or to apply, visit: http://www.creativeequals.org/creativecomeback
[…] To learn more about Diageo’s work, including its company values, and brands with purpose, visit www.diageo.com.
PHOENIX — An education technology services company is set to unveil its new East Valley headquarters.
Zovio will open its 130,000-square-foot facility near the Loop 202 Santan Freeway and Cooper Road in Chandler at 9:15 a.m. on Wednesday, according to a press release.
The company will also host an open house and ribbon-cutting ceremony to commemorate the facility’s beginnings.
[…] Chandler Mayor Kevin Hartke and Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry President and CEO Glenn Hamer are among the community leaders who are expected to attend the opening.
Zovio, formerly known as Bridgepoint Education, operates online Ashford University in San Diego, California, but plans to spin off Ashford into a separate nonprofit institution. […]
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An attorney for several Arizonans asked a federal appeals court Wednesday to order a special election to replace Sen. John McCain — and sooner than the November 2020 vote set by Gov. Doug Ducey.
Michael Persoon told a three-judge panel of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals that the U.S. Constitution does allow Ducey to “temporarily” fill a vacancy created by the death or resignation of a senator. That is how Jon Kyl got appointed following McCain’s August 2018 death, and how Martha McSally was tapped after Kyl quit in January.
But Persoon said there also is a legal requirement to call a special election to fill out the balance of the senator’s term.
Ducey did that — but set the date for that special election to coincide with the regular 2020 election, 27 months after McCain’s death. And Persoon said that is illegal, effectively denying Arizona voters a chance to select someone they want to represent them.
Attorney Dominic Draye, who is representing Ducey, countered that the governor acted as quickly as he could — and as quickly as state law allows.
He said Arizona law spells out that if a Senate vacancy occurs within 150 days of the next scheduled election — as happened here — then the governor can name someone to hold the spot until the following general election. And that, Draye said, means November 2020.
Hanging in the balance is how soon Arizona voters will get to decide if they want McSally to serve through 2022, when McCain’s six-year ends.
The way Persoon sees it, that election should have been held already. He told the court there is no reason why a special election, complete with time to nominate candidates and have a primary and general election, cannot be done within 190 days of a vacancy.
[…] The judges did not indicate when they will rule.
Arizona Daily Star
WASHINGTON — The Democratic National Committee has confirmed that Arizona is one of eight battleground states it has targeted for the 2020 elections, already hiring organizers in the state and focusing on suburban and Latino voters.
DNC officials said in a briefing last week that the shifting demographics in Arizona, its growing Latino population and declining approval ratings of President Trump put the state in play.
The move is part of what the DNC is calling an “unprecedented” national investment, that began more than a year before the general election, to ensure that the party’s eventual nominee “has a pool of trained, ready-to-hire field talent.”
David Bergstein, DNC director of battleground state communications, said the party is “learning from our lessons in 2016,” when Trump won an upset victory over Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.
[..] That’s the goal of the DNC’s new program, “Organizing Corps 2020,” that trains college students and recent graduates with a goal of 1,000 full-time organizers by June.
Bergstein said the party has already deployed 25 organizers to Arizona and expects to deploy more in the second and third waves of hiring.
The party also plans to work closely with Latino and Native American groups in the state, working to “define and localize” what they call Trump’s record of broken promises. […]
‘Nine Justices Deciding Your Fate’: Young Immigrants Face Uncertainty as the Supreme Court Considers Ending DACA
Karen Reyes found herself on Tuesday at the center of a raging national debate over immigration — sitting inside the U.S. Supreme Court, as nine justices weighed the fate of about 700,000 young immigrants like her.
[…] The Supreme Court is set to decide whether the Trump administration can shut down the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA), which protected certain young undocumented immigrants from deportation and allowed them to work legally, without providing them a pathway to citizenship. The program was meant to help immigrants under the age of 31 who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children, below the age of 16.
Trump rescinded the program in 2017 and said it was an example of executive overreach, sparking lawsuits that have now reached the Supreme Court.
[…] During Tuesday’s oral arguments, the Court’s conservative majority appeared poised to rule in Trump’s favor— a decision that would affect the ability of young undocumented immigrants to work legally and pursue higher education.
Attorneys for the Trump Administration argued that DACA was unlawful and that the Department of Homeland Security had a right to end it. “DACA was a temporary stopgap measure that, on its face, could be rescinded at any time. And the Department’s reasonable concerns about its legality and its general opposition to broad non-enforcement policies provided more than a reasonable basis for ending it,” Solicitor General Noel Francisco said Tuesday.
But attorneys on the opposing side argued the government had failed to adequately consider how ending DACA would negatively affect hundreds of thousands of people, and needed to present a better reason for ending the program.
When the arguments were over on Tuesday, Reyes and dozens of other DACA recipients and their lawyers walked out of the Supreme Court together and marched down the building’s marble steps as a crowd of immigrants and activists chanted, “home is here.”
[…] If the Supreme Court allows the Trump administration to rescind DACA, it’s not clear how immediate the effects would be, says Jennifer Chacón, a professor focusing on immigration law at the University of California, Los Angeles School of Law. When the Trump Administration initially rescinded DACA, it included a six-month period to wind down the program. […]