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Arizona AG: Some Bob Stump Text Message Could Be Public Record

Bob Stump
(Photo by Steve Shadley - KJZZ)
Bob Stump of the Arizona Corporation Commission.

Arizona’s attorney general says some of the text messages sent by a state regulator could be public record. That goes against a previous decision in the ongoing case against Arizona Corporation Commissioner Bob Stump.

This was the second review of the hundreds of text messages exchanged between Commissioner Stump and more than a dozen other individuals, including commission candidates, the head of a "dark money" group and a utility executive. At issue is whether these are public records.

The initial review determined none of them were. After that was challenged, the judge in the case ordered the attorney general review them. Out of that came a conflicting opinion that some of Stump’s messages were indeed public record. But none of those fit the initial public records request by Checks and Balances, the clean energy-funded watchdog group after Stump’s messages.

None of the texts in question were actually revealed in the filings. Whether that happens will be up to the judge. 

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Will Stone grew up with the sounds of public radio. As a senior field correspondent, he strives to tell the same kind of powerful stories that got him into the business — whether that means trudging through some distant corner of the Sonoran Desert or uncovering an unknown injustice right down the street. Since joining the KJZZ newsroom in 2015, he has covered political scandals, fights over the future of energy, and efforts to care for some of Arizona’s most vulnerable communities. His pieces have also aired on national programs like Morning Edition, All Things Considered, Here & Now and Marketplace. Before coming to KJZZ, he reported for public radio stations in Nevada and Connecticut. Stone received his degree in English literature from Haverford College, where he also wrote about the arts and culture scene in Philadelphia. After graduating, he interned at NPR West in Culver City, California, where he learned from some of the network’s veteran reporters and editors. When he doesn’t have a mic in hand, Stone enjoys climbing mountains, running through his central Phoenix neighborhood and shamelessly promoting his cat, Barry.