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Believing in transparency in government, the Goldwater Institute filed a public records request with Tucson Mayor Bob Walkup. When he failed to comply, the Goldwater Institute filed a lawsuit.
Saying that bankruptcy court might be the only place to stop a deal that forces taxpayers into subsidizing the Phoenix Coyotes, the Goldwater Institute filed a motion this afternoon asking to the judge to allow them to intervene in the case.
Phoenix--Late Friday the Goldwater Institute filed a "Conditional Bid Objection" on behalf of Glendale taxpayers with the bankruptcy court handling the sale of the Coyotes hockey franchise. The Goldwater Institute's objection is based on concerns that Glendale officials may have offered unconstitutional taxpayer subsidies to a new potential owner of the team.
The Goldwater Institute's Clint Bolick went on XTRA Sports 910 to explain to Dan Bickley and Mike Jurecki why the Institute is suing the City of Glendale over the Phoenix Coyotes negotiations records.
Goldwater Institute president Darcy Olsen went on Channel 12's Sunday Square Off to talk about a variety of issues, including stimulus money and the Phoenix Coyotes.
The Goldwater Institute's Clint Bolick went live on Channel 3 to talk about the lawsuit against the City of Glendale for not releaseing public records on negotiations with the Phoenix Coyotes, and to talk about Tempe tattoo case, which the Goldwater Institute recently won.
Rumors are circulating that the City of Glendale will offer the Phoenix Coyotes up to $20 million to stay in town, but Glendale is saying it won't offer the Coyotes anything. Either way, the Goldwater Institute is watching Glendale closely, even filing a lawsuit to get public records on the Coyotes negotiations. Carrie Ann Sitren spoke to KPNX Channel 12 about the situation.
Hockey in the Phoenix desert has proved to be less than profitable. So it wasn’t surprising when the Phoenix Coyotes hockey team filed for bankruptcy in 2009. What was surprising was the lengths the City of Glendale would go to to keep potential team buyers from moving the Coyotes to colder – and more profitable – climes.