The Gaggle: Journalists Talk Arizona Politics

The Gaggle: Journalists Talk Arizona Politics

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What’s the latest in Arizona politics? In 20 minutes or less, our journalists break down one local issue to help you understand how our government and elected officials influence your life. The Gaggle comes to you every Wednesday morning, hosted by The Arizona Republic’s national political reporters Yvonne Wingett Sanchez and Ron Hansen.


Talking to Beto O’Rourke about his run for president and his views on assault rifles
Oct 9 • 22 min
In this episode, you’ll hear O’Rourke’s discuss:His plans to win Arizona as a progressive Democrat How to make meaningful healthcare changesThe impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump The country’s standing with ally nations Whether his gun…
BONUS: Interview with Steve Bullock, the Montana governor running for President
Oct 5 • 17 min
Can the Democratic governor of Montana win over supporters of President Donald Trump? That’s what Gov. Steve Bullock is betting on. The 2020 presidential candidate is polling too low to make it on stage for any of the Democratic debates so far, but he…
BONUS: An interview with Vice President Mike Pence on McSally’s election, Ukraine
Oct 4 • 13 min
When Vice President Mike Pence came to Phoenix this week, high-dollar donors weren’t the only ones to hear from him. In this week’s bonus episode of The Gaggle, a politics podcast from The Arizona Republic and azcentral.com, Pence spoke to host Yvonne…
Where does Arizona’s Congressional Delegation stand on the impeachment inquiry?
Oct 2 • 20 min
A member-by-member breakdown of where Arizona’s leaders in the Senate and House of Representatives stand and the political implications for each.National political reporters Yvonne Wingett Sanchez and Ron Hansen talk about:Sen. Kyrsten SinemaSen. Martha…
How a ruling on LGBT wedding invitations could broadly impact Arizona
Sep 25 • 25 min
The Arizona Supreme Court ruled in a 4-3 decision this month to allow the owners of Brush & Nib Studio to refuse to make custom wedding invitations for gay and lesbian couples.In 2016, the owners sued the City of Phoenix over its anti-discrimination…
Three Arizonans have gotten sick from vaping. What’s being done?
Sep 18 • 29 min
By now, you’ve likely seen headlines about vaping and how it’s caused illness in hundreds of people across the U.S. and even a handful of confirmed deaths. How popular is vaping in Arizona? Is vaping causing lung illnesses or deaths in metro Phoenix? How…
All about your new Arizona Supreme Court justice Bill Montgomery
Sep 11 • 17 min
Bill Montgomery is the newest Arizona Supreme Court justice appointed by Gov. Doug Ducey.The Arizona Supreme Court decides thousands of cases that affect your everyday lives, from education funding to abortion policies. (To hear more about it, listen to…
You may get to vote on legalizing marijuana in Arizona. Hear the details
Sep 4 • 21 min
The legalization of marijuana in Arizona could be up for a vote once again in 2020.A group backing the movement released the language for a ballot measure in August for the first time. After a failed 2016 effort at legalization, Arizonans have been…
Joe Arpaio tells us why he’s running for Maricopa County sheriff again
Aug 29 • 31 min
Former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio said he has few regrets and wants to serve the public as Sheriff again in an interview with The Gaggle podcast hosts Yvonne Wingett Sanchez and Ron Hansen.Arpaio, who is 87, served as Maricopa County sheriff from…
Teachers accused of sex misconduct: How Arizona falls short in protecting kids
Aug 28 • 22 min
Arizona has about 55,000 certified, working teachers. Every year, about 40 teachers are disciplined by the Arizona State Board of Education or surrender their teaching certificate after allegations of sexual misconduct.The Arizona Republic and KJZZ 91.5…
One year after John McCain’s death exploring the senator’s legacy
Aug 21 • 22 min
It’s been a year since Arizona Sen. John McCain died of glioblastoma. The six-term Republican senator is seen as one of the greats by his supporters, who mourn the loss of his bipartisan leadership. In today’s increasingly divided political climate, his…
What the Hacienda HealthCare scandal tells us about AZ care facilities
Aug 14 • 27 min
Hacienda HealthCare has been under international scrutiny since the January after an incapacitated patient was raped and gave birth. Another patient was found with maggots near a surgical wound. It sparked outrage over conditions at Hacienda, as well as…
Senate candidate Mark Kelly discusses Arizona issues
Aug 7 • 29 min
Mark Kelly is running for the U.S. Senate and is expected to the Democratic nominee to challenge Republican Sen. Martha McSally. Kelly is a retired astronaut, former combat pilot and the husband of former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. She represented the…
How the national Democratic party plans to turn Arizona blue
Jul 31 • 25 min
Arizona will play a key role in the 2020 election, and Democrats across the country are hoping to turn the state blue. But how are they going to accomplish that in a historically red state?Tom Perez, the Democratic National Committee chairman, recently…
What to know: Phoenix’s August election could end light rail expansion
Jul 24 • 23 min
Props 105 and 106 could greatly limit services and transportation in Phoenix, but so far, they’ve gotten little attention. Phoenix voters will see the two propositions on their ballots in August. What are they? Prop 105 would halt all light-rail…
What is Arizona doing about migrant housing facilities?
Jul 17 • 26 min
Gaggle podcast hosts Yvonne Wingett Sanchez and Ronald J. Hansen interview former Phoenix Mayor and now Democratic Congressional Rep. Greg Stanton about what he learned touring the Customs and Border Patrol facility in Clint, Texas, and how he’d apply…
How have Arizona wildfires changed over the years?
Jul 10 • 18 min
Arizona’s 10 largest wildfires have all happened in the last 17 years.Most recently the Woodbury Fire, which started June 8 in the Superstition Wilderness, became the state’s fifth largest fire. It has burned nearly 124,000 acres and by Tuesday it was 90…
What you need to know about police shootings across Arizona
Jul 3 • 23 min
In 2018, police shootings hit record levels in Phoenix. Reporters with The Arizona Republic investigated the state’s police shootings for 19 months and found that the deadly trend extends across Arizona.There were 117 police shootings statewide — a 75%…
Why Arizona will probably legalize recreational marijuana in 2020
Jun 26 • 17 min
First, Arizona legalized medical marijuana in 2010. Then came a failed attempt to legalize recreational marijuana in 2016. So why are those in the marijuana industry giddy at the thought of the future? Political insiders don’t think Gov. Doug Ducey will…
Should your local lawmakers be allowed to block you on social media?
Jun 19 • 27 min
First Amendment rights for constituents and lawmakers alike can get fuzzy in the evolving age of social media. Is online communication the new town hall? When can and can’t lawmakers block constituents on social media? The Gaggle podcast hosts Yvonne…
How two surprising new Phoenix City Council members could change our city
Jun 12 • 19 min
Phoenix City Council’s two newest members, Betty Guardado and Carlos Garcia, were sworn in June 6. The two represent districts 5 and 8 respectively, some of the lowest-income neighborhoods in parts of west, south and downtown Phoenix.Guardado and Garcia…
How the new Arizona state budget will affect you, your children and more
Jun 5 • 22 min
Here’s how the 2019 state budget affects Arizona teachers, drivers, taxpayers, teachers and more. Yvonne Wingett Sanchez and Ron Hansen host.Related reading: How Arizona lawmakers did — and didn’t — use your tax dollars in the new state budget
7 questions with presidential candidate Julian Castro about Arizona
May 29 • 16 min
As the former secretary of Housing and Urban Development under former President Barack Obama, Julian Castro is a rising star in the Democratic party. And he’s one of 23 serious Democratic candidates running for President in 2020. But are his policies on…
Could a California billionaire lower your APS rates?
May 22 • 20 min
California billionaire Tom Steyer will spend big money in Arizona to advertise against utility company APS’s rate hike. What does it mean for you, and what’s in it for him? The Gaggle podcast discusses. Follow host Yvonne Wingett Sanchez on Twitter…
How Gov. Ducey’s Arizona Supreme Court choices will affect your life
May 15 • 15 min
Gov. Doug Ducey will soon have appointed five of the seven Arizona Supreme Court justices. Here’s how Gov. Ducey’s choices could affect you.For more reading: - Ducey appoints Judge James Beene to Arizona Supreme Court, cementing handpicked majority- A…
Why debate over your health care will take center stage in 2020
May 8 • 24 min
There is a very real possibility that the Affordable Care Act could be repealed before the next presidential election. And what is Medicare for All? The Arizona Republic’s national political reporters break it down with health care reporter Stephanie…
What a tour of the U.S.-Mexico border tells us about hopes for immigration reform
May 1 • 22 min
Arizona Republic reporter Ron Hansen traveled to Southern Arizona in April to tour the U.S.-Mexico border with a group of members of the current Congress. Coming to Arizona to tour the border is something of a rite of passage for Republican lawmakers. In…
Arizona’s most successful copycat legislation: School vouchers
Apr 24 • 20 min
Arizona has served as a petri dish for groups that create and distribute “model” bills written by corporations and special-interest groups. Arizona’s most successful copycat law yet: Empowerment Scholarship Accounts.
Copy-paste laws: How corporations are influencing your laws
Apr 17 • 21 min
Think your publicly elected leaders write the bills they sign into law? Not always. In fact, they often don’t. That’s the conclusion of a two-year-long investigation by The Arizona Republic, USA TODAY and plus the Center for Public Integrity, which found…
APS finally admits spending millions in dark money. Why now?
Apr 10 • 20 min
The secret that everyone suspected is finally out: Utility company Arizona Public Service admitted it donated millions to dark-money political groups in the 2014 Corporation Commission election to help two elect Republican regulators, Tom Forese and Doug…
This Arizona bill could hurt Airbnb in your neighborhood
Apr 3 • 18 min
Chances are there’s a home in your neighborhood that’s available for short-term rental through Airbnb or VRBO. The practice has become more common since a state law passed in 2016 expanded protections for short-term rentals.Now, some are saying short-term…
Why does President Trump continue to attack John McCain?
Mar 27 • 20 min
As the 2020 campaign cycle kicks off, Arizonans can expect to hear President Donald Trump attack the late Sen. John McCain. But this puts Sen. Martha McSally in a precarious situation. Find out why in this week’s episode as hosts Yvonne Wingett Sanchez…
Kate Gallego’s plans for the future as Phoenix’s mayor
Mar 20 • 20 min
It may have taken 18 months, but Kate Gallego won the special election to become Phoenix’s mayor. Gallego defeated former council colleague Daniel Valenzuela. Afer her swearing in on March 21, she’ll serve out the rest of former Mayor Greg Stanton’s term.…
Is Michael Crow the most powerful person in Arizona?
Mar 13 • 30 min
Since becoming Arizona State University’s president in 2002, Michael Crow has influenced the state’s development and policy and has made national headlines along the way. The Arizona Republic’s higher-education reporter Rachel Leingang recently spent 26…
Arizona’s controversial vaccine bills draw national attention
Mar 6 • 20 min
Arizona is in the spotlight after controversial vaccine bills by Republican Rep. Nancy Barto were advanced by the state House Health and Human Services Committee this month, despite warnings from health officials. Arizona Republic and azcentral.com…
Why Arizona is facing a water crisis, and what happens next
Feb 27 • 20 min
Arizona gets almost 40 percent of its water from the Colorado River, which draws its water from Lake Mead, the biggest reservoir in the country. Right now, that reservoir is about 40 percent full and approaching its first shortage ever. What happens if…
What to know about the Phoenix mayor race
Feb 20 • 18 min
In the end, Phoenix will either have its first Latino or the first mother with a small child as mayor. This week, host Yvonne Wingett Sanchez talks with reporter Jessica Boehm about key issues in the race and differences between the two Democratic…
The Gaggle Podcast goes to D.C.
Feb 13 • 22 min
Hosts Yvonne Wingett Sanchez and Ronald J. Hansen chat with videographer David Wallace about their trip to Washington, D.C., last week to catch up with Arizona’s newly sworn-in Congressional delegation. Listen along as they give you a behind-the-scenes…
On the U.S.-Mexico border in a government shutdown
Feb 3 • 18 min
Is there a crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border? Politicians keep saying so. In light of a historic government shutdown, hosts Yvonne Wingett Sanchez and Ron Hansen find out what it’s like on the ground with Rafael Carranza, a border reporter at The Arizona…
Breaking down the politics of funding local sports
Jan 29 • 17 min
Publicly-funded stadiums and arenas are costly. Why does the burden fall on taxpayers? The Gaggle breaks it down.
Here’s what Gov. Ducey’s latest budget could do for you
Jan 23 • 15 min
Ever hit a traffic jam coming back from up north on the I-17? Well the Governor’s latest budget may have a solution. Reporter Maria Polletta joins host Yvonne Wingett Sanchez to talk about the parts of the budget most up for debate, including education…
Looking at Arizona’s top education issues in 2019
Jan 15 • 20 min
Gov. Doug Ducey gave the State of the State address on Monday. With a new state superintendent of public instruction, more Democrats in the Arizona House of Representatives, and a projected $900 million surplus entering this Legislative session, what…
8 new, interesting Arizona laws as of Jan. 1
Jan 8 • 21 min
Why does a new Arizona law make doctors ask women why they want an abortion? Host Ronald J. Hansen and azcentral reporter Dustin Gardiner chat about that, plus other new Arizona laws that impact your vehicle registration fees, medical bills and a myriad…
Looking to 2019, part 2: The 4 political issues you should be watching
Dec 18, 2018 • 27 min
Will Arizona’s power in D.C. diminish as Sen. Jon Kyl leaves and Sen.-elect Kyrsten Sinema steps up for her first term? Hosts Yvonne Wingett Sanchez and Ronald J. Hansen discuss what to watch for in Congress and speak with Republic reporters about Gov.…
Looking to 2019, Part 1: Party leaders tell us their plans
Dec 11, 2018 • 34 min
The leaders of Arizona’s Democratic and Republican parties tell us their thoughts on what happened in the 2018 midterm elections and how they plan to pave the way for victory in the future. Felecia Rotellini, chairwoman of the Arizona Democratic Party,…
Have questions? Get answers.
Dec 4, 2018 • 2 min
Are you curious what the state legislature is up to next? Do you have a question for a particular reporter or producer at The Arizona Republic? Take part in The Gaggle’s Q&A! Call us at 602-444-4946 and leave us a voicemail. Record a video of your…
What former Rep. Ed Pastor left Arizona
Dec 2, 2018 • 17 min
Political consultant Ronnie Lopez talks about his close friend, former Congressman Ed Pastor. Pastor, who served Arizona in Washington for 23 years, died Nov. 27 after suffering a heart attack. He was 75. We look back on his legacy. Have a question or…
Early ballots are altering how politicians target you. Here’s how
Nov 27, 2018 • 26 min
The advent of early balloting has put pressure on politicians to win votes sooner. In their pursuit of victory, campaigns are digging deeper into sophisticated data to target you. Here’s how to join in The Gaggle’s Q&A episode: 1) Call us at 602-444-4946…
Funniest moments in Arizona politics in 2018
Nov 21, 2018 • 29 min
From Sacha Baron Cohen punking former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio to Steve Ferrara’s legendary ad paid for by “AFBIC,” 2018 was a year to remember in Arizona politics. Note: Some of the content in this episode may not be suitable for children. Have…
Kyrsten Sinema just rewrote Democrats’ playbook
Nov 13, 2018 • 21 min
Her triumph is the first for Democrats in an Arizona U.S. Senate race in 30 years, as well as the first for a woman in Arizona. How did she do it? We dive into how U.S. Sen.-elect Kyrsten Sinema rose above Republican candidate Martha McSally and her own…
Behind the scenes at The Arizona Republic on Election Day
Nov 6, 2018 • 30 min
We take you alongside reporters and inside the newsroom on Election Day. Hear a phone interview with Maricopa County Recorder Adrian Fontes, a gaggle with Gov. Doug Ducey outside his polling place, scenes from the Arizona Democratic Party’s roaring…
Special guest: Gov. Doug Ducey reflects on four years
Oct 28, 2018 • 37 min
Host Yvonne Wingett Sanchez has covered Gov. Doug Ducey for years. Now he sits one-on-one with her to chat about the 2018 midterms, #RedforEd, March for Our Lives, replacing McCain, immigration and more. Note: This interview was recorded Oct. 15, 2018.…
Inside Trump’s Arizona visit: What it means for midterms
Oct 24, 2018 • 22 min
From a presidential shoutout for Democratic U.S. Rep. Tom O’ Halleran to whispers that Kelli Ward might endorse Republican Senate candidate Martha McSally (gasp!), President Donald Trump’s Arizona visit was rife with political strategy. We break down the…
Why is everyone bringing up health care in Arizona’s elections?
Oct 13, 2018 • 19 min
Democrats in Arizona campaign on health care like it’s nobody’s business, leaving Republicans to play defense. Polls show that health care is a top concern for Arizona voters, but when did this become such a big issue, and why? Have a question or comment?…
Will the real Senate candidate please stand up?
Oct 10, 2018 • 21 min
Republican Martha McSally and Democrat Kyrsten Sinema are in a tight race for Sen. Jeff Flake’s seat. Why, then, are they so quiet before Arizona’s midterm elections? Help us improve by taking our 10-question survey to let us know what you think about the…
Three Arizona ballot propositions you should know
Oct 3, 2018 • 25 min
Ballot propositions are direct democracy in action. This year, Arizonans will cast their vote on a wide range of issues from education to clean energy to taxes. Grab your pencils. Here’s what voters should know on Props 305, 127 and 126. Help us improve…
She’s the ideal voter. Why does she still feel disenfranchised?
Sep 26, 2018 • 18 min
Kwailan Barsotti is a mom, small-business owner and independent voter who lives in the suburbs of Anthem, Ariz. She’s exactly the kind of person politicians are targeting during Arizona’s midterm elections, where suburban women could sway the vote. Yet…
Arizona election spending hits record high: Here’s how and why
Sep 17, 2018 • 25 min
We’re back! Help us improve by taking our 10-question survey to let us know what you think about the show: bit.ly/GaggleSurvey. Election spending for some 2018 midterm candidates and races in Arizona is hitting record highs. Arizona Republic reporters…
Help Arizona Republic revamp ‘The Gaggle’
Sep 12, 2018 • 2 min
The Arizona Republic is improving its politics podcast. Give us your feedback: https://bit.ly/GaggleSurvey Join us Wednesday, September 19th and every Wednesday after that.
Three big takeaways on Arizona primary election results
Aug 29, 2018 • 28 min
It was a strange election day in Arizona. The nation’s eyes are on the state after U.S. Sen. John McCain’s death Saturday. Both of our Senate seats are open. And for the first time in a long time, it looks like Democrats might stand a chance in the races…
John McCain memories and quotes: Republic reporters discuss senator’s legacy
Aug 26, 2018 • 36 min
After a 13-month battle with brain cancer, U.S. Sen. John McCain died Saturday, Aug. 25, at home in Arizona. He was 81. Hear some of the most powerful quotes from McCain himself, heartfelt memories from his closest friends, reactions from world leaders…
Special episode: Sen. John McCain to discontinue cancer treatment, family says
Aug 24, 2018 • 19 min
Senator John McCain will end medical treatment for the brain cancer he was diagnosed with over a year ago, according to statements released by his family. The six-term senator has continued Senate duties as much as he could from his family home in…
Special guest: Democratic megadonor Tom Steyer on his political activities in Arizona
Aug 21, 2018 • 23 min
In this special episode, the team sat down with Tom Steyer, a California billionaire who is spending part of his fortune in Arizona’s elections. Steyer’s political organization has contributed a large amount of funds to support Arizona’s clean energy…
Is your vote secure in the 2018 midterms?
Aug 20, 2018 • 20 min
Arizona’s primary is Aug. 28. Federal and state officials are working to ensure the security of voter information in light of Russian hacking in 2016. How secure are these systems? What should you do when mailing in your ballot? And what should you bring…
Social media and elections: Can your vote be influenced?
Aug 13, 2018 • 16 min
Federal authorities face the daunting job of trying to ensure the 2018 midterms are not influenced by foreign entities. Social media platforms are cracking down on bot and spam accounts. How can you tell if an account isn’t genuine? The Gaggle will now…
How Arizona’s economy might shift votes in 2018 elections
Aug 6, 2018 • 22 min
Arizona is seeing economic growth, but financial prosperity is not being equally felt across the state. How can economic sentiments among voters affect the 2018 elections? Also, the team takes you into the rooms where Republican Senate and governor…
How independent voters could shake Arizona elections
Jul 25, 2018 • 16 min
Independent voters are on the verge of making up the largest electoral block in Arizona. Here’s what that means for the upcoming elections. Follow the team on Twitter: National/political reporter Yvonne Wingett Sanchez @yvonnewingett, congressional…
Special edition: Arizona’s party leaders share how President Trump will affect the midterm elections
Jul 20, 2018 • 31 min
Chair of the Democratic Party Felecia Rotellini and former chair of the Republican Party Robert Graham share their thoughts on the midterms. They talk about everything from the “Trump affect” to how their parties are campaigning. And they spill some…
Supreme Court pick: What it means and reactions from Arizona
Jul 11, 2018 • 17 min
How will the new Supreme Court pick affect monumental rulings like Roe v. Wade, which legalized abortion throughout the nation? What did Arizona politicians have to say about President Donald Trump’s choice? And what’s that about the Arizona Cardinal’s…
Melania Trump’s visit to Arizona, cities sue opioid manufacturers — and more
Jul 4, 2018 • 38 min
First lady Melania Trump visited Arizona last week. Reporters break down why Trump came and what we saw inside a detention center for immigrants. And an inside look into the bribery case involving well-known Arizona lobbyist Jim Norton. Lastly reporters…
Special guest: RedForEd’s Noah Karvelis on Arizona education
Jun 26, 2018 • 26 min
Education is a hot-button topic in Arizona. What does RedForEd’s Noah Karvelis have to say leading up to the November education ballot initiative? And what are the changes he’s seen in the teacher strike movement over the past several months? He answers…
Family separation at the border and Gov. Doug Ducey’s campaign for re-election
Jun 20, 2018 • 31 min
The politics team talks about immigrant children being separated from their families at the U.S.-Mexico border and Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey’s campaign announcement. Follow the team on Twitter: Interim national/political reporter Yvonne Wingett Sanchez…
Talking Theranos, fraudulent AZ petitions, immigration reform
Jun 12, 2018 • 24 min
The Arizona Republic’s politics team discusses how potential immigration reform will impact DACA and refugees, how what happened with Theranos may be reflective of a larger Arizona issue, and fraudulent signatures in a Senate race. Follow the team on…
Talking corruption trial with special guest, criminal defense attorney
Jun 5, 2018 • 18 min
Mike Black, a prominent criminal defense attorney, speaks about an Arizona coruption trial involving the Ex-Corporation Commissioner Gary Pierce, his wife Sherry Pierce, Jim Norton, a lobbyist, and George Johnson, water company owner. The #RedForEd…
Special guest: David Garcia, Democratic gubernatorial candidate
May 31, 2018 • 43 min
David Garcia, who seeks the Democratic gubernatorial nomination, joins The Gaggle in a first-ever, guest episode to discuss his campaign and education in Arizona. Follow the team on Twitter: Interim national/political reporter Yvonne Wingett Sanchez…
Renewable energy controversy, special session over gun control, Gosar lives outside his district
May 22, 2018 • 30 min
Arizona Public Service is backing a ballot initiative from state utility regulators that would significantly boost the requirements for renewable energy. Will Arizona see a special session over gun control after yet another school shooting in Texas? And…
Russian Facebook ads, migrant caravan, fraud allegations in marijuana dispensaries
May 15, 2018 • 35 min
Russian Facebook ads played up a murder-suicide of two Arizona teens during the 2016 election. Organizers of the migrant caravan that traveled through Mexico to the U.S. border say they are planning another caravan next year despite backlash from Trump…
#RedForEd takeaways, Sen. John McCain health updates
May 9, 2018 • 26 min
After Arizona’s legislature approved a plan for 20 percent pay raises for teachers by 2020, the leaders of the #RedForEd movement feel like they got cheated on their demands. Now they’re working to collect 150,000 signatures by July 5 to get the Invest in…
#RedForEd teacher walkout, budget bills drop, CD8 race takeaways
May 2, 2018 • 38 min
Arizona’s #RedForEd teacher walkout moves into its fifth day as teachers continue to protest low pay. Budget bills have dropped at the state Capitol, but what’s buried in them? And how did Democrat Hiral Tipirneni pull off such a close race in deep-red…
Teachers on walkouts, abortion requirements, CD8 election, sober homes
Apr 17, 2018 • 30 min
Teachers are still talking about a walkout even after Gov. Doug Ducey proposed increasing their pay 20 percent by 2020. Arizona has a new abortion reporting requirement. With an election in the 8th Congressional District next week, the race between…
Special edition: Cathi Herrod’s unscripted conversation on Arizona’s school voucher program
Apr 11, 2018 • 33 min
In a recording obtained by The Arizona Republic, Center for Arizona Policy President Cathi Herrod has an unscripted conference call with Christian school leaders about Arizona’s school voucher program. Herrod shares her real thoughts on the Empowerment…
2020 census citizenship question, inside a ‘D’ school in Arizona, DACA tuition rates
Apr 3, 2018 • 26 min
A citizenship question on the 2020 census was reinstated by the Trump administration and could hurt Arizona more than other states. Morale is down inside a ‘D’-ranked school in Arizona, correlating with teacher’s frustrations over funding and pay. Will…
Ducey and self-driving cars, Prop. 123, new sex harassment investigation
Mar 29, 2018 • 25 min
Gov. Doug Ducey’s office releases records about self-driving cars in Arizona weeks after an autonomous Uber SUV hit and killed a pedestrian. Ducey pushed Proposition 123 in 2016 to fund schools, tapping into the state’s land trust fund, but a judge rules…
Gun control and education funding for Arizona teachers and schools
Mar 15, 2018 • 18 min
Arizona could see stricter gun laws with support from Gov. Doug Ducey after he said he would ask lawmakers to adopt a law that would take guns away from people who are violent or mentally ill. Students nationwide protested gun-violence in the March for…
Arizona registration increase, Scottsdale schools investigation, charter schools broke
Mar 6, 2018 • 23 min
The Attorney General’s Office wants answers on construction contracts with Scottsdale Unified School District. Arizona motorists could soon pay more for vehicle registration as state lawmakers search for money to repair crumbling roads and bridges. And…
CD8 primary election, U of A basketball scandal, secret sex harassment records
Feb 28, 2018 • 29 min
Voters advance Republican Debbie Lesko and Democrat Hiral Tipirneni in the race to replace Trent Franks in Congressional District 8. The University of Arizona’s basketball program is under fire after the FBI intercepted phone conversations where coach…
Montenegro’s flirty texts, Arizona’s sports stadium funding, Ducey’s 676 cuts
Feb 22, 2018 • 28 min
Days before launching his congressional campaign, former state Senator Steve Montenegro and a state Senate staffer exchanged flirty messages, including a topless photo. Arizona could soon join a national compact to ban taxpayer-funded professional sports…
Shooter privately investigated, new abortion bill, Montenegro’s legal path to the U.S.
Feb 13, 2018 • 23 min
Women seeking abortions in Arizona might have to explain to doctors why they want to end their pregnancy under a new bill. Steve Montenegro immigrated to the U.S. with his family through a special work-related provision that’s not always available to…
Shooter expelled, Ducey wants tax collectors, Gosar clashes with Latino Democrats
Feb 6, 2018 • 27 min
Arizona’s House of Representatives voted to immediately expel Rep. Don Shooter in a historic vote after an investigation found he sexually harassed women for many years. Gov Doug Ducey wants the state Department of Revenue to hire 25 tax collectors after…
Native American Day, CD8 debate, Doug Ducey at Koch brothers’ retreat
Jan 30, 2018 • 29 min
Jamescita Peshlakai, a Navajo lawmaker, leads efforts to establish Native American Day in Arizona. Republican candidates in the race for the 8th Congressional District seat battled over their loyalty to President Donald Trump. Gov. Doug Ducey calls for a…
English-only insurance bill, Ducey on blowout bars and public relations
Jan 23, 2018 • 18 min
Gov. Doug Ducey wants to deregulate blow dry bars and Arizona cosmetologists are offended. Taxpayers are spending about a million dollars more for public relations workers under Gov. Doug Ducey, who said he planned to cut back government spending.…
Ducey’s budget, conversion therapy, bump stock ban
Jan 16, 2018 • 23 min
U.S. Rep. Martha McSally officially enters Arizona’s senate race. Gov. Doug Ducey releases his budget with spending increases for school funding. Sen. Sean Bowie introduces a bill to ban conversion therapy and another bill would ban bump stocks in…
Arpaio runs for Senate, Ducey’s State of the State, Shooter apologizes for sex harassment
Jan 7, 2018 • 20 min
Former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio announces his campaign to run for U.S. Senate. Gov. Doug Ducey makes six promises in the final State of the State speech during his first term. Rep. Don Shooter apologizes for making inappropriate comments on the…
The Gaggle: The Year in Stories
Dec 21, 2017 • 23 min
The Republic’s politics team looks back on the year’s most impacting stories that they worked on this year.
The Gaggle: Deconstructing the Republican tax plan
Dec 8, 2017 • 23 min
The Republic’s politics team talks Jeff Flake’s controversial endorsement check, the state’s child welfare agency and how the Republican tax plan will impact Arizonans. This episode was edited by Johanna Huckeba @jojo_huck.
Raúl Grijalva’s hostile work environment, Republican tax plan, John Giles faces backlash
Nov 29, 2017 • 27 min
Arizona Rep. Raúl Grijalva approved a $48,000 settlement to a woman who accused him of being drunk and creating a hostile work environment. Sens. John McCain and Jeff Flake could be key votes for or against the Republican tax plan. State Sen. Kimberly…
A memorable year in Arizona’s delegation, voter registration numbers
Nov 22, 2017 • 29 min
It’s been a memorable and historic year for Arizona’s delegation and Washington, D.C., correspondent for USA Today Eliza Collins provides some perspective from Capitol Hill. Democrats say the election of Donald Trump has increased their base, but…
Sex allegations against Don Shooter, is Arizona’s foster care system too white?
Nov 14, 2017 • 18 min
A flood of sexual harassment allegations continues to run out of Arizona’s State Capitol. At least seven women have publicly accused Rep. Don Shooter of sex harassment, including Mi-Ai Parrish, publisher and president of The Arizona Republic. Arizona’s…
Martha McSally enters the 2018 Senate race, sex harassment in Arizona’s Legislature
Nov 6, 2017 • 27 min
Rep. Michelle Ugenti-Rita, R-Scottsdale, said in a tweet on Monday that Rep. Don Shooter, R-Yuma, is one of Arizona’s male lawmakers that she was sexually harassed by. Congresswoman Martha McSally enters Arizona’s 2018 Senate race. Greg Stanton has still…
Bisbee’s plastic bag ban, KidsCare loses funding and Arizona’s Senate race continues
Oct 31, 2017 • 23 min
Bisbee backs off its plastic bag ban. KidsCare, a program that ensures children and low-income families, has run out of funding without a renewal from Congress. And potential candidates like U.S. Reps. Martha McSally and Paul Gosar continue to eye Sen.…
Flake will not seek re-election to U.S. Senate and sexual harassment in Arizona’s Legislature
Oct 24, 2017 • 26 min
Arizona’s 2018 Senate race takes a dramatic turn after Sen. Jeff Flake announced Tuesday that he will not seek re-election in 2018. Former state lawmaker Kelli Ward and President Trump react to Flake’s announcement. State Rep. Michelle Ugenti-Rita says…
Ducey’s raises, Russian voter hack remains unclear, Bannon in Arizona and Gosar’s family feud
Oct 17, 2017 • 25 min
Gov. Doug Ducey awards his inner circle hefty pay increases while giving Arizona teachers less than a 1 percent raise. Steve Bannon visits Scottsdale and gives his full support to Kelli Ward in Arizona’s 2018 Senate race against Sen. Jeff Flake. President…
Paul Gosar’s take on Charlottesville, Arizona’s school letter grades, water shortages and elections
Oct 11, 2017 • 23 min
Arizona’s Congressman Paul Gosar suggested in a Vice News interview that the violent, white supremacist rally in Charlottesville was planned by “an Obama sympathizer,” and said that George Soros, a liberal activist, turned Jews over to the Nazis. The…
Kyrsten Sinema joins Arizona’s Senate race, Pence visits Phoenix and DCS faces a lawsuit
Oct 2, 2017 • 25 min
Arizona’s 2018 Senate race just got interesting with U.S. Rep. Kyrsten Sinema joining the run, finally ending months of speculation. She will run against Sen. Jeff Flake and several others, including Deedra Abboud. The Department of Child Safety also…
Was Arizona hacked by Russia? Voter fraud and the Trump, Sen. John McCain feud continues
Sep 24, 2017 • 15 min
Sen. John McCain does not support the Graham-Cassidy health care bill, another failed Republican attempt to repeal and replace “Obamacare.” President Donald Trump lashed out in a series of tweets over the weekend and said, “Without McCain, we’d already…
Special investigation: Landmark new report on the U.S.-Mexico border, “The Wall”
Sep 20, 2017 • 20 min
“Build the Wall.” Three words energized a campaign. But could it be done? What would it cost? What would it accomplish? Our search for answers became this, a landmark new report, “The Wall” with special guest Nicole Carroll, top editor of The Arizona…
Arizona hosts historic convention on changes to the U.S. Constitution
Sep 13, 2017 • 20 min
Representatives from 22 states gathered at the Arizona Capitol for the convening of America’s first national convention of states in more than 150 years. Meanwhile, the Arizona Attorney General’s Office is suing the Arizona Board of Regents for…
Will Congress help the 28,000 Arizonans with DACA?
Sep 6, 2017 • 20 min
It’s official: Voters will decide whether Arizona moves forward with or rejects a massive expansion of the state’s school-voucher program. DACA protects about 28,000 Arizonans – how will its end change their lives? Plus, a rundown of the long list of…
How Arpaio’s pardon and DACA’s end could change Arizona forever
Aug 30, 2017 • 20 min
After being pardoned by President Donald Trump, what are the chances former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio will get back into politics? Could a bill pass that would ban covering your face during a protest? Follow the team on Twitter: Host and politics…
Special coverage: How Trump’s rally in Phoenix is impacting Arizona politics
Aug 24, 2017 • 19 min
President Donald Trump took shots at Sens. John McCain and Jeff Flake, Arizona Republicans who have repeatedly crossed him, without mentioning their names at his Tuesday rally. Meanwhile, Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey and controversial former Maricopa County…
President Trump schedules rally in Arizona while weighing Arpaio pardon
Aug 16, 2017 • 23 min
The team watches for Rep. Kyrsten Sinema to announce a likely run for the U.S. Senate seat held by Jeff Flake. U.S. Rep. Ruben Gallego, D-Ariz., calls President Trump a ‘racist’ and a ‘coward’ after his comments on Charlottesville. Investigations into…
Sen. Jeff Flake takes aim at fellow Republicans in new book
Aug 4, 2017 • 26 min
Sen. Jeff Flake is the author of a new book, a defense of Goldwater- and Reagan-style conservatism and a critique of his own Republican Party in the era of President Donald Trump. Gov. Doug Ducey plays a strong role in Sen. John McCain’s healthcare vote.…
Sen. John McCain’s dramatic return for a healthcare vote
Jul 26, 2017 • 22 min
- Sen. John McCain returned to Washington a week after disclosing his brain cancer diagnosis to speak on the Senate floor about “Obamacare” repeal legislation. - About 1,400 conservatives from across the country gathered in Denver for a conference…
U.S. Rep. Martha McSally spends big to stay in office
Jul 18, 2017 • 20 min
The group behind an effort to repeal Arizona’s school-voucher expansion is hiring paid circulators as part of a final push to qualify for the ballot; U.S. Rep. McSally spends big to stay in office; Sen. John McCain’s unresolved health scare; former…
Sen. Jeff Flake talks Trumpcare, while group fights Arizona school-voucher law
Jul 12, 2017 • 16 min
Sen. Jeff Flake, under intense pressure to oppose the Senate Republican health-care bill, said he actually supports the more conservative “Consumer Freedom Option” proposed by Sen. Ted Cruz. Meanwhile, a group opposed to a major private school voucher…
Arizona to oppose handing over voter information to Trump commission
Jul 7, 2017 • 21 min
Arizona Secretary of State Michele Reagan said she is rejecting the Trump administration’s request for extensive voter information. Arizona’s Republican members of Congress have rarely voted against Trump in the first six months of the year. The director…
Special investigation: Many Arizona schools hire underqualified, inexperienced teachers
Jun 21, 2017 • 18 min
A database built by The Arizona Republic shows that 22 percent of 46,000 public school teachers in Arizona during the 2016-17 term were either not qualified to teach or had less than two years of classroom experience. Education reporter Ricardo Cano…
An Arizona congresswoman’s secret tape and the debate over dirty money
Jun 14, 2017 • 18 min
A secret tape predicts trouble for Republican lawmakers, cash from indicted figures divides state officials, and a new survey says children in Arizona rank near the bottom in well-being, nationally. Meanwhile, Gov. Doug Ducey makes moves to protect…
A Tucson Democrat begins the race to become Arizona’s governor
Jun 7, 2017 • 21 min
State Sen. Steve Farley is jumping into the race for governor, hoping to unseat Republican Gov. Doug Ducey. A service at the Arizona Secretary of State’s Office intended to make it easier for local candidates to get their names on the ballot has missed…
Corruption scandal rocks Arizona politics, and Jeff Flake seeks new war authorization
May 31, 2017 • 17 min
A corruption case snares lobbyist Jim Norton, who is at the center of Arizona power politics. Two Arizona Republican lawmakers hire private attorneys (using taxpayers’ money along the way.) U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake wants a new authorization of the use of…
McCain-Trump feud, Gov. Ducey’s veto pen and drama in Phoenix City Hall
May 20, 2017 • 19 min
The Arizona Attorney General’s Office’s investigates Phoenix Councilman Michael Nowakowski. Sen. John McCain blasts President Donald Trump – again. Gov. Doug Ducey signs a final 27 bills into law and vetoes six, including industrial hemp production. Find…
Looking back on Arizona’s 2016-2017 legislative session, and unfinished business
May 17, 2017 • 18 min
Arizona State Capitol reporter Mary Jo Pitzl, congressional delegation reporter Ron Hansen, Governor’s Office and state politics reporter Yvonne Wingett Sanchez, national political reporter Dan Nowicki and politics editor Michael Squires look back at the…
Who won the state budget war, and highlights from the legislative session
May 6, 2017 • 17 min
As the end of the legislative session approaches, Arizona State Capitol reporter Mary Jo Pitzl, congressional delegation reporter Ron Hansen, Governor’s Office and state politics reporter Yvonne Wingett Sanchez and politics editor Michael Squires talk…
Teachers protesting, a budget afoot and what’s up with Stanton?
Apr 28, 2017 • 17 min
Phoenix City Hall reporter Dustin Gardiner, Arizona State Capitol reporter Mary Jo Pitzl, congressional delegation reporter Ron Hansen, Governor’s Office and state politics reporter Yvonne Wingett Sanchez and politics editor Michael Squires talk about the…
Trailer: Welcome to The Gaggle!
Apr 23, 2017 • 2 min
The Arizona Republic and azcentral.com’s politics editor Michael Squires hosts an informal and informational chat with his team of reporters about politics in Arizona and beyond in this weekly podcast. Follow Michael on Twitter at @mgsquires. This episode…