A bipartisan effort has been started to get two measures on the ballot that would make big changes to Arizona’s campaign finance and election system. Former Phoenix mayors and Democrats Paul Johnson and Terry Goddard have joined forces with Republican political consultant Chuck Coughlin in the effort. The goal is to have voters decide on measures that would shed light on so-called dark money and create a voting system that would eliminate the need for politicians to appeals to the extreme ends of the political spectrum. Hear from Coughlin, Goddard and Johnson about their ideas.
In 1961 the nation’s most powerful leaders came to Phoenix to honor an Arizona senator on his 50th year in the senate. President John F. Kennedy, Vice President Lyndon Johnson and many others came to pay homage to Carl Hayden, a man instrumental in Arizona’s early development. We’ll relive the day with video and pictures recently given to the Arizona State University Libraries.
John Dean, the former counsel to President Nixon and a key figure in the Watergate scandal, will make a presentation at Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication about how the scandal influenced American politics and journalism. Dean will discuss the topic on Arizona Horizon.
Because of controversial laws passed by state lawmakers, Arizona’s image has taken a beating in recent years. Arizona Governor Doug Ducey hopes to improve the state’s branding with a new campaign led by the Arizona Commerce Authority. Sandra Watson, president and CEO of the commerce authority and Mark Stapp of the Arizona State University W.P. School of Business will discuss the governor’s effort to improve Arizona’s brand.
A Chandler attorney filed a complaint with the State Attorney General’s Office in an effort to start proceedings to remove Arizona Corporation Commissioner Susan Bittersmith from office. Tom Ryan’s complaint alleges that Bittersmith’s job in the telecommunications industry conflicts with her role as a commissioner in an agency that oversees the industry. Laurie Roberts, a columnist from the Arizona Republic, will tell us more.
The National Institute of Civil Discourse of the University of Arizona has a new program that seeks to develop future national leaders from state lawmakers and imbue them with a culture where discourse and collaboration typify the development of new laws. Ted Celeste, director of state programs at the institute, and state Democratic Representative Randall Friese will discuss the new program.
Newly re-elected Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton makes his monthly appearance to talk about top issues for the city, including a measure that was approved by voters to expand light rail and other transit services.
A group promoting a 2016 ballot measure that would legalize marijuana wants to use tax proceeds from marijuana sales for education. We’ve heard from a backer of the measure on Arizona Horizon, and will hear from an opponent, Seth Leibsohn of Arizonans for Responsible Drug Policy.
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump makes a stop in Phoenix to meet with Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio. Both have made political gains because of their stances on illegal immigration. Arizona State University Political Science Professor Rudy Espino will talk about Trump’s political strategy.
Arizona’s U.S. Senate race for 2016 has heated up. Democratic Congresswoman Ann Kirkpatrick has announced she is going to run against republican incumbent John McCain. Arizona State University pollster Bruce Merrill will discuss the race’s latest developments.
A bill has been proposed by the state legislature that would give voters a chance to repeal or keep Arizona’s public campaign financing system, Clean Elections. Tom Collins, the executive director of the Citizens Clean Elections Commission, and Tim LaSota, a local attorney who helped author the bill, will discuss the pros and cons of repealing Clean Elections.
A new poll by the Arizona advocacy network shows that a big majority of Arizonans support clean elections, a system of public campaign financing in our state. The poll also touched on other topics such as gifts to state lawmakers and conflicts of interest. Pollster Bruce Merrill, who conducted the poll, will discuss the results.
Former Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard launched a campaign to help stop dark money in Arizona. Goddard, who thinks money given anonymously to political campaigns, has created a new non-profit to fight dark money. He’ll talk about his new organization, the Vox Populi Association of Arizona.
A new Harvard study ranked Arizona as having the most corrupt government in the nation when it comes to illegal forms of corruption. Tom Collins, executive director of the Citizens Clean Elections Commission, will talk about keeping politicians honest.
The Citizens Clean Elections Commission is investigating whether State Attorney General Tom Horne broke any campaign laws. Horne filed a suit Thursday to stop that investigation. Tom Collins, Executive Director of the Citizens Clean Elections Commission, will talk about the suit.
Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction John Huppenthal has been facing increasing pressure for anonymous comments he’s made online, with some calling for his resignation. Laurie Roberts of the Arizona Republic will bring us up to date.
For the first time, a sitting House majority leader was defeated in a primary election. Virginia’s Eric Cantor lost to Tea Party activist Dave Brat. Patrick Kenney, the Interim Vice Provost and Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Arizona State University and a Professor in the School of Politics and Global Studies, will discuss what the loss means for the GOP and the Tea Party.
Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne will discuss allegations made by one of his former employees that members of his executive staff were illegally conducting work for his re-election bid while on state time.
Statewide, legislative and congressional races will take place in this year’s election cycle. One day after the filing deadline for signatures needed to qualify for the ballot, political consultants Stan Barnes and Bob Grossfeld will discuss the upcoming primary and general elections.
A survey conducted among young voters at Arizona State University shows that although a big majority of students are registered to vote, many are not politically active and don’t keep up with political news. Arizona State University Public Policy professor David Wells and ASU journalism graduate Richard Flores will discuss the survey and attitudes among young voters.
The U.S. Supreme Court lifted limits on the total amount of money people can give during one election cycle to political candidates. The court left intact the $5,200 limit that can be given to a particular candidate during a two-year election cycle. Dan Barr, a partner in the law firm Perkins Coie, will discuss the ruling.
Charles Keating was a man who exemplified how money could influence politics. Keating has died in Phoenix at age 90. His association and political contributions to the so-called “Keating Five,” a group of lawmakers that included then Arizona Congressmen John McCain and Dennis DeConcini, helped him get favorable treatment from regulators. Keating’s Lincoln Savings and Loans collapsed, leaving many with worthless investments and costing taxpayers billions of dollars. Michael Manning was the lead counsel for the FDIC in prosecuting Keating, and will look back on his role.
Senate Minority Leader Anna Tovar and House Minority Leader Chad Campbell appear on Arizona Horizon monthly during the legislative session to give us their perspective on the latest from the State Capitol.
The Arizona Supreme Court lifted a preliminary injunction against significantly higher campaign contribution limits that can be given to political candidates. Jeremy Duda, a reporter for the Arizona Capitol Times, will talk about the ruling.
A federal judge ruled that Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s office engaged in racial profiling. He also ordered the sheriff’s office to stop the practice. JJ Hensley has been covering the story for the Arizona Republic and will tell us more.
ALEC IS the American Legislative Exchange Council, and critics say it allows corporations to direct and produce legislation for state legislatures. Tom Jenney of the group Americans for Prosperity, will talk about some of the pluses of ALEC.
Gwen Ifill is the managing editor and moderator of the PBS show “Washington Week.” She is also a senior correspondent for the PBS NewsHour, an author and has hosted vice presidential debates. Ifill will be at Arizona State University to talk about diversity in the media, and will talk about her career and journalism on “Arizona Horizon.”
The Southern Arizona sheriff who became a leading voice in the debate over illegal immigration recently died in a car accident near Williams, Arizona. Paul Rubin, who wrote numerous stories about Dever for the Phoenix New Times, talks about the Cochise County sheriff’s legacy.
Kareem Awadalla, the host of a political program for the Egyptian Radio and Television Union, and a Humphrey Fellow who’s currently studying journalism at ASU, shares his perspective on riots and violence against U.S. diplomatic compounds taking place in the Middle East.
3TV News reporter Mike Watkiss talks about recent developments in Colorado City, an Arizona town on the Utah border that’s controlled by members of the FLDS church and their imprisoned leader Warren Jeffs. In recent weeks, the federal government has sued the town for discrimination and the Mohave County Sheriff has begun patrolling the town.
The ASU Morrison Institute for Public Policy has released a new report, “Arizona’s Emerging Latino Vote”, which focuses on the potential for Arizona’s young and growing Latino population to change the State’s political landscape over the next few decades. Learn more about the report from co-authors Bill Hart, a Morrison Institute senior policy analyst, and Dr. Eric Hedberg, a faculty associate in the ASU College of Public Programs.