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January 27, 2014

  • SB1070 Film  |   Video
    • The PBS show “Independent Lens” has produced a film titled “The State of Arizona,” which takes a look at the controversy of Senate Bill 1070 in Arizona from all sides. Hear from those who lived through the SB1070 roller coaster ride as they reflect on the nearly four years that have passed since the bill was signed into law by Arizona Governor Jan Brewer. State Senator Steve Gallardo, Republican Representative John Kavanagh and pollster Bruce Merrill discuss SB1070 and how it impacted our state.

November 25, 2013

  • Uninvestigated Child Abuse Cases  |   Video
    • Department of Economic Security Director Clarence Carter revealed last week that over 6,000 cases of child abuse have not been investigated over the past four years. Child Protective Services Oversight Committee Co-chair Senator Nancy Barto and Representative Debbie McCune Davis, a member of the committee, will discuss the failure to investigate the cases.

October 30, 2013

  • Senate Democrats Shake Up  |   Video
    • Democrats in the state senate have ousted Minority Leader Leah Landrum Taylor and replaced her with Senator Anna Tovar as their leader. Arizona Capitol Times Reporter Luige del Puerto will discuss the situation.

August 26, 2013

  • Senator Jeff Flake  |   Video
    • Arizona Republican Senator Jeff Flake will discuss issues being debated on Capitol Hill, such as immigration reform and the Affordable Care Act.

July 29, 2013

  • Stand Your Ground Law  |   Video
    • Arizona’s law that allows you to defend yourself against a deadly threat was expanded a few years ago to let you “stand your ground” when outside your home instead of having to retreat. Recently, Arizona Senator John McCain called for state lawmakers to revise the law in light of the Trayvon Martin shooting. State Senator Steve Gallardo and State Representative John Kavanagh will debate Arizona’s Stand Your Ground law.

April 25, 2013

  • McCain and Immigration polls  |   Video
    • Two new polls are out on immigration reform and Senator John McCain. The McCain poll shows his job performance approval rating is at its lowest point in 21 years. Jim Haynes of the Behavior Research Center will talk about the latest Rocky Mountain polls.

April 22, 2013

  • Transparent Medical Pricing  |   Video
    • Governor Jan Brewer vetoed a bill that would have required hospitals and other medical providers to list prices for common medical procedures. The Arizona Senate has revived the bill. Senator Nancy Barto, sponsor of the bill, will talk about her measure. Pete Wertheim, of the Arizona Hospital Association, will speak in opposition to the bill.

March 26, 2013

  • New Early Voter Bills  |   Video
    • Bills that allow a purge of the permanent early voter lists and that would restrict who can turn in ballots for others are said to be aimed at voter suppression. Pima County Recorder F. Ann Rodriguez and State Senator Steve Gallardo will discuss the bills.

March 12, 2013

  • Bills to Change Public Unions  |   Video
    • Several bills that would make changes to public unions are making progress through the state legislature. Senator Rick Murphy, sponsor of the bills, and Senator Steve Gallardo will discuss the pros and cons of the bills.

March 5, 2013

  • Guns in Schools  |   Video
    • State Senator Rich Crandall has proposed a bill to allow rural teachers or administrators who meet certain requirements to carry concealed firearms, if approved by the school’s governing board. Senator Crandall and Senator Leah Landrum Taylor will discuss the pros and cons of the measure.

February 18, 2013

  • National Minimum Wage  |   Video
    • President Barack Obama proposed a $9-an-hour national minimum wage in his State of the Union Speech. President and CEO of the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry Glenn Hamer and State Sen. Linda Lopez will debate the proposal.

February 5, 2013

  • Election System Reform  |   Video
    • Several bills have been introduced to reform Arizona’s election system. Senator Michele Reagan and Representative Chad Campbell will discuss their bills.

January 28, 2013

  • Immigration Reform  |   Video
    • A bipartisan group of U.S. Senators have proposed a blueprint for immigration reform that they hope to pass this summer. ASU political science professor Rudy Espino comments on the politics of getting comprehensive immigration reform through Congress.

January 22, 2013

  • School Safety Legislation  |   Video
    • Republican State Senator Rich Crandall and Democratic State Representative Chad Campbell discuss their different approaches to gun and school safety legislation.

January 14, 2013

  • Governor’s 2013 State of the State Address  |   Video
    • Arizona Horizon presents an hour-long special featuring Governor Jan Brewer’s 2013 State of the State Address followed by political analysis of the speech and the upcoming legislative session with former state legislators Stan Barnes, the founder and president of Copper State Consulting Group, and former state senator David Schapira.

January 9, 2013

  • Adult Education  |   Video
    • The East Valley Institute of Technology’s career training programs aren’t just for high school students. They’re also for adults making a career change or wanting to acquire skills that will help them compete in today’s competitive job market. EVIT’s Adult Education Consultant and State Senator David Schapira talks about the state of adult education in Arizona.

December 6, 2012

October 10, 2012

  • Vote 2012: U.S. Senate Debate  |   Video
    • Arizona Horizon hosts the first debate for the candidates seeking the U.S. Senate seat of retiring U.S. Senator Jon Kyl. The hour long debate, starting at 5pm, includes the three candidates running for Senate: Republican Congressman Jeff Flake, Democrat Dr. Rich Carmona, and Libertarian Marc Victor.

September 6, 2012

  • Meghan McCain: Author  |   Video
    • The daughter of Arizona Senator John McCain talks about life, politics and her new book America, You Sexy Bitch: A Love Letter to Freedom.

August 16, 2012

  • VOTE 2012: U.S. Senate Republican Primary Debate  |   Video
    • A debate featuring Congressman Jeff Flake; investment company executive Wil Cardon; small business owner Bryan Hackbarth; and radio talk show host Clair “Van” Van Steenwyk, the four Republican candidates competing to fill retiring Senator Jon Kyl’s seat in the United States Senate.

August 15, 2012

  • VOTE 2012: CD4 Republican Primary Debate  |   Video
    • A debate featuring Congressman Paul Gosar; State Senator Ron Gould; and radio station owner Rick Murphy, the three candidates competing in the Republican primary election for Arizona’s Fourth Congressional District.

August 13, 2012

  • Meghan McCain: Author  |   Video
    • The daughter of Arizona Senator John McCain talks about life, politics and her new book America, You Sexy Bitch: A Love Letter to Freedom.

August 7, 2012

  • VOTE 2012 Debate: CD9 Democratic Candidate Debate  |   Video
    • Three candidates are competing in the Democratic primary election for Arizona’s new Ninth Congressional District. Meet two of those candidates, State Senator David Schapira and former director of the State Democratic Party, Andrei Cherny, as they debate the issues. The third candidate, Kyrsten Sinema, has chosen not to participate in the debate.

May 24, 2012

  • McCain Institute for International Leadership  |   Video
    • Arizona State University is launching the nonprofit McCain Institute for International Leadership. ASU President Michael Crow talks about the mission of the new nonpartisan education and research institute that is funded initially by a $9 million gift from a charitable trust established by Arizona Senator John McCain.

May 14, 2012

  • States’ Rights Legislation  |   Video
    • State Senator Al Melvin of Tucson talks about states’ rights legislation introduced during the recent legislative session, including his own bill that’s awaiting the Governor’s signature.

April 9, 2012

  • Revising Arizona’s Recall Law  |   Video
    • Fountain Hills resident Paul Ryan is asking state lawmakers to consider revising Arizona’s 100-year-old recall law that allows citizens to remove elected officials from office. He won support from Republicans and Democrats who are requesting that a committee be formed to revisit the law. Join Ryan, Senator Michele Reagan and Senator David Lujan as they explain why the recall law might need an update.

February 13, 2012

  • Public Sector Union Bills  |   Video
    • Arizona State Lawmakers are considering several bills that limit the power of labor unions for public sector employees, including police and firefighters. The sponsor of the bills, Republican Senator Rick Murphy, and Democratic Senator David Lujan debate the legislation.

February 7, 2012

  • Senate Appropriations Chairman  |   Video
    • Senator Don Shooter (R-Yuma) will speak about his role as Chairman of the powerful Senate Appropriations Committee and the process of drafting a new State budget.

January 26, 2012

  • Congressional District 9 Candidate  |   Video
    • State Senator David Schapira, a Tempe Democrat who serves as Senate Minority Leader, discusses his candidacy for Arizona’s newly-drawn Congressional District 9.

January 23, 2012

January 12, 2012

  • Storing Nuclear Waste to Fund Education  |   Video
    • State Senator Al Melvin, Tucson Republican and Chair of the House Commerce and Energy Commission, explains his plan to raise money for public education by storing nuclear waste in Arizona.

January 11, 2012

January 5, 2012

  • Senator Bundgaard Ethics Hearing  |   Video
    • Jim Small of the Arizona Capitol Times provides an update on the Senate Ethics Committee investigation of an ethics complaint against State Senator Scott Bundgaard.

November 11, 2011

November 9, 2011

  • AZ Senator-Elect Jerry Lewis  |   Video
    • It appears as if State Senate President Russell Pearce lost his recall election. Victorious challenger Jerry Lewis discusses his win.
  • Post-Election Analysis  |   Video
    • Political analysts Stan Barnes and Jay Thorne analyze the Phoenix mayoral and Senator Russell Pearce recall elections.

November 1, 2011

  • State Senate Recall Election: The Candidates, Jerry Lewis  |   Video
    • Arizona’s first-ever recall election for a state legislator takes place Tuesday, November 8th. Senate President Russell Pearce talks about why he should keep his office, and challenger Jerry Lewis explains why he thinks the voters of Mesa’s Legislative District 18 should select him as their new state senator.
  • State Senate Recall Election: The Candidates, Russell Pearce  |   Video
    • Arizona’s first-ever recall election for a state legislator takes place Tuesday, November 8th. Senate President Russell Pearce talks about why he should keep his office, and challenger Jerry Lewis explains why he thinks the voters of Mesa’s Legislative District 18 should select him as their new state senator.

October 10, 2011

  • The Olivia Cortes Case  |   Video
    • Olivia Cortes has withdrawn her candidacy in the Senator Russell Pearce recall election, but her name remains on the ballot. Attorney Tom Ryan, who filed a lawsuit on behalf of a Mesa citizen to try to keep Cortes off the ballot, talks about the case.

October 6, 2011

  • Olivia Cortes’ Withdrawal from LD18 Recall Election   |   Video
    • Ballots for the election to recall Senator Russell Pearce are already printed, and they include the name of candidate Olivia Cortes who has withdrawn from the race. Maricopa County Recorder Helen Purcell explains how the election will be conducted, and votes counted, now that Cortes is no longer a candidate in the legislative district 18 recall election.

September 28, 2011

  • Digital Learning Seminar  |   Video
    • Dr. Sybil Francis, Executive Director of the Center for the Future of Arizona and State Senator Rich Crandall, Chairman of the Senate Education Committee, discuss the Southwest Digital Learning Seminar that focused on the use of technology in education.

September 20, 2011

July 27, 2011

  • Consolidating Arizona School Districts  |   Video
    • A special legislative committee has started looking at possible ways to consolidate Arizona school districts. Hear from members of that committee, Senator Rich Crandall and Superintendent of the Tolleson Union High School District Margo Seck.

July 21, 2011

  • Border Fence Donations  |   Video
    • The State of Arizona has a new website that’s seeking donations to build additional fencing along the U.S. – Mexico border. It’s the result of a bill sponsored by state senator Steve Smith who explains how the program will work.

July 20, 2011

  • Excess State Revenue  |   Video
    • The State of Arizona is on track to collect more tax revenues than projected when lawmakers passed the 2012 budget. State Senator Kyrsten Sinema (D-Phoenix) and State Representative Justin Olson (R-Mesa) debate what the State should do with any extra money it collects.

July 11, 2011

  • Senate President Russell Pearce Recall  |   Video
    • A citizens group has submitted enough valid signatures to force Senator Russell Pearce into a recall election. Find out what the next steps are with State Election Director Amy Bjelland.

May 31, 2011

  • Senator Russell Pearce Recall   |   Video
    • “Citizens for a Better Arizona” has filed more than 18-thousand petition signatures in an attempt to force a recall election for State Senate President Russell Pearce. The group’s leader, Randy Parraz, discusses the campaign.

May 24, 2011

  • DUI Legislation Referendum   |   Video
    • Senate Bill 1200, passed by state lawmakers and signed by the Governor, makes numerous changes to Arizona’s impaired driving laws. Hear from the bill’s sponsor Senator Linda Gray and Cliff Girard, a Phoenix defense attorney who has filed a referendum to stop part of that bill from going into effect.

May 17, 2011

  • Pearce Recall Effort  |   Video
    • Arizona Republic columnist Bob Robb discusses his recent column about how the effort to recall Senator Russell Pearce could be the start of a dangerous trend.

April 26, 2011

  • Legislative Wrap-up: Education  |   Video
    • We take a look at the impact of budget cuts and other legislation on public education with Senator Rich Crandall, Chair of the Senate Education Committee; Ann-Eve Pedersen, president of the Arizona Education Network; and Chuck Essigs of the Arizona Association of School Business Officials.

February 10, 2011

  • African American Legislative Days  |   Video
    • State Senator Leah Landrum Taylor discusses the African American Legislative Days event which is focusing on education, economic development and the justice system.
  • Senator Kyl Announcement  |   Video
    • Political Analyst Chris Herstam talks about Senator Jon Kyl’s decision not to seek reelection and the politicians who may try to run for his U.S. Senate seat in 2012.

February 1, 2011

  • Birthright Citizenship Bills   |   Video
    • State Senators Ron Gould (R-Lake Havasu) and David Schapira (D-Tempe) discuss legislative efforts to recognize Arizona residents as citizens of the state only if they were born in the United States to at least one parent who is a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident.

January 19, 2011

  • Governor’s Budget Proposal  |   Video
    • House Appropriations Committee Chairman Rep. John Kavanagh (R-Fountain Hills) and Senator Kyrsten Sinema (D-Phoenix) discuss Governor Jan Brewer’s budget proposal.

January 10, 2011

  • Congresswoman Giffords   |   Video
    • Before being elected to Congress, Rep. Gabrielle Giffords served in the Arizona State Legislature. Former State Senator Ken Cheuvront and Senator Linda Lopez, who served with Giffords at the State Capitol, talk about their colleague and close friend.

January 5, 2011

  • Legislative Reforms  |   Video
    • As the Arizona State Legislature prepares to convene, we'll take a look at some of the legislative reforms recommended by participants in the most recent Arizona Town Hall.

November 15, 2010

November 8, 2010

  • Senate President-elect Russell Pearce  |   Video
    • One day after winning re-election, Senator Pearce was selected by his colleagues to serve as Senate President when the 50th Legislature convenes in January. He’ll discuss his plans and priorities for the coming year.

August 19, 2010

  • Luke AFB and the F-35  |   Video
    • The U.S. Air Force has named Luke Air Force Base a preferred site for training pilots to fly the F-35. State Senator John Nelson and Charley Freericks of Fighter Country Partnership explain what it will take for Luke to land the F-35.

July 22, 2010

  • SB 1070 Court Hearings Analysis  |   Video
    • Analysis of the hearings provided by Paul Orfanedes the Director of Litigation for Judicial Watch, a conservative government watchdog group that’s representing Arizona State Senator Russell Pearce.

April 12, 2010

  • Immigration Reform  |   Video
    • House Bill 1070, sponsored by Senator Russell Pearce, makes changes to Arizona laws related to immigration crime and enforcement. Senator Pearce, Chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee, and House Assistant Minority Leader Kyrsten Sinema discuss the legislation.

March 22, 2010

  • Tax Increase Debate  |   Video
    • Voters will be deciding this May whether to increase the state sales tax by one-cent for three years. State Senator Thayer Verschoor of “Ax The Tax,” a group which opposes the increase, will discuss the proposal with John Wright of the Arizona Education Association, who supports the tax increase.

February 15, 2010

  • Texting Ban  |   Video
    • The legislature is considering a ban on texting while driving. Senator Al Melvin will be on Horizon to talk about the bill.

February 11, 2010

January 20, 2010

  • Payday Loan Reform  |   Video
    • The merits of House Bill 2161, which seeks to reform the payday loan industry, are debated.

January 14, 2010

  • Senator Jon Kyl  |   Video
    • United States Senator Jon Kyl of Arizona will discuss national issues including health care reform, immigration and security.

November 4, 2009

  • Health Care Reform  |   Video
    • A discussion on the latest Congressional efforts to pass health care reform with House Assistant Minority Leader, State Representative Kyrsten Sinema, a Democrat and one of 32 state lawmakers nationwide to serve on the White House Health Reform Task Force. And Tom Patterson, Chairman of the Goldwater Institute, a former state senator and a retired emergency room doctor.

November 2, 2009

  • Water and Energy  |   Video
    • The Arizona Legislature’s Joint Ad Hoc Committee on Energy holds its second meeting to talk about energy and water issues vital to Arizona’s future. The Co-chair of the committee, Senator Al Melvin, discusses the committee’s work.

October 26, 2009

  • Illegal Immigration  |   Video
    • State Senator Russell Pearce (R) discusses his request for a special session to deal with illegal immigration.

September 7, 2009

  • Economic Growth: A HORIZON Special  |   Video
    • Growing jobs with the sun and science. We’ll take a look at Arizona’s new tax incentive bill for solar companies that becomes law Sept. 30th, efforts to recruit solar companies to Arizona, and the challenges facing a Tempe based biotech company as it tries to move from start-up to commercial success.

September 1, 2009

  • State Budget Politics  |   Video
    • Senator Jay Tibshraeny, a Chandler Republican, talks about the politics of what’s been a painful process to pass a state budget.

July 14, 2009

  • Legislative Update  |   Video
    • Senator John Huppenthal (R-Chandler) and Representative David Lujan (D-Phoenix)talk about Governor Jan Brewer’s request to send a temporary tax increase to the ballot.

June 15, 2009

  • Solar Jobs Bill  |   Video
    • Senator Barbara Leff talks about SB 1403, a bill she’s sponsoring that provides tax incentives to solar companies that locate their headquarters or manufacturing facilities in Arizona.

April 21, 2009

  • Border Violence Hearing  |   Video
    • Senator Joe Lieberman and Senator John McCain will be holding a Southern Border Violence conference in Phoenix. The conference will include Governor Jan Brewer, Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard and others, and will focus on the increasing violence at the U.S-Mexican Border.

April 15, 2009

April 14, 2009

March 23, 2009

  • Former U.S. Senator Dennis DeConcini  |   Video
    • For 18 years, Dennis DeConcini represented Arizona in the U.S. Senate. In this special, Catching Up With..., we find out what the former senator has been up to since he retired from public office.

February 18, 2009

  • Senator Kyl  |   Video
    • U.S. Senator Jon Kyl offers his perspective on the economic stimulus plan and discusses other issues before the Senate.

December 24, 2008

  • Catching Up with ...  |   Video
    • Join us for a HORIZON special as we catch up with four politicians who were once in the limelight, but have now stepped aside and pursued other interests. Find out the latest on former Senator Dennis DeConcini, former Phoenix City Councilman Calvin Goode and former Governors Jane Hull and Raul Castro.

December 16, 2008

  • senator Jon Kyl  |   Video
    • Arizona's Jon Kyl is one of the most vocal critics of a proposed bailout for the Big 3 automakers. The Senator joins us to talk about the plan, other economic issues, and the incoming Obama administration.
  • ADOC-Award-winning Prison Program  |   Video
    • Dora Schriro, Director of the Arizona Department of Corrections, talks about the department's award-winning program to prepare inmates to leave prison and re-enter society. The program, "Getting Ready: Keeping Communities Safe," recently won a "2008 Innovations in American Government Award" from the Harvard Kennedy School.

October 27, 2008

  • Catching Up with Senator Dennis DeConcini  |   Video
    • For 18 years, Dennis DeConcini represented Arizona in the U.S. Senate. In the first of our four-part series, Catching Up With..., we find out what the former senator has been up to since he retired from public office.

July 31, 2008

  • McCain Hispanic Vote  |   Video
    • During his Arizona senate races, John McCain garnered up to 70 percent of the Hispanic vote. Now, with Senator Barack Obama as his opponent in the presidential election, he's struggling to get Hispanic support nationwide. Find out what McCain can do to increase Latino support.

July 28, 2008

  • Ethics Committee  |   Video
    • The Arizona State Ethics Committee meets today to determine if they will investigate the ethics complaint filed against Sen. Jack Harper of Surprise. Sen. Ken Cheuvront of Phoenix filed the complaint, alleging Harper, acting as Chairman, cut off a debate concerning same-sex marriage on the final night of the legislative session. The committee's chairman, Sen. Jay Tibshraeny, discusses the committee's decision.

July 8, 2008

  • Loan officer licensing  |   Video
    • senator Jay Tibshraeny (R) Chandler joins Horizon to talk about a bill he sponsored to license loan officers. The bill was passed by the legislature and signed into law by the Governor Napolitano. Tibshraeny also talks about the state budget in relation to the economy.
  • Monsoon '08  |   Video
    • What is the prediction for this summer's monsoon? Tony Haffer, Meteorologist-in-Charge of the National Weather Service Phoenix office, joins us to track temperatures and rainfall amounts expected this summer, and to discuss the new calendar-based start date for the monsoon.

June 12, 2008

  • John Dean/Barry Goldwater Jr. book  |   Video
    • Watergate figure John Dean and Barry Goldwater Jr. have written a book about Barry Goldwater Senior. The two talk about their book and the late Senator Goldwater.

June 11, 2008

  • Political Dominos  |   Video
    • The outcome of the presidential election will determine if political dominoes start falling in Arizona. Two of the states top elected officials, Senator John McCain and Governor Janet Napolitano are clearly in play. If McCain wins the presidency, Napolitano will have to appoint his Senate replacement. If Obama wins the presidency, Napolitano could leave her office to join his administration. Stan Barnes, president of Copper State Consulting Group and Bob Grossfeld, president of the Media Guys, Inc., will sort through the potential domino effects.

June 10, 2008

  • sen. Jake Flake  |   Video
    • Arizonans mourn the passing of state Senator Jake Flake who died Sunday after suffering a massive heart attack at his home near Snowflake. He was 72. Representative Bill Konopnicki, (R) Safford, joins Horizon to remember Flake and talk about the impact of his work in Arizona.

May 6, 2008

  • Polygamy-related Crimes  |   Video
    • Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard explains his work seeking federal assistance from the U.S. Department of Justice for help with nvestigations and prosecutions of polygamy-related crimes in our state.
  • Tobacco Cessation/AHCCCS  |   Video
    • A new law allows AHCCCS, the states Medicaid program, to provide programs and medications to help people stop smoking and using tobacco products. The measure allows AHCCCS to use tobacco tax funds to pay for the programs. Research shows Medicaid recipients smoke at a rate higher than the national average. State Senator Barbara Leff and Colby Bower from the American Cancer Society explain how the program will provide help to those who need it most.
  • Algae Bio-Fuel  |   Video
    • Researchers at the University of Arizona are working on a new alternative fuel that can really make your vehicle "green."

April 24, 2008

  • Anti American teaching ban  |   Video
    • A bill has been introduced by State Representative Russell Pearce that would prohibit teaching of course matter in public schools that was anti-American or against Western values. Pearce will talk about his bill with State Representative David Lujan speaking against it.

April 22, 2008

  • Environmental Bill  |   Video
    • We discuss an important environmental issue on Earth Day. HB2017 restricts implementation of programs to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Arizona unless they are expressly authorized by federal law and consistent with federal law. We hear support and opposition to the measure.

April 21, 2008

  • sB 1028 Loan Originator Licensing  |   Video
    • State Senator Jay Tibshraeny talks about his bill which would establish a loan originator program within the Department of Financial Institutions. A person would then be prohibited from acting as a loan originator unless licensed as one by the department.
  • Juan Williams  |   Video
    • A conversation with the NPR and Fox News analyst about Senator Barack Obama�s presidential candidacy and the difference between NPR and Fox News.

April 14, 2008

  • Payday Loans  |   Video
    • state Senator Debbie McCune Davis, the chair of the Stop Payday Predators campaign discusses the proposed state initiatives and legislation dealing with payday loans with Stan Barnes, representing Payday Loan Reform.

March 25, 2008

  • Toll Roads  |   Video
    • A bill that would allow three Arizona counties to set up toll road authorities is making its way through the state Legislature. The bill would also allow the counties to enter contracts with private companies to build toll roads. HORIZON will discuss the pros and cons of the bill.
  • Consumer Protection  |   Video
    • Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard talks about important issues for consumers.

March 20, 2008

  • Legislative Update
    • A reporter from the Arizona Capitol Times will bring us up to date on the latest from the state Legislature.
  • senator Kyl
    • Arizona Senator Jon Kyl will talk about issues such as immigration, the war in Iraq and Sen. John McCain's presidential campaign.

February 26, 2008

  • Cronkite-Eight Poll  |   Video
    • Who would Arizonans vote for in a presidential match-up between Arizona Senator John McCain and Illinois Senator Barack Obama? And who would they vote for in a contest between McCain and New York Senator Hillary Clinton? Find out when Cronkite/Eight Poll Director Dr. Bruce Merrill and Associate Director Tara Blanc join us to discuss the latest poll results. Read the complete results.

February 18, 2008

  • Freeway Cameras  |   Video
    • Republican State Senator Robert Blendu, member of the Senate Transportation Committee, will discuss the legislative options hes sponsoring that would preclude using photo enforcement on state highways. State Rep. Steve Farley, a proponent of the program, also joins us.
  • One on One  |   Video
    • Our weekly look at important issues at the State Legislature continues with attorney and columnist Sam Coppersmith and political consultant Jaime Molera.
  • Phoenix Trade  |   Video
    • Chris Padilla, the Under Secretary of International Trade (a division of the Commerce Department), discusses the importance of exports for the Phoenix Economy.

February 7, 2008

  • Mitt Romney drops out of Republican Race  |   Video
    • Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney drops out of the race. Republican political analyst Chuck Coughlin talks about what that means for Arizona Senator John McCain, the Republican front-runner for president.
  • Chief Justice McGregor  |   Video
    • Arizona Supreme Court Chief Justice Ruth McGregor recently gave her state of the judiciary speech to the Arizona legislature. The Chief Justice will talk about issues regarding the judiciary, including attempts to get rid of the merit selection system for judges. She will also talk about a program the courts have to help people meet their mortgage payments.
  • African American Lawmakers  |   Video
    • sen. Leah Landrum Taylor and Rep. Cloves Campbell will talk about issues important to African Americans in the State Legislature.

January 24, 2008

  • Improving Education  |   Video
    • What must be done to improve education in Arizona? Join our panel of education leaders as they discuss options and opportunities to make the state more responsive to the needs of its students. Scheduled guests include former Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction Lisa Graham Keegan, Arizona Business and Education Coalition Executive Director Susan Carlson and Arizona Board of Regents Vice President Ernest Calderon.

January 22, 2008

  • Mortgage Seller Licensing  |   Video
    • Did you know that people who sell mortgages in Arizona don't have to be licensed? State Senator Jay Tibshraeny has introduced a bill that would require licensing, education and regulation for those who sell mortgages.

January 9, 2008

January 3, 2008

  • Iowa Caucuses  |   Video
    • Arizona's native son is hoping for a good finish in Iowa to give him a boost in the early presidential contests. Political pundits Stan Barnes and Bob Grossfeld analyze Senator John McCain's chances and talk about the rest of the field in the Iowa Caucuses.

November 28, 2007

November 14, 2007

September 13, 2007

  • Declining State Revenues
    • state revenues are declining. State Senator Jay Tibshraeny will explain why and what lawmakers may do about the situation.
  • Anti-Meth Ads
    • New ads are on the air, warning young people about the dangers of meth. Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard talks about the ad campaign.
  • Ambassador Dennis Ross
    • Dennis Ross has served four presidential administrations in various capacities, all involving foreign relations. Most recently, he was ambassador to the Middle East during the Clinton administration and helped broker a peace plan between Israel and the Palestinians, and Israel and Jordan. Ambassador Ross will talk about his career and his new book.

August 30, 2007

  • sen. McCain
    • senator John McCain was in town Thursday for a campaign stop in his home state. Hear what the senator had to say.

July 17, 2007

  • Air Quality
    • Arizona's efforts to control dust pollution in the valley have failed to satisfy the EPA. The state now faces a deadline to deal with the problem. Senator Carolyn Allen discusses the issue.

July 11, 2007

  • Legislative Wrap-up: Democratic Leaders
    • Democratic leaders from the Arizona House and Senate talk about accomplishments and failures during the legislative session that wrapped-up in June.
  • Autism Society of America Conference
    • More than 1,400 people will gather in Scottsdale this week for the Autism Society of Americas national conference. Find out more about the event and this developmental disorder that, according to the Centers for Disease Control, affects an estimated 1 in 150 births.

June 14, 2007

  • DUI Interlock Devices
    • The state legislature passed and the Governor signed a bill to require interlock devices for people convicted of drunk driving. However, lawmakers have had a change of heart, and are working on a bill to make changes to the one just passed. Representative John Kavanagh and Senator Linda Gray will discuss the bill.
  • Proposition 100
    • Last fall, voters approved proposition 100, which requires illegal immigrants accused of serious felonies to be held without bail. Critics charge that the courts are not enforcing the new law, and the state legislature is considering a bill that would lower the level of proof for holding an illegal immigrant accused of a serious felony without bail. Senator Linda Gray and Representative Ben Miranda discuss the measure.

June 11, 2007

  • Mortgage Fraud
    • state Senator Jay Tibshraeny will talk about the bill hes sponsoring that will make mortgage fraud a felony in Arizona.

May 22, 2007

  • Arizona Stories: Ernest McFarland
    • A look back at the career and accomplishments of the only politician in Arizona who was a senator, governor and chief justice of the State Supreme Court. Ernest McFarland was the man who got the G.I. Bill passed, which increased educational opportunities for U.S. veterans. He was also instrumental, with Senator Carl Hayden, in obtaining water for Arizona with the Central Arizona Project.

May 15, 2007

  • Doctor shortage
    • Arizona is the fastest growing state in the nation---- and ranks among the lowest for physicians to care for its population. We look at our doctor shortage and efforts to solve the problem.
  • Arizona Stories Tovrea Castle
    • Tovrea Castle was born out of the vision of Italian immigrant Alessio Carraro. Carraro came to Phoenix in 1928 with a dream to build a resort hotel castle surrounded by an exotic cactus garden and a subdivision of deluxe homes. While Carraros dream of a hotel-resort never came to be, he still built the castle, which was purchased by stockyard mogul E.A. Tovrea in 1931. We tell the story of the unique home and how it became the historic Arizona icon that it is today.

May 9, 2007

April 26, 2007

  • McCain Candidacy
    • Although he's been campaigning for months, Arizona Republican Senator John McCain officially announced his campaign for president this week. We'll talk to Wes Gullett of the McCain campaign about McCain's candidacy and the problems it's experienced lately.
  • Light Rail Update
    • METRO light rail CEO Rick Simonetta updates us on the Valleys regional light rail system construction.
  • Arziona's Climate Change Part four
    • Environmental public interest organization Valley Forward is holding a half-day Livability Summit on Friday, April 27. The event will spotlight ways business and industry can help reduce greenhouse gases, and it will facilitate meaningful public dialogue on challenges to building a sustainable future.

April 5, 2007

  • Congressman Flake
    • Arizona Republican Congressman Jeff Flake appears on Horizon to talk about his immigration bill and other issues.
  • Tax Incentives
    • A bill is working its way through the Arizona Legislature that would penalize cities that give big tax breaks to companies to move to their city. Sen. Ken Cheurvront, the sponsor of the bill, will debate the issue with Ken Strobeck of the League of Arizona Cities and Towns.

April 2, 2007

  • senator Jon Kyl
    • senator Jon Kyl talks about foreign policy and the current U.S. attorney controversy.
  • Terry McAuliffe
    • A conversation with the former chairman of the Democratic National Committee about his book, What a Party! and his position currently as Campaign Director for Senator Hillary Clintons run for president.

March 26, 2007

  • Transportation Bills
    • Republican State Senator Jay Tibshraeny of Chandler discusses how various transportation bills have run into obstacles so far this session and discusses how some business leaders are considering the possibility of higher taxes to pay for transportation costs.
  • Grandparents Caregivers
    • We discuss Senate Bill 1110, which calls for the legislature to take $2 million from the state General Fund to assist grandparent kinship caregivers. The sponsor of the bill, State Senator Leah Landrum-Taylor, is our guest.

February 22, 2007

  • senator Jon Kyl
    • senator Jon Kyl talks about his recent trip to Iraq.
  • Immigration March
    • Another immigration march is planned for May 1st. State representative Ben Miranda, one of the organizers of the march, will tell us about plans for the march and other events.
  • ASU School of Computing Informatics
    • Well talk to Dr. Sethuraman Panchanathan, director of the Arizona State University School of Computing Informatics. The school combines computer and information sciences with other academic disciplines such as geography, anthropology, public health, urban planning and biology.

February 20, 2007

  • Transporation Legislation
    • The way Arizona funds our highway construction projects continues to fall behind the state's needs. Lawmakers are working to seek funding options for highway expansion projects. Senator Jay Tibshraeny, (R) Chandler, joins us to talk about current legislation dealing with transportation.

February 5, 2007

  • senate Bill 1132
    • senator Jack Harper discusses the bill he sponsored calling for the creation of a Homeland Security Force in Arizona. House Minority Whip Steve Gallardo also joins HORIZON to discuss the potential impact of such a force.
  • Farm Bill
    • HORIZON looks at the proposals of the 2007 Farm Bill with Arizona Farm Bureau Vice President, Tim Dunn.
  • American Red Cross
    • HORIZON interviews the new head of the American Red Cross Grand Canyon Chapter, Ken Krueger.

January 29, 2007

  • super Bowl
    • As members of the Super Bowl Host Committee head to Miami this week to watch the wind-up to the game this Sunday, we talk with a member of the committee who was instrumental in getting the 2008 Super Bowl for Glendale, Michael Bidwell, Vice President/General Counsel for the Arizona Cardinals.
  • Admiral John G. Morgan
    • The Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Information, Plans & Strategy is in Phoenix to hear feedback about the U.S. Navys future. A Conversation with the Country, Maritime Strategy Project will be featured in several cities. To participate in the survey, visit and click on A Conversation with the country.
  • Mortgage Fraud
    • state Senator Jay Tibshraeny will talk about the bill hes sponsoring that will make mortgage fraud a felony in Arizona.

January 25, 2007

  • DeConcini Book
    • senator Dennis DeConcini and co-author Jack August will discuss their new book on DeConcini's time in the Senate.
  • HORIZON 25th Anniversary
    • Find out what was the most important HORIZON story in the last 25 years.
  • state of Arizona Courts
    • A look at the state of the courts in Arizona with Arizona Supreme Court Chief Justice Ruth McGregor.

January 17, 2007

  • Legislature A to Z: Transportation
    • In the third part of our series we look at the transportation issues that will preoccupying lawmakers this session.
  • Bring Back Blue
    • The Chairman of the Maricopa County Board Of Supervisors, Fulton Brock, discusses the countys new initiative, Bring Back Blue, designed to make people aware of particulate matter pollution in the Valley.
  • HORIZON 25th Anniversary
    • A look at the 5th most influential story covered on HORIZON in the last 25 years: The alternative fuels scandal.

January 3, 2007

  • Chandler Immigration
    • The City of Chandler is among local municipalities appealing to the state and federal government for immigration reform. Current Chandler Mayor Boyd Dunn and former Chandler Mayor currently State Senator Jay Tibrshraeny join Michael Grant in the studio.

November 27, 2006

  • state Legislature Dynamics
    • A look at how the political relationships in the State Legislature may be changing now that Democrats have gained seven seats. Democratic State Representative Phil Lopes will discuss the issue with a Republican State Senator Thayer Verschoor.

November 2, 2006

  • state Treasurer Debate
    • With the current treasurer resigning amid controversy, there is not an incumbent's advantage in the race for Arizona State Treasurer. Republican Dean Martin and Democrat Rano Singh debate the issues in their run for the treasurer's office.
  • Joe Mathews
    • How did Arnold Schwarzenegger use the power of the proposition to gain and keep power in California? A look at initiative, referendum, and recall with Joe Mathews, author of The Peoples Machine: Arnold Schwarzenegger and The Rise Of Blockbuster Democracy.

October 18, 2006

  • school of Sustainability
    • Arizona State University is opening the world's first School of Sustainability in January 2007. The school will include a wide variety of disciplines that deal with sustaining human life on the planet. ASU President Michael Crow joins HORIZON to talk about the new school.
  • Navajo Presidential Candidate
    • Tune in for an interview with Lynda Lovejoy, who is hoping to unseat the current president of the Navajo Nation. Topics include gaming rights and the record of the present administration.
  • U.S. Senate Debate
    • KUAT's Election 2006 Senate Candidates Forum with candidates Jon Kyl, Richard Mack, and Jim Pederson.

September 21, 2006

  • Proposition 207
    • An examination of the proposition that would limit the definition of public use in eminent domain seizures, and would ensure compensation to property owners if the government enacts a law that diminishes the value of private property. Ken Strobeck, the Executive Director of the League of Arizona Cities and Towns and State Senator Chuck Gray will discuss the issue.
  • Proposition 205
    • Proposition 205 would change Arizona's voting system to a largely vote by mail process. Hear the pros and cons of the measure.

July 6, 2006

  • senator Jon Kyl
    • Arizonas junior senator joins Michael Grant to talk about immigration reform, the war in Iraq and a recent decision by the U.S. Supreme Court on prisoners at Guantanamo Bay.
  • Governor Janet Napolitano
    • A near record-long legislative session with a record number of vetoes ended last week. The governor joins us to talk about the session as well as the states battle with wildfires.

April 12, 2006

  • senator Kyl proposed legislation
    • Michael Grant talks with Sen. Jon Kyl about the Comprehensive Enforcement and Immigration Reform Act he introduced in the Senate.
  • McCain-Kennedy Bill
    • Local experts discuss national immigration bills currently debated in congress, among them the McCain-Kennedy bill.

April 3, 2006

  • Bill Bradley
    • Join HORIZON for a conversation with the former New Jersey Senator.
  • Immigration Bill
    • A bill has been approved by both the Arizona House and Senate that would make being an illegal immigrant a felony in Arizona. A similar federal bill has sparked massive protests across the country. The bill would also allow law enforcement to ask about immigration status and national origin when making arrests. Sponsors Senator Barbara Leff and Representative David Lujan will discuss the bill.

March 29, 2006

  • Official English
    • In 1988, Arizona was the first state to make English the state's official language. The state Supreme Court later declared the law unconstitutional. Now, the English-only immersion debate may be taken to the November 2006 election ballot. HORIZON will take a look at the English-only efforts and what this means for Arizonans.
  • Congressional Immigration Bills
    • There are numerous bills before Congress dealing with immigration, including the one being protested across the country. Le Templar of the East Valley Tribune has been following the bills and will explain the basics of federal immigration legislation.

March 23, 2006

  • Breastfeeding House Bill
    • One week ago, Breastfeeding House Bill 2376 passed in the House of Representative, and this week the Judiciary Committee heard testimonies from supporters and unanimously passed the initiative. Senator John Huppenthal and Bill advocate Amy Milliron will join Michael Grant to discuss the Bill and how it gained support.

March 22, 2006

  • Women and Work
    • For 25 years, Arizona Womens Education and Employment Incorporated has helped women move into the workforce. Dr. Clara Lovett, President Emerita of Northern Arizona University, will talk about an upcoming AWEE symposium on the future of women in the work force.
  • K-12 Education
    • senator Toni Hellon and Representative Linda Lopez will join Michael Grant to talk about the debate taking place at the legislature over Arizona's K-12 education program. Among the topics are the English Language Learners and gifted programs, and teacher pay raises.

March 21, 2006

  • senator Jon Kyl
    • Arizona Senator Jon Kyl joins HORIZON to discuss issues before the Senate including spending and immigration bills.
  • spring Weather
    • The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced the U.S. spring outlook at a news conference Thursday. Find out what Arizona can expect in terms of weather this year. Also, Charlie Ester, the manager of Water Resource Operations with Salt River Project talks about our water supplies.

February 23, 2006

February 22, 2006

  • Immigration bill
    • Immigration continues to be a priority for the Arizona Legislature and at the forefront is Employer Sanctions. What bills have cleared committees and what do they consist of? Michael Grant talks to Senator Bill Brotherton about the bill he introduced earlier this month, which penalizes agencies who intentionally hire undocumented employees.

January 24, 2006

  • Legislature 2006: Education
    • Education issues will be at the forefront during the 2006 legislative session. Full-day kindergarten, English language learners and salary increases and professional development programs for teachers will be among hotly debated topics. Senator Toni Hellon, Chair of the Senate K-12 Education Committee and Rep. Mark Anderson, Chair of the House K-12 Education Committee join the discussion.

January 23, 2006

  • Legislature 2006: Budget
    • Join HORIZON this week for a four-part look at the issues that promise to take center stage during this year's legislative session. Tonight, we examine the budget with the Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Republican Senator Bob Burns and fellow Committee member Democratic Senator Robert Cannell.

January 17, 2006

  • Jack Abramoff Fallout
    • How will the lobbyist's indictment and subsequent pleas affect Arizona's Congressional delegation? Rep. John Shaddeg is running for the House Majority Leader position vacated by Tom DeLay. Rep. J.D. Hayworth has been named as one of five legislators who are currently being investigated, and Senator John McCain is pushing for lobbyist reform.

October 20, 2005

  • state Worker Pay
    • Arizona state employee pay ranks near the bottom when compared to other states, and even to other governments locally. A legislative panel is working to bring state workers pay more in line with other similar public and private sector jobs. State Senator Jay Tibshraeny, co-chair of a legislative panel addressing the problem, will talk about what's being proposed.

August 30, 2005

  • senator Jon Kyl
    • U.S. Senator Jon Kyl joins host Michael Grant to talk about his immigration reform bill, border security, Arizona's water supply and the Federal Transportation Bill.
  • Census
    • In an effort to quantify ballooning Maricopa County population figures, a mid-decade census survey will be mailed out to residents next week. The survey is important because the state returns nearly $1 billion in tax dollars each year to cities and towns based on population.

July 28, 2005

  • Pederson Resigns
    • An interview with outgoing state Democratic Party chair Jim Pederson, who is resigning and is thought to be considering a run against Republican Senator Jon Kyl. Pederson will also talk about his efforts to revive the Democratic Party in Arizona.

June 23, 2005

  • llegal Immigration Solutions
    • Potential solutions to the illegal immigration problem range from shutting down the border to eliminating it altogether. Explore innovative solutions and find out from Senator Jon Kyl about two bills being proposed in Congress for guest worker programs.

June 22, 2005

  • Arizona's Border Crisis: A HORIZON Specia
    • In 1994, the federal government implemented a new plan that focused on deterrence and arrest along our nation's 1,940-mile U.S.-Mexico border. These strategies curtailed illegal alien flow through El Paso, San Diego and other traditional areas, but created a funnel into Arizona. Since then, the illegal population in the U.S. has increased to nearly 10 million people. Horizon takes a trip to the Arizona-Mexico border for a first-hand look at why illegal immigration has been pushed into our state. Senator Jon Kyl joins Michael Grant for an in-studio discussion.

May 27, 2005

  • Journalists Roundtable
    • senator Jon Kyl talks about the details of his plan to deal with the issue of illegal immigration. Attorney General Terry Goddard had a search warrant served on the Colorado City school district as an investigation into financial mismanagement continues. And Senator John McCain played a key role in this week's compromise over filibusters in the U.S. Senate. That's next on "Horizon."

May 17, 2005

  • same-sex marriage
    • An initiative is launched to limit marriage to heterosexuals. We'll talk to a supporter of the effort to prevent gay marriage in Arizona.
  • senate Bill 1473: creates harsher penalties for those convicted of trafficking
    • Lawmakers approved harsher penalties for the sale and manufacture of methamphetamines. They also limited access to some over the counter drugs used to make crystal meth. We'll look at what the new laws will do.
  • Arizona Capitol Times
    • "The Arizona Capitol Times" newspaper is sold. We'll look at the legacy of the publisher whose grandfather started covering the legislature almost 100 years ago.

May 13, 2005

  • Journalists Roundtable
    • senator John McCain, along with Congressman Jeff Flake and Jim Kolbe, introduced a new proposal to deal with the issue of illegal immigration. Valley Hispanics to flex some muscle on Tuesday by staging a boycott and protest against bills before the Arizona Legislature, and after 123 days, state lawmakers ended the current legislative session early this morning.

May 4, 2005

  • senator Jon Kyl
    • U.S. Senator Jon Kyl discusses border security and immigration, judicial appointments and Social Security reform.
  • science fair
    • Local high school students take science to new heights as they prepare for an international science fair.

February 23, 2005

  • stadium update
    • Despite the wet weather, the Arizona Cardinals' stadium roof construction is moving ahead. Horizon has an update.
  • Medical malpractice
    • The debate over malpractice reform is one of the issues facing state lawmakers, a subject also considered by medical students entering the field. Horizon looks at a medical malpractice bill working its way through the state legislature.

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