The Arizona Corporation Commission is best known for regulating utilities and setting their rates, but the commission has many other functions such as overseeing securities. Lately, almost every member of the commission has been steeped in various controversies. The five Republican candidates vying for three of the seats on the five-member commission will debate issues pertaining to the commission. They are incumbents Robert “Bob” Burns and Andy Tobin, along with the challengers: former judge Boyd Dunn, state lawmaker Rick Gray and former state lawmaker Al Melvin.
It’s been one year since long-time Republican Chris Herstam switched parties to become a Democrat. The former state lawmaker tweeted that leaving the party was “the smartest political move i ever made. i got out just in time!” Herstam will talk about why he switched parties.
Continued problems with how the state is handling child-abuse cases are resulting in calls by one lawmaker for more safeguards when children are re-united with high-risk parents. Representative Kate Brophy McGee will tell us more about her plans.
Former Arizona Governor Raul Castro passed away at the age of 98. Former state lawmaker and gubernatorial candidate Alfredo Gutierrez will discuss the life and legacy of Arizona’s only Hispanic governor.
Hear both sides of the argument on Proposition 304, a ballot measure that would give state lawmakers an $11,000 annual pay raise. Joe Kanefield of the Commission on Salaries for Elective State Officers will speak in favor of the measure, while Brian Kaufman, also on the commission, will tell us why the measure should not be passed.
Governor Jan Brewer will be giving her State-of-the-State speech to kick off the legislative session. See the entire speech plus get expert analysis from political consultant Stan Barnes and ex-lawmaker David Schapira.
In light of recent gun violence, an Arizona lawmaker is introducing a bill to help render mental health first aid to those in need. Representative Victoria Steele will discuss her bill with Barbara DiClemente, a Mental Health First Aid Specialist from First Presbyterian, a behavioral health organization.
ASU law professors Paul Bender and Carissa Hessick and immigration attorney Regina Jefferies provide legal analysis of the Supreme Court ruling on SB 1070. Plus, State Representative John Kavanagh and former state lawmakers/political consultant John Loredo talk about the opinion and the politics of enforcing SB 1070 moving forward.
In recent months a startling number of Arizona’s elected officials have been the subject of ethics complaints and criminal investigations. Is this an unfortunate coincidence or a culture of corruption? We’ll examine the issue.
Former State lawmaker Richard Miranda resigned from the legislature in February citing health and family reasons. Since then, he has pleaded guilty to charges of fraud and tax evasion. Learn about the details of the story from Arizona Guardian reporter Dennis Welch.
A state lawmaker would like to see the end of automatic citizenship for virtually everyone born in the United States, as granted by the 14th amendment. Arizona State University Law Professor Andy Hessick talks about the 14th amendment and the possibility of changing it.
Mesa voters will decide whether to allow the city to raise hotel taxes and use other funds to build a new facility for the Chicago Cubs. Mark Killian, former lawmaker and head of the Department of Revenue, and Bob Kammrath of the Mesa Taxpayer’s Alliance will debate Proposition 420, which will be on the ballot in Mesa this November.
This week, state lawmakers adopt the official Legislative Council descriptions of ballot measures that will appear in November’s general election publicity pamphlet. Longtime state lawmaker Pete Rios explains the process and politics involved in coming up with impartial analyses of the ballot measures.
A special hour-long HORIZON featuring Governor Jan Brewer’s State of the State Address in its entirety followed by commentary from political analyst Stan Barnes and former lawmaker and Pinal County Supervisor Pete Rios.
Arizona's law that allows payday loan companies to operate is set to terminate on July 1, 2010. Prop 200 repeals that termination date, allowing payday loans to continue indefinitely. The proposition also makes various changes to how payday loan companies may do business. Former state lawmaker Stan Barnes (�Yes on 200�) and an opponent of the proposition debate its merits.
We review and examine some of the issues that have arisen since the end of the legislative session. Barrett Marson, House GOP spokesman and John Loredo, a political consultant from Tequida and Gutierrez are our guests.
We begin a four-part series looking at specific challenges Arizona's small towns face. Payson, like many other state communities, must ensure an adequate water supply for its residents. A recent deal with SRP has allowed Payson to pursue a sustainable economy.
A bill has been passed by the Arizona House and is on its way to the Senate to impose sanctions on employers who knowingly hire illegal aliens. The bill is opposed by several chambers of commerce. A state lawmaker and a representative from the Arizona Chamber of Commerce will discuss the bill.
Illegal immigration has become the current hot political issue. Hear from political analysts Bob Robb and Alfredo Gutierrez about how the issue of immigration affects political decisions and how it will become one of the biggest issues of the 2006 state elections.
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.
The Clean Elections Commission orders a lawmaker to quit for breaking the law on campaign spending. It's back to the drawing board as the governor vetoes most of the state budget handed to her by Republican lawmakers.