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March 24, 2014

  • Maricopa County Sheriff Hearing  |   Video
    • Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio and one of his top deputies were called into court for comments the deputy made about federal oversight of the department. JJ Hensley of the Arizona Republic will give us an update.

March 20, 2014

  • Voter Registration   |   Video
    • A federal judge ruled that Arizona and Kansas can require people to provide proof of citizenship when registering to vote using a federal form. Both states sued the Federal Election Assistance Commission after the commission refused to add a state-mandated proof of citizenship on federal registration forms. Arizona State University Law Professor Paul Bender will talk about the case.

January 8, 2014

  • End of Unemployment Benefits Extension  |   Video
    • Federal Emergency Unemployment Compensation benefits started to help people during the recession, ended recently, impacting 12,100 Arizona families. The Grand Canyon Institute, a private non-profit corporation that provides non-partisan research, has analyzed the economic impact of the loss of extended federal unemployment benefits. David Wells, research director for the institute, will talk about the impact.

December 4, 2013

  • Around Arizona: USDA Rural Development Funding  |   Video
    • At the end of the last federal fiscal year, USDA Rural Development in Arizona reported a record $474 million in investment in housing funding for Arizona. That brought the five-year total to over $2 billion. Besides the housing funding, money was spent on tribes, towns, school districts, community centers, food banks, colleges, hospitals and small businesses. USDA Rural Development in Arizona State Director Alan Stephens will discuss how the funding has impacted the state.

December 2, 2013

  • Mesa Light Rail Extension  |   Video
    • Federal officials announced last week that Mesa’s light rail extension to Gilbert Road posed no environmental or cultural threats and allowed it to proceed. Mesa’s Transit Services Director Jodi Sorrell will discuss the extension.

November 14, 2013

  • Health Insurance Marketplace Update  |   Video
    • It’s been more than a month since the Affordable Care Act was launched. The web site used to sign up for health insurance under the plan has been plagued with problems. The Arizona Alliance for Community Health Centers received the biggest amount of money granted by the federal government to Arizona “Navigators,” who are charged with helping people sign up for insurance under the Affordable Care Act. Senior Director for External Affairs of the Alliance Tara McCollum Plese give us an update on her organization’s experiences in helping people sign up for insurance.

October 14, 2013

  • Supreme Court Review  |   Video
    • The United States Supreme Court has started its session. Arizona State University law professor Paul Bender will discuss the big cases expected this session.

October 10, 2013

  • Voter Registration  |   Video
    • Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne issued a legal opinion this week that says those who register to vote in Arizona using a federal form can only vote in federal elections, while those who register to vote using a state form can vote in all elections. His opinion comes after a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that requires Arizona to allow people to register to vote using a federal or state form. Horne and Alessandra Soler of the Arizona ACLU will discuss his legal opinion.

October 7, 2013

  • Arizona Voter Registration  |   Video
    • Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne his issued a legal opinion that will impact how people can vote next year. Those who register to vote using a federal form will only be able to vote in federal elections. Those who register to vote using a state form will be able to vote in all elections. Horne’s legal opinion comes after a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that requires Arizona to allow people to register to vote using a federal or state form. The state form requires proof of citizenship, the federal form does not. Phoenix Attorney Joe Kanefield, a former elections director for Arizona, will discuss the issue.

October 3, 2013

  • Arpaio Monitor  |   Video
    • A federal judge has appointed a monitor to the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office to watch progress on efforts by the department to stop racial profiling. The judge also issued other orders for the department. Former Arizona U.S. Attorney Paul Charlton will discuss the case.
  • Political Fallout of Government Shutdown  |   Video
    • As the federal government shutdown continues, both political parties continue to blame each other. Arizona State University political science professor Richard Herrera will discuss the political fallout of the shutdown.

September 30, 2013

  • Health Insurance Marketplace Navigators  |   Video
    • Over $5 million in federal grants have been awarded to community organizations in Arizona to help people enroll in the Health Insurance Marketplace. The Arizona Alliance for Community Health Centers has received over $2 million of that money. Tara McCollum Plese, Senior Director for External Affairs for the Alliance, will talk about her agency's role as a Marketplace Navigator.

September 2, 2013

  • Glendale Casino  |   Video
    • A federal judge issued a ruling that’s another win for the proposed Glendale Casino. The judge said that Arizona’s gaming compact does not ban more casinos from opening in the Phoenix metropolitan area. Heidi McNeil Staudenmaier of the law firm Snell and Wilmer will talk about the ruling.
  • Yavapai Oral History  |   Video
    • The Yavapai Community of the Fort McDowell Reservation east of the Phoenix area has fought for rights that have had nationwide implications. The Yavapai fought and won in court for voting rights in the 1940s, battled a federal dam and were the first to have gaming. In the 1970s, tribal elders Mike Harrison and John Williams sought to have their history recorded as they themselves knew it, passed down orally from generation to generation. The effort resulted in a book “Oral History of the Yavapai.” Book editor Caroline Butler will talk about the book.

August 22, 2013

  • Proposition 200 Lawsuit  |   Video
    • Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne and Secretary of State Ken Bennett have filed suit in regards to Arizona’s proposition 200, which requires people registering to vote using a state form to prove their citizenship. The suit is an effort to get the federal government to have the same requirement on its voter registration forms.

August 21, 2013

  • Danny’s Car Wash Immigration Raids  |   Video
    • Sixteen Danny’s Car Washes were raided by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents over the weekend. That occurred after a two-year investigation which alleges the company hired back many of the 900 employees they fired two years ago following a federal audit that revealed those workers were in the country illegally. The 78-count indictment alleges document fraud and i.d. theft, and targeted managers of the company. That is different than previous raids conducted by the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office, which targeted workers. Here to talk about the raids is immigration attorney Liz Chatham, who is also the Arizona Chapter Chair of the American Immigration Lawyers Association.

August 13, 2013

  • Yarnell Hill Fire Aftermath   |   Video
    • The Federal Emergency Management Agency has declined to declare the Yarnell Hill Fire area a disaster area. Also, the family of one of the firefighter’s killed in the blaze is fighting to get death benefits. House Speaker Andy Tobin will address those issue

August 12, 2013

  • Drug Sentencing Changes  |   Video
    • U.S. Attorney Eric Holder is proposing changes to lower-level drug charges, aimed at reducing the federal prison population. Former Arizona U.S. Attorney Paul Charlton will discuss the proposed change

July 23, 2013

  • Focus on Sustainability: Wind Energy Project  |   Video
    • U.S. Secretary of Interior Sally Jewel recently announced the approval of a massive new wind energy project in Arizona. The Mohave County Wind Farm will create up to 500 megawatts of electricity, enough for 175,000 homes. It will also create 750 jobs. The project, proposed by BP Wind Energy North America, will have up to 243 wind turbines on federal lands. It will be located about 40 miles northwest of Kingman. Ray Suazo, the State Director for the Arizona Bureau of Land Management office, will talk about the new project.

July 11, 2013

  • Federal Share of State Budget  |   Video
    • A new report shows that nearly half of Arizona’s general revenue funds come from the federal government. Only Mississippi and Louisiana receive a higher percentage of their state funds from the federal government. The Tax Foundation of Washington, D.C. put out the report. Arizona State University Economist Dennis Hoffman and Byron Schlomach, Chief Economist at the Goldwater Institute, will discuss the report.

July 8, 2013

  • Glendale Casino  |   Video
    • A federal judge recently issued a ruling that’s another win for the proposed Glendale Casino. The judge said that Arizona’s gaming compact does not ban more casinos from opening in the Phoenix metropolitan area. Heidi McNeil Staudenmaier of the law firm Snell and Wilmer will talk about the latest ruling.
  • Impact of Voting Rights Ruling  |   Video
    • The United States Supreme Court ruled against a key part of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. That provision required some states, including Arizona, to get pre-clearance from the federal government for changes in election laws. The Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission draws maps for congressional and legislative districts. Joe Kanefield, an attorney for the commission, will talk about the impact of the ruling on the commission.

June 26, 2013

  • Same-Sex Marriage Cases  |   Video
    • More blockbuster rulings from the United States Supreme Court today. In a ruling on the Defense of Marriage Act, the court said that legally-married same sex couples could not be denied federal benefits. In the Proposition 8 case out of California, the court decided that private parties had no legal right to defend the measure, which banned gay marriages. In separate interviews, Jim Campbell of Scottsdale-based Alliance Defending Freedom, a co-counsel on the prop 8 case, and Rebecca Wininger of Equality Arizona, will talk about the rulings.

June 18, 2013

  • Voter Registration Ruling  |   Video
    • The United States Supreme Court ruled that part of an Arizona voter registration law violates the constitution. The court held that Arizona can require proof of citizenship when registering to vote using a state form, but cannot require the same proof when using a federal form. Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett, the head of elections for Arizona, will discuss the impact of the ruling on voting.

June 17, 2013

  • Arizona Voter Registration Law  |   Video
    • The United States Supreme Court upheld a lower court ruling today that said an Arizona voter registration law is unconstitutional. The court ruled the state cannot require people who register to vote to provide proof of citizenship when using a federal form, but can require that proof if they register using a state form. Arizona State University Law Professor Paul Bender will talk about the ruling.
  • Arpaio Racial Profiling Update  |   Video
    • A hearing was held Friday by a federal judge who ruled Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s office was racially profiling Latinos. At the hearing, lawyers who filed the racial profiling lawsuit were expected to ask for more training for officers, better record keeping for traffic stops and a monitor to make sure the racial profiling stops. Arizona Republic Reporter JJ Hensley will give us an update.

June 13, 2013

  • Yavapai Oral History Book  |   Video
    • The Yavapai Community of the Fort McDowell Reservation east of the Phoenix area has fought for rights that have had nationwide implications. The Yavapai fought and won in court for voting rights in the 1940s, battled a federal dam and were the first to have gaming. In the 1970s, tribal elders Mike Harrison and John Williams sought to have their history recorded as they themselves knew it, passed down orally from generation to generation. The effort resulted in a book “Oral History of the Yavapai.” Book editor Caroline Butler will talk about the book.

June 5, 2013

  • Wildfire Season  |   Video
    • A federal report out in May indicates that Arizona’s wildfire season is expected to run a normal course. KTAR reporter Jim Cross, who extensively covers the wildfire season, will talk about the dangers facing the state this summer from wildfires.

May 28, 2013

  • Arpaio Racial Profiling  |   Video
    • 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.

May 7, 2013

  • Sequestration Impact on Arizona  |   Video
    • It’s been a couple of months since the across-the-board federal budget cuts known as "sequestration" started. Barry Broome, President and CEO of the Greater Phoenix Economic Council, says the cuts could be worse for Arizona than the housing bubble. Broome will talk about the impacts of the sequester.

April 29, 2013

  • Medicaid Expansion  |   Video
    • Governor Jan Brewer’s plan to expand Medicaid is being met with resistance from Republican lawmakers. Failure to do anything could result in the loss of some current federal funding for Medicaid in the state. The Arizona Republic reporter Mary K. Reinhart will provide the details.

March 5, 2013

  • Voting Rights Case  |   Video
    • The United States Supreme Court has heard oral arguments on an Alabama case that could overturn a key provision of the 1965 voting rights act. Civil rights advocates have called that provision the “hammer” and “heart” of federal efforts to protect minority voting rights. Arizona State University Law Professor Paul Bender will tell us more about the case.

February 26, 2013

  • The Sequester  |   Video
    • On March 1, automatic budget cuts in the federal budget known as the “Sequester” will kick in unless Congress acts to stop them. Local economist Jim Rounds of the Elliott D. Pollack Company will discuss the impact of possible cuts on Arizona.

December 6, 2012

November 15, 2012

  • Arizona Health Insurance Exchange  |   Video
    • Arizona Governor Jan Brewer must decide soon Arizona will establish a state-run health insurance exchange or let the federal government be in charge of providing that service to Arizona residents. It’s a key part of the Affordable Care Act, President Obama’s health-reform law. Suzanne Kinney, Executive Director of the Arizona Chamber Foundation, a research and education arm of the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry, explains how a health insurance exchange works and what happens if Arizona decides not to operate its own exchange.

November 14, 2012

  • Impact of the “Fiscal Cliff” on Arizona  |   Video
    • If the federal government steps over the “fiscal cliff” will it take Arizona with it? ASU Economist Dennis Hoffman talks about the local impact of federal spending cuts and tax increases set to take effect in January unless Congress intervenes.

October 17, 2012

  • Save Our Home AZ  |   Video
    • Arizona is one of five states included in a $1.5 billion federal program designed to help homeowners avoid foreclosure. Reginald Givens, a Foreclosure Assistance Administrator for the Arizona Housing Department,explains how the program works.

September 6, 2012

  • Polygamy and Politics in Colorado City, Arizona  |   Video
    • 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.

August 8, 2012

  • Medical Marijuana Legal Concerns  |   Video
    • This week the State Health Department held a lottery for applicants wanting to open a medical marijuana dispensary in Arizona. 97 of 433 applicants were awarded dispensary registration certificates, but it’s unclear if they’ll ever get to open for business. Attorney General Tom Horne has issued an opinion that the State’s medical marijuana law is preempted by federal law. Hear from Horne and Andrew Myers who managed Arizona’s Prop 203 (medical marijuana initiative) campaign.

August 2, 2012

  • MCSO Racial Profiling Trial  |   Video
    • Testimony ended today at the federal trial accusing the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office of racial profiling. Arizona Republic reporter JJ Hensley and Scott Halverson, a defense and civil rights attorney, offer their observations of the trial and lawsuit, which they have been following closely.

July 25, 2012

  • Arizona Abortion Law Hearing  |   Video
    • A federal judge in Phoenix heard testimony Wednesday on a legal challenge to a new Arizona law, set to go into effect August 2nd, that bans abortions after 20 weeks. Capitol Media Services reporter Howard Fischer describes what was said during and after the hearing.
  • Polygamy and Politics in Colorado City, Arizona  |   Video
    • 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.

July 16, 2012

  • Arizona Transportation Projects  |   Video
    • Arizona Republic transportation reporter Sean Holstege discusses the latest transportation news including federal funding for a proposed I-11 corridor connecting Phoenix and Las Vegas.

July 9, 2012

  • Medicaid Expansion  |   Video
    • Arizona has to decide if it will expand Medicaid eligibility to Arizonans with incomes up to 133 percent of the federal poverty level. We’ll take a look at the costs and benefits of participating in this voluntary portion of the Affordable Care Act.

June 4, 2012

  • SB 1070 lawsuit  |   Video
    • A hearing was held in another lawsuit looking to overturn the state’s immigration law, SB 1070. It’s a separate case from the one being considered by the U.S. Supreme Court right now. Plaintiffs in the case are asking a federal judge in Phoenix to grant them class action status in fighting the law. Dan Pochoda, Legal Director for the ACLU of Arizona, discusses the case on Arizona Horizon.

May 10, 2012

  • U.S. Justice Department Sues Sheriff Joe Arpaio  |   Video
    • The Justice Department has filed a federal civil lawsuit against Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio seeking remedies for what it claims is a pattern of discrimination by the Sheriff’s Office against Latinos. JJ Hensley of the Arizona Republic talks about the lawsuit and dueling press conferences held earlier in the day by the Justice Department and the MCSO.

April 12, 2012

  • Feds Approve “KidsCare” Funding Plan  |   Video
    • Federal officials have approved a plan that makes about 22-thousand low income Arizona children eligible for Arizona’s “KidsCare” health insurance program. In addition, the plan helps three of the State’s largest hospital systems cover costs of providing uncompensated care. Maricopa Integrated Health System CEO Betsey Bayless explains how the plan is designed to work.

March 14, 2012

  • Improving Public Education  |   Video
    • As Arizona joins other states in seeking federal approval to opt-out of certain requirements of No Child Left Behind, Horizon takes a look at what Arizona is doing right, what it’s doing wrong, and what it must start doing to improve public education. Guests are: State Representative Heather Carter and AEA President Andrew Morrill.

February 9, 2012

  • Court Ruling on Gay Marriage Ban  |   Video
    • ASU Law Professor Zachary Kramer offers his legal analysis of a court ruling calling California’s gay marriage ban unconstitutional and what the decision could mean for a similar ban in Arizona.

November 29, 2011

  • Arizona Health Insurance Exchange  |   Video
    • Arizona has received a $30 million federal grant to create a health insurance exchange to help individuals and small businesses find affordable health insurance. The Governor’s Director of Health Care Policy, Don Hughes, explains how the money will be used.

November 28, 2011

  • Governor’s Health Care Initiative  |   Video
    • 19-thousand kids would be enrolled in Kids Care and hospitals would get help covering costs of care for the uninsured if the federal government approves a plan to allow Phoenix Children's Hospital, Maricopa Integrated Health System, and the University of Arizona Health Network to use their own money to draw down federal matching funds. Betsey Bayless, President and CEO of MIHS, discusses the details of the proposal.

November 11, 2011

October 26, 2011

  • Mortgage Relief  |   Video
    • Arizona Republic real estate reporter Catherine Reagor explains how a new federal mortgage relief plan could help more Arizona borrowers refinance their upside-down home loans.

October 3, 2011

  • The Future of Media   |   Video
    • The Federal Communications Commission is meeting in Phoenix to examine information needs of communities and the future of news media in a changing media landscape. Join us for a look at the issues with Leonard Downie Jr., former executive editor of The Washington Post and Weil Family Professor of Journalism at ASU’s Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communications; and Tim McGuire the Cronkite School’s Frank Russell Chair for the business of journalism and former editor and Senior Vice President of the Star Tribune in Minneapolis.

June 21, 2011

  • Colorado River Water Supply  |   Video
    • Central Arizona Project General Manager David Modeer talks about the Colorado River Basin Water Supply & Demand Study, a collaborative effort between the federal government and seven western states to assess the adequacy of Colorado River water now and in the future.

June 1, 2011

  • Medical Marijuana Lawsuit  |   Video
    • Arizona’s Governor and Attorney General have filed a federal lawsuit to find out if the State’s medical marijuana law is constitutional and to determine if State workers who administer the program could face criminal prosecution. Attorney Scot Claus, a partner in the Phoenix law firm Mariscal-Weeks, gives his take on the lawsuit and the constitutionality of Arizona’s medical marijuana law.

May 31, 2011

  • Medical Marijuana Lawsuit  |   Video
    • Arizona’s Governor and Attorney General have filed a lawsuit to determine if Arizona’s medical marijuana system violates federal law. Will Humble, director of the Arizona Department of Health Services talks about how the lawsuit will impact the medical marijuana program.

May 9, 2011

  • SB 1070 Appeal  |   Video
    • Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne discusses Governor Jan Brewer’s decision to appeal directly to the U.S. Supreme Court to lift a federal judge’s injunction that prohibits key parts of SB 1070 from taking effect.

April 11, 2011

  • SB 1070 Ninth Circuit Court Ruling  |   Video
    • A federal judge’s decision to enjoin key parts of SB 1070 from taking effect has been upheld by a three-judge panel of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Attorney Julie Pace provides legal analysis of the Court’s decision.

February 24, 2011

  • METRO Light Rail  |   Video
    • A new federal budget proposal includes nearly $38 million to help extend METRO light rail line into downtown Mesa. METRO Light Rail CEO Steve Banta talks about the Mesa extension and other future projects.

February 22, 2011

  • States' Rights  |   Video
    • Fed-up with federal mandates, Arizona lawmakers are trying to assert states rights. What does that mean, and how much power do states really have? Hear what legal experts have to say about the issue.

November 8, 2010

  • Navajo Generating Station  |   Video
    • A public forum will be held November 15th to consider the impact on water and energy users if expensive federal pollution regulations force the closing of the coal-fired Navajo Generating Station in Northeastern Arizona. Susan Bitter Smith, President of the Central Arizona Project’s Board of Directors, discusses the issue.
      More information on the forum

September 14, 2010

  • Federal Education Fund  |   Video
    • Arizona Education Association President Andrew Morrill discusses the nearly $212 million Arizona has been awarded from the federal government to help keep teachers employed.

September 13, 2010

  • English Learner Lawsuit  |   Video
    • The legal challenge to Arizona’s program for educating English learners is back in federal district court in Tucson. Meanwhile, the U.S. Department of Education has issued a determination that parts of the program violate federal law. We’ll hear from Tim Hogan, the attorney representing plaintiffs’ in the ELL lawsuit, and Tom Horne, one of the defendants.

August 24, 2010

  • Federal Tax Changes  |   Video
    • A new report from the non-partisan Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy says federal tax changes have made itemized deductions more unfair to low-income taxpayers and more costly for government. Dana Naimark of the Children’s Action Alliance and Kevin McCarty of the Arizona Tax Research Association discuss the report.

August 16, 2010

  • Race to the Top  |   Video
    • Arizona is in the running to win nearly $250 million for public education in the federal Race to the Top competition. As one of 19 finalists, the state recently defended its application in Washington, D.C. Now, it waits to find out if it’s a winner. Eileen Klein, the Governor’s Chief of Staff, and Paul Koehler of WestEd discuss the state’s application.

August 11, 2010

  • Secret Ballots for Unionizing  |   Video
    • The pros and cons of a ballot measure, approved by state lawmakers in special session, that attempts to block proposed federal legislation regarding the formation of labor unions.

July 19, 2010

  • Financial Regulation Reform  |   Video
    • Wayne Stutzer, Senior Vice President and Financial Consultant for RBC Wealth Management, discusses the federal financial reform legislation.

July 7, 2010

  • Federal Lawsuit Challenging SB 1070  |   Video
    • Legal and immigration experts respond the U.S. Department of Justice lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of SB 1070. Guests include ASU immigration law professor Evelyn Cruz and ASU justice and social inquiry professor Doris Marie Provine.

June 1, 2010

  • Air Quality Violations  |   Video
    • Maricopa County is in danger of losing millions of dollars in federal funding because of repeated violations for dust in the air. Arizona Department of Environmental Quality Director Benjamin Grumbles explains the situation.

May 26, 2010

  • Clean Elections Ruling  |   Video
    • The Federal Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals recently ruled in favor of Arizona's law for publicly funded elections, known as Clean Elections. The Goldwater Institute is asking a U.S. Supreme Court Justice for help to overturn the federal court's decision. Nick Dranias from the Goldwater Institute talks about the ruling.

May 24, 2010

  • Clean Elections  |   Video
    • A federal appeals court upheld the constitutionality of part of Arizona’s law for publicly-financed elections known as Clean Elections. Executive Director of the Citizens Clean Elections Commission Todd Lang discusses the court’s decision.

April 14, 2010

  • Clean Elections  |   Video
    • A federal judge declared unconstitutional the “matching funds provision” of Arizona’s public campaign financing program, known as Clean Elections. The decision was appealed to the federal Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, which heard oral arguments on Monday. Join us for a discussion with participants on each side of the case; state Representative John McComish and Todd Lang, Executive Director of the Citizens Clean Elections Commission.
  • Tribal Energy Economies  |   Video
    • ASU Professor Carl Artman, a former director of the Federal Bureau of Indian Affairs, is now in charge of the university’s Economic Development in Indian Country Program. He talks about opportunities for tribes in the production of traditional and renewable energy.

April 13, 2010

  • Real Estate   |   Video
    • Arizona Republic real estate reporter Catherine Reagor provides an update on Arizona’s real estate market, including plans for new federal money meant to help fight the foreclosure crisis.

April 8, 2010

  • Health Reform Lawsuit  |   Video
    • Arizona has joined more than a dozen other states that are suing the federal government over the new health care reform law. ASU law professor Paul Bender discusses the merits of the case.

April 5, 2010

  • Race to the Top  |   Video
    • Arizona didn’t exactly race to the top in its effort to win federal education funding in round one of the national “Race to the Top” grant competition. In fact, Arizona’s grant application was very near the bottom. Find out what went wrong, and what Arizona must do to become more competitive in round two.

November 18, 2009

  • Transportation for America  |   Video
    • T4America is leading a campaign to re-shape federal transportation policy, linking land use, housing and transportation more closely to create more livable communities. Lea Shuster, Field Director for Transportation For America, discusses her group’s goals and how federal transportation policy impacts transportation in Arizona.

November 10, 2009

  • Weatherization  |   Video
    • Federal stimulus dollars are providing a huge financial lift to a program that helps low income Arizonans save money on their utility bills while making their homes more energy efficient. We'll take a look at this program that saves energy, lowers utility bills, makes homes safer, and keeps people employed.

September 16, 2009

  • Race to the Top  |   Video
    • Find out what Arizona’s doing to get a slice of more than $4 billion in federal “Race to the Top” money that will be awarded to states that implement educational reform and bring innovation into the classroom. Representative Rich Crandall, Chair of the House Education Committee, and Debra Duvall, a Special Advisor to the Governor, back from a trip to Washington, D.C. to meet with “Race to the Top” officials, discuss Arizona’s effort to compete for the money.

September 1, 2009

  • Kidscare Parents  |   Video
    • At the end of September, thousands of working Arizonans will lose their health insurance. That’s because lawmakers did not reauthorize funding for KidsCare Parents, a low-cost health insurance program for working parents whose income is below 200% of the federal poverty level. Dana Wolfe Naimark of Children’s Action Alliance and Brenda Cardenas of Healthcare Connect talk about the limited options available to these families.

August 26, 2009

  • Copper Mine Land Exchange  |   Video
    • The Resolution Copper Mining company is asking Congress to approve a federal land swap that will allow the company to begin mining a huge body of copper ore near Superior, Arizona. The project could provide a huge economic boost to a community, but it may also have some negative impacts. Join us as we travel to Superior to hear from both critics and supporters of the project.

August 13, 2009

  • Congressman Trent Franks  |   Video
    • Congressman Trent Franks talks about health care reform, Federal stimulus dollars and other issues facing Arizona and the nation.

July 14, 2009

  • Bashas’ Bankruptcy  |   Video
    • The Arizona owned Bashas’ grocery store chain has filed for Chapter 11 protection is federal bankruptcy court. Later this month, the company plans to close ten stores and shed 1,000 jobs. ASU Economist Matthew Croucher discusses the economic impact of the bankruptcy on the State of Arizona.

July 1, 2009

  • Weatherization Assistance Program  |   Video
    • Federal stimulus dollars are providing a huge financial lift to a program that helps low income Arizonans save money on their utility bills while making their homes more energy efficient. We'll take a look at this program that saves energy, lowers utility bills, makes homes safer, and keeps people employed.

June 25, 2009

  • Copper Mining Land Exchange  |   Video
    • The Resolution Copper Mining company is asking Congress to approve a federal land swap that will allow the company to begin mining a huge body of copper ore near Superior, Arizona. The project could provide a huge economic boost to a community, but it may also have some negative impacts.  Join us as we travel to Superior to hear from both critics and supporters of the project.  Our studio guest is David Salisbury, President and CEO of RCM.

May 19, 2009

  • Border Violence  |   Video
    • Guns heading south into Mexico and drugs coming north into the United States are key ingredients in a formula for violence at the Arizona-Mexico border. Federal agents from the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives talk about what their agencies are doing to reduce the violence and criminal activities

April 21, 2009

  • Arizona Cases in Federal Court  |   Video
    • ASU Law Professor talks about actions by the U.S. Supreme court on several cases that originated in Arizona, including a challenge to how the state funds education for English language learners. Bender also talks about a recent Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling on Arizona’s private school scholarship tax credit program. Ninth Circuit Decision

October 27, 2008

September 30, 2008

  • Cronkite-Eight Poll  |   Video
    • The latest Cronkite/Eight Poll reveals where Arizona voters stand on the presidential election, the November ballot proposition that calls for banning same-sex marriage and the federal government bailout of the financial industry. Poll Director Dr. Bruce Merrill and Associate Director Dr. Tara Blanc discuss the results.

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.

April 23, 2008

  • Conserving Arizona�s Land and Water Initiative  |   Video
    • The Nature Conservancy�s Arizona Director discusses an initiative petition drive his organization has launched. If successful, it will place a proposition on November�s general election ballot asking voters to amend the State Constitution to allow 570,000 acres of state trust land to be set aside for permanent conservation. More than ten million acres of trust land were given to Arizona by the federal government at statehood. They�re held in trust, leased and sold by the State Land Department to raise money for public schools and other beneficiaries. Initiative application

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 1, 2008

  • No Child Left Behind  |   Video
    • State Representative Mark Anderson talks about his opposition to a bill to opt out of the federal No Child Left Behind program.

March 27, 2008

  • No Child Left Behind  |   Video
    • state lawmakers have a bill that would make Arizona the first state to opt out of No Child Left Behind. If the bill is successful, Arizona would lose $600 million dollars in federal education funds. State Representative David Schapira will be on to talk about his bill.

January 29, 2008

  • Legislature A to Z: Immigration  |   Video
    • The first part of our annual look at key legislative issues examines immigration. Why do many Democratic and Republican policy makers say the federal government has not done enough to curb illegal immigration in Arizona? What bills are being introduced that address the problem?

January 17, 2008

  • Recession?  |   Video
    • Is the economy in a recession? The state's jobless rate is up again, and the Federal Reserve chairman is indicating Feds are ready to pull the trigger on another interest rate cut. Debra Roubik, an economist with Grand Canyon University, will tell us why she thinks we are actually coming out of a recession.
  • Employer Sanctions Suit  |   Video
    • A federal judge has put off any enforcement of Arizona's employer sanctions law until March 1st. He's expected to rule by February on the law. Reporter Mark Brodie of KJZZ radio was at the hearing on the case, and will bring us up to date.

December 13, 2007

  • Employer Sanctions Lawsuit  |   Video
    • A new lawsuit has been filed in the employer sanctions case after a federal judge tossed out the first one. Julie Pace, an attorney working on the suit, will tell us about the new court action.

December 12, 2007

  • Phoenix Police Immigration Policy   |   Video
    • Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon has appointed a panel of former prosecutors to revise police policy regarding the enforcement of federal immigration law. Former Arizona Attorney General Grant Woods, a member of the mayors panel, talks about the task that lies ahead.

November 14, 2007

October 16, 2007

  • Cronkite-Eight Poll
    • What do Arizonans think about the employer sanctions law? Do they think local police should enforce federal immigration laws? Find out, as we release the results of the latest Cronkite/Eight Poll. Poll Director Bruce Merrill and Associate Director Tara Blanc will dissect the results. Read the complete poll results.

September 18, 2007

  • Paul Charlton
    • Former U.S. Attorney for Arizona Paul Charlton was one of the federal prosecutors fired by the Justice Department last year. HORIZON speaks to Charlton about what he believes factored in to his dismissal as well as the resignation of Attorney General Alberto Gonzales.

August 29, 2007

  • spanish Immersion
    • English-speaking students in grades 1-5 at Desert Willow School in Cave Creek learn about math, science and social studies, but all of their instruction is in Spanish. The school was recently awarded a half-million dollar federal grant for its Spanish Immersion program.

August 1, 2007

May 24, 2007

  • Fort McDowell Sovereignty Day
    • It's been 15 years since a standoff between state and federal agents and residents of the Fort McDowell Yavapai Reservation over Indian gaming. Since then, Indian gaming has flourished in Arizona. We talk to President Raphael Bear about the historic event.

May 22, 2007

  • Arizona Military Affairs: Reservist and Guard Rights
    • Federal law protects the employment reinstatement rights of Reserve and National Guard members returning from active duty. Butch Wise, executive director of the Arizona Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Committee, joins us to talk about the conflicts that can occur between civilian employers and Reservists over an employee's military commitment.

May 2, 2007

April 18, 2007

  • Air Quality
    • The Phoenix area continues to violate the federal health standard for PM-10 airborne particulates, or dust. Find out what needs to be done to meet a deadline (at the end of this year) for a plan to reduce particulate pollution by five percent a year until the standard is met. Guests: Steve Owens Director, Arizona Department of Environmental Quality Bob Kard Director, Maricopa Countys Air Quality Department Resources: ADEQ Web site: http://www.azdeq.gov/index.html Maricopa Countys Air Quality Web site: http://www.maricopa.gov/aq/ Maricopa Countys BringBackBlue.org Clean Air Initiative: http://www.bringbackblue.org/

March 28, 2007

  • English Language Learner / Flores v. Arizona
    • Arizona State lawmakers respond to a federal judges most recent court order in the 15-year-old Flores v. Arizona lawsuit. The judge ruled that the State continues to violate federal law by not providing adequate educational programs for English Language Learners. Guests: Rep. Tom Boone, (R) House Majority Leader Rep. David Lujan, (D) Phoenix, District 15

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.

October 11, 2006

  • Federal appeals court decision would put voter I.D. requirements on hold
    • A federal appeals court has put a temporary hold on requirements to show I.D. when voting and proof of citizenship when registering to vote. Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard says he is going to appeal the case to the United States Supreme Court. Arizona State University professor Paul Bender will talk about the legal issues involved in the case.

August 30, 2006

  • Protect Our City
    • A group that wants to require Phoenix police officers and other city employees to enforce federal immigration laws has collected enough signatures to put the measure to a public vote. Randy Pullen, chairman of Protect Our City and Jake Jacobsen, president of the Phoenix Law Enforcement Association weigh in on the issue.

August 24, 2006

  • ELL Ruling
    • A federal appeals court has ruled against a new law funding programs for English Language Learners. The court also ruled against fines levied against the state in the English learning lawsuit. Arizona Republic columnist Richard Ruelas will explain the ruling.

July 31, 2006

  • New Arizona Corporation Commissioner
    • Barry Wong was sworn in today as the new Arizona Corporation Commissioner. The former state legislator fills the vacancy left by Marc Spitzer who was named to the federal energy regulatory commission.

June 29, 2006

  • AHCCCS - New Citizenship Requirements
    • Effective July 1, a change in federal law, The Deficit Reduction Act, will require all Medicaid (AHCCCS) members and applicants claiming U.S. citizenship to provide proof of both U.S. citizenship and identity when renewing or applying for AHCCCS health insurance benefits. Get the facts about the change and what it means for Arizonans.

April 3, 2006

  • 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

  • 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 27, 2006

  • Hope VI
    • The HOPE VI Project is a federal grant-funded program created to rebuild old and/or severely distressed public housing. The project has turned one central Phoenix government housing project into a new mixed-income community. Dee Wheeler-Cronin, Hope VI Project Manager for the City of Phoenix, and David Adame, Arizona Operations Vice-President, McCormack Baron Salazar are guests.

January 19, 2006

  • Credit Card Payments
    • It's a dose of medicine for consumers that's going to be painful at first. This month, your credit card minimum payments could double. That's because of new rules put in place by federal regulators to help people pay off credit cards, instead of just treading water. Learn more about the new rules.

January 11, 2006

  • English Learning
    • Last month, a federal judge ordered the state to provide adequate funding of English Language Learning programs. Tim Hogan from Arizona Center for Law in the Public Interest and House Majority Leader Representative Stephen Tully discuss the ruling and the issue.

September 15, 2005

  • Constitution Day
    • Federal legislation went into effect this year requiring all schools that receive federal funding to implement educational programs relating to the U.S. Constitution September 17th. That's the day the constitution was signed. ASU History Professor Catherine Kaplan explains what the University is doing to comply. Plus, Kaplan discusses the ongoing debates about the constitution, and the history of its signing.

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.

July 13, 2005

  • Immigration Summit
    • Governor Napolitano has organized an immigration summit Tuesday in Flagstaff. State and federal law enforcement officials are expected to develop proposals for cracking down on illegal immigration and related crime.

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.

March 29, 2005

  • Juvenile Corrections Update
    • Federal investigators found several glaring problems at the juvenile corrections last year. A new report looks at what's being done to improve conditions.

March 1, 2005

  • Identity Theft
    • The Federal Trade Commission ranks Arizona the number one state in the nation for identity theft.

January 18, 2005

  • Federal Sentencing Guidelines
    • The Supreme Court throws out the way federal judges determine sentences. ASU law professor Paul Bender talks about last week's rulings and its implications.

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