According to notes kept by former FBI director James Comey, President Donald Trump asked him to halt an investigation into former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn. Those notes provide the closest there is to a smoking gun that Trump tried to interfere with an investigation into whether his campaign colluded with Russia to influence the 2016 election. Former U.S. Attorney for Arizona Paul Charlton will discuss the case.
Arizona Corporation Commissioner Bob Burns has launched an independent investigation into the influence of electricity regulation, which is under the control of the commission. Burns will discuss why he called for the investigation.
Hear from both sides as attorneys Tim LaSota and Tom Ryan debate the pros and cons of so-called “dark money,” money that is spent to influence elections without the requirement to disclose the source of the cash.
Former Salt River Project general manager Jack Pfister was instrumental in the Phoenix area’s booming growth during the 70s and through the 90s. Pfister’s influence was felt beyond his leadership at SRP, with his reach extended by his involvement in education and politics. Author Kathleen Ingley will talk about her new book on Pfister, “Water, Power and Persuasion: How Jack Pfister Shaped Modern Arizona” and she will be joined by Pfister’s daughter, Suzanne Pfister.
Charles Keating was a man who exemplified how money could influence politics. Keating has died in Phoenix at age 90. His association and political contributions to the so-called “Keating Five,” a group of lawmakers that included then Arizona Congressmen John McCain and Dennis DeConcini, helped him get favorable treatment from regulators. Keating’s Lincoln Savings and Loans collapsed, leaving many with worthless investments and costing taxpayers billions of dollars. Michael Manning was the lead counsel for the FDIC in prosecuting Keating, and will look back on his role.
The 50th Anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination is November 22nd. His influence was felt in Arizona on the Central Arizona Project and in the political career of former Arizona Governor Raul Castro. Visiting Scholar in Legal History at the law firm of Snell & Wilmer Jack August, will discuss Kennedy’s Arizona connections.
A "Horizon" Special: The Arizona legislature, A to Z. We'll discuss the political dynamics that drive the legislature and how that impacts laws passed by lawmakers. Then you'll learn how term limits passed by voters over a decade ago has affected the process and how some lawmakers get around them. Lobbyists are not elected to make the laws but they certainly influence the process. We'll take a look at that aspect of the legislature. Finally we'll give you some tips about how you can become involved in the process as we tell you the story about one citizen's success in getting a bill passed.
Throughout this week we'll be examining the effect of term limits on the legislature, the influence of lobbyists and show how a private citizen can get a bill passed. Tonight we start the series with a look at the new leadership of both houses and how the dynamics are expected to play out between the House, the Senate and the Governor's office.