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December 15, 2014

  • Microbreweries Distribution Limits  |   Video
    • The growing popularity of microbreweries is prompting the owners of the smaller producers of beer to seek a change in the laws to allow higher production limits. Lobbyist Don Isaacson, who represents the Arizona Wine and Spirits Wholesale Association, and Andy Ingram, the co-founder of the Four Peaks Brewing Company in Tempe, will discuss the issue.

August 11, 2014

  • Vote 2014: Independent Voters  |   Video
    • The number of independent voters participating in this year’s primary election in Maricopa County could double. That is causing Republican Party officials concern, because many independents are choosing to vote on the Republican ticket. Hank Stephenson of the Arizona Capitol Times will discuss his story on the issue.

July 16, 2014

  • Glendale Casino  |   Video
    • The Glendale city council voted to support a potential casino right next door. Previously, the council had been against the casino. Councilman Gary Sherwood discusses his change of mind that led to the council’s change on the issue.

July 9, 2014

  • Same-sex Marriage Lawsuit  |   Video
    • Both sides in a lawsuit over Arizona's gay marriage ban want a federal judge to decide the case himself without having to go to full trial. Associated Press reporter Bob Christie, who is covering the issue, will discuss the lawsuit.

June 10, 2014

  • Phoenix Pension Measure  |   Video
    • City of Phoenix voters will be deciding this fall on a measure to reform the city’s pension plan for employees. It would end the practice of boosting pensions by adding vacation and sick time, and would transition employees into a 401-K style plan. Tom Simplot, the co-chair of Phoenix Citizens for Pension Responsibility, which opposes the changes, will discuss the issue.

June 3, 2014

  • Downwinders  |   Video
    • They’re called “Downwinders”; people affected by the fallout from nuclear testing in Nevada during the 1950s and early 60s. Many of those impacted lived in Northern Arizona, like John Hanna Sr. of Prescott, who died this past October of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. Hanna’s widow Sherrie Hanna will discuss the impact of nuclear fallout on Northern Arizona residents and what she’d like to see done to address the issue.

June 2, 2014

  • Veterans’ Affairs Controversy  |   Video
    • Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki has resigned, the latest in a series of events that started with allegations that 40 veterans may have died while waiting for medical care at the Phoenix VA hospital. Dennis Wagner of the Arizona Republic has been writing about the issue and will bring us up to date.

May 28, 2014

  • AZ Giving and Leading: Fix.Adopt.Save. Campaign  |   Video
    • Nearly 90,000 dogs and cats came into Maricopa County shelters last year, the second highest county intake in the U.S. after Los Angeles County. There is a solution. The Fix.Adopt.Save. initiative is designed to increase spay/neuter surgeries and adoptions. Heather Sheston, project manager for Fix.Adopt.Save., and Melissa Gable, a spokeswoman of Maricopa County Animal Care and Control, will discuss the issue.

May 22, 2014

  • Wrong-Way Drivers  |   Video
    • In a recent six-day period, there were three fatal wrong-way accidents in the Phoenix area. That alarmed state officials, who are meeting to address the issue. Rob Samour, the senior deputy state engineer for the Arizona Department of Transportation, and Bart Graves, spokesman for the Arizona Department of Public Safety, will discuss efforts to reduce the number of wrong-way crashes.

May 1, 2014

  • Child Abuse Prevention  |   Video
    • The Children’s Action Alliance is urging the legislature to pass funding for child care vouchers during an upcoming special session, saying the vouchers are a proven method to prevent child abuse. Dana Wolfe Naimark, President and CEO of the alliance, will talk about the issue.

April 29, 2014

  • VA Hospital  |   Video
    • More members of Arizona’s congressional delegation are calling for the resignation of top administrators at the Phoenix Veterans Hospital. The hospital allegedly had a secret list of extremely long wait times for veterans seeking medical care, some so long that patients died waiting for treatment. Dennis Wagner of the Arizona Republic, who has been tracking the story, will discuss the issue.

April 28, 2014

April 22, 2014

  • Moratorium on Regulations  |   Video
    • One of Governor Jan Brewer’s first actions as governor was to impose a moratorium on new regulations. A new report is out on that issue. The Grand Canyon Institute’s report, “Why Arizona’s Regulatory Moratorium is Unnecessary,” reveals how moratoriums can lead to less public oversight and are not meeting the stated goal of creating more jobs. Grand Canyon Institute fellow Karen Smith, who wrote the report, will discuss her findings.

April 21, 2014

  • Child Abuse in Arizona  |   Video
    • “Keeping Children Safe: Ask an Expert” is a show that will air on 8pm on Monday, April 21 on Eight Arizona PBS. During the show, viewers can call in and talk to an expert with their questions about child abuse and human trafficking. Leading up to that on Arizona Horizon, Maricopa County Juvenile Court presiding judge Colleen McNally will discuss the issue of child abuse in Arizona.

April 17, 2014

  • Tax Fraud  |   Video
    • Did someone file taxes in your name without your knowledge? Identity theft is a big problem during the tax-filing season. Brian Watson of the IRS Criminal Investigation Division and Arizona Department of Revenue Spokesman Anthony Forschino will discuss the issue.

April 10, 2014

  • Medical Marijuana Research  |   Video
    • Funding for medical marijuana research was blocked at the state legislature. Dr. Sue Sisley, a medical marijuana researcher, will talk about the issue.

April 8, 2014

  • Tempe Town Lake Dam  |   Video
    • The rubber dam on the west end of Tempe Town Lake will be replaced with a hydraulically-operated steel dam, with work starting this summer. On April 23 at the Tempe Center for the Arts, the city will give the public information about the dam replacement. Jeff Kulaga, assistant city manager for Tempe, will discuss the issue.

March 27, 2014

  • Unions Allowed for College Athletes  |   Video
    • The National Labor Relations Board has decided that college athletes at private schools are employees, and can therefore can unionize. Stanley Lubin, a Phoenix labor attorney, will discuss the legalities of the issue.

March 13, 2014

  • Scottsdale General Plan  |   Video
    • The city of Scottsdale is working on its general plan, but there is some controversy. Earlier this year, several members of a planning commission quit in protest. Laraine Rodgers, a current member Scottsdale General Plan Task Force, and Jim Heitel, the former co-chair of the task force, will discuss the issue from both sides.
  • Around Arizona: Drought Designation  |   Video
    • The U.S. Department of Agriculture issued a “drought designation” for 11 Arizona counties. Eligible farmers in the drought designated counties can apply for low-interest loans. Jack Peterson, interim director for the Arizona Department of Agriculture, will discuss the issue.

March 6, 2014

  • Patent Trolls  |   Video
    • Patent Trolls are organizations or persons that sue to enforce patents, even though there is no intent or even capability of producing the product. Companies that are sued may settle cases they consider frivolous for hundreds of thousands of dollars, because defending against a case can cost much more. Attorney Brian LaCorte of Ballard Spahr in Phoenix will discuss the issue of patent trolls.

February 6, 2014

  • Arizona ArtBeat: Arizona Arts Congress  |   Video
    • The Arizona Arts Congress will be held Wednesday, February 5. Hundreds of arts advocates from around the state will converge on the Arizona State Capitol to learn about legislative issues and meet with elected officials to let them know about the impact arts have on our state. Rusty Foley, executive director, Arizona Citizens for the Arts, and Steve Martin, managing director of Childsplay, will discuss the Arts Congress.
  • Mexican Gray Wolves Bills  |   Video
    • A bill has been introduced that would authorize employees of the Arizona Department of Agriculture to kill endangered Mexican gray wolves that have been preying on livestock. Two other bills relating to that issue have been introduced. Sandy Bahr, chapter director of the Grand Canyon Chapter of the Sierra Club and Bas Aja, executive vice president of the Arizona Cattle Feeders' Association, will discuss the pros and cons of the bills.

December 3, 2013

  • Uninvestigated Child Abuse Cases  |   Video
    • The story of six-thousand child abuse cases not investigated continues to develop, with the Governor forming a “CARE Team” to provide oversight in the investigation of those cases. Arizona Republic columnist Laurie Roberts, who writes extensively on the issue of child abuse, talks about the latest development.

November 19, 2013

  • Exculpatory Evidence  |   Video
    • The Arizona Supreme Court issued new rules last week that require attorneys to reveal evidence that could prove the innocence of a criminal defendant. Executive Director of the Arizona Prosecuting Attorneys’ Advisory Council Elizabeth Ortiz, and Keith Swisher, a defense attorney, discuss the issue.

November 13, 2013

  • Net Metering Hearings  |   Video
    • The Arizona Corporation Commission will have two days of hearings on a proposal by Arizona Public Service to cut incentives for those looking to install rooftop solar panels on their homes. Arizona Capitol Times reporter Luige del Puerto will talk about the issue.

November 12, 2013

  • Environmental Plan for Navajo Generating Station  |   Video
    • The Environmental Protection Agency has proposed new rules that will require owners of the Navajo Generating Station to pay $1.1 billion dollars to limit emissions from the plant. Owners of the plant say if approved, that will force them to shut down the power plant. Much of the electricity from the plant is used to pump water uphill in the Central Arizona Project Canal. A technical working group has come up with an alternative plan, and the CAP is asking members of the public to contact the EPA by January 6 to support their plan. CAP General Manager David Modeer will discuss the issue, along with Marshall Johnson of To Nizhoni Ani, a group with a mission to protect and preserve the environment.

October 28, 2013

  • Prosecutorial Misconduct  |   Video
    • The Arizona Republic has looked at past death penalty cases in Arizona since 2002, and found that prosecutorial misconduct was alleged in 42 of the 82 cases. Arizona Republic reporter Michael Kiefer, who has been working on the series, will discuss the issue.

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.

September 12, 2013

  • Pension Spiking  |   Video
    • Pension spiking is the practice of adding sick leave, vacation pay and other benefits at the end of a worker’s career to increase their pension. The Goldwater Institute has sued to stop the practice in the city of Phoenix. Arizona Republic columnist Laurie Roberts will discuss the issue.

September 10, 2013

  • Medical Marijuana for Children  |   Video
    • Arizona Horizon will revisit the issue of medical marijuana for children from the viewpoint of a doctor. Dr. Richard Strand, a Phoenix doctor, will talk about the issue.

September 5, 2013

  • Medical Marijuana for Children  |   Video
    • A 5-year-old Arizona boy, Zander Welton, has been approved to use medical marijuana to help control seizures. Representative John Kavanagh, who opposes medical marijuana use by children, and Dr. William Troutt, who supports use of medical marijuana by children, will discuss the issue

August 20, 2013

  • MCSO Racial Profiling  |   Video
    • Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio has refused to have a monitor watch his department after a judge rules that the sheriff’s office engaged in racial profiling. Negotiations continue on that issue. Arizona Republic reporter JJ Hensley brings us up to date.

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 8, 2013

  • Electric Deregulation  |   Video
    • The Arizona Corporation Commission is looking into possibly deregulating the electrical industry, calling it “marketplace competition.” Deregulation proponent Stan Barnes of Copper State consulting and Chuck Coughlin of the Arizona Power Consumers Coalition, which is against deregulation, will discuss the issue.

July 31, 2013

  • Grand Canyon Haze  |   Video
    • Salt River Project and other partners who operate the Navajo Generating Station say they plan to close one of three generators to address a demand from the EPA concerning haze at the Grand Canyon. The operators also say they will stop burning conventional coal by 2044. SRP Senior Director of Environmental Management Policy and Compliance Kelly Barr and CAP General Manager David Modeer will discuss the issue.

June 27, 2013

  • Immigration Reform  |   Video
    • The U.S. Senate passes an immigration reform bill. Mike Slaven, who’s written about the issue for Arizona State University’s Morrison Institute, will talk about what’s in the bill.

May 21, 2013

  • Electric Deregulation   |   Video
    • The Arizona Corporation Commission may be looking at the issue of deregulation for electric utilities again. The commission is taking steps to set up public hearings about the issue. Former commissioner Jeff Hatch-Miller and current commissioner Bob Burns will discuss electric deregulation.

April 30, 2013

  • Union Work Time Ruling  |   Video
    • A judge issued an injunction that stops Phoenix police officers from doing union work while on the job. The Phoenix Law Enforcement Association, a police union, says it will fight the injunction that was issued after a lawsuit by the Goldwater Institute. Clint Bolick, the lead attorney for Goldwater, will discuss the issue along with Mark Spencer, the Southwest Project Coordinator for Judicial Watch.

April 18, 2013

  • Toll Roads  |   Video
    • A transportation panel of the Maricopa Association of Government voted to move ahead with a study on how to make toll roads work in the Valley. Arizona Republic reporter Sean Holstege will talk about the issue.

April 8, 2013

  • Bisbee Civil Unions Ordinance  |   Video
    • The Bisbee City Council has approved an ordinance allowing same-sex civil unions in the southeastern Arizona city. Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne says that is unconstitutional, and has threatened to take the issue to court. Horne and attorney Tim Nelson will discuss the legality of the ordinance.

March 25, 2013

  • Common Core Education Standards  |   Video
    • A bill being tied into the new “Common Core” education standards is facing strong criticism from those who see it as a national takeover of education. The bill, while not mentioning Common Core, would allow the state to transition from the AIMS test to another as a high school graduation requirement. Representative Heather Carter and Laddie Shane of the Maricopa County Republican Party discuss the pros and cons of the issue.

March 21, 2013

  • New EPA Haze Regulations  |   Video
    • New Environmental Protection Agency regulations on haze have some Arizona leaders saying that the regulations could lead to higher energy costs and a loss of jobs. State lawmakers want to allow states to set air standard regulations. Sandy Bahr of the Grand Canyon Chapter of the Sierra Club and Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne will discuss the issue of haze regulation.

February 28, 2013

  • ASU President Crow on Medicaid Expansion  |   Video
    • Arizona State University President Michael Crow has come out in favor of Governor Jan Brewer’s plan to expand Medicaid in Arizona. President Crow and ASU Economist Dennis Hoffman will discuss the issue.

January 29, 2013

  • Adult Probation Program  |   Video
    • A look at recent successes within Arizona’s Adult Probation Program with Kathy Waters, director of the Division of Adult Probation Services for the Arizona Supreme Court. State Schools Chief John Huppenthal, the chairman of the state Senate Judiciary Committee who sponsored the probation-reform bill, gives his take on the issue.

May 24, 2012

April 16, 2012

  • Scandalous Politicians  |   Video
    • 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.

April 11, 2012

  • Debt Collection Bill  |   Video
    • While creditors are supporting a bill (HB 2664) moving through the state legislature that deals with credit card debt, others are saying it’s a bad deal for consumers. Hear from attorneys on both sides of the issue.

November 11, 2011

September 6, 2011

  • Solar Energy: A Bipartisan Issue  |   Video
    • Democratic Arizona Corporation Commissioner Paul Newman and Republican attorney Jordan Rose talk about why they believe solar energy is an issue both political parties should support.

July 14, 2011

  • Private Prisons  |   Video
    • Arizona’s prison population has leveled off, yet more contracts for private prisons will be awarded soon. Representative Cecil Ash says considering the tight economic times, more prisons are not needed now. He will talk about the issue along with Representative John Kavanagh, who supports more prisons.

July 13, 2011

  • Cutting Taxes  |   Video
    • Do government revenues increase when taxes are cut? It’s a claim often made in congress and the state legislature. ASU Economists Dennis Hoffman Dean Robert Mittelstaedt from the W.P. Carey School of Business will discuss the issue.

June 22, 2011

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.

February 7, 2011

  • Organ Transplants   |   Video
    • Last fall Arizona stopped funding certain kinds of organ transplants under the state's Medicaid program. State legislators promised to revised the issue following a few deaths that resulted from the decision. Representative Anna Tovar, a transplant recipient herself, discusses.

December 7, 2010

  • Medicaid Cuts  |   Video
    • Democratic state lawmakers held a press conference to urge Republican legislative leaders to restore cuts made to Arizona's Medicaid program. Representative David Schapira talks about the issue.

November 24, 2010

  • Medicare Payments  |   Video
    • AARP wants Congress to stop a cut in Medicare payments to doctors from taking effect at the end of the year. The organization says a 25% cut in reimbursement rates could make it difficult for seniors to find doctors willing to see Medicare patients. David Mitchell, AARP Arizona State Director, and Dr. Zuhdi Jasser, Arizona Medical Association, discuss the issue.

November 23, 2010

  • Arizona’s “Green” Economy  |   Video
    • What is the “green economy” and can it deliver much needed economic growth to Arizona? George Basile, of ASU’s School of Sustainability and Jim Rounds, VP and Senior Economist for Elliott Pollack & Company, discuss 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.
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August 16, 2010

  • Private Prisons  |   Video
    • A recent escape from a private prison in Kingman has brought up the issue of private prisons. Chuck Coughlin of Highground and Tixoc Munoz of the Arizona Correctional Peace Officers Association discuss the pros and cons of private prisons.

July 8, 2010

  • Solar Regulation  |   Video
    • Should companies that install solar panels on school grounds, and sell the power they produce to schools, be regulated as utilities? Chairman of the Arizona Corporation Commission Kris Mayes explains the Commission’s recent decision on the issue.

March 25, 2010

  • Game and Fish Commission  |   Video
    • Senate Bill 1200 changes the process for appointing Arizona Game and Fish Commissioners. Critics say it hijacks the commission, putting Arizona’s wildlife in the hands of special interests. Hear both sides of the issue from Arizona Game and Fish Commissioner Norm Freeman and Pete Cimellaro, an Arizona Sportsmen for Wildlife board member.

November 23, 2009

  • 1,000 Foot Free Power Line Extension  |   Video
    • In the past, to encourage growth, landowners were not charged by APS for the first $25,000 of costs to extend power lines to their properties. The Arizona Corporation Commission has reversed that policy. Now, landowners must pay the complete cost of connecting their properties to a source of power. Critics say this has unfairly lowered property values and negatively impacted Arizona’s economy. Ted Simons will discuss the issue with Bobby Miller, a realtor representing Arizonans for Fair Power Policy and Sandy Bahr, Director of the Grand Canyon Chapter of the Sierra Club.

September 21, 2009

  • Tuition Tax Credits  |   Video
    • A legislative panel is searching for ways to stop reported abuses in Arizona’s tuition tax credit law. Meanwhile, there are those who say the law cannot be fixed because it’s unconstitutional. Hear what Institute for Justice attorney Tim Keller and AEA President John Wright have to say about the issue.

September 10, 2009

  • Health Care Reform  |   Video
    • The day after President Obama delivers a national speech on health care reform, hear what local experts have to say about the issue. Roger Hughes, Executive Director of St. Luke’s Health Initiatives, and Dr. Eric Novack, Chairman of Arizonans for Health Care Freedom, share their ideas for improving our system of health care and insurance.

August 13, 2009

  • “Racinos”  |   Video
    • As the State of Arizona faces a budget shortfall of more than $3 billion, lobbyists for dog and horse tracks are suggesting that Arizona can generate much needed revenue by allowing casino games at dog and horse racing tracks. But are “racinos” a good idea? Hear what Sheila Morago of the Arizona Indian Gaming Association has to say about the issue.

July 15, 2009

  • Health Care Reform and Children  |   Video
    • How will proposed health care reform affect children, and how will it address their needs? Bob Meyer, CEO of Phoenix Children’s Hospital, will address the issue.

June 25, 2009

  • Budget Impact on Republicans  |   Video
    • Solving the state budget crisis has caused an impasse between our Republican governor and our Republican-led legislature. What impact is that having on the Republican party? Former Attorney General Grant Woods and political analyst Chuck Coughlin examine the issue.

June 18, 2009

  • Budget Fight  |   Video
    • Can the Arizona Supreme Court make the legislature submit bills to the governor? Andy Hessick, ASU law professor, talks about the issue.

May 13, 2009

  • NRA Convention  |   Video
    • With a new administration in the White House, gun owners are concerned about their rights. That is sure to be an issue as the National Rifle Association holds its annual convention in Phoenix this year. Hear more from an NRA representative.

May 12, 2009

  • Legislative Leaders  |   Video
    • Senate President Bob Burns and House Speaker Kirk Adams talk about legislative issues, with the budget being the top and just about the only issue addressed this session.

October 20, 2008

  • Census  |   Video
    • Census officials are worried about an undercount in the Hispanic community in the next census. Dr. Steve Murdock, the director of the U.S. Census, discusses this issue and others regarding the 2010 census.

September 30, 2008

  • Prop 105: Majority Rules   |   Video
    • Proposition 105 would change the Arizona Constitution to require that any future ballot proposition that calls for raising taxes or mandates state spending must receive a majority of all registered voters, not just a majority of votes cast. HORIZON examines both sides of the issue.

September 29, 2008

  • Prop 201: Homeowners' Bill of Rights   |   Video
    • Proposition 201 would change the Arizona Constitution to expand rights for homeowners. Hear both sides of the issue with guests Rebecca Friend of the AFL-CIO and Kevin O� Malley of the law firm Gallagher and Kennedy.

September 23, 2008

  • Proposition 101: Health Care  |   Video
    • supporters of a ballot initiative called the Freedom of Choice in Health Care Act say it will preserve our freedom to choose health care coverage. Opponents of the measure say it will stop the future option for a universal health care plan and reduce health care choice. We talk with both sides of the issue.

May 7, 2008

  • school District Mismanagement  |   Video
    • Governor Janet Napolitano recently signed a bill allowing the state to take over an entire school district for what the bill terms systemic educational mismanagement. The Roosevelt Elementary District in Phoenix could be the first district to which the law is applied. A representative of the Roosevelt District and a legislator who sponsored the bill join us to discuss the issue.

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 17, 2008

  • Illegal Immigrant Barometer  |   Video
    • Are illegal aliens an economic indicator? ASU Economist Dawn McLaren says they are. She says when apprehensions of illegal immigrants are down, that indicates a suffering economy. McLaren will talk about the issue and the Arizona economy.

March 31, 2008

  • Merit Selection  |   Video
    • We discuss HCR 2063, a bill that would require elections for Superior Court judges in Arizona counties, including Maricopa and Pima. The sponsor of the bill, Rep. Russell Pearce of Mesa, will discuss the issue with House Minority Leader Rep. Phil Lopes of Tucson.

March 27, 2008

  • state Budget  |   Video
    • state Treasurer Dean Martin says the state will be out of money soon unless lawmakers and the governor act to end the current year budget shortfall. Martin will talk about the issue.

November 27, 2007

  • Sustainability
    • Rob Melnick, Director of ASU's Morrison Institute for Public Policy, and Jonathan Fink, Ph.D., Director of ASU's Global Institute of Sustainability, discuss the Morrison Institutes new study, "Sustainability for Arizona, the Issue of Our Age."

October 16, 2007

  • s-CHIP
    • Congress approved legislation to add 4 million children to a popular health-care-coverage programS-CHIP (State Children's Health Insurance Program) also known as KidsCare in Arizonabut the bill was vetoed by President Bush. Some say the expansion pushes the program beyond its original intent. Supporters of the expansion say it is needed to cover uninsured children of poor working families. Congress is poised to vote on a possible override of the Bush veto. We discuss both sides of the issue.

October 4, 2007

  • Governor Janet Napolitano
    • The state faces a $600 million shortfall as tax revenues decline. Governor Janet Napolitano will talk about this issue and more during her monthly appearance on HORIZON.

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 2, 2007

  • West Nile Virus
    • Dirty pools and stagnant water contribute to the growth of mosquitoes, which can lead to the spread of West Nile Virus. John Townsend, the division manager for the Environmental Services Vector Control office and the Maricopa Director of Public Health Dr. Bob England join us to discuss this issue.

June 20, 2007

  • English Learners program
    • The English Learners Program once again became an issue, with a U.S. Court ruling that the State Government needs to come up with a comprehensive plan by the end of the legislative session. Tim Hogan, Executive Director of the Arizona Center for Law in the Public Interest was on hand to discuss this ruling and its impacts.

May 31, 2007

  • Republican Party Split
    • Immigration has split the Republican party like a border fence. We'll talk about why some of those in the party are upset. Daniel Scarpinato, a reporter for the Arizona Daily Star, will talk about the issue.

April 5, 2007

  • 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 4, 2007

  • school Choice Debate
    • ASU law professor Paul Bender and the president of The Alliance For School Choice, Clint Bolick, debate the school choice issue. An excerpt will play on HORIZON, and the full debate can be seen on the HORIZON Web site.
  • school Choice Debate - Full one hour debate
    • ASU law professor Paul Bender and the president of The Alliance For School Choice, Clint Bolick, debate the school choice issue.

February 20, 2007

  • school Vouchers
    • A group of education and political organizations filed a lawsuit Tuesday to stop state scholarships, which pay for some children to attend private or religious schools. We hear both sides of the school voucher issue from John Wright, President of the Arizona Education Association which supports the lawsuit filed against school vouchers. Also joining us is Tim Keller, Executive Director of the Institute for Justice, which plans to intervene in the suit on behalf of parents and children to defent the voucher programs.

February 13, 2007

  • Domestic Violence
    • Domestic violence is a big issue right now at the State Legislature. Chris Groninger, Systems Advocate, AZ Coalition Against Domestic Violence, joins us to update the progress of several domestic violence-related bills as they come up for key votes at capitol.

February 6, 2007

  • Disabled Workers
    • The unintended consequences from increasing the minimum wage to $6.75 are at the center of a conflict between groups advocating for the same people: disabled workers. Prior to the passage of the measure, disabled workers could be paid less than minimum wage depending on their capabilities. Some advocacy groups say disabled workers should be paid at least the minimum wage, others say the loophole allowing lower wages give disabled workers the opportunity to be employed. A bill circulating at the state legislature would allow disabled workers to earn less than the minimum wage. We look at all sides of the issue.

January 18, 2007

  • Legislature A to Z: Immigration
    • Republican lawmakers promise that immigration will be a big issue again this session. Republican Representative Russell Pearce and Democratic Representative Kyrsten Sinema will discuss immigration bills being considered this session.

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 15, 2006

  • Voucher lawsuit
    • Last session, two laws were passed creating $5,000,000 in education vouchers for disabled students and students who are foster children. The voucher laws are being challenged in court on the grounds that they violate Arizona's constitution. State Representative Rich Murphy, who sponsored on the bills, and Don Peters, a lawyer for those suing, debate the issue.

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.

September 14, 2006

  • Proposition 200
    • A proposition on the November ballot would give some lucky voter in Arizona a million dollars for voting. But is it the right idea? We'll talk to people on both sides of the issue.

September 4, 2006

  • Ed Pastor
    • Congressman Ed Pastor discusses the relationship between organized labor and the immigration issue.
  • Labor
    • AFL-CIO Executive Director Michael McGrath talks about current efforts to deal with the immigration issue.

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 28, 2006

  • Arizona Education Update: All Day K Part one of four
    • In June, the governor signed legislation making money available to expand the availability of all day kindergarten across the state. Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction, Tom Horne, joins HORIZON to discuss the issue.

August 16, 2006

  • AIMS Test
    • The Arizona's Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) is designed to provide educators with information about students knowledge and understanding of various subjects, including math, reading and writing. While many support such standardized testing programs, others say the AIMS test is neither fair nor accurate in determining a student's potential. James Middleton, Division Director of Curriculum and Instruction at ASU College of Education and David Berliner, Regents Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at ASU College of Education will discuss the issue.

July 25, 2006

  • ELL Issue in 9th Circuit
    • Judges at the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will hear arguments on both sides of the case regarding Arizona English language learners requirement to pass the AIMS test. In April, appellate judges agreed to continue to block enforcement of a trial judges order that the state cannot deny diplomas to students classified as English language learners just because they failed to pass the standardized test. Reporter Howard Fischer joins us from San Francisco with an update.

May 8, 2006

  • Mesa Property Tax
    • On May 16, voters in Mesa will decide whether to raise the sales tax or to create the first property tax in the city since 1945. Mesa Vice Mayor Claudia Walters and Mesa Councilman Tom Rawles will discuss the issue.

April 5, 2006

  • Judicial Merit
    • HORIZON explores judicial merit selection. Maricopa County is one of two counties in Arizona that appoints judges based on merit. With a fast growing state, can merit selection improve the judicial system? Michael Grant interviews local leaders on both sides of the issue.
  • Merit Selection v. Election
    • A look at the issue through the eyes of two candidates hoping to fill a Pinal County Superior Court Seat: Sitting Judge April Elliot and her opponent Brenda Oldham.

April 4, 2006

  • Car Brokers and Dealers
    • A bill supported by car dealerships is working its way through the state legislature. The measure would limit what car brokerswho are hired by consumers to provide buying services and help them avoid car dealership sales officescan do. Car dealers say the bill is a necessary consumer protection measure. Brokers say they provide a valuable service. We discuss both sides of the issue.

March 2, 2006

  • First Thursday: The Governor on HORIZON
    • The English Language Learner issue has not been resolved, and penalties levied against the state are growing every day. Governor Janet Napolitano will talk about that issue and more during her monthly visit on HORIZON.

March 1, 2006

  • Photo Radar
    • Photo enforcement cameras on Scottsdale's section of the Loop 101 freeway are at the center of controversy over the use of photo radar to issue citations to speeders. The State Senate has passed a bill to prohibit the use of the radar on controlled-access freeways and has sent the bill to the House.

February 28, 2006

  • Eight-Cronkite Poll
    • The issue of allowing a United Arab Emirates company to control ports in America has become a political hot potato for the Bush administration. Find out what Arizonans think about that issue and others, such as photo radar, in the latest Eight-Cronkite Poll. Poll Director Bruce Merrill and Assistant Tara Blanc provide analysis.
  • Eminent Domain
    • In the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court's decision concerning eminent domain powers, a flurry of legislation is making its way through the capitol. Representatives Chuck Gray and Tom Prezelski discuss the issue.

February 27, 2006

  • Legislative Leadership
    • The fines related to the English Language Learner issue are now at $1 million per day and continue to grow. Senate President Ken Bennett and Representative Tom Boone will talk about the English Learner issue, as well as other issues before the legislature.

January 26, 2006

  • Legislature 2006: English Learner Funding
    • A battle has been raging all week between the Governor and the Legislature over funding for English leaner programs in Arizona. The Governor has already vetoed two bills passed by lawmakers. Representatives Linda Lopez and Tom Boone will talk about the issue as we wrap up our series "Legislature 2006" on the top issues before the legislature.

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.

December 20, 2005

  • Air Quality
    • The winter brown cloud hanging over the Valley is especially bad this season, prompting the Arizona Department of Air Quality to issue several high-pollution advisories. ADEQ Director Steve Owens joins us to talk about air quality.

November 16, 2005

  • Mesa Changes
    • One in four Mesa residents is Hispanic, up from one in 10 in 1990. How has this change in demographics affected life in the East Valley? Three members of a team from the East Valley Tribune who explored the issue in a weeklong special investigation join the discussion.

October 11, 2005

  • Mesa Signs
    • Mesa allows portable "a-frame" signs within its downtown redevelopment area, but not in the rest of the city. Some small business owners want that restriction changed. Councilman Rex Griswold and Vice Mayor Claudia Walters discuss the issue.

August 17, 2005

  • Tax Bills
    • There is a backlog of unsettled property tax issues at the Maricopa County Treasurer's Office an issue that has been compounded by the hot housing market. Maricopa County Treasurer David Schweikert joins Michael Grant to talk about the million and a half property tax bills he is poised to send out.

June 28, 2005

  • Arizona Town Hall: Trade with Mexico
    • The latest Town Hall looked at Arizona's relationship with Mexico from a trade and immigration perspective. Horizon looks at the recommendations to improve trade with Mexico and tackles the thorny immigration issue.

June 23, 2005

  • Arizona's Border Crisis: A HORIZON Specia
    • 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.

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 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 2, 2005

  • Immigration legislation
    • A predominantly partisan battle has been waged in the state legislature this session over the issue of immigration. Supporters of immigration legislation say the Valley's quality of life is being threatened. Opponents say legislation targeting illegal immigrants will divide communities. Add that to the controversy over the minutemen on the border recently, and it's clear immigration is a growing concern for Arizonans.
  • Joel Kotkin
    • In this month's issue of Inc. magazine, Phoenix is rated the 16th best place in the country to do business. The city jumped up from 28th last year. The article is written by LA-based author Joel Kotkin, whose recent book, The City: A global history, explores the evolution of cities from the birth of civilization.

April 5, 2005

  • Vouchers/Tuiton Tax Credits
    • The issue of school vouchers is back in Arizona's capitol for the first time in almost a decade. The senate has okayed a bill for the senate to provide money for private school tuition. "Horizon" looks at school choice issues at the legislature.

March 2, 2005

  • stem cell bills
    • stem cell and cloning research are controversial topics. At issue, should the state legislature support or restrict stem cell research?

January 12, 2005

  • Arizona Department of Water Resources
    • Water conservation and Colorado River water revitalizing the Arizona department of water resources were topics Governor Napolitano spoke about in her state of the state address. Herb Guenther, Director, State Department of Water Resources, spoke to "Horizon" on the issue.

January 10, 2005

  • Governor Napolitano's 2005 State of the State Address
    • The first regular session of the 47th legislature commencing today with Governor Janet Napolitano's third state of the state address. The governor's theme this year, "moving Arizona forward," allowed her to touch upon the issues promising to be high on the legislative agenda such as full-day kindergarten, the AIMS test, water and land policy and, of course, the state's budget. Governor also talking extensively about homeland security saying previous governors didn't have to talk about that issue in state of the state addresses but the times have changed. Reactions and analysis in this special hour-long "Horizon."

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