A bipartisan effort has been started to get two measures on the ballot that would make big changes to Arizona’s campaign finance and election system. Former Phoenix mayors and Democrats Paul Johnson and Terry Goddard have joined forces with Republican political consultant Chuck Coughlin in the effort. The goal is to have voters decide on measures that would shed light on so-called dark money and create a voting system that would eliminate the need for politicians to appeals to the extreme ends of the political spectrum. Hear from Coughlin, Goddard and Johnson about their ideas.
Women in Public Policy is an upcoming event geared toward drawing women into politics and providing networking opportunities for those interested in meeting and learning from the experiences of prominent female politicians. The event is hosted by the Arizona Capitol Times and will feature an interview with former Governor Jan Brewer. Ginger Lamb, vice president and publisher of the Arizona Capitol Times, will tell us more.
The education community is mourning the loss of long-time education lobbyist Sam Polito. Polito, a Tucson native, was known for having a big impact on education through his lobbying efforts and for bringing together politicians of all stripes for dinners to talk about anything but politics. Former Secretary of State Ken Bennett was at many of those dinners, and will talk about Polito’s impact at the capitol and on education.
A new Harvard study ranked Arizona as having the most corrupt government in the nation when it comes to illegal forms of corruption. Tom Collins, executive director of the Citizens Clean Elections Commission, will talk about keeping politicians honest.
As a journalist, she wrote about politicians and investigated true crime. Now, Arizonan Jana Bommersbach has turned her efforts to writing a children’s book. Bommersbach talks about her book: “A Squirrel’s Story—A True Tale.”
The Arizona Court of Appeals recently put an injunction on higher campaign contribution limits approved by the legislature this year. The injunction comes as politicians are in the midst of fundraising for next year’s election. Sam Wercinski of the Arizona Advocacy Network and attorney Lee Miller will discuss the pros and cons of the higher limits.
As a journalist, she wrote about politicians and investigated true crime. Now, Arizonan Jana Bommersbach has turned her efforts to writing a children’s book. Bommersbach will talk about her book: A Squirrel’s Story—A True Tale.
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.
Before the November election, Rep. Giffords appeared on Horizon where she talked about the need for politicians to work together on contentious issues like immigration reform. Hear what she had to say followed by a discussion about convening a new state legislature in the shadow of the Tucson tragedy. Guests include: political consultant Stan Barnes, Secretary of State Ken Bennett and State Representative Steve Farley.
Join us for a HORIZON special as we catch up with four politicians who were once in the limelight, but have now stepped aside and pursued other interests. Find out the latest on former Senator Dennis DeConcini, former Phoenix City Councilman Calvin Goode and former Governors Jane Hull and Raul Castro.