Arizona’s U.S. Senate race for 2016 has heated up. Democratic Congresswoman Ann Kirkpatrick has announced she is going to run against republican incumbent John McCain. Arizona State University pollster Bruce Merrill will discuss the race’s latest developments.
The Delivering Democracy Lecture by Arizona State University’s Center for the Study of Race and Democracy is an annual lecture that provides a platform for innovative, solution-oriented speakers to present new ideas on participatory democracy. The keynote speaker this year will be Anderson Cooper of CNN. Matthew Whitaker, the founding director of the Center, will tell us more about the lecture.
The 50th anniversary of the three civil rights marches from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama is coming up. The marches led to the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Dr. Matthew Whitaker, an Arizona State University foundation professor of history and founding director of ASU’s Center for the Study of Race and Democracy, will discuss the marches, along with retired Air Force Colonel and pilot Richard “Dick” Toliver, who was active in the civil rights community in Selma at the time of the marches.
Plans are underway in Phoenix to expand light rail by 22 miles. The city is considering asking voters for an increase in the sales tax to pay for the expansion. Opposition is forming to the plan. Becky Fenger of No Tax for More Tracks will discuss why her group opposes light rail expansion.
The Civil Rights Act was enacted on July 2, 1964 and prohibits discrimination of all kinds based on race, color, religion, or national origin. It also provides the federal government with the powers to enforce desegregation. Civil rights activist Dr. Warren Stewart of the First Institutional Baptist Church in Phoenix and Matthew Whitaker, an Arizona State University Foundation professor of History, will discuss the law and its impact.
Statewide, legislative and congressional races will take place in this year’s election cycle. One day after the filing deadline for signatures needed to qualify for the ballot, political consultants Stan Barnes and Bob Grossfeld will discuss the upcoming primary and general elections.
The race to be Arizona’s next governor continues to heat up, with former GoDaddy executive Christine Jones announcing her intentions to run as a republican. Arizona State University Pollster Bruce Merrill will talk about the race.
Veteran pollsters Bruce Merrill and Mike O’Neil take a look back at the accuracy of polls on the presidential race. They will also discuss which groups of people voted in the election and how they affected the outcome.
Ron Barber, a former aide to Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, won Tuesday’s special election to complete Giffords’ congressional term. Arizona Republic congressional reporter Rebekah Sanders talks about the race between Barber, a Democrat, and Republican Tea Party candidate Jesse Kelly.
Dr. Bruce Merrill, senior fellow at ASU’s Morrison Institute and director of the Merrill/Morrison Institute Poll, shares the latest results of his polling about the Presidential race and Arizona politics.
Arizona Republic Congressional reporter Rebekah Sanders discusses the outcome of the Republican primary election in the race to complete the remainder of former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords’ term in office.
Ballots for the election to recall Senator Russell Pearce are already printed, and they include the name of candidate Olivia Cortes who has withdrawn from the race. Maricopa County Recorder Helen Purcell explains how the election will be conducted, and votes counted, now that Cortes is no longer a candidate in the legislative district 18 recall election.
Builders are making progress on tracks and other infrastructure for the PHX Sky Train, an automated train that will shuttle passengers around Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. Deputy Aviation Director Deborah Ostreicher discusses the project.
“Sound Tracks: Music Without Borders” is a film that explores the world through music. The program’s host, Marco Werman, discusses the pilot that premiered on PBS in January and efforts to make “Sound Tracks” an ongoing series.
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.
Michael White, an associate professor in ASU’s school of criminology and criminal justice talks about how an altercation between a black Phoenix City Councilman and a white police officer might be used to help improve relations between minority communities and the police.
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.
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.
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.
The United States Supreme Court finished its recent term in June. ASU Law Professor Paul Bender gives an analysis of the court's major cases, and discusses what the outcome of the presidential race will mean for the court.
A conversation with the former University of California Regent, who was instrumental in passing Prop 209 in that state, outlawing race and gender-based preferences in state hiring and state university admissions.
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney drops out of the race. Republican political analyst Chuck Coughlin talks about what that means for Arizona Senator John McCain, the Republican front-runner for president.
A group called the Arizona Civil Rights Initiative has filed to circulate petitions for an initiative that would eliminate race and gender preferences in state hiring, contracting and university admissions. Max McPhail, Executive Director of the group, will be on Horizon to explain the initiative.
This month, we asked Arizona voters for their thoughts on the presidential race and a possible state law banning text messaging while driving. We discuss the results of this poll.
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This month the Cronkite-Eight Poll takes a look at why Arizonans voted the way they did on one of the propositions and the U.S. Senate race. Poll director Bruce Merrill and his assistant Tara Blanc talk about the poll.
Read the complete results.
Maricopa County elections officials are about half way through counting 258,000 ballots that were either early ballots or provisional ballots. Maricopa County Recorder Helen Purcell will explain why the count takes as long as it does and how the new results are affecting one congressional race and two propositions.
With the current treasurer resigning amid controversy, there is not an incumbent's advantage in the race for Arizona State Treasurer. Republican Dean Martin and Democrat Rano Singh debate the issues in their run for the treasurer's office.
Former Maricopa County attorney Rick Romley announced that he will not run for Governor, joining a growing list of Republican candidates who will sit out the race. The Minuteman Project, which has patrolled the Mexican border this month wrap up early as two leaders prepare to take their case to Washington. And the Arizona legislature prepared a bill to help the Fiesta Bowl land the 2007 national championship game over the objection of the NFL.
Former Maricopa County Attorney Rick Romley was widely considered to be the man Republicans would turn to in the gubernatorial race next year. But this morning, Romley announced he would not be running for Governor. Romley said that although there are many pressing issues facing Arizona, he is not going to run to be able to spend more time with his family, volunteering and reaching out to veterans.