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July 17, 2014

March 11, 2014

  • Voucher Expansion  |   Video
    • A bill has been proposed that would expand Arizona’s voucher system to pay for private schools and make it available to 73 percent of the state’s students. The bill’s sponsor, Representative Debbie Lesko, will discuss her bill with Representative Eric Meyer, who opposes it.

January 27, 2014

  • SB1070 Film  |   Video
    • The PBS show “Independent Lens” has produced a film titled “The State of Arizona,” which takes a look at the controversy of Senate Bill 1070 in Arizona from all sides. Hear from those who lived through the SB1070 roller coaster ride as they reflect on the nearly four years that have passed since the bill was signed into law by Arizona Governor Jan Brewer. State Senator Steve Gallardo, Republican Representative John Kavanagh and pollster Bruce Merrill discuss SB1070 and how it impacted our state.

January 21, 2014

December 17, 2013

  • CPS Oversight Committee Hearing  |   Video
    • The state legislature’s Child Protective Oversight Committee heard from the director of the Department of Public Safety on its investigation on why child abuse cases were ignored. State Representative Debbie McCune Davis, who is a member of the oversight committee, talks about what was discussed at the meeting.

December 9, 2013

  • CPS CARE Team  |   Video
    • Governor Jan Brewer has created a team to provide oversight for the 6,000 child abuse cases not investigated by Child Protective Services. The Child Advocate Response Examination Team, or “CARE Team,” will also examine CPS to point out areas of concern. CARE Team chair and Director of the Arizona Department of Juvenile Corrections, Charles Flanagan, and CARE Team member representative Kate Brophy McGee will talk about the organization and its goals.

November 25, 2013

  • Uninvestigated Child Abuse Cases  |   Video
    • Department of Economic Security Director Clarence Carter revealed last week that over 6,000 cases of child abuse have not been investigated over the past four years. Child Protective Services Oversight Committee Co-chair Senator Nancy Barto and Representative Debbie McCune Davis, a member of the committee, will discuss the failure to investigate the cases.

November 19, 2013

  • Arizona Stand Your Ground Law  |   Video
    • A forum will be held Saturday, November 23 at Arizona State University’s Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law on Arizona’s Stand Your Ground Law. The law came into focus in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin in Florida. State Representatives John Kavanagh and Martin Quezada will discuss the future of Arizona’s Stand Your Ground Law at the forum, and will debate the law on Arizona Horizon.

November 6, 2013

September 24, 2013

  • Campaign Finance Lawsuit  |   Video
    • An Arizona Supreme Court ruling allowing higher limits on campaign contributions in Arizona is being appealed to the Court of Appeals. The Arizona Citizens Clean Elections Commission has filed the appeal, claiming that the new law allowing higher contributions violates the Voter Protection Act. Tom Collins, Executive Director of the Citizens Clean Elections Commission, and Arizona House Speaker Pro Tempore J.D. Mesnard, will debate the new law.

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

September 3, 2013

  • Rep. Kyrsten Sinema  |   Video
    • Arizona Democratic Representative Kyrsten Sinema will talk about congressional issues such as immigration reform, student loan debt and veterans’ needs.

August 22, 2013

  • Income Tax Reform  |   Video
    • An Arizona legislative committee started meeting this week on ideas to reform the state’s income tax system. Representative J.D. Mesnard, the vice-chair of the committee, Economist Jim Rounds, who is a committee member, and House Minority leader Chad Campbell will talk about the committee’s goals.

August 21, 2013

  • Rep. Paul Gosar   |   Video
    • U.S. Representative Paul Gosar will discuss the latest congressional issues such as immigration and the Resolution Copper Mine in Superior.

July 29, 2013

  • Stand Your Ground Law  |   Video
    • Arizona’s law that allows you to defend yourself against a deadly threat was expanded a few years ago to let you “stand your ground” when outside your home instead of having to retreat. Recently, Arizona Senator John McCain called for state lawmakers to revise the law in light of the Trayvon Martin shooting. State Senator Steve Gallardo and State Representative John Kavanagh will debate Arizona’s Stand Your Ground law.

May 30, 2013

  • Rep. Kirkpatrick  |   Video
    • Representative Ann Kirkpatrick will talk about the latest from Congress, including comprehensive immigration reform.

April 4, 2013

  • Rep. Kyrsten Sinema  |   Video
    • Rep. Kyrsten Sinema will appear on Arizona Horizon to discuss the latest issues facing congress, issues such as gun control and debt reduction.

April 2, 2013

  • Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick  |   Video
    • Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick will appear on Arizona Horizon to discuss the latest issues facing congress, such as immigration and gun control.

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 14, 2013

  • Medicaid Expansion Bill  |   Video
    • Governor Jan Brewer has introduced a bill to expand Arizona’s health coverage for the poor to include 300,000 more people. Hear the pros and cons of the idea. Representative John Kavanagh will speak about the cons of the bill.

February 12, 2013

  • Mental Health First Aid  |   Video
    • In light of recent gun violence, an Arizona lawmaker is introducing a bill to help render mental health first aid to those in need. Representative Victoria Steele will discuss her bill with Barbara DiClemente, a Mental Health First Aid Specialist from First Presbyterian, a behavioral health organization.
  • Focus on Sustainability: Maricopa Solar Power Plant   |   Video
    • A hearing was held recently on a proposed 300-megawatt solar power plant in Maricopa. The Maricopa Solar Park Project would be built on public lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management. BLM Arizona representative Dennis Godfrey will discuss the idea.

February 5, 2013

  • Election System Reform  |   Video
    • Several bills have been introduced to reform Arizona’s election system. Senator Michele Reagan and Representative Chad Campbell will discuss their bills.

January 24, 2013

  • Arizona Renewable Energy Future  |   Video
    • Renewable energy advocates are concerned that the new Arizona Corporation Commission will slow Arizona’s renewable energy momentum. Former Corporation Commissioner Kris Mayes and Solar industry representative Lon Huber talk about some of the related issues the Commission will have an opportunity to decide.

January 22, 2013

  • School Safety Legislation  |   Video
    • Republican State Senator Rich Crandall and Democratic State Representative Chad Campbell discuss their different approaches to gun and school safety legislation.

January 15, 2013

  • Medical Marijuana Referendum  |   Video
    • State Representative John Kavanagh has introduced a measure to allow voters in 2014 to decide whether to repeal the medical marijuana law passed by voters in 2010. Guests include Representative Kavanagh and Ryan Hurley, of the Rose Law Group, who is opposed to the plan.

December 3, 2012

June 25, 2012

  • U.S. Supreme Court Ruling: SB 1070 - Legal  |   Video
    • ASU law professors Paul Bender and Carissa Hessick and immigration attorney Regina Jefferies provide legal analysis of the Supreme Court ruling on SB 1070. Plus, State Representative John Kavanagh and former state lawmakers/political consultant John Loredo talk about the opinion and the politics of enforcing SB 1070 moving forward.
  • U.S. Supreme Court Ruling: SB 1070 - Political  |   Video
    • ASU law professors Paul Bender and Carissa Hessick and immigration attorney Regina Jefferies provide legal analysis of the Supreme Court ruling on SB 1070. Plus, State Representative John Kavanagh and former state lawmakers/political consultant John Loredo talk about the opinion and the politics of enforcing SB 1070 moving forward.

April 30, 2012

April 17, 2012

  • Arizona Budget  |   Video
    • State Representative Justin Olson, who is vice-chair of the House Appropriations Committee, discusses the latest State revenue forecast and its impact on budget negotiations.

April 2, 2012

  • AZ House Conflict of Interest Rule  |   Video
    • Representative Ruben Gallego wants to strengthen a House rule that requires lawmakers to abstain from voting on bills in which they have a personal financial interest. Representatives Gallego and John Kavanagh discuss the proposal.

March 17, 2012

  • State Budget Update  |   Video
    • Senate Majority Leader Rep. Andy Biggs (R-Gilbert) and House Minority Leader Rep. Chad Campbell (D-Phoenix) discuss the status of State budget negotiations.
  • State Government Personnel Reform  |   Video
    • On a party-line vote, the Arizona House of Representatives approved a bill (HB 2571) that reforms personnel rules that govern the hiring, firing and management of most state workers. The bill’s sponsor, Representative Justin Olson (R-Mesa) and Representative Bruce Wheeler (D-Tucson), who voted against the bill, debate the merits of the measure that is now under consideration in the State Senate.

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 27, 2012

  • Legislative Budget  |   Video
    • Republican Representative John Kavanagh, Chairman of the House Appropriations Committee; and Democratic Representative Chad Campbell, the House Minority Leader; debate the merits of the legislature’s budget plan for next fiscal year.

February 9, 2012

  • State Spending Limits   |   Video
    • The Arizona House Majority Leader, Representative Steve Court, and House Minority Leader, Representative Chad Cambell, debate a proposed House rule change that would limit lock state spending to a formula based on the previous year’s appropriations.

February 8, 2012

  • Florence Copper Project  |   Video
    • Vice Mayor from Florence, Tom Smith and a representative of Southwest Value Partners discuss their opposition to the Florence Copper Project.

January 23, 2012

January 5, 2012

  • Public Safety and Mental Illness  |   Video
    • It's been a year since the tragic shooting in Tucson that left six people dead and many others injured, including U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords. Experts explore the challenges they face when mental health, criminal justice and public safety are intertwined.

December 1, 2011

  • American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC)  |   Video
    • Representative Debbie Lesko, Majority Whip of the Arizona House of Representatives and Arizona State Chairman for ALEC discusses the nonprofit organization that has had an influential role in shaping public policy in Arizona.

November 21, 2011

  • Arizona Child Safety Task Force  |   Video
    • State Representative Katie Hobbs, a social worker who was hoping to have a seat on the Governor’s Child Safety Task Force, discusses her ideas for reforming Child Protective Services.

September 12, 2011

  • Same Sex Health Benefits for State Employees  |   Video
    • State Representative John Kavanagh shares his views on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that agrees with a lower court decision to block an Arizona law from taking effect that would have eliminated same sex health care benefits for domestic partners of state government employees.

September 6, 2011

July 20, 2011

  • Excess State Revenue  |   Video
    • The State of Arizona is on track to collect more tax revenues than projected when lawmakers passed the 2012 budget. State Senator Kyrsten Sinema (D-Phoenix) and State Representative Justin Olson (R-Mesa) debate what the State should do with any extra money it collects.

July 19, 2011

  • Nonpartisan “Open” Primary Elections  |   Video
    • Former Phoenix Mayor Paul Johnson is leading an effort to put a proposition on next year’s general election ballot calling for nonpartisan “open” primary elections. Johnson and State Representative John Kavanagh debate the plan that supporters say will help elect more mainstream candidates.

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.

June 23, 2011

  • Arizona ArtBeat: First Fridays  |   Video
    • Since their introduction more than two decades ago, First Friday art walks have become an important part of downtown Phoenix and its arts community. We’ll take a look at the evolution of First Fridays with a representative of Artlink, the group that started this Phoenix tradition.

June 13, 2011

  • Forest Health  |   Video
    • Experts say Arizona’s catastrophic wildfires are the result of unhealthy, unnaturally dense forests that are the product of America’s forest management policies. The Four Forest Restoration Initiative (4FRI) is an effort to create healthier ecosystems on parts of four Arizona forests. Learn about the challenges facing 4FRI from stakeholders Wally Covington, Regents’ professor of Forest Ecology and executive director of the Ecological Restoration Institute at Northern Arizona University; Henry Provencio of the U.S. Forest Service; Ethan Aumack of the Grand Canyon Trust and a representative of the Center for Biological Diversity.

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.

February 3, 2011

  • Synthetic Marijuana Ban  |   Video
    • The Arizona House of Representatives passed an emergency bill aimed at banning the sale of synthetic marijuana. Representatives Amanda Reeve and Matt Heinz discuss the bill.

February 1, 2011

  • Sentencing Reform  |   Video
    • Reforming Arizona’s sentencing laws for non-violent offenders could save millions of dollars each year and reduce crime rates, according to a new study commissioned by the Arizona Attorneys for Criminal Justice. Guests include AACJ representative David Derickson, an attorney and former presiding criminal judge for Maricopa County.

January 19, 2011

  • Governor’s Budget Proposal  |   Video
    • House Appropriations Committee Chairman Rep. John Kavanagh (R-Fountain Hills) and Senator Kyrsten Sinema (D-Phoenix) discuss Governor Jan Brewer’s budget proposal.

January 10, 2011

  • Giffords and the 50th State Legislature  |   Video
    • 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.

January 3, 2011

  • State Budget/Public Education  |   Video
    • A look at the fiscal challenges facing public education. Guests include State Representative John Kavanagh and Chuck Essigs of the Arizona Association of School Business Officials.

December 31, 2010

  • State Budget/Public Education  |   Video
    • A look at the fiscal challenges facing public education. Guests include State Representative John Kavanagh and Chuck Essigs of the Arizona Association of School Business Officials.

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.

October 21, 2010

October 20, 2010

  • Congressional District 5 Debate  |   Video
    • A half-hour debate with the candidates for U.S. Representative in Congress – District 5. Scheduled to appear: Congressman Harry Mitchell (D), David Schweikert (R), and Nick Coons (L).

October 13, 2010

  • Congressional District 3 Debate  |   Video
    • A half hour debate between the candidates for U.S. Representative in Congress – District 3. Scheduled to appear: Ben Quayle (R), Jon Hulburd (D), and Michael Shoen (L).

September 21, 2010

  • Proposition 112: Initiative Petitions  |   Video
    • Proposition 112 would amend the Arizona Constitution to require that initiative petitions be filed at least six months before the date of the election. Right now, the deadline is at least four months before the date of the election. State Representative Chad Campbell will explain Proposition 112.

September 20, 2010

  • Prop 107: Banning Affirmative Action Programs  |   Video
    • Prop 107 is debated. It’s a measure, referred to the ballot by the legislature, that bans affirmative action programs in the operation of public employment, public education and public contracting. Guests include Representative Steve Montenegro who sponsored and is for the measure, and Representative Kyrsten Sinema who’s opposed to it.

September 7, 2010

  • Prop 109: Hunting and Fishing  |   Video
    • The pros and cons of Proposition 109, a measure on the general election ballot in November that amends the state constitution to add a section about hunting, fishing and harvesting wildlife.

August 19, 2010

  • Domestic Partner Benefits  |   Video
    • The latest on the legal challenge to an Arizona law that denies state health benefits to domestic partners of state workers. Dan Barr, an attorney for the plaintiffs; and State Representative John Kavanagh discuss the case.

July 29, 2010

  • HORIZON Special coverage of SB1070  |   Video
    • Guests include: Paul Babeu, Pinal County Sheriff; Lydia Guzman, political activist; Carissa Hessick, ASU law professor; David Lujan, State Representative (Dem.); Stephen Montoya, attorney; Rick Murphy, State Representative (Rep.).

April 28, 2010

  • Rep. Jack Brown Retirement  |   Video
    • After 36 years in the legislature, Representative Jack Brown of St. Johns is retiring. We’ll talk with the Arizona Democrat about his decision to retire and his long legislative career.

April 20, 2010

  • Immigration Bill  |   Video
    • Arizona may soon have the toughest immigration laws in the country if Governor Jan Brewer allows SB 1070 to become law. First we hear from an opponent of the bill Sheridan Bailey, President of Ironco Enterprises, a steel fabrication company who founded Arizona Employers for Immigration reform. Then we hear from Representative John Kavanagh, a prime sponsor of the legislation.

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.

April 13, 2010

  • State Spending Limits/Voter Protection   |   Video
    • State lawmakers are working on a bill that would tie future state spending increases to population growth and inflation. They’re also considering sending measures to the ballot that would allow the state to spend money that’s currently off-limits and voter protected. Learn more about the legislation from Representative John Kavanagh, House Appropriations Chairman, and Representative David Schapira, Appropriations Committee member.

April 5, 2010

  • Cactus League Recap and the Chicago Cubs  |   Video
    • A recap of the 2010 Cactus League season and a look at efforts to come up with a plan to finance a new spring training facility for the Chicago Cubs. Guests include Cactus League President Robert Brinton and State Representative John McComish.

February 23, 2010

  • New Solar Power Plant  |   Video
    • The City of Phoenix has awarded a contract to Tessera Solar for a new 250-megawatt solar power plant to be located at the city’s landfill in Buckeye. It will be able to provide power to 50,000 homes. Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon and a representative of Tessera Solar will discuss the project.

February 22, 2010

  • Foreclosure Rescue Plan  |   Video
    • State Representatives Anna Tovar, (D) Tolleson, and Daniel Patterson,(D) Tucson, discuss the House Democrats’ foreclosure rescue plan.

February 17, 2010

  • Tuition Tax Credit Reform  |   Video
    • State Representatives Rick Murphy and David Schapira debate legislation to reform Arizona’s private school tuition tax credit law.

February 8, 2010

  • Glendale Casino  |   Video
    • A bill has been introduced that is designed to block a proposed casino in Glendale. State Representatives Rick Murphy and Chad Campbell discuss the pros and cons of the bill.

February 4, 2010

  • Education Solutions  |   Video
    • An exchange of ideas to improve public education with Chairman of the House Education Committee Representative Rich Crandall; Jack Lunsford, President and CEO of Westmarc; and John Wright of the Arizona Education Association.

February 2, 2010

  • Alternative Budget  |   Video
    • An alternative budget has been introduced in the state legislature with fewer program cuts than leadership’s budget. Representatives Chad Campbell and Bill Konopnicki discuss the alternative budget.

January 26, 2010

  • Voter Protection  |   Video
    • The state legislature is considering bills that would reform Arizona’s voter protection law, which restricts the legislature from changing voter- approved laws beyond their original intent. Representatives John Kavanagh and Kyrsten Sinema will debate the proposed changes, which would give the legislature more leeway to change voter-approved laws.

January 14, 2010

  • Health Care Reform  |   Video
    • Representative Kyrsten Sinema, assistant leader of the House Democrats, and Kim Van Pelt, Associate Director of St. Luke’s Health Initiatives, share their views on efforts to reform the nation’s health care system.

November 4, 2009

  • Health Care Reform  |   Video
    • A discussion on the latest Congressional efforts to pass health care reform with House Assistant Minority Leader, State Representative Kyrsten Sinema, a Democrat and one of 32 state lawmakers nationwide to serve on the White House Health Reform Task Force. And Tom Patterson, Chairman of the Goldwater Institute, a former state senator and a retired emergency room doctor.

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.

August 20, 2009

  • Tuition Tax Credits  |   Video
    • How to improve Arizona's tuition tax credit law. A recent investigative series by the East Valley Tribune indicates the law is rife with abuse.

July 14, 2009

  • Legislative Update  |   Video
    • Senator John Huppenthal (R-Chandler) and Representative David Lujan (D-Phoenix)talk about Governor Jan Brewer’s request to send a temporary tax increase to the ballot.

July 8, 2009

  • Special Session  |   Video
    • The budget passed by state lawmakers at the last minute has been shot down in part by Governor Jan Brewer. House Minority Leader Representative David Lujan and House Majority Leader John McComish talk about efforts to come up with a new budget plan.

May 21, 2009

  • Reinventing Arizona's Economy  |   Video
    • Business and political leaders engage in a lively discussion about strengthening Arizona’s economy through smart investments and tax policies that attract and keep high paying jobs in Arizona. Panelists include: Michael Bidwill, Arizona Cardinals President and Chairman of the Greater Phoenix Economic Council, Representative John McComish, Majority Leader of the Arizona House of Representatives, and Elliott Pollack, Economic and Real Estate consultant.

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 11, 2009

  • Budget Debate  |   Video
    • State lawmakers have delievered a budget. Hear the pros and cons in a discussion with Republican Representative John Kavanagh and Democratic Representative Kyrsten Sinema.

May 7, 2009

  • STEM Education  |   Video
    • The director of Science Foundation Arizona’s STEM Education Center (STEMAz) and a representative of one of the center’s major corporate sponsors talk about the importance of preparing Arizona students for careers in science, technology, engineering and math. Science Foundation Arizona

April 22, 2009

  • Education Legislators  |   Video
    • Members of the House Education Committee discuss the outlook for public education as legislators try to balance the 2010 state budget while facing a $3 billion dollar shortfall.

March 25, 2009

  • Photo Radar  |   Video
    • A bill to ban photo radar is in the works. State Representatives Sam Crump and Eric Meyer discuss the pros and cons of photo radar.

February 19, 2009

  • Representative Mitchell  |   Video
    • U.S. Representative Harry Mitchell talks about the economic stimulus plan and other important national issues.
  • Representative Flake  |   Video
    • Hear reaction from Congressman Jeff Flake, one of the biggest critics of pork-barrel spending in congress, on President Obama's stimulus package.

October 23, 2008

  • Congressional District 1 Debate  |   Video
    • With no incumbent running in Arizona's Congressional District 1, a new politician will hold this office. Get to know Republican Sydney Hay, Democrat Anne Kirkpatrick and Independent Brent Maupin as they debate the issues important to their district.

October 13, 2008

  • Congressional District 3 Debate  |   Video
    • Republican Congressman John Shadegg debates challengers Democrat Bob Lord and Libertarian Michael Shoen on issues important to Arizona's Third Congressional District.

June 24, 2008

  • Cronkite-Eight Poll  |   Video
    • Find out which presidential candidate will be the choice of Arizonans. HORIZON examines how a Barack Obama-Hillary Clinton ticket would fare against John McCain in the latest Cronkite Eight Poll. Poll Director Dr. Bruce Merrill will analyze the results. Read the complete poll results.
  • stimulus Plan  |   Video
    • A measure to energize the states economy through a number of deals has been proposed at the state legislature. The package includes tax breaks and credits to create jobs and development across the state. Key backer of the stimulus plan, Representative Michele Reagan joins Horizon for a discussion of the proposal.
  • Made in Arizona  |   Video
    • You can find fresh goat milk fudge and fresh goat cheese at the Fossil Creek Creamery in Strawberry, Ariz. Llamas guard a herd of dairy goats. Visitors learn how the goat milk products are made; then they play with the goats, help with milking, feed them and assist with farm work.

June 12, 2008

  • state Budget  |   Video
    • state representatives Tom Boone and Phil Lopes talk about the state budget and the lack of progress on it.
  • John Dean/Barry Goldwater Jr. book  |   Video
    • Watergate figure John Dean and Barry Goldwater Jr. have written a book about Barry Goldwater Senior. The two talk about their book and the late Senator Goldwater.

June 10, 2008

  • sen. Jake Flake  |   Video
    • Arizonans mourn the passing of state Senator Jake Flake who died Sunday after suffering a massive heart attack at his home near Snowflake. He was 72. Representative Bill Konopnicki, (R) Safford, joins Horizon to remember Flake and talk about the impact of his work in Arizona.

May 22, 2008

  • school Vouchers  |   Video
    • The Arizona Court of Appeals ruled that Arizonas school voucher programs violate a provision of the state constitution that prohibits tax dollars from being appropriated to aid private or religious schools. The affected programs provide public grants and scholarships to foster and disabled children allowing them to attend a school of their choice. Well talk with an Institute for Justice attorney representing families who use these vouchers, and a representative of the Arizona Education Association, a plaintiff in the case. Read the Appeals Court Opinion in the school vouchers case.

May 13, 2008

  • Legislative Update  |   Video
    • We'll have news from the state capitol and a look at politics around Arizona in HORIZONs weekly legislative update.
  • Phoenix Visitor Center  |   Video
    • Its National Tourism Week and a new, state-of-the-art visitor information center is being unveiled in downtown Phoenix. With the price of gas at record highs, rather than traveling this summer, you might consider visiting some of the attractions right here in Arizona. The new center provides access to location-specific information about the Grand Canyon State.
  • Marriage Amendment  |   Video
    • A bill that would place a measure on the ballot to amend the constitution to define marriage as the union of one man and one woman has passed the state house of representatives. SCR 1042 has been at the center of some heated debate. The legislation now moves to the senate. Representative Kyrsten Sinema and Peter Gentala, General Counsel for the Center for Arizona Policy join Horizon to talk more about the marriage amendment.

May 7, 2008

  • Legislative Update  |   Video
    • A reporter from the Arizona Capitol Times brings us up to speed on the latest news from the Arizona State Capitol.
  • 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.

May 5, 2008

  • Sustainability Legislation  |   Video
    • An examination of proposed state legislation for the environment with sponsor Representative Lucy Mason (R-Prescott).
  • One on One  |   Video
    • Barrett Marson, House GOP spokesman, and political consultant John Loredo of Tequida and Guttierez debate issues at the legislature.
  • Barbara Orbison  |   Video
    • A conversation with the widow of rock n roll icon Roy Orbison, who produced Roy Orbison & Friends: A Black and White Night, one of the most successful shows seen on PBS,

April 30, 2008

  • Protecting Arizona's Children Part 3  |   Video
    • State Representatives Jonathan Paton and David Bradley talk about legislative efforts to make Child Protective Services more accountable, in part by providing public access to CPS records about cases that result in a child fatality or near fatality.

April 24, 2008

  • Anti American teaching ban  |   Video
    • A bill has been introduced by State Representative Russell Pearce that would prohibit teaching of course matter in public schools that was anti-American or against Western values. Pearce will talk about his bill with State Representative David Lujan speaking against it.

April 15, 2008

  • Healthcare Group  |   Video
    • Funding for a �Healthcare Group of Arizona," a state-run health insurance plan for small businesses, is at the center of a debate at the state legislature. State representatives Kirk Adams and Steve Farley discuss the pros and cons of freezing enrollment in the program.
  • Escape author  |   Video
    • At age 18, Carolyn Jessop was the fourth wife of a man more than three times her age and had eight children in 12 years. After 17 years in the abusive, bigamist marriage, she fled Colorado City with her children, ages two to 15. Jessop talks with Merry Lucero about her flight from the fundamentalist Mormon community and her book, "Escape". Plus we talk with state representative David Lujan about what can be done about bigamist communities here in Arizona.
  • Crystal Darkness  |   Video
    • Television stations across the state will participate in the simultaneous airing of the documentary Crystal Darkness. The film reveals the far-reaching problem of methamphetamine addiction. Sergeant Joel Tranter with the Phoenix Police Department joins us to talk about the documentary, the effects of meth use as well as the drug's relation to crime, and child abuse in Arizona.

April 10, 2008

  • E-85  |   Video
    • The first E-85 fueling pump has opened in Maricopa County. Arizona House majority leader Tom Boone joins us to talk about E-85, an 85 percent ethanol fuel blend, and a bill that would help create more biofuel stations in Arizona.

April 8, 2008

  • 9/11 Memorial  |   Video
    • state lawmakers narrowly passed a bill to remove 12 inscriptions from Arizona's controversial 9/11 memorial in Phoenix. Rep. John Kavanagh, who sponsored the legislation, and Rep. Steve Farley, who opposes it, join us for a discussion on the measure.
  • Beat the Odds   |   Video
    • We profile Beat the Odds, an initiative created for schools to increase student achievement among minorities.
  • st. Vincent de Paul  |   Video
    • The slowing economy is hitting social service agencies such as St. Vincent de Paul with a double whammy--- fewer donations and increased needs. Steve Zabilski Executive Director of St. Vincent de Paul joins Horizon to talk about what his and other charitable organizations are doing about the problem.

April 3, 2008

  • Voter-approved Initiatives  |   Video
    • state lawmakers are considering a measure that would allow voters to decide whether lawmakers can make changes to voter-approved initiatives. State Representative Russell Pearce, who is sponsoring the bill, will discuss it, along with Representative Chad Campbell, who is against the bill.

April 2, 2008

  • School Utility Dilemma  |   Video
    • In the face of rising utility bills, Arizona school districts are becoming more energy efficient because the major source of money for paying utility costs ($85 million worth) will soon disappear. Without financial assistance, districts fear they may have to cut teachers, programs or both. Should the state help them out? Hear from two legislators with different ideas about how to deal with unfunded school utilities.

April 1, 2008

  • Employer Sanctions  |   Video
    • We�ll hear the pros and cons of changes being proposed to Arizona�s Employer Sanctions Law, which cracks down on employers that knowingly hire illegal aliens.
  • 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 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.
  • One on One  |   Video
    • House GOP Spokesman Barrett Marson and Arizona Democratic Party Communications Director Emily Bittner square off in our regular Monday segment focusing on issues at the state Legislature.
  • Phoenix Symphony  |   Video
    • A look at the symphony's upcoming season and challenges it faces.

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.

February 19, 2008

  • Legislative Update  |   Video
    • We hear from Arizona Capitol Times reporter Jim Small about some of the key issues state lawmakers are working on this week.
  • Jamie Clarke  |   Video
    • Jamie Clarke is the only man to accomplish the dual feats of reaching the summit of Mount Everest and crossing Arabia's Empty Quarter. Clarke visited the Valley recently and spoke with Merry Lucero about his appreciation for Arizona's environment and other issues.
  • CPS Bills  |   Video
    • state lawmakers are working on legislation to make certain records on child-welfare cases and court proceedings more accessible and to improve communications in Arizona's Child Protective Services. The proposals are part of a number of bills dealing with CPS.

February 18, 2008

  • Freeway Cameras  |   Video
    • Republican State Senator Robert Blendu, member of the Senate Transportation Committee, will discuss the legislative options hes sponsoring that would preclude using photo enforcement on state highways. State Rep. Steve Farley, a proponent of the program, also joins us.
  • One on One  |   Video
    • Our weekly look at important issues at the State Legislature continues with attorney and columnist Sam Coppersmith and political consultant Jaime Molera.
  • Phoenix Trade  |   Video
    • Chris Padilla, the Under Secretary of International Trade (a division of the Commerce Department), discusses the importance of exports for the Phoenix Economy.

January 30, 2008

  • Legislature A to Z: State Budget Deficit  |   Video
    • With a billion dollar budget shortfall in this years state budget and an even larger deficit projected for 2009, HORIZON examines the debate over financing new school construction and the other options on the table for dealing with the budget.
  • state of Education  |   Video
    • Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Horne talks about key issues affecting public education.

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?
  • NFL Experience  |   Video
    • If you don't have a Super Bowl ticket, but want to get a feel for it, you might want to try the NFL Experience in Glendale. HORIZON was there when some lucky kids had the run of the place.
  • Trauma Centers  |   Video
    • The Super Bowl and FBR Open will bring an estimated 225,000 visitors to Arizona. How are Arizonas seven Level 1 trauma centers prepared to deliver emergency services if needed? Learn about the work that goes on in the trenches from a trauma center physician who talks about the policies and procedures that support our states centers.

January 22, 2008

  • Economy  |   Video
    • There's more and more bad news about the economy. ASU Economist Tracy Clark talks about the economy.
  • Cronkite-Eight Poll  |   Video
    • Arizona's presidential preference election is coming up soon. Who will Arizonans select as their choice for Republican Party and Democratic Party presidential nominees? Find out in the latest Cronkite/Eight Poll with analysis by Poll Director Dr. Bruce Merrill and Associate Director Tara Blanc. Read the complete Poll results.
  • Employer-Sanctions Bills  |   Video
    • state Representative Bill Konopnicki talks about his that propose changes to Arizona's employer-sanctions law.
  • Mortgage Seller Licensing  |   Video
    • Did you know that people who sell mortgages in Arizona don't have to be licensed? State Senator Jay Tibshraeny has introduced a bill that would require licensing, education and regulation for those who sell mortgages.

January 16, 2008

  • Legislative Priorities Democrats  |   Video
    • Leaders from the Arizona House and Senates Democratic caucuses react to the Governors State of the State Address and outline their legislative priorities.
  • super Bowl: Beyond the End Zone  |   Video
    • super Bowl Security - A report on some of the security measures being implemented to make Super Bowl XLII, and events associated with it, as safe as possible. Super Bowl Volunteers - A spokesperson for the Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee talks about its final call for volunteers to staff a variety of Super Bowl-related events.

January 10, 2008

  • Immigration Bills  |   Video
    • state Representative Russell Pearce will introduce several more immigration bills this legislative session, including one aimed as so-called "anchor babies." Pearce will give us a preview of the bills.
  • Business Legislative Agenda  |   Video
    • The state's business community would like to see tax breaks and revisions of the state employer's sanctions law this upcoming legislative session. Glen Hamer of the Arizona Chamber of Commerce will discuss the business community's legislative agenda.

December 17, 2007

  • Immigration Town Hall  |   Video
    • Representative Steve Gallardo and Los Abogados attorney Daniel Ortega discuss the outcome of the immigration town hall where citizens offered their opinions about Mayor Phil Gordons decision to no longer support current police policy on checking immigration status.
  • steve Forbes  |   Video
    • A conversation with Forbes magazine editor Steve Forbes on the economy and Rudi Guilianis presidential campaign. Forbes is a senior adviser for the campaign.

October 31, 2007

  • Career Ladder Lawsuit
    • Career Ladder is Arizonas performance-based pay program for teachers. Twenty-eight Arizona school districts participate in the program while more than 200 others do not. They couldnt participate if they wanted to because the State legislature hasnt approved new Career Ladder funding since 1994. Gilbert Public Schools, a nonparticipating district, has filed a lawsuit claiming the program violates the State Constitutions general and uniform requirement for public education. A Gilbert Public Schools representative and the President of the Arizona Education Association discuss the lawsuit. Read the lawsuit. [pdf file] 598 KB Arizona Education Association Web site

July 30, 2007

  • Immigration Hotline
    • Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio has set up a hotline for people to report information regarding undocumented immigrants. Critics say it promotes racial profiling. HORIZON talks to Arpaio about the hotline, and speaks with State Representative Ben Miranda, a critic of the hotline.
  • One on One
    • Our weekly segment features two political analysts going head to head on the issues that affect Arizonans. Tonight, Bob Grossfeld of The Media Guys, Inc., will be opposed by The Goldwater Institutes Darcy Olsen.
  • Pinal County Report
    • For most of the past 50 years, Pinal County wasnt terribly concerned about its image, choices or growth. But now, Pinal County is changing faster than anyone ever imagined. The Morrison Institute just released a new study on the future of this rapidly-growing county. Morrison Institute Director Rob Melnick talks about the study, The Future of Pinal - Making Choices, Making Places.

July 11, 2007

  • Legislative Wrap-up: Democratic Leaders
    • Democratic leaders from the Arizona House and Senate talk about accomplishments and failures during the legislative session that wrapped-up in June.
  • Autism Society of America Conference
    • More than 1,400 people will gather in Scottsdale this week for the Autism Society of Americas national conference. Find out more about the event and this developmental disorder that, according to the Centers for Disease Control, affects an estimated 1 in 150 births.

July 9, 2007

  • Employer Sanctions
    • A discussion of the new law signed by the governor that punishes employers who knowingly hire undocumented migrants. The bills sponsors, Representative Russell Pearce and Minority Whip Representative Steve Gallardo, will be our guests.
  • One on One
    • Rebekah Friend, executive director of the Arizona AFL-CIO, and Jessica Pacheco, senior vice president of public affairs for the Arizona Chamber of Commerce, will go head to head on issues that affect workers, the new employer sanctions law and the Right to Work law.
  • Arizona Economic Forum
    • Forum President Alan Maguire shares what the forum participants considered last month in Flagstaff.

June 18, 2007

  • Budget
    • An update on where the state budget process is with House Majority Leader Tom Boone.
  • One on One
    • Our regular Monday feature will focus on the budget and potential immigration reform. Barrett Marson, GOP spokesman for the State House of Representatives and John Loredo, a political consultant for Tequida and Gutierrez, are our guests.
  • Phoenix Mars Mission
    • An interview with Peter Smith, Ph.D., the principal investigator for the Phoenix Mars Mission. Smith is based at the University of Arizona Lunar and Planetary Lab.

June 14, 2007

  • DUI Interlock Devices
    • The state legislature passed and the Governor signed a bill to require interlock devices for people convicted of drunk driving. However, lawmakers have had a change of heart, and are working on a bill to make changes to the one just passed. Representative John Kavanagh and Senator Linda Gray will discuss the bill.
  • Proposition 100
    • Last fall, voters approved proposition 100, which requires illegal immigrants accused of serious felonies to be held without bail. Critics charge that the courts are not enforcing the new law, and the state legislature is considering a bill that would lower the level of proof for holding an illegal immigrant accused of a serious felony without bail. Senator Linda Gray and Representative Ben Miranda discuss the measure.

May 14, 2007

  • Teen Drivers
    • Governor Janet Napolitano signed a bill into law today that would restrict when and with whom teenagers would be able to drive. The sponsor of the bill in the legislature, Majority Whip, Representative John McComish is the guest.
  • One on One
    • Every Monday, two political antagonists go head to head on issues that affect Arizonans. Tonight, Andy Gordon of the law firm Coppersmith, Gordon, Schermer and Brockleman debates Tom Dalton of The Red Sky Group, a political consulting firm.
  • Murray Gell-Mann
    • A conversation with Nobel Prize physicist Murray Gell-Mann, who discovered the quark, and is author of The Quark and the Jaguar.

May 2, 2007

  • state Lawmaker/Soldier
    • We talk with Arizona State Representative Jonathan Paton of Tucson about war, and his recent service as an Army Intelligence Officer in Iraq.

May 1, 2007

  • Healthcare Group
    • Healthcare Group, a state-run health care plan for small business, is running at a deficit and asking for funding from the state. State lawmakers Representative Kirk Adams and Representative Steve Farley join us to discuss it.
  • Arizona Stories
    • Tuesday, HORIZON will begin airing new segments from its iconic series Arizona Stories. These features present in-depth examinations of the people, places and events that shaped Arizonas history.

April 25, 2007

April 24, 2007

  • Day Laborers
    • We discuss a bill dealing with day laborers which is working its way through the legislature.
  • Cronkite-Eight Poll
    • What do Arizonans think about the recent decision by the U.S. Supreme Court on partial birth abortion? Are President Bush's approval ratings as low in Arizona as they are in the rest of the nation? Those are a couple of questions we asked registered Arizona voters in the latest Cronkite-Eight Poll. Poll Director Bruce Merrill and his Associate Director Tara Blanc will discuss the results. Read the complete Poll results.
  • Arizona's Climate Change Part two
    • In the second part of our series on climate change, we focus on the scientific explanations for it.

April 19, 2007

  • sexual Predator Law
    • A new law has been passed that requires all level 2 and 3 sex offenders to register online aliases along with their physical address. It's aimed at giving law enforcement a better chance at catching sexual predators who solicit kids on line. The sponsor of the new law, Representative Bob Robson, will talk about the measure.

April 17, 2007

  • ASU Security
    • security on the ASU campus following the tragic massacre at Virgina Tech.
  • New Anti-Gang Bill
    • A new anti-gang bill state lawmakers are working on would increase the sentence for criminals convicted of crimes that are gang related.
  • PET/CT Scan
    • HORIZON looks at a revolutionary technique that is helping diagnose, treat and manage cancer.

April 11, 2007

  • Illegal Immigration Employer Sanctions Ordinance
    • From a recently passed ordinance by the Payson Town Council, to a bill making its way through the Arizona Legislature, we examine government efforts to stop businesses from hiring undocumented workers. Streaming video of the March 15, 2007 Payson Town Council meeting on Ordinance 709 (dealing with sanctions for employers who hire illegal immigrants) is available on the Payson Web site: http://www.ci.payson.az.us/
  • sky Harbor Intl Airport
    • A new, much taller, air traffic control tower is dedicated at Sky Harbor. Find out what benefits it provides, and hear about some other changes taking place at the airport.

April 10, 2007

  • Arizona Veteran Home
    • state lawmakers have formed a joint select committee to investigate operations and conditions at the nursing home for veterans in Phoenix. Committee members Rep. John Nelson and Rep.Ben Miranda discuss the legislative hearings.
  • Allergies
    • Because of recent extreme changes in the weather, multiple trees and plants are pollinating at the same time this spring. This is fueling a nasty allergy season. We talk with Dr. Mark Schubert of the Allergy Asthma Clinic about how bad this season is and what people can do to help their allergy problems.

March 29, 2007

  • Lottery funds for Homeless
    • A bill is progressing through the state legislature that would use lottery funds to help the homeless. Representative Robert Meza will talk about the bill.
  • Health Insurance for the Poor
    • state lawmakers are working on getting some money to help promote state health care plans for the poor. Dana Naimark of Children's Action Alliance and Representative Kirk Adams will talk about the effort.
  • Nanotech
    • Arizona State University professor Steve Goodnick brings us up to date on the latest in nanotechnology, an emerging technology that takes place at the molecular level.

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
  • Rembrandt Exhibit
    • Learn more about the highly anticipated art exhibit now on display at the Phoenix Art Museum. Several of the 17th century pieces were loaned to the museum by Holland's national art museum.
  • smoking Ads
    • Arizona State University Professor Rajiv K. Sinhas study on smoking reveals the later people start smoking, the more likely they are to quit. Many smokers start young, and his research shows advertising to be a factor. We'll talk to Sinha about his study.

March 22, 2007

  • Employer Sanctions
    • A bill has been passed by the Arizona House and is on its way to the Senate to impose sanctions on employers who knowingly hire illegal aliens. The bill is opposed by several chambers of commerce. A state lawmaker and a representative from the Arizona Chamber of Commerce will discuss the bill.
  • U.S. Attorneys
    • Eight U.S. Attorneys were recently fired by the Bush Administration in a controversial manner. ASU Law Professor Paul Bender will talk about how U.S. Attorneys are appointed and the firings of the eight attorneys.
  • sub prime Lending
    • Arizona has the highest rate of sub prime loans in the nation. There are concerns that there could be a high rate of default on such loans. Economist Jay Butler of Arizona State University's Polytechnic Campus will bring us up to date on the sublime lending situation.

March 1, 2007

  • Republican Legislative Leadership
    • House Speaker Jim Weiers and Senate Majority Leader Thayer Verschoor will talk about the progress of bills and the budget in the current legislative session.
  • stolen Sculptures
    • Arizona sculptor John Henry Waddell is known around the world for his life-size, realistic bronze statues of human figures in poignant poses. Earlier this month, eight of Waddells statues were stolen from his property in Cornville, south of Sedona. Tragically, thieves might have taken the artwork for the metal. Bronze is 90 percent copper which is valued for its record-high prices. Well speak with Waddell about the incident that likely reduced his artistic creations to raw material.
  • Copper Theft Bill
    • Copper theft is becoming a bigger problem in Arizona as drug users sell the metal to get money for their fixes. Representative Jerry Weiers has sponsored a bill that aims to reduce the problem by requiring I.D. when selling copper and checks or money orders mailed to the seller instead of cash at time of sale. Weiers will talk about his bill.

February 22, 2007

  • senator Jon Kyl
    • senator Jon Kyl talks about his recent trip to Iraq.
  • Immigration March
    • Another immigration march is planned for May 1st. State representative Ben Miranda, one of the organizers of the march, will tell us about plans for the march and other events.
  • ASU School of Computing Informatics
    • Well talk to Dr. Sethuraman Panchanathan, director of the Arizona State University School of Computing Informatics. The school combines computer and information sciences with other academic disciplines such as geography, anthropology, public health, urban planning and biology.

February 15, 2007

  • Air Tran
    • AirTran Airways launched new non-stop low-cost flight service between Atlanta and Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.
  • Initiative Process
    • Arizona Representative Kirk Adams has introduced bills that would give the legislature more control over the initiative process. Rep. Adams and Rep. Steve Gallardo, who opposes the bills, will discuss the measures.
  • Black History Month: Lincoln Ragsdale
    • Lincoln Ragsdale was a Tuskegee Airman, a civil rights activist and a successful businessman who played a big role in the fight for civil rights in the Valley. Learn more about Ragsdale from ASU History Professor Matthew Whitaker.

February 12, 2007

  • Polygamy
    • state Representative David Lujan talks about House Bill 2325, that says courts shall not grant legal custody of a child to a parent who has engaged in polygamy and will continue to engage in child bigamy or polygamy in the future. Lujan also plans to introduce a bill to provide $500,000 to help shelter women and children in Phoenix and Flagstaff after they have left the fundamentalist church. Joining him will be Flora Jessop, who escaped Warren Jeffs' polygamous community in Colorado City.
  • Black History Month
    • We begin a four-part series looking at the contributions of African-Americans to Arizona history. Tonight, Representative Cloves Campbell, Jr., talks about the fight to get a Public Accomodation Bill passed in Arizona and the part played by his father, Arizona legislator Cloves Campbell, Sr.

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.
  • HORIZON 25th Anniversary
    • As we continue our look back at the big stories Horizon has covered during it's 25 years, the effort to get a Martin Luther King Junior holiday in Arizona was a big part of our coverage for many years.
  • Education Issues
    • susan Carlson of The Arizona Business and Education Coalition will talk about the governor's plans for education.

January 17, 2007

  • Legislature A to Z: Transportation
    • In the third part of our series we look at the transportation issues that will preoccupying lawmakers this session.
  • Bring Back Blue
    • The Chairman of the Maricopa County Board Of Supervisors, Fulton Brock, discusses the countys new initiative, Bring Back Blue, designed to make people aware of particulate matter pollution in the Valley.
  • HORIZON 25th Anniversary
    • A look at the 5th most influential story covered on HORIZON in the last 25 years: The alternative fuels scandal.

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 20, 2006

  • Proposition 107
    • Rep. Kyrsten Sinema will talk about the success of Arizona Together in defeating Proposition 107. Arizona was the only state this last election in which a same-sex marriage amendment failed.
  • Taking Charge of Your Health
  • Proposition 202
    • Rep. Steve Gallardo talks about the impact the states new minimum wage will have in Arizona.

November 15, 2006

  • U.S Airways - Delta
    • Tempe-based U.S. Airways is making an $8 billion offer to buy Delta Airlines and merge the two companies. We talk with The Business Journal's Mike Sunnucks about the offer and what it would mean to the airline and the state.
  • 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.
  • AARP's Bill Novelli
    • The largest generation of Americans ever recorded78 million baby boomersis nearing traditional retirement age and they are changing the way Americans over 50 live their lives. Boomers are no strangers to the gym, the voting booth, starting new careers, becoming active in their communities, managing their own health care and their 401(k)s. Bill Novelli, CEO of AARP joins HORIZON to talk about this transformation and his new book: 50+: Igniting a Revolution to Reinvent America.

September 28, 2006

  • Cronkite-Eight Poll
    • state Representatives Steve Gallardo and Russell Pearce debate the four immigration measures on the November ballot.
  • Proposition 103
    • Proposition 103 would change the Arizona constitution to make English the official language of the state. It would require that official actions of government in Arizona be conducted in English.
  • Proposition 300
    • Proposition 300 was put on the ballot by the legislature to expand proposition 200 which was passed 2 years ago to deny government services to illegal aliens. It would ban illegal immigrants from taking adult education classes offered by the Arizona Department of Education. It would not allow illegal immigrants to pay instate tuition at colleges. It would ban illegal immigrants from getting state financial aid or child care subsidies and requires that the measure be administered, discrimination-free.
  • Proposition 100
    • Proposition 100 would deny bail to those here illegally who are accused of committing a serious felony.
  • Proposition 102
    • Proposition 102 would deny punitive damages to illegal immigrants

September 25, 2006

  • Proposition 107
    • Proposition 107 would change Arizonas constitution to ban same-sex marriages and would also prohibit domestic partner benefits and civil unions for heterosexual and homosexual couples. Cathi Herrod of the Center for Arizona Policy and Representative Kyrsten Sinema discuss the measure.

June 7, 2006

  • Everything you know is wrong
    • John Stossel, ABC News 20/20 co-anchor discusses his recent book Myths, Lies, and Downright Stupidity: Get Out the ShovelWhy Everything You Know is Wrong, his investigation of America's public education system

April 19, 2006

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 3, 2006

  • Bill Bradley
    • Join HORIZON for a conversation with the former New Jersey Senator.
  • 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 23, 2006

  • Private Prisons
    • Arizona lawmakers are considering privatizing more Arizona prisons. Department of Corrections Director Dora Schriro will talk about a recently commissioned study that examined the cost of privatization versus state-run prisons.
  • Breastfeeding House Bill
    • One week ago, Breastfeeding House Bill 2376 passed in the House of Representative, and this week the Judiciary Committee heard testimonies from supporters and unanimously passed the initiative. Senator John Huppenthal and Bill advocate Amy Milliron will join Michael Grant to discuss the Bill and how it gained support.

March 22, 2006

  • K-12 Education
    • senator Toni Hellon and Representative Linda Lopez will join Michael Grant to talk about the debate taking place at the legislature over Arizona's K-12 education program. Among the topics are the English Language Learners and gifted programs, and teacher pay raises.

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.

February 23, 2006

February 7, 2006

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 15, 2005

  • Legislature 2006
    • Get a preview of likely issues in the upcoming legislative session with House Speaker Jim Weiers and Minority Leader Phil Lopes.
  • Pharmaceutical Lawsuit
    • Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard will talk about his lawsuit against major drug companies for what he says are inflated prices.

November 7, 2005

  • Illegal Immigration
    • Learn about the Southwest Conference on Illegal Immigration, Border Security and Crime, which was held over the weekend and sponsored by Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas.
  • Arizona Stories: The Florence Courthouse
    • Visit the oldest public building still in use in Arizona, complete with ghosts and great architecture.

October 13, 2005

  • Google
    • Google, the internet search engine company, has announced it is searching for a site in the Valley to put an office that would employ 600 people. Learn more about the move from a Google company representative.

September 6, 2005

  • Disaster Relief
    • In response to Hurricane Katrina, the American Red Cross is launching the largest mobilization of resources in its history for a single natural disaster. Businesses and organizations across the state are raising funds to send to hurricane victims. A representative from the Grand Canyon Chapter of the American Red Cross joins HORIZON to talk about the effort and how you can help.

August 24, 2005

May 17, 2005

  • same-sex marriage
    • An initiative is launched to limit marriage to heterosexuals. We'll talk to a supporter of the effort to prevent gay marriage in Arizona.
  • senate Bill 1473: creates harsher penalties for those convicted of trafficking
    • Lawmakers approved harsher penalties for the sale and manufacture of methamphetamines. They also limited access to some over the counter drugs used to make crystal meth. We'll look at what the new laws will do.
  • Arizona Capitol Times
    • "The Arizona Capitol Times" newspaper is sold. We'll look at the legacy of the publisher whose grandfather started covering the legislature almost 100 years ago.

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.
  • Arizona Stories: Arizona Falls
    • When crews building the Arizona canal in the 1880s reached the area south of Camelback Mountain, they found a ridge of hard rock in their way. Instead of blasting it with dynamite, they let the water flow over it. Arizona falls began as a cool escape from the heat in Phoenix that eventually came to be used in some very different ways.

April 11, 2005

  • Paul Gigot, WSJ editor
    • Pulitzer prize-winner Paul Gigot is the editor for the "Wall Street Journal" editorial page. A staunch conservative, his diplomatic manner has made him a sought-after pundit on many television news programs, including the news hour here on PBS. A guest of the Goldwater Institute recently, he spoke on a number of issues. Larry Lemmons caught up with him at the Biltmore.
  • Arizona Stories: Desert Caballeros Museum
    • A visit to Wickenburg's Desert Caballeros Museum.
  • HB2639 Meth Production
    • A bill in Oklahoma regulating the sales of pseudoephedrine is credited with reducing the seizures of methamphetamine labs by 80 percent. In Arizona, House Bill 2639 is designed to do just that. Opponents managed to slow the legislation, but a week ago, using a "strike all amendment," the bill's sponsor pushed the legislation through the Natural Resources and Agriculture Committee.

March 28, 2005

  • Clean Elections
    • The Citizens Clean Elections Commission has determined state representative David Burnell Smith must forfeit his office. Smith says he'll appeal.
  • Arizona Stories: The Little Red Schoolhouse
    • A schoolhouse in Wickenburg has played an integral role in the history of that town - the Garcia Little Red Schoolhouse.

March 25, 2005

  • Journalists Roundtable
    • The Clean Elections Commission voted unanimously Thursday to remove state representative David Burnell Smith from office for violating campaign spending limits. It took Governor Janet Napolitano a matter of minutes to veto the budget proposal approved by State lawmakers last week. And the State senate did a flip-flop this week on the future of the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality.

March 2, 2005

February 24, 2005

  • Tuition tax credits
    • A couple of bills that would allow corporations to make donations to school tuition organizations and receive a tax credit are making their way through the legislature.
  • same-sex marriage
    • A bill has been passed by the House, a "postcard" to Congress from the legislature calling for a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage.
  • Black Board of Directors
    • For more than 20 years, the Black Board of Directors has been helping African-Americans get on boards like the State Board of Education.

February 7, 2005

  • Consumer Protection Week
    • From used cars to credit cards, consumers are complaining to the Attorney General's office after being victimized. Today, the office is kicking off consumer protection week. This year's theme, protecting your financial security, educate yourself, protect yourself, empower yourself.
  • English Only/Minimum Wage
    • should English be the only language of government? Should the minimum wage be raised? Two legislator talk about their bills.

January 28, 2005

  • Journalists Roundtable
    • Phoenix mayor Phil Gordon says he isn't happy with the way the water crisis was handled and raises some serious questions. The U.S. Justice Department has approved the voting provisions of Prop 200 while lawyers were back in court Thursday arguing about the scope of the voter approved law. And the Clean Elections Commission looking at removing Representative David Burnell Smith for violating finance laws.

January 20, 2005

  • Food for the Hungry
    • A Phoenix City Council member has just returned from a village hit hard by the tsunami in south Asia. Horizon spoke to her, and a representative of a local relief agency, about what they saw.

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