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The Most Listenable Political Theater Podcasts of 2018

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On Roll Call’s Political Theater Podcast, you won’t always get what you want. You won’t always get what you need. But you’ll never be bored. We hope. With that in mind, here are a few of our favorite podcasts from the year that was, which just happened to be our first. [Subscribe to Political Theater at RollCall.com]Matt Bai, Jason Reitman and Jay Carson talking about Gary Hart and their film “The Frontrunner.” Matt Bai, left, Jay Carson, center, and Jason Dick discuss “The Front Runner,” the film about Gary Hart that Bai and Carson co-wrote with director Jason Reitman. (Margaret […]

The Five Dumbest Ideas by Arizona Politicians in 2018

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Last year, the geniuses of Arizona’s political world suggested we ban masks at protests, criminalize panhandling, and bar college students from voting. That’s to say 2017 set a high bar for legislators who want to make Arizona’s laws stupider. Did they clear that lofty hurdle in 2018? Read our selections for the worst ideas this year and decide for yourself. Continue Reading Arizona’s state bird is the cactus wren. Our state firearm is the Colt single action army revolver. You’ll find no shortage of symbolic proclamations if you leaf through the Capitol archives, but Representative Bob Thorpe this year proposed […]

Arizona Lawmakers Prepare for New Year, New Session

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Arizona’s Legislature goes back in session in January, and political veterans face a new reality. In the House, Democrats are two seats short of a majority. One of the people watching from the sidelines in 2019 will be Steve Farley. He represented Southern Arizona for more than a decade in the House and Senate. The Tucson Democrat said the big change for House Republicans will be the fact that what he called “ideological stuff” will have a hard time passing. “And that is a good thing for every Arizonan because the ideological stuff isn’t the stuff that matters to most […]

Arizona politics edging toward a purple state – Northeast Valley News

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The landmark victory of Kyrsten Sinema as a U.S. Senator from Arizona has sparked the debate in political circles whether Arizona is moving toward becoming a blue state. Calling it part of a “blue wave” after the midterm elections, analysts are divided on the matter. Some believe the “blue wave” may take hold, while others think it is a temporary phenomenon. “The Nov. 6 election revealed that Arizona, a rapidly growing state with 11 electoral college votes, has moved from red to purple,”  Thomas B.Edsall writes in his opinion piece published in New York Times. “Voters in Arizona rejected representative […]

Arizona projected to gain seat in U.S. House – Arizona Capitol Times

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It’s beginning to look like Arizona’s going to have a bit more congressional clout after 2022. A new analysis by Election Data Services concludes that the shifts in population from the Northeast to the South and West pretty much guarantee that Arizona is going to pick up a 10th seat in the U.S. House after the decennial census. The organization’s Kimball Brace said that’s because Arizona is adding residents at a rate faster than much of the rest of the country. But Arizona’s gain is going to be someone else’s loss. And in this case, Brace said the latest estimates […]

Gabby Giffords’ Husband Mark Kelly Considers 2020 Arizona Senate Run

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Gun control proponent Gabby Giffords’ husband, Mark Kelly, is considering a Senate run against Republican Martha McSally in 2020. Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey (R) chose McSally to fill Sen. John McCain’s (R) seat; a seat she will have to defend in 2020. Kelly has spent the past five years traveling the country with his wife, Gabby Giffords, who was shot and severely wounded by a would-be assassin in January 2011. Kelly and Giffords have campaigned incessantly for background checks for gun buyers although the attacker who shot Giffords passed a background check to acquire his gun. Kelly made news on […]

Crowd of Democrats jockey over Arizona Senate special

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Arizona Democrats like their chances to beat Martha McSally again in 2020. But they may have to settle a long and crowded Senate primary first. Four Democrats have already started laying the groundwork for Senate special election campaigns, meeting with party leaders and even sparring over their credentials — even before McSally was appointed to fill the next two years of the late Sen. John McCain’s term. The party believes McSally will be vulnerable after losing a tough campaign to Sen.-elect Kyrsten Sinema in 2018. Story Continued Below It’s possible the Democratic field would clear if Democrats land a candidate […]

Arizona shelters helping migrant children separated from their families celebrate Christmas

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PHOENIX — Far from home, surrounded by strangers with limited access to the outside world, more than 14,000 immigrant children will spend this Christmas in shelters. The children were part of the mass migration from Central America to the United States. Many came with parents or relatives seeking political asylum. When they arrived at the U.S. Border, they were either listed as unaccompanied or were separated from their parents as part of the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” policy.  Today, the children are housed in more than 100 shelters in 17 states. That includes 11 Southwest Key facilities operating in Arizona. Neither […]

Data shows more congressional clout for Arizona | The Verde Independent

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PHOENIX –– It’s beginning to look like Arizona’s going to have a bit more congressional clout after 2022. A new analysis by Election Data Services concludes that the shifts in population from the Northeast to the South and West pretty much guarantee that Arizona is going to pick up a 10th seat in the U.S. House after the decennial census. The organization’s Kimball Brace said that’s because Arizona is adding residents at a rate faster than much of the rest of the country. But Arizona’s gain is going to be someone else’s loss. And in this case, Brace said the […]

Douglas departing office after term marked by controversy | Arizona and Regional News

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PHOENIX — Diane Douglas, now within weeks of leaving office as state superintendent of public instruction, says she’ll miss the privilege of serving Arizona’s children, but not the politics. Her four-year tenure was frequently marred by political drama, starting with conflicts with Gov. Doug Ducey and members of the state Board of Education, and more recently by squabbles over the #RedforEd teacher-pay movement and curriculum standards, the Arizona Capitol Times reported. Douglas’s re-election bid to remain as the elected head of the state Department of Education was thwarted when she narrowly lost the Republican primary to Frank Riggs, who then […]