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The Arizona Capitol Times presents The Breakdown, an award-winning weekly podcast on the latest news from the Arizona political scene. Join host Katie Campbell for in-depth analysis from reporters Ben Giles and Dillon Rosenblatt.

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The Arizona Capitol Times presents The Breakdown, an award-winning weekly podcast on the latest news from the Arizona political scene. Join host Katie Campbell for in-depth analysis from reporters Ben Giles and Dillon Rosenblatt.

    The Breakdown: A sine die surprise

    The Breakdown: A sine die surprise

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    The Arizona Legislature is officially done, and what a weird session it’s been.

    After convening for three minutes on Tuesday May 26, the Senate could not have adjourned faster than it did, leaving roughly 30 House bills dead in the water … at least for now.

    The Arizona Capitol Times reporters have returned for this special episode given the circumstances, but hopefully will be back soon to cover the inevitable special session – or sessions – and upcoming election cycle.

     

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    Music in this episode included “Creative Minds,” “Funky Element” and “Energy” by Bensound.

    The Breakdown: Coronavirus edition

    The Breakdown: Coronavirus edition

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    Lawmakers shut down public access to the House and Senate galleries and may shut down the two chambers entirely to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

    Maricopa County Recorder Adrian Fontes’s response to the outbreak sent Attorney General Mark Brnovich rushing to court to stop a plan to mail ballots to all Democrats in the county.



    And for those in the business of pressing palms and kissing babies, the coronavirus could throw their lives, and this election season, into disarray.

    The Breakdown: Chaos… chaos everywhere

    The Breakdown: Chaos… chaos everywhere

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    Republican lawmakers set out to curb voter power by introducing several bills to weaken citizen initiatives. But if all of them pass, opponents predict chaos.

    Chaos is a familiar state on the House floor, where Republican lawmakers passed a ban on trans girls in school sports after nearly six hours of debate. What are the bill’s chances in the Senate, and what does it mean for an already nasty Senate primary?



    And Governor Ducey completed one legislative priority this week when he signed a sweeping mental health bill. Where do the rest of his priorities stand?




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    Music in this episode included “Creative Minds,” “Funky Element” and “Energy” by Bensound.

    The Breakdown: Walking a fine line

    The Breakdown: Walking a fine line

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    When do you ignore an offensive comment or unwelcome advance, and when do you speak up about it? Those kinds of calculations are all too familiar to many women, and at the Capitol, where relationships are everything and lawmakers hold all the cards, female lobbyists find that mental math even more complicated.

    And about two thirds of the bills lawmakers introduced this year are now dead. We’ll check in on some of the most notable measures that died. 

     

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    Music in this episode included “Creative Minds,” “Funky Element” and “Energy” by Bensound.

    The Breakdown: What a week

    The Breakdown: What a week

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    Gov. Doug Ducey, right, greets President Trump on Feb. 19 at a rally at Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Ducey is pushing an effort to ban sanctuary cities in Arizona, one that Trump supports and wants to spread nationwide. TIMON HARPER PHOTOGRAPHY


    Migrants rights advocates started the week terrified that Republicans would try to ram through an attempt to enshrine a ban on sanctuary cities in the state constitution ahead of a presidential rally.

    Instead, less than 24 hours after President Donald Trump left Phoenix, the measure was dead. What happened? What does this mean for immigration policy in the state? And what does the attempt mean for the legacy of Gov. Doug Ducey, who spent much of his time as governor trying to get Arizona out from under the shadow of SB1070?




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    Music in this episode included “Creative Minds,” “Funky Element” and “Energy” by Bensound.

    The Breakdown: Meanwhile, in corporate America

    The Breakdown: Meanwhile, in corporate America

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    If the state lawmakers at the center of two ongoing scandals had been corporate employees, they would have been fired or disciplined immediately after news about them broke, corporate sources say. So what does make the Capitol so different from a regular workplace?

    A Senate hearing over sanctuary cities turned testy this week, as police showed up to escort multiple protesters from the room.

    And a rollback of a federal rules is leaving some waterways unprotected.

     

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    Music in this episode included “Creative Minds,” “Funky Element” and “Energy” by Bensound.

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My new favorite weekly political podcast.

I really enjoy and appreciate having this local focus on politics available as a weekly podcast. It’s like an Arizona only version of the NPR Politics Podcast, detailed, objective, and entertaining.

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