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Helping you keep up with what matters in Arizona's political news. Each week we interview politicians, public figures or journalists to break down one local issue and how it affects your life in Arizona. Coming to you every Wednesday morning, The Gaggle is hosted by The Arizona Republic's national political reporters Yvonne Wingett Sanchez and Ron Hansen.

The Gaggle: An Arizona politics podcast The Arizona Republic and azcentral.com

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Helping you keep up with what matters in Arizona's political news. Each week we interview politicians, public figures or journalists to break down one local issue and how it affects your life in Arizona. Coming to you every Wednesday morning, The Gaggle is hosted by The Arizona Republic's national political reporters Yvonne Wingett Sanchez and Ron Hansen.

    How could the Invest in Education initiative impact your taxes and schools?

    How could the Invest in Education initiative impact your taxes and schools?

    The Invest in Education Initiative Act is making a comeback and could be on your 2020 ballot this fall. 
    The proposal looks similar to the 2018 initiative. It would increase taxes for high-income earners, including single filers earning more than $250,000 or married filers earning more than $500,000.
    But the previous iteration was struck down by the Arizona Supreme Court in 2018 due to its lack of clarity. And the proposal is at odds with Gov. Doug Ducey's plan for education funding.
    In this week's episode of The Gaggle: An Arizona politics podcast, hosts Yvonne Wingett Sanchez and Ronald J. Hansen break down the proposed initiative, including its history. Joining them on the episode is education reporter Lily Altavena, who weighs in on whether Arizona voters are likely to stomach a new tax.
    In this episode you'll hear: 

    How this new ballot measure differs from the one in 2018 

    What Ducey's plans are for education funding 

    How we could see teacher salaries grow

    • 19 min
    Listen to our exclusive interview with Gov. Doug Ducey

    Listen to our exclusive interview with Gov. Doug Ducey

    Days after delivering his State of the State speech this week, Gov. Doug Ducey elaborated on his priorities, and fielded questions on some of Arizona's other top issues in an exclusive interview with The Gaggle podcast.
    Hosts Yvonne Wingett Sanchez and Ronald J. Hansen asked Ducey about his plans for gun safety reform, water policy, marijuana legalization and why he's involved himself on reshaping the mission of the Department of Corrections.
    The interview follow Ducey's sixth and longest State of the State address on Monday. The speech, named "The Arizona Way," touched on topics like economic growth and education funding.

    • 38 min
    Arizona agencies are failing vulnerable adults. What's being done about this?

    Arizona agencies are failing vulnerable adults. What's being done about this?

    Arizona adults unable to protect themselves from abuse or exploitation because of a physical or mental impairment are falling through the cracks of the state system designed to protect them.  
    This week on The Gaggle, an Arizona politics podcast, Yvonne Wingett Sanchez and Ronald J. Hansen get an advance interview with healthcare reporter Stephanie Innes about her reporting on the flawed system serving vulnerable adults. 
    This includes myriad agencies, such as Arizona's Adult Protective Services, Arizona Department of Health Services and more.
    The episode takes you behind the scenes into a state task force meeting to hear heartbreaking testimony from victims and their families, and how local leaders are hoping to improve conditions.
    The state task force convened after a woman with severe disabilities was raped and gave birth at Hacienda HealthCare in December 2018.  Staff at the facility was unaware the woman was pregnant until she went into labor, according to 911 calls.
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    For suspected abuse, neglect or exploitation of a vulnerable adult, Adult Protective Services operates a hotline: (877) SOS-ADULT or (877) 767-2385 or TDD: (877) 815-8390. The hotline does not run 24/7, however. The hours are 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday to Friday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Sunday and state holidays.
    To file online reports with Adult Protective Services at any time, use this link: azdes.gov/reportadultabuse.
    To file online complaints about facilities that are licensed through the Arizona Department of Health Services, go here: app3.azdhs.gov/PROD-AZHSComplaint-UI.
    The main phone number for the Arizona Department of Health Services is (602) 364-2536.
    The Arizona Center for Disability Law is a non-profit public interest law firm that provides a variety of legal services to people with disabilities. Its toll-free number is 1-800-927-2260. The center has an online intake form and self-advocacy guides at azdisabilitylaw.org/getting-help/.
    The Area Agency on Aging operates a 24-hour senior helpline for Phoenix residents at (602) 264-HELP or (602) 264-4357, which can help seniors navigate local resources and answer questions about transportation, housing, long-term care, home-delivered meals and home care.
    The San Francisco-based Institute on Aging maintains a 24/7 toll-free crisis "Friendship Line" for older adults and adults with disabilities. The number is (800) 971-0016. Trained volunteers specialize in offering a caring ear and having a friendly conversation with depressed adults.
    The Arizona Coalition to End Sexual and Domestic Violence (800) 782-6400 or (602) 279-7270 (TTD/TTY).
    The national domestic violence hotline: (800) 799-7233 or (800) 787-3224 (TTY).
    The national sexual assault hotline: (800) 656-HOPE.

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    What to expect in Governor Ducey's 2020 State of the State

    What to expect in Governor Ducey's 2020 State of the State

    The annual State of the State address is an opportunity for Gov. Doug Ducey to lay out his agenda for 2020, unveil new policy proposals and reflect on the controversies and successes of 2019. 
    This week on The Gaggle, an Arizona politics podcast, hosts Yvonne Wingett Sanchez and Ronald J. Hansen talk to State Legislature reporter Andrew Oxford and state government and politics reporter Maria Polletta about what to expect from Ducey in this year's address.
    In this episode you'll hear about:

    Ducey's plans for education, infrastructure and occupational licensing

    How the State Legislature might respond during session 

    How 2020's election season will affect the Legislative session 


    Related reading: 

    What Gov. Ducey's 2019 budget proposal adds in Arizona education spending

    From 2019: Ducey's budget seeks to widen I-17 north of Phoenix, address weekend backups


    Here's what you need to know about Arizona's new law for out-of-state work licenses

    Gov. Doug Ducey asks Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich to investigate Hacienda HealthCare


    From Opinions: Can Arizona fix its water problems? Here's what (and who) will answer that

    • 24 min
    How to survive the 2020 election

    How to survive the 2020 election

    The American Psychological Association's "Stress in America 2019" survey found that 62% of Americans say they're stressed by the current political climate. And 62% say that the future of the country is a significant source of stress.
    Dr. Lynn Bufka is the executive director of practice, research and policy at the American Psychological Association. She joins hosts Yvonne Wingett Sanchez and Ronald J. Hansen on this week's episode of The Gaggle, a political podcast from The Arizona Republic and azcentral.com. 
    In this episode, you'll hear:

    About the uptick in stress related to politics and how the APA is measuring it

    How stress affects our overall well-being

    What strategies or resources exist for people who are feeling particularly burdened by politics

    How our hosts are gearing up for the next election cycle

    • 15 min
    Merry Christmas and happy holidays from The Gaggle!

    Merry Christmas and happy holidays from The Gaggle!

    Merry Christmas and happy holidays from The Gaggle! We're taking a week off to spend time with family and friends. But we wanted to say thank you for giving us your time and attention this year. We'll join you again in 2020 and we're already gearing up for the election-related news to come. Happy holidays, all!

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I love this podcast! I'm really impressed and appreciate the variety of issues that you guys cover. I think if everyone listened to this podcast I thoroughly believe it would benefit the state because it's so important for people to be informed. As a political junkie, I'd like to hear you guys talk more about the Arizona congressional delegation like you guys did in a recent impeachment episode. Thank you guys and keep up the great work!

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