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. You can find them on Twitter at @yvonnewingett and @ronaldjhansen.
How infrastructure projects could impact Arizonan's daily lives
The U.S. Senate passed a $1.2 trillion infrastructure package on Aug.10, a win for President Joe Biden and Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz., who co-negotiated the bipartisan legislation.
But what is infrastructure? And could a massive investment like this make a meaningful impact on your life?
Projects could be underway as soon as next year if the legislation passes the House of Representatives and is signed into law by Biden.
Those projects include broadband expansion, water projects, funding for tribal communities, public transportation, airport updates and more.
In this week's episode of The Gaggle, an Arizona politics podcast, hosts Yvonne Wingett Sanchez and Ronald J. Hansen spoke with various Arizonans to learn how this bill could impact their daily lives.
Election experts weigh in on Arizona election audit after offering their help
Benny White, a prominent Pima County Republican data analyst and Larry Moore, the founder of Clear Ballot, one of the largest vote-tabulation companies in the nation, have analyzed voting patterns using public records.
Over the summer, White and Moore independently offered their expertise multiple times to the Arizona state Senate’s review of Maricopa County’s ballots. Clear Ballot had no formal role in the analysis.
Arizona Senate President Karen Fann, R-Prescott, rejected their offer.
In this week's episode of The Gaggle, an Arizona politics podcast, hosts Yvonne Wingett Sanchez and Ronald J. Hansen speak with White and Moore who give us a sense of what they’ll be on the lookout for once the ballot-review report is released.
What's been discovered in the audit documents so far
Last week 22,000 documents related to the ballot recount of the 2020 presidential election in Maricopa County were released to the public. Those include thousands of text messages and emails that shed light on key players and their involvement in the months long election audit.
Still to be released are nearly 2,900 more documents that the Senate has kept hidden because they don't believe it's required under the state's Public Records Law. In those documents are conversations between contractor Cyber Ninjas and the lawmakers who ordered the ballot review.
This week's episode of The Gaggle, an Arizona politics podcast, host Yvonne Wingett Sanchez is joined by two Arizona Republic reporters: Jen Fifield and Ryan Randazzo. They provide insight on how the documents were obtained, what they discovered, and what it says about the election audit.
BONUS: Thousands of Senate audit records released, here's a preliminary look at what's in them
In today's bonus episode, we're talking about some of the 22,000 records released by the republican-controlled senate. These records are related to the review of the 2.1 million ballots in Maricopa county from the 2020 election. On Tuesday night, Ryan Randazzo, Jen Fifield and Robert Anglen began poring through those records. They include emails, text messages and videos.
We'll go over some of the early highlights and how the ballot review began, who's paying for it and other tidbits we think are worth watching.
Inside look on the ongoing efforts to canvass Maricopa County voters
Canvassing efforts to examine the legitimacy of voter ballots for the 2020 presidential election could be illegal, according to the Brennan Center for Justice, a New York-based policy institute, but that hasn’t stopped Liz Harris.
Harris, who lost a race for the state Legislature in November, is the mastermind behind the “Voter Integrity Project,” an ongoing canvassing effort that began in December.
Last weekend a couple dozen volunteers out to prove former President Donald Trump won the 2020 election gathered in Queen Creek. Using a mobile app that provides names, addresses and publicly available voting information of registered voters, volunteers set out to ask voters questions such as, “Can you verify the voters registered to this address?” and “Did you vote by mail or in person?”
Doctors share inside view on child COVID-19 case spike
As debates about mask mandates in schools rage on in Arizona, pediatric cases of COVID-19 are on par to surpass the cases from the winter surge. Vaccines have proven to be beneficial to people who are contracting the coronavirus, but currently children under the age of 12 years-old are too young to be vaccinated.
Away from the discourse on what schools should and should not enforce, doctors are treating young kids who are being affected physically and mentally.
In this week's episode of The Gaggle, an Arizona politics podcast, co-hosts Yvonne Wingett Sanchez and Ron Hansen are joined by Valleywise Health Center pediatrician Dr. Salil Pradhan and Pediatric Infectious Disease specialist Dr. Angela Veesenmeyer.
They take The Gaggle inside what they are seeing day to day and what they think Arizonans can expect in the new few months.
Really enjoying the conversation and viewpoints with multiple classes of voters. Keep it up.
Very left wing
It’s just an Arizona version of the New York Times. Extremely left wing and partisan. You don’t know whether what you are being told is true. If your left wing, you’ll enjoy it. If not, there are better sources out there.
Good content, poor audio quality
I appreciate the reporting but have stopped listening regularly because the audio quality can be pretty painful - not just with the guests, but even with the hosts. Please improve this!