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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. You can find them on Twitter at @yvonnewingett and @ronaldjhansen.

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. You can find them on Twitter at @yvonnewingett and @ronaldjhansen.

    'You can't un-ring the bell': Election security expert reflects on effects of sowing doubt

    'You can't un-ring the bell': Election security expert reflects on effects of sowing doubt

    With the nation's elections under siege from other nations and their integrity in question from many Americans, Ken Matta, Arizona's longtime elections security director, has stepped down.
    Matta worked under Republicans and Democrats and oversaw 32 elections. He ran nearly 203,000 test ballots to verify the accuracy of the state's election machines.
    Now, Matta is moving into the private sector as the state prepares for elections that will again test public confidence.
    In this episode of The Gaggle, we speak to Matta about his tenure as an elections security officer, what he saw during his years of service and why he trusts our elections process.

    • 29 min
    How inflation may influence the 2022 election

    How inflation may influence the 2022 election

    The rate of inflation has been on many people's minds lately, from the gas pump to the housing market to the grocery store.
    The main driver of inflation has been consumer demand and supply chain issues that have lingered as the COVID-19 pandemic slows down. 
    It is currently affecting Americans day to day, and more than half of the country says it's now impacting their long-term financial goals. In a speech Tuesday, President Joe Biden addressed the rising inflation issues but spoke more about putting the blame on Republicans rather than a plan to combat it.
    Voters have a chance to show their frustration at the polls this election year.
    In this week's episode of The Gaggle, a politics podcast by The Arizona Republic and azcentral.com, hosts Yvonne Wingett Sanchez and Ron Hansen are joined by pollster Paul Bentz. He's senior vice president at High Ground Public Affairs Consultants and joins The Gaggle to discuss how inflation going to impact voters' decisions in the upcoming election. 

    • 15 min
    What to expect in Arizona when border restriction is lifted

    What to expect in Arizona when border restriction is lifted

    Many regulations and limitations that went into effect around the beginning of COVID-19 are gone. You’re allowed back inside restaurants, you can buy as many rolls of toilet paper at once as you’d like, and you don’t have to wear a mask while doing either.
    And now added to the list of regulations that will be lifted is Title 42. 
    Title 42 is a public health code that was established in 1944 as a part of the Public Health Services Act. It gives the United States the ability to deny entry of non-citizens in the case of disease that could be seen as a serious danger to the U.S.
    It was rarely used but was put into effect in March 2020 when the spread of COVID-19 became more serious. Since then, it has been used more than 1.7 million times by Customs and Border Protection. 
    President Joe Biden’s administration announced it will rescind the current policy later in May after more than two years, but not everyone agrees that it’s the right move.
    In this week's episode of The Gaggle, a politics podcast by The Arizona Republic and azcentral.com, hosts Yvonne Wingett Sanchez and Ron Hansen are joined by Arizona Republic reporters Rafael Carranza and Clara Migoya to parse through Title 42, how it is affecting Arizona's border, and what the future holds.

    • 24 min
    What's next for the Maricopa County Attorney's Office?

    What's next for the Maricopa County Attorney's Office?

    Maricopa County Attorney Allister Adel ended her three-year tenure as the county's top prosecutor in a hospital amid concerns that she was losing her battle with alcohol abuse and after her top section chiefs noted they didn’t think she was up to the job. 
    Adel's resignation sparked a dash to qualify for the election to replace her and a lightning round of interviews for an interim boss.
    The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors has appointed Republican Rachel Mitchell as the interim county attorney to finish out Adel's term, which ends this fall.
    Candidates to run for the office in the 2022 election had just two weeks to file paperwork and gather signatures to qualify for the August primaries in their bid to take over one of the largest prosecutorial teams in the country. All this begs the question: What's next for the Maricopa County Attorney's Office?

    • 16 min
    Why are Ukrainian refugees lining up at the U.S.-Mexico border?

    Why are Ukrainian refugees lining up at the U.S.-Mexico border?

    Thousands of refugees are waiting at the U.S.-Mexico border. This might sound like old-news, but these asylum-seekers are getting through the border. What makes them different from the previous waves of migrants is that these people are from Ukraine. 
    More than 2,000 Ukrainian refugees have crossed the border at Tijuana into San Diego. President Biden has ordered border agents to process any Ukrainians seeking sanctuary in the U.S.
    He says the United States will accept up to 100,000 refugees from Ukraine. 
    But why exactly are Ukrainians coming to the U.S. through Mexico from Europe amid the war in their homeland?

    • 23 min
    The Republic had marijuana tested to see if it was safe. Here's what we found

    The Republic had marijuana tested to see if it was safe. Here's what we found

    In 2020, Arizonans voted to legalize recreational marijuana, and it opened the door for both local and national marijuana companies to flood the market. But cannabis is not as highly regulated in Arizona as one might expect.
    We are in the wild west of marijuana production and that means some corners are cut and standards aren’t always consistent. Some cannabis companies have failed to keep their products free of contaminants. 
    Arizona, like most states with legal marijuana and testing rules, requires growers to submit the products to state-licensed labs before marijuana is sold on dispensary shelves. But in unlike other states, regulators here don't do their own testing to ensure the weed is safe.
    In this bonus episode of The Gaggle, an azcentral.com podcast,  Arizona Republic business reporter, Ryan Randazzo talks about how he got a lab to test products he bought, and how results came back showing some of that cannabis was contaminated with a pesticide.

    • 19 min

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Democracy In Doubt-Please Wake Up and Listen!!

AZ Central’s 5 Part Series on The Maricopa Partisan Audit “Fraudit” of the 2020 Election is FASCINATING!! The backstory of the Partisan-Audit and the official connection to the “Stop The Steal” Movement is a WARNING about the continuation of Free and Fair Elections in The United States. AZ Central’s Journalists have written a thorough and comprehensive account of the MALFEASANCE of those who promoted and administered the Maricopa County Audit. It’s IMPERATIVE that all citizens in every State listen to this Podcast to preserve our PRIVACY of The Secret Ballot. Thank you so much AZ Central!

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Left wing history revisionist

The left wing spin on history is unbelievable. It’s kinda impressive.

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The Journalists Who Echoed the Cry of Wolf

Please don’t be so lazy as to use the term “stop the steal movement”. You’re giving so much credence to the false claim that the election was stolen, which your own reporting has proven never happened.

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