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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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    • 4.6, 89 Ratings

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.

    Can the primary election results tell us anything about November?

    Can the primary election results tell us anything about November?

    Arizona's primary election may have lacked the gravitas of November's much-anticipated general election, but there were key races to watch. 
    This includes races in the state Legislature, which could determine whether Democrats retake the state House of Representatives for the first time since the 1966 elections. 
    Democrats also had to choose their opponent to run in the congressional race against the embattled, five-term Rep. David Schweikert, R-Ariz. Other big name tickets included Joe Arpaio's attempt to regain his former job as sheriff. 
    Where did voters land? And what, if anything, could this tell us about November's election? State Legislature reporter Andrew Oxford joined hosts Yvonne Wingett Sanchez and Ronald J. Hansen to break down the election results in today's episode of The Gaggle: An Arizona politics podcast.

    • 20 min
    What does the debate over the next stimulus package mean for Arizonans?

    What does the debate over the next stimulus package mean for Arizonans?

    When it comes to negotiating the next coronavirus stimulus package, House Democrats and Senate Republicans are at odds. Again.
    In May, Democrats, who control the House, proposed a $3 trillion plan that extended the $600 emergency unemployment benefit until January. Their plan also included an additional $1,200 stimulus check and additional funding for COVID-19 testing and contact tracing. 
    Republicans rejected the plan, but did not unveil their own until earlier this week. Their $1 trillion proposal also includes an additional $1,200 stimulus check for millions of Americans. It also offers legal protections for small businesses and schools against liability claims, with the hopes that such protections will encourage them to reopen. 
    However, the proposal also caps federal unemployment assistance to 70% of a workers' pay rather than extending the $600 unemployment bonus. That program would be phased in over the next two months. While it's being rolled out, unemployed Americans would only receive a $200 boost to their unemployment claims. 
    Democrats were challenging the Republican proposal even before it was officially fleshed out publicly. With markers laid down on both partisan sides, only one thing appears imminent: gridlock. And it comes at a time when many Americans are being pushed to the financial edge. 
    In this week's episode of The Gaggle: An Arizona politics podcasts, hosts Yvonne Wingett Sanchez and Ronald J. Hansen talk to business reporter Ryan Randazzo about the effects a delayed stimulus bill could have on the state of Arizona. They also discuss whether or not the state has the financial ability to step in and help those are unemployed while Congress stalls.

    • 20 min
    BONUS: Kathy Hoffman breaks down new executive order on K-12 education and reopening efforts

    BONUS: Kathy Hoffman breaks down new executive order on K-12 education and reopening efforts

    In March, in-person schools shut down in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The sudden transition was difficult for teachers, students and parents alike.
    In recent weeks, the debate on when and how to reopen schools for in-person curriculum has made headlines across the country. The pressure to reopen this fall was amplified by President Donald Trump earlier this month. 
    Arizona schools Superintendent Kathy Hoffman is leading in the effort to reopen schools along side Gov. Doug Ducey. In an exclusive, one-on-one interview with hosts of The Gaggle: An Arizona politics podcast, Hoffman breaks down the new steps the state is making towards getting students back into classrooms. 
    Hosts Yvonne Wingett Sanchez and Ronald J. Hansen discuss with her how they plan to keep teachers safe and the changes students will see in classrooms. 

    • 40 min
    How COVID-19 is ravaging immigration detention centers in Arizona

    How COVID-19 is ravaging immigration detention centers in Arizona

    What's it like to be a migrant or correctional officer in an immigrant detention facility located in a global hotspot during a pandemic?  
    At the Eloy Detention Center in southern Arizona, correctional officers and immigrants' rights advocates and lawyers are decrying dangerous conditions they say have exacerbated the outbreak of COVID-19 at the facility.
    The Arizona Republic reported July 9 that 128 staff members at the center tested positive for COVID-19. The 128 members make up nearly 41% of the workforce at Eloy. In June, a correctional officer at the facility died from potential COVID-19 complications. 
    The center is run by CoreCivic, a for-profit private prison company based in Nashville. It is under contract from Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE. 
    In this week's episode of The Gaggle: An Arizona politics podcast, host Ronald J. Hansen speaks with immigration reporter Daniel Gonzalez. Hansen and Gonzalez break down the lengthy list of allegations against CoreCivic and ICE, how the company and agency have responded, and how the 2020 election plays into immigration decisions made by the federal government that might affect detention centers like these. 

    • 25 min
    Listen to episode one of our new series, 'Rediscovering: SB 1070'

    Listen to episode one of our new series, 'Rediscovering: SB 1070'

    Episode 1: You're not welcome here
    In the early 2000s, Arizona’s rapid population growth and investor speculation fueled a homebuilding binge in the state. 
    Contractors took advantage of a lax employment-verification system and hired undocumented workers at a cut rate, often from Mexico, in droves.
    At its peak, Arizona proportionately had the second-largest undocumented population of any state in the country, behind only Nevada. About one in 12 residents was undocumented. 
    Consumers and businesses liked the low-cost labor. But not everyone liked the changing demographics of their neighborhoods.
    State legislators tried to address the issue, but critics called the attempts piecemeal. Congress failed multiple times at passing immigration reform. 
    An economic recession, a dramatic citizen’s arrest and a tragic death exacerbated tensions.
    To hear all five episodes, subscribe to Rediscovering: SB 1070 in your podcast app.

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    Listen to the trailer for our new series, 'Rediscovering: SB 1070'

    Listen to the trailer for our new series, 'Rediscovering: SB 1070'

    Arizona is a battleground state in national elections and could sway the outcome of the 2020 presidential race. 
    But how did we get here? How did the state go from reliably red to purple, with the possibility to shift blue in 2020, in just a decade? To understand, go back to 2010 when Arizona surprised the nation by passing Senate Bill 1070, a sweeping and highly controversial immigration law, otherwise known as the "show me your papers" law. 
    That's what The Gaggle's sister podcast will explore in season two of Rediscovering. The five-part series will examine what led to the bill, what its proponents sought to do, how the community and nation reacted and how its effects linger still today. 
    Gaggle hosts Yvonne Wingett-Sanchez and Ronald J. Hansen host this season of Rediscovering. They spoke with more than two dozen people including the architect of the bill, Russell Pearce. As well as former Governor Jan Brewer, Arizona's senior senator Kyrsten Sinema and young Latino and immigrant activists who were forever shaped by the legislation.
    Listen to the trailer to Rediscovering: SB1070 now. All five episodes drop on Wednesday, July 15. Don't miss a single one. Subscribe to our series on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher Radio, or wherever you get your podcasts.

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Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
89 Ratings

89 Ratings

Old Fuddy ,

Thoughtful and fair

It’s good to get analysis from knowledgeable reporters about matters that hit closest to home. Local journalism needs our support. Good job, Phoenix Sun

bigpoppakneehouse ,

Great info—Needs More Real-Time Fact Checking

I love the great, in-depth info about AZ. However, it’s frustrating (at times) to hear politicians repeat untrue talking points without the hosts challenging those statements. It’s truly possible to do this in a bi-partisan way. But between that issue, and the fact that some episodes only focus on one party or the other, the podcast can often feel more like competing infomercials than a actual news program. I hope they can improve this because the info really is important

laureview8 ,

Added flavor and context to news that matters to me

I love this podcast! It adds so much to a story when journalists you trust share insight and details we wouldn’t otherwise have. I love a Yvonne’s probing questions and the context the interviews provide.

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