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Newsroom conversations about Arizona politics you can’t find in print. New episodes every Wednesday with host Yvonne Wingett-Sanchez, national politics reporter for The Arizona Republic/

Newsroom conversations about Arizona politics you can’t find in print. New episodes every Wednesday with host Yvonne Wingett-Sanchez, national politics reporter for The Arizona Republic/
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Newsroom conversations about Arizona politics you can’t find in print. New episodes every Wednesday with host Yvonne Wingett-Sanchez, national politics reporter for The Arizona Republic/






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Could a California billionaire lower your APS rates?

California billionaire Tom Steyer will spend big money in Arizona to advertise against utility company APS's rate hike. What does it mean for you, and what's in it for him? The Gaggle podcast discusses. Follow host Yvonne Wingett Sanchez on Twitter @yvonnewingett and Ron Hansen @ronaldjhansen. Today's guest is business and energy reporter Ryan Randazzo, who's on Twitter @utilityreporter.


How Gov. Ducey's Arizona Supreme Court choices will affect your life

Gov. Doug Ducey will soon have appointed five of the seven Arizona Supreme Court justices. Here's how Gov. Ducey's choices could affect you. For more reading: - Ducey appoints Judge James Beene to Arizona Supreme Court, cementing handpicked majority - A majority of the Arizona Supreme Court will soon be selected by Gov. Doug Ducey To find the hosts and guest on Twitter, follow @yvonnewingett, @ronaldjhansen, or @mpolletta.


Why debate over your health care will take center stage in 2020

There is a very real possibility that the Affordable Care Act could be repealed before the next presidential election. And what is Medicare for All? The Arizona Republic’s national political reporters break it down with health care reporter Stephanie Innes.


What a tour of the U.S.-Mexico border tells us about hopes for immigration reform

Arizona Republic reporter Ron Hansen traveled to Southern Arizona in April to tour the U.S.-Mexico border with a group of members of the current Congress. Coming to Arizona to tour the border is something of a rite of passage for Republican lawmakers. In this episode of The Gaggle, Hansen talks with host Yvonne Wingett Sanchez about what he saw and what that might mean for the state of immigration reform.


Arizona's most successful copycat legislation: School vouchers

Arizona has served as a petri dish for groups that create and distribute "model" bills written by corporations and special-interest groups. Arizona's most successful copycat law yet: Empowerment Scholarship Accounts.


Copy-paste laws: How corporations are influencing your laws

Think your publicly elected leaders write the bills they sign into law? Not always. In fact, they often don't. That's the conclusion of a two-year-long investigation by The Arizona Republic, USA TODAY and plus the Center for Public Integrity, which found that 10,000 bills across 50 state legislatures were in large part copied from "model" bills written by corporations and special-interest groups.


APS finally admits spending millions in dark money. Why now?

The secret that everyone suspected is finally out: Utility company Arizona Public Service admitted it donated millions to dark-money political groups in the 2014 Corporation Commission election to help two elect Republican regulators, Tom Forese and Doug Little. It's controversial because the two men would help set the policies that guide APS as well as the prices that the company charges its customers.So APS was trying to influence its own regulation. This week on The Gaggle podcast,...


This Arizona bill could hurt Airbnb in your neighborhood

Chances are there's a home in your neighborhood that's available for short-term rental through Airbnb or VRBO. The practice has become more common since a state law passed in 2016 expanded protections for short-term rentals. Now, some are saying short-term rentals are causing an affordable-housing shortage in their area, and others complain rentals have increased noise, trash and disturbance. And there's a bill making its way through the Arizona Legislature that might change that. In this...


Why does President Trump continue to attack John McCain?

As the 2020 campaign cycle kicks off, Arizonans can expect to hear President Donald Trump attack the late Sen. John McCain. But this puts Sen. Martha McSally in a precarious situation. Find out why in this week's episode as hosts Yvonne Wingett Sanchez and Ronald J. Hansen chat with political editor Dan Nowicki.


Kate Gallego's plans for the future as Phoenix's mayor

It may have taken 18 months, but Kate Gallego won the special election to become Phoenix's mayor. Gallego defeated former council colleague Daniel Valenzuela. Afer her swearing in on March 21, she'll serve out the rest of former Mayor Greg Stanton's term. Why did the election take so long? And what's next for Gallego as she assumes her new role? This week on The Gaggle, a politics podcast by The Arizona Republic and, hosts Yvonne Wingett Sanchez and Ron Hansen break down the...


Is Michael Crow the most powerful person in Arizona?

Since becoming Arizona State University’s president in 2002, Michael Crow has influenced the state’s development and policy and has made national headlines along the way. The Arizona Republic’s higher-education reporter Rachel Leingang recently spent 26 hours with Crow for a profile of him and his impact. Political reporters Yvonne Wingett Sanchez and Ron Hansen talk with her about Crow and his power over the state.


Arizona's controversial vaccine bills draw national attention

Arizona is in the spotlight after controversial vaccine bills by Republican Rep. Nancy Barto were advanced by the state House Health and Human Services Committee this month, despite warnings from health officials. Arizona Republic and healthcare reporter Stephanie Innes breaks down the headlines.


Why Arizona is facing a water crisis, and what happens next

Arizona gets almost 40 percent of its water from the Colorado River, which draws its water from Lake Mead, the biggest reservoir in the country. Right now, that reservoir is about 40 percent full and approaching its first shortage ever. What happens if there's a water shortage? Who and what will be affected and is there anything to be done? On this week's episode of The Gaggle podcast, hosts Yvonne Wingett Sanchez and Ron Hansen discuss Arizona's water crisis and the Drought Contingency Plan...


What to know about the Phoenix mayor race

In the end, Phoenix will either have its first Latino or the first mother with a small child as mayor. This week, host Yvonne Wingett Sanchez talks with reporter Jessica Boehm about key issues in the race and differences between the two Democratic candidates. Reach Yvonne on Twitter at @yvonnewingett and Jessica at @jboehm_NEWS.


The Gaggle Podcast goes to D.C.

Hosts Yvonne Wingett Sanchez and Ronald J. Hansen chat with videographer David Wallace about their trip to Washington, D.C., last week to catch up with Arizona's newly sworn-in Congressional delegation. Listen along as they give you a behind-the-scenes look at how our U.S. Senators and Representatives from Arizona are mingling (or not) with each other and leaders from other states. Watch David Wallace's video from U.S. Sen. John McCain's final resting spot in Annapolis, Maryland.


On the U.S.-Mexico border in a government shutdown

Is there a crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border? Politicians keep saying so. In light of a historic government shutdown, hosts Yvonne Wingett Sanchez and Ron Hansen find out what it's like on the ground with Rafael Carranza, a border reporter at The Arizona Republic.


Breaking down the politics of funding local sports

Publicly-funded stadiums and arenas are costly. Why does the burden fall on taxpayers? The Gaggle breaks it down.


Here's what Gov. Ducey's latest budget could do for you

Ever hit a traffic jam coming back from up north on the I-17? Well the Governor's latest budget may have a solution. Reporter Maria Polletta joins host Yvonne Wingett Sanchez to talk about the parts of the budget most up for debate, including education funding.


Looking at Arizona's top education issues in 2019

Gov. Doug Ducey gave the State of the State address on Monday. With a new state superintendent of public instruction, more Democrats in the Arizona House of Representatives, and a projected $900 million surplus entering this Legislative session, what might he do with education in Arizona? Have a question or comment? You can reach host Ron Hansen at This episode was produced by Téa Francesca Price and Taylor Seely, and edited by Kaila White.


8 new, interesting Arizona laws as of Jan. 1

Why does a new Arizona law make doctors ask women why they want an abortion? Host Ronald J. Hansen and azcentral reporter Dustin Gardiner chat about that, plus other new Arizona laws that impact your vehicle registration fees, medical bills and a myriad of other things. Have a question or comment? You can reach host Ron Hansen at or state politics reporter Dustin Gardiner at This episode was produced by Téa Francesca Price and Taylor...