Sen. Jeff Flake’s new book defends Reagan-style conservatism and critiques the Republican Party. Gov. Doug Ducey plays a role in Sen. John McCain’s health-care vote. U.S. Rep. Martha McSally helps craft a bipartisan plan for the insurance system.
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The Republic’s political team on July 26, 2017, talks about Sen. John McCain’s dramatic health-bill appearance, the ALEC conference and the saga of Mesa Councilman Ryan Winkle.
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In the July 19 episode, the Republic’s politics team talks about Sen. McCain’s health scare and the health care bill that wasn’t, Rep. Martha McSally’s big spending, and what’s to become of the school voucher petition. Hannah Gaber/azcentral.com
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In this week’s episode, reporters Yvonne Wingett Sanchez, Dan Nowicki and Rob Hansen discuss the health-care bill, and how it might affect Arizonans, along with the state’s school-voucher program. Johanna Huckeba/azcentral.com
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The Republic’s political team discusses Arizona’s congress support of President Trump’s agenda, the disconnect between foster families and the Department of Child Safety and a recent request for voter information. Johanna Huckeba/azcentral.com
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Our weekly politics podcast gives you inside-the-newsroom conversation you can’t get anywhere else. This week, a special edition examines the politics of education in Arizona, and our exclusive report on the state’s teacher shortage.
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The Republic’s political team on June 13, 2017, talks about a secret recording, a comparative decline in the quality of Arizona kids’ lives and Governor Ducey’s stance on trade with Mexico. Johanna Huckeba/azcentral.com
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The Republic’s political team on April 25, 2017, talks state Sen. Steve Farley jumping into the governor’s race, Arizona’s hopes for infrastructure funding and the state of the state under acting governor Diane Douglas. Hannah Gaber/azcentral.com
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The Arizona Republic’s politics team discusses on May 30, 2017, the scandal involving a former corporation commissioner, whether or not to renew an AUMF and much ado about county recorders.
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The Arizona Republic’s politics team discusses the ongoing McCain/Trump feud, Gov. Ducey’s veto pen on recent legislation and drama in Phoenix City Hall.
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The Arizona Republic’s politics team talks about unfinished business, potholes and an avalanche of unwanted shoes. Hannah Gaber/azcentral.com
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The Arizona Republic’s politics team looks back wistfully, maybe even sentimentally, “on the session that was,” and looks forward hopefully to sine die. Hannah Gaber/azcentral.com
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The Arizona Republic’s politics team discusses teachers’ “boat parade,” a protest for pay raises; the upcoming state budget; and what’s up with Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton.
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The Republic’s political team on April 25, 2017, talks about the latest political news affecting Arizona, including the protests surrounding the future of school vouchers and Rep. Kyrsten Sinema’s donation controversy.
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The Republic’s political team on April 18, 2017, talks about the latest political news affecting Arizona, including 2018 candidates, Sen. Jeff Flake’s town hall and how a bill to require child-welfare officials to get warrants fell apart.
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The Republic’s political team on April 11, 2017, talks about “zombie” health care reform in Congress, and the expansion of the school voucher program headed by Gov. Doug Ducey.
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The Republic’s political team on April 4, 2017, talks about the state of the filibuster and the latest on Secretary of State Michele Reagan’s “Show Me the Money” campaign.
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The Republic’s political team on March 28, 2017, talks about funding for teacher raises in the state budget, what comes next after the non-vote on the ‘Obamacare’ repeal bill in Congress and proposed restrictions on citizen initiatives in Arizona.
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The Republic’s political team on March 21, 2017, talks about the possible impact on the president’s blueprint for a budget, and the lack of female representation in Arizona’s legislative leadership.
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The Republic’s political team on March 14, 2017, talks about how much of Arizona’s delegation has been quiet about the “Obamacare” replacement, but even Republicans don’t seem to like it.
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The Republic’s political team on March 8, 2017, talks about the latest political news affecting Arizona, including a failed tax-cut bill, a congressman’s tweets and how a former state senator isn’t working at the White House after all.
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The Republic’s political team on March 1, 2017, talks about the latest political news affecting Arizona, including the state of Senate Bill 1142 and the rowdy crowds at U.S. Rep. Martha McSally’s Town Hall.
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The Republic’s political team on Feb. 21, 2017, talks about recent political news, including Trump’s Arizona announcement about Intel, McCain and Obamacare, and House Bill 2404 targeting voter initiatives.
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The Republic’s political team on Feb. 6, 2017, talks about the latest political news affecting Arizona, including how much debt is too much for the state and which lawmaker wants to be shot.
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The Gaggle: Flake’s new book, health care and bipartiship
The Gaggle: McCain’s return to the Senate and more
The Gaggle: School voucher petition, health care and McSally
The Gaggle: Health bill, school-voucher program
The Gaggle: Foster families, Trump’s agenda and voter information
The Gaggle: Arizona’s Teacher Shortage
The Gaggle: A Secret Recording, Mexico Trade and Kids’ Health
The Gaggle: The governor’s race and infrastructure funding
The Gaggle: Corporation Commission scandal and renewing an AUMF
The Gaggle: McCain Trump feud, Ducey’s veto pen and Phoenix city hall
The Gaggle: Unfinished business and hallway laments
The Gaggle: Legislative session recap, May 2017
The Gaggle: Teachers protesting, a budget afoot and what’s up with Stanton?
The Gaggle: Voucher vote, Arizona university funding
The Gaggle: DCS warrants and Flake gets scorched
The Gaggle: Health care in Congress and school voucher expansion
The Gaggle: Is the filibuster busted and will Michele Reagan show us the money?
The Gaggle: Teacher raises, ACA repeal and ballot initiatives
The Gaggle: Federal budget and few women in the Legislature
The Gaggle: Obamacare replacement, George W. in town and TANF benefits
The Gaggle: Tax that did not get cut, tweets from Gosar and a non-job
The Gaggle: SB 1142 is dead and town halls get rowdy
The Gaggle: Bigfooted, McCain and HB 2404
The Gaggle: How much debt is too much?
President Donald Trump may not have written a $10 million check to find a Republican to defeat Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake, but his supporters now seem to be joining the fray.
Two former members of a super PAC supportive of Trump have joined Kelli Ward’s Senate campaign, according to a statement from Ward issued Friday. Earlier in the week, Robert Mercer, a key Trump backer, also donated $300,000 to a super PAC supportive of Ward.
The political help comes not long after Flake renewed his criticism of Trump in a new book that has gotten national attention and a fresh rebuke from the White House. Trump has long suggested he would personally provide up to $10 million for a Republican to take out Flake, but hasn’t actually done so.
Last week White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said she was unsure how much Trump was willing to do to aid a challenger to Flake, but made clear the president wasn’t pleased with Flake’s book and comments.
“I’m not sure about any potential funding of a campaign,” she said during a press briefing. “But I think that Senator Flake would serve his constituents much better if he was less focused on writing a book and attacking the president, and passing legislation.”
Mercer’s support isn’t surprising: He gave KelliPAC $700,000 during Ward’s efforts to unseat Sen. John McCain last year. That political-action committee raised about $761,000 overall.
Mercer’s money is the beginning of KelliPAC’s efforts to restart fundraising, said Doug McKee, the PAC’s treasurer.
“We kind of layed low after the last election cycle,” he said. “It just came time to start reaching out to people. The Mercers came on board and we’re hoping it’s going to build some momentum for us.”
For its part, the Flake campaign is focusing on support closer to home.
“Jeff Flake is a proven candidate who’s campaign is powered by grassroots supporters from all over Arizona,” said Will Allison, a spokesman for the campaign.
McKee said he isn’t expecting a $10 million check from the president anytime soon.
“I think that $10 million commitment is a myth,” he said with a laugh. “To be honest, I really doubt very seriously the administration had anything to do with this. Mr. Mercer was very kind with us last cycle as well. … It has nothing to do with the administration.”
Eric Beach, founder and co-chairman of Great America PAC, and Brent Lowder, that organization’s executive director, have joined Ward’s campaign.
Great America PAC raised $28.7 million in support of Trump last year.
“Kelli Ward is a strong, thoughtful leader and will be a hardworking, dedicated senator
in Washington that all Arizonans can be proud of,” Beach said in a statement released by the campaign.
“Sen. Jeff Flake has continually failed Arizona and is more interested in selling his new book by attacking the president than actually serving his constituents and getting things done. Arizona deserves far better from their senator.”
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