The Gaggle: An Arizona politics podcast

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 reporter Ron Hansen. You can find him on Twitter at @ronaldjhansen.

Clashing political styles: We compare Sen. Kyrs...
28 min
Arizonans setting the tone for a split Congress
This week on The Gaggle podcast, political experts debate what a hyper-partisan Congress could mean for citizens, and how Arizona’s congressional delegation is helping set the tone. 
31 min
There's enough blame to go around. But Rio Verd...
16 min
A breakdown of Gov. Hobbs' first State of the S...
Democrat Governor Katie Hobbs set the tone for her first year in office. Some applauded. Some walked out. The Gaggle analyzes her State of the State.
37 min
Abortion, inflation, school funding. What's in ...
28 min
Happy Holidays from The Gaggle
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Arizona's roses, thorns and buds: A 2022 retros...
40 min
'State's image has never been stronger': Ducey ...
Governor Doug Ducey entered office at a turbulent time. His tenure included a teacher-led revolt at the state Capitol for higher wages and a pandemic.
29 min
Undocumented students now get in-state tuition,...
17 min
A chaotic coda to the 2022 midterms
Republicans say it wasn't fair. Officials say it was fair, just not perfect. Here's what's still going on with the midterm election in Arizona.
25 min
Happy Thanksgiving from The Gaggle
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How will a Democratic governor and GOP-majority...
With Katie Hobbs, a Democratic governor, and a mostly Republican state Legislature, The Gaggle asks how they'll work together for Arizona's future.
21 min
So far, it's more of a red ripple. The Gaggle a...
28 min
Not yet the red wave we expected: the 2022 midt...
The Gaggle analyzes the many close races of the 2022 Arizona midterms and what the results could mean for the state's future.
34 min
BONUS: Q&A with CD6 candidate Kirsten Engel
Kirsten Engel is running to represent the 6th Congressional District in Southern Arizona. Using her background as a mother and lawyer, hear her plans.
12 min
BONUS: Q&A with Arizona Republic reporters on s...
10 min
BONUS: Q&A with CD2 candidate Tom O'Halleran
The 2nd Congressional District candidate discusses his legislative wins and what's most important to his district.
9 min
Hand counts, pen debates, voter intimidation: H...
The 2022 midterm election is less than a week away and complications are already evident. The Gaggle dives into what you need to know.
19 min
BONUS: Q&A with Arizona attorney general candid...
12 min
BONUS: Q&A with Senate candidate Mark Kelly
U.S. Senator Mark Kelly answers questions on abortion, inflation, and the border.
10 min
BONUS: Q&A with CD4 candidate Greg Stanton
15 min
Independent voters have their own take on the m...
64 min
BONUS: Q&A with CD1 candidates David Schweikert...
Q&A with candidates David Schweikert and Jevin Hodge, who are running for the 1st Congressional District, spanning the northeast valley and north-central Phoenix.
20 min
Families still fighting for justice a decade af...
A decade after José Antonio's death, his family still hasn't given up hope. The Gaggle looks at their fight and how it has impacted the border.
22 min
BONUS: Q&A with superintendent candidates Kathy...
16 min
What to know about Arizona propositions before ...
The midterms are near. The Gaggle is here to analyze what's on your ballot and who is behind them.
18 min
Statistics say young people don't vote. But the...
29 min
How Arizona's abortion ban could affect the 202...
20 min
How the ballot recount at the Coliseum will aff...
One year after the audit concluded, the Maricopa County ballot recount proving to have left a lasting impact on elections in Arizona.
22 min
How will the midterms define the Arizona legisl...
The Arizona Legislature is a hot seat to get into this November
20 min
National pundit weighs in on Arizona's congress...
Arizona has several races that may offer clues about where control of Congress is headed. The Gaggle breaks it down with The Arizona Republic experts
21 min
It would take years of 'biblical' precipitation...
41 min
What does school voucher expansion mean for Ari...
Gov. Doug Ducey achieved a longstanding goal by expanding school choice. The Gaggle examines how it may or may not benefit Arizona families.
27 min
Arizona is ready to become the Silicon Desert
The Gaggle explores how the CHIPS Act will benefit Arizona
29 min
How the Trump ticket and Dems will square off i...
31 min
'What the heck kind of planning is this?' A bon...
25 min
'A rock 'em, sock 'em kind of contest': the 202...
The Gaggle analyzes the races, winners and losers we know so far from the 2022 Arizona primary election
29 min
What does a Trump endorsement do for Arizona's ...
24 min
What we know so far about Arizonans' involvemen...
Arizona has played a key role in the January 6 committee hearings so far. The Gaggle breaks down the pivotal moments and what that means for the future.
27 min
Police accountability will look different under...
12 min
How could the state's new budget affect you?
Arizona Republic politics reporters Mary Jo Pitzl and Stacey Barchenger to break down how the new Arizona budget could affect you, and the whole state, moving forward.
14 min
Roe v. Wade has been overturned. What's next fo...
After overturning Roe v. Wade, abortion is a state's rights issue. The Gaggle examines Arizona's stance and its future.
29 min
Who's running for Congress in Arizona?
33 min
Keeping an eye on the governor and secretary of...
As the primaries approach, The Gaggle is talking to Arizona Republic politics reporters to update you on where the most important races stand.
33 min
What races to watch in the Arizona Legislative ...
15 min
How will state lawmakers react after tragic sch...
In this episode, host Ron Hansen covers how 10-year-olds were killed in their classroom in Uvalde, Texas, and how lawmakers react after mass shootings.
25 min
Wendy Rogers is a 'disgrace' to the Legislature...
26 min
'You can't un-ring the bell': Election security...
28 min
How inflation may influence the 2022 election
In this week's episode, hosts Yvonne Wingett Sanchez and Ron Hansen are joined by Paul Bentz to answer how inflation is going to impact voters' decisions in the upcoming election.
14 min
What to expect in Arizona when border restricti...
In this episode of The Gaggle, Yvonne Wingett Sanchez and Ron Hansen are joined by Republic reporters to discuss what happens when the Title 42 border restriction is lifted.
23 min
What's next for the Maricopa County Attorney's ...
The Gaggle discusses the new boss, election ahead
15 min
Why are Ukrainian refugees lining up at the U.S...
22 min
The Republic had marijuana tested to see if it ...
Cannabis sold on dispensary shelves is not as highly regulated in Arizona as one might expect. Arizona Republic reporter Ryan Randazzo explains the testing process, in which one batch of weed came back contaminated.
18 min
Cathi Herrod supported abortion restriction. Wh...
In this episode of The Gaggle, Yvonne Wingett Sanchez is joined by Center for Arizona Policy President Cathi Herrod to discuss recent successes
20 min
The fallout of Arizona’s new restrictive aborti...
This week on The Gaggle, hosts Yvonne Wingett Sanchez and Ron Hansen discuss Arizona's upcoming abortion law
16 min
Where does Arizona stand as it emerges from COVID?
In this episode of The Gaggle, Yvonne Wingett Sanchez is joined by two Arizona Republic reporters to help take stock of the pandemic's impact on Arizona.
34 min
Maricopa County Attorney Allister Adel resigns....
In this episode of The Gaggle, Ron Hansen is joined by reporter Robert Anglen to discuss the most recent news on Maricopa County Attorney Adel
8 min
The Arizona Republican base is angry after the ...
16 min
Why the rise of extremism defines today's Arizo...
In this week's episode of The Gaggle, Yvonne Wingett Sanchez and Ron Hansen are joined by political historian Matthew Dallek to document the rise of extremism in the GOP.
37 min
The Gaggle analyzes CPAC 2022 and the Arizona c...
25 min
Arizona House Speaker Rusty Bowers speaks on au...
In this week's episode of The Gaggle, Yvonne Wingett Sanchez & Ron Hansen join House Speaker Rusty Bowers in his office
49 min
The Gaggle explores the fate of Arizona's fake ...
23 min
Concern rises over Maricopa Attorney Adel's abs...
In this week's episode of The Gaggle, Ron Hansen is joined by Robert Anglen to discuss County Attorney Allister Adel's sobriety.
14 min
'Everybody is going to have to cut something': ...
21 min
'Am I doing the right thing for students?' COVI...
Listen how three years of COVID is putting schools to the test
30 min
What does the 2022 legislative session hold for...
28 min
Former Ducey aide sees Arizona Republicans on t...
In this week's episode of The Gaggle, Ron Hansen and Yvonne Wingett Sanchez are joined by former Gov. Ducey Chief of Staff.
36 min
Political stories we're following in 2022
In this week's episode of The Gaggle, Ron and Yvonne are joined by Republic reporters to preview the year in politics
18 min
Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year
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Five stories we followed in 2021
In this week's episode of The Gaggle, Ron and Yvonne are joined by Republic reporters to review the year's top political stories.
31 min
Secretary of State Katie Hobbs feels heat after...
14 min
Remembering the late Grant Woods as voice for A...
In this week's episode of The Gaggle, Ron and Yvonne are joined by columnist Ed Montini to discuss the life of the late Grant Woods
27 min
Governor Doug Ducey funded school vouchers with...
Governor Doug Ducey funded school vouchers with federal COVID-19 relief aid
15 min
Happy Thanksgiving from The Gaggle
The Gaggle is taking off this week to celebrate Thanksgiving, but be sure to listen to last week's five-episode series, Democracy in Doubt, about Arizona's ballot review.
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Democracy in Doubt, Ep 5: Trump supporters focu...
It remains to be seen how long baseless concerns about vote counts will continue to undermine the election process.
44 min
Democracy in Doubt, Ep 4: Partisans with limite...
Experts dismissed the 'audit' as worthless. But it also helped the GOP and related interests rake in millions and keep the cause of Donald Trump alive.
37 min
Democracy in Doubt, Ep 3: As Trump’s hold on Ar...
The narrative of a stolen election encouraged Arizona Senate President Karen Fann to push ahead with a partisan ballot review. The battle over election materials came to a climax in a vote where one Republican senator made all the difference.
47 min
Democracy in Doubt, Ep 2: An audacious pitch to...
As Gov. Doug Ducey certified Arizona's election results, he received a phone call identifiable by the distinctive ring tone assigned to it: “Hail to the Chief.” Ducey silenced it. But efforts to alter the results continued.
41 min
Democracy in Doubt, Ep 1: White House phone cal...
How Arizona plunged into a fog of election conspiracies, riven with partisanship and targeted by opportunists from across the country.
39 min
How will Sinema's moderate policies affect the ...
How Sen. Kyrsten Sinema was involved in Biden's infrastructure plan and what it means for Democrats' future.
31 min
How the proposed redistricting maps look for th...
In this week's episode of The Gaggle, Ron analyzes the proposed redistricting maps with IRC chair Erika Neuberg and reporter Ray Stern.
31 min
How redistricting impacts your representation ...
Listen to week's episode to learn how the redistricting process will impact Arizonan's representation in the state Legislature and U.S. Congress.
24 min
An economist's breakdown of Congress' spending ...
Listen to today's episode of The Gaggle for a breakdown of Congress' spending and how it impacts Arizona's economy.
30 min
A breakdown of the Arizona governor's race
In this week's episode of The Gaggle, Yvonne & Ron are joined by an Arizona Republic reporter to dissect the 2022 gubernatorial election.
29 min
Why progressives are fed up with Sen. Kyrsten S...
Progressives aren't happy with Sen. Sinema. Why? Listen to this week's episode of The Gaggle podcast to find out.
33 min
Who is Karen Fann?
In this week's episode of The Gaggle, Yvonne & Ron are joined by a Arizona Republic reporter to discuss her profile on Senate President Karen Fann
22 min
BONUS: The Arizona ballot review is over. Now w...
Arizona Republic reporters sit down on The Gaggle podcast to breakdown the results of the Republican-controlled state Senate ballot-review.
27 min
How infrastructure projects could impact Arizon...
Listen to this week's episode of The Gaggle to hear from Arizonans about how an infrastructure projects could impact their lives.
17 min
Election experts weigh in on Arizona election a...
Retired election experts offered their help to the Arizona Senate election audit. Listen now to hear their takeaways on the ballot review.
31 min
What's been discovered in the audit documents s...
In this week's episode of The Gaggle, host Yvonne Wingett Sanchez is joined by two Arizona Republic reporters to discuss what's in the election audit documents
18 min
BONUS: Thousands of Senate audit records releas...
10 min
Volunteers canvass East Valley neighborhoods to...
Republic reporter tags along with volunteers as they canvass East Valley neighborhoods to question voters.
25 min
Doctors share inside view on child COVID-19 cas...
In this week's episode of The Gaggle, hosts Yvonne and Ron are joined by two Arizona pediatric doctors regarding COVID cases in kids.
31 min
"Terrified for my brothers": Former Afghan inte...
In this week's episode of The Gaggle, host Yvonne Wingett Sanchez speaks with Aaron Marquez, a U.S. Army veteran who served two tours in Afghanistan and to an Afghan refugee who served as Aaron’s interpreter.
26 min
The Gaggle: Where does the Maricopa County elec...
In this week's episode of The Gaggle, hosts Yvonne and Ron are joined by two Arizona Republic reporters for an update on the 2020 ballot recount.
14 min
What COVID-19 policies parents can expect in sc...
Listen now to hear about how COVID-19 has impacted in-person learning, as well as a check-in on the state's COVID-19 cases.
27 min
A Republic investigation reveals how Ducey gove...
In this week's episode of The Gaggle, hosts Yvonne and Ron are joined by USA Today reporter Craig Harris to discuss his investigation into Gov. Ducey.
22 min
How critical race theory is fueling political ...
Listen now to understand the debate surrounding critical race theory in schools on The Gaggle podcast.
19 min
What does legal recreational marijuana look lik...
In this week's episode of The Gaggle, hosts Yvonne and Ron are joined by Arizona Republic reporter Ryan Randazzo to discuss the success of legal marijuana so far.
18 min
BONUS: Hear the calls from Trump allies that so...
Now, Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs calls for investigation into possible election interference.
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