January 2013

Jerry Lewis on the importance of cooperation

Former State Senator Jerry Lewis, best known for defeating then-Senate President Russell Pearce in the 2011 recall election, says Arizona lawmakers need to look past party affiliation and work to do what's best for the state. On the January 9, 2013 edition of Here and Now, Jim Small of the Arizona Capitol Times said Lewis would be the legislator whose contributions would be missed most in the 2013 session.

Will Republicans and Democrats work together during the 2013 legislative session?

Democratic State Senator Steve Farley and Republican State Senator Rich Crandall talk about the importance of leadership at the state legislature and the need to find common ground to meet some of Arizona's challenges. That's most likely to reveal itself in the proposed expansion of Arizona's Medicaid program, AHCCCS, and increasing funding for the state's Child Protective Services agency.

How hard will the recent freeze hit Arizona's citrus growers?

Since Saturday morning, the Valley has had five straight days with either a freeze watch or a freeze warning--a nearly-unprecedented run of frigid conditions. Dr. Mark Manfredo, a professor at the Morrison School of Agribusiness and Resource Management at ASU's College of Technology and Innovation, says growers will be hurt...but citrus' importance to the state's overall economy has been shrinking recently.