Former gubernatorial and congressional candidate, Christine Jones, along with Democrat strategist Tony Cani, joined The Show to discuss post-primary election results and what the winners and losers do now heading into the General Election.
Arizona HighGround President & CEO, Chuck Coughlin, was a recent guest on KJZZ’s The Show discussing Primary Election results and Republican victory prospects heading into the November General Election.
Sitting down with KJZZ reporters, Steve Goldstein and Lauren Gilger, Coughlin provided a great assessment of the “Nightmare” or “Doomsday Slate” and the possible outcome for Trump-slate Republicans.
Coughlin did not express much confidence that candidates like Kari Lake and Mark Finchem can pivot back to the center to appeal to a broader General Election electorate. And, while the Arizona Republican Party is in a major civil war with itself, Democrats have an opportunity to pick up statewide seats in November.
Last week brought news that the Arizona Department of Education had inadvertently released the personal information of the nearly 7,000 families who make use of Empowerment Savings Accounts (ESA). And it’s not the first time the Department has mishandled the ESA program, a program that helps so many children—many of them with special needs—get the customized education they need to succeed.
On Monday, it was revealed that the Department released a spreadsheet that included the account balances of every ESA account in the state, along with the names, email addresses, and other personal information of the nearly 7,000 parents with ESA accounts. Not only was the spreadsheet containing the sensitive information sent to the Yellow Sheet Report, but it was also shared with Save Our Schools, a group that has been an outspoken opponent of ESAs.
Unfortunately, this latest epic fail on the part of the state Department of Education is part of a pattern of poor management of the ESA program. Earlier in January, the Goldwater Institute filed a lawsuit challenging the Department of Education’s long delays in supplying needed funds to which ESA families are entitled—delays long enough to force parents to pay out of pocket for tutoring and teaching tools that their ESA should cover without the possibility of reimbursement. While requiring families to follow its ESA rules to the letter, the Department of Education’s handling of the ESA program has still resulted in unpredictable and arbitrary outcomes for families—for instance, some families have been rejected for certain ESA expenses while others have been approved for the very same expenses.
“Mistakes do happen, but I don’t think that’s good enough as an excuse. That doesn’t undo the damage, the harm to these families,” Goldwater Institute Director of Education Policy Matt Beienburg said of the privacy breach on KJZZ’s “The Show.” “These are families with deeply personal life circumstances, these are kids with special needs diagnoses, and this information is now essentially made available to be dragged out into the public.
“For the Department to have treated these families this way saying ‘we have zero tolerance for any misstep’ and to then make a massive blunder like this is really revealing.”
Listen to the interview here: https://theshow.kjzz.org/sites/default/files/ade-data-breach-show-sg-mb-20200129.mp3?uuid=5e3b8ffd9e654
Matt Beienburg is Director of Education at the Goldwater Institute. You can read his bio here.
In case you missed it, Attorney General candidate Mark Brnovich appeared on KJZZ’s Here and Now with Steve Goldstein on Wednesday.
As always, Goldstein conducted an engaging interview asking Brnovich everything from why he has decided to challenge a sitting incumbent, what issues will be a priority and how a small government conservative like Brnovich would govern as Arizona’s next Attorney General.
Mark Brnovich delivered focused, consistent and principled answers to Goldstein’s questions with the underlying emphasis of restoring integrity and ethics to the office of Attorney General – just one of many reasons why Brnovich is the best individual for the job.
Here is the interview which runs just over six and a half minutes:
You can find out more about Mark Brnovich by visiting his website at Mark4AZ.com.
This Friday, we’re asking who you listen to and who you think has the best political/talk radio show in Arizona. We’re trying to cover the entire State of Arizona from Flagstaff to Yuma and Phoenix to Tucson. Arizona has an abundance of politically astute, satirical and entertaining radio personalities. The list (with links) includes:
- The Nearly Famous Barry Young Show – KFYI 550 (Phoenix)
- Live & Local with Russ Clark – KBLU 560 (Yuma)
- Mitch & Joe Show – 105.1 Big Talker (Flagstaff)
- Jim Sharpe – KFYI 550 (Phoenix)
- John C. Scott – KJLL 1330 (Tucson)
- Mike Broomhead – KFYI 550 (Phoenix)
- Bill Buckmaster – KVOI 1030 (Tucson)
- Steve Goldstein – KJZZ 91.5 (Phoenix)
- Crossroads with Van The Radio Man – KXXT 1010 (Phoenix)
- Garret Lewis – KNST 790 (Tucson)
- The Bruce St. James Show – KTAR 92.3 (Phoenix)
- Mac & Gaydos – KTAR 92.3 (Phoenix)
- The Jon Justice Show – KQTH 104.1 (Tucson)
- Wake Up Tucson with Chris DeSimone & Joe Higgins – KVOI 1030 (Tucson)
- Jim Parisi – KVOI 1030 (Tucson)
This is your chance to vote for your favorite daily political radio show and tell us why they have the political news and talk in Arizona. (And if we’ve forgotten someone, please let us know!)
(The poll will remain open for one week and limits voting to one vote/IP address.)