Journalists’ Roundtable: 07-30-21: Maricopa County ballot recount, Capitol Hill attack, Dr. Cara Christ departure

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Time now for the journalists’ roundtable and for an update on the Maricopa county Ballot recount as well as Kyrsten Sinema on the attack on Capitol Hill. We welcome Howie Fischer, of Capitol Media Services, and Steve Goldstein, host of KJZZ “The Show”.

This week’s journalists’ roundtable covered:

  • State Health Director Departs
  • Audit Funding Revealed
  • Senate Returns County Ballots
  • Sinema’s Week on Capitol Hill
  • Referendum on Tax Cuts

State Health Director Departs

Howie Fischer: “Oh I think she jumped. I think she recognized… she had this great opportunity for Blue Cross Blue Shield to become a Chief Medical Officer. This is a once in a life time opportunity… Whoever is the new governor wouldn’t take her on anyway. So, take what you got.”

Steve Goldstein: “I just asked her straight up , ‘Does this have anything to do with the dispute between the governor?’ She said, ‘Absolutely not, I wouldn’t even characterize this as a dispute.'”

Audit Funding Revealed

Howie Fischer: “These are what they call 501C4 organizations, they are social welfare organizations which means they don’t need to disclose who gave them money, so all we have is these broad general categories and that’s what we’re gonna have to live with.”

Steve Goldstein: “I think, to me again, the key point is $150,000 turned into $5.7 million and it became a way to be a fundraiser to those supporters of (ex) president Trump and cyber ninjas etc. took advantage of it.”

Howie Fischer, Capitol Media Services; Steve Goldstein KJZZ

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