The Governor’s State of the State Address

More from this show

Welcome to this special hour-long edition of Arizona Horizon. Governor Doug Ducey kicked off the Legislative Session by giving his 8th and final State of the State Address. Ducey becomes the first Arizona governor since Bruce Babbit in the 1980s to serve long enough to give the 8th speech. Joining us to discuss the governor’s speech: Chuck Coughlin, President and CEO of HighGround, and Karl Gentles, partner, the Gentles Agency.

What did you think about what you heard in the speech?

Karl Gentles: “It was an interesting speech, clearly he’s taking a lap around the Capitol and touting all of his successes…heard a lot about tax cuts, you heard a lot about ‘school of choice’, heard a lot about political issues but I didn’t hear an awful lot about policy except for a few things on water…but on policy issues he was pretty thin, so the proof is what’s going to happen and what’s going to come as he rolls out his agenda for the next week.”

Chuck Coughlin: “I thought that one of the interesting things that I heard was that he talked about the economic evolution of Arizona…I moved out here in the ’80’s and it was a home-building economy, it’s not that way anymore. He’s been sort of at the forefront of that…I agree with Karl, it was a trip around the block of success stories and lightly touched on some policy ideas for some, I think specific reasons.”

Did you feel this was for a local or more national audience?

Karl Gentles: “I picked up on a lot of conversation that I thought he was talking to a national audience. He went after the Biden administration quite a lot, he went after a lot of national issues but when it came to specifically what he’s going to do in Arizona and in this last year of his term…it sounded like he was talking to a national audience and it remains to be seen why.”

Chuck Coughlin: “He mentioned the golden rule…he just didn’t happen to use that golden rule for his political opponents.”

Chuck Coughlin, President and CEO, HighGround
Karl Gentles, Partner, the Gentles Agency

Sir David Attenborough, Wiltshire, UK, explains how Water Crowfoot, Ranunculus aquitilis, has floppy underwater stems that flex with the current.
airs July 6

The Green Planet

Sebastian Robins and Mona Haydar
aired July 5

The Great Muslim American Road Trip

Baratunde sitting criss-cross in the desert
aired July 5

America Outdoors with Baratunde Thurston

Security forces block the entrance after the U.S. President Donald Trump's supporters breached the US Capitol security in Washington D.C., United States on January 06, 2021. Pro-Trump rioters stormed the US Capitol as lawmakers were set to sign off Wednesday on President-elect Joe Biden's electoral victory in what was supposed to be a routine process headed to Inauguration Day. Photo by Tayfun Coskun/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images
aired June 28

WATCH LIVE: Arizona PBS coverage of Jan. 6 Capitol riot hearings

Subscribe to Arizona PBS Newsletters

STAY in touch

Subscribe to Arizona PBS Newsletters: