• Zona Politics: GOP Speaker vs. Press, Cruz Makes Play for Trump’s AZ Delegates, Recreational Weed Initiative & More

    Air Date: April 17, 2016

    Political strategists Rodd McLeod and Barrett Marson talk about Arizona House Speaker David Gowan’s abandoned plan to force reporters to undergo background checks if they wanted access to the floor of the House of Representatives; Gowan’s problems with the press; the Congressional District 1 race; the voting problems in the Arizona presidential primary; whether Ted Cruz will snatch Arizona’s delegates from Donald Trump at the GOP convention; the recreational marijuana initiative that voters will likely decide in November; and the future of Clean Elections.

    You can tune into the show at 8 a.m. Sunday on the CW Tucson, Channel 8 on Cox and Comcast and Channel 58 on DirecTV, Dish and broadcast. Or you can listen to it at 5 p.m. Sunday on Community Radio KXCI, 91.3 FM. Or you can watch online above.

    Here’s a rush transcript of the show:

    (Nintzel) Hello, everyone. I’m Tucson Weekly senior writer Jim Nintzel, and we’re here to talk Zona Politics. Joining me on the set today, Rodd McLeod, a Democratic strategist who has worked for Gabby Giffords, Ron Barber and Mayor Jonathan Rothschild, among others, and Barrett Marson, a former reporter who now heads up the communications Firm, Marson Media, and co-hosts the Copper Talk Podcast Thanks to both of you for being here.

    (McLeod) Thank you for having us.

    (Nintzel) Let’s start with a story that everyone’s talking about at the capitol this week. We had House Speaker David Gowan’s short-lived call for background checks on reporters. Barrett, you’re a former legislative reporter, you’re a former House communications guy and, as a matter of full disclosure, we should mention that you are among the strategists for Pinal County Sherriff Paul Babeu, who is actually running against David Gowan in the Congressional District 1 race. All that said, what’s your take on how this went down for David Gowan.

    (Marson) Yeah, I just have never seen something so mismanaged. You know, there’s that old adage that you never pick a fight with someone who buys ink by the barrel and while newspapers certainly have gone down in influence, almost every single newspaper in the state, Kingman Daily Miner, the Arizona Republic, the Arizona Daily Star, everybody editorialized on a what a bad decision this was, and it was short-lived. I can’t imagine that they didn’t see the complete nightmare that this was going to be, and to decide to still go along with it. I don’t know what the real reasoning was if you weren’t going to stick to your guns on this.

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  • Zona Politics: The Reason for Flowers, Jan. 8 Memorial Update & Supercollider Science

    April 3rd, 2016 from Zona Politics with Jim Nintzel on Vimeo.

    Air date: April 3, 2016

    We speak with UA professor Stephen Buchmann, the author of The Reason for Flowers; Dot Kret of the January 8 Memorial Foundation about the plans for a memorial to commemorate the mass shooting at Gabby Giffords’ Congress on Your Corner; and UA physicists Mike Shupe and Shufang Su, who talk about their work with the Large Hadron Collider.

    Here’s a rush transcript of the show:

    (Nintzel) Hello, everyone. I’m Tucson Weekly’s senior writer Jim Nintzel and we’re here to talk Zona Politics. Today, we’re back to talking about books. My first guest is Stephen Buchmann, a U of A professor and author of nearly a dozen books. The most recent, The Reason for Flowers, is just out in paperback. Steve, welcome to Zona Politics.

    (Buchmann) Hi, Jim. It’s great to be here.

    (Nintzel) You know, this book The Reason for Flowers, it’s really a celebration of flowers and the role they play in nature. Why do you find flowers so fascinating?

    (Buchmann) The bottom line, I think, is, I like to think that if flowers didn’t exist, if they hadn’t come on the scene over a hundred million years ago, that maybe humans wouldn’t be here. So I think of our distant common relatives as seeing flowers as the harbinger of fruits and food that would soon come next, so they noticed I think this has a lot to do with our innate preference for flowers, and the fact that since they do turn into fruits and seeds, they end up feeding the world.

    (Nintzel) And we use them for romantic gestures, but they have some very strange sex lives themselves, and you get right into that at the start of the book. Talk a little bit about that.
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  • Zona Politics: Grijalva on Trump: “I Have To Take This Man Seriously”

    March 20th, 2016 from Zona Politics with Jim Nintzel on Vimeo.

    Air date: March 20, 2016

    Congressman Raul Grijalva (D-CD3) talks about Trump’s wall, why he supports Bernie Sanders and whether we can save Tucson’s postal-processing center, along with some other topics. Then J.P. Holyoke, the chair of the initiative campaign to legalize marijuana, talks about why the time has come to let adults smoke weed without fear of arrest. And then we introduce you to Todd Clodfelter, a Republican who wants to represent Tucsonans in the state legislature next year.

    Here’s a transcript of the show:

    Hello, everyone. I’m Tucson Weekly senior writer Jim Nintzel, and we’re here to talk Zona Politics. Today, we welcome Congressman Raul Grijalva to the set. Congressman Grijalva is seeking his 8th term in Congress this year. Congressman Grijalva, welcome to Zona Politics.

    (Grijalva) Thanks a lot, Jim.

    (Nintzel) Let’s get started with Donald Trump. What is going on with his plan to build a wall and have Mexico pay for it? Do your think this is something that’s likely to happen.

    (Grijalva) It’s never going to happen. It’s never going to happen. It has been good saber-rattling for Donald in terms of making that his issue and making taking a harder position, not by much, but a harder position on immigration reform. But this whole, “We’re going to build it. Mexico’s going to pay for it.” They’re not going to pay for it. It’s kind of a tough, macho position to be taking. But, you know, that obviously requires cooperation of another country. That’s not going to happen, and the whole issue of him continuing to want to waive laws and other things in order to do that, it’s going to have serious constitutional challenges as he goes forward. I just don’t see it happening. I think it’s just bluster. It has no basis in anything real as a policy.

    (Nintzel) You know, it seems as though Trump’s campaign is not very policy oriented. It seems a lot more bluster, as you put it. Are you surprised that he’s gone as far in the primary process as he has?
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    Zona Politics: Will Trump Win AZ? Will Rosemont Mine Be Built? What’s Happening at the AZ Legislature? And More!

     

    March 13th, 2016 from Zona Politics with Jim Nintzel on Vimeo.

    Air date: March 13, 2016

    Lea Marquez Peterson, president and CEO of the Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and Pima County Democratic Party Chair Jo Holt stop by the set to talk about how the presidential primary races are shaping up in Arizona, Donald Trump’s troubles with the Latino community, the latest troubles for the Rosemont mine, Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild’s pitch for a citywide sales-tax hike, the battle over Prop 123, the latest at the Arizona Legislature and more.

    Here’s a rush transcript of the show:

    Hello, everyone. I’m Tucson Weekly senior writer Jim Nintzel, and we’re here to talk Zona Politics. Joining me on the set today, Joe Holt, the new chair of the Pima County Democratic Party. Jo, welcome to the show for the first time.

    (Holt) Thank you.

    (Nintzel) And we have Lea Marquez Peterson, the president and CEO of the Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. Lea, welcome back from Africa.

    (Marquez-Peterson) Thank you.

    (Nintzel) Let’s talk about the presidential race in Arizona. The primary’s coming up on March 22. Jo, you’ve got Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders. Who’s got the campaign?

    (Holt) Oh, I wish I knew. I wish I knew. You know, it’s made difficult by the fact that Bernie’s supporters are really fairly loud. They’re out there. They’re more in your face, if you would, than Hillary supporters. But when you go into straw polls in different locations under different circumstances, there’s a lot of Hillary support here in Southern Arizona. It’s hard to tell though.

    (Nintzel) And it seems like the Hillary people have brought in a campaign in recent weeks. They’ve brought in some paid staffers that are doing a lot more events.
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  • Zona Politics: Tucson Festival of Books Preview

    March 6th, 2016 from Zona Politics with Jim Nintzel on Vimeo.

    Air date: March 6, 2016

    We’re previewing next weekend’s Tucson Festival of Books! Novelists Jennifer Lee Carrell, G. Davies Jandrey and Elizabeth Evans visit the set, along the UA physics professor Elliott Cheu, who gives us the lowdown on the festival’s Science City.

    Here’s a rush transcript of the show:

    Hello, everyone. I’m Tucson Weekly senior writer Jim Nintzel, and we’re here to talk Zona Politics. Today, we’re taking a break from public affairs to talk about the Tucson Festival of Books, which will be taking place next weekend, March 12 and 13 on the UA campus. The festival, now in its eighth year, brings an estimated 130,000 book lovers to meet authors, learn about science and eat some great local food. Joining me to talk about the festival is Jennifer Lee Carrell, an organizer with the festival and an author in her own right of three novels. Jennifer, thanks for joining me here on Zona Politics.

    (Carrell) Thanks for having me here.

    (Nintzel) The eighth annual festival coming up. How big a deal has the festival become since its launch in 2009.

    (Carrell) I think to everybody’s surprise, it’s now the fourth largest book event in the country. And it’s something we’re very excited about, and I think all of Tucson can justly be proud of. We have authors who really want to come now. We used to have to, you know, sort of go out and say, “Would you please come?” And now we’ve got publicists and authors asking to come. And it’s just it’s a really exciting time.
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  • Zona Politics: Councilman Kozachik, Pima County Attorney Candidate Joel Feinman & Foreign Correspondent Mort Rosenblum

    February 28th, 2016 from Zona Politics with Jim Nintzel on Vimeo.

    Air date: Feb. 28, 2016

    Tucson City Councilman Steve Kozachik comes by the set to talk about the city budget, the proposal to require private employers to provide sick time to the their workers and more. Then we talk with former public defender Joel Feinman, who wants to challenge Pima County Attorney in this year’s Democratic primary. And then international correspondent and UA School of Journalism professor Mort Rosenblum talks about the state of reporting on foreign affairs, the reputation of the United States around the world and more.

    Here’s a transcript of the show:

    (Nintzel) Hello, everyone. I’m Tucson Weekly senior writer Jim Nintzel, and we’re here to talk Zona Politics. Joining me on the set today is Tucson City Councilman Steve Kozachik Councilman Kozachik is in his second term representing Midtown Ward 6. Thanks for joining us here on Zona Politics.

    (Kozachik) Happy to be here, Jim. Thanks.

    (Nintzel) Now one of the things that you’ve been concerned about recently relates to water issues and you’ve raised concerns at the Governor’s Water Augmentation Council doesn’t have enough representation from the environmental community. What is going on there?

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  • Zona Politics: McCain Opposed to Filling Supreme Court Vacancy, Congressional Race Updates & More

    February 21st, 2016 from Zona Politics with Jim Nintzel on Vimeo.

    Air Date: Feb. 21, 2016

    Former state lawmaker Jonathan Paton and Democratic strategist Rodd McLeod size up Sen. John McCain’s opposition to allowing President Barack Obama to appoint a new Supreme Court justice; break down the latest in Southern Arizona’s congressional races; a few bills at the Arizona Legislature; and the retirement of Pima County Supervisor Ray Carroll.

    Tune into the show at 8 a.m. Sunday on the CW Tucson, Channel 8 on Cox and Comcast and Channel 58 on DirecTV, Dish and broadcast. Or listen to it at 5 p.m. Sunday on KXCI community radio, 91.3 FM.

    Here’s a rush transcript of the show:

    (Nintzel) Hello, everyone. I’m Tucson Weekly senior writer Jim Nintzel, and we’re here to talk Zona Politics. Joining me on the set today, former state lawmaker Jonathan Paton who is now a Republican strategist and lobbyist at the Arizona Legislature. And Democratic strategist Rodd McLeod, who has worked on the campaigns of Gabby Giffords and Ron Barber, among many others. Thank you both for being here.

    (McLeod) Thank you.

    (Paton) Good to be here.

    (Nintzel) Let’s talk about reaction to Justice Scalia’s passing last week. John McCain now has joined those who said he would object to any Obama pick. Jonathan, right move for McCain?

    (Paton) Well, I think I happen to agree with him, but I think that the real issue is going to be, I think the Democrats right now are going to be making the argument that the president, he obviously has the right to make this appointment, but at the same time the United States Senate has the right to confer and consent to whoever they think is the best person. And I think that this is probably the most important decision that would ever be made in this presidential year, and I really don’t think that any of his nominees are going to make it through that process.

    (Nintzel) Rodd, your thoughts?

    (McLeod) Well, I just think that Republicans feel so strongly that a president in his last year of his term shouldn’t nominate a justice they should amend the constitution so that, you know, in the final year of their presidency, the president stops doing that job and maybe plays a lot of golf, goes to the beach. Or is it just a naked power grab?

    (Paton) He can nominate anyone he wants. The senate has to confirm them.

    (McLeod) He sure can but that’s not what they’re saying. They’re not saying, “We’re going to look at who he nominates and if we disagree we’re not going to support him.”

    (Paton) So what’s the difference?

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  • Zona Politics: Battling Climate Change with Fuel From Algae

    February 14th, 2016 from Zona Politics with Jim Nintzel on Vimeo.

    UA engineering professor Kimberly Ogden talks about making fuel from algae, carbon sequestration and other strategies to combat climate change ahead of her Feb. 29 talk in the UA College of Science spring lecture series.

    Then we talk with two authors, Tom Prezelski and Megan Kimble, as part of our ongoing preview of the Tucson Festival of Books.

    ere’s a transcript of the show:

    Hello, everyone. I’m Tucson Weekly senior writer Jim Nintzel, and we’re here to talk Zona Politics. Today, we are once again highlighting the U of A College of Science Spring Lecture Series on Climate Change. Joining us in the studio are Dr. Kimberly Ogden, UA professor of chemical and environmental engineering, who has been studying how to turn algae into fuel. Dr. Ogden will discuss “Carbon Sequestration: Can We Afford It” as part of its Spring Lecture Series at 7 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 29, at Centennial Hall. Dr. Ogden, welcome to Zona Politics.

    (Ogden) Thank you. Thanks for having me.

    (Nintzel) You do a lot of work with biofuels such as algae Tell us a little bit about how that works and where the resource is at this point.

    (Ogden) Well, at the University of Arizona, I lead up a program that’s collaborative with one of the government labs, specifically Northwest Labs and New Mexico State University and Texas A&M, but the U of A is the lead institution and our goal right now for the research is to understand if we can grow algae or cultivate algae outside, 24-7, 365 days a year to be able to make fuel The Department of Energy is our funding source for that. And WE also if you don’t want to make fuel when fuel is only $30 a barrel right now, oil is, and you can also use the algae to make food.

    (Nintzel) And how do you make fuel out of algae?
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  • Zona Politics: How Climate Change Is Affecting the Oceans & Writing About Immigration & the Mexican Border

    ZonaPol2-4-16Fin_1_1 from Zona Politics with Jim Nintzel on Vimeo.

    UA professor of geosciences Joellen Russell talks about how climate change is affecting the world’s oceans. Then we talk with two writers who will be appearing at this year’s Festival of Books: Kathryn Ferguson, author of The Haunting of the Mexican Border, and Margaret Regan, author of Detained and Deported: Stories of Immigrant Families Under Fire.

    Here’s a transcript of the show:

    Hello, everyone. I’m Tucson Weekly senior writer Jim Nintzel and we’re here to talk Zona Politics. Today, we’re once again highlighting the UA College of Science spring lecture series on climate change. Joining us in the studio is Joellen Russell, a U. of A. associate professor of geosciences, who specializes in studying the impacts of climate change on the world’s oceans. Dr. Russell, welcome to Zona Politics.

    (Russell) Thanks for having me.

    (Nintzel) So what got you interested in studying the oceans?

    (Russell) I’m an odd duck. I grew up in an Eskimo fishing village, 31 miles above the Arctic Circle, on the Chukchi Sea, which is actually part of the Arctic Ocean. And being up there in a place where you’re very isolated, and nothing but big broad horizons, I couldn’t wait to be an explorer. And since I decided that all the land had been explored, there was nothing for it but to go to sea.

    (Nintzel) And these days you’re learning about the impact of climate change on the oceans, and you’ve learned that the heat energy from the increased release of carbon in the atmosphere has really been sinking into the sea. What has been the impact of that?

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  • Zona Politics: What’s the Impact of Climate Change?

    ZonaPol1-21Final from Zona Politics with Jim Nintzel on Vimeo.

    Air date: Jan. 24, 2016

    UA College of Science Dean Joaquin Ruiz talks about climate change and previews the UA’s Spring Lecture Series, Earth Transformed. Then Kacey Ernst, a UA associate professor of public health, joins me to talk about how climate change will impact human health, particularly when it comes to us here in the Southwestern United States.

    The Spring Lecture Series kicks off Monday, Sept. 25, at 7 p.m. at UA Centennial Hall, with UA geosciences professor talking about the impact of climate change on the oceans. It’s free. Find more details here.

    Here’s a transcript of the show:

    (Nintzel) Hello, everyone. I’m Tucson Weekly senior writer Jim Nintzel and we’re here to talk Zona Politics. Today, we’re taking a break from the usual political debates to lay a little science on you. Every year, the UA College of Science presents a spring lecture series and this year, the six lectures will focus on climate change Joining me today to talk about the upcoming lectures is Joaquin Ruiz, the dean of the UA College of Science. Dean Ruiz, welcome to Zona Politics.

    (Ruiz) Thank you for having me.

    (Nintzel) So, you’ve been packing people into Centennial Hall lectures for several years, now. This year’s theme is climate change. You’re calling it “Earth Transformed.” It begins on Monday, Jan. 25. Why did you pick this topic?

    (Ruiz) We’ve been doing these lecture series 11 years. Ten years ago we did it on global climate change. So much has happened that we thought it was important to bring it for a tenth anniversary of what we said ten years ago, and bring it and really to show how the earth has really been transformed by us. Ten years ago we were still debating it. Now we know.

    (Nintzel) And, bottom line, how badly have we screwed up this planet?

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