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The Breakdown: Session Wrap Edition

 

From top left, Senate President Steve Yarbrough, Gov. Doug Ducey, House Speaker J.D. Mesnard, Senate Minority Leader Katie Hobbs, Red for Ed demonstrators, and House Minority Leader Rebecca Rios (Photos by Katie Campbell/Arizona Capitol Times)

From top left, Senate President Steve Yarbrough, Gov. Doug Ducey, House Speaker J.D. Mesnard, Senate Minority Leader Katie Hobbs, Red for Ed demonstrators, and House Minority Leader Rebecca Rios (Photos by Katie Campbell/Arizona Capitol Times)

A special session, an expulsion and a teacher strike – the 2018 session had it all and so much more.

Our reporters sat down with Gov. Doug Ducey as well as Republican and Democratic leaders in both chambers to reflect on the last five months – and what this session’s events may hold for the future.

With the possible exception of Ducey, who is confident about his chance for a second term as he heads into campaign season, none of these leaders will hold the same seats next year. Senate President Steve Yarbrough is choosing to retire, and the others have their sights set on other offices.

And with the lasting effects of the Red for Ed movement yet to be seen, the upheaval they’ll leave behind them could prove to be significant.

Talk of the incoming “blue wave” is still topping Democratic press releases, and Republican appear wary.

But whatever happens to the political establishment, one thing is certain: The voters are watching, and they’re ready to step in if their elected officials don’t get the job done, especially when it comes to public education.

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Music in this episode included “Little Idea,” “Funky Element” and “Energy” by Bensound.

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