Feb 19, 2010

UpClose with Albert Hale 

Sen. Albert Hale lives in two distinct worlds. On weekdays, he uses his skills as an attorney to represent the Navajo people and other Native American tribes at the state Capitol. He's one of only two Native Americans in the Anglo-dominated Arizona Legislature.

Feb 12, 2010

UpClose with Adam Driggs

Adam Driggs grew up in a world where high-profile Arizona political figures were family friends. When Driggs was a child, his father was mayor of Phoenix, his family went on vacations with Sandra Day O'Connor, and Sen. Barry Goldwater frequently wrote letters to his family. Also, astronaut Buzz Aldrin is his uncle.

Feb 5, 2010

UpClose with Donna Hamm

Donna Hamm has been lobbying on behalf of prisoners and their families for nearly three decades. She became a justice of the peace in 1981, shortly after moving to Arizona from Ohio. During a tour of one of the state's prisons, she realized the state wasn't doing a good job of preparing prisoners for re-integration into society.

Jan 28, 2010

UpClose with Jim Pederson

It's just not an election season without Jim Pederson. Whether he's running for office, supporting ballot measures, donating to candidates or steering the Arizona Democratic Party, Pederson is omnipresent in the state every two years.

Jan 22, 2010

UpClose with Kevin DeMenna

When a major project is being pitched to lawmakers, Kevin DeMenna and his lobbying firm usually are involved in some capacity.

Jan 8, 2010

UpClose with Marty Shultz

Look up the phrase "political institution" in the dictionary, and there might be a picture of Marty Shultz. At least there should be.

Jan 4, 2010

UpClose with Elliott Pollack

Economists aren't known for being the life of the party, but Elliott Pollack defies the stereotype. The chief economist for Valley National Bank in the 1970s and '80s, and a longtime member of the Legislature's Finance Advisory Committee, Pollack is known for slideshow presentations that feature outlandish photos to drive home the point he is trying to make.

Dec 22, 2009

UpClose with Frank Antenori

If you're in a room with Frank Antenori, you'll definitely know it. The freshman Republican representative from Tucson is loud - no doubt a product of his military days, commanding Special Forces troops in battle. He's also not one to bite his tongue, a personality trait that got him some unwanted press coverage during last year's election when he criticized opponents who were running with public [...]

Dec 11, 2009

UpClose with Harold ‘Hal’ Fish

Five-and-a-half years ago, Harold "Hal" Fish shot and killed a man while hiking in northern Arizona. The event launched a change in the state's self-defense laws, drew national attention and made him a martyr among fervent supporters of the Second Amendment.

Dec 4, 2009

UpClose with Paul Babeu

In a landmark year for Democrats across the country, Paul Babeu defied the trends that have kept Pinal County blue for generations. Babeu in 2008 became the first Republican elected to countywide office in Pinal County history. His goal, he said, was to make the Pinal County Sheriff's Office more efficient and to earn back the trust he felt the department had lost with the public.

Nov 25, 2009

UpClose with House Chief Clerk Norman Moore

When House Speaker Kirk Adams banged the gavel at 3:33 p.m. on Nov. 23 and closed the fourth special session of the 49th Legislature, he also may have brought the end of the final floor session for Norman Moore. Moore has served as chief clerk in the House of Representatives since 1992, when his predecessor Jane Richards retired. The chief clerk is responsible for supervising the bill process a[...]

Nov 20, 2009

UpClose with David Cavazos

Perched in a corner office on the 12th floor of Phoenix's downtown headquarters, David Cavazos has a bird's eye view of the city's growing amenities, including Arizona State University's downtown campus, Chase Field, the US Airways Center and the Sheraton Hotel - all of which have emerged since he moved to Phoenix in 1987.