Since his first press briefing March 2 to extending the statewide stay-at-home order on April 29, Republican Gov. Doug Ducey has filled a momentous, and at times controversial, timeline of actions regarding the new coronavirus.
His incremental steps have evoked bold responses from constituents, business owners and political leaders on both sides of the aisle. And his administration’s decision to cut off data from university researchers modeling state-specific COVID-19 case projections led to national scrutiny and a swift reversal.
Dissent from all angles has rendered impossible a scenario in which the governor can take action without accounting for political consequence.
This week on The Gaggle, an Arizona politics podcast, national political reporters Yvonne Wingett Sanchez and Ronald J. Hansen parse the messy web of politics that has affected Gov. Ducey’s decision making. Joining the hosts are Arizona Repubilc reporters Maria Polletta and Ryan Randazzo.
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