Gaggle: Do child welfare officials need warrants and Sen. Jeff Flake gets scorched

Gaggle: Do child welfare officials need warrants and Sen. Jeff Flake gets scorched


Welcome to The Gaggle where we talk politics
in Arizona and beyond. This week: Do child welfare officials need warrants
and Jeff Flake gets scorched at a town hall. But first, if you have a weak stomach, turn
away because I’m going to mention the phrase “Election 2018”. Yvonne, say it ain’t so. It’s so, We’ve got 18 months before the next election
and already we have a bunch of candidates lining up for state-wide office. David Garcia launched his official bid to
try to unseat Governor Doug Ducey. He is a democrat who ran for school superintendent
a couple years, was beat by out 16,000 votes against Diane Douglas, had quite a bit of
money coming his way, including the Chamber of Commerce. So, his big focus right now is education,
and he used the school voucher legislation, which was pushed by Governor Ducey, as his
jumping off point. He said, this could lead to the destruction
or dismantling of public schools, and he could no longer run for school superintendent because
it would be his job to implement it. So, he put together a hastily organized press
conference and announced his bid. I think that some people up in the governor’s
office seem to be a little concerned. They were trying to plant questions for us
to ask Mr. Garcia. Here’s a question: Will he get that chamber
support again? Doubtful, but anything can happen, right? Good question. That’s a very good question. He’s going to be making the rounds state-wide
starting with an event in Tucson over the weekend. I would expect to see him start to make some
of economic argument and try to make a correlation in between Ducey’s education policies and
job growth. Well, someone else is going to be running
for re-election. Right, maybe nobody has a bigger target his
back than Flake. He’s obviously targeted by national democrats. I guess he eagerly waltzed in to a town hall
this week, or last week rather, and basically it was Jeff Flake vs. the democratic base. It was about 1,800, they may dispute how many
were democrats, but it was mostly democrats. All the questions were framed kind of with
the liberal perspective, and he really took a beating. It was a very hostile audience and it makes
you kind of wonder if the democrats didn’t think he was weak and vulnerable, that I think
they do now, just given the way that. It’s 1,800 democrats and 1 chicken. Right, luckily the flaky chicken was kind
of the break-out star. There’s an old KFC, come get the flaky chicken. Right. The original recipes, that kind of thing. Yeah, I think if they took the election there,
clucky would have beat Flake handily at the convention center. How did he feel about that? I mean he, he..he did it. I mean, at least he did it. Right, and is he going to get any credit for
standing up and taking that abuse? I don’t know. It’s just, I think I guess the competing theory
is that we should just better, better to keep our head down and stay out of sight. Now Mary Jo, at the Department of Child Safety,
they are looking at what could be sort of a sea change in how they approach removals
when children are in danger. Talk about that. Well, it’s more the legislature is looking
at this, and they wanted to get a bill that would require a warrant or a court order before
a case worker could take a kid out of his or her home. And Rep. John Allens said let’s run a little
experiment, I’m going to run legislation, we’re going to try this, and it all fell apart
yesterday. Maybe it’s a little too premature, some people
thought this needs a lot more thought. Others wanted it to be a tougher requirement,
so they pulled back, they’re going to study this over the summer and come back with a
fuller blown legislation next year. The intent is, the idea is if you get before
a judge before you take a kid away, maybe so many kids won’t be removed by the state. So what is the agency? Are they saying thumbs up or thumbs down? I know there’s probably a lot of nuance in
there. Well, the agency wants to do this. They say they want to do it, they’re going
to try to proceed, but I don’t know how can do it on their own, they need judges on board. You need a judge 24/7 in 15 counties, and
that takes money and DCS ain’t sharing its money with them. Well, what are we looking for this week? Yvonne? State budget. Well, I guess John McCain is back from his
trip overseas and he’s got a week full of events planned here in Arizona. Mac is back, you know I’m just looking forward
to the weekend this week. Mary Jo? Will the House pass the first ever texting
ban bill in Arizona? This one would just be for teen drivers in
the first 6 months of their license, but it’s on-track to get before the House. We’ll see what the vote does. Alright, thanks for joining us. We’ll be back next week.

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