Michael Chihak’s weekly TV Show “Arizona Week” is in its 14th Week since its debut on January 14, 2011. Tonight’s show (every Friday at 8:30 p.m. on KUAT Channel 6) focused on U.S. Senator Jon Kyl’s announcement not to seek re-election, Congresswoman Gabby Giffords’ recovery, redistricting, and political campaigns.
Host Chihak’s guests tonight were Assistant Professor Kate Kenski of the UA Dept. of Communication, and Carol Zimmerman, of Zimmerman Public Affairs (and apparently no relation to CD 8 aide Gabe Zimmerman who was killed on 1/8/11). Kenski talks about current trends and the growing number of Independents in Arizona. Zimmerman talks about the upcoming federal races in 2012.
Political comments were also provided by Amy Wang, reporter for the Arizona Republic and Ted Robbins, SW correspondent for National Public Radio. Both discuss Congresswoman Giffords’ current condition/treatment and her uncertain future. Amy also reports that only Republican Congressman Jeff Flake (CD 6) has currently announced for U.S. Senator Kyl’s seat. (Board of Regent Fred DuVal, former Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano, and former U.S. Senate candidate Jim Pederson– all Democrats– have declined to run).
View this TV segment online here.
Note: I also heard Jessica Schultz, Congresswoman Giffords’s poltiical director speak this week Monday at Democrats of Greater Tucson, who said that the Congresswoman’s condition was still a “long road to recovery”, as a brain injury survivor.