Stories in the ‘Politics’ category …

Obama to share mortgage payment plan

Wednesday, February 18th, 2009

(Phoenix, AZ) President Obama is in Phoenix today speaking to homeowners about his plan to help those who are struggling reduce their mortgage payments. But some skeptics worry about what the plan will cost. Rene Gutel reports. Listen here.

This story aired on Marketplace.

Students Protest Arizona Education Cuts

Wednesday, January 28th, 2009

(Phoenix, AZ) Students from across Arizona are demonstrating Wednesday at the state Capitol against budget reductions in education funding. Some of their professors canceled classes to allow them to attend the protest. Listen here.

This story aired on NPR’s All Things Considered.

Obama Warns of Challenges Ahead, Kicking Off Inaugural Celebrations

Monday, January 19th, 2009

(Washington, DC) Barack Obama, in a speech on Sunday in Washington kicking off three days celebrations ahead of his inauguration as President on Tuesday, warned Americans that there are tough challenges ahead. Hundreds of thousands of people gathered in the US capital for a free outdoor concert. Obama is to honour Martin Luther King Jr on Monday, the day that the civil rights leader’s birthday is observed in the United States. Listen here.

This story aired on Radio France Internationale.

Food for the Inauguration

Saturday, January 17th, 2009

(Washington, DC) Pasquale Ingenito is executive chef of Windows Catering Company, one of the premier catering companies in the DC area. This weekend his kitchens will be in “full production mode” as they prepare food for the various Inaugural events over the next few days. Weekend America host John Moe checks in live with Pasquale in the kitchen. Listen here.

This story aired on public radio’s Weekend America.

Gov. Napolitano’s Move Leaves Some Arizonans Angry

Tuesday, November 25th, 2008

(Phoenix, AZ) With Democratic Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano moving to Washington to become Homeland Security Chief, she’s leaving behind a state entirely under Republican control. Some local Democrats feel abandoned in the midst of a severe budget crisis. Listen here.

This story aired on NPR’s Day to Day.

Is Arizona a Battleground State?

Tuesday, November 4th, 2008

(Phoenix, AZ) There is little doubt that Barack Obama will win his home state of Illinois against his challenger John McCain in America’s presidential elections. But McCain’s home turf of Arizona is now considered a swing state by many, especially as Barack Obama starts to pump campaign cash into the southwestern state that has elected McCain to the Senate for more than 20 years. But as Rene Gutel reports from Phoenix, McCain has a lead but Obama’s crowd won’t go quietly. Listen here.

This story aired on World Radio Switzerland.

McCain HQ, AZ: The Band Plays On

Tuesday, November 4th, 2008

(Phoenix, AZ) Rene Gutel reports on the atmosphere at John McCain headquarters in Phoenix, Arizona a short time before John McCain conceded defeat to Barack Obama. Listen here.

This report aired live on World Radio Switzerland on Election Night 2008.

Crossing Party Lines

Sunday, November 2nd, 2008

(Phoenix, AZ) Not all Republicans are excited about presidential candidate John McCain. And some Democrats have reservations about Barack Obama. Rene Gutel profiles two voters who are crossing party lines this election. Listen here. (Hour 2)

This story aired on Down to the Wire.

Twitter and the Election

Sunday, November 2nd, 2008

(Phoenix, AZ) Rene Gutel reports on the unique role Twitter has played during the fall 2008 presidential election. Listen here. (Hour 3)

This story aired on Down to the Wire.

The Last Weekend

Saturday, November 1st, 2008

(Phoenix, AZ) At this stage the presidential race, more than ever before, is all about electoral math. Which states can you pick off to get to 270 electoral votes and win the presidency? For John McCain’s campaign, that means a huge focus on Pennsylvania. If McCain can win the Keystone state, he has a chance. From Pennsylvania, we head over to John McCain’s home state of Arizona to speak with reporter Rene Gutel. One would think it’s a gimme for McCain – he’s represented the state in the Senate for 20 years. But a recent series of polls show a statistical dead heat between McCain and Barack Obama. And late this week, the Obama campaign announced they would be buying advertising there, suggesting they think it’s in play. Rene Gutel joins us from the Arizona Democratic Party Headquarters in Phoenix. Listen here.

This story aired on Weekend America.