Critics say far-right Arizona Republicans have taken over the agenda at the Capitol

By Lauren Gilger
Published: Wednesday, March 8, 2023 - 11:01am
Updated: Thursday, March 9, 2023 - 8:01am

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When Arizona Republican lawmakers met to elect their new leader at the beginning of this session, they chose Ben Toma to lead the majority caucus in the state House.

It was seen as an optimistic choice given the new split government. Toma, certainly a conservative, has a reputation as someone who can work with the other side — and that’s important given the razor-thin margin Republicans are working with at the Capitol this year, not to mention a Democratic governor. 

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Arizona House Republican Caucus
Ben Toma

But now, critics say the far-right wing of the GOP has taken over the agenda at the Capitol — and that willing-to-negotiate leadership is nowhere to be found. 

Rachel Leingang, co-founder of the Arizona Agenda, and Capitol watcher joined The Show to explain what's happening.

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