Episode 13: The Madden curse

Welcome to The Point Being podcast for the week of Nov. 10

John D’Orlando, new Daily Star president and publisher, joins us this week to talk about his experience so far in Tucson. We also talk about election results and gun control.

Listen and check out the show notes below.


1:00 – Meet John D’Orlando, the Star’s new president and publisher.

25:30 – How did the Star’s endorsements stack up with the will of the voters?

25:53 – Prop. 204, Strong Start Tucson. It was a flawed proposition but it doesn’t mean its goal should be abandoned.

29:27 – Props. 202 and 203. Funding for Reid Park Zoo.

31:27 – Steve Kozachik wins Ward 6.

32:00 – Democrat Paul Durham beat Independent candidate Gary Watson. How hard is it for someone who’s not a Democrat to win in Tucson?

34:50 – Fitz’s cartoon of the week and reader response.

37:42 – Sarah reminisces about the quirks of Oro Valley politics.

39:00 – What readers are talking about in the letters to the editor, including the propositions and the gun violence in Texas.

41:30 – Our groovy recommendations for the week:

David shamelessly plugs his new calendar for 2018 — now with all 12 months!

A story about the death penalty prompts Luis to recommend the 1994 film “Amateur.”

Thanks for listening!

Episode 11: All about endorsements

Welcome to The Point Being podcast for the week of Oct. 20

Cartoonist David Fitzsimmons is on vacation this week, so editor Sarah Garrecht Gassen and editorial writer Luis Carrasco talk about the Star’s endorsements for the November ballot, including Prop. 204, Strong Start Tucson.

Listen and check out the show notes below.

1:15 – Proposition 204, Strong Start Tucson, gets a reluctant ‘no’ from the Star’s editorial board.

7:37 – The Koch brothers and Prop. 204.

8:44 – Our hopes for Strong Start Tucson.

10:30 – ‘Yes’ on Prop. 203 and 203, money for the Reid Park Zoo.

12:42 – Tucson’s screwy way of electing people to city council.

14:15 – Who makes up the editorial board and how decisions are made.

15:50 – Gary Watson, Independent, for Ward 3.

20:40 – Steve Kozachik, Democrat, for Ward 6.

20:42 – Prop. 204 comes back for more.

Thanks for listening!