Chris Herstam

Chris Herstam

Chris Herstam has four decades of experience at the Arizona state Capitol. He has been an elected lawmaker, a gubernatorial chief of staff, a lobbyist, director of the Department of Insurance and president of the Arizona Board of Regents. Find him on Twitter at @chrisherstam.


Monday Musings: Will AZ’s GOP trifecta vanish in 2021?

By: - March 16, 2020

Political junkies who love a good soap opera should tune in to Arizona’s Legislative District 6, where the 2020 election could end the Republican’s “trifecta” control of the Governor’s Office, the State House and the Senate.


Monday Musings: What Raytheon wants, Raytheon gets

By: - March 9, 2020

Raytheon Missile Systems wants it. And you can count on Raytheon to get what it wants.  

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Monday Musings: The end of lengthy vote-counting in Arizona?

By: - March 2, 2020

The last several election nights have been very frustrating. Why? Because tons of votes couldn’t be counted and we had to wait days to know the outcome of close races. 

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Monday Musings: The white flag flies over Ducey’s SB1070

By: - February 24, 2020

In his State of the State speech last month, Gov. Doug Ducey called for a 2020 ballot measure constitutionally banning “sanctuary cities,” breathing new life into the acrimonious immigration debate. 

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Monday Musings: Chill out and focus on turnout in 2020, Democrats

By: - February 17, 2020

As Arizona’s Democratic presidential preference election early ballots are mailed to voters this week and other state primaries continue to roll out, Democratic activists are frenetic. 


Monday Musings: Will Dems win in 2020 only to see GOP control in 2021?

By: - February 10, 2020

Zzzzzz…. Is this the sound of State Capitol legislators, lobbyists, staffers or journalists grabbing a few minutes of sleep? Unfortunately, no. The Zs, as they are known in political circles, are a group of Democratic House incumbents being recruited hard by big business interests.


Monday Musings: Ducey for president – but in D.C. or Tempe?

By: - February 3, 2020

An often-asked political question by State Capitol observers these days: what will Gov. Doug Ducey do when his current, final term in office is over? What’s his next dream job?


Monday Musings: Ducey budget is a better deal than GOP leadership plans

By: - January 27, 2020

The State Capitol budget is on an election year fast track, and that’s OK. Republican legislators should pass Gov. Doug Ducey’s fiscal year 2021 budget recommendation as is, thus eliminating what has become a closed-door, drawn-out GOP budget process. Democratic legislators can protest with their votes against it.


Monday Musings: Celebrating MLK amid Trump’s white nationalism

By: - January 20, 2020

Our current president is not only working against many of the principles espoused by Dr. King, he is also indirectly soliciting white nationalist political support.


Monday Musings: Raw politics will impact the 2020 session

By: - January 13, 2020

Three burning election year political questions hover over the State Capitol as the 2020 legislative session gets underway today, placing enormous pressure on leadership and three key lawmakers. 


Monday Musings: All eyes on how Sinema handles impeachment

By: - January 6, 2020

Columnist Chris Herstam weighs in on what's happening in Arizona politics and uses his 40 years of experience in and around government to help you understand what's happening behind the scenes and why it's important.