President Donald Trump delivered his first State of the Union this week, touching on a variety of topics from immigration to nuclear weapons. His rise to the Oval Office was largely due to support from voters in rural communities.
Arizona 360 wanted to check in with supporters of then-candidate Trump to see how the last year shaped their views of his presidency. Host Lorraine Rivera traveled to the neighboring communities of Sonoita and Elgin in northeastern Santa Cruz County to watch the president's address with a group that explained why their support for President Trump remains strong.
One day after President Trump's inauguration, Women's March supporters stepped out by the tens of thousands in cities across the United States and around the world. An event in Tucson attracted 15,000 demonstrators. This year, organizers marked the anniversary with a vigil and plans for another march in 2019. Sheli Weis and Pamela Bickell, leaders behind the movement, joined Lorraine Rivera in studio to share how their message changed in the last year and where their activism will go next.
The State of the Union lacked the president's off-the-cuff style normally delivered in his tweets. Kate Kenski, Ph.D., teaches political communication in the University of Arizona Department of Communication and the School of Government and Public Policy. She explained how President Trump's Twitter feed affects how audiences receive his more cordial speeches.
President Trump dismantled a number of Obama-era initiatives during his first year in office. Vanessa Barchfield reports that could eventually include a 20-year ban on uranium mining near the Grand Canyon.
Featured in this story: Mark Chalmers, President and CEO, Energy Fuels Resources Tom Zoellner, Author, Uranium: War, Energy and the Rock that Shaped the World Frank Bain, Geologist and Mining Consultant Roger Clark, Grand Canyon Program Director, Grand Canyon Trust Carletta Tilousi, Member, Havasupai Tribal Council Art Babbott, District 1 Supervisor, Coconino County Board of Supervisors