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Chad Benson doesn't look or sound like a typical talk radio host. And that's a GREAT thing. Conversational, informative, irreverent and very FUNNY. Chad's take on the issues offers a refreshing sound that gives talk listeners the hard news and opinion that they need in a thoughtful, entertaining way that they CRAVE.

Andy Biggs, Arizona Congressman   (00:09:33)2-15-2019
Arizona Congressman, Andy Biggs, joins to talk about the border deal that Congress passed and what the U.S. needs to do with its National Debt.
February 15, 2019   (00:27:23)2-15-2019
President Donald Trump on Friday declared a national emergency to unlock billions of dollars in federal funds to build a wall on the southern border, bypassing Congress after lawmakers refused to meet his multi-billion dollar request for border wall funds.
February 14, 2019   (00:26:44)2-14-2019
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced on the Senate floor that President Donald Trump told him he would sign a border security funding bill that would avert a government shutdown, but also would declare a national emergency in order to get more funding for his proposed...
February 13, 2019   (00:27:50)2-13-2019
A man is dead after an apparent attempt to test a ballistic vest went awry in Central, Arizona Monday, sheriff's officials say.
Kayleigh McEnany, RNC National Spokesperson   (00:08:20)2-13-2019
RNC National Spokesperson, Kayleigh McEnany, joins to discuss the Green New Deal and if President Trump should sign the border deal.
February 12, 2019   (00:28:38)2-12-2019
Drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzmán Loera, who once headed a criminal enterprise that spanned continents and triggered waves of bloodshed throughout his native Mexico, was found guilty Tuesday of all 10 federal criminal counts against him.
February 11, 2019   (00:29:12)2-11-2019
A routine traffic stop escalated into Glendale Police Department officers using a taser on a man 11 times in July 2017, according to body camera footage.
Gregg Murset, Financial Planner and Founder of BusyKid.com   (00:08:30)2-8-2019
Financial Planner and Founder of BusyKid.com, Gregg Murset, joins us to discuss an Arizona bill that would require a financial class to be taken by high school students.
February 8, 2019   (00:27:37)2-8-2019
With Jeff Bezos accusing American Media Inc. of attempted "extortion and blackmail," the company's legal troubles are just beginning.
February 7, 2019   (00:28:18)2-7-2019
Officials in a small Arizona border city are decrying the installation of new razor wire that now covers the entirety of a tall border wall through downtown.
February 6, 2019   (00:28:10)2-6-2019
President Donald Trump delivered his State of the Union address Tuesday night, a speech that was, in equal measure, surprisingly bipartisan and deeply divisive reflective of the deep contradictions that sit at the heart of his presidency.
Amy Kremer, Co-Founder and Chair of Woman for Trump   (00:07:35)2-6-2019
Co-Founder and Chair of Woman for Trump, Amy Kremer, joins to give her reaction to Trump's State of the Union speech and if she thinks it unified the United States.
Felecia Rotellini, Chair of the Arizona Democratic Party   (00:05:31)2-6-2019
Chair of the Arizona Democratic Party, Felecia Rotellini, joins to give her reaction to Trump's State of the Union speech last night and if she thinks there can be bipartisanship in Congress.
Debbie Lesko, Arizona Congresswoman   (00:08:19)2-5-2019
Arizona Congresswoman, Debbie Lesko, joins to give her reaction to Trump's State of the Union speech and Stacey Abrams Democratic response.
Dr. Mike O’Neil, KTAR Political Analyst   (00:08:11)2-5-2019
KTAR Political Analyst, Dr. Mike O’Neil, joins to give his reaction to Trump's State of the Union speech and Stacey Abrams Democratic response.
February 5, 2019 - Hour 2   (00:31:27)2-5-2019
Chad breaks down his thoughts on Trump's State of the Union speech and Stacey Abrams Democratic response.
February 5, 2019 - Hour 1   (00:30:02)2-5-2019
The White House says President Donald Trump will call for optimism and unity in Tuesday’s State of the Union address, using the moment to attempt a reset after two years of bitter partisanship and deeply personal attacks.
David Schweikert, Arizona Congressman   (00:10:16)2-5-2019
Arizona Congressman David Shweikert joins Chad Benson and gives his expectation for the State of the Union and what he'd like to hear from President Trump.    
February 4, 2019   (00:28:45)2-4-2019
Democratic Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam is now claiming he’s not even in the photograph that displays one in blackface and the other man in a klu-klux-klan outfit. It's another Patriots Superbowl win they defeated the LA Rams 13-3. Chad gives a recap of the game.
February 1, 2019   (00:28:39)2-1-2019
Sen. Cory Booker officially joined the crowded field of Democratic presidential primary hopefuls Friday, the latest step in a near-decade-long journey toward an anticipated campaign to be the second African-American U.S. president.
January 31, 2019   (00:32:16)1-31-2019
President Donald Trump expressed skepticism Thursday that a congressional committee will agree to his demands for a border wall, raising the specters of another government shutdown or an "emergency declaration" sure to be challenged in court.
January 30, 2019   (00:28:39)1-30-2019
Declared 2020 candidate California Democratic Sen. Kamala Harris proposed a “Medicare-for-all”. She would be willing to entirely eliminate the option for citizens to get coverage through the private insurance market.
January 29, 2019   (00:28:20)1-29-2019
Any Democrat with dreams of occupying the Oval Office can see Donald Trump is a vulnerable president who hasn’t broadened his appeal beyond his base. A lot of them are going to run for their party’s nomination next year. Senators Elizabeth Warren, Kirsten Gillibrand, and Kama...
January 25, 2019   (00:27:07)1-25-2019
President Donald Trump announced that there is a potential deal to reopen the government for three weeks, a move that comes weeks after a protracted shutdown.
January 24, 2019   (00:26:51)1-24-2019
Lawmakers will try to officially make texting and driving illegal in Arizona. It seems that in every legislative session a statewide texting ban measure is introduced but eventually shot down. Sen. Kate Brophy McGee is introducing SB 1165. If signed into law, Arizona will finally...
January 23, 2019   (00:26:22)1-23-2019
President Donald Trump declared his annual State of the Union address "canceled" on Wednesday after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi sent word she would bar him from delivering the speech in the House chamber while parts of the government remain shut down.
January 22, 2019   (00:28:41)1-22-2019
President Donald Trump on Saturday launched a new plan to end the government shutdown, offering temporary protection from deportations for some undocumented immigrants in exchange for $5.7 billion in wall funding.
David Schweikert, Arizona Congressman   (00:07:59)1-22-2019
Arizona Congressman David Schweikert joins to answer how long he believes the government shutdown will last, and reaction to Trump's plan announced on Saturday that would end the shutdown. 
January 18, 2019   (00:27:52)1-18-2019
Intense police body camera footage released Friday showed a 14-year-old burglary suspect running away when he was fatally shot by a Tempe officer Tuesday.
January 17, 2019   (00:28:43)1-17-2019
President Trump cancels Pelosi's overseas trip citing the shutdown as reason. “Dear Madame Speaker,” the letter begins, “Due to the Shutdown, I am sorry to inform you that your trip to Brussels, Egypt, and Afghanistan have been postponed.”
January 16, 2019   (00:28:41)1-16-2019
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi has sent a letter to President Donald Trump asking to move the day of the State of the Union address or deliver it in writing, citing security concerns from the ongoing government shutdown.
Beth Lewis, Teacher and Chair of Save Our Schools Arizona   (00:09:40)1-15-2019
Teacher and Chair of Save Our Schools Arizona Beth Lewis joins to talk about Arizona Governor Doug Ducey's State of the State Address and if she thinks officers should be at all the schools that need one.
January 15, 2019   (00:28:51)1-15-2019
In recent days more than 1,500 campaigns have been set up on the crowdfunding site, GoFundMe, by furloughed government employees looking for help.
January 14, 2019   (00:28:25)1-14-2019
Trump lashes out everywhere amid Russia scrutiny, "I never worked for Russia, and you know that answer better than anybody," Trump said, calling the entire investigation into possible collusion between his campaign and Moscow "a whole big fat hoax."
January 11, 2019   (00:28:33)1-11-2019
The Hacienda HealthCare employee who called emergency services after a patient gave birth to a baby while in a vegetative state said the infant was not breathing after delivery.
January 10, 2019   (00:28:08)1-10-2019
President Trump on Thursday visited the U.S.-Mexico border in Texas and argued a barrier made of steel would deter human trafficking and drugs, amid stalled negotiations with Democrats over funding the border project and ending the partial government shutdown.
Paul Bentz, Senior Vice President - Research & Strategy for HighGround Inc.   (00:07:13)1-9-2019
Senior Vice President of Research & Strategy for HighGround Inc. Paul Bentz joins to talk about how polls can be manipulated to lean one way and how pollsters are trying to avoid that.
January 9, 2019   (00:28:03)1-9-2019
The Arizona Cardinals hired former Texas Tech head coach Kliff Kingsbury to become the franchise’s next head coach.
January 8, 2019 - Hour 3   (00:35:28)1-8-2019
President Trump delivered his speech saying he will not open up the Government without funding for a border wall, as Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi demand Trump to re-open the Government and then work on border security
Dr. Mike O'Neil, KTAR Political Analyst   (00:07:07)1-8-2019
KTAR Political Analyst Dr. Mike O'Neil joins to give his reaction to President Trump and democratic leaders Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer speeches to the nation on the Government shutdown and border security.
January 8, 2019 - Hour 2   (00:25:19)1-8-2019
President Trump and both Democratic leaders Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer addressed the nation talking about border security and the Government shutdown.
January 8, 2019 - Hour 1   (00:29:45)1-8-2019
President Trump will make a case to a national television audience for long-sought border wall funding, but he is not expected to declare a national emergency that could empower him to move forward with construction without congressional consent.
David Schweikert, Arizona Congressman   (00:05:06)1-8-2019
Arizona Congressman David Schweikert joins to discuss what to expect from Trump's speech on border security.
January 7, 2019   (00:28:04)1-7-2019
Senate Democrats will try to block action on a Syria sanctions bill when it comes up for a vote Tuesday, an effort to keep the focus on the government shutdown.
Andy Biggs, Arizona Congressman   (00:09:10)1-7-2019
Arizona Congressman Andy Biggs joins to discuss how long the Government shutdown could last and what Congress is doing to end the shutdown.
January 3, 2019   (00:32:29)1-3-2019
Martha McSally and Kyrsten Sinema made history as the state’s first federal female senators, while U.S. Reps. Ann Kirkpatrick and Debbie Lesko were among the record-high 102 women who were sworn into the House.
January 2, 2019   (00:30:21)1-2-2019
No one budged at President Donald Trump's White House meeting with congressional leaders Wednesday, so the partial government shutdown persisted through a 12th day over his demand for billions of dollars to build a wall along the U.S. border with Mexico. They'll try again Friday.
December 21, 2018   (00:26:52)12-21-2018
Congress rushed to find a solution for a government shutdown stalemate Friday, as President Donald Trump warned of a “very long” closure if lawmakers did not approve money for his proposed border wall. Happy Holidays!
Andy Biggs, Arizona Congressman   (00:08:52)12-19-2018
Arizona Congressman Andy Biggs joins to talk about the looming Government Shutdown.
December 19, 2018   (00:28:10)12-19-2018
In one of this Congress's final acts, the Senate overwhelmingly approved the most significant change in a generation to prison sentencing laws late Tuesday evening, offering much-needed reforms to the nation's criminal justice system.
December 18, 2018   (00:28:03)12-18-2018
McSally was picked by Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey to succeed outgoing U.S. Sen. Jon Kyl. “Over the last year, I’ve traveled across this great state, meeting with countless Arizonans, and listening to them,” McSally said in a statement.
Chuck Coughlin, President & Chief Executive Officer High Ground Inc.   (00:09:36)12-17-2018
President & Chief Executive Officer High Ground Inc. Chuck Coughlin joined to discuss who could be the replacement in the Senate for Jon Kyl who was the replacement for John McCain.
December 17, 2018   (00:28:13)12-17-2018
New report from the National Institute on Drug Abuse finds a record number of teens are using e-cigarettes.
December 13, 2018   (00:27:11)12-13-2018
With a City Council vote on a $230 million renovation plan delayed, it has been revealed that Suns owner Robert Sarver has told some council members he might move the team to Seattle or Las Vegas.
December 12, 2018   (00:27:20)12-12-2018
Michael Cohen was sentenced to 3 years behind bars for what a Manhattan federal court judge called a “veritable smorgasbord" of criminal conduct, including making secret payments to women who claimed they had affairs with Trump, lying to Congress about the president’s busines...
December 11, 2018   (00:26:37)12-11-2018
President Trump clashed Tuesday with Democratic leaders Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi with the cameras rolling in the Oval Office, as the president insisted he is willing to let the government shut down if Congress does not approve funding for his U.S.-Mexico border wall.
December 10, 2018   (00:27:43)12-10-2018
Democrats said that the latest court documents filed in regard to Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump's former longtime lawyer, have pushed the idea of impeachment further along, though they seek more information before making a determination on whether to actually pursue it.
December 7, 2018   (00:26:18)12-7-2018
John Kelly is expected to resign as White House chief of staff in the coming days. Kelly was interviewed by special counsel Robert Mueller's team in recent months.
December 6, 2018   (00:28:45)12-6-2018
Americans offered their final farewells to George H.W. Bush ahead of his burial today in Texas, concluding a four-day tribute to the 41st president.
December 3, 2018   (00:27:50)12-3-2018
Former President George H.W. Bush returned to Washington for the final time on Monday as the nation he had afforded a lifetime of public service prepared to say goodbye.
David Schweikert, Arizona Congressman   (00:08:00)12-3-2018
Arizona Congressman David Schweikert joins to talk about the possibility of a Government shutdown and how Congress can avoid it. 
November 30, 2018   (00:26:16)11-30-2018
Michael Cohen’s plea deal for making false statements to Congress doesn’t just indicate that he lied about the Trump Organization’s attempt to get a real estate project off the ground in Russia, it also indicates that the Kremlin helped in the cover-up.
November 29, 2018   (00:28:08)11-29-2018
Michael Cohen pleads guilty to lying to Congress over Trump project in Russia. President Donald Trump reacted to the news calling his former lawyer "very weak."
November 28, 2018   (00:28:31)11-28-2018
President Trump said he wouldn’t be opposed to a possible pardon for former campaign manager Paul Manafort, whom he called “brave,” days after Special Counsel Robert Mueller's office claimed he violated his plea deal by lying to prosecutors.
November 27, 2018   (00:28:15)11-27-2018
U.S. President Donald Trump has defended the use of tear gas on a crowd of migrants, including children, trying to cross the US-Mexico border.
November 26, 2018   (00:30:20)11-26-2018
A planned peaceful march by the migrant “caravan” broke down at the U.S.-Mexico border in Tijuana, as groups of desperate people attempted to cross the border escalating into US Border Patrol agents firing tear gas that spread for nearly a kilometer through a crowd that inclu...
November 16, 2018   (00:28:19)11-16-2018
Federal judge Timothy J. Kelly sided with CNN, ordering the White House to reinstate chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta's press pass.
November 15, 2018   (00:28:00)11-15-2018
President Donald Trump continued to spread unsubstantiated conspiracies about voter fraud in American elections as midterm election ballots continue to be counted and recounted in key races in Florida and Georgia. Trump has aggressively accused elections officials of forging and ...
Drew Rheinhardt, Co-owner of the Phoenix Reptile Expo   (00:06:42)11-15-2018
Co-owner of the Phoenix Reptile Expo, Drew Rheinhardt joins to talk about the Phoenix Reptile Expo this weekend in Mesa, Arizona.  
Jessie Jane Duff, Gunnery Sergeant and Retired Marine   (00:08:25)11-15-2018
Gunnery Sergeant and Retired Marine, Jessie Jane Duff joins us to talk about border security and how the caravan will affect that. 
November 14, 2018   (00:27:58)11-14-2018
Two years of seething over 2016 and a late surge of voters seem to have helped Arizona Democrats narrowly break the state's recent Republican red domination.
November 13, 2018   (00:29:33)11-13-2018
CNN has filed a lawsuit against President Trump and several of his aides, seeking the immediate restoration of chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta's access to the White House. The lawsuit is a response to the White House's suspension of Acosta's press pass, known as a Secr...
Paul Bentz, Senior Vice President - Research & Strategy for HighGround Inc.   (00:09:12)11-13-2018
Senior Vice President and Research & Strategy for HighGround Inc., Paul Bentz, joins to talk about Krysten Sinema being elected into the senate and if Arizona is turning purple.
November 12, 2018   (00:37:35)11-12-2018
Arizona officially has its first female senator to represent the state in Washington, D.C., and her name is Kyrsten Sinema.
David Tyda, Downtown Donut Festival Director   (00:14:28)11-9-2018
Downtown Donut Festival Director, David Tyda, joins to talk about the Downtown Donut Festival and what to expect when going to the event.
November 9, 2018   (00:29:06)11-9-2018
A day after overtaking McSally, who led by approximately 17,000 votes after Election Day, Sinema expanded her advantage to more than 21,000 votes. 
November 7, 2018   (00:28:42)11-7-2018
President Donald Trump fired Attorney General Jeff Sessions, "At your request I am submitting my resignation," Sessions wrote in a letter to White House chief of staff John Kelly. Matthew Whitaker will take over as acting attorney general, the President said.
Beth Lewis, Teacher and Chair of Save Our Schools Arizona   (00:09:36)11-7-2018
Teacher and Chair of Save Our Schools Arizona, Beth Lewis joins to talk about the election results and what they mean for education moving forward.
Paul Bentz, Senior Vice President of HighGround Inc   (00:07:40)11-7-2018
Senior Vice President of HighGround Inc, Paul Bentz, joins to talk midterm 2018 election results. What were the big surprises and why are we having to wait so long for the McSally vs. Sinema results?
November 5, 2018   (00:29:24)11-5-2018
The latest OH Predictive Insight/ABC15 poll showed Republican Senate hopeful Martha McSally leading Democratic opponent Kyrsten Sinema, 49 percent to 48 percent. Maricopa County Recorder Adrian Fontes expressed confidence that there won’t be a repeat of the major glitches that ...
David Clarke, Former Milwaukee Sheriff and Senior Advisor & Spokesman for America First Action   (00:08:37)11-5-2018
Former Milwaukee Sheriff and Senior Advisor & Spokesman for America First Action, David Clarke, joins to talk about the midterms and if there will be a blue wave or not.
Jonathan Paton, Former State Senator and Spokesman for Yes on 306   (00:06:49)11-5-2018
Former State Senator and Spokesman for Yes on 306, Jonathan Paton, joins us to talk about Prop 306. What does the prop say and what does a yes vote or a not vote mean?
November 2, 2018   (00:29:47)11-2-2018
The US economy added 250,000 jobs in October, significantly exceeding expectations, the unemployment rate remained at 3.7%, a 49-year low. Hispanic unemployment reached its lowest rate ever, at 4.4%.
November 1, 2018   (00:28:17)11-1-2018
Senior Vice President of HighGround Inc Paul Bentz joins to discuss the latest polls on the Arizona Senate race as well as what Props are on the ballot and what a yes or a no vote will mean.
Paul Bentz, Senior Vice President of HighGround Inc   (00:15:54)11-1-2018
Senior Vice President of HighGround Inc Paul Bentz joins to discuss the latest polls on the Arizona Senate race as well as what Props are on the ballot and what a yes or a no vote will mean.
October 31, 2018   (00:28:50)10-31-2018
Counselor to President Trump Kellyanne Conway joins us to discuss the midterms including the big Senate race in Arizona between Martha McSally and Kyrsten Sinema.
Kellyanne Conway, Counselor to President Trump   (00:09:45)10-31-2018
Counselor to President Trump Kellyanne Conway joins us to discuss the midterms including the big Senate race in Arizona between Martha McSally and Kyrsten Sinema.
October 30, 2018   (00:28:45)10-30-2018
President Trump says he plans to issue an executive order that will end birthright citizenship for children born in the United States.He made the statement in a taped interview with Axios that will air in an upcoming HBO special, but it’s an idea that he has floated previously ...
October 29, 2018   (00:28:46)10-29-2018
Eleven people were killed Saturday morning when a gunman stormed the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh and opened fire on the congregants inside.
October 26, 2018   (00:29:09)10-26-2018
Following a nationwide manhunt, federal authorities have arrested a 56-year-old Florida man accused of sending a series of explosive devices to prominent Democrats and critics of President Trump. The suspect, Cesar Sayoc, was arrested and charged with five federal crimes.
October 25, 2018   (00:27:56)10-25-2018
Megyn Kelly was once talked about as the future face of NBC News. Now, according to a person with direct knowledge of the matter, she has lost her perch as host of NBC's Today show.
October 24, 2018   (00:29:34)10-24-2018
Pipe bombs were sent to several prominent Democrats, including former President Barack Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, setting off an intense investigation into whether a bomber is going after political figures vilified by the right wing.
October 23, 2018   (00:28:43)10-23-2018
President Donald Trump proudly asserted that he is a “nationalist” at a campaign event in Houston. A designation some of his fiercest critics have previously wielded against him as an attack on what they deem nativist policy pursuits by his administration.
October 22, 2018   (00:28:58)10-22-2018
President Donald Trump declared the U.S. will begin cutting aid to three Central American countries he accused of failing to stop thousands of migrants heading for the U.S. border.
October 19, 2018 - Hour 2   (00:43:23)10-19-2018
Trump held his rally tonight in Mesa, Arizona. Chad gives his reaction as well as guests reaction to Trump's speech. 
Chuck Coughlin, President & Chief Executive Officer High Ground Inc.   (00:11:24)10-19-2018
President & Chief Executive Officer High Ground Inc. Chuck Coughlin joins to give his reaction to Trump's speech. 
October 19, 2018 - Hour 1   (00:15:19)10-19-2018
President Donald Trump holds a rally in Mesa tonignt at 6:30pm to campaign for U.S. Senate hopeful Martha McSally and other Republican candidates.
Paul Bentz, Senior Vice President of HighGround Inc   (00:07:16)10-19-2018
Senior Vice President of HighGround Inc Paul Bentz joins to talk about if Trump campainging for McSally will help her out in the Senate race.
Jim Cross, KTAR News Reporter   (00:06:18)10-19-2018
KTAR News Reporter, Jim Cross, joins to talk about how the crowd is at the Trump Rally and how protestors are reacting. 
October 17, 2018   (00:27:51)10-17-2018
Former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio has sued the New York Times for libel, in a complaint filed Tuesday night. Arpaio was seeking $147.5 million in compensatory and punitive damages, court documents showed.