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Critics Say Ducey Dodging Gun Safety Discussion

This election season, Gov. Doug Ducey has cleared his schedule for a number of publicity events. However, critics have noticed he has not accepted invitations to debate more pressing topics like school safety and gun control.

He showed up last week for a food bank ceremony and, this week in front of TV cameras, he held a ceremonial signing of a child safety bill after returning from Washington to help President Trump praise U.S. Customs and Border Patrol agents.

But when asked why he turned down an invitation to discuss gun and school safety with his Republican challengers, he blamed his schedule.

"We get thousands and thousands and thousands of requests," Ducey explained. "I've often said, tongue-in-cheek, that this would be a great job for someone with a miserable home life because you could be gone morning, noon and night."

Ducey denied avoiding events where he could be questioned about his positions.

The governor spent the rest of Tuesday at a closed-to-the-public meeting of insurance company employees and later gave a speech to members of the League of Arizona Cities and Towns where attendees paid several hundred dollars to register.

Holliday Moore is a native Arizonan and veteran journalist who joined KJZZ’s news team in January 2017.Moore graduated from Arizona State University after double majoring in mass communications and marketing/management. She spent her first two decades reporting for television news, beginning in small markets and working up to congressional correspondent in Washington, D.C., for a political news service.Family commitments in Arizona brought her back to the Southwest, where she covered legislative and court beats for Albuquerque’s KRQE-TV and the infamous Four Corner Manhunt as KREZ-TV’s managing editor.Back home in Phoenix, she developed ABC15’s “Democracy Project,” now instituted at all Scripps’ news stations nationwide. Her work garnered “Best Practices” recognition by the Poynter Institute and the prestigious Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Television Political Journalism.Her television reports, from sports to cultural issues, earned her multiple Emmy and Associated Press nominations, including a Rocky Mountain Emmy for her Hopi Partition Land Act coverage.As she started a family, Moore started her own media production agency, producing magazine-style travel stories for the Emmy-winning Arizona Highways Television show while working part time for a Valley radio station. She is convinced radio is where visual, sound, and print are merging through deeper storytelling. In her relatively short time with radio network affiliates, she has won four Edward R. Murrow Awards and multiple nominations from other professional news societies.Moore now teaches advanced broadcast writing to the next generation of reporters at ASU’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, where a high percentage have gone on to receive national awards for their work in her class. She enjoys being back home near childhood friends and sharing the beautiful Arizona desert with her husband and young son.