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Aug 19, 2022Liked by Rachel Leingang, Hank Stephenson

As local newspapers disappear your work becomes ever more important

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Aug 19, 2022Liked by Rachel Leingang, Hank Stephenson, Arizona Agenda

Kudos to you both. You fill an important gap in local news coverage. May you grow to 10 times your current readership!

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I really appreciated your first anniversary summary. You guys are excelllent journos with a fine and otherwise engaging writing style. I'm a DC transplant who retired to Tucson in 2015. Frankly if it weren't for the AZ GOP aka "the bamboo party" having lost its mind, I would not be as invested as I am in reading your excellent reporting. I already try to consume an overabundance of digital media which is necessarily limited by the amount of discretionary income I am afforded by my SSA retirement McIncome. Right now my most expensive annual subscription is $40. My next purchase will be to pay $60 to access the content behind Andrew Sullivan's paywall. THAT is my max price point for ANY content. I'm also very interested in the new kid on the digital media block,

Puck Media. But they seemingly are not prepared to come off of their $100 pricing - not even for something like a long weekend sale e.g. Labor Day. I know little about Substack from the content generators perspective. I truly hope your venture proves sustainable and can provide the financial rewards that you richly deserve. Finally, Ms Hollowell's comment is very much on point. Take care

and best wishes. Daniel Jardien du Maurier el Presidente (por vida) BHKJ&J Intergalactic Transport

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Totally understand this. We don't get the benefits of massive scale that some newsletters or news orgs get, keeping their prices relatively low. There are so many things competing for your dollars these days. That said, we are always happy to provide a comped subscription for people who can't afford another subscription. Would you like one?

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Thanks for replying, Rachel. By "comped" do you mean free? If so, that's exceptionally generous. I had a $20 promotional rate with NY Mag which recently expired. I would like to support you and your partner. I'd be willing to pay $20 for a digital subscription. I've been a Mac user for nearly 40 years. That said, I recently stumbled upon their AppleNews+ aggregation offering. For $9.99/mo I am profoundly impressed. My most expensive subscription at present is National Review for $40. Going forward, Apple News+ is a game changer for how I will consume digital media. My background is in finance and the only thing they don't have that I'd like is the FT. But thankfully I can get that via the Pima County library system. If the $20 is agreeable, please advise how to process payment.

The other big story I hope you guys will cover thoroughly is the burgeoning water crisis. I didn't buy property here as I wanted to see how things progressed with this historic drought . Glad (relieved, really) that I kept my powder dry on that score. Recently, The Washington Post

my hometown paper, had an outstanding feature on the drought throughout the desert southwest. And if people thought $5 gas was a shock, imagine the economic impact of critical long-term shortages of water & power. This could all turn to shit in Arizona and

elsewhere in a shockingly short time frame. And as I'm sure you appreciate, the politics

of it all will be truly nasty.

Many thanks for your outreach. I'll look forward to your reply.

Regards, Daniel

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Yes, I meant free. We added you in as a comped paid subscription for a year, no charge to you. No need to send us $20 -- we get it. We do plan to cover water more for sure!

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That is awesome. Many thanks. I look forward to exploring the other side of your paywall :)

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Aug 19, 2022Liked by Rachel Leingang

You are honestly doing great work and I am can’t wait to see how you grow in year two. I am proud to be a paid subscriber!

P.S. If I ever get elected to state legislature, I’ll gladly sponsor that bill.

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Aug 19, 2022Liked by Rachel Leingang, Hank Stephenson, Arizona Agenda

Rachel and Hank, Congratulations on a strong first year and a big Happy Birthday to the Arizona Agenda!! I am a very happy subscriber, as you keep myself and many others up to speed on all the crazy politics that is abundant here in Arizona. May your second year bring even more subscribers and stronger prosperity for the future of the Arizona Agenda and there amazing journalists/small business owners.

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I'm so glad that at least for now The Agenda has a path to viability. I subscribed on a whim when you all started based on the quality of your work prior and have found they are the best local news dollars I spend. The curated list of "here's what you should probably care about today" along with the independent reporting blend is just about perfect. I subscribe to several daily newsletters and this is the only one I actually read daily.

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Great work , Rachel and Hank! Keep it up!

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I seem to have lost the thread to which I responded to your invitation earlier. No idea as to whether you'll see this, but here goes... just read an in-depth article about Michael Flynn by Frontline and the AP and the various election denial organizations with which he's involved to include the aggressive promotion of partisan poll watchers. I was amazed by all of the crap spewed on various social sites from far right poll watchers who had little grounded idea of what they thought they were observing. A lot of this activity occurred in Arizona. It would be great if you guys would pay close attention to this. I expect there to be much more of the same come November.

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Well done you two. Without your reporting I would be clueless about Az politics, how things get done here and who can I trust to work for “the people”. I applaud the paywall. Your work is worth the subscription so free loaders, PAY UP!

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