David R. Berman Interview — Podcast February 1, 2016

The Mother’s Milk of Politics, or a Threat To Our Democracy: Dark Money and Its Consequences. On today’s Democratic Perspective, Dr. David R. Berman, Professor Emeritus of Political Science at Arizona State University, and Senior Research Fellow at the Morrison Institute for Public Policy, shares his perspective on the issue of dark money — the unlimited and often untraceable contributions to political campaigns enabled by the Supreme Court’s ruling in the 2010 Citizens United case.

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Nikki Bagley Interview — Podcast January 25, 2016

Leadership for Arizona’s Future (And Lord Knows We Need It): Democratic Perspective’s Mike Cosentino, Gary LaMaster, and Steve Williamson, welcome Nikki Bagley, Director of the Yavapai College Viticulture and Enology Program and former mayor of Jerome, to discuss her candidacy for the Arizona State Senate from AZ Legislative District 6. Hear her take on the issues facing Yavapai County, District 6, and the state at large, and on the challenges facing a Democrat running for office in Arizona in 2016.

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The State of the Union: A Study in Contrasts — Podcast January 18, 2016

President Obama vs. the Republican Mud-Wrestlers: Who’s Actually Worthy of Our Trust? Democratic Perspective reviews the state of the nation, and of our national politics. President Obama, in his State of the Union address, asks the American people to take seriously the issues facing us in the coming year. The Republican candidates, predictably, respond with  hysterics — climate change is a hoax, all Muslims should be deported, the liberals want to take our guns away, repeal Obamacare now, bomb Iran now, now, now. On this Martin Luther King Day, Mike Cosentino, Gary LaMaster, and Steve Williamson try to make some sense of our real choices — not an easy task in the toxic political climate of a presidential election year.

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The Failure of Ideologically-Driven Public Policies: Minnesota vs. Arizona — Podcast January 11, 2016

Red States and Blue States: Ideology vs. Service to the People. Democratic Perspective looks at why the ideological preoccupations of the Republican right have proven so disastrous for the people who live in red states. Mike Cosentino and Gary LaMaster compare unemployment, wealth distribution, health care and education statistics for the quintessential red state, Arizona, with those of blue state Minnesota. The results are unequivocal: effective state governments are characterized not by ideological crusades, but by a genuine concern for the welfare of their citizens.

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2015: Democratic Perspective’s Year in Review — Podcast January 4, 2015

The More Things Change, the More They Stay the Same: Democratic Perspective’s 2015 in Review. Democratic Perspective looks back at the state of the nation in 2015, and isn’t exactly thrilled with what the record of events reveals. The prospects for 2016 don’t look a whole lot better, even with a presidential election in the offing.

From the white privilege performance art of the Bundys in Oregon to the open season on black people by increasingly militarized and politicized local police forces; from the tightening stranglehold of an apparently unprincipled oligarchy on our national politics to the struggle of displaced people to find refuge in an increasingly hostile US; from an economy still struggling to recover from the events of 2007-08 to the unprecedented collapse of oil prices, there’s much to be concerned about. And that’s not to mention a host of other unresolved issues, from the fiscal and refugee crises in the European Union to the struggle to arrive at an internationally coordinated response to accelerating climate change and global warming.

Is there any light at the end of the tunnel? Mike Cosentino, Gary LaMaster, Dick Searle, and Steve Williamson do what they can to untangle a very confusing moment in time, and to ascertain what it all might mean for what looks at this point to be an increasingly uncertain future.

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Roger Clark Interview — Podcast December 21, 2015

Preserving the Grand Canyon and Its Watershed: a Textbook Example of the Continuing Struggle Between Public and Private Interests Over the Future of Federally Protected Lands. Roger Clark, Grand Canyon Program Director of the Grand Canyon Trust, joins Democratic Perspective’s Mike Cosentino, Gary LaMaster, and Steve Williamson, for a discussion of the environmental consequences of a recent decision by U.S. District Court Judge David Campbell to deny a request by the Havasupai Tribe and a coalition of conservation groups to halt new mining by Energy Fuels, Inc. at the Canyon uranium mine.

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The Paris Agreement: Do They Really Mean It This Time? — Podcast December 14, 2015

COP21 in Paris: 196 National Governments Finally Agree On a Global Plan To Reduce Carbon Emissions. Now What? Democratic Perspective looks at the significance of the agreement in Paris by 196 national governments on a coordinated international plan to address climate change and global warming. The agreement itself is unprecedented, but in the final analysis, the plan that results from it can only be as effective as its implementation. Whether we like it or not, it may be years before we’ll be able to judge the full significance of the COP21 agreement. In the meantime, we need to keep a cautious eye on the implementation process, even as we work with everyone else in the world toward a successful outcome.

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