O’Halleran Interview – Podcast October 15, 2018

Problem-Solving In Congress. Democratic Perspective co-hosts, Steve Williamson and Mike Cosentino, welcome Congressman Tom O’Halleran to address the issues he faces as representative for Arizona’s CD-1. A member of the House’s Problem Solvers’ Caucus comprised of 24 Democrats and 24 Republicans, he discusses the difficulties of getting things done in this hyper-partisan political climate. He also explains the challenges of representing one of the nation’s largest and most diverse congressional districts. The wide-ranging conversation covers health care, tax cuts, tariffs, infrastructure needs, and much, much more.

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Ploog, Ferreira, Kinsella Interview – Podcast October 8, 2018

Women And The Expected Blue Wave. Democratic Perspective co-host Mike Cosentino welcomes Holli Ploog, Ellen Ferreira and Kathy Kinsella to the show to talk about the changes in political climate and the women who are running for office.

Ploog begins by stating that 3,260 women running for office right now. “I do think it matters,” she says. “The influx of women in elective office will make a difference in the policies and the approach.” Ferreira explains the surge this way: “That Trump got elected after the Hollywood Access tape is very telling. It energized women throughout the country. The tape didn’t matter. The Kavanaugh assault didn’t matter. The only chance we have is to show up and vote.” Kinsella adds, “There’s a phrase I have hated since childhood: ‘Boys will be boys.’ It’s an expectation of bad behavior. Women through life endure bad behavior. In politics, in particular, there is pushback against women. Women are empowered and we are galvanized.”

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Harris And Chevalier Interviews – Podcast October 1, 2018

Candidates for Yavapai College District Governing Board. After reminding listeners to register to vote before October 9, Democratic Perspective co-hosts, Mike Cosentino and Steve Williamson, welcome Dr. Connie Harris and Paul Chevalier to talk about creating equitable access and financial parity for residents in the Verde Valley. Though both agree that more of the Verde Valley’s contributions to Yavapai College need to be spent in the Verde Valley, there are significant differences in the candidates’ vision for secondary education and their approach for dealing with the Prescott-area majority.

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Comello And McCarthy Interview – Podcast September 24, 2018

Sustaining The Mission Of The Sedona Fire District. Democratic Perspective’s co-hosts Steve Williamson and Mike Cosentino welcome two candidates for the Sedona Fire Board. Al Comello and Gene McCarthy are running as a team to continue the leadership and stability of Sedona’s highly-effective fire department. They explain that there is simply no reason to slash and burn the Fire District’s budget when it is well-managed and quite conservative. McCarthy, who is a veteran of the military and the Whittier, California Fire Department, as well as a former FBI contractor, states, “Sedona Fire Department is perhaps one of the finest medium-size departments I’ve ever encountered.” The two acknowledge that their Tea Party-backed opponents are nice people, but misguided.

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MacLean Interview – Podcast September 17, 2018

The Billionaire-Led Effort to Destroy America As We Know It. Nancy MacLean, author and professor of history and public policy at Duke University returns to Democratic Perspective to discuss her book Democracy In Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right’s Stealth Plan for America. She tells co-hosts Steve Williamson and Mike Cosentino that the movement was begun by James McGill Buchanan and financed by Charles Koch.

“Buchanan thought the ideal America was 1900 when there were no organized labor unions and when women could not vote,” she says. “They recognized that their ideas are unpopular, so they operate by stealth, moving toward an effort to re-write the Constitution in order to entrench the power of a wealthy minority over the vast majority. The Republican base is not coming to these ideas on their own. They are being jacked up by the right-wing media and donors,” MacLean notes. “Health care bills that allow insurance companies to deny coverage for pre-existing conditions are a great example,” she says. “Nobody believes that, if you have cancer, you shouldn’t be able to get health care. They had three health care bills that had at most 18% approval, but they tried to rush the bills through anyway.”

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Rutherford, Kinsella, Hake Interview – Podcast September 10, 2018

The Nitty Gritty of Politics. After a brief technical delay, Democratic Perspective co-hosts Steve Williamson and Mike Cosentino welcome Cathy Rutherford, Kathy Kinsella and John Hake from Democrats of the Red Rocks in Sedona, Arizona to discuss the importance of local political volunteers. Setting political ideologies aside, they explain the often unheralded efforts of volunteers in communities throughout the United States to canvass neighborhoods on behalf of candidates and to the get out the vote. It’s a part of our political system that is necessary and extremely important but often overlooked. A few votes in a single precinct can determine the outcome of local, county, state and national elections.

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Labor Day – Podcast September 3, 2018

The Decades Long Fight For Fairness. Democratic Perspective co-hosts Steve Williamson and Mike Cosentino begin the show with a salute to workers, noting that the 8-hour day, 40-hour work week, safe working conditions and an end to child labor weren’t given to working people. They were won at places like Haymarket Square and Blair Mountain. It took real fights – deadly battles – for many of these rights to be won. As a result of their fights, organized labor helped improve working conditions, wages and benefits for everyone, whether you were in a union or not. Everybody benefits, including those who don’t like unions. Following that discussion, the co-hosts turn to the upcoming elections in Arizona and the challenges faced by Democrats.

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A Tribute to John McCain – Podcast August 27, 2018

The Loss of Civility and Honor in Politics. On the eve of the Arizona primary elections, Democratic Perspective co-hosts Steve Williamson and Mike Cosentino offer their thoughts on Senator McCain’s passing.  They contrast his approach to public service with that of the self-serving and petty man-child who now occupies the Oval Office. They also address the consequences of Sedona’s vote on home rule.

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Carlisle, French and Tyler Interviews – Podcast August 20, 2018

Turning AZ LD-6 Blue. Democratic Perspective co-host Steve Williamson welcomes the three Democratic candidates to represent northern Arizona in the state legislature: Wade Carlisle, Felicia French and Bobby Tyler. They discuss how the current legislative representatives have ignored the needs of the legislative district. They also offer opinions and solutions for a wide variety of issues, including education, local control, and the impact of agriculture and population growth on the state’s limited water supplies.

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Buying Sedona’s Government – Podcast August 13, 2018

The Wide-Ranging Influence of the Koch Brothers. Democratic Perspective co-host Steve Williamson and contributor Gary LaMaster discuss the battle for a city’s self-government and the impact of dirty money. Steve begins by documenting the ugly battle for home rule in Sedona. Then Gary dives into the goals of America’s 2nd wealthiest family and the impact of their billions which are intended to end Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and other safety net programs by undermining democracy as we know it.

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