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.”
Posted in Campaign Finance, Capitalism, Class Conflict, Conservatives and Reactionaries, Constitutional Issues, Dark Money, Democratic Governance, Elections, Global Warming, Government, Health Care, Health Care Policy, Income Inequality, Interviews, Investigative Journalism, Movement Conservatism, National Politics, Political History, Political Lies, Political Polarization, Public Policy, Tax Law
Tagged Charles Koch, Constitutional Convention, Democracy, Democracy In Chains, James McGill Buchanan, Nancy MacLean, Radical Right
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.
Posted in Arizona Politics, Community Activism, Education Funding, Elections, Interviews, Local Politics, Political Clubs
Tagged Canvassing, Get Out The Vote Efforts, GOTV Efforts, Neighborhood Politics, Political Volunteers, Precinct Captains, Precinct Committee Chairs, Sedona Arizona
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.
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.
Posted in Arizona Politics, Dark Money, Democratic Governance, Elections, Ethics, Government, Immigration, Local Politics, Morality, National Politics, Political Action Committees, Public Accountability, Public Service
Tagged Arizona Primary Elections, Donald Trump, Home Rule, Senator John McCain
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.
Posted in Arizona Budget, Arizona Economy, Arizona Politics, Community Activism, Compassion, Education, Education Funding, Education Policy, Elections, Government, Health Care, Health Care Delivery, Human Rights, Immigration, Interviews, Local Politics, Opioid Epidemic, Public Accountability, Public Education, Public Health Policy, Water Policy
Tagged Arizona LD 6, Arizona Legislature, Bob Thorpe, Charter Schools, Local Control
A Political Campaign Run by Outsiders and Based On Lies. Democratic Perspective co-host Steve Williamson welcomes Al Camello, Kathy Kinsella and Barbara Litrell to respond to the political signs placed along 89A in Sedona. Our guests recommendation? Ignore them. The signs are part of a dishonest campaign to block home rule – the ability of the City of Sedona to manage its own budget. Worse, the campaign is being funded and run by people who don’t even live in the city. The central promise of the candidates who oppose home rule seems to be: “We have a secret plan to solve traffic problems. But we can’t tell you about it until after we’re elected.” On the other hand, the proponents of home rule encourage you to learn more. If you live in Sedona, listen to this podcast and watch the complete video of the Home Rule Forum at www.sedonahomerule.com. Then vote! As Camello says, “Home rule is a litmus test. If it fails, we’re going to turn the city over to a far-right group. If you want to send this group of bandits a message, vote yes.”
Posted in Arizona Politics, Dark Money, Economic Policy, Elections, Fiscal Policy, Front Organizations, Government, Interviews, Local Politics, Political Lies, Public Policy
Tagged Sedona Home Rule, Sedona Traffic
Sedona City Council Candidates On Tourism, Traffic And Home Rule. Democratic Perspective co-host Steve Williamson welcomes three candidates for Sedona City Council: Janice Howes Hudson, Jessica Williamson and Scott Jablow. They discuss the difficult task of sustaining the natural beauty and character of Sedona while addressing increased tourism, traffic and the very real threat of state-mandated budget cuts. To learn more click on the following links: Sedona In Motion and Home Rule.
Posted in Arizona Politics, Elections, Fiscal Policy, Government, Interviews, Local Politics, Public Policy, Sustainable Development
Tagged Home Rule, Sedona Tourism, Sedona Traffic, Sedona Transportation, Short-term Rentals
Fighting for Rural Arizona. The co-hosts of Democratic Perspective welcome Bobby Tyler, Mayor of Holbrook, AZ and candidate for LD6 State Representative. A longtime volunteer and public servant with a career as a machinist for APS, Tyler was elected the first black mayor in the state of Arizona. Now he wants to use his ability to pull people together for the people of northern Arizona. Noting that the current office holders represent an ideology rather than their constituents, Tyler says, “It’s difficult when you see that they are not doing the best for everyone involved.” In stark contrast to his opponents, Tyler wants to serve the people of rural Arizona by helping create jobs, providing access to more affordable healthcare, protecting the environment, properly funding education and ending homelessness. “I want to pull off my power plant and work experience,” he says. “You have all those people working together. You have to have a common good and a common goal.”
Posted in Arizona Economy, Arizona Politics, Economic Policy, Education, Education Funding, Elections, Energy Policy, Environment, Environmental Issues, Ethics, Government, Health Care, Health Care Delivery, Hunger, Infrastructure Investment, Interviews, Local Politics, Political Candidacy, Poverty, Public Education, Public Health Policy, Renewable Energy
Tagged AZ Legislature, education, Environment, Homelessness, Job Creation, LD 6, Mayor of Holbrook
The Democratic Perspective team addresses some of the things that have diminished the power of voters and led to an oligarchy (a nation controlled by the moneyed class) as determined by a peer-reviewed study. Co-hosts Steve Williamson and Mike Cosentino discuss the impact of dirty money, the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), and the Koch-funded PAC called Americans for Prosperity. Then Gary LaMaster explains the growing inequitable representation of states in the Senate and, in turn, the Electoral College.
Posted in Campaign Finance, Class Conflict, Constitutional Issues, Dark Money, Democratic Governance, Elections, Front Organizations, Government, National Politics, Political Action Committees, Political Contributions, Presidential Elections
Tagged ALEC, American Legislative Exchange Council, Americans for Prosperity, Electoral College, Gerrymandering, Koch Brothers, Oligarchy