Democratic Perspective Fundraising Dinner: Limited Seating — Make Your Reservations Now!

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Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction Candidates, 2014 — Podcast August 25, 2014

Arizona State Primary Election Coverage: Democratic Perspective Interviews Democratic Candidates for Superintendent of Public Instruction.  Democratic Perspective’s Gary LaMaster, Steve Williamson, and guest interviewer Karen McLelland, member of the Sedona-Oak Creek School District Governing Board welcome the Democratic candidates for the office of Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction. Listen to David Garcia and Sharon Thomas present their qualifications, their reasons for running for this crucial office, their view of the issues facing Arizona public education, and their plans for the future of Arizona’s public school system.

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Sedona City Council Candidates, 2014 — Podcast August 21, 2014

More Local Election Coverage: Democratic Perspective Interviews Sedona City Council Candidates. Continuing our local election coverage from last week, Democratic Perspective’s Steve Williamson welcomes four candidates for the Sedona City Council: Tom Lamkin, Angela LeFevre, Robert O’Donnell, and Jon J.T. Thompson. Find out who they are, why they’re running, and listen as they lay out their positions on some of the issues facing the residents of Sedona, and their visions for our collective future.

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Sedona Mayoral Candidates, 2014 — Podcast August 11, 2014

Election Time Again: Democratic Perspective Interviews Our Mayoral Candidates. As in every election year since we began broadcasting, Democratic Perspective invites candidates for our local and state offices to appear on our show to present themselves to our listeners. This Monday we interview the candidates for Sedona City Mayor, Cliff Hamilton, and Sandy Moriarty Listen as they present their qualifications, their reasons for running, their visions for Sedona’s future, and their positions on a number of current issues raised by Democratic Perspective’s co-hosts Gary LaMaster and Stephen Williamson.

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A House Divided: Friends, Relatives, and Political Disagreements — Podcast August 4, 2014

Liberals and Conservatives: Civil Discourse or Family Feud? During the American Civil War, families were famously torn apart by the issue of slavery, and brothers, enlisting on opposite sides in the war that followed, literally killed each other over a political disagreement as regrettable as it was fundamental. The divisions in American political opinion today may not be as severe they were then, but as all of us know who have had unhappy experiences at family Thanksgiving feasts, the warnings our grandparents gave us about not discussing politics and religion lack the power over us that, in less divisive times, they once may have had.

Democratic Perspective’s Mike Cosentino and Steve Williamson welcome Mike’s old friend Chuck Vacanti to today’s show. Chuck and Mike grew up together, have known each other all their lives, but their political opinions now place them on opposite sides of our national liberal-conservative disagreements. Listen as they discuss the issues that divide them, and the role civility has played — and continues to play – in moderating their differences.

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The Death Penalty: Our National Debate Intensifies — Podcast July 28, 2014

Lethal Injection: Incompetence In the Service Of Barbarism? Democratic Perspective’s Mike Cosentino, Gary LaMaster, and Steve Williamson investigate the roots of the political infighting which led us to the recent spate of botched executions by lethal injection in Ohio, Oklahoma and our own state, Arizona. Why is it now taking two hours to execute a convicted murderer, and what do these dismal spectacles say about our ideas of justice, vengeance, and the proper role of politics in making life and death decisions?

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Michael Austin Interview — Podcast July 21, 2014

The U.S. Constitution: Holy Writ, Or a Framework for Democratic Governance? Professor Michael Austin, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Newman University in Wichita, Kansas, returns to Democratic Perspective to continue his earlier discussions with Mike Cosentino, Gary LaMaster and Steve Williamson on the origins of the U.S. Constitution in the political turmoil of our post-revolutionary period, the compromises which made it possible, and its influence as a framework and set of procedural rules on the subsequent evolution of our institutions of government.

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