The Sanders Campaign: Is It Really Over When It’s Over? — Podcast June 20, 2016


Bernie and Hillary: In Politics, as in Asymmetric Warfare, Declarations of Victory Can Sometimes Be Premature. Democratic Perspective looks at the passions driving the Sanders campaign, the threat of a permanent schism in the Democratic Party, and what effect — if any — committed Sanders supporters will have on the policy positions of a future Clinton Administration.

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Matthew Goodwin Interview — Podcast June 13, 2016


Rising Sea Levels, Extreme Weather Events, Mass Extinction, Politics: Where Is the Right’s Suicidal Denial of Anthropogenic Climate Change Coming From? In the hope that a philosopher can be persuasive where scientists have found it tough to make headway, Democratic Perspective welcomes Dr. Matthew Goodwin, professor of philosophy at Northern Arizona University, for a discussion of the roots of our political stalemate over climate change and global warming. Why does the right continue to deny the scientific consensus on global warming, even in the face of an existential threat to the human species itself, and what can we do about it?

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The Trump Campaign: The Republican Chickens Come Home to Roost — Podcast June 6, 2016


Why Trump? It’s Really Not a Mystery. Democratic Perspective takes on the Donald. How does a narcissist billionaire with a dyed comb-over send 16 credentialed Republican wanna-bes home with their tails between their legs, and take over the Grand Old Party lock, stock, and barrel? The truth is, this is who the party has been asking for since Dick Nixon and his enemies’ list headed off into the sunset in 1974.

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Juli Myers and Ken Clark Interview — Podcast May 30, 2016


Dark Money and Legislative Malfeasance: the Evil Synergies Working to Complete the Corruption of Arizona Politics. Juli Myers, Development Director of the Arizona Advocacy Network, and Ken Clark (D), State Representative from Arizona Legislative District 24, join Democratic Perspective co-hosts Mike Cosentino and Gary LaMaster to discuss the blatant corruption reflected in the passage of AZ SB1516, and what we as concerned citizens can do about it. If we don’t want the last remnant of democracy in our state sold off to the highest bidder, now is the time to act.

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The Fruits of Our Labor — The Verde Valley Wine Industry Celebrates — Podcast May 23, 2016


The 5th Annual Verde Valley Wine Symposium: A Look Ahead. We welcome Tom Schumacher, President, and Paula Woolsey, Vice-President, of the Verde Valley Wine Consortium, back to Democratic Perspective  for a discussion the 2016 Verde Valley Wine Symposium at the Yavapai College Sedona Center on May 28. Wine, food, and a closer look at the art of winemaking in Arizona and the Verde Valley — its successes to date, and its prospects for the future.

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Uranium Mining in the Grand Canyon, Copper Mining in Oak Flat: The Public Interest vs. Private Exploitation — Podcast May 16, 2016


The Politics of Public Lands, Part II: National Monument Battles. Paul Schwartz rejoins Democratic Perspective regulars, Mike Cosentino, Gary LaMaster, and Steve Williamson for part II of a discussion on curbing the destructive exploitation by private interests of our remaining public lands.. How a National Monument designation can guarantee protections that the Forestry Service’s legal mandate prevents it from addressing.

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Public Lands: Held In Trust For the People, Or Sold Off To the Highest Bidder? — Podcast May 9, 2016


The Politics of Public Lands, Part I: A Willful Ignorance of History. Democratic Perspective’s regulars, Mike Cosentino, Gary LaMaster, and Steve Williamson, are joined by Paul Schwartz for the first of a two-part series on the developing controversy over the ownership of federally-administered public lands. How did the Federal Government come to own and administer so much land in the western United States, and why have so many people in the West come to believe that federal ownership of these lands is illegitimate? The short answer: to take the anti-federalist position of a Cliven or Ammon Bundy, or a Paul Gosar, you have to pretty much ignore a) the public interest, b) 240 years of United States history, and c) what the Constitution actually says. This would be quite a reach for honest people, but when there’s money to be made, there’ve always been those willing to  give it a try, the public interest be damned.

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Those Whom the Gods Would Destroy: The State of the Nation in May, 2016 — Podcast, May 2, 2016


Election Year 2016: Trump, Cruz, Bernie, Hillary, Prop. 123 and 124. Six More Months of Crazy Left Before We Can Go Back to Sleep. Democratic Perspective’s veteran election watchers, Mike Cosentino, Gary LaMaster, and Steve Williamson, look at the national primary elections, and at the state ballot propositions. Is there light at the end of the tunnel? Is it an oncoming train?

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Tom Chabin and Bill Mundell Interview — Podcast April 25, 2016


The Arizona Corporation Commission: A Sordid Example of the Consequences of Regulatory Capture. Tom Chabin and Bill Mundell, Democrats running for the Arizona Corporation Commission join Democratic Perspective hosts Mike Cosentino and Gary LaMaster for a discussion of what happens when a public utility — in this case APS, the Arizona Public Services Electric Company — employs large-scale anonymous contributions to influence the election of commissioners to the state agency charged with regulating it, Once upon a time this was rightly called corruption, Now, thanks to the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision, it’s just business as usual.

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Mikel Weisser Interview — Podcast April 18, 2016


For the Love of Arizona: Mikel Weisser is Running for Congress. Mikel Weisser, Democratic Candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives in Arizona’s Congressional District 4, talks to Democratic Perspective’s Mike Cosentino and Gary LaMaster about his background, his view of the issues facing Arizona in 2016, and what it’s like to run in a Congressional district that’s larger than the state of Pennsylvania.

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