Riemer Interview – Podcast December 9, 2019

Gender Inequality And Climate Change. Steve, Mike and Klaus welcome Frances (Frankie) Riemer, PhD to speak about gender inequity from climate change. Riemer is a professor at Northern Arizona University and member of the Northern Arizona Climate Change Alliance. She explains that people experience climate change differently and that, because most of the poor are women and children, they are impacted more severely.

Reimer notes that research following Hurricane Katrina found that women are unnecessarily compromised in shelters. This is critical because the impact of climate change will force many into refugee camps. Additionally, because 70 percent of the world’s farmers are women, women will be disproportionately affected by climate-caused water shortages.

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Starky Interview – Podcast December 2, 2019

Defeating One Of Washington’s Worst. Steve, Mike and Klaus welcome Stuart “Stu” Starky who is running in the Democratic primary for the AZ-DC4 congressional seat currently held by Paul Gosar. Starky is a school Principal in South Phoenix who previously ran for the US Senate against John McCain. His message is that it’s time to change the tone and the level of hate coming out of Washington.

Regarding Gosar, Starky says, “The message I’m going to deliver is who I am and what I stand for makes me the best candidate to take on Paul Gosar. I’m a school principal in South Phoenix and my school is 88 percent Hispanic and Gosar says those are little terrorists coming across the border. Clearly there is a difference between who Paul Gosar is and what he says and how I’ve lived my entire life.”

Starky continues, “…if you listen to Paul Gosar, he is an evil man who spreads hate and backs people who spread hate. So the concept of kindness and human decency is a big inspiration for me in this race and the way I look at my kids every day when I go to school and I say, I’ll fight for them. This is a campaign that needs me.”

To learn more about the candidate, click here.

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Michaels, Estes Interview – Podacast November 25, 2019

A Balanced Approach To Development. Democratic Perspective welcomes the first-ever Democratic candidate for Yavapai County Board of Supervisors, Donna Michaels, and one of her supporters, Steve Estes, director of Verde Valley Land Preservation. Michaels is running for the county’s 3rd District.

Michaels says she was asked to run to change the way the county approaches development in the district. She says, “There’s a tone deafness about development. We’re looking through the wrong end of the telescope in terms of dealing with the Verde Valley.” Michaels believes that county supervisors need to listen to residents so they feel they are a part of the process and that developments need to align with a community plan. For more information, you can visit her website by clicking here.

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Podcast – November 18, 2019

The Case For Ranked Choice Voting. New York recently adopted a system to replace the traditional plurality-based system. In the plurality system, the candidate with the most votes wins even if the winning candidate has received less than half the vote. And that happens in every election cycle. Too often, voters cast votes for the top federal and state offices. But leave the ballot for lower offices blank. This often results in the winning candidate having received only 40 percent or less of the overall vote. And it’s even more true in the party primaries.

The alternative is ranked choice voting which ensures that the winner receives a majority (50 percent or more) of the vote.

The system is already being used in Maine for general elections and it is being tried in a number of other states for the party primaries. Here’s how it works: Voters rank candidates as their #1 choice, #2 choice and so on. When the votes are totaled, if no candidate has received a majority of the vote, the candidate(s) with the fewest votes are eliminated. But the ballots for those who voted for them still count. Their vote is assigned to their second choice and the votes are again counted. The process continues until one candidate receives a majority.

The hope is that, especially in the primaries, the process will eliminate the most extreme candidates. There is also hope that it will improve the chances of third party candidates.

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DiSanto Interview – Podcast November 11, 2019

Unseating One Of The Most Dishonest Members Of Congress. On Veteran’s Day, Mike Cosentino welcomes Delina DiSanto, candidate for AZ-CD4, to Democratic Perspective. DiSanto narrowly lost Democratic primary in 2018 and she’s running again to unseat Congressman Paul Gosar.

DiSanto’s background is as a home builder, financial director of hospitals, registered nurse, and former assistant to Ben Nighthorse in Colorado. She says, “I know what people have gone through with their health care. I know how to negotiate. I’ve seen people who have lost homes, given up their cancer treatment, people who have died because of Gosar’s decisions.” She continues, “The district is in bottom 2 percent of household incomes and Gosar is doing nothing to bring jobs to the district.”

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Lefebvre Interview – November 14, 2019

Is It Now A Crime To Save Lives? Steve Williamson and Mike Cosentino welcome Sue Lefebvre, author of No More Deaths: Humanitarian Aid Is Never A Crime, Saving Lives Of Migrants, to discuss issues at the border, as well as the trial and retrial of Dr. Scott Warren.

Lefebvre and Warren are both members of the humanitarian group No More Deaths, a group that provides water and food to save the lives of migrants who have crossed the border in the desert near Ajo, Arizona, an area so deadly it has become known as The Devils Highway. Warren’s first trial for harboring, trespassing and conspiring with people in Mexico ended with a hung jury. If he had been convicted, he would have faced 20 years in prison. In his retrial for harboring, he will potentially face a sentence of 10 years for trying to prevent unnecessary deaths.

For more on the subject, please listen to the program and visit the following websites:
Bodies in the Borderlands, and SueLefebvre.com

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Jordahl, Ledbetter, Strohm Interview – Podcast October 28, 2019

The Impeachment Of Donald J. Trump. Democratic Perspective welcomes attorneys Mikkel “Mik” Jordahl, Jim Ledbetter and Richard “Rick” Strohm to discuss the constitutional underpinnings of impeachment and the charges that could potentially lead to Trump’s removal from office.

In this fascinating 45-minute program, the three lawyers cut through the spin and the political theater to explain the process of impeaching a president. They detail the history of impeachment, what impeachment actually means, and what kinds of offenses actually constitute “high crimes and misdemeanors.”

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Podcast – October 21, 2019

Voting, Presidential Politics And Impeachment: A Conversation. Democratic Perspective co-hosts Steve Williamson and Mike Cosentino, along with regular contributors Klaus von Stutterheim and Gary LaMaster, discuss Democratic presidential candidates and the issues of the day.

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Klymenko, Upp Interview – Podcast October 14, 2019

Exploring One Of The Nation’s Great Centers For Art. Democratic Perspective welcomes Kelli Klymenko and Mike Upp to discuss the abundance of art-related activities in Sedona, Arizona. Upp talks about the latest edition of Sedona Open Studios which is scheduled for October 25-27, 2019. It’s a weekend when well-known artists in the area, including Upp and our co-host Steve Williamson, will open their studios to visitors. It’s a chance to meet the artists, to make a connection and to see the artists at work.

Klymenko, who serves as marketing director of the Sedona Arts Center, addresses some of the many other area events such as the Sedona Plein Air Festival. For more information visit the following websites: SedonaArtsCenter.org, SedonaArtistsCoalition.org.

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Podcast – October 7, 2019

Impeachment – The Democratic Perspective crew discusses the Trump Ukraine scandal and the case for impeachment. Will Republicans continue their unwavering support of the president? Or will they recognize the growing danger of his abuse of power and the threat to national security?

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