The Hidden Damage of the Trump Administration. Democratic Perspective hosts Steve Williamson, Mike Cosentino and Klaus von Stutterheim discuss some of the Trump administration’s actions that have gone relatively unnoticed – actions that been hidden by the smokescreen of scandalous behavior. Trump and his cabinet members have undermined institutions, enabled racists, caged children, engaged in trade wars, raised taxes on the middle class, damaged the environment, reduced national parks, and harmed long-standing international relationships. Many of these actions will be long-lasting. Some will be permanent.
The administration has given lifetime positions on the courts to highly-partisan ideologues. The Affordable Care Act has been severely weakened. Deficits have skyrocketed. Press conferences have all but been replaced by 140 character tweets based on lies. The corruption of self-serving administrators has cost taxpayers millions. And it will take decades to replace the highly-capable public servants who have been forced to resign.
All of this begs the question: Can we afford another two years of Trump?
Posted in Corruption, Department of the Interior, Domestic Extremism, Domestic Terrorism, Environment, Ethics, Federal Lands, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, Government, Health Care Policy, Homeland Security, Human Rights, Immigration, Intelligence Agencies, International Relations, Judicial System, Monetary Policy, National Politics, Political Lies, Public Education, Public Health Policy, Public Lands, Public Policy, Public Service, U.S. Court System, U.S. Forest Service, Voter Suppression
Tagged Trump Administration
Activists Fight To Prevent Development Of Ecologically Important Lands. After reflecting on the meaning of MLK Day, our co-hosts welcome John Black and Ernie Srauch to discuss the proposed El Rojo Grande Ranch project near Sedona. Though a very local issue, the decisions made here to either approve or deny permission for the development may well reverberate across the nation. Our guests describe the obstacles that local government councils often present to those opposed to poorly designed and unsustainable developments, and how they and the city’s residents overcame those obstacles with honesty and ingenuity.
Posted in Biodiversity, Community, Community Activism, Development, Environment, Environmental Issues, Ethics, Government, Housing, Interviews, Local Politics, Public Policy, Race and Class, Sustainable Development
Tagged Activism, El Rojo Grande Ranch, MLK Day, Sedona, Sustainability
Marching for Change. Mike Cosentino welcomes Kathy Kinsella and Holli Ploog to discuss the 3rd Annual Women’s March and the changes they hope to create. Since last year’s Women’s March, much has changed. For example, women have been elected to Congress in record numbers. But the percent of women in Congress is still less than 25 percent. Nevertheless, the two women express hope that this could be the year that the Equal Rights Amendment is finally ratified. Later in the show, Jan Nichols addresses the growing problems with charter schools and the need for more oversight and accountability.
Posted in Arizona Politics, Civil Liberties, Community Activism, Constitutional Issues, Cultural Change, Cultural Diversity, Education, Education Funding, Education Policy, Elections, Government, Interviews, Local Politics, Public Accountability, Public Education, Women's Issues, Women's Rights
Tagged Blue Wave, Charter Schools, Equal Rights Amendment, Women's March
Who Should Be The Democratic Candidate In 2020? Democratic Perspective co-hosts, Steve Williamson and Mike Cosentino, discuss what Democrats need to do to get ready for the 2020 presidential election. Sen. Elizabeth Warren has already announced an exploratory committee. Who will be next? Should Democrats nominate a progressive candidate? A charismatic candidate? Do we need to pay particular attention to candidates that will activate young people? Whoever wins the nomination, one thing won’t change – the need for a large Democratic turnout.
2018 In Review. The Democratic Perspective crew looks back at 2018, addressing some of the biggest stories of the year. Mike Cosentino explains Trump’s threat to democracy. Klaus von Stutterheim covers the consequences of our military withdrawal from Syria. Gary LaMaster presents statistics of our continuing crisis of gun violence as documented by Gun Violence Archive. Both Gary and Dick Searle address climate change and the Green New Deal. Finally, Steve Williamson looks ahead at the 2020 election, asking the group which candidates have the best chance to defeat Trump and his allies.
Posted in Climate Change, Constitutional Issues, Democratic Governance, Elections, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, Government, Gun Control, Immigration, International Terrorism, Mass Shootings, Middle East, Middle East Policy, Military, Military Policy, National Politics, Political Candidacy, Presidential Elections, U.S. Armed Forces
Tagged Donald J. Trump, Year In Review
Counting All The Votes. Mike Cosentino and Klaus von Stutterheim welcome Adrian Fontes to Democratic Perspective to discuss voter suppression. Fontes is a former Marine, a former criminal defense attorney, and a former prosecutor. After seeing unbelievably long voting lines in 2016, he decided to run for the office of Maricopa County Recorder – a county about the size of New Jersey with a population the size of Kentucky. He begins by saying that voter fraud is “more rare than being struck by lightning – it doesn’t exist on a widespread level. But voter suppression does exist.” Noting that each county has different voting standards and procedures, he says, “There are more than 3,000 counties in US, so you have more than 3,000 ways to suppress votes.” Though the GOP sued him during the past election after watching their Senate candidate’s lead slip away as he made the effort to count every vote, he is unapologetic. He explains, “Administering an election is a sacred duty.”
Reconciling Development With Preservation. Democratic Perspective welcomes Randy Garrison, District 3 representative of the Yavapai County Board of Supervisors. After a rough start due to technical issues, we dive into the controversy surrounding the proposed El Rojo Grande Ranch development project of 600 manufactured homes planned for an environmentally sensitive area near Sedona, Arizona. Planned by ELS, one of the largest developers of these types of projects, El Rojo Grande has generated opposition from the Sedona City Council and numerous local groups.
Posted in Arizona Politics, Community Activism, Development, Environment, Environmental Issues, Government, Growth, Housing, Interviews, Local Politics, Public Lands
Tagged El Rojo Grande Ranch, Sedona, Yavapai County 3rd District, Yavapai County Board of Supervisors