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.
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?
Posted in Congressional Oversight, Constitutional Issues, Corruption, Elections, Foreign Affairs, Government, International Relations, National Politics, National Security, Presidential Elections
Tagged Election Integrity, Hunter Biden, Mike Pompeop, Military Aid, Rudy Giuliani, Trump, Ukraine Scandal, VP Joe Biden, Whistle-blower
Defending Local Democracy. Democratic Perspective co-hosts, Steve Williamson and Mike Cosentino welcome Kim Haddow, director of the non-partisan Local Solutions Support Center. She recently spoke to AZ League of Cities and Towns about pre-emption – the act of state legislatures passing laws to overrule city governments. Haddow explains that pre-emption can be good in some instances, such as preventing discrimination. But that it’s bad when it comes to preventing cities from raising the minimum wage, from banning the use of plastic bags or from regulating short-term rentals.
Though studies show that Americans are most likely to trust local government, Haddow says many legislatures have undertaken a deliberate effort to consolidate power at the state level following two events in 2010: The Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision that pumped dark money into legislative races and widespread Republican electoral wins in 2010.
Haddow further explains that state interference has been enabled by the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), a corporate-sponsored group that writes “model” legislation for corporate benefit and delivers it to Republican legislators to enact as law. Haddow notes these corporations are following the long-standing strategy of the tobacco and gun industries to negate any attempts by local governments to control their products or services.
Posted in Arizona Politics, Citizens United, Community, Dark Money, Democratic Governance, Environmental Issues, Government, Interviews, Local Politics, Minimum Wage, National Politics
Tagged ALEC, Premption, State Legislatures
Political Issues From A Business Viewpoint. Co-hosts Steve Williamson and Mike Cosentino welcome businessman, hotelier, activist and Democratic Perspective contributor Steve Segner to discuss a variety of questions and issues ranging from international trade to housing in Sedona.
Why has the US assumed the role as policeman of the world? Why are we sending troops to Saudi Arabia when we sell them so many weapons? How can the City of Sedona best address the lack of affordable housing? Why are teachers so poorly paid? How can we address our growing tribalism? Segner and the co-hosts try to answer these questions and more.
Posted in Arizona Politics, Business, Capitalism, Community, Community Activism, Education, Education Policy, Foreign Affairs, Housing, Income Inequality, Infrastructure Investment, Interviews, Local Politics, Military Policy, National Politics, Political Polarization, Tourism
Resistance: The Quintessential American Value. Mike Cosentino welcomes author Jeff Biggers back to the show to discuss his new book: Resistance, Reclaiming an American Tradition. Biggers notes that the greatest American value is dissent, adding that the people who abuse their power today are no different than King George. “The greatest American act, the most patriotic thing we can ever do, is to fight against over-reach. It’s what has pushed us forward for more than 200 years,” he says.
Biggers not only talks about resistance in reaction to the corruption of the Trump administration. He goes on to discuss the youthful resistance to inaction on the climate crisis led by Greta Thunberg and the inevitable consequences of the failure of governments to act.
Posted in Capitalism, Civil Liberties, Climate Change, Corruption, Cultural Change, Democratic Governance, Environmental Issues, Global Warming, Government, Interviews, National Politics, Political History, Resistance, Slavery
Tagged Climate Strike, Greta Thunberg, Jeff Biggers, Resistance
Changes In Yavapai County. Mike Cosentino welcomes Yavapai County Supervisor Randy Garrison and his assistant Brandi Bateman to discuss a few of the issues impacting Yavapai County, Arizona. After first explaining the role of county government and its limitations, they talk about the growing problems of short-term rentals, Verde Connect, and investments in Camp Verde’s new enterprise zone.
Posted in Arizona Politics, Business, Economic Stimulus, Elections, Environmental Issues, Government, Housing, Infrastructure Investment, Interviews, Local Politics, Political Parties, Public Accountability, Public Lands
Tagged County Government, Enterprise Zones, Short-term Rentals, Verde Connect
A Political Convergence Of Events In Prescott, Arizona. Democratic Perspective host, Mike Cosentino, welcomes Rosemary Dixon, President of Prescott Indivisible, and Jay Ruby, events chair of Yavapai Democrats, to discuss upcoming events for the weekend of September 20-22.
The centerpiece of the weekend is the Neighborhood Summit for Equity which, according to the website, “…intends to catalyze change by increasing awareness of racial and cultural inequities.” The website notes that “We are at our best when we are curious and respectful of our differences.”
Other weekend events include the Climate Strike on September 20, the 2019 Prescott Powwow, the state meeting of the Arizona Democrats, and the Yavapai Democrats’ Truman-Clinton Dinner highlighted by Mark Kelly, candidate for U.S. Senate.
Posted in Arizona Politics, Civil Rights, Civil Society, Climate Change, Community, Compassion, Cultural Change, Cultural Diversity, Global Warming, Interviews, Local Politics, Native American Issues, Political Clubs, Political Polarization, Race and Class, Racial Discrimination, Racism
Tagged Arizona Democrats, Climate Crisis, Indivisible, Yavapai Democrats
Who Will Rid The Nation Of Donald Trump? Democratic Perspective co-hosts, Steve Williamson and Mike Cosentino discuss the madness of Trump and the race to unseat him. Mike begins by warning of the disinformation that persists and that will probably get worse during the 2020 campaign. Then they size up the Democratic field of candidates for president. “The whole format [of the debates] atomizes and separates the Democratic candidates according to policies. So in the argument about Medicare for all, you lose the fact that all the Democrat candidates are for expanding healthcare and healthcare for all,” says Steve. “So there is a lot of unity that’s behind all of the small arguments.”
The hosts note that all Democrats agree that Trump is a danger and that we need fundamental change. The only question is: How fast do you want that change? The hosts emphasize that, whoever wins the Democratic nomination, the 2020 election is going to offer a real choice for the future of the nation. It’s important that no one sit this one out and it’s not a time to support a protest candidate or we may end up with another four years of Trump.
Posted in Disinformation, Domestic Policy, Government, Health Care, LIberals and Conservatives, National Politics, Political Candidacy, Political Polarization, Presidential Elections
Tagged 2020 Election, Democratic Candidates, Democratic Debates, Trump
Countering Conservative “Think Tanks.” Democratic Perspective welcomes Vice-Chair of the Arizona Democratic Party, Damian Preciado, and long-time Democratic activist, Karen McClelland, to discuss party structure and the effect of the Goldwater Institute and other conservative organizations. For too long, these groups have played an out-sized role in state and national politics by crafting legislation and presenting one-sided research to bolster their political viewpoints. To counter them, Preciado helped create an alternative think tank to represent progressives. Called the White Hat Research and Policy Group, it’s nonpartisan and nonprofit.
Preciado also encourages ordinary people to get involved in the party by becoming a Precinct Committee person. “It’s the way to have your voice actually heard,” he says. “If you have a sense of civic responsibility and pride, it’s all there for you.” Preciado notes that, without the involvement of a large number of citizens, the parties become weak and their power and influence is diluted. That allows them to be compromised.
Overtourism – Destroying The Places We Love Most. The combination of the younger experiential generation and short-term rentals is placing increasing stress on tourist destinations around the world. Democratic Perspective welcomes City Councilman Scott Jablow and President of the Lodging Council, Steve Segner, to discuss the impact on one of the Southwest’s most beautiful cities – Sedona, Arizona.
Segner describes the issue this way: “In manufacturing, you can always make more of the product. But with tourism you can’t.” As for the issue of short-term rentals, Jablow says, “Removal of local control is causing the problem. We can’t regulate them. Because of the governor’s mandate of hands off, we’re getting commercial building in residential areas.”
To make matters worse, short-term rentals are taking housing away from the 10,000 workers needed to deal with 3 million tourists each year. Other problems range from traffic to keeping hiking trails clean. But the city is working hard to address the issues. “The good news is that we have the money to do it,” says Segner.
Posted in Arizona Economy, Arizona Politics, Community, Democratic Governance, Demographic Trends, Development, Environmental Issues, Government, Interviews, Local Politics, Taxation, Tourism
Tagged AZ State Legislature, Governor Doug Ducey, Ideologues, Rep. Bob Thorpe, Sedona, Short-term Rentals