Author Archives: Gary LaMaster

Rise of the Oligarchs – July, 16, 2018

The Democratic Perspective team addresses some of the things that have diminished the power of voters and led to an oligarchy (a nation controlled by the moneyed class) as determined by a peer-reviewed study. Co-hosts Steve Williamson and Mike Cosentino … Continue reading

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Terry Goddard Interview – Podcast July 9, 2018

Dirty Money. Dirty Politics. Democratic Perspective co-hosts Mike Cosentino and Steve Williamson welcome former AZ Attorney General Terry Goddard who is leading an effort against dirty money to require Political Action Committees to reveal the original source(s) of their funding. … Continue reading

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Jeff Biggers Interview – Podcast July 2, 2018

Resistance, Reclaiming an American Tradition. That’s the title of a new book written by this week’s guest. Jeff Biggers is an author, journalist, historian and playwright. During a conversation with Democratic Perspective co-hosts, Steve Williamson and Mike Cosentino, he explains … Continue reading

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Jesse Lee Interview — Podcast June 25, 2018

A Culture Of Corruption. Democratic Perspective co-host, Steve Williamson, welcomes Jesse Lee, VP of communications for the Center for American Progress. After spending 8 years in the Obama White House, Lee contrasts the extreme level of corruption in the Trump … Continue reading

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Anita Glazer and Jim Ledbetter Interviews – Podcast June 18, 2018

A Dishonest GOP Attempt To Defund A Public School. The Democratic Perspective co-hosts welcome Anita Glazer, president of the Mingus Union School Board, and Jim Ledbetter, former president, to talk about a political trick aimed at cutting funding for a … Continue reading

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Home Rule – Podcast June 11, 2018

Returning Power To City Government. In 1980, the Arizona State Legislature passed a constitutional amendment that, in effect, wrenched local control away from Arizona cities and towns. The amendment imposed a formula-based spending limit that makes it difficult for cities … Continue reading

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Deedra Abboud Interview – Podcast June 4, 2018

Focusing on issues, leadership, transparency, and accountability. Democratic Perspective co-hosts Steve Williamson and Mike Cosentino welcome Deedra Abboud, Democratic candidate for US Senate. The daughter of a US Marshall and federal investigator, she says she grew up with a romantic … Continue reading

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Memorial Day Edition – Podcast May 28, 2018

The True Meaning Of Memorial Day And How To Protect Our Democracy.  Democratic Perspective host Mike Cosentino begins the show by acknowledging the sponsors and supporters who have contributed to help keep the show on the air for seven years. … Continue reading

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Brill, Gordon, McClelland Interviews – Podcast May 21, 2018

Working to return government to the people. Democratic Perspective co-hosts Steve Williamson and Mike Cosentino welcome Karen McClelland, president of Democrats of the Red Rocks, Dr. David Brill, candidate for US Congress, and Mark Robert Gordon, candidate for AZ Secretary of … Continue reading

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Pierce, Cardenas and Fryer Interviews – Podcast May 14, 2018

Making Arizona safer, more equitable and more enjoyable for everyone. Democratic Perspective co-hosts Mike Cosentino and Steve Williamson welcome Democratic candidates Bill Pierce, Mark Cardenas and Kelly Fryer to talk about their plans for a better Arizona. Pierce who is … Continue reading

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