Author Archives: Gary LaMaster

The Gigantic Kochtopus.

In a series of 5-4 rulings, with conservatives in the majority, the US Supreme Court has opened the floodgates of political spending by corporations and billionaires. In Valeo v. Buckley, the Court essentially ruled that political spending is the equivalent … Continue reading

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Putting The Community Back In The Community College.

No one seems to know when it happened…when the word community was removed from Yavapai College…or if it was ever part of the name in the first place. Since it was billed as a community college, maybe it was just … Continue reading

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One Solution To Many Problems.

A study co-authored by Aaron Sojourner, a professor of labor economics at the University of Minnesota, and Greg Duncan from the University of California-Irvine recently published in the Journal of Human Resources shows the path forward to solving some of … Continue reading

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Born A Democrat.

On January 27, 2014, Democratic Perspective caught up with Carolyn Warner, former Superintendant of Public Instruction, Senate candidate, gubernatorial candidate and Democratic National Committeewoman. “I was born a Democrat,” said Warner. “My father was a state senator. I began handing … Continue reading

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Arizona’s Child Protection Crisis.

January 20, 2014, Democratic Perspective co-hosts Steve Williamson and Mike Cosentino reflected on the failures of Arizona Child Protective Services (CPS) and Governor Brewer’s decision to create a new cabinet-level division that will report directly to the governor’s office. The … Continue reading

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Growing Apart: Income Inequality In The US.

On January 13, 2014, Democratic Perspective co-hosts, Mike Cosentino and Steve Williamson, examined the widening gap in incomes between ordinary Americans and the wealthy. It’s an issue that has been labeled the most significant problem of our time by both President … Continue reading

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2013 In Review. What The Mainstream Media Didn’t Tell You.

For our year-end show, on December 30, 2013, Gary LaMaster and Dick Searle joined Democratic Perspective co-hosts Mike Cosentino and Steve Williamson to discuss the stories that were unreported, under-reported or misreported in 2013. There were an abundance of candidates: … Continue reading

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Making Wall Street Pay.

On January 6, 2014, investor and financial consultant, John O’Donnell joined Mike Cosentino on Democratic Perspective to discuss the Financial Transaction Tax (FTT). The Financial Transaction Tax is also known by the misnomer, Robin Hood Tax. Although various forms of … Continue reading

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Food For Thought.

Note: Having fallen behind on blog posts and listings of resources, I’ll try to catch up beginning with our October 7, 2013, interview with Wenonah Hauter. Wenonah Hauter is author of Foodopoly: The Battle Over the Future of Food and … Continue reading

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Turning Prisoners Into Profits.

On December 9, 2013, Democratic Perspective aired an interview with Dianne Post. Post is an attorney and leader of the Arizona Justice Alliance, a statewide coalition dedicated to exposing the problems with prisons. According to Post, 23 percent of Arizona … Continue reading

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