Category Archives: Campaign Finance

Matt Capalby Interview — Podcast August 24, 2015

Arizona: the State of the State, the State of State Politics. Democratic Perspective’s intrepid investigative staff interviews Matt Capalby — Kingman native, Arizona Democratic Party stalwart, and highly regarded political consultant — about the state of play in Arizona politics as the 2016 race … Continue reading

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The New Gilded Age: History Doesn’t Repeat Itself, But It Does Rhyme — Podcast August 17, 2015

Oligarchs Then and Now: Democracy and the Distribution of Wealth. Democratic Perspective goes another round with the oligarchs. Mike Cosentino, Gary LaMaster, and Steve Williamson discuss what’s driving the increased concentration of wealth in the United States today, and why it poses … Continue reading

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Oligarchy: A Greek Name for an American Tragedy in the Making — Podcast August 10, 2015

If Government By the People Is For Sale, Shouldn’t the People Be Getting a Higher Price? President Jimmy Carter said recently that the United States has become “an oligarchy, with unlimited political bribery being the essence of getting the nominations for president … Continue reading

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The Republican Presidential Candidates, All 17 of Them: Podcast August 3, 2015

The Greatest Clown Show On Earth: The Republican Presidential Lineup for 2016. Democratic Perspective takes a long, flabbergasted look at the list of seventeen Republican presidential hopefuls for 2016. Should we laugh, cry, or, like Madame Defarge, go quietly back to our knitting? We … Continue reading

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The Arizona Legislative Lunacy Report: Spring 2015 Edition — Podcast April 30, 2015

The March of Ideology and Incompetence Continues in Phoenix: Democratic Perspective’s Mike Cosentino and Gary LaMaster take a detailed look at the Arizona Republic’s recently published docket of bills pending in the Legislature. Listen as our intrepid analysts subject the moderately acceptable, the irredeemably awful, and the crazy ugly to the test … Continue reading

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Terry Goddard Interview — Podcast September 22, 2014

Making Democracy Work In Arizona: Terry Goddard for Secretary of State.  Having served as Mayor of Phoenix from 1983-1990, and as the state’s Attorney General from 2002-2010, Terry Goddard is well-known to the citizens of Arizona as an effective executive, a courageous … Continue reading

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The Influence of Wealth on Public Policy — Podcast April 28, 2014

Yes, the Rich Really Do Run the United States: Are You Surprised? Democratic Perspective’s Mike Cosentino, Gary LaMaster, and Steve Williamson discuss the implications of several recent studies on the influence of concentrated wealth on public policy making, including the very influential … Continue reading

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Jim Pullaro Interview — Podcast April 14, 2014

Clean by 19: Is Public Funding of Elections a Real Possibility? Jim Pullaro, Prescott businessman and advocate for the public funding of elections, talks to Democratic Perspective’s co-hosts Mike Cosentino and Steve Williamson about the Clean by 19 campaign, and the prospect for a constitutional amendment … Continue reading

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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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The Kochtopus and Its Tentacles — Podcast April 7, 2014

The Kochtopus: Buying Our Democracy With Dark Money. Democratic Perspective’s co-hosts Mike Cosentino and Steve Williamson are joined by producer Gary LaMaster for an analysis of the shell organizations Charles and David Koch, Koch Industries, and other wealthy individual and corporate players use … Continue reading

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