Category Archives: Constitutional Issues

Alessandra Soler Interview — Podcast December 19, 2016

Now More Than Ever, the ACLU Is At the Forefront In the Defense of Our Civil Liberties, As It Has Been Since 1920: Alessandra Soler, Executive Director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Arizona, returns to Democratic Perspective for a discussion of the state … Continue reading

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Art Babbott Interview — Podcast February 29, 2016

The Open and Honest Coalition: Equal Representation In the Electoral Process Regardless of Party Affiliation. Democratic Perspective’s co-hosts, Mike Cosentino and Steve Williamson interview Art Babbott, Coconino County District 1 Supervisor, and supporter of the Open and Honest Coalition, about the Coalition’s sponsorship of two proposed amendments … Continue reading

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The Supreme Court, Political Polarization, and the Republican Meltdown — Podcast February 15, 2016

Justice Scalia R.I.P.: On a Scale of 1-10, the Crazy Hits 11. Democratic Perspective’s Gary LaMaster and Steve Williamson put on their welding goggles and look straight into the flaming looniness of the upcoming fight over Antonin Scalia’s replacement on the Supreme … Continue reading

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Rosemary Papa Interview — Podcast February 8, 2016

The State of Education in Arizona: Ground Zero Is Not the Goal. Democratic Perspective talks to Dr. Rosemary Papa about the woeful state of public education funding in the state of Arizona. Dr. Papa currently serves as The Del and Jewel Lewis Endowed Chair in … Continue reading

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David R. Berman Interview — Podcast February 1, 2016

The Mother’s Milk of Politics, or a Threat To Our Democracy: Dark Money and Its Consequences. On today’s Democratic Perspective, Dr. David R. Berman, Professor Emeritus of Political Science at Arizona State University, and Senior Research Fellow at the Morrison Institute for Public … Continue reading

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2015: Democratic Perspective’s Year in Review — Podcast January 4, 2015

The More Things Change, the More They Stay the Same: Democratic Perspective’s 2015 in Review. Democratic Perspective looks back at the state of the nation in 2015, and isn’t exactly thrilled with what the record of events reveals. The prospects for 2016 don’t look a whole lot … Continue reading

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Sam Wercinski Interview — Podcast November 30, 2015

The Arizona Advocacy Network: Protecting the Voting Rights of Arizona’s Citizens. Democratic Perspective’s co-hosts Mike Cosentino and Steve Williamson talk to Sam Wercinski, Executive Director of the Arizona Advocacy Network, about the protection and extension of citizen voting rights in Arizona. It’s a sad … Continue reading

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A Not-So-Magnificent Obsession: The History, Psychology, and Politics of Gun Ownership in America — Podcast November 9, 2015

Unfinished Business: The Second Amendment, the NRA, the Arms Industry, and 30,000+ Shooting Deaths per Year in the U.S.: Is Anyone EVER Going to Connect These Dots?  Democratic Perspective’s Mike Cosentino, Gary LaMaster, and Steve Williamson try to make some sense of the controversy over … Continue reading

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Who Are These Lunatics, and Why Are They Running Things? The Freedom Caucus and the Demise of the Republican Party in the House — Podcast October 19, 2015

Rage, Ignorance, and Obstructionism in the House of Representatives: If Hating the Government Is the Only Qualification a Politician Needs to Get Elected to Congress, Maybe We’re in More Trouble Than We Thought. Paul Schwartz, publisher and democratic activist, pulls up … Continue reading

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Eva Lee Sargent Interview — Podcast September 28, 2015

The Endangered Species Act, the Mexican Gray Wolf, and the Arizona Game and Fish Department: Yet Another Instance of Science Held Hostage by Right-Wing Ideology.  Eva Lee Sargent, Southwest Program Director for Defenders of Wildlife, joins Democratic Perspective’s Mike Cosentino, Gary LaMaster, and Steve … Continue reading

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