Category Archives: Corruption

The Justice Department Is Phasing Out Its Use of Private Prisons: Will the States Follow Suit? — Podcast August 29, 2016

Has the Justice Department Just Struck the First Significant Blow In the Battle Against Rent-Seeking In Our Correctional Systems? Democratic Perspective hosts Mike Cosentino, Gary LaMaster, and Steve Williamson review the Justice Department’s announcement that some federal contracts with private prison corporations are being phased out. This … Continue reading

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Juli Myers and Ken Clark Interview — Podcast May 30, 2016

Dark Money and Legislative Malfeasance: the Evil Synergies Working to Complete the Corruption of Arizona Politics. Juli Myers, Development Director of the Arizona Advocacy Network, and Ken Clark (D), State Representative from Arizona Legislative District 24, join Democratic Perspective co-hosts Mike Cosentino and … Continue reading

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Tom Chabin and Bill Mundell Interview — Podcast April 25, 2016

The Arizona Corporation Commission: A Sordid Example of the Consequences of Regulatory Capture. Tom Chabin and Bill Mundell, Democrats running for the Arizona Corporation Commission join Democratic Perspective hosts Mike Cosentino and Gary LaMaster for a discussion of what happens when a public utility — … Continue reading

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Mikel Weisser Interview — Podcast April 18, 2016

For the Love of Arizona: Mikel Weisser is Running for Congress. Mikel Weisser, Democratic Candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives in Arizona’s Congressional District 4, talks to Democratic Perspective’s Mike Cosentino and Gary LaMaster about his background, his view of the issues … Continue reading

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Harriet Young Interview — Podcast April 11, 2016

On Being More Careful What We Wish For: What Electing an Ignorant and Corrupt Republican Legislative Majority Has Cost Arizonans. An impoverished public education system. Incompetently managed private prisons. Denial of health care to needy children. Hysterical ideological crusades against the federal government. Voter suppression laws. Gun-nuttery. … 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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Benghazi, Benghazi, Benghazi: Was There Ever Really Any There There? — Podcast October 26th, 2015

Eight Investigations, Fifty-Plus Meetings, and More Than Fourteen Million Dollars Later, What Do We Know? Democratic Perspective’s Mike Cosentino, Gary LaMaster, and Steve Williamson report on the outcome of the Benghazi frenzy in Congress. Was there ever any point to it other than to … Continue reading

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Jan Nichols Interview — Podcast September 21, 2015

Feeding at the Public Trough: The Sleazy Economics of Charter School Scams and Ripoffs. Jan Nichols, Arizona native, retired Phoenix teacher, and education activist, joins Democratic Perspective hosts Mike Cosentino and Gary LaMaster for a discussion of charter school funding abuses — discover how … Continue reading

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