Category Archives: Democratic Governance

Podcast December 31, 2018

2018 In Review. The Democratic Perspective crew looks back at 2018, addressing some of the biggest stories of the year. Mike Cosentino explains Trump’s threat to democracy. Klaus von Stutterheim covers the consequences of our military withdrawal from Syria. Gary … Continue reading

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MacLean Interview – Podcast September 17, 2018

The Billionaire-Led Effort to Destroy America As We Know It. Nancy MacLean, author and professor of history and public policy at Duke University returns to Democratic Perspective to discuss her book Democracy In Chains: The Deep History of the Radical … Continue reading

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A Tribute to John McCain – Podcast August 27, 2018

The Loss of Civility and Honor in Politics. On the eve of the Arizona primary elections, Democratic Perspective co-hosts Steve Williamson and Mike Cosentino offer their thoughts on Senator McCain’s passing.  They contrast his approach to public service with that of … Continue reading

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Buying Sedona’s Government – Podcast August 13, 2018

The Wide-Ranging Influence of the Koch Brothers. Democratic Perspective co-host Steve Williamson and contributor Gary LaMaster discuss the battle for a city’s self-government and the impact of dirty money. Steve begins by documenting the ugly battle for home rule in … Continue reading

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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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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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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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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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Jake Bell Interview — Podcast January 1, 2018

Managing Essential Infrastructure In the Public Interest: Jake Bell Is Running For the Arizona Corporation Commission.  Democratic Perspective welcomes Jake Bell, candidate for the Arizona Corporation Commission, and Karen McClelland, President of the Democrats of the Red Rocks (DORR), for a … Continue reading

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Mik Jordahl Interview — Podcast December 11, 2017

The Bill of Rights Is Being Fought Over Every Day: When All Is Said and Done, Litigation Is the Only Effective Way To Protect Us From the Consequences of Unconstitutional Laws.  Mik Jordahl, local Sedona attorney and free speech advocate, … Continue reading

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