Category Archives: Democratic Governance

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

Posted in Campaign Finance, Class Conflict, Constitutional Issues, Dark Money, Democratic Governance, Elections, Front Organizations, Government, National Politics, Political Action Committees, Political Contributions, Presidential Elections | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Arizona Politics, Constitutional Issues, Democratic Governance, Elections, Government, Interviews, Local Politics, Public Policy | Tagged , , , , | Comments Off on Home Rule – Podcast June 11, 2018

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

Posted in Arizona Politics, Dark Money, Democratic Governance, Education, Education Funding, Elections, Government, Local Politics, National Politics, Political Polarization, Propaganda, U.S. Armed Forces, Veterans' Issues | Tagged , , | Comments Off on Memorial Day Edition – Podcast May 28, 2018

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

Posted in Arizona Budget, Arizona Economy, Arizona Politics, Civil Society, Community Activism, Democratic Governance, Economic Policy, Education Funding, Elections, Environment, Environmental Issues, Government, Interviews, Mine Safety, Public Accountability, Tax Revenues, Taxation | Tagged , | Comments Off on Pierce, Cardenas and Fryer Interviews – Podcast May 14, 2018

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

Posted in Arizona Politics, Corruption, De-regulation, Democratic Governance, Energy Policy, Infrastructure Investment, Interviews, Podcasts, Public Policy, Regulatory Agencies, Regulatory Capture, Renewable Energy | Tagged , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Jake Bell Interview — Podcast January 1, 2018

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

Posted in Arizona Law Enforcement, Arizona Politics, Citizens United, Civil Liberties, Civil Rights, Constitutional Issues, Democratic Governance, Human Rights, Income Inequality, Interviews, Judicial System, Jurisprudence, Justice System, Legal Issues, Palestinian/Israeli Conflict, Podcasts, Policing, Political Polarization | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Mik Jordahl Interview — Podcast December 11, 2017

Kiana Sears and Elliot Woods Interview — Podcast December 4, 2017

Case Studies in Regulatory Capture: The Arizona Corporation Commission. Kiana Sears, Water & Wastewater Executive Consultant (Public Utility Analyst) for the Arizona Corporation Commission, and Democratic Candidate for membership on the Commission, joins with Elliot Wood, Democratic Party Legislative Committee Member for … Continue reading

Posted in Agricultural Policy, Arizona Politics, Corruption, De-regulation, Democratic Governance, Energy Policy, Interviews, Podcasts, Public Policy, Regulatory Agencies, Renewable Energy, Water Policy | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Kiana Sears and Elliot Woods Interview — Podcast December 4, 2017

Jason Dick Interview — Podcast November 27, 2017

Keeping a Close Eye On the Process: a Washington Reporter Explains How the Legislative Sausage Is Currently Being Made.  Jason Dick, Managing Editor, Leadership & Enterprise, for CQ Roll Call, shares his insights with Democratic Perspective’s Mike Cosentino on the Republican Party’s current struggle … Continue reading

Posted in Budget Negotiations, Class Conflict, Corporate Welfare, Deficit Reduction, Democratic Governance, Health Insurance, Income Inequality, Interviews, Investigative Journalism, Journalism, Mass Media, National Debt Ceiling, National Politics, Podcasts, Special Interest Legislation, Tax and Investment Policy, Tax Law, Tax Revenues, Taxation, Taxes and the Deficit | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Jason Dick Interview — Podcast November 27, 2017

Max Richtman Interview — Podcast November 20, 2017

The Republican Flim-flam Continues: First They Reduce Taxes for the 1% Enough To Ensure a 1.5 Trillion Dollar Federal Budget Deficit, Then They Cut Billions From Social Security and Medicare To Help Reduce the Deficit They Just Created.  Max Richtman, … Continue reading

Posted in Affordable Care Act, Corporate Welfare, Corruption, Democratic Governance, Domestic Policy, Entitlements, Health Care, Health Care Policy, Health Insurance, Interviews, Medicaid, Medicare, Pharmaceutical Pricing and Procurement, Podcasts, Privatization, Public Health Policy, Social Insurance, Social Security, Special Interest Legislation, Tax Revenues, Taxation, Welfare | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Max Richtman Interview — Podcast November 20, 2017

Wade Carlisle and Felicia French Interview — Podcast November 6, 2017

Democratic Candidates for the Arizona Legislature from Legislative District 6: Education Funding, Environmental Sustainability, and a More Prosperous Future for Rural Arizona.  Democratic Perspective welcomes two Democratic candidates for the Arizona State Legislature from LD 6, Wade Carlisle, candidate for the … Continue reading

Posted in Agricultural Policy, Arizona Budget, Arizona Economy, Arizona Politics, Corruption, Cultural Diversity, Dark Money, Democratic Governance, Economic Policy, Education, Education Funding, Education Policy, Elections, Environmental Issues, Federal Lands, Income Inequality, Infrastructure Investment, Interviews, LIberals and Conservatives, Local Politics, National Sovereignty, Paul Gosar, Podcasts, Political Polarization, Public Education, Public Lands, Renewable Energy, Sustainable Development, Tax and Investment Policy, Tax Revenues | Tagged , , , , , | Comments Off on Wade Carlisle and Felicia French Interview — Podcast November 6, 2017