Category Archives: Government

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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Camello, Kinsella, Litrell Interviews – August 6, 2018

A Political Campaign Run by Outsiders and Based On Lies. Democratic Perspective co-host Steve Williamson welcomes Al Camello, Kathy Kinsella and Barbara Litrell to respond to the political signs placed along 89A in Sedona. Our guests recommendation? Ignore them. The … Continue reading

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Howse Hudson, Jablow, Williamson Interviews – July 30, 2018

Sedona City Council Candidates On Tourism, Traffic And Home Rule. Democratic Perspective co-host Steve Williamson welcomes three candidates for Sedona City Council: Janice Howes Hudson, Jessica Williamson and Scott Jablow. They discuss the difficult task of sustaining the natural beauty … Continue reading

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Bobby Tyler Interview – July 23, 2018

Fighting for Rural Arizona. The co-hosts of Democratic Perspective welcome Bobby Tyler, Mayor of Holbrook, AZ and candidate for LD6 State Representative. A longtime volunteer and public servant with a career as a machinist for APS, Tyler was elected the first black mayor … 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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Jeff Biggers Interview – Podcast July 2, 2018

Resistance, Reclaiming an American Tradition. That’s the title of a new book written by this week’s guest. Jeff Biggers is an author, journalist, historian and playwright. During a conversation with Democratic Perspective co-hosts, Steve Williamson and Mike Cosentino, he explains … Continue reading

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Jesse Lee Interview — Podcast June 25, 2018

A Culture Of Corruption. Democratic Perspective co-host, Steve Williamson, welcomes Jesse Lee, VP of communications for the Center for American Progress. After spending 8 years in the Obama White House, Lee contrasts the extreme level of corruption in the Trump … 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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Deedra Abboud Interview – Podcast June 4, 2018

Focusing on issues, leadership, transparency, and accountability. Democratic Perspective co-hosts Steve Williamson and Mike Cosentino welcome Deedra Abboud, Democratic candidate for US Senate. The daughter of a US Marshall and federal investigator, she says she grew up with a romantic … 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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