Category Archives: Government

Ledbetter and Rutherford Interviews – Podcast November 12, 2018

Blue Wave Turns Arizona Purple. On Veterans Day, Democratic Perspective co-hosts Steve Williamson and Mike Cosentino welcome James Ledbetter and Cathy Rutherford to discuss the results of the midterm elections. Ledbetter begins by saying, “Nationally, it was a blue wave, … Continue reading

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Rotellini and Ploog Interviews – Podcast November 5, 2018

Will Negativity, Lying and Name-Calling Win? On election eve, Democratic Perspective co-hosts Mike Cosentino and Steve Williamson pose the question to Felicia Rotellini, Chair of the AZ Democratic Party, and Sedona activist Holly Ploog. Rotellini replies, “I think what you’re … Continue reading

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Abboud and Kinsella Interviews – Podcast October 29, 2018

Good Choices Are All Over The Ballot In Arizona. Democratic Perspective co-hosts Steve Williamson and Mike Cosentino welcome Deedra Abboud and Kathy Kinsella to discuss the candidates and ballot initiatives for the upcoming midterm election. Deedra, you may remember, was … Continue reading

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Kazian Interview – Podcast October 22, 2018

Maintaining Fire And Rescue Preparedness In Sedona. Democratic Perspective co-hosts, Mike Cosentino and Steve Williamson, welcome Chief Kris Kazian to discuss the challenges faced by the Sedona Fire District. Not only is the department responsible for fire protection for an … Continue reading

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O’Halleran Interview – Podcast October 15, 2018

Problem-Solving In Congress. Democratic Perspective co-hosts, Steve Williamson and Mike Cosentino, welcome Congressman Tom O’Halleran to address the issues he faces as representative for Arizona’s CD-1. A member of the House’s Problem Solvers’ Caucus comprised of 24 Democrats and 24 … Continue reading

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Comello And McCarthy Interview – Podcast September 24, 2018

Sustaining The Mission Of The Sedona Fire District. Democratic Perspective’s co-hosts Steve Williamson and Mike Cosentino welcome two candidates for the Sedona Fire Board. Al Comello and Gene McCarthy are running as a team to continue the leadership and stability … 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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Carlisle, French and Tyler Interviews – Podcast August 20, 2018

Turning AZ LD-6 Blue. Democratic Perspective co-host Steve Williamson welcomes the three Democratic candidates to represent northern Arizona in the state legislature: Wade Carlisle, Felicia French and Bobby Tyler. They discuss how the current legislative representatives have ignored the needs 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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