Category Archives: Gun Control

President Obama’s Legacy — Podcast January 16, 2017

It Was the Best of Times, It Was the Worst of Times: Democratic Perspective Looks Back At the Obama Years. On the eve of President-Elect Trump’s inauguration, Mike Cosentino, Gary LaMaster, Klaus von Stutterheim, and Steve Williamson evaluate the successes and failures of President … Continue reading

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The National Party Platforms: Haven’t We All Been Here Before? — Podcast August 8, 2016

The Democratic and Republican Party Platforms: Promises, Promises…. Democratic Perspective hosts Mike Cosentino, Gary LaMaster, and Steve Williamson take a closer look at the Democratic and Republican Party platforms. 51 and 58 pages, respectively, of wonkery, neither of which, if history is any guide, is likely to be … Continue reading

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The Sanders Campaign: Is It Really Over When It’s Over? — Podcast June 20, 2016

Bernie and Hillary: In Politics, as in Asymmetric Warfare, Declarations of Victory Can Sometimes Be Premature. Democratic Perspective looks at the passions driving the Sanders campaign, the threat of a permanent schism in the Democratic Party, and what effect — if any — committed Sanders supporters will have on … Continue reading

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The State of the Union: A Study in Contrasts — Podcast January 18, 2016

President Obama vs. the Republican Mud-Wrestlers: Who’s Actually Worthy of Our Trust? Democratic Perspective reviews the state of the nation, and of our national politics. President Obama, in his State of the Union address, asks the American people to take seriously the issues … 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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A Not-So-Magnificent Obsession: The History, Psychology, and Politics of Gun Ownership in America — Podcast November 9, 2015

Unfinished Business: The Second Amendment, the NRA, the Arms Industry, and 30,000+ Shooting Deaths per Year in the U.S.: Is Anyone EVER Going to Connect These Dots?  Democratic Perspective’s Mike Cosentino, Gary LaMaster, and Steve Williamson try to make some sense of the controversy over … Continue reading

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The Arizona Legislative Lunacy Report: Spring 2015 Edition — Podcast April 30, 2015

The March of Ideology and Incompetence Continues in Phoenix: Democratic Perspective’s Mike Cosentino and Gary LaMaster take a detailed look at the Arizona Republic’s recently published docket of bills pending in the Legislature. Listen as our intrepid analysts subject the moderately acceptable, the irredeemably awful, and the crazy ugly to the test … Continue reading

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Sasha Abramsky Interview — Podcast November 25, 2013

Throwing Away the Key: Mass Incarceration As a Substitute for Effective Social Policy. Author and journalist Sasha Abramsky returns to Democratic Perspective to discuss his research on the Prison Industrial Complex. How the justice system in the United States has become a one-way … Continue reading

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Extreme Representation.

Arizona’s Legislative District 6 (LD6) is populated by mostly moderate, sensible people. So Democratic Perspective asked, “Why is it represented in the state legislature by a trio of right wing extremists, otherwise known as Rep. Brenda Barton, Rep. Bob Thorpe … Continue reading

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Michael Austin Interview — Podcast April 1, 2013

The Second Amendment Doesn’t Mean What the Right Wing Thinks It Does: Professor Michael Austin, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Newman University in Wichita, Kansas, returns to Democratic Perspective to discuss the national controversy surrounding the Second Amendment. In his … Continue reading

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