Category Archives: Legal Issues

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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Decisive Moments? Recent Supreme Court Rulings and Their Impact — Podcast July 6, 2015

A Session of Surprises at the Supreme Court: Conservatives Lose a Few for a Change.  Steve Williamson returns from his sabbatical, and joins Mike Cosentino and Gary LaMaster in a Democratic Perspective review of the recent Supreme Court decisions on gay marriage, independent redistricting … Continue reading

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Debt Peonage as a Source of Revenue: Paying for Government by Fining the Poor — Podcast April 27, 2015

On the Backs of the Poor: The Great Recession and the Criminalization of Debt. Democratic Perspective’s Mike Cosentino, Gary LaMaster and Steve Williamson analyze the effect on the poor, especially minorities, of the disturbing recent trend toward financing hard-pressed local governments through … Continue reading

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Peg Bowden Interview — Podcast March 23, 2015

The Quality of Our Mercy: Peg Bowden Speaks from Experience on the Militarization of the U.S.-Mexican Border. Democratic Perspective’s Mike Cosentino, Gary LaMaster, and Steve Williamson talk to Peg Bowden about the experiences that impelled her to write her 2014 book, A Land of Hard … Continue reading

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David R. Frazer Interview — Podcast March 9, 2015

Ethical Meltdown: a Question of Values? Democratic Perspective’s Mike Cosentino and Steve Williamson welcome David Frazer, respected Arizona attorney and author of Ethical Meltdown: the Need to Recover Our Vanishing Values, for a discussion about the current decay of legal and professional ethics in the United … Continue reading

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Michael Austin Interview — Podcast July 21, 2014

The U.S. Constitution: Holy Writ, Or a Framework for Democratic Governance? Professor Michael Austin, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Newman University in Wichita, Kansas, returns to Democratic Perspective to continue his earlier discussions with Mike Cosentino, Gary LaMaster and Steve Williamson on … Continue reading

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Capital Punishment: Justice or Revenge? — Podcast June 2, 2014

The Death Penalty: Cruel, Unjust, and Irreversible. There is ample evidence that the U.S. has executed innocent people, and continues to do so. There is also considerable evidence that the death penalty is disproportionately applied to the poor and to minorities, yet many people … Continue reading

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Mass Incarceration: The Failure of Prisons As a Replacement for Social Services — Podcast May 26, 2014

Tough On Crime: Mass Incarceration As a Case Study in What Can Happen When You Aren’t Careful What You Wish For. The U.S. has the highest incarceration rates per capita of any country in the world, higher even than countries such as China … Continue reading

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Civil Liberties and Public Advocacy: the Role of the ACLU — Podcast March 17, 2004

The ACLU vs. Governmental Overreach. Democratic Perspective welcomes Alessandra Soler Meetze, Executive Director of the ACLU for Arizona, and Michael Lacey, co-founder of the Phoenix New Times, for a discussion of the role of whistleblowers and  journalists in exposing the government’s abuses of … Continue reading

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Arizona’s Child Protective Services: Is There Any Hope? — Podcast January 20, 2014

Child Protective Services in Arizona: Underfunding, Overwork, and the Governor’s Promise of Reform. Democratic Perspective‘s Mike Cosentino and  Steve Williamson discuss the history of ineffective government support for the victims of child abuse and neglect in Arizona, and Governor Brewer’s recently signed … Continue reading

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