Category Archives: Local Politics

Tim Elinski Interview — Podcast January 23, 2017

The Example of Cottonwood, Arizona: Why Transparency and Citizen Participation Are the Keys to Effective Government. Tim Elinski, newly elected mayor of  Cottonwood, joins Democratic Perspective’s Mike Cosentino and Steve Williamson for a discussion of the challenges facing small town governments in Arizona. If you want … Continue reading

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Indivisible: Tactics for the Anti-Trump Resistance — Podcast January 9, 2017

Don’t Mourn, Organize: Answers For Those Who Want To Know What We’re Supposed To Do Now. Mike Cosentino, Gary LaMaster, and Steve Williamson discuss Indivisible: a Practical Guide for Resisting the Trump Agenda, a 26 page document by former Congressional staffers which provides … Continue reading

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Steve Segner Interview — Podcast November 28, 2016

Public and Private Sector Partnerships: The Benefits of Collaborative Effort. Democratic Perspective hosts Mike Cosentino and Steve Williamson welcome Steve Segner, owner of the El Portal hotel in Sedona, and committed community activist, for a discussion of what makes for successful collaboration between local government and businesses. … Continue reading

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Sam Almy Interview — Podcast November 21, 2016

Demographics, Structural Issues, and Statistics: The Future of Electoral Politics in Arizona and In the Nation At Large. Democratic Perspective’s Gary LaMaster, Klaus von Stutterheim, and Steve Williamson are joined by Sam Almy, Elections Director of the Arizona Democratic Party, for a detailed … Continue reading

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Campaign 2016: Tomorrow Is (Finally!) The Day — Podcast November 7, 2016

Final Thoughts Before the People Speak: A Review of Where We Stand. Democratic Perspective welcomes Astrid Silva, Dreamer and Democratic Party activist, for a discussion of the state of the campaign for the presidency, and for control of the U.S. Senate, in … Continue reading

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Bob Oliphant Interview — Podcast September 12, 2016

Yavapai College 2016 Update: Have the Last Two Years of Local Political Advocacy improved Community College Access for the East County? Democratic Perspective welcomes back Robert Oliphant, ex-Board Member of Yavapai College for Yavapai County District 3, to discuss his new book, Wake … Continue reading

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Juli Myers and Ken Clark Interview — Podcast May 30, 2016

Dark Money and Legislative Malfeasance: the Evil Synergies Working to Complete the Corruption of Arizona Politics. Juli Myers, Development Director of the Arizona Advocacy Network, and Ken Clark (D), State Representative from Arizona Legislative District 24, join Democratic Perspective co-hosts Mike Cosentino and … Continue reading

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Cottonwood Mayoral Candidates — Podcast March 14, 2016

Tim Elinski and Terence Pratt: Two Candidates for Mayor, Two Visions for the Future of Cottonwood. Democratic Perspective continues its coverage of the 2016 national, state, and local election campaigns, focusing this time on the local mayoral election in Cottonwood. With a population … Continue reading

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Rosemary Papa Interview — Podcast February 8, 2016

The State of Education in Arizona: Ground Zero Is Not the Goal. Democratic Perspective talks to Dr. Rosemary Papa about the woeful state of public education funding in the state of Arizona. Dr. Papa currently serves as The Del and Jewel Lewis Endowed Chair in … Continue reading

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Nikki Bagley Interview — Podcast January 25, 2016

Leadership for Arizona’s Future (And Lord Knows We Need It): Democratic Perspective’s Mike Cosentino, Gary LaMaster, and Steve Williamson, welcome Nikki Bagley, Director of the Yavapai College Viticulture and Enology Program and former mayor of Jerome, to discuss her candidacy for the Arizona … Continue reading

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