Category Archives: Local Politics

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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Matt Capalby Interview — Podcast August 24, 2015

Arizona: the State of the State, the State of State Politics. Democratic Perspective’s intrepid investigative staff interviews Matt Capalby — Kingman native, Arizona Democratic Party stalwart, and highly regarded political consultant — about the state of play in Arizona politics as the 2016 race … Continue reading

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Yavapai College Update — Podcast June 1, 2015

Putting the Community Back in Our Community College:  Mike Cosentino and Gary LaMaster welcome Bob Oliphant and Ruth Wicks to bring our audience up-to-date on the latest news from the Verde Valley Community College Citizen Advocates push for home rule — a separate administrative district for the … Continue reading

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Preserving the Verde River and Its Watershed — Podcast May 18, 2015

Whiskey Is for Drinking, Water Is for Fighting: Arizona Water Politics and Citizen Advocacy in Defense of the Verde River. Democratic Perspective welcomes Chip Norton, President of the Friends of the Verde River Greenway, and Kathy Davis, Secretary of the Verde … 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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Yavapai College Update — Podcast January 26, 2015

The Yavapai College Ten Year Capital Improvement Plan a Year Later: Have the Verde Valley’s Concerns Had Any Impact? Mike Cosentino and Gary LaMaster welcome Bob Oliphant and Ruth Wicks back to discuss recent developments in the struggle over local autonomy in … Continue reading

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Sedona City Council Candidates, 2014 — Podcast August 21, 2014

More Local Election Coverage: Democratic Perspective Interviews Sedona City Council Candidates. Continuing our local election coverage from last week, Democratic Perspective’s Steve Williamson welcomes four candidates for the Sedona City Council: Tom Lamkin, Angela LeFevre, Robert O’Donnell, and Jon J.T. Thompson. Find out who they are, why they’re running, … Continue reading

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Sedona Mayoral Candidates, 2014 — Podcast August 11, 2014

Election Time Again: Democratic Perspective Interviews Our Mayoral Candidates. As in every election year since we began broadcasting, Democratic Perspective invites candidates for our local and state offices to appear on our show to present themselves to our listeners. This Monday we interview the candidates for Sedona … Continue reading

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Yavapai College Update — Podcast June 16, 2014

The Grass Roots Response to Yavapai College’s 10-Year Plan: Are We Making Any Progress? Democratic Perspective’s Mike Cosentino, and Gary LaMaster are joined by Bob Oliphant and Ruth Wicks, representatives of the Verde Valley Community College Citizen Advocates, for a discussion of recent responses by the Yavapai … Continue reading

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