Category Archives: Privatization

Mikel Weisser Interview — Podcast April 18, 2016

For the Love of Arizona: Mikel Weisser is Running for Congress. Mikel Weisser, Democratic Candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives in Arizona’s Congressional District 4, talks to Democratic Perspective’s Mike Cosentino and Gary LaMaster about his background, his view of the issues … Continue reading

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Jan Nichols Interview — Podcast September 21, 2015

Feeding at the Public Trough: The Sleazy Economics of Charter School Scams and Ripoffs. Jan Nichols, Arizona native, retired Phoenix teacher, and education activist, joins Democratic Perspective hosts Mike Cosentino and Gary LaMaster for a discussion of charter school funding abuses — discover how … Continue reading

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The Confederate State of Arizona — Podcast March 16, 2015

The Payback for Dark Money in Arizona: More Corporate Tax Cuts, Continued Defunding of Public Education, and Yahoo! a Secessionist Republican Legislature. Gary LaMaster and Steve Williamson dissect the results of the 2014 election in Arizona: a seemingly endless stream of bills from both houses of … Continue reading

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The Crisis in Public Education, Arizona Edition — Podcast March 24, 2014

You Get What You Pay For: the Consequences of Underfunding Public Education in Arizona. Democratic Perspective’s co-hosts, Mike Cosentino and Steve Williamson, are joined by DP producer Gary LaMaster, for an update on the Yavapai College controversy, and a discussion of the … Continue reading

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Early Childhood Education: Great Returns From a Modest Investment — Podcast February 17, 2014

Pay Me Now or Pay Me Later: The Advantages of Investing in Early ChildHood Education. Democratic Perspective co-hosts Mike Cosentino and Steve Williamson are joined by Gary LaMaster, one of Democratic Perspective’s producers, to discuss an extensive study by the University of Minnesota and the … Continue reading

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Turning Prisoners Into Profits.

On December 9, 2013, Democratic Perspective aired an interview with Dianne Post. Post is an attorney and leader of the Arizona Justice Alliance, a statewide coalition dedicated to exposing the problems with prisons. According to Post, 23 percent of Arizona … Continue reading

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Dianne Post Interview — Podcast December 9, 2013

Who Benefits from For-Profit Prisons? The Ideological Myths, Perverse Incentives, and Corruption that Underlie the Private Prison System in Arizona. Attorney and long-time campaigner for women’s equality and the rule of law Dianne Post joins Democratic Perspective co-hosts Mike Cosentino and Steve Williamson for a … 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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Plain Talk about Taxes — Podcast May 13, 2013

Taxes: The Price We Pay for a Civilized Society. Democratic Perspective’s Mike Cosentino, Steve Williamson, and Bill Timberman discuss the Right’s vilification of government and the taxes which support it. Who benefits — and who suffers — when government is deprived … Continue reading

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The Real Victims Of The Fiscal Cliff.

Since Tea Party Republicans led our nation to a fiscal cliff in 2011 by refusing to raise the debt ceiling without lowering the deficit, our economy has been held hostage. Unable to agree on budget negotiations, Congress instituted sequestration cuts … Continue reading

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