Category Archives: Public Policy

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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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

Posted in Community Activism, Corruption, Cultural Change, Democratic Governance, Domestic Policy, Economic Policy, Education Policy, Elections, Energy Policy, Entitlements, Ethics, Fiscal Policy, Foreign Policy, Government, Immigration, Income Inequality, Industrial Policy, Infrastructure Investment, Intelligence Agencies, International Relations, Local Politics, Medicaid, Medicare, Military Policy, Monetary Policy, National Politics, National Security, Podcasts, Political Polarization, Public Policy, Regulatory Agencies, Social Security, U.S. Court System, Veterans' Issues | Tagged , , | Comments Off on Indivisible: Tactics for the Anti-Trump Resistance — Podcast January 9, 2017

Alex Martinez Interview — Podcast October 31, 2016

We Need To Invest In Our Own Future: Alex Martinez, Democrat for Arizona. Democratic Perspective talks to Alex Martinez, Democratic candidate for the Arizona State Legislature from Legislative District 6, about just how much damage the gutting of successful public institutions, such as our education system, by corporate ripoff artists, is doing to the future prospects … Continue reading

Posted in Arizona Budget, Arizona Economy, Arizona Politics, Bureau of Land Management, Corrections Policy, Corruption, Democratic Governance, Education Policy, Elections, Federal Lands, Infrastructure Investment, Interviews, Jobs and Employment, Podcasts, Privatization, Public Education, Public Lands, Public Policy | Tagged , , | Comments Off on Alex Martinez Interview — Podcast October 31, 2016

Tom O’Halleran Interview — Podcast October 24, 2016

Voting Is Just the Beginning: The Best Way To Ensure that the Public Trust Is Honored By Our Politicians Is To Get Involved In the Process Which Elects Them. Democratic Perspective again welcomes Tom O’Halleran, former Chicago Homicide Detective, former Governing Board member of the … Continue reading

Posted in Arizona Economy, Arizona Politics, Campaign Finance, Child Protection, Democratic Governance, Economic Policy, Education Policy, Elections, Environmental Issues, Ethics, Financial Crisis, Foreclosures, Income Inequality, Interviews, Jobs and Employment, National Politics, Podcasts, Public Education, Public Health Policy, Public Policy, Social Security, Special Interest Legislation, Unemployment | Tagged , , , , | Comments Off on Tom O’Halleran Interview — Podcast October 24, 2016

Marty Landa Interview — Podcast October 10, 2016

Think Globally, Act Locally: Climate Change and Stewardship In an Age of Indifference. Democratic Perspective welcomes Marty Landa, co-organizer of Inspiration of Sedona,  to discuss the response of his group to the need for ordinary citizens to address the critical issue of anthropogenic climate … 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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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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Uranium Mining in the Grand Canyon, Copper Mining in Oak Flat: The Public Interest vs. Private Exploitation — Podcast May 16, 2016

The Politics of Public Lands, Part II: National Monument Battles. Paul Schwartz rejoins Democratic Perspective regulars, Mike Cosentino, Gary LaMaster, and Steve Williamson for part II of a discussion on curbing the destructive exploitation by private interests of our remaining public lands.. How a … Continue reading

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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

Posted in Arizona Economy, Arizona Politics, Corrections Policy, Corruption, Criminal Justice Reform, Democratic Governance, Education, Education Policy, Elections, Environment, Environmental Issues, Federal Lands, Interviews, Judicial System, Podcasts, Political Lies, Private Prisons, Privatization, Public Education, Public Lands, Public Policy, Tax and Investment Policy, Tax Law, Tax Revenues, Taxation | Tagged , , , , , , | Comments Off on Mikel Weisser Interview — Podcast April 18, 2016

Harriet Young Interview — Podcast April 11, 2016

On Being More Careful What We Wish For: What Electing an Ignorant and Corrupt Republican Legislative Majority Has Cost Arizonans. An impoverished public education system. Incompetently managed private prisons. Denial of health care to needy children. Hysterical ideological crusades against the federal government. Voter suppression laws. Gun-nuttery. … Continue reading

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