Category Archives: Public Policy

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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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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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

Posted in Agricultural Policy, Arizona Economy, Arizona Politics, Continuing Education, Democratic Governance, Education Policy, Elections, Environmental Issues, Government, Growth, Interviews, Jobs and Employment, Local Politics, Oenology, Podcasts, Public Education, Public Policy, Small Business, Unemployment, Viticulture | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Nikki Bagley Interview — Podcast January 25, 2016

The Failure of Ideologically-Driven Public Policies: Minnesota vs. Arizona — Podcast January 11, 2016

Red States and Blue States: Ideology vs. Service to the People. Democratic Perspective looks at why the ideological preoccupations of the Republican right have proven so disastrous for the people who live in red states. Mike Cosentino and Gary LaMaster compare unemployment, wealth distribution, health … Continue reading

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Roger Clark Interview — Podcast December 21, 2015

Preserving the Grand Canyon and Its Watershed: a Textbook Example of the Continuing Struggle Between Public and Private Interests Over the Future of Federally Protected Lands. Roger Clark, Grand Canyon Program Director of the Grand Canyon Trust, joins Democratic Perspective’s Mike Cosentino, Gary LaMaster, … Continue reading

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The Paris Agreement: Do They Really Mean It This Time? — Podcast December 14, 2015

COP21 in Paris: 196 National Governments Finally Agree On a Global Plan To Reduce Carbon Emissions. Now What? Democratic Perspective looks at the significance of the agreement in Paris by 196 national governments on a coordinated international plan to address climate change and global warming. The agreement itself is … Continue reading

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Climate Change and Local Activism — Podcast December 7, 2015

The Threat of Anthropogenic Climate Change: Awareness Raising in Local Communities. Democratic Perspective welcomes three activists from Inspiration of Sedona for a discussion of actions which can bring the serious threat of fossil fuel-driven climate change to the attention of local communities. Marty Landau, Bob … Continue reading

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Eva Lee Sargent Interview — Podcast September 28, 2015

The Endangered Species Act, the Mexican Gray Wolf, and the Arizona Game and Fish Department: Yet Another Instance of Science Held Hostage by Right-Wing Ideology.  Eva Lee Sargent, Southwest Program Director for Defenders of Wildlife, joins Democratic Perspective’s Mike Cosentino, Gary LaMaster, and Steve … Continue reading

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The State of Public Education in Arizona: It’s Getting Worse — Podcast June 8, 2015

Not-So-Great Expectations: Arizona Is Now Dead Last in Per-Pupil Education Spending.  Democratic Perspective  talks to Jim Ledbetter, Verde Valley Attorney and Past President of the Mingus Union High School District Governing Board and Ann Shaw, District Director of the New Visions Academy charter … Continue reading

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