Category Archives: Regulatory Agencies

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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Tom Chabin and Bill Mundell Interview — Podcast April 25, 2016

The Arizona Corporation Commission: A Sordid Example of the Consequences of Regulatory Capture. Tom Chabin and Bill Mundell, Democrats running for the Arizona Corporation Commission join Democratic Perspective hosts Mike Cosentino and Gary LaMaster for a discussion of what happens when a public utility — … 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

Posted in Anti-Federalism, Arizona Politics, Climate Change, Constitutional Issues, De-regulation, Democratic Governance, Environment, Environmental Issues, Federal Lands, Interviews, Nullification, Paul Gosar, Podcasts, Political Polarization, Public Lands, Public Policy, Regulatory Agencies, States' Rights, Sustainable Development | Tagged , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Eva Lee Sargent Interview — Podcast September 28, 2015

The New Gilded Age: History Doesn’t Repeat Itself, But It Does Rhyme — Podcast August 17, 2015

Oligarchs Then and Now: Democracy and the Distribution of Wealth. Democratic Perspective goes another round with the oligarchs. Mike Cosentino, Gary LaMaster, and Steve Williamson discuss what’s driving the increased concentration of wealth in the United States today, and why it poses … Continue reading

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The Arizona Legislative Lunacy Report: Spring 2015 Edition — Podcast April 30, 2015

The March of Ideology and Incompetence Continues in Phoenix: Democratic Perspective’s Mike Cosentino and Gary LaMaster take a detailed look at the Arizona Republic’s recently published docket of bills pending in the Legislature. Listen as our intrepid analysts subject the moderately acceptable, the irredeemably awful, and the crazy ugly to the test … Continue reading

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David R. Frazer Interview — Podcast March 9, 2015

Ethical Meltdown: a Question of Values? Democratic Perspective’s Mike Cosentino and Steve Williamson welcome David Frazer, respected Arizona attorney and author of Ethical Meltdown: the Need to Recover Our Vanishing Values, for a discussion about the current decay of legal and professional ethics in the United … Continue reading

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Dark Money: Did Pinnacle West Buy Itself a More Favorable Regulatory Environment? — Podcast November 10, 2014

Arizona Public Service, Pinnacle West, and the Arizona Elections: A Case Study in the Influence of Dark Money. Democratic Perspective’s Gary LaMaster and Steve Williamson take on the effect of dark money in the recent Arizona elections. How a private corporation, operating a monopoly public utility, … Continue reading

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Jim Holway and Mikel Weisser Interviews — Podcast November 3, 2014

Campaigning on the Issues: Jim Holway, Democratic Candidate for the Arizona Corporation Commission, and Mikel Weisser, Democratic Candidate for the Arizona State House of Representatives, Legislative District 4. Mike Cosentino, Gary LaMaster, and Steve Williamson round out Democratic Perspective’s 2014 Arizona election interviews by welcoming … Continue reading

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Genetically Modified Organisms: Benefit or Threat? — Podcast July 8, 2013

What Do We Really Know About Genetically Modified Organisms? Democratic Perspective’s Mike Cosentino and Gary LaMaster discuss the latest scientific, economic, and political implications of the increasing use of genetically modified plants, animals and microorganisms, as well as what we know so … Continue reading

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Our Genetically Modified Planet.

GMO (Genetically Modified Organism) crops and foods are becoming one of the most important controversies of our time. Are we creating a better and more stable food supply to better feed the world? Or are we poisoning ourselves and eliminating … Continue reading

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