Category Archives: National Politics

O’Halleran Interview – Podcast October 15, 2018

Problem-Solving In Congress. Democratic Perspective co-hosts, Steve Williamson and Mike Cosentino, welcome Congressman Tom O’Halleran to address the issues he faces as representative for Arizona’s CD-1. A member of the House’s Problem Solvers’ Caucus comprised of 24 Democrats and 24 … Continue reading

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Ploog, Ferreira, Kinsella Interview – Podcast October 8, 2018

Women And The Expected Blue Wave. Democratic Perspective co-host Mike Cosentino welcomes Holli Ploog, Ellen Ferreira and Kathy Kinsella to the show to talk about the changes in political climate and the women who are running for office. Ploog begins … Continue reading

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MacLean Interview – Podcast September 17, 2018

The Billionaire-Led Effort to Destroy America As We Know It. Nancy MacLean, author and professor of history and public policy at Duke University returns to Democratic Perspective to discuss her book Democracy In Chains: The Deep History of the Radical … Continue reading

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A Tribute to John McCain – Podcast August 27, 2018

The Loss of Civility and Honor in Politics. On the eve of the Arizona primary elections, Democratic Perspective co-hosts Steve Williamson and Mike Cosentino offer their thoughts on Senator McCain’s passing.  They contrast his approach to public service with that of … Continue reading

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Buying Sedona’s Government – Podcast August 13, 2018

The Wide-Ranging Influence of the Koch Brothers. Democratic Perspective co-host Steve Williamson and contributor Gary LaMaster discuss the battle for a city’s self-government and the impact of dirty money. Steve begins by documenting the ugly battle for home rule in … Continue reading

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Rise of the Oligarchs – July, 16, 2018

The Democratic Perspective team addresses some of the things that have diminished the power of voters and led to an oligarchy (a nation controlled by the moneyed class) as determined by a peer-reviewed study. Co-hosts Steve Williamson and Mike Cosentino … Continue reading

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Jeff Biggers Interview – Podcast July 2, 2018

Resistance, Reclaiming an American Tradition. That’s the title of a new book written by this week’s guest. Jeff Biggers is an author, journalist, historian and playwright. During a conversation with Democratic Perspective co-hosts, Steve Williamson and Mike Cosentino, he explains … Continue reading

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Jesse Lee Interview — Podcast June 25, 2018

A Culture Of Corruption. Democratic Perspective co-host, Steve Williamson, welcomes Jesse Lee, VP of communications for the Center for American Progress. After spending 8 years in the Obama White House, Lee contrasts the extreme level of corruption in the Trump … Continue reading

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Memorial Day Edition – Podcast May 28, 2018

The True Meaning Of Memorial Day And How To Protect Our Democracy.  Democratic Perspective host Mike Cosentino begins the show by acknowledging the sponsors and supporters who have contributed to help keep the show on the air for seven years. … Continue reading

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Brill, Gordon, McClelland Interviews – Podcast May 21, 2018

Working to return government to the people. Democratic Perspective co-hosts Steve Williamson and Mike Cosentino welcome Karen McClelland, president of Democrats of the Red Rocks, Dr. David Brill, candidate for US Congress, and Mark Robert Gordon, candidate for AZ Secretary of … Continue reading

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