Category Archives: National Politics

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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Toni Denis Interview — Podcast May 7, 2018

A conversation about national, state and local politics. Co-hosts Mike Cosentino and Steve Williamson review national and Arizona state politics. Then they welcome Toni Denis, chair of the Yavapai County Democratic Party to discuss the upcoming Democratic primaries, the candidates … Continue reading

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Stephen Nash Interview – Podcast April 30, 2018

The conflict between the preservation of public lands and those who wish to exploit them. Democratic Perspective co-hosts, Steve Williamson and Mike Cosentino, welcome Stephen Nash, a writer and scientist who teaches journalism and environmental studies at the University of Richmond. Nash has … Continue reading

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America’s Gun Addiction – March 12, 2018

Why Does The US Lead The World With 108,000 Shootings Per Year? Democratic Perspective contributor Gary LaMaster joins hosts Steve Williamson and Mike Cosentino to analyze gun violence in the United States. After listing the jaw-dropping statistics, they discuss the … Continue reading

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Nancy MacClean Interview Revisited – Podcast March 5, 2018

“Democracy In Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right’s Stealth Plan for America.” Democratic Perspective hosts Steve Williamson and Mike Cosentino discuss this revealing book with its author and history professor, Nancy MacClean.  She reveals the motives of the … Continue reading

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