Will Negativity, Lying and Name-Calling Win? On election eve, Democratic Perspective co-hosts Mike Cosentino and Steve Williamson pose the question to Felicia Rotellini, Chair of the AZ Democratic Party, and Sedona activist Holly Ploog. Rotellini replies, “I think what you’re talking about is American values. We’re going to elect leaders that will get things done. Public education is one example of that. I believe that the name-calling and the lying is detrimental to our electorate. Democratic candidates are trying to hold them accountable.”
Ploog adds, “The lack of civil discourse is alarming.” No matter the outcome of the midterms she encourages citizens in Northern Arizona to join her at the Sedona Public Library November 17 2-4 pm for a public conversation called “Kindness: Hiding In Plain Sight.”
Posted in Arizona Politics, Elections, Government, Interviews, Local Politics, National Politics, Political Lies, Political Polarization, Public Policy, Taxation
Tagged Arizona Elections, Midterm Elections, Sedona Elections, Sedona Fire Board
Good Choices Are All Over The Ballot In Arizona. Democratic Perspective co-hosts Steve Williamson and Mike Cosentino welcome Deedra Abboud and Kathy Kinsella to discuss the candidates and ballot initiatives for the upcoming midterm election. Deedra, you may remember, was an inspiring primary candidate for the US Senate. And Kathy is president of the League of Women Voters of Greater Verde Valley. They offer valuable insights and advice for Arizona voters.
Posted in Arizona Politics, Domestic Policy, Education, Education Funding, Education Policy, Elections, Government, Interviews, Local Politics, Mine Safety, Public Education, Public Policy
Tagged Arizona Elections, Deedra Abboud, League of Women Voters of Greater Verde Valley, Midterm Elections, Sedona Fire District, Sedona politics
Maintaining Fire And Rescue Preparedness In Sedona. Democratic Perspective co-hosts, Mike Cosentino and Steve Williamson, welcome Chief Kris Kazian to discuss the challenges faced by the Sedona Fire District. Not only is the department responsible for fire protection for an area covering 168 sq. miles. It provides Emergency Medical Services for an area of 274 sq. miles (for comparison the City of Philadelphia is only 143 sq. miles). The department responds to nearly 4,500 calls per year ranging from wildfires to structure and vehicle fires to heart attacks to mountain rescues. All of that requires a high level of training and sophistication. Yet a small minority of citizens driven by political ideology believes that the needs can be met by cutting taxes and returning to a volunteer fire department.
As Kazian explains the facts, it becomes clear that significant budget cuts are a dangerous idea.
Posted in Arizona Politics, Fiscal Policy, Government, Interviews, Local Politics, Public Service, Regulatory Agencies, Social Services, Taxation
Tagged Emergency Medical Services, Fire Protection, Sedona Fire District
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 Republicans, he discusses the difficulties of getting things done in this hyper-partisan political climate. He also explains the challenges of representing one of the nation’s largest and most diverse congressional districts. The wide-ranging conversation covers health care, tax cuts, tariffs, infrastructure needs, and much, much more.
Posted in Agricultural Policy, Arizona Politics, Budget Negotiations, Deficit Reduction, Domestic Policy, Economic Policy, Education, Elections, Environment, Fiscal Policy, Foreign Policy, Government, Health Care, Infrastructure Investment, Interviews, Medicaid, Medicare, Military Policy, National Politics, Political Candidacy, Political Polarization, Tax and Investment Policy, Taxation, Taxes and the Deficit, U.S. Armed Forces, U.S. Budget, Veterans' Issues
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 by stating that 3,260 women running for office right now. “I do think it matters,” she says. “The influx of women in elective office will make a difference in the policies and the approach.” Ferreira explains the surge this way: “That Trump got elected after the Hollywood Access tape is very telling. It energized women throughout the country. The tape didn’t matter. The Kavanaugh assault didn’t matter. The only chance we have is to show up and vote.” Kinsella adds, “There’s a phrase I have hated since childhood: ‘Boys will be boys.’ It’s an expectation of bad behavior. Women through life endure bad behavior. In politics, in particular, there is pushback against women. Women are empowered and we are galvanized.”
Posted in Arizona Politics, Community Activism, Elections, Interviews, Misogyny, National Politics, Women's Issues, Women's Rights
Tagged Blue Wave, Kavanaugh, Trump, Women In Politics
Candidates for Yavapai College District Governing Board. After reminding listeners to register to vote before October 9, Democratic Perspective co-hosts, Mike Cosentino and Steve Williamson, welcome Dr. Connie Harris and Paul Chevalier to talk about creating equitable access and financial parity for residents in the Verde Valley. Though both agree that more of the Verde Valley’s contributions to Yavapai College need to be spent in the Verde Valley, there are significant differences in the candidates’ vision for secondary education and their approach for dealing with the Prescott-area majority.
Posted in Arizona Politics, Community Activism, Education, Education Funding, Education Policy, Elections, Interviews, Local Politics, Taxation
Tagged Community Colleges, Yavapai College, Yavapai College Governing Board
Sustaining The Mission Of The Sedona Fire District. Democratic Perspective’s co-hosts Steve Williamson and Mike Cosentino welcome two candidates for the Sedona Fire Board. Al Comello and Gene McCarthy are running as a team to continue the leadership and stability of Sedona’s highly-effective fire department. They explain that there is simply no reason to slash and burn the Fire District’s budget when it is well-managed and quite conservative. McCarthy, who is a veteran of the military and the Whittier, California Fire Department, as well as a former FBI contractor, states, “Sedona Fire Department is perhaps one of the finest medium-size departments I’ve ever encountered.” The two acknowledge that their Tea Party-backed opponents are nice people, but misguided.
Posted in Arizona Politics, Elections, Fiscal Policy, Government, Interviews, Local Politics, Privatization, Public Service, Taxation
Tagged Sedona Fire and Rescue, Sedona Fire Board, Sedona Fire District
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 Right’s Stealth Plan for America. She tells co-hosts Steve Williamson and Mike Cosentino that the movement was begun by James McGill Buchanan and financed by Charles Koch.
“Buchanan thought the ideal America was 1900 when there were no organized labor unions and when women could not vote,” she says. “They recognized that their ideas are unpopular, so they operate by stealth, moving toward an effort to re-write the Constitution in order to entrench the power of a wealthy minority over the vast majority. The Republican base is not coming to these ideas on their own. They are being jacked up by the right-wing media and donors,” MacLean notes. “Health care bills that allow insurance companies to deny coverage for pre-existing conditions are a great example,” she says. “Nobody believes that, if you have cancer, you shouldn’t be able to get health care. They had three health care bills that had at most 18% approval, but they tried to rush the bills through anyway.”
Posted in Campaign Finance, Capitalism, Class Conflict, Conservatives and Reactionaries, Constitutional Issues, Dark Money, Democratic Governance, Elections, Global Warming, Government, Health Care, Health Care Policy, Income Inequality, Interviews, Investigative Journalism, Movement Conservatism, National Politics, Political History, Political Lies, Political Polarization, Public Policy, Tax Law
Tagged Charles Koch, Constitutional Convention, Democracy, Democracy In Chains, James McGill Buchanan, Nancy MacLean, Radical Right
The Nitty Gritty of Politics. After a brief technical delay, Democratic Perspective co-hosts Steve Williamson and Mike Cosentino welcome Cathy Rutherford, Kathy Kinsella and John Hake from Democrats of the Red Rocks in Sedona, Arizona to discuss the importance of local political volunteers. Setting political ideologies aside, they explain the often unheralded efforts of volunteers in communities throughout the United States to canvass neighborhoods on behalf of candidates and to the get out the vote. It’s a part of our political system that is necessary and extremely important but often overlooked. A few votes in a single precinct can determine the outcome of local, county, state and national elections.
Posted in Arizona Politics, Community Activism, Education Funding, Elections, Interviews, Local Politics, Political Clubs
Tagged Canvassing, Get Out The Vote Efforts, GOTV Efforts, Neighborhood Politics, Political Volunteers, Precinct Captains, Precinct Committee Chairs, Sedona Arizona
The Decades Long Fight For Fairness. Democratic Perspective co-hosts Steve Williamson and Mike Cosentino begin the show with a salute to workers, noting that the 8-hour day, 40-hour work week, safe working conditions and an end to child labor weren’t given to working people. They were won at places like Haymarket Square and Blair Mountain. It took real fights – deadly battles – for many of these rights to be won. As a result of their fights, organized labor helped improve working conditions, wages and benefits for everyone, whether you were in a union or not. Everybody benefits, including those who don’t like unions. Following that discussion, the co-hosts turn to the upcoming elections in Arizona and the challenges faced by Democrats.