Michigan Policast for Monday, May 27, 2019
Segment One: A ‘historic' accomplishment – auto insurance “rate relief” for all Michigan drivers
- This fantastic episode of MIRS Monday features audio from House Speaker Chatfield, Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey, and Governor Gretchen Whitmer. It also has a good segment with State Representative Isaac Robinson discussing his disappointment with how he thinks the legislation will affect Detroit.
- Michigan no-fault deal stops rate setting based on gender or education level
- Dan Gilbert could launch ballot petition on auto insurance: What it could mean
- Michigan's new deal on auto insurance premiums: 10 things to know
- Bill to lower auto insurance OK'd by Legislature, sent to governor
Watching @LeeChatfield and @SenMikeShirkey work productively with @GovWhitmer is so much better than watching @MikeBishopMI run to the bathroom to avoid shaking @JenGranholm 's hand after a budget deal. #Lansing #AutoInsurance #FTDR Click To Tweet 'This legislation puts insurance agents under pressure to advise people ... they will probably be reticent to advise you on your health insurance when they're talking about your #AutoInsurance' ~Amy Kerr HardinClick To Tweet
The deal provides five options for drivers on the level of personal injury protection coverage they want. Under the deal, keeping the current unlimited coverage option would guarantee a 10% rate reduction in PIP coverage, which makes up about 50% of a typical insurance bill.
The other options include:
A 20% reduction in PIP rates for $500,000 in coverage
A 35% reduction for $250,000 in coverage
A 45% reduction for $50,000 in coverage
And a 100% reduction for senior citizens and drivers who have qualifying health insurance, such as Medicare or private insurance.
Segment Two: AG Dana Nessel issues opinion that the lame duck ballot law is unconstitutional
- Anti-abortion petition groups face uncertainty after Nessel opinion
- Nessel Opinion Determines Portions of 2018 Election Law Unconstitutional
- Constitutionality of 2018 PA 608, amending Michigan Election Law [online copy of Nessel opinion #7319 ]
- Michigan bills would toughen rules to get proposals on ballot [coverage from the lame duck session 2018]
- Michigan AG: Lame-duck ballot drive law is unconstitutional
Want laws to withstand constitutional scrutiny? Pass better laws. R’s believe in strict construction of the Constitution. Until they don’t.
— Dana Nessel (@dananessel) April 1, 2019
Segment Three: The Julian Assange indictments — what does this mean for the free press?
- How the new Assange indictment ‘crosses a bright red line for journalists’
- How the indictment of Julian Assange could criminalize investigative journalism
“…it’s not as if Assange’s prosecution will stop leaks of classified information. They “will be made in a much more reckless way,” Karle said, creating a “dangerous” precedent for both sides.
For an individual who wishes to leak classified information, Karle argues, “this prosecution basically says: you might as well publish the stuff yourself.”
- Julian Assange is an activist, not a journalist
- The U.S. says Julian Assange ‘is no journalist.’ Here’s why that shouldn’t matter.
- WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange Charged in 18-Count Superseding Indictment [DOJ press release on the indictment]
- PDF copy of Assange indictment on DOJ site
- ACLU comment on Julian Assange indictment
The #Assange indictment isn't just about publishing leaked documents, it's about assisting in the data exfiltration that allowed resulted in the leak. That #cybercrime is not covered by the #FirstAmendment #1A #FreeSpeech ~ @christinebarryClick To Tweet “.@WikiLeaks is a giant library of the world's most persecuted documents. We give asylum to these documents, we analyze them, we promote them and we obtain more.” - Julian #Assange, Der Spiegel Interview Click To Tweet
On or about March 8, 2010, Assange agreed to assist Manning in cracking a
password stored on United States Department of Defense computers connected to the Secret
Internet Protocol Network, a United States government network used for classified documents and
communications, as designated according to Executive Order No. 13526 or its predecessor orders.
Interview: Bernie Porn on Michigan polls
There's just so much good stuff in here. Listen to this segment for:
- Michigan polling trends over a long period of time
- Why Michigan went to Trump in the last Presidential election
- Why pollsters got a bad rap in terms of the national election in 2016
- The effect of gerrymandering and the absence of party-line voting
- The role of gender in the Michigan 2018 election
- How Trump affected the 2018 election and how he will affect the Michigan 2020 election
- The best candidates for Democrats to nominate if Michigan is a priority
- Why the pre-election and pre-campaign polling is not good for Gary Peters
- The impact of the gas tax on Whitmer's brand
- Will #FTDR sales tax increase go to the ballot and if so will that help the Democrats?
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