A weekly podcast about Michigan politics

Michigan Policast for April 29, 2019

Walt and Christine cover the federal court ruling that Michigan is unconstitutionally gerrymandered.  The legislature was ordered to fix it in time for the 2020 election.  Walt’s expertise in this area shines in this segment.  If you’re interested in this issue, you’ll want to hear what he has to say.

How has the @MIGOP created an artificial and illegal legislative majority? This segment breaks it down and reviews the recent fed court ruling on the constitutionality of the #MIGOP actions. Click To Tweet
“Partisan gerrymandering can injure voters’ First Amendment rights by subjecting members of the disfavored party to discrimination because of their viewpoints,” ~http://bit.ly/2La6P2K via @jonathanoostingClick To Tweet
'We've spent a lot of time providing options to ensure we have a solid 9-5 delegation in 2012 and beyond,' @MiChamber legal counsel Bob LaBrant in support of unconstitutional #gerrymanderingClick To Tweet

Source: The Detroit News

In segment two we cover Joe Biden’s entrance into the 2020 Presidential race.  He’s currently leading the polls and he says he’s the one to beat Trump.  What’s the deal here?



Source: FiveThirtyEight
Lt. Governor Garlin Gilchrist (LG3?) joins us for segment three to discuss roads, budgets, public trust, and more.


In our final segment, Jon Hoadley joins us to discuss his campaign for Congress, his legislative priorities, and why it’s so important to focus on running for the benefit of his district.


Michigan Policast for April 22, 2019

Walt, Amy, and Christine do something a little different this week.  The redacted Mueller report was published last week, and the talk of impeachment is being heard all around the country.  House should the Democrats in the Michigan congressional delegation respond?  What about Elissa Slotkin and Haley Stevens, who both flipped formerly Republican districts?

Continue reading

Michigan Policast for April 15, 2019

Walt, Amy, and Christine chat about the primaries.

Segment 1:  Does Michigan belong to Bernie?  Biden leads in Michigan right now, but so did Hillary.  Will the pollsters repeat the mistakes of 2016?


Segment 2:  What about Mayor Pete?  What kind of impact will the LGBTQ community have on his campaign?  How important is his age to this era of politics?

In segment 3 Amy covers the Michigan cyberbullying law that was pushed through lame duck last year. Much of the information in Amy’s segment is covered in her upcoming piece in the Northern Express.


This week Walt speaks to Gilda Jacobs, Executive Director of the Michigan League for Public Policy.  Gilda joins us to discuss the importance of an accurate census and what the numbers will mean to public services in Michigan.

Michigan Policast for April 8, 2019

On this episode, Christine and Walt get their hands dirty with some tough topics.  We kick things off with Governor Whitmer asking the legislature to do their work and get a budget done on time.  Will she own a shutdown should they come to an impasse?  How does this compare to Trump’s shutdown over the wall?

House Speaker Lee Chatfield won't 'compromise' the budget based on an 'artificially set date.' Because that's the choice he's offering -- you'll either give him his summer vacation, or you'll get garbage work. Click To Tweet

In segment two we continue the conversation around Speaker Lee Chatfield and his choice of words describing the actions taken by the Governor and Attorney General on Line 5.  Is it fair to criticize his remarks as sexist?  Audio includes the segment from his interview on WJR.


Segment three is all about huggy Joe Biden.  Is Joe just being Joe?  And if so, is that because Joe is insensitive?  Can anyone get it right?

Katie Fahey from Voters Not Politicians (VNP) talks to Walt about her work to build a national organization modeled after VNP.


Michigan Policast for April 1, 2019

This week Walt and Christine take on a handful of topics, starting with President Trump’s visit to Grand Rapids.  Walt has soundbites and actual facts to rebut the crazy things trump spewed forth.  We also discuss the anti-Trump Rally which included Richard Ojeda (Facebook video at bottom of post).

In segment two we talk about the role of empathy in winning the 2020 elections.  Which candidate can connect with the voters?  Does policy have a place in showing empathy?  This segment includes comments from Elissa Slotkin’s appearance on Real Time with Bill Maher.

Continue reading

Michigan Policast for March 25, 2019

Walt gets us rolling with a conversation on the Democratic primaries.  We have soundbites, we have questions, we have theories.  Here are the links:

Presidential Approval Ratings — Donald Trump



Segment two is a look at the 2019 ALICE in Michigan.  This is an economic study by the Michigan Association of United Ways.  Was the “Michigan Comeback” really a comeback?  Was Governor Snyder really the “Comeback Kid?”  Decide for yourself by downloading the report.


Download the 2019 ALICE in Michigan report here for information on unemployment, underemployment, demographics, regional data, and more.


Study: More Michiganders struggle to afford basic needs

Our #FTDR report is the subject of segment three.


This week Walt talks to Dr. Charles Ballard, Professor of economics and director of State of the State Survey at MSU.

Michigan Policast for March 18, 2019

Amy kicks off our show this week with the latest on impeachment, Christine gives the rundown on AG Nessel, and Walt gets into campaign finance with Elissa Slotkin and Craig Mauger, of
Michigan Campaign Finance Network.

Segment 1:  Amy offers the pros and cons of impeachment

Is Speaker Nancy Pelosi playing the long game on Trump and #impeachment? Click To Tweet

Continue reading

Michigan Policast for March 11, 2019

Walt and Christine welcome Amy back to the show.

  • The show kicks off with a conversation around the cost to #FTDR.  How much do we really need?  What does the business community think?
  • Amy takes on the latest public approval ratings in Michigan, for President Trump, Governor Whitmer, and the state of things in general.
  • Walt runs through HR-1.  What’s in it and why should the House pass a bill that’s DOA in the Senate?
  • Hank Mayers from Michiganders for Fair and Transparent Elections joins the show
'HR-1 shows the country what the Democrats are willing to fight for: fair and accessible elections where every vote counts.' ~@christinebarryClick To Tweet


Segment 1 – FTDR

Continue reading

Michigan Policast special edition on Governor Whitmer’s budget proposal.  March 6, 2019

In this special edition of the Michigan Policast, Walt talks to former Lieutenant Governor John D Cherry.

'In her budget presentation, @govwhitmer was laying down her markers. This is her opening bid, the start of negotiations.' ~ Former LG John D Cherry Click To Tweet

Listen to this episode to hear:

  • Why it matters that Governor Whitmer is still new to the office
  • How the budget demonstrates the changing priorities between Governor Whitmer and her predecessor Rick Snyder
  • Why this opening bid is important and why the Republican response is encouraging
  • Why the gas tax is a clean, simple solution.  A revenue mix is the product of negotiations
  • What really concerns the Michigan Chamber of Commerce and Small Business Association
  • Why some new taxes are just previous taxes being put back into place in order to pay for earlier cuts
  • How too many compromises keeps the job from getting done
  • What the lottery really means to Michigan state revenue
  • What the public really wants from the state government regarding #FTDR
'We have a $2 billion problem. Make no mistake, the problem is that big. We wanted a clean, simple suggestion that the legislature can work with.' Fmr LG John D Cherry, Michigan Consensus Policy ProjectClick To Tweet



Michigan Policast for Monday, March 4, 2019

Walt and Christine kick off the podcast with a conversation on the #FTDR principles from Mackinac Center for Public Policy.

It will take a lot of money and hard work to #FTDR. In this episode we talk about 5 FTDR principles put out by Mackinac Center a few years ago. Some are bad, some are just unrealistic. Click To Tweet

Continue reading