Michigan Policast for June 24, 2019
Segment One: Donald Trump kicks off (continues?) his re-election campaign
- Trump’s 2020 re-election rally signals 2016 strategy may be used again
- ‘We Are Going On to Victory.’ President Trump Officially Kicks Off His 2020 Reelection Campaign
- Michigan Democrats Challenge Trump on His Broken Promises to Autoworkers
.@realDonaldTrump says he has #Michigan 'in the bag' because of #autoworkers. In fact, our companies have cut thousands of jobs under Trump ... he lined the pockets of rich execs and left the workers out to dry @darrincamilleri @uaw @MIHouseDemsClick To Tweet
“If you care about the future of the auto industry in Michigan, you shouldn’t vote for Donald Trump, since he clearly doesn’t work for you. Despite his promises to bring jobs back, factories have closed and Michiganders have suffered under his watch. He may be relaunching his reelection campaign tomorrow, but we know four more years of Donald Trump will be four more years of the same broken promises.” ~State Rep. Darrin Camilleri
- Trump claims auto manufacturing has boomed during his presidency — it hasn’t
- Jobs on hold for Michigan auto parts maker as Trump tariffs loom
- Trump faces failing strategy on auto jobs as he heads to Ohio
The automaker’s injection of money and jobs into the Motor City contrasts sharply with news from rival General Motors Co., which announced plans to shutter its Detroit-Hamtramck plant next year and plans to close four others in the U.S. and Canada. … The company also said Ram heavy duty pickup truck production will stay in Mexico, despite a previous announcement that it would move to a factory in Warren.
.@realdonaldtrump 's relationship to #autoindustry has been childish and incoherent, w/ giveaways that weren't going to be reciprocated, deals he got hoodwinked on, & impossible demands based on US election cycles. ~ @mattdebord @businessinsider @uaw Click To Tweet .@realdonaldtrump lied to #autoworkers and he lied to #Michigan ... Trump's tax scam actually incentivizes companies to move autoworker jobs overseas. @darrincamilleri @uaw @mihousedems Click To Tweet
Ohioans should now see that the emperor has no clothes, that his sound and fury signify nothing — or whatever literary cliché best captures the sad reality that a gigantic global corporation was somehow going to bend its business to the task of getting 51% of the Buckeye State to reelect the president. ~Matthew DeBord
Trump’s angry, blatantly untrue tweets and false promises about the @GM plant closures won’t do a thing to bring back jobs for thousands of autoworkers like Dnitra—the jobs he promised to save in the first place. pic.twitter.com/rYs2sttYnH
— CAP Action 🏳️🌈 (@CAPAction) March 18, 2019
Segment Two: Petition drives attack women’s rights
'The purpose of this petition drive is not only to protect babies with beating hearts in Michigan, it’s about far more than that,' ~Corey Shankleton @MIHeartbeatCoal @AyeVeeGee @mippadvocates @ppofmiClick To Tweet .@MIHeartbeatCoal claims that its petition drive is 'about far more than' protecting babies, and they don't tell you what that is. @christinebarry @ppofmi @mippadvocates #prochoice Click To Tweet
Michigan allows groups to propose legislation through the citizen initiative process. If the group gets enough petition signatures to put proposed legislation on the ballot, the state legislature can decide whether to approve it.
If it chooses not to, the issue goes to the public on the next general election ballot. If it does approve it, it becomes law and cannot be vetoed by the governor. This route offers far better prospects for Right to Life, given that Republicans still control both chambers of the legislature while Whitmer, a Democrat, occupies the governor’s office.
Michigan has a unique opportunity to bypass the Governor. Michigan law allows for what is called an Initiative Legislative Petition, simply put if 340,000 + valid signatures are gathered, then all that is required is a simple majority vote in the House and Senate for the bill to become law—completely bypassing the Governor! While collecting the signatures is a costly and challenging task, we believe with the help of churches and pro-life groups we can do it!
Michigan Heartbeat Coalition submits petition language to the Board of State Canvassers to protect unborn babies with beating hearts.
“The Heartbeat Bill is designed to be the arrow in the heart of Roe v. Wade,” said Corey Shankleton, President of Michigan Heartbeat Coalition. pic.twitter.com/T3YeWPbcPP
— Mark Cavitt (@MarkCavitt) May 21, 2019
- Abortion opponents get OK to start petition drives to restrict first, second trimester abortions
- Americans overwhelmingly support Roe v. Wade, but still favor abortion restrictions
- Majority of Americans don’t want Roe v. Wade overturned, CBS News poll finds
Special guest Angela Vasquez Giroux of Planned Parenthood'The potential that either or both of these proposals could be enacted by the legislature w/o going to a vote of the people is extraordinarily undemocratic, it's an abuse of the process, and it's clearly dangerous for women's health.' ~ @AyeVeeGee Click To Tweet It's disgusting enough to have lawmakers interfering in private healthcare decisions, but even more so to have them prescribe things that are not only inappropriate but are designed just to traumatize women.' ~ @AyeVeeGee @ppofmi @mippadvocatesClick To Tweet If D&E is banned, the woman no longer has an option to the safest and least invasive surgery that may save her life. ... the ppl who back @Right_to_Life think that's a good idea. ~ @AyeVeeGee @ppofmi @mippadvocates Click To Tweet 'This should be a vote of the people, not an end-run around the process. We know that the vast majority of the citizens in Michigan do not support bans like this. ~ @AyeVeeGee @ppofmi @mippadvocatesClick To Tweet
- How Federal Funding Works at Planned Parenthood
- Appeals court says Trump family planning restrictions can take effect
We care for 43k patients in MI using Title X, and every day w/o that funding is $17k out of our budget. We are the largest provider of TitleX services in the state. There are 30 providers, we take on 70% of the patients. ~ @AyeVeeGee @ppofmi Click To Tweet
The administration and anti-abortion movement have celebrated the rules for blocking tens of millions of federal dollars to Planned Parenthood, which serves a large portion of the 4 million low-income patients receiving family planning and health services through the program. … For the first time in the Title X program’s decades-long history, the new rules also allow funding to faith-based clinics opposing abortion and contraception and to promote “natural” family planning methods, including abstinence.
Segment Three: House Democrats fire back on road funding
- If You Break It, You Buy It: House Dems Intro Bills to Include Trucks and Businesses in Roads Funding
The four bills would:
Increase the corporate income tax by 2.5 percent, implement a flow-through parity tax of 4.25 percent and repeal the harmful retirement tax (House Bill 4781-RABHI)
Create a Vehicle Miles Traveled Tax (VMT) on trucks of the two heaviest classes, 26,000 pounds or more, at 6 cents per mile (House Bill 4779-GREIG)
Create a Rhode-Island style bridge toll program for trucks (House Bill 4780-HOADLEY)
Create the “Fixing Michigan Roads” fund, where the revenue generated from the corporate tax and VMT bills would be directed (House Bill 4782-SNELLER)
- MICHIGAN CORPORATE INCOME TAX – a pdf explaining corporate tax rates and flow-through entities.
- Michigan’s heavy trucks catch flak for roads, but they are few and far between – Excellent breakdown by @chadlivengood
- Michigan House GOP plans to replace sales tax on gasoline to fund roads
- The RhodeWorks Tolling Program
- Michigan Trucking Fast Facts
- Average miles driven per year by state
Special guest Lance Binoniemi of Michigan Infrastructure and Transportation Association (MITA)
Lance Binoniemi is Vice President of Government Affairs, Michigan Infrastructure and Transportation AssociationNew infrastructure money passed now will go into effect October 1. We may be able to get some projects done but we've pretty much lost this construction season. ~@thinkMITA #FTDR #FixMIState @govwhitmer @mihousegop @mihousedemsClick To Tweet A plan that is long term and sustainable allows our members to ramp-up their workforce and equipment purchases. We've proven this brings more competition and costs will go down. ~@thinkMITA #FTDR #FixMIState @govwhitmer @mihousegop @mihousedemsClick To Tweet Once a road falls from good/fair to poor condition, you have to totally reconstruct that road. Every $1 invested in fixing a good/fair road saves $6-$14 in reconstruction costs. ~@thinkMITA #FTDR @govwhitmer @mihousegop @mihousedemsClick To Tweet
Segment Four: Just a little pre-debate chat
What are you looking for in the upcoming Democratic debates?
And more …
Yesterday, we heard from 20 candidates at #WeDecide on where they stand on the issues we care about. NOW it’s time to say #IDecide. Speak up now — pledge to use your voice and vote in 2020: https://t.co/3HNWJ7mfC5 pic.twitter.com/MpBw58jqhz
— Planned Parenthood Action (@PPact) June 23, 2019
Michigan Policast for Monday, June 17, 2019
Segment One: Gender gap, inequality, and policy priorities for women
- Poll: Republicans see equality for women. Democrats don’t.
- 12 charts that explain the record-breaking year women have had in politics
- Why Are Men Still Voting Republican?
- Misogyny has become central to the Republican mission — and the GOP is dying as a result
- It is impossible to ignore the defection of women voters away from the GOP
- 12 charts that explain the record-breaking year women have had in politics
Segment Two: The census and Michigan
- Gov. Whitmer Signs New Executive Order to Create Census Complete Count Committee
- Michigan launches census committee amid concerns of minority undercount
- 2020 Census Research, Operational Plans, and Oversight
- Related Policast – Bernie visits Michigan, Mayor Pete could be President, Michigan outlaws cyberbullying, and Gilda Jacobs talks census
- State Senator Adam Hollier
Segment Three: Flint water crisis legal reboot
- Mich. Prosecutors Drop Charges In Flint Water Investigation, But Promise New Probe
- Dana Nessel’s office drops charges in Flint water contamination case
- Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel Explains Dropping Charges in Flint Water Crisis Case
- Why Michigan’s Attorney General Office wants a do-over in Flint
- Flint Water Prosecution Team Expands Investigation Based on New Evidence, Dismisses Cases Brought by Former Special Counsel
- Michigan AG Nessel Issues Statement on Flint Water Prosecution Team’s Decision to Dismiss Cases Without Prejudice
- Criminal charges dropped against Lyon, 7 others in Flint water scandal
Segment Four: #FTDR Update
- A deal to fix Michigan’s roads looks to roll into summer, at least
- House transportation budget explores possibility of toll roads in Michigan
- Reports: Michigan Republicans order MDOT to study feasbility of toll roads
- Split Michigan House OKs plan to shift fuel taxes to roads
Today’s MDOT budget vote along party lines is a clear indication there is much more work to be done to #FTDR. Where’s the revenue? Michiganders deserve safe roads #DeadEndStreet #MiDeservesBetter pic.twitter.com/rNhBVvHEs4
— Rep Christine Greig (@ChrisGreigMI37) June 13, 2019
Segment Five: Democratic Presidential Primary debates
- The DNC Tried To Avoid A Lopsided Debate. It Got One Anyway.
- 7 winners and 8 losers of the 2020 Democratic debate lottery
Segment Six: Vote by mail explained in detail by Walt Sorg
- Opinion | Michigan needs vote-by-mail elections
- Letting people vote at home increases voter turnout. Here’s proof.
- Michigan Secretary of State – Absentee Voting
During my tenure as Attorney General, the department initiated three major investigations: Nassar, the Catholic Church and the Flint Water Crisis.
All three were staffed and conducted with the highest level of professionalism and expertise.
— Bill Schuette (@SchuetteOnDuty) June 13, 2019
— Senator Jim Ananich (@jimananich) June 15, 2019
— FoxNewsSunday (@FoxNewsSunday) June 16, 2019
Michigan Policast for Monday, June 10, 2019
Segment One: John James takes on Gary Peters
- Gary Peters – 4th-most effective Senator in the minority party in enacting and advancing legislation
- Gary Peters for Senate – US Military service
- Gary Peters – 2014 Senatorial General Election Results
- John James – 2018 Senatorial General Election Results
- State OKs incentives for Northville Township tech center, Detroit logistics company
Over the past few weeks, the Council has also voted to give 10 and 15 year Renaissance Zone tax credit extensions to the James Group International/OJ Land Development and 1208 Woodward, LLC, in exchange for a guarantee of —ELEVEN JOBS.
- Republicans Just Scored A Strong Recruit In The Michigan Senate Race
- John James pursues second run for U.S. Senate in Michigan
- Inside Elections Senate Ratings
- Cook Political Report Senate Ratings
Segment Two: Elliot-Larson Civil Rights Act
- Elliot-Larsen Civil Rights Act (pdf)
- Hoadley Calls on Legislative Leaders to Take Next Step – Expand the Elliot-Larsen Civil Rights Act
- AG Nessel issues statement on expansion of Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act
- State Democrats continue call to expand Michigan’s civil rights protections to include LGBTQ people
- Whitmer, lawmakers to push anti-discrimination bill for LGBT community
Segment Three: Presidential politics
- Jay Inslee to talk climate action at Detroit campaign stop
- Inslee insists climate change plan beats those of Democratic rivals
- Democratic president candidate Julian Castro makes two stops in Flint
- Elizabeth Warren outlines green manufacturing plan in Detroit
- Elizabeth Warren touts climate plan to ‘clean up America,’ create jobs
- Elizabeth Warren wants Detroit to lead clean energy economy
Five years since the beginning of the Flint water crisis and many folks still don’t have access to clean water. I traveled to Flint this weekend to send the message to folks in this community that on this campaign, and in my administration, we won’t forget them. pic.twitter.com/2DvfZ2wxHR
— Julián Castro (@JulianCastro) June 9, 2019
Segment Four: Michigan economy is a mixed bag
- Rick Haglund: Below the surface, Michigan’s economy has serious flaws
- Low-wage working households on the rise in Michigan
- Senate Fiscal Agency – Michigan Economic Indicators February 2019 (pdf) – Investment levels in the chart below:
- WalletHub – 2019’s Best & Worst State Economies
- WalletHub – Most Educated States
- Education Trust-Midwest’s Annual Report on Status of Michigan K-12 Focuses on Better Ways to Help State’s Students Learn, Succeed
- 2019 State of Michigan Education Report (Michigan Achieves) on SCRIBD
- SaveMICity – A great resource on funding municipalities and how/why Michigan municipalities have been underfunded for years.
- Median Annual Household Income
- Best States 2019 – US News & World Report (pdf)
- Top 10 Reasons Why Michigan is AutoMobility (pdf) – Detroit Chamber stats on the new auto industry
Special Audio Segment:
“Omaha Beach was the one that really took it bad, and I dare say we lost as many in the 3 or 4 hours as we had in the whole war so far.”
“I was liberated on the 18th of June… I was blessed to become a prisoner and come to the United States of America. My enemy was Hitler, I always had faith in the Americans and the British.”
Michigan Policast for Monday, June 3, 2019
Segment One: Mackinac Policy Conference'Every man woman and child would have to smoke about $2,500 of marijuana a year to fix our roads. And let's' be honest, at that level, nobody is going to care about the damn roads.' ~@GovWhitmer #FTDR #MPC19 #migovClick To Tweet
- Fact-checking Gov. Whitmer’s fuzzy marijuana math to fix the roads
- Whitmer signs auto insurance reform law at Mackinac Policy Conference
- A link to keep — 50 NAMES TO KNOW IN GOVERNMENT – Top government officials in prominent public-facing and behind-the-scenes roles at the Capitol, in the governor’s office, state departments, county governments and Detroit City Hall. Great work by @chadlivengood and @crainsdetroit
- Gov. Whitmer’s Take on Mackinac Policy Conference ’19
- Michigan Senate Majority Leader Predicts ‘Serious Voters Remorse’ Over Legalized Pot
- AP Interview: Nessel blasts GOP-proposed cuts to her budget
- Shirkey pushes ‘22 ballot initiative terminating term limits
- TERM LIMITS: THE BEST OF INTENTIONS GONE AWRY – Amy Kerr Hardin on how term limits have done more harm than good
- Gov. Gretchen Whitmer makes another push for 45-cent gas tax hike
— Jonathan Oosting (@jonathanoosting) May 30, 2019
Segment Two: Impeachment and the Michigan Congressional Delegation
- Most Michigan Democratic reps not ready for impeachment — for now
- Justin Amash May 23 Twitter thread on Mueller’s report in Thread Reader
- Justin Amash May 28 Twitter thread on Barr’s false narrative around the Mueller Report in Thread Reader
- REPUBLICAN REP. JUSTIN AMASH DEFENDS CALLING FOR TRUMP’S IMPEACHMENT: I SWORE AN OATH TO ‘DEFEND THE CONSTITUTION’
“There are people who are still reviewing [the Mueller report],” he said. “I’ve had people who, after I made my tweets said, ‘Boy, they’d better review it more carefully now and they hadn’t really gone through it before.'” ~Justin Amash, CNN interview [referenced in Newsweek]
- Impeachment 101: How could Congress remove President Trump from office?
- Full List: Who Supports an Impeachment Inquiry Against Trump? – A list of Congressional Representatives and where they stand on impeachment, kept current by The New York Times
'If you continue to raise the bar on #impeachment, you're going to lower the bar on Presidential lawlessness. That's the problem.' ~Jon Meacham on Meet the PressClick To Tweet
“It’s our job, our duty, and responsibility. Just like the Watergate class when they came in, they didn’t run away from their responsibility and their duty.”@RashidaTlaib on impeachment. #Hardball pic.twitter.com/2w9pMivki2
— Hardball (@hardball) May 29, 2019
Segment Three: Enbridge Line 5
- Nessel vows to move on shutting down Enbridge’s Line 5 pipeline in 30 days – Includes audio interview with AG Dana Nessel
- Michigan AG talks Line 5, church investigation, abortion – Video interview with the AG
- What I overheard in a Mackinac Island Grand Hotel hallway
“Enbridge maintains that its Line 5 pipeline is safe, and given its druthers would probably prefer to keep the aging pipeline in place.” ~ Nancy Kaffer, Detroit Free Press
Interview: Craig Mauger on the investigation into the dirty politics behind lame duck SB1244In a rare move, dozens of behind-the-scenes state environmental regulators sent a letter to @onetoughnerd to veto the #LameDuck pollution bill @CraigDMauger @MichiganCFN @SenateGOP @MiHouseGOP @SchuetteonDuty #PureMichiganClick To Tweet
- Senate Bill 1244 (2018)
- Lansing shouldn’t let polluters commandeer state’s pollution standards
- A toxicologist warns of a lame-duck legislative effort to change toxic cleanup criteria in Michigan
- Gov. Snyder signs Michigan lame-duck bills opposed by environmentalists
- Michigan LCV: SB 1244 would hinder PFAS safety standards
- Bill would limit science Michigan uses to regulate toxic cleanups
- Michigan lobbyist for polluter wrote law easing toxic cleanups, emails show
- EPA orders river excavation near polluted Wolverine tannery
— Governor Gretchen Whitmer (@GovWhitmer) May 29, 2019
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?
The official Michigan Policast library of doctored video:
Michigan Policast for 5-20-2019
Segment One: State House Representative Larry Inman
Walt, Christine, and Amy run through a handful of hot topics in this episode, starting with the troubled State Representative Larry Inman. Inman, who represents 104th District of Grand Traverse County, has been indicted for extortion and Amy gives us the details on this one.
- State Representative Larry Inman Indicted – Press Release from Department of Justice, U.S. Attorney’s Office, Western District of Michigan
- Inman Indictment document (pdf) on DOJ web site
- Michigan House of Representatives site for Larry Inman
- Indicted Michigan lawmaker Larry Inman: ‘Text messages can be taken out of context’
'you need to get people maxed out ... People will not go down for $5,000, not that we don't appreciate it.' via @freepClick To Tweet
Inman went on to text, “it’s not worth losing assignments and staff for $5,000,” and “you need to get people maxed out,” according to the indictment. “People will not go down for $5,000, not that we don’t appreciate it.”
- GOP lawmakers deny knowledge of Inman’s alleged bribery scheme — great comprehensive article by Detroit News
- Northern Michigan Representatives Calling For Rep. Larry Inman to Resign
- Larry Inman’s Political Summary on Vote Smart
- Gov. Whitmer calls cash-for-votes allegations against lawmaker ‘very disturbing’
Segment Two: Forced birth / anti-choice forces in Michigan
Note from Christine – The Maternal Infant Health Program is what I am referring to in this segment as one of the ‘stop-gap’ programs that are defunct or inadequately funded. I was speaking from my experience covering the Shiawassee County Health Department several years ago when it cut prenatal care from its programs. Prenatal care was a required service of local health departments, and the Shiawassee Dept had allegedly stopped this service illegally. The service has since been restored.
- Michigan House Bill 4320 (2019)
- Senate Bill 0229 (2019)
- STATE POLICY UPDATES: Major Developments in Sexual & Reproductive Health from the Guttmacher Institute
- Right to Life of Michigan launches ballot drive to ban abortion procedure
… Right to Life would need 340,047 signatures to make it (nearly 90,000 more than last election). RTL said its goal is to collect 400,000 signatures.
Segment Three: Auto insurance
- GOP touts ‘productive’ auto insurance talks but Whitmer ‘draws the line’ on medical opt-out
- Michigan House Democrats Outline D.R.I.V.E. Auto Insurance Reform Plan to Lower Insurance Rates by Forty Percent
- More details on the Michigan House Democrats D.R.I.V.E plan, including a savings calculator and a way to share your auto insurance horror stories
Segment Four: Democratic Presidential Primary
- Meet all the Democratic candidates in the crowded 2020 race
- The 2020 U.S. Presidential Race: A Cheat Sheet
- 2020 Primary Schedule from Election Central
20 qualifiers for #DemDebates (*polls+donors; ^polls; $donors)
Williamson$ (1 poll shy)
Bennet 1 poll shy
— Geoffrey Skelley (@geoffreyvs) May 17, 2019
Wrapping up: more resources and fun stuff
An incredibly interesting Young Turks segment on personhood and Elizabeth Warren’s pro-choice stance as well. So good.
Here we have the Joe Biden video from the campaign launch that Walt mentioned
Michigan Policast for May 13, 2019
Opening audio: Trump and kooks. wtf?
Walt, Amy, and Christine kick off the show with a conversation on free speech on campus. What’s protected? Where does Title IX come in? And why can’t these folks figure out the difference between “free speech” on, say, Facebook, and “free speech” on a public campus. Amy has all the coverage here.
- What is Title IX?
- Title IX Frequently Asked Questions
- When Colleges Confine Free Speech to a ‘Zone,’ It Isn’t Free
- DOJ’s investigation of Northern Michigan University’s self-harm policies leads to settlement
- Northern Michigan U. Compensates 4 Who Were Threatened With Punishment for Speaking of Suicide
- Violence erupts on MSU campus as Richard Spencer speaks
- White nationalist Richard Spencer blames violent protesters for small crowd at MSU
Segment two covers the Democratic Presidential candidates and their approach to healthcare. Medicare for all? Does private insurance have a place in a universal single payer society?
- Where 2020 Democrats stand on Medicare-for-all
- Bernie Sanders Unveils ‘Medicare for All’ Bill
- Your ‘Medicare for All’ Questions, Answered
- They Said It – React To “Medicare For All” Push – “Would Bankrupt Us For A Very Long Time,” “You Can’t Just Pull The Rug Out,” “I’m Not There” – features commentary criticizing Medicare for all, compiled by a group dedicated to preserving/strengthening private insurers and employer-based healthcare.
- Getting to Medicare-for-All
- Democrats Have No Safe Options On Health Care
…Democrats are heading into the 2020 election cycle with a serious edge on an issue that has the potential to mobilize their base. But if the candidates pitch big, sweeping changes to the health care system without addressing voters’ concerns about cost and access, that advantage won’t necessarily hold up. And trying to sell Americans on a completely new system carries risks, even in the primaries. ~ Amelia Thomson-DeVeaux
- Talton: ‘Medicare for All’ might make economic sense
- Congressional hearing reveals complexity of ‘Medicare for All’
- Health care CEO: Medicare for all ‘would just collapse the system’
- Why Biden’s Cold Shoulder on ‘Medicare for All’ Is a Safe Bet Politically
- Harris defends support for Medicare for All
Segment three is our first ‘lightning round’ which is not actually a lightning round but we didn’t have a better name.
- Whitmer’s first veto: don’t make your bills referendum-proof and she won’t veto.
- More Democratic Presidential candidates. Why? WHY???
- The benefits of running for President
- Civil asset forfeiture, away with you!
- Whitmer signs a bill forgiving 4 more K12 school days. Why is this important? Christine rambles a bit but this should answer some of the questions about why schools can’t just extend the school year or have school days during a normal holiday break.
This week Walt talks to Michigan House Democratic Leader Christine Greig. She joins us to discuss the recent car insurance bills, redistricting, and the dynamics of bipartisanship.
- State Representative Christine Greig, District 37
- Michigan House passes rate relief for no-fault auto insurance
- Whitmer blasts GOP auto insurance reforms, says she’s ‘done playing games’
Michigan Policast for May 6, 2019
Walt, Christine, and Amy kick off the show with a conversation on pictures of potholes on social media. Christine posits that this is the most effective way to get people engaged in #FTDR, while Walt argues that people are already aware of the need, and the only problem is getting the revenues. What do you think?
- Michigan Senate panel cuts gas tax hike from transportation budget
- FY 2019-2020 Transportation Budget Senate Fiscal Agency bill analysis (pdf)
- Senate Fiscal Agency Transportation S.B.149 (pdf)
- Whitmer threatens to veto budget if gas tax increase not included **This headline is misleading. While Whitmer’s office said she would veto this plan, it is because it offers no plan to fix the roads, not because it had no gas tax. Whitmer has repeatedly said she will consider any plan that includes the revenues to fix the roads.
- Reddit thread on Michigan potholes – This is a delightful rabbit hole of comments on Michigan roads.
- Fix MI Roads on YouTube
- Michigan Drivers One-Up Each Other with Photos of Damage from Bad Roads, at Governor’s Request
- If Whitmer’s gas tax increase is dead, sales tax on services, anyone? (Follow journalist Chad Livengood on Twitter here)
- Michigan not alone in looking at gas-tax increase for roads
“It’s going to take $2.5 billion a year,” said Detroit Regional Chamber CEO Sandy Baruah of Michigan’s road-building needs. “Anyone who thinks you can cut even half of that out of other elements of the state budget without having significant ramifications to real people, you’re smoking something that’s not legal.”
“This is 40 years of disinvestment in the state of Michigan, and it’s coming due now,” Whitmer said of the roads.
In segment two this week, Amy takes us through the bipartisan car insurance issue. Gender and regional disparities, catastrophic claims, and so much more.
- Michigan women pay more for car insurance than men
- What’s the Average Cost of Car Insurance in Michigan?
- Opinion | Michigan needs auto insurance reform. But don’t scrap No-Fault
- Michigan Policast coverage of the Catastrophic Claims Association (audio in the podcast and links in the post)
- Whitmer orders report on use of credit scores in Michigan auto insurance premiums (Journalist Paul Egan is on Twitter here)
- Study blames medical claims for high auto insurance rates in Michigan
- Michigan Governor Asks Why Credit Score and Education Factors in Auto Insurance
- Michigan lawmakers work to reduce state’s auto insurance rates
In segment three we chat about Senator Gary Peters and his focus on climate change and green energy as an economic issue.
- Gary Peters for US Senate
- Schuette, James and 2020
- GOP sees bright future for James after close Senate race
- Poll: Peters starts re-election campaign with low name identification
- Swing-state senators become 2020 kingmakers
Our guest this week is Jeff Padden, Board Chair at Public Policy Associates and former state representative. He talks to us about the redistricting process, term limits, and so much more.
- Jeff Padden – Public Policy Associates
- Opinion: A look back at Michigan from 2027
- Jeff Padden on LinkedIn
'Term limits have been a disaster for the state, it's complete nonsense ... People believed that many many legislators serve for decades, it was just never true.' ~Jeff Padden #TermLimits #LobbyingIsAGrowthIndustryClick To Tweet '.@briancalley has been canny about finding common ground between the interests of his constituency and the intentions of @GovWhitmer' ~Jeff Padden @SBAM Click To Tweet 'If I were in the position of the Republican leadership, I would be very nervous about taking on my principal constituency, which is the business community.' ~Jeff Padden on the business community support for #FTDR // @GovWhitmer @MISenate @MiSenDems Click To Tweet
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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
- Federal court: Michigan political maps illegally rigged to ‘historical proportions’
- GOP emails: Let’s ‘cram Dem garbage’ into southeast Michigan districts
- 9 things Michigan voters need to know about the gerrymandering case
- Panel rules Michigan’s congressional districts are unconstitutionally gerrymandered
- These are the Michigan political districts federal judges say were gerrymandered (with maps)
- Judges Rule Michigan Districts Are Unconstitutionally Gerrymandered
- Federal Court Rules That Michigan’s Congressional Map Was Unfairly Gerrymandered
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?
- Michigan 2020 Primary- Biden With Strong Lead, but Sanders Waiting in the Wings (Polling from March)
- How Joe Biden Could Win The 2020 Democratic Primary
- Joe Biden announces he is running for president in 2020
- Joe Biden Supporters Are Older And More Moderate — And Sticking With Him So Far
- Joe Biden is running for president. Has his time come? Or come and gone?
- How Joe Biden Could Win The 2020 Democratic Primary
- Democrats Think Biden Is Electable, But He’s Not Everyone’s First Choice
- Meet Garlin Gilchrist II
- Lt. Governor swings through Port Huron to promote Whitmer’s budget
- Gilchrist shares budget plan with local leaders
- Gilchrist able to ‘keep eyes on Republicans’ as Senate president
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.
- Jon Hoadley for Congress
- State Rep. Jon Hoadley plans 2020 run against Fred Upton in Southwest Michigan’s 6th District
- Jon Hoadley is running for Congress
- State Representative Jon Hoadley- Michigan House Democrats
Thank you to MI Nurses for endorsing our Congressional campaign! With their help, we can continue to fight for better healthcare in Southwest Michigan. pic.twitter.com/QK2AeMoBJA
— Jon Hoadley (@jonhoadley) April 24, 2019