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.

In this episode, the policasters argue over whether #PunchNazis is the answer to #FreeSpeech on campus. What do you think? Click To Tweet


In this segment on #FreeSpeech on campus, @michcurmudgeon and Amy encourage peaceful protest and #HugNazis over @christinebarry 's #PunchNazis approach. Click To Tweet



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?

…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.  ~ 

Segment three is our first ‘lightning round’ which is not actually a lightning round but we didn’t have a better name.

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.

'We cannot cut our way to good roads and good schools. We keep waiting for that #Republican plan. We're waiting.' ~@ChrisGreigMI37Click To Tweet
Michigan House Dems leader Christine Greig joins Michigan Policast this week to discuss car insurance, redistricting, bipartisanship, FTDR, and working with Governor Whitmer. Click To Tweet
'I am only going to sign a bill that actually protects drivers and these bills do not do that,' ~@GovWhitmer on @MiSenate and @MiHouseGOP #CarInsurance bills via ~@freep Click To Tweet
As the drug problem has expanded beyond minorities, poor neighborhoods, and urban areas, lawmakers have started to realize that asset forfeiture should not be tolerated. ~@ChristineBarry Click To Tweet




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?

“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.

The #MISenate GOP 2020 transportation budget ignores #FTDR. Senate GOP says they will have a plan for the roads later. Inadequate funding may lead to a budget veto by @GovWhitmer @MISenate @MiSenDems Click To Tweet


In segment two this week, Amy takes us through the bipartisan car insurance issue. Gender and regional disparities, catastrophic claims, and so much more.

Source: The Zebra

In segment three we chat about Senator Gary Peters and his focus on climate change and green energy as an economic issue.

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.


'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



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?

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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.

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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

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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

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