Michigan Policast for Monday, July 15, 2019

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Michigan Policast for June 24, 2019

Segment One: Donald Trump kicks off (continues?) his re-election campaign

“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 

.@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

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.

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.  ~

.@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


Segment Two: Petition drives attack women’s rights

Right to Life of Michigan launches ballot drive to ban abortion procedure

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 petition drive seeks to ban abortion after fetal heartbeat

Michigan group seeks to ban abortions after fetal heartbeat detected

'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 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!


Special guest Angela Vasquez Giroux of Planned Parenthood

Angela Vasquez Giroux is the Director of Communications and Media Relations, Planned Parenthood Advocates of Michigan ( @mippadvocates )  You can follow her on Twitter here.

'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

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.

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

Segment Three: House Democrats fire back on road 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)

Special guest Lance Binoniemi of Michigan Infrastructure and Transportation Association (MITA)

Lance Binoniemi is Vice President of Government Affairs, Michigan Infrastructure and Transportation Association

New 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 @mi_republicans @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 @mi_republicans @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 @mi_republicans @mihousedemsClick To Tweet

Segment Four: Just a little pre-debate chat

What are you looking for in the upcoming Democratic debates?

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Michigan Policast for Monday, June 17, 2019

Segment One: Gender gap, inequality, and policy priorities for women

'The Republicans’ best hope, at this point, is that the women who have been shocked into new political awareness will become more complacent once Trump has left the picture.' ~ @sadydoyle #GenderGapClick To Tweet

Segment Two: The census and Michigan

“It is critically important for all Michiganders to participate in the #2020Census count ... it is our job to make sure we do our best to be counted.” @govwhitmer #Census Click To Tweet
We need ppl to trust us enough to say that they live here, and there are a number of people who do not trust government. The #census is not political, it's about getting people counted. ~ @Adamant4Detroit #2020Census Click To Tweet

Segment Three: Flint water crisis legal reboot 

“I want to remind the people of Flint that justice delayed is not always justice denied and a fearless and dedicated team of career prosecutors and investigators are hard at work to ensure those who harmed you are held accountable.” ~ @dananessel #Flint Click To Tweet

Segment Four: #FTDR Update

Segment Five: Democratic Presidential Primary debates

Segment Six:  Vote by mail explained in detail by Walt Sorg  

Due to the passage of the statewide ballot proposal 18-3 in November, all eligible and registered voters in #Michigan may now request an absent voter ballot without providing a reason. ~ @JocelynBenson #VoteByMail #NRAV Click To Tweet
Information for #Michigan voters on #SameDayRegistration #VoteByMail #Elections and your rights as a voter - https://www.michigan.gov/sos/0,4670,7-127-1633_8716---,00.html via @JocelynBenson @MichSoSClick To Tweet

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Michigan Policast for Monday, June 10, 2019

Segment One: John James takes on Gary Peters

'I understand what we need to do because I have experience as a business leader and a job creator, how to protect our economy from socialism.' says @JohnJamesMI, who used #socialism to help fuel revenue at James Group International #DisingenuousCreep Click To Tweet

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.

Segment Two: Elliot-Larson Civil Rights Act 


Segment Three: Presidential politics

Segment Four: Michigan economy is a mixed bag

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.” 

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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


Segment Two: Impeachment and the Michigan Congressional Delegation

“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]


'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


Segment Three: Enbridge Line 5

“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 SB1244  

In 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 @mi_republicans @SchuetteonDuty #PureMichiganClick To Tweet
In #LameDuck 2018, there were hundreds of major bills passing through the #legislature with no vetting ... it took us 6 months to figure out the details of this bill. #SB1244 @CraigDMauger @JmalewitzClick To Tweet
Next we'll be putting #TroyCumings and @WolverineWW in charge of the #PureMichigan campaign. ~ @christinebarry #PFAS Click To Tweet


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Michigan Policast for Monday, May 27, 2019

Segment One:  A ‘historic’ accomplishment – auto insurance “rate relief” for all Michigan drivers

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.

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

Segment Two:  AG Dana Nessel issues opinion that the lame duck ballot law is unconstitutional

'As a practical matter, a lot of the rules that the legislature enacted last year didn't have much meaning' ~@MichCurmudgeon on the #LameDuck rules for petition drivesClick To Tweet

Segment Three:  The Julian Assange indictments — what does this mean for the free press?

“…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.”

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.

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

Interview: Bernie Porn on Michigan polls

Epic MRA website

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?
'When you look at the broad array of candidates running for President, the vast majority of them on are the very progressive end ... most voters are more likely to support a moderate Democrat.' ~Bernie Porn, Epic MRA Click To Tweet
In Michigan, no one does polling better than Bernie Porn of EPIC/MRA. Bernie chats with @MichCurmudgeon in this week's episode. Click To Tweet

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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.

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.”

'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

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.

… 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.

Abortion and birth control – polling report with historical data


Segment Three:  Auto insurance

“Our D.R.I.V.E. plan puts drivers at the center of our solutions and makes sure they see a forty percent rate reduction for years to come.” ~@DonnaLasinski on @MiHouseDems #CarInsurance proposalClick To Tweet


'When you're proud of your work, you show it to the people. You don't hide it in the dark.' ~@ChrisGreigMI37 on ramming car insurance legislation through the Michigan House of RepresentativesClick To Tweet



Segment Four:  Democratic Presidential Primary


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

Larry Inman talking about the indictment

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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 @mi_republicans #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