Michigan Policast for Monday, May 31, 2021
- GOP voter suppression
- Former Director of Elections Chris Thomas on the Big Lie
- Vaccines, work rules, and the economy
- Political notes
— Stephanie Chang (@stephanielily) May 31, 2021
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- Segment one: GOP voter suppression
- Segment two: Former Director of Elections Chris Thomas on the Big Lie
- Segment three: Vaccines, work rules, and the economy
- Segment six: Political notes
- Michigan GOP eases absentee voter ID plan. Critics call proposal ‘pointless’ | Bridge Michigan
- Arizona Election Audit to Resume Amid GOP Infighting – WSJ
- Arizona County's Voting Machines Rendered Unusable By OAN-Financed Vote Auditors | Techdirt
- It's not just Arizona: Push to review 2020 ballots spreads
- Conspiracy Theorists Force Another Sham Election ‘Audit’ — In Georgia – National Memo
- In echo of Arizona, Georgia state judge orders Fulton County to allow local voters to inspect mailed ballots cast last fall – The Washington Post
- Top Wisconsin Republican Robin Vos hires retired police to continue probing the 2020 election – The Washington Post
- Long After Trump’s Loss, a Push to Inspect Ballots Persists – The New York Times
- They tried to overturn the 2020 election. Now they want to run the next one. – POLITICO
- Republicans move to strip power from another unhelpful secretary of state – The Washington Post
- Texas GOP puts final touches on sweeping voting restrictions
Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson: “Those who refuse to tell the truth … those leaders in particular who continue to propagate the ‘big lie’ and even codify legislation in furtherance of it, there needs to be accountability.” https://t.co/JI4J3cm4Vc
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) May 29, 2021
Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson and Dominion Voting Systems are cautioning local governments that outside audits of the election results like the one in Maricopa County would be illegal and would void the machines' security warranties. https://t.co/zeIVsepL9G
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) May 26, 2021
— Barb McQuade (@BarbMcQuade) May 31, 2021
- Chris Thomas on LinkedIn
- Chris Thomas biography on the Bipartisan Policy Center website
- Michigan’s top election official and Dominion warn counties about the risks of vote audits by outside groups – The Washington Post
- SOS – Benson, Nessel denounce effort to restrict voting rights and burden election officials
- Attorney General Mike Cox Opinion #7247 | Access to ballots voted at an election under the Freedom of Information Act
- Help America Vote Act (HAVA) of 2002
- Michigan’s top election official and Dominion warn counties about the risks of vote audits by outside groups
- Dominion Voting Systems | YOUR COUNTY USES VOTING EQUIPMENT FROM DOMINION VOTING SYSTEMS (Wayback Machine)
We have to confront The Big Lie head on — with federal legislation that protects our elections.
Text PEOPLE to 21333 and demand your Senators pass the For the People Act! pic.twitter.com/oNEp5jKkCK
— Bradley Whitford (@BradleyWhitford) May 25, 2021
- Michigan streamlines MIOSHA workplace rules as COVID fades | Bridge Michigan
- Michigan employers don't have to require masks for vaccinated workers
- Michigan's 6-person restaurant, bar rule rescinded after Whitmer's violation
- Resistance to vaccine mandates is building. A powerful network is helping. – The Washington Post
- Whitmer – Gov. Whitmer Announces Updates to Return-to-Work Safety Guidelines and Releases New Epidemic Order Expanding Capacity Limits
- What happens to Lansing if remote work becomes common after coronavirus
- MI government saved millions working from home, spelling trouble for Lansing
- Interview with Charles Ballard on urban areas, infrastructure, American Jobs Plan (Segment 2, 31 minutes into the audio)
- Biden, in Ohio, pitches his infrastructure plan – The Washington Post
- Republicans Counter Biden Infrastructure Plan With Narrow Offer – The New York Times
- Presidential Approval Ratings — Joe Biden
- Chuck Schumer Jan. 6 Commission Vote Speech Transcript: “Shame on the Republican Party” – Rev
- House GOP plan: $80M more for police, including to recruit
- One year after George Floyd murder, lawmakers propose Michigan police reforms | Bridge Michigan
- Senate bipartisan police reforms – twelve bill package, all have been referred to Judiciary and Public Safety Committee. All bills 2021
- SB473 – Law enforcement: investigations; guidelines for the investigation of officer-involved deaths; require the commission to create. Amends 1965 PA 203 (MCL 28.601 – 28.615) by adding sec. 11a.
- SB474 – Law enforcement: records; use of force records; require to be included in separation of service record. Amends sec. 3 of 2017 PA 128 (MCL 28.563).
- SB475 – Law enforcement: employment; license of law enforcement officer that used excessive force; revoke. Amends secs. 9, 9a, 9b, 9c & 9d of 1965 PA 203 (MCL 28.609 et seq.).
- SB476 – Law enforcement: other; individuals filing complaints against law enforcement; allow to remain private. Creates new act.
- SB477 – Labor: collective bargaining; obligation of bargaining representatives to represent members in grievance proceedings; eliminate in certain circumstances. Amends sec. 11 of 1947 PA 336 (MCL 423.211).
- SB478 – Law enforcement: other; use of pressure to the throat or windpipe by law enforcement; prohibit under certain circumstances. Creates new act.
- SB479 – Criminal procedure: warrants; execution of search warrants; modify. Amends secs. 4 & 6 of 1966 PA 189 (MCL 780.654 & 780.656).
- SB480 – Law enforcement: training; duty to intervene policy; require law enforcement agencies to adopt. Creates new act.
- SB481 – Law enforcement: other; use of force policies; require law enforcement agencies to create. Creates new act.
- SB482 – Law enforcement: training; mental health and law enforcement response training; require for law enforcement officers. Amends title & secs. 9, 9b, 9c & 9d of 1965 PA 203 (MCL 28.609 et seq.) & adds secs. 9f & 9g.
- SB483 – Law enforcement: other; research study and analysis identifying barriers in the recruitment of law enforcement officer; require the commission to conduct. Amends 1965 PA 203 (MCL 28.601 & 28.615) by adding sec. 11a.
- SB484 – Crimes: other; tampering with evidence by law enforcement officer with specific intent; prohibit, and provide penalties. Amends sec. 483a of 1931 PA 328 (MCL 750.483a).
- SB485 – Labor: arbitration; compulsory arbitration for local police and firefighters; include corrections officers. Amends sec. 2 of 1969 PA 312 (MCL 423.232).
- Campaign Zero: WE CAN END POLICE VIOLENCE IN AMERICA
- Residents sound off on Michigan's sometimes ‘mind-boggling' voting districts
- Redistricting commission seeks input for process at Gaylord hearing
- Metro Detroit nonprofits aim to get community voices into redistricting process
- Federal appeals court again upholds Michigan's redistricting panel
- AG – Court of Appeals Reaffirms Decision in Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission Lawsuit
- They were at the Capitol riot. Now, these Michigan Republicans want your vote | Bridge Michigan
- Austin Chenge faces eligibility issue in GOP bid for Michigan governor | Bridge Michigan
- MDP Weekly Roundup: Chatfield Bows Out and Garrett “Lock Her Up” Soldano Does the Predictable as Weiser Struggles to Keep a Big Lie-Obsessed Party Together – Michigan Democratic Party
- Whitmer campaign to pay for private Florida flight to visit father
- Michigan Republicans Get Ready to Wage Yet Another Hypocritical, Partisan Inquisition Against Governor Whitmer – Michigan Democratic Party
- Experts react to latest strange twist on Whitmer's private flight
- Jocelyn Benson defends appointment-only plan at Secretary of State offices | Bridge Michigan
- Biden administration wants to give more power back to states to block pipelines
- Michigan GOP seeks to cut funds to schools that teach critical race theory
- SB460 – Education: curriculum; Civil rights: racial discrimination; Civil rights: equal protection;
- Why white people seem to be changing their minds, suddenly, on the justice system and race
- Critical race theory, and Trump’s war on it, explained
- Critical race theory | Wikipedia
- Tulsa Race Massacre | New York Times
- Michigan’s 3rd-grade read-or-flunk law may expand to 4th grade next year
- Gov. Whitmer against expanding Michigan’s read-or-flunk law to 4th-graders
- MHSAA opposes bill targeting transgender high school athletes, calls it ‘unnecessary'
- MHSAA says new bill targeting transgender athletes in Michigan is ‘unnecessary’
Racial divisions are especially pronounced in Michigan, a state with a large Black voting bloc and a state legislature that has been dominated for a decade by an almost all-white Republican party. ~Michigan GOP seeks to cut funds to schools that teach critical race theory | Bridge