Michigan Policast for Monday, August 5, 2019

  In this episode:

  • America and guns
  • Democratic debates
  • Religious leaders denounce Trump's racism
  • Retiring Republicans, Fred Upton
  • Republican lawsuit to save gerrymandering
  • Slay the Dragon movie review
  • Interview: Katie Fahey of Voters Not Politicians, The People
  • Transcript


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Michigan Policast for Monday, July 29, 2019

  In this episode:

  • Impeachment:  good or bad?
  • Michiganders split on some key issues, unified on others
  • Fix the Damn Roads!  With more debt?
  • Interview:  Kerry Ebersole Singh on the state census
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Michigan Policast for Monday, July 22, 2019

We had some technical issues this week and our audio quality is a bit degraded during our chat. Our interview with Mike Murphy is not affected. We'll have it resolved next week.

  In this episode:

  • Segment one: Slotkin and Stevens building a war chest
  • Segment two: Benson moves forward on citizen redistricting commission
  • Segment three: Democratic Presidential Candidate debates in Detroit
  • Interview: Republican campaign consultant Mike Murphy
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Michigan Policast for Monday, July 15, 2019

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Michigan Policast for Monday, July 8, 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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