Today we have a sound problem.  There's some static going on here that we didn't hear until playback.  We cleaned it up as much as we could.

Amy couldn't be with us today but she'll be back next time.

First off, the gender gap.  How has it changed over the years, and what does that mean for Republicans and Democrats?  Good news is that while we're gaining ground with women, we aren't losing ground with men.  Looks good for the Democrats.

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Rough election, but especially rough because Democrats get more votes than Republicans, but because of the GOP gerrymandering, the Republicans are still in charge.   Stuff all the Democrats into as few districts as possible, and Republicans get more house seats.  We talk about that and all of the details that Walt covers in this post on his blog.

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What in the world is wrong with the Freep?

Last week the Detroit Free Press issued an endorsement for Rick Snyder.  The Snyder endorsement was scathing in its criticism of the Governor, as most Free Press editorials have been over the past 4 years.  As though that weren't enough, the Snyder endorsement praised Mark Schauer and his values.  And still, it was a Snyder endorsement.  If you were wondering “WTF???” you were not alone.

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In this episode we are joined by Lynn Mason, who is campaigning to represent the 86th district in the Michigan House of Representatives.  Here's her website.  Some of the things she talks about:

  • She's out-raised her opponent so far.  How did she do it?
  • Why schools are so important.
  • Why Lisa Posthumus Lyons is disingenuous with her positions and votes.
  • How Lynn's background as a farmer, small business owner, and teacher, is helping her connect with people.
  • A whole lot more.
  • How we hold Snyder and Posthumus Lyons accountable
  • Did she or didn't she?  Lisa has 2 different positions on the Grover Norquist pledge this year.
  • Lisa Posthumus Lyons raised taxes the same year she signed the Norquist pledge so does that last point really matter anyway?

Amy has a great write-up on all of this here.

This was the first time I talked to Lynn, and I love how genuine she is.  I also appreciate the fact that she's out there talking about what her opponent is up to.  Not only is she clear on what she stands for, she's out there reminding people about the way that that Posthumus Lyons has represented the area.  Great job so far.

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(Correction: The amount Terri Lynn Land received from Meijer family members was incorrectly stated as $94,000. The correct amount is $9,400)

So much to talk about today!

We start with the debate.  My take?  Mark had to meet a higher standard than did Snyder.  No one had any expectations of Snyder doing well, and Snyder met that lack of expectations very well.  Did Mark meet the expectations we had of him?  Snyder says fracking is part of energy independence and we do it right in Michigan (foul!) and we frack all over the place.  His record on fracking is proof that he is pro-environment.  (wtf?)

Best part of the debate:  Rick Snyder admits that Republicans won't vote for a revenue increase this close to an election.  So folks, you may have to wait for them to fix the roads because they have elections coming up and that's way more important than your lives and your property.

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Welcome everyone to our episode 17 of Michigan Policast.  Today we are joined by Pam Byrnes, former state legislator and current candidate for Michigan's 7th Congressional District.  That puts her head to head with Tim Walberg, a giant loon.

We start with more on the EAA.  Alumni and faculty came together to ask the EMU board to disassociate itself from the EAA.  We've also seen some Eastern Michigan students protest against the university's EAA affiliation.  What's up Eastern?  Why are you in bed with the EAA anyway?

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Today we start with transportation funding.  Amy has a great article here – MDOT’s 2.7 Billion Dollar Boondoggle – and we get into all the nitty gritty on that.  Check out the article for more info on what she was talking about and to see more about the questions I asked.

I'm covering the new report by the ACLU Michigan, BUZZKILL: HOW THE EAA EXPLOITED DETROIT'S MOST VULNERABLE KIDS. If you are interested in this topic, I encourage you to look at the report. We couldn't possibly do justice to that investigation in this podcast, so you'll learn a lot more by reading that.

You should also hop over to BFM and check out our conversation with Ellen Cogen Lipton, or listen to Ellen on Tony Trupiano's radio show. That playlist is here.

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Here we talk about formal debates vs town halls .. which format is better for Snyder?  Will the moderators keep the candidates on track?  How do Snyder's town halls compare to the one town hall where he will be asking questions?

Is Bill Milliken's endorsement really irrelevant?

Aramark keeps their contract, Michael Moore gets fired.

Don't call it a pension tax!!  Also, I make a joke that doesn't land.  Crash & burn Christine.  Crash & burn.

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There are just so many scandals from the Snyder administration, even the First Lady can't be trusted.

Well maybe she can be trusted on the her pro-vax message, but I still have questions.

Today we revisit the debate over debates.  Why do debates have value?  Why won't Snyder debate?  Why is it important down (GOP) ticket that Snyder not debate?  How bad could Terri Lynn Land be if she debated?  All this and more.

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It's Michigan Politics 013 for the week of September 8, 2014.  Today we're looking at Rick Snyder's ads, absentee voting, MDP GOTV efforts, Kochity Kochs, and more.

Let's start with Snyder's douchey ad. If you haven't seen it on tv, feel free to subject yourself to the ad here:

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