Debbie Stabenow: MSU won the FRIB competition fair & square

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Today our friend Walt Sorg spends a few minutes with Senator Debbie Stabenow. Senator Stabenow was at the East Lansing Rotary meeting yesterday, and Walt was able to get some time with her before she left. They discuss: Clean energy at The Board of Water & Light Congressional deadlock – what used to be bipartisan […]

Amy Kerr Hardin – GOP is deliberately lying about education funding

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Today we have Amy back with us to discuss education funding. As you know, the Republicans have been patting themselves on the back for “increasing” education funding. It’s not actually an increase though, as Amy explains. Hey, there’s a reason “conservative” starts with “con.” Guest: Amy Kerr Hardin of Democracy Tree Shownotes: MICHIGAN EDUCATION FUNDING […]

ALEC v Kids: The GOP’s stealthy & shady attack on our schools

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Today we join Progress Michigan, Common Cause Michigan, and Michigan Citizen Action, for a conference on their new report, ALEC v Kids. We discuss: What is ALEC and why does it matter? What does ALEC support? Who are the Michigan members of ALEC? How does ALEC impact education in Michigan? What do we need to […]

Texist GOP fails to pass their abortion bill, for now

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Well I don’t know about you folks, but I found the news to be a skoch confusing this morning. Last I checked before bed, we were all #stand[ing]withwendy and she was nearing the end her filibuster. First thing I see this morning is, Republican leaders called a voice vote on #SB5 at 12:01 am & […]

Bill Moyers & Company: The United States of ALEC

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Bill Moyers & Company has published an updated version of The United States of ALEC. You can watch it here: Or listen here: Bill Moyers has a great section on ALEC. His information is “mission critical” for anyone who cares about state level democracy. There are too many resources on his site for me to […]

Bert Johnson: Without Medicaid expansion, people will die

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Today we talk to Bert Johnson about the failure of Randy Richardville & Senate Republicans to do the right thing on Medicaid. We talk about: Why he felt worse about Medicaid than he did after lame duck The Governor and LG were absent while the legislature took up the most significant legislation in Snyder’s time […]

Amy Kerr Hardin: Republicans and Democrats have different tastes in art

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Amy & I talk about the situation with the DIA, the property held in the commons, and the scourge of the Emergency Manager … This is about 30 minutes long and is a standalone interview.

Emily Dievendorf: Rights should not be based on arbitrary characteristics

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We have Emily back again to discuss why Pride is so important. Today we discuss: Bolger’s ongoing struggle with equal rights. More on the Elliot Larsen Civil Rights Act Why / how Republicans are complicating the issue in order to deny equality Marriage is a separate issue from the Elliot Larsen Civil Rights Act How […]

Rudy Hobbs: The House Republicans did the best they could

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Today we talk to Rudy Hobbs. He has only a few minutes here but we get in a handful of topics. Short notes for today. We talk about .. The Medicaid expansion legislation isn’t ‘perfect’ The House Dems’ resolution calling for an investigation into gas gouging His campaign for the US Congress Why the House […]

What does Pride mean to you? Voices of Motor City Pride

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We’ve got some Motor City Pride video for you.

Amy Kerr Hardin – Emergency Managers have their own ‘sacred cows’

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Today we talk to Amy Kerr Hardin about a few things, from EMs to schools to the cognitive dissonance of the voters. This episode came in at just over an hour long. The conversation with Amy is about half of the episode. It was one of the most fun conversations I’ve had in a long […]

Bert Johnson: The people of Detroit will fight back

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Today we are talking to Senator Bert Johnson about two topics: minimum wage, and the situation in Detroit with Snyder and EM Kevyn Orr. Here’s the podcast: We talk about: Minimum wage efforts gotten attention of people all across country Occupy + attack on workers +++ has created a different plateau on which to stand […]