Bill Moyers & Company: The United States of ALEC


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


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 – Emergency Managers have their own ‘sacred cows’


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 – Do we have a legitimate State government?


State Senator Bert Johnson joins us today to discuss Detroit, education, and the criminal investigation into the EAA Today we discuss: Kevyn Orr: Detroit is worse off than we thought (this is what we started with) Snyder is the EM of Detroit EAA federal funds fraud Does Michigan have a legitimate state government Is the […]

Walt Sorg on GOP destruction of environmental protections and Michigan’s natural resources

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Walt Sorg joins us to discuss the way that the Republicans in Lansing are gutting the bejoobers out of our environmental protections. It’s scary and heart-breaking. We talk about the content in Walt’s recent article in the Lansing City Pulse – The pendulum has swung Today we talk about The history of environmental protections in […]

Ellen Cogen Lipton on the EAA, Mumford Students Social Justice League, DPS Roy Roberts fudges numbers

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Today we have State Rep Ellen Cogen Lipton talking to us in depth about the EAA and the questions she has surrounding the institution and the way that the related legislation has been rushed through the House. Today we ask / talk about: the genesis of the FOIA she submitted to the EAA the stall […]

Katie Carey on how a bill becomes a law, lowering the barriers to civic engagement, Snyder thinks pension tax is fair, and oil flows through the Grand River


Today we talk to Katie Carey about how a bill becomes a law, then I discuss the purpose of the podcast and what it means to lower the barriers to civic engagement. Then we’ve got a couple of headlines and our normal 5 Minute Activism. Stephanie Miller and the mooks join us after the stinger […]

The sequester hits Michigan, Johnson debunks voter fraud theories, GOP Senators want to repeal their own pension tax, take 5 minutes to fight the EAA expansion

Ruth Johnson, Secretary of Voter Suppression

And now that we are down to the last 2 hours of the day, we present to you the daily briefing. What can I say? I podcast as fast as I can Today we have Yannet Lathrop, a Policy Analyst with the Michigan League for Public Policy. She talks to us about the impact that […]

Michigan Arab Americans losing their bank accounts, Kevyn Orr swaggers, Demas on university autonomy, Tim Greimel on cyberschools, Gretchen Whitmer on education and the GOP college tax


Today we have some headlines, then 3 interview segments. Audio: Susan Demas talks to Tony Trupiano about the constitutional autonomy of our public universities. I took this from Tony’s soundcloud clip here. If you are interested in this topic you should click through and listen to the whole thing. Tim Greimel in a brief segment […]

Thursday briefing and open thread

News - Daily Briefing

Thursday evening already? The week is flying by. Presidential Let’s start with the indicators indicating that President Obama will be elected. According to we are winning the Presidential Mask poll. And as you may (or not?) know, the Presidential mask poll predicts the outcome of the election. We already won the kid poll. And […]

Senator Whitmer Calls for Further Investigation of Bolger Election Fraud

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Gretchen Whitmer comments on #bolgerschmidtfraud

Pay Per Bill. Mike Nofs delivers to donors.

You’ve got to hand it to Mike Nofs; you contribute to this guy and he really delivers. This time he’s delivering Senate Bill 1084: Introduced by Sen. Mike Nofs (R) on April 16, 2012, to extend the statute that provides “sovereign immunity” to governments from legal liability and lawsuits, so that it also applies to […]