Nathan Triplett: We have an obligation to protect our residents

East Lansing City Council

Today we talk to Nathan Triplett about his work with One Capital Region and bringing equality to Michigan. We talk about, East Lansing has the oldest non discrimination ordinance in the country adopted in 1972 Equality is a responsibility of local governments Nathan’s history with equality issues One Capitol Region campaign What is slowing down […]

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


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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Wacky gun nullification in Judiciary Committee

Unfortunately, the Michigan Legislature will be back on their regular session schedule on Wednesday after just meeting once for the State of State address, but it appears 2013 will be more of the same partisan grandstanding by extremist right-wingers. Just a week after it was introduced,  the Senate judiciary Committee will be meeting at the […]

Senate Republican SOD for 8/16 – Why does Mike Bishop hate jobs?


This might be a new record. With 23 words, Mike Bishop manages to trivialize the entire state. From MIRS, your Senate Republican SOD for 8/16- “It doesn’t make sense for her to go out and recruit jobs when there isn’t an environment here for making a sizable investment,” Bishop said. So, not only does Mike […]

Mark Schauer on the “Do-Nothing Senate”


Mark Schauer called out his Republican colleagues yesterday. With the fewest total roll call votes held so far in a decade and no budget bills having passed the chamber, Senate Minority Leader Mark Schauer (D-Battle Creek) said Wednesday that Democrats are “sick and tired of being part of the do-nothing Senate.” While Mr. Schauer acknowledged […]