The Friday Morning Podcast
A week’s worth of Michigan government wiped out by Polar Vortex. A Glengariff Group poll shows Whitmer with positive approval numbers and job rating before she has a chance to really do anything — how does this compare with former Gov. Jennifer Granholm and Rick Snyder at comparable points in their tenures?
1/25/19 Ironies abound as state Senate committee reports out bill to reform civil asset forfeiture. New Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson aggressively pursues court settlement to redraw Congressional and legislative district lines with elections to be held with new maps next year. Benson also asks for a legal opinion from just-elected Attorney General Dana Nessel on the constitutionality of a new law to reform/restrict the ways in which petitioners can collect signatures for ballot proposals. Interview with freshman state Rep. Alex Garza (D-Taylor), who describes how he got his city council to cut the length of its meetings by more than 300%! Sponsored by Deadline Detroit.
1/18/19 Former Gov. John Engler resigns under pressure as interim president of MSU. Michigan legislators show they are serious about auto insurance rate reform. What exactly does AG Dana Nessel mean by “prosecution for profit?” Gov. Gretchen Whitmer meets with “Quadrant” of House and Senate leaders for first of what she hopes will be many such sessions. Interview with freshman state Rep. Joe Tate (D-Detroit), former MSU football star who played in the NFL. Sponsored by Deadline Detroit.
1/11/19 On his way out the door, ex-Gov. Rick Snyder vetoed two bills that would have enhanced safeguards against infant-abandonment by ashamed new mothers — why? Bridget McCormack is elected Chief Justice of the Michigan Supreme Court, making Michigan the only state in the country with women at the helm of the governorship, secretary of state, attorney
general and the state’s highest judicial panel. Also, MSU for the first time gains a 5-3 female majority on its board of trustees, and a woman (Dianne Byrum) is elected chairperson. New highs in number of females (53) as the 100th Michigan Legislature convenes.
Interview with state Rep. Bronna Kahle (R-Adrian), one of the sponsors of legislation to buttress “baby boxes” that was vetoed by Gov. Rick Snyder shortly before he exited office. Will Kahle introduce it again, and hope for a better result from a female governor who is herself a mother? Sponsored by Deadline Detroit.
1/4/19 Another assessment of how a Blue Wave swept over Oakland Co. in last year’s general election, and why. Explaining it all is former state Senator Marty Knollenberg (R-Troy), who lost re-election to a Democrat, newcomer Mallory McMorrow, even though he ran ahead of virtually every other Republican office-seeker in his district.
Also, Gretchen Whitmer is sworn in as governor and appoints most of her new cabinet. She also asks new Attorney General Dana Nessel for an opinion on whether the Mackinac Straits/Enbridge Line 5 laws rushed through the 99th Michigan Legislature’s lame duck session last month and signed by Gov. Rick Snyder is actually legal. Sponsored by Deadline Detroit.
12/28/18 Historic Lame Duck comes to an end, with One Tough Nerd signing hundreds of bills. Interview with former state Rep. Chuck Moss (R-Birmingham), who ponders ongoing power shift in Oakland Co. from Republican to Democratic and the ascension of another ex-legislator, Andrew “Rocky” Raczkowski, as the next GOP chairman of Michigan’s second largest county. Sponsored by Deadline Detroit.
12/21/18 Historic Lame Duck session of Michigan Legislature chugs to conclusion. Interview with state Rep.-elect Greg Markkanen (R-Hancock), who stunned political observers with upset win in Nov. 6 general election for an open seat in the 110th state House district in western Upper Peninsula. Sponsored by Deadline Detroit.
Historic Lame Duck session of Michigan Legislature has already broken records, and lawmakers aren’t done yet. Meanwhile, three incoming top state officials are strangely quiet in their reactions to what is going on.
Interview with state Senator-elect Michael MacDonald (R-Sterling Heights), who touts his plan for making Michigan the Cape Canaveral of the Midwest. He also discusses his unique PhD. thesis about why it is so difficult for women to combat obesity.