Don’t Play Poker with Joe Biden! (Guest: Rick Pluta)



Another crisis averted after the political pros take charge in Washington. Joe Biden quietly cleans up a right-wing created mess, avoiding the shock of a first-ever U.S. credit default with deft negotiating skills and public confidence that he could get it done (and did!). Governor Whitmer takes what could be a major step for Michigan’s … Continue reading Don’t Play Poker with Joe Biden! (Guest: Rick Pluta)


Florida Presidential Cage Match (Guest: Ingham County Clerk Barb Byrum)



Ron DeSantis teams up with everybody’s favorite billionaire for a 404-error campaign launch … while Donald Trump hunkers down in Mar A Lago waiting for what could be his summer of indictments. In Michigan, politics and government is a little more on track – the Governor signing another major gun safety law, the state’s attorney discipline … Continue reading Florida Presidential Cage Match (Guest: Ingham County Clerk Barb Byrum)


Let’s Pay Our Bills! (Guest: Lou Glazer)



The polling shows Michigan voters unhappy with the economy, yet the numbers tell a different story. Unemployment rate dropped to 3.8% in April, tying the pre-pandemic February 2020 rate.  Since the mid-1970s, Michigan’s unemployment rate only fell below 4.0% during three periods: periodically from 1998-2000, from November 2019 to March 2020, and now.  In April, … Continue reading Let’s Pay Our Bills! (Guest: Lou Glazer)


A Bad Week for GOP Liars (Guest: Chad Livengood)



The two biggest liars in politics had an especially bad week. It’s 5-million dollars for one of the many crimes of Donald Trump followed by a 13-count felony indictment over the Congressman currently known as George Santos. It was topped off by a truly bizarre hour organized and broadcast by CNN, which called it a … Continue reading A Bad Week for GOP Liars (Guest: Chad Livengood)


Clarence Thomas’s GoFundMe (Guests: Nancy Wang, Debbie Mikula)



Still no big-name Republicans in the Senate race, but a deep pockets candidate may parachute in. On the Democratic side, a potential deep pockets challenger to Elissa Slotkin drops a hint that he’s running — a hint dropped on national TV. Led by Florida and Texas, red states have launched a book banning binge unlike … Continue reading Clarence Thomas’s GoFundMe (Guests: Nancy Wang, Debbie Mikula)


Finish the Job



The Biden campaign is officially underway – with Gretchen Whitmer the only Governor among the campaign’s 7 co-chairs. A signal of things to come? There are media reports of a special grand jury on election machine tampering add to state Republicans’ unenviable list of criminal investigations, even as one scandal brings a guilty plea from … Continue reading Finish the Job


Where Goeth Gen Z? (Guest: John Della Volpe)



It’s now official – Fox News lies, but that’s just a cost of doing business as the media giant buys its way out of getting caught … while failing to share the news with the millions the company has willingly deceived.Also this week: there’s a nationwide contrast on two hot-button issues: gun safety and reproductive … Continue reading Where Goeth Gen Z? (Guest: John Della Volpe)


The Attack on Transgender Americans (Guest: Equality Michigan’s Emme Zanotti)



In a study of contrasts, Donald Trump and Trump wannabes are gathered in Indianapolis as we recorded this week’s podcast. They are all paying homage to the National Rifle Association at the gun manufacturing groups annual convention … even as Governor Whitmer signs two more gun safety laws opposed by the NRA into law with … Continue reading The Attack on Transgender Americans (Guest: Equality Michigan’s Emme Zanotti)


34 Counts



But of course Mark and Jeff weigh in on the first indictments handed down against career criminal Donald Trump. Their focus: the potential political impact on Michigan (site of one of the nation’s first presidential primaries)…and on the multiple criminal investigations into prominent Michigan Republicans. Also this week: In 1866, New York state surrogate Gideon … Continue reading 34 Counts


More Thoughts, More Prayers – No Action (Guest: Pollster Celinda Lake)



Another mass shooting with an AR-15 armed shooter brings more thoughts and prayers from NRA-owned politicians … and that’s about all. In Washington. While Republicans in the U.S. House focus on protecting kids from drag queens and classic books … instead of protecting them from being shot in their classrooms … Michigan’s Legislature continues to do … Continue reading More Thoughts, More Prayers – No Action (Guest: Pollster Celinda Lake)