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So what’s up with James Craig’s “almost running” campaign for Governor? Mark and Jeff analyze the shaky rollout for the GOP’s chosen one, and also discuss Governor Whitmer’s massive campaign fundraising which was helped by the numerous efforts to recall her from office.
In the second segment they are joined by the Democratic Leader of the Michigan House of Representatives, Donna Lasinski.
Lasinski is serving her third term in the state House. She represents Michigan’s 52nd House District, which encompasses northern and western Washtenaw County.
Rep. Lasinski’s Education leadership includes having served as the treasurer for the Ann Arbor School Board, director of the Washtenaw County Association of School Boards, leader of the Education Millage Team, parent liaison for the Great Start Collaborative for Early childhood in Washtenaw County, and as an interim director for Success by Six in Washtenaw County.
Rep. Lasinski earned her bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Michigan and her master of business administration degree from Northwestern University. She is the President of ThinkStretch, LLC, a successful K-12 education company she founded to emphasize summer learning and retention that currently operates in 38 states.
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In the opening segment, Jeff Timmer discusses how the departure of Michigan Republican Party executive director Jason Roe hurts the party as the internal RINO cleansing continues, and details his campaign finance complaint against soon-to-be-official gubernatorial candidate James Craig.
Jeff and Mark Brewer are then joined by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Tom Hamburger. He is an investigative reporter on the national desk of The Washington Post who has covered the White House, Congress and regulatory agencies, with a focus on the intersection of money and politics. He joined The Post in early 2012, having worked previously for the Los Angeles Times, the Wall Street Journal, McClatchy Newspapers, The Minneapolis Star Tribune and The Arkansas Gazette.
His writing has received numerous national awards and citations, including the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for national reporting for work with a team of Washington Post reporters for coverage of the Trump campaign’s ties to the Russian government (what Trump calls the “Russia hoax”).
Hamburger has contributed to several books on national politics and policy and was the author, with Peter Wallsten, of the 2006 book “One Party Country,” which described the Republican quest for political dominance on the state and national level during the presidency of George W. Bush.
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Jeff Timmer and Mark Brewer are joined by outspoken attorney George Conway. Conway, a lifelong conservative, was considered by President Donald Trump for the position of Solicitor General of the United States, and a post as an assistant attorney general heading the Civil Division at the United States Department of Justice, but withdrew himself from consideration.
He graduated magna cum laude from Harvard, and was Law Journal editor at Yale.
In 2018 Conway emerged as a vocal Trump critic. During the 2020 presidential election, Conway was notably involved with the Lincoln Project, a coalition of former Republicans dedicated to defeating Trump, which prompted the former president to call him “a stone cold LOSER”.
“America and the Republican Party need more losers just like him.” – Jeff Timmer
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Mark and Jeff discuss the repercussions of Republicans paying a $200,000 fine after the former party chair turns in the current party chair for a campaign finance violation, as well as the possible gubernatorial candidacy of former Attorney General MIke Cox. Then they are joined by Congressman Andy Levin for a review of President Biden’s first six months, the aftermath of the attempted insurrection, and the likelihood of breaking through congressional stalemate.
Congressman Levin carries on a half-century family tradition of public service. He was elected in 2018 to succeed his father, Sandy Levin, who served in Congress for 26 years. His uncle Carl Levin served in the United States Senate for 36 years; his great uncle, Charles Levin, served on the state’s Court of Appeals and Supreme Cpurt for a combined 30 years.
In Congress, Representative Levin is vice-chair of the Education and Labor Committee, and is a member of the Committee on Foreign Affairs.Prior to his election to Congress he was acting Director of the state’s Department of Energy, Labor and Economic Growth.