Monthly Archives: August 2021

By the Numbers (Guest: Pollster Bernie Porn)



How does the new John Lewis Voting Rights Act – passed Tuesday by the House of Representatives – offer the potential for breaking the Senate deadlock over the filibuster? Mark Brewer explains changes in the bill and tells why it could convince Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema to support bypassing the filibuster to enact the bill.

Then, Mark and Jeff Timmer are joined by the co-founder of Michigan’s top polling company, Bernie Porn of EPIC-MRA. Now in its 36th year, the company is ranked as Michigan’s top polling firm by FiveThirtyEight.com. Porn has nearly a half-century in public policy research, beginning as a staffer for the Michigan House of Representatives.

EPIC·MRA is the most quoted polling firm in Michigan and regularly cited by both national and state media outlets.
Michigan media clients include Detroit Free Press, WXYZ TV7, WOOD TV8, WJRT TV12 and WLNS TV6. The company’s most recent poll, conducted for the Free Press, is at the heart of today’s discussion.


Gaslighting Trump’s America (Guest: Amanda Carpenter)



What does the census mean for upcoming Michigan elections? In the opening segment Mark Brewer and Jeff Timmer, both veterans of redistricting wars, analyze the changes in Michigan’s population. And they discuss the re-emergence of John Engler on the Michigan political stage.

In segment two, they are joined by Amanda Carpenter.

Carpenter is an American author, political advisor, and speechwriter. She is a former senior staffer to Senators Jim DeMint and Ted Cruz. She was a columnist for The Washington Times from 2009 to 2010 and regularly appears as a political contributor on CNN.

Carpenter grew up in Montrose, Michigan. She worked as a congressional correspondent for Human Events from 2005 to 2007 before going to Townhall.com to become its national political reporter.

In July 2015, Carpenter returned to her journalism career. She is a contributor for CNN. She is known for critiquing President Trump, in particular his treatment of women. Carpenter has said that she agrees with some of his policy decisions, but that the scandals surrounding his presidency make it “very difficult” to defend him. In her 2018 book Gaslighting America: Why We Love It When Trump Lies to Us, she critiques Trump’s propensity for lying.

 


A Bipartisan Victory … and More (Guest: Senator Gary Peters)



President Joe Biden’s decades of experience in the Senate and his personal faith in compromise were rewarded Tuesday, when his $1 trillion infrastructure bill passed the Senate in a rare bipartisan vote of approval. Mark and Jeff discuss the landmark bill and related issues with Michigan Senator Gary Peters just hours after the historic Senate vote.

Senator Peters was first elected in 2014 when he succeeded the late Carl Levin. Prior to that his public service included serving on the Rochester City Council, in the Michigan State Legislature, in the U.S. House of Representatives and as Michigan’s lottery director. As chair of the Senate’s Homeland Security Committee he is in the middle of some of the most vital issues facing our nation: cyber security, Postal Reform, the impact of foreign supply chains on our major industries and climate change.

In his “spare time” he chairs the Senate Democratic Campaign Committee.


Stand Up for the Republic (Guest: Tara Setmayer)



In the opening segment, Mark Brewer shares his thoughts on his longtime friend and colleague, Sen. Carl Levin.

Then Mark is joined by Jeff Timmer and political commentator Tara Setmayer. A llfelong conservative, Tara is a former CNN political commentator, contributor to ABC News and a former Republican Communications Director on Capitol Hill. She has appeared on ABC’s The View. ABC’s Good Morning America, and on HBO‘s Real Time with Bill Maher. In  2020, she was named as a Harvard Institute of Politics Spring 2020 Resident Fellow. Also in January 2020, she joined The Lincoln Project as a senior advisor and hosts the live show “The Breakdown” along side co-founder Rick Wilson, on the organization’s streaming channel, LPTV

In 2017, Setmayer was named as a board director for Stand Up Republic, a non-profit organization formed in the wake of the 2016 election of Donald Trump to unite Americans behind the defense of democratic norms, ideals and institutions.

Setmayer focuses her “tell it like it is” commentary and analysis on political issues that impact America’s future. During the 2016 presidential election cycle, she earned the reputation of being an outspoken conservative critic of Donald Trump and challenged his surrogates on the veracity of their claims. Vulture.com recognized her as one of 2016’s “Top 20 Election Coverage Stars” on TV.