Monthly Archives: February 2022

The Case Against Trump (Guest: Barbara McQuade)

The week in Michigan Politics:
There’s another multi-millionaire candidate for Governor who’s off to a rocky-but-expensive start. Abortion and the right to use birth control grow as possibly pivotal issues in the 2022 general election. Mark and Jeff analyze both subjects.

The conversation pivots to the criminal cases against former President Donald Trump. Adding her expertise is former U.S. Attorney for Southeast Michigan Barbara McQuade. McQuade’s areas of legal interest include criminal law, criminal procedure, national security, data privacy, and civil rights. From 2010 to 2017, Professor McQuade served as the U.S attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan. Appointed by President Barack Obama, she was the first woman to serve in her position.

McQuade also served as vice chair of the Attorney General’s Advisory Committee and co-chaired its Terrorism and National Security Subcommittee. As U.S. attorney, she oversaw cases involving public corruption, terrorism, corporate fraud, theft of trade secrets, civil rights, and health care fraud, among others. Professor McQuade also serves as a legal analyst for NBC News and MSNBC. She also co-hosts the #Sisters In Law podcast.
Professor McQuade teaches law at the University of Michigan where she earned her bachelor’s and law degrees.

Michigan’s Future (Guest: Lt. Governor Garlin Gilchrist)

Another bizarre week in Michigan politics:
* former Michigan Republican chairperson Laura Cox is subpoenaed by Congress
* the home of two top staffers of former House Speaker Lee Chatfield is raided by the state police
* the Michigan Republican Party has an internal fight over how it will count votes at its state convention – will they continue to use the machines they bought from Dominion?

Mark Brewer and Jeff Timmer analyze the political fallout. Then they are joined by Michigan Lt. Governor Garlin Gilchrist for a broad-ranging discussion of the Whitmer administration’s priorities for 2022 and beyond.

Lt. Governor Gilchrist’s professional background is in technology, receiving his first computer at age five and setting up a computer lab in a Detroit community recreation center using computers that he built himself at age 16. He studied computer engineering and computer science at the University of Michigan, graduating with honors, and later had a successful career as a software engineer at Microsoft, helping to build SharePoint into the fastest growing product in the company’s history.

Lt. Governor Gilchrist spent the next several years of his career as a social entrepreneur and community organizer who helped people in communities across America realize their full economic and political potential.

As part of the Whitmer Administration, Lt. Governor Gilchrist has sought to address injustice and inequity across our state at every level co-chairing the Michigan Joint Task Force on Jail and Pretrial Incarceration to leading the Coronavirus Task Force on Racial Disparities.

Lt. Governor Garlin Gilchrist and his wife, Ellen, reside in Detroit where they are raising their twins, Emily and Garlin III, and daughter, Ruby.


The Next Generation of Voters (Guest: John Della Volpe)

Still more on the Electoral College fraud conspiracy, the ever-growing field of far-right-wing Republican gubernatorial candidates and an amazing roster of petition drives are afloat in Michigan. Those of the subjects of our opening segment, now officially called our weekly “Legitimate Political Discourse.”

Then we shift the focus to the long-term future. While most of the political focus is on the 2022 and 2024 campaigns, there’s a new generation of voters who will soon dominate our political discussion. And they are decidedly leaning left.

John Della Volpe is the Director of Polling at the Harvard Kennedy School Institute of Politics, and the author of “Fight: How Gen Z is Channeling Their Fear and Passion to Save America.” The Washington Post referred to John as one of the world’s leading authorities on global sentiment, opinion and influence especially among young Americans and in the age of digital and social media. 

In 2008, John received an Eisenhower Fellowship for which he traveled extensively throughout China, Hong Kong, and Korea (including a supervised day in North Korea) studying Millennials; in 2011, he was appointed to the U.S.-Russia Bilateral Presidential Commission on Media. His TV appearances include the most prestigious in politics: The Daily Show with Trevor Noah 😎!


What a week – Petitions, Investigations, Lawsuits!

What a week:

  • A high-powered coalition launches a petition drive to thwart the Republican-lead voter suppression petition drive
  • A third lawsuit filed against the Redistricting Commission’s maps, even as another lawsuit loses in a divided state Supreme Court
  • Two leaders of the Trump Electoral College fraud in Michigan get congressional subpoenas
  • The former president is all-in for “his” candidate for Michigan Attorney General … and his establishment-favored rival is in deep trouble over the what’s turning into a major state capitol scandal

Mark Brewer and Jeff Timmer sort it all out on this week’s episode!