Monthly Archives: May 2022

Bye bye candidates! (Guests: Bernie Porn, Mike Murphy)

A seismic shift in Michigan politics with as many as five would-be Republican gubernatorial candidates facing banishment from the August ballot due to petition signature fraud.

Joining Mark and Jeff this week are two seasoned political savants to shed some light on the sudden end of the James Craig and Perry Johnson campaigns are Michigan pollster Bernie Porn of EPIC-MRA; and Detroit native Mike Murphy who has been a top adviser to dozens of prominent Republican campaigns including those of George W. Bush, John McCain, Christie Todd Whitman, John Engler, Spencer Abraham and Arnold Schwarzenegger. These days, Murphy is a full-time pundit with regular network commentary gigs, and co-hosting the bipartisan political podcast Hacks on Tap with Obama administration veterans David Axelrod and Robert Gibbs.

Mike Murphy (l) & Bernie Porn offer insight into GOP chaos

This week’s podcast is sponsored by
EPIC*MRA, ranked as Michigan’s top public opinion research firm by; and,
Practical Political Consulting, the go-to campaign consultants in Michigan for more than 40 years.


The GOP Goes Full-On MAGA

This week in politics:

  • Mark Brewer takes a victory lap as Pro-Choice advocates win a crucial court test
  • Multiple state legislative candidates knocked off the ballot by the Secretary of State
  • Mike Pence brings his defund the public schools campaign to Michigan
  • Pennsylvania’s GOP goes full MAGA; Democrats look to flip a Senate seat
  • Two MAGA candidates bite the dust: Madison Cawthorn falls in North Carolina, a Trump-backed challenge to the Governor of Idaho falls short

All that … inside info bundled with more than a little snark … on this week’s hosts-only presentation!

The Mooch and The Donald (Guest: Anthony Scaramucci)

This week in Michigan:
* The Republicans hold their first gubernatorial debate with James Craig MIA
* The candidates agree on opposing freedom of choice for women, with nuanced differences on who won in 2020
* Craig concedes petition fraud, but says it’s not his fault
* The Detroit Chamber limits participation in its upcoming debate to five candidates … leaving out Tudor Dixon

Jeff and Mark also weigh in on problems with two GOP-sponsored petition drives, changing Michigan’s term limits, a State Police investigation into former Speaker Lee Chatfield, new polling in the hotly contested 7th congressional district, and the GOP war within the Macomb County Republican Party.

Joining the conversation this week is “The Mooch”! Anthony Scaramucci is an American financier who served as the White House Director of Communications for 10 days in 2017.

Scaramucci’s worked at Goldman Sachs‘s investment banking, equities, and private wealth management divisions between 1989 and 1996. After leaving Goldman Sachs, he founded Oscar Capital Management, and in 2005, he founded the investment firm SkyBridge Capital.

(Mark) Days into his White House job, Scaramucci provoked controversy after launching a strongly-worded attack on members of the Trump Administration in an interview with The New Yorker‘s Ryan Lizza that he believed was off the record. Ten days after his appointment, he was dismissed by the new White House Chief of Staff, John F. Kelly, at the recommendation of President Donald Trump. He has since been critical of Trump in the media and voiced his support for Joe Biden in the 2020 election.

Roe v Wade Flips the Political Equation (Guest: Bill Nowling)

How does the pending demise of Roe v Wade change Michigan politics in 2022? Mark and Jeff examine the new political playing field with veteran Republican political operative Bill Nowling.

Bill Nowling

Nowling is Executive Director of Strategic Communication at DP+. Previously, he was communication director for Wayne County (Michigan). Nowling has been a professional communicator for the better part of a quarter century, and he has advised governors, mayors, chief executives, and corporations on how to effectively communicate and manage change. More recently, Mr. Nowling has consulted on the Detroit municipal bankruptcy, the Flint water crisis, and the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition to being a public relations practitioner, Nowling is a communication researcher and a Ph.D. candidate in risk and crisis communication at Wayne State University.

Also this week: a heavily flawed Trumper candidate loses a special state House election in a very Republican west Michigan district to a Democrat … the GOP gubernatorial primary campaign continues to breed uncertainty as the petitions of the presumed frontrunners are under the microscope … and one of those candidates has an acting background that could come back to bite her.

This week’s podcast is sponsored by EPIC • MRA, the state’s top-rated public
opinion research service. EPIC ▪ MRA offers expertise in:
• Public Opinion Surveys – Market Research Studies
• Live Telephone Surveys, On-Line and Automated Surveys
• Focus Group Research
• Bond Proposals – Millage Campaigns
• Political Campaigns Consulting
• Ballot Proposals/Issue Advocacy Research
• Community & Media Relations
• Issue Image Management
• Database Development & List Management