Are Dems pulling even? (Guest: Governor Jim Blanchard)

Sitting in with Jeff Timmer this week, guest co-host Walt Sorg, one of the founders of Voters Not Politicians and a longtime Lansing political presence. This week:

  • A surprise Democratic victory in a New York special election. Is this a sign of things to come, or a strictly New York phenomenon?
  • New polling shows shoring up of Joe Biden’s approval numbers, and widespread support for the major elements of the Inflation Reduction Act.
  • Tudor Dixon’s running mate is a little-known former legislator … who may be just what she needed to avoid a circus-like state party convention this weekend.
  • Two GOP state house candidates face major questions about whether they actually live in the districts where they are running.

Joining the conversation is Walt’s onetime boss, Governor Jim Blanchard to assess the current Michigan political scene and how much the environment has changed in the 3 decades since Blanchard led the state.

Blanchard first came to statewide prominence as a young member of Congress who helped guide through the hugely successful federal bailout of Chrysler Corporation  After serving two terms as Governor, he served as U.S. Ambassador to Canada, and has been a highly successful partner with the D.C. legal powerhouse DLA Piper, a global law firm with lawyers located in more than 40 countries throughout the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific,

Blanchard’s two terms were highlighted by significant economic growth for the state, led by the state’s manufacturing sector.


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