What Red Wave? (Guest: Lavora Barnes)

Absentee ballots go into the mail in just two weeks. In Michigan, the attention and the massive ad spending is split between candidate races and two very high-profile ballot proposals.

Also this week on the podcast:
* President Biden makes his 6th visit as President to Michigan with another Trump visit to Macomb County in 2 weeks …
Michigan’s battle over Reproductive Healthcare Rights gets the attention of the entire nation …
* A surprising retirement from the state’s Supreme Court …
* Mark has an exclusive interview with one of the key members of the newly formed Republicans for Whitmer: Jeff Timmer!


Then Jeff and Mark discuss candidates and ballot proposals with Lavora Barnes, chair of the Michigan Democratic Party.

Elected in February 2019, she is the first Black woman to hold this post. Prior to being elected Chair, Barnes was the Chief Operating Officer for the MDP, a post she held since 2015.

A political veteran with extensive experience in field, communications, and fundraising, Barnes has implemented and grown a year-round, full-time organizing strategy in every corner of Michigan. She is chief architect of MDP’s Project 83, started in 2017. It is the blueprint for a successful organizing model now being adopted by other states in the country, following Michigan’s lead.

Barnes is a graduate of the College of William and Mary in Virginia. Born in North Carolina, her family moved to Virginia where she spent the majority of her childhood. The mother of 3, Barnes lives with her family in Ann Arbor.


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