Mar-A-Lago Garage Sale (Guests: Authors of “White Rural Rage”)

This week’s politics begin with a check on Zillow listings…

  • The man who once claimed a net worth of more than 10-Billion dollars says he can’t come up with a measly half-billion to satisfy a New York court judgment. If he’s so rich, why can’t he simply mortgage one of his many many many amazing properties?
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  • There are more signs of cracks in Trump’s support within the Republican Party as Trump is dissed by former Veep Mike Pence, Indiana Sen. Todd Young, and Nikki Haley donors
  • On the plus side for the former game-show host, it appears that the judge in his trial for stealing top-secret documents is totally in his hip pocket
  • Michigan Supreme Court Justice David Viviano says he won’t seek reelection, giving Democrats a chance to solidify their majority on the officially-but-not-really nonpartisan court
  • Electric-powered cars are taking center-stage in the Michigan presidential campaign

Two anniversaries highlight the week:

Also this week:

  • The UAW makes an endorsement in the Democratic primary race to succeed Dan Kildee
  • The Legislature ends Michigan’s ban on surrogacy contracts and, in the process, protects In-Vitro Fertilization.
  • Michigan Democrats are taking on the challenge of reconnecting with rural Michigan.

We talk with the authors of a provocative analysis of the partisan divide between rural and urban/suburban Michigan: “White Rural Rage: The Threat to American Democracy”. Journalist Paul Waldman is a former columnist for The Washington Post, The Week, and TheAmerican Prospect. He is currently an MSNBC columnist, writes The Cross Section newsletter, and co-hosts the Boundary Issues podcast.

Tom Schaller is a professor of political science at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. A former columnist for The Baltimore Sun, he has written for The New York Times, The Washington Post, and the Los Angeles Times. He is the author or co-author of four other books, including Common Enemies, The Stronghold, and Whistling Past Dixie.


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