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"beth leblanc" Discussed on WJR 760
"W. J. R. It is a pleasure at 7 36 Toe. Welcome back to the poor little use Men show the Secretary of state, the Great State of Michigan Secretary. Of state. Jocelyn Benson, Madam secretary. Welcome back. Good morning. I'm good. I'm inclined to say Other than that, Mrs Lincoln. How did you enjoy the play expression? 48 hours. The mitten. What do we do about that? I I understand the effort. We've all talked about the effort to get more people involved, make voting easier. It's after etcetera, but When do we know if we've gone too far, making it easy for people to vote and sometimes vote repeatedly or vote on behalf of dead people with Chicago became famous for We don't want to be famous for that in Michigan. How do we control this so that we don't have the end result that we're now experiencing. Really look at the facts in the data. I mean, the bottom line is here in Michigan. Every valid vote will count and only valid votes will count. And we've got plenty of kick your protocols in place to make sure that that happens in fact, now after the first tabulation has been complete, really in Michigan, we're going to see Continue You updated upload of information at the county in statewide levels, But that tabulation is done. And now boards of the county and state level comprised of people from both parties will review the procedures and counts of the entire election before the results are certified officials So we've Got a lot of checks and balances built in the process for good reason into really insure. People can have faith in the results of the election, regardless of how they go there. There's the lawsuit. Of course, there are a few of them now happening in Michigan, Georgia, Pennsylvania. Where else? I'm not sure. But there'll be others. I'm sure With his suit, which was filed, according to Beth LeBlanc, in this morning's Detroit News, filed in Michigan's Court of Claims wants Michigan's count stopped quote until meaningful access has been granted to observe the process. I've been getting notes and letters from people who are saying that they tried to enter TCF Center and volunteer is a poll worker in any capacity needed, but they were saying that no one except the press they believe security and attorneys We're allowed entry. And and they also went on to say that when they tried when GOP members tried to challenge all of a sudden, the people said, Wait a minute. It's a 6 ft. Covert rule. You've got to get away from me. But they weren't doing that to everybody. And, of course, if you're wearing a mask, it's not the legal answer there about the coded the 6 ft. And how in the world can you challenge or observe if you can't get within 6 Ft. Of somebody doing the counting? Procedures in place for challengers all across the state has been well established a uniform all across the state. And you know, we issued directive prior to the election on that to protect everyone's health and safety, but also ensure that the ability to observe the process within place on DH, So I've said repeatedly word a moment here where we knew and always have known there would be attempts to sow seeds of doubt in the process in the integrity of our process on DH if people were unhappy with the results of the election So that is a lot of what we're seeing here, But I stand by our work. I stand by the voters. I stand by the hard work of our election administrators, which has been very transparent from the beginning, and you know any conversations through litigation, otherwise in the days ahead, are simply just going to continue to reveal that truth. I'm very confident in that on so I hope everyone will simply just look at the facts in the data and accurate information moving forward and recognized that we're still in a moment where people are going to try to spread Misinformation is a way to undermine the truth on DH. Really? What What occurred in Michigan is a reflection of the will of the voters. Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson with us on the pole over you, Smith, Sho W Jr and I guess another question I had was when they sue. Are they suing you? Are they suing the secretary of State's office or or or what? Yeah, People have have sued the state for various reasons. This is you know, as you mentioned, it's not just Michigan. This is unfortunately the escalation of the election litigation. Process has been really increased exponentially over the past election season on so we're you know, the attorney general in our office have been working together, took and make sure that we follow the law. We follow our secure protocols. We ensure transparency and all the rest. That's just important to me. Period on you. No way worked to ensure every ballot. Bout with counted by a pair of election workers, one from each majority party to prevent any political bias. So, ah, and a number of other secure protocols that were part of the reason why we took some time to ensure the account went smoothly and accurately. It's a bottom line, in my view is the public interest of the results of the election or an accurate reflection of the well of the people and I do hope that people respect that. However, we still got lots of Checks and balances in the processes I mentioned that will continue to review the procedures and counts just as we do in every election before they're sort of find official on network continues in the 13 days ahead, 12 now if there were in the electoral college tie, we were told that In the past. I've passed us along that the the House actually gets to pick the president and the Senate gets to pick the vice president. That's odd and unusual, I guess, but Any any chance in your eyes of that happening? I mean, a lot still has yet to be played out. So I think we're all observing us together In a lot of ways. Our job here in Michigan was simply to make sure every everyone who wanted to vote was able to be so every vote counted on and that the process was secure. So that's our job will continue to do it just I mean again. The tens of thousands election workers in our Clark to really rose to the occasion..
Biden edges closer to projected electoral victory
"Of state, the Great State of Michigan Secretary. Of state. Jocelyn Benson, Madam secretary. Welcome back. Good morning. I'm good. I'm inclined to say Other than that, Mrs Lincoln. How did you enjoy the play expression? 48 hours. The mitten. What do we do about that? I I understand the effort. We've all talked about the effort to get more people involved, make voting easier. It's after etcetera, but When do we know if we've gone too far, making it easy for people to vote and sometimes vote repeatedly or vote on behalf of dead people with Chicago became famous for We don't want to be famous for that in Michigan. How do we control this so that we don't have the end result that we're now experiencing. Really look at the facts in the data. I mean, the bottom line is here in Michigan. Every valid vote will count and only valid votes will count. And we've got plenty of kick your protocols in place to make sure that that happens in fact, now after the first tabulation has been complete, really in Michigan, we're going to see Continue You updated upload of information at the county in statewide levels, But that tabulation is done. And now boards of the county and state level comprised of people from both parties will review the procedures and counts of the entire election before the results are certified officials So we've Got a lot of checks and balances built in the process for good reason into really insure. People can have faith in the results of the election, regardless of how they go there. There's the lawsuit. Of course, there are a few of them now happening in Michigan, Georgia, Pennsylvania. Where else? I'm not sure. But there'll be others. I'm sure With his suit, which was filed, according to Beth LeBlanc, in this morning's Detroit News, filed in Michigan's Court of Claims wants Michigan's count stopped quote until meaningful access has been granted to observe the process. I've been getting notes and letters from people who are saying that they tried to enter TCF Center and volunteer is a poll worker in any capacity needed, but they were saying that no one except the press they believe security and attorneys We're allowed entry. And and they also went on to say that when they tried when GOP members tried to challenge all of a sudden, the people said, Wait a minute. It's a 6 ft. Covert rule. You've got to get away from me. But they weren't doing that to everybody. And, of course, if you're wearing a mask, it's not the legal answer there about the coded the 6 ft. And how in the world can you challenge or observe if you can't get within 6 Ft. Of somebody doing the counting? Procedures in place for challengers all across the state has been well established a uniform all across the state. And you know, we issued directive prior to the election on that to protect everyone's health and safety, but also ensure that the ability to observe the process within place on DH, So I've said repeatedly word a moment here where we knew and always have known there would be attempts to sow seeds of doubt in the process in the integrity of our process on DH if people were unhappy with the results of the election So that is a lot of what we're seeing here, But I stand by our work. I stand by the voters. I stand by the hard work of our election administrators, which has been very transparent from the beginning, and you know any conversations through litigation, otherwise in the days ahead, are simply just going to continue to reveal that truth. I'm very confident in that on so I hope everyone will simply just look at the facts in the data and accurate information moving forward and recognized that we're still in a moment where people are going to try to spread Misinformation is a way to undermine the truth on DH. Really? What What occurred in Michigan is a reflection of the will of the voters. Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson with us on the pole over you, Smith, Sho W Jr and I guess another question I had was when they sue. Are they suing you? Are they suing the secretary of State's office or or or what? Yeah, People have have sued the state for various reasons. This is you know, as you mentioned, it's not just Michigan. This is unfortunately the escalation of the election litigation. Process has been really increased exponentially over the past election season on so we're you know, the attorney general in our office have been working together, took and make sure that we follow the law. We follow our secure protocols. We ensure transparency and all the rest. That's just important to me. Period on you. No way worked to ensure every ballot. Bout with counted by a pair of election workers, one from each majority party to prevent any political bias. So, ah, and a number of other secure protocols that were part of the reason why we took some time to ensure the account went smoothly and accurately. It's a bottom line, in my view is the public interest of the results of the election or an accurate reflection of the well of the people and I do hope that people respect that. However, we still got lots of Checks and balances in the processes I mentioned that will continue to review the procedures and counts just as we do in every election before they're sort of find official on network continues in the 13 days ahead, 12 now if
"beth leblanc" Discussed on WJR 760
"A hint of what was coming because we have the governor's scheduled yesterday And then all of a sudden she couldn't be with us and she sent me a note. And I appreciate this. Explaining that this school $600 million settlement for Flint was kind of exploding out of control, and she wanted to wisely get control of that, and And control the announcement, which was made officially yesterday. And that is the state of Michigan will pay $600 million to people harmed in the Flint water crisis, Not everybody, not all businesses. In fact, they're giving maybe 1% of the settlement any businesses that were harmed, But the majority of the settlement going to claims from Flint Children this, according to our attorney general Dana Nessel. She confirmed that yesterday. Todd Flood was there from the beginning before he was shown the door with the new administration in Hey, is a fine Detroit area attorney who joins us often on a variety of issues. But this was this was one of the big East that you was spoke with us about with over the many years you've been talking with us. Good morning. Hey, Good morning, Paul. W Yes, This's a landmark case in a landmark, uh, outcome with regards to 600 million, and I think it's just the first step. But you have someone that was intimately involved with the case on the civil side Core. Eastern hoo Ah! Is the mastermind and a big advocate for all the victims joining us and you you asked this if he could join you and yes, he can. And he's here, Attorney Cory Stern. A lawyer representing the victims in Flint to welcome to the Paul W. Smith show, Sir. Appreciate you very much for having me thank you both so much. It is our pleasure. Now. Did you guys work together or against each other, Todd? So are our cases parallel to each other. I represented the victims and the people. That state of Michigan on the criminal side. We also had a civil side where I designated special assistant Attorney general is to go after certain contractors. Cory was on that same parallel track on Lee. He was going after, uh, the eight and the contractors on the civil side for Eating redress for basically compensation for the harm that was done to the victim's individually. I am told through this release and what Beth LeBlanc has covered in the Detroit News that the settlement releases from civil liability all state employees who were subjects of the civil suits. I would presume that means the people of the water department who didn't do their job, or even all the way up to former governor Rick Snyder and former state Treasurer Andy Dillon, a Democrat. And, of course, the governor, a Republican. That releases them from civil liability, But I note that it does not use the term criminal liability. So it's this is court. You know, a civil settlement can't release someone from criminal liability the criminal portion of the of the litigation to the extent it exists. Still both when Todd was pursuing it, And now when new attorney general thing the Nestle is pursuing it, in her own way criminal cases Our that's up to the A G's office and in fact, even even the civil cases just because of settlements been announced. It's really a settlement structure that's been in the house. People still have to decide if they want to participate in it. And so you can. As a lawyer put a settlement upon 100,000 residents of Clinton say Now you're done. I mean those those residents If they want to continue to pursue their civil cases, they have every right to continue to pursue their civil cases against the very entities that the settlement is supposed to release, And in that same vein, the G's office has every right and obligation to continue to pursue the criminal charges against those folks. So what's what's being reported in the settlement structure? But it's being reported as though it's a done deal and and everybody's on board with it. You know, there's there's 100,000 residents in Flint most vulnerable, which are kids who have parents and guardians. And, you know the proof will be in the pudding. Whether the spokes believe that it's a good deal or not. I believe it's a great deal, but it's upto individuals ultimately to come to that conclusion, and that's that's why we can't say for sure if there'll be any more charges. In the case because of the unsolved six situations and the circumstances. That means these people have to all sign on to it to make this work. I just I just wanna and Todd can add some color to this but in one bucket In one bucket. You have civil cases. All civil cases are people saying you hurt me real bad, And you need to pay money to compensate me for how bad you hurt me in the other bucket is the criminal died and on the criminal side its way air gonna seek to punish you criminally, either By putting you behind bars you're making you pay fines for, um you know, it's about liberty. It's about a different form of justice. And so with every single person in Flint I'd settle their civil cases, and all of them received some fortune of $600 million. That does not mean that Governor Snyder will not be charged with a crime that Andy Dillon will not be charged with a crime that even Bush will not be charged with a crime. Those two things are not Are not dependent on wanting one another. All right? Not that it matters to you guys. But any guesses where that $600 million is going to come from? I heard crickets. I heard her nuts. This is this is just don't you don't care as long as they don't bounce the check. No. I'm confident that the money is going to come from somewhere appropriated through the Legislature, and the deal was made. I mean, haven't sat in a room for two years. With all these folks being kicked out a few times myself. You know, the money is going to come from from a legislative process that has already Been approved, You know, politics, politics and politicians make deal sometimes with handshake of collapse and sometimes punches to the face. I mean, this is what the deal that was struck. You know, this was the deal that was struck between the Democratic governor in a Republican legislature and I have zero doubt that the money is going to come. Um and in fact, I would argue that you know, in today's political climate under the circumstances of an election year in a swing state, the fact that a Republican led Asleep during the Democratic governor were able to get this done is somewhat of an example for leadership collectively for people around the country. I mean, it's a pretty big deal, regardless of which you sure quick note 600 million settlement. Plus the roughly 400 plus million already spent on the Flint water crisis is going to bring the state's total flint related expenditures to more than $1 billion. Are the legal expenses over and above that, or are they figured into these figures? And if so, and I'm gonna put you on the hot spot hotseat here, Todd. What do you think the legal bill for? This has been for the last five years? I have no idea. Several millions and millions of dollars. Like hundreds. Hundreds of millions, Maybe. Yeah. Yeah, And I would imagine. Ah, you know, I know the next shoe is gonna drop on the criminal side. That's inevitable. I know that team is going forward. Working off what we had, and they they'll build drop that shoe and that'll cost more money. But that's justice and you know there. There shouldn't be a price on that part of the case at all. Todd Flood Detroit area attorney who was very much involved, as.
"beth leblanc" Discussed on WJR 760
"The guy Gordon show on newstalk seven sixteen WJAR well for the governor's office by the way happy Wednesday everybody we're over the hump it's a gorgeous day out there and happy you're joining us the governor just released her plan for police reform to promote racial equity it's been endorsed by Wayne County sheriff Benny Napoleon Lansing police chief Gerald green and and others members of the the the black caucus black legislative caucus also city manager mark Washington ing in grand rapids basically they're looking at better recruitment better training better retention requirements for Michigan's police officers I think quite frankly that we have seen already done in Detroit and there's a lot of attention been paid to it but the they believe now that there should be greater insistence on the Michigan commission on law enforcement standards that they that they do more in the meantime we're gonna be discussing this coming up at three thirty five and I want to give you just a quick heads up on it because we love you to stay for it a fascinating piece in the Wall Street journal today from a woman named heather McDonald she's the author of a book called the war on cops and she says you know there's been a scared of going back to the Obama administration that is it is not just individual police officers acting in abhorrent ways not just individual police officers there are engaged in brutality and and Rask men of African Americans that it is systemic what is it what does the data say when this is been investigated when academics have examined it what is the result heather McDonough will be with us at three thirty five to discuss that and I think you'll find it interesting and it's like it's a contrarian view points to some extent but it's important as we embark on this to look at all view points because there is a strong sense to that as we tackle this that we make sure that we don't inflame passions against all officers so we don't have the five shot in Dallas that we saw the last time this issue was raised it's about balance it's about perspective and we hope we can give that to your coming up at three thirty five in the meantime for those of you that attended operation gridlock back on April fifteenth or the American patriots rally in Lansing the capital on April thirtieth you might not have known it but someone's been tracking you sense that and I don't mean tracking you individually and some people will try to tell you and engage in a little social media disinformation that that was done but it's never the less interesting and I think raises some privacy concerns that we can have a conversation about a group calling itself the committee to protect Medicare and normally they weigh in on a lot of single payer stuff it's led by a west Michigan emergency physician by the name of Dr rob Davidson he's also he ran against Bill Heisinger over on the west side of the state as a Democrat he has contracted with the data G. O. harvesting group to look at the cell phone data in around Lansing during those two rallies and then look at where those cell phones were one and two days after the events aw in his effort to prove that those people gathered and then took cloven back to their respective home bases and publish this in somewhat of a report the Detroit news Beth leblanc wrote a great piece on it and all credit to bath on this route bringing this to our attention the committee has tweeted about it and we believe the governor Whitmer actually alluded to this at one point when she said she had seen information that this had happened well of course it happened well no was having Mike and I at the time talked about it and said yeah people got together somewhere or in mass they went back to the communities and there was a possibility maybe even a likelihood that there was an advanced transmission of the disease but using the technology to do this first of all he's insisting that it kind of proves his point well you could have walked among people Hey where you're from and you could have the same kind of reaction right you probably didn't have to go through all the geo harvesting this is something you probably could have gotten just by talking to folks but he's insisting that this shows that these events did have perhaps a negative impact on our public health will course that's only half the equation the fact that people arrived they had going back to their homes that doesn't mean that they spread and so Bethlem blocked her credit reached out to the mission department of health and Human Services they're doing contact tracing with people that turned up covert positive and asked in your contact tracing have you have one covert positive case yet they came from someone who has a travel history of going to Lansing on April thirtieth April fifteenth and the answer was no not one but what do you think about the privacy issues here that those things can be data harvested in this case it was from a group that harvests data for both Republicans and Democrats they do it under different names it again this is cellphone pings it doesn't say who you are or what your address is you are merely a died just a dot on a map it shows where that phone move too well it doesn't carrying a cell phone isn't that almost like a an unspoken contract to have your your your movements tracked especially if you use GPS sorry or you check in somewhere on social media yeah and here's the thing and so you know there were the the news reached out to some of the organizers of those two rallies and they said wow we really feel like a maybe our privacy was violated here well that's true except what you and I know from these discussions we've had before he is we allow this we do it unknowingly but by opting in to a number of these apps whether it be Facebook whether be ways any navigation app you are allowing that cell phone data to be harvested your location is known and those people will tell you in the fine print when you sign up for the rapid approved they will ask you to opt in and when you opt in you give them permission to track you but what you don't always know is it they're selling that data to these geo harvesting companies so my question is was anybody's privacy really violated if you and I gave them permission the interesting thing here of course is that the committee to protect Medicare which is so concerned about our public health it went to these extraordinary lengths to find out where the rally participants in Lansing went haven't done Jack squat about where the police brutality protesters are going when they're done yelling screaming chanting in close quarters and I'm not saying that they don't have every right to in the media quite frankly has been very good and very even handed about bringing this up as a concern so interest in what you think about it one eight hundred eight five nine zero nine five seven one eight hundred eight five nine zero W. J. are we got a caller on the line who actually was one of those that was concerned about this we had a little chat on social media we will get to those calls can your views on.
"beth leblanc" Discussed on 1A
"What it sounded like outside of Michigan's Capitol building Wednesday morning. Detroit News reporter. Beth Leblanc took the video of thousands of cars with homemade signs and honking horns to protest. That states stay at home order. The honking lasted eight hours. David what was the protest all about these took place in in lansing and there was a lot of frustration as you said. Just about the stay at home order. That's been put in place in Michigan by the Democratic governor that State Richard Burr who has defended that order And so you had members of these. Two big groups Michigan Conservative coalition the Michigan Freedom Fund showing up in their cars to honk and to protests. Got Out of their cars and there was a lot of concern just about that. The lack of respect for social distancing as as a result of all of this. But it goes back to what you're talking about at the top of the show again. I think this tension between the public health worry and the economic concern. A lot of people have you know I I. I'm unclear where this leads. I think it was dramatic. No from where I sit. It is it is. It is a treat in a way to be doing this. Show sort of barefooted from my apartment. That's possible in part by the fact that there really is no traffic here in Brooklyn where I live. And that's been one of the areas of this entire crisis. It's just how quiet New York City has been so that contrast is really stark. And I think that's one of the ways that that protest was sort of made effective or or made noticeable just the stark contrast that we had there but you asked earlier in the show just about the degree to which governors have been talking to the president about this and expressing their concern. I think you have that. You have some Republican governors. Who have been saying to the present. Their states are open and ready to open as the president said. Then you have a democratic governor like Gretchen. Whitmer profile has been raised in these recent weeks. Really standing fast and going back to the conversation that we had about meat-packing meat packing facilities. Things seem fine until they aren't and I think that that's going to be so interesting and so important to follow here in these coming weeks. There's going to be this. Push to reopen things. I have this fear that some businesses will open and then someone will get sick. And then that'll cause panic and another person will get sick in the business will close. I think there's a real risk that we enter kind of a vicious cycle as a result of this push to reopen businesses and. I think that's going to be against something to to really pay attention to. I think a lot of people I think. A lot of people share that fear that you just mentioned you also mentioned new. York face masks are now required to ride the subway or walk on a crowded sidewalk in New York City. Even to enter a store in Maryland or New Jersey. Lisa should we expect more states to implement orders like that? I think that's right but but I think what you've been getting not during this broadcast is that it is different in rural areas which are not seen as many cases yet it and then it will be in more urban and suburban areas. But that's right. I think even here in now the Virginia suburbs also happy that I can sit here and do this in jeans with your phone right because normally you would be right across from me. Here in the grocery stores requiring masks. Now those kinds of things I want to just one note about the meatpackers and the meat industry in this country. Something people has not gotten enough. Attention is that cattle producers in particular but also the hog industry as well has seen a very strange plummet in prices to get their animals to market and that might seem strange but one of the reasons is that processing plants have been shutting down so they're having trouble getting the beef processed on the front end even as there is increased demand on the back end. So they're sort of getting it from both sides and farmers are having a really difficult time in some areas. Prices are stabilizing a little bit in the last week. But as an example we've seen sort of the lowest amount of sales of cattle in ten years or one of the second lowest so it's very significant shift in that industry right now but there may be some hope earlier this week. We spoke with Dr. Ken Davis The C. O of New York's Mount Sinai Health System we've definitely reached a peak That peak we're plateauing and the question for us is the rate of decline. When will it really become quite noticeable but we definitely feel that we've turned the corner here? David is the worst over for New York. Everyone here hopes that that's the case. And we listen raptly to the governor every day when he has a press conference and shows the latest figures. Show that curve. I think there was some earlier this week that that was ticking down and then it picked up once again so we're still riding it but you hear from Ken Davis you hear from other health experts including the head of surgery at Columbia University. Who writes very good note to his colleagues. That's been published publicly every day. The things may have stabilized somewhat and as the president noted in his remarks yesterday. There were so many facilities that were created here in New York to deal with this crisis. That haven't been used and I think we're all in agreement. That's a good thing that those temporary beds at the Javits Center the Convention Center here in New York City haven't haven't been used. That said. I think people are still collectively holding their breath. And you mentioned masks. It was amazing to see how quickly people made maths found masks as you walk around my neighborhood you see. See Somebody without them. Yeah Yeah So. The governor yesterday said that we're GONNA go to May Fifteenth and see what happens then he doesn't. WanNa forecast beyond that my sense living here my sense from talking to people here. Is that the situation. Hasn't changed in that regard people are still very much on guard and worried and wondering about what's going to happen and talking to my friends who are doctors and emergency rooms across the country. I have a few of them. You know they tell me that. Their concern has an ebbed it all and while there might not be flawed if demand that they expected or feared. This is still a really grievous problem one. That could get worse so Again I think people are really still on guard here in New York and elsewhere switching gears. The New York Times published a story Sunday reporting a sexual assault allegation against presumptive Democratic presidential nominee. Joe Biden former Biden aid. Tara Reid described the assault in a podcast in late March Lisa. What did the New York Times find in its investigation of this allegation right? Lisa layered I think they spent over two weeks working on this story And in the end they leave the conclusions to the readers They did fine that Tara. Reid had to contemporaneous Friends of hers people that she knew who confirmed that she passed on some details of this story at the time to them now. This is a bit complicated. Might need time to unpack it at a different date but Tara Reid initially last year said that while she worked for the vice president then Senator Biden that you know he touched back of her neck that he essentially made her uncomfortable but she said that it didn't go past that then in the past month. She's now come out with public accusations. That are much more serious Basically saying that he four-stroke against a wall that even as she resisted that he essentially aged inappropriately used his fingers with her genitals. And that is. It is now an accusation of sexual assault. Okay so apparently. One anonymous person has confirmed that she said a story like this. Another has confirmed the New York Times that she said something traumatic happened. Those are anonymous sources however the Biden campaign says that the inconsistencies in her stories. Show that it's not true. They say every they're being very careful here. They're saying that accuser should be heard but they're saying that this story does not pass muster again. It's worth reading the entire New York Times profile and looking into it but they do not seem to draw hard conclusions here. They just lay out what they found. So Michael Does something like this. Go Away for Joe Biden for Joe Biden. It's really hard to say the fact that it breaks in the middle of the pandemic when this is all. We're really talking about If you're just going to be nakedly political about it say well than better now than any other time And and I also think that if this had happened in two thousand sixteen if he had challenged Hillary Clinton as I believe he wanted to It might have been more important. I don't know I think that you just have to look at the bigger pictures of what the politics are going to be in the autumn And I'm unless there's something a lot more here I don't know that this will have a lasting effect except out there in right wing. Talk Radio Land where people will be discussing the hypocrisy of liberals and me too and yet they've got a sexual harasser topping their ticket while we're on the campaign trail we should note. That Biden racked up some big endorsements this week Senators Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren and President Barack Obama Joe has the character and the experience to guide us through one of our darkest times and he'll us through a long recovery and I know he'll surround himself with good people experts scientists military officials who actually know how to run the government and care about doing a good job running the government. How much do these endorsements matter? Lisa herdal from Obama there too. Yeah and first of all that. Was this week that let's go the way these weeks. I know the I matter a great deal. Obviously we've known for some time that it was almost impossible for Bernie Sanders to overcome the momentum and the delegate gap that Joe Biden had so it might not change the outcome so much as it's very important for two reasons. One Biden needs that base to be electrical needs the sanders people. And you need the Obama people to really be excited and come out in November. Maybe more than any others Elizabeth. Warren is probably the next person that he needs with the most passionate base. The other reason is he needs to find a way to be kind of part the news and it's been hard for him to get that footing in this crisis because he he's does not have a leadership position now and he's tried to have he he cannot hold rallies but this was a way for him to show at least political strength within the Democratic Party and to get some attention David Senator Sanders and Warren previously battled Biden for the nomination. Do you think their endorsements will sway their supporters. What did they say no? I think it's likely that The pretty standard coming out the way that he did Differently than he did back in two thousand and sixteen is important. Picking up on what Lisa was saying. I mean you just can't help but do the counterfactual. Just imagine how this would have played out. If we didn't have what's happening now taking place kind of rallies that we would have seen the Biden campaign tried to engineer with Senator Bernie Sanders or Senator Elizabeth Warren who held out for so long before. She offered her endorsement or for president. Barack Obama I mean that was the crown jewel and something that he held onto held back on delivering for for a really long while. These would have been huge events in public spaces with a lot of people. I'm not sure that the resonances commensurate when these videos come out yes. A lot of people watched that video of President Obama. But I'm skeptical. That had the same effect that it would have. If this person at at a big event I do think that what it shows having these three leaders party leaders come out and do this. Is that the Party is coalescing around. Joe Biden and yes we'll be squabbling around the edges about you know. Is there enough alignment among the beliefs of Senator Sanders and former vice president? Joe Biden. I think that we heard good things. Democrats heard good things about the fact that Senator Sanders advisers and supporters are being involved in conversations about certain policy positions. But yeah it's certainly different. That's for sure so much to look for kind of these coming weeks and months. We've been talking with Michael Goldfarb. He's the host of the first rough draft of history. Podcast Lisa Desjardins. She's a correspondent with the PBS. Newshour David Gura correspondent with NBC News and an anchor on MSNBC. Thanks everyone for joining us today. We wouldn't be on the air without are amazing engineers one as lead audio engineer..
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"There was sexism in this race everyone says Winer and if you say no there was no sexism about a bazillion women thank what planet do you live we were never going to like a black man until we elected a black man and we're never gonna like the woman until we elect a woman so we're just gonna stay in abbey a reckoning on gender for the Democratic Party yeah and I think it's been a long time in coming we had a similar conversation after Kamel Harris got out of the race about what is the impact of sexism on this race but with a warrant now out no women in the race so people of color no one under the age of seventy a lot of diversity issues but for women I think this cycle has been actually a lot more about the hardest problems with gender and politics for a long time you know we focused a lot about how you know people critique what women wore and and you know how they spoke in and all of those things are important to you I think what this election has revealed is that there are deeper our biases against women that are at play here voters who say they don't want to vote for a woman because they you know they don't perceive women to be leaders they don't perceive them to be a date or they do perceive them to be shrill they kind of have a lot of negative I connotations associated with women and it's not just men it's also women voters as well so this is the hardest part and I think that this campaign has revealed you know there was a lot of talk about what people were wearing the cycle but the gender bias was still underneath the surface and I think that's what where we are now next stop is Michigan a key battleground state senator Sanders cancel his rally in Mississippi to go to Detroit Friday night where polls show VP Biden ahead joining us now from Lansing is Beth leblanc political reporter for the Detroit news thanks bath for being with us on this Friday night what do you for having me what are you seeing and hearing among your top democratic sources on the ground in your state so earlier this week Biden was ahead about seven points ahead of Sanders but that was before super Tuesday when Biden arguably gained a lot of momentum it was before the governor of Michigan Gretchen Whitmer indoors fighting and became is that one of his national campaign chairs so arguably he's ahead even more now going into Tuesday but Sanders has a pretty aggressive campaign schedule this weekend he's going to make four stops in Michigan probably more on Monday so he's not out of the race and and you know Sanders did take Michigan in twenty sixteen over claim and so he has some history here he has some supporters among progressive Democrats so should be interesting to see how it shakes out on Tuesday when you look at the Sanders map for twenty sixteen and his coalition this time around where where are the the areas in the state that matter to him in the coming days I think he's really going to be looking at college campuses in the coming days one of his stops on Sundays at the university of Michigan in Ann Arbor I he's also got a lot of work to do in the Detroit area you know Biden has a pretty long history with the triton that that Sanders needs to compete with in that sense and it is not clear whether he is yet is vice president Biden putting a major emphasis on the auto bailout from the Obama administration yeah I mean you know honestly we've heard from a lot of his server gets about that Ballaugh we've also heard about a lot of the time he spent in Detroit as Detroit was going through his bankruptcy in some of the help he provided for federal grants for at you know housing demolition or transit they've really been emphasizing that here in Detroit chiefly mayor Mike Duggan who is banned with him kind of since he announced his campaign last year best day with us Jonathan how significant is Michigan of Sanders loses Michigan what is I mean for example your best blow to his campaign in part because he won there Bob is sixty but more to the point because it would be a ominous portent about his prospects in the rest of the Midwest book president I'm sorry Biden has done well in the south Bernie has done well in the west it's clear that this primary is gonna be decided in the Midwest and that's the battleground and if if seniors cannot do well in Michigan what do you do in Illinois Ohio and Wisconsin all of which are coming up in March and the next few weeks and a fast point Bob too I was looking at that poll digging into a earlier today here's a big review on apple the second choice preference for Bloomberg voters I give you one guess what it says it's Biden by a mile what about the ballot whatever senator Warren will she endorsed in the coming days I don't know that she well and I don't know that she has to frankly part of her problem is that she has a voter base that is not clearly in one camp yes and so if she were to endorse there's no guarantee that her people will go either to Britain's Bernie Sanders or Joe Biden and so it might be better for her to just hold on to her endorsement and potentially play a kind of unifying role as we get closer to a convention no matter who the nominee is I think she could she could potentially play that role she's got these and well educated voters many of them women who are looking to see what she does and and I think that they are both Biden and Bernie Sanders would benefit from someone who can bring those people along back what's the outlook in the labor community so important in Michigan yeah I I know a lot of people have been looking toward that community especially since trump in twenty sixteen took took a lot of the blue collar vote it especially in Macomb and Oakland counties and you know a lot of people have been looking to it how they're receptive to it to Sanders Medicare for all plan because they just spend a lot of time negotiating for their private health care here in Michigan but Sanders was here last year when they were picketing and and when the U. A. W. was on strike he was here walking beside them and invite and I think also part participated in some of those strikes but not in Michigan so there might not be as much of it as great a memory of that as it was for Sanders thank you best for your reporting let's now turn to the mounting fear over corona virus and how that is challenging leaders in Washington sparking economic turbulence and change the face of the twenty twenty campaign tensions are evident inside the trump administration as cases of infection continue to rise president trump and Dr Anthony Fauci met with drug company executives this week and doctor found she did not echo the president on the timing of an available vaccine we're working very hard to expedite the longer process of developing a vaccine but if you're talking about.
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"Detroit News today and you look at the metro section, it's pretty much owned by Jonathan hosting who along with in this case Beth LeBlanc in the other story all by himself? First story Snyder, I turned over phone at end of term second-story insurance reform creates unintentional price spike. We're gonna talk about both of these things with you. Jonathan good morning to you. Hey, good morning. You are an insider, you are. You know what's going on? Tell me what's going on. With this fatwa against governor Snyder by the attorney general, Dana Nessel reason I say that he is. Here's a guy who already turned in as every former governor hopefully does turned in all of his state owned equipment. His phone is computer and all of that. And yet, the report came out was that the attorney general was going after his phone in his equipment, and they were going to legally go in there and, and, and take them away from him with search warrants and all this other stuff when the guy has already done this, so tell me what's really going on with this story Jonathan hosting. Well, I'll try it is pretty complicated. I think both of those narratives are somewhat true. So the attorney general actually, the solicitor general working under the attorney general. Investigation. He did execute search warrants for devices used by former governor Snyder and many other former state officials and employees ease. Now, the odd thing is that, that search warrant was executed on her own department of attorney general says these devices in question, at least the governor stone, and these other employees devices were stored in the attorney general's up, they were turned over to the attorney. They were turned over to the attorney general's office when they left office. So does that mean the attorney general's office doesn't even know what's going on in their own office? No, not at all. No. Okay. So they had them, but they still decided to put out headlines that they were doing a search warrant being executed on the former governor. Yeah. You know what this stinks? The attorney general's office doesn't put out headlines. What's going on here? On. Going on here is conflict while which was established on your Bill Schutte continued, but changed somewhat under attorney-general Dana Nessel. There's two sides of the attorney general's office. There's one side that's working to defend state against civil litigation. There's another side. That's in an investigating the fund crisis and prosecuting people state and local government employees. I don't know exactly why the search warrant was issued. But apparently this list, your general felt she needed to get these phone from the other side of the conflict while so it certainly unusual certainly odd that a lot of things that have happened in this case are in part because of that conflict, you all that again, was was established before the current attorney general to all right. Jonathan you're far kinder than I am on these things. All right. The Michigan legislature on Tuesday approved a technical fix. This was yesterday. A technical fixed. It kind of what we talked about before concerned about unintended consequences and cost shifting. Really? So tell us what happened here. Yeah. Right. So the auto insurance reform legislation signed last week by governor Whitmer is designed, of course, to reduce auto insurance rates that consistently are among the highest in the nation here in Michigan. But there was, I guess, what could be considered a drafting error that the legislature sought very quickly to remedy yesterday. What happened is that the law requires insurers to reduce the personal injury protection portion of premiums, but not until July twenty twenty there's another provision in there that requires into increase probably by smaller amount, but to increase liability coverage. So this is another aspect of honor insurance coverage that people get to protect them from liability cases. A third party. Folks getting injured in auto crashes, not themselves that was written in a way, the unintentionally according to Senate leader, Mike Shuki written unintentionally in a way that it would take effect immediately. So the price savings weren't written to take effect until July twenty twenty but this smaller price, increase was set to take effect immediately. Meaning that this effort to reduce rates would have actually created a one year roughly price, bike in auto insurance rates, which, of course, is not what was intended in did move quickly to remedy that. Now a lot of critics will say it points to sort of the rush nature of the process. The Bill, it self that governor Whitmer sign in. It's in the form that she signed with never subject to a single public hearing, there was one hearing on the Bill itself a couple of weeks earlier, but it was very different form at that. Point. And in fact, the sponsor of the Bill is the only one who testified so usually when a big piece of legislation goes through Lansing vetted for weeks. It has public hearings to, you know, allow folks to point out inconsistencies or falls in it. But in this case, the governor and then GOP lawmakers reached deal and they wanted to, you know, formalize it as quickly as possible. So they did not vote on that shortly after reaching the deal. And I imagine, you know, there's gonna be a few drafting there's here and there, I think, Jonathan hosting you have it in your story. Somebody was quoted as saying, it might have been Jeremy Maas Senator moss, every speaker at the mackinac island, Bill signing said it was not perfect. And even the governor told us on our program that there might be things they have to do to tweak it and make it better. Yeah, that's right. I mean, this is just kind of an odd one, I guess, you know, again it call it more of a drafting error. Of course, critics are hoping anytime yet, reopen it that they can make more substantive changes to the that meet, or the heart of the policy things that they might disagree with. But that didn't happen yesterday Jonathan thank you very much. Appreciate it. You take care. Jonathan hosting does great job, Detroit News. Lansing correspondent, she's a little hot about this. When I saw this thing about Snyder getting, you know, the subpoena or the search warrant whatever the way it was reported. It's like they're barging in is house and taking away his cell phone in his computer that he was keeping from his job as governor. He turned it into the attorney general's office when he left office, as he was supposed to just bothers me just bothers me. Seven twenty four WJR. Tune in Sunday at six PM to hear hosts cannot swallow. And dean Barbara America's wealth management show, where you'll learn how to. Preserve, protect and grow at farm bureau insurance,.
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"Time is now eleven forty five time for sports. And here's Tony Ortiz. Jackie it's back to work for the Michigan. Wolverines tonight is there on the road for critical showdown against the Minnesota. Golden gophers team that needs a win over seventh-ranked Michigan tonight to strengthen its case for a spot in next month's NC double A tournament. Our coverage will begin at six thirty right here on WW J. Syracuse head basketball coach Jim boeheim is said to be cooperating fully with police after he accidentally struck and killed a man was walking outside of his car after a crash on interstate six ninety around midnight. Last night speculation is that icy conditions may have led to that accident. In fact, Syracuse dot com is reporting this morning that behind was given a routine blood alcohol tests following the incident and had no alcohol in his system today. Another day of work for the Tigers is spring training has reached Dayton in lakeland during an interview this morning on ninety seven one the ticket outfielder Jacoby Jones admitted getting a healthy Miguel Cabrera back in the lineup makes the. Entire tiger team so much better not play with us. Last year was a he's I was devastating. Obviously, he's a hall of future hall of Famer and he's one of the best players to play the game. So just having him in lineup is here's makes everyone better. It just makes our squad better to make the team better makes a clubhouse more fun to be around. Biceps tendon would prematurely end Cabrera season in mid June. After just thirty eight games. According to a story by the Detroit. News is Beth LeBlanc. Former Lyon Calvin Johnson is applied for pre qualification to open a medicinal marijuana shop in Bloomfield hills. This is according to LeBlanc Johnson's second attempt to qualifying his first attempt with another former Lyon rob Simms was denied back in early December with sports at fifteen and forty five past the hour. I'm Tony Ortiz, w w j NewsRadio nine fifty the only way.