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"jocelyn benson" Discussed on WJR 760

WJR 760

01:35 min | 11 months ago

"jocelyn benson" Discussed on WJR 760

"Thanks for your call. Appreciate it. We got lives back and I wanted to get to her. She's in Redford before we have to get to a break. By the way, we've got the Secretary of state Jocelyn Benson. Coming our way and audit underway in and from county will get the latest on that. But Liz, what's on your mind? Hi, guy. I just want to say I know you're against those direct payments to individuals and more towards a small business, which I am all for. I'm all for the small businesses, but I wanted to give you a perspective. My husband and I. We've had the alternate. Um I have to work from home. He's been able to take one kid into the office do a virtual schooling. Are utilities have gone through the roof during, you know, trying to warm because normally we turn the thermostat down when everyone's not home, But now people are here. I gotta bump it up. Um You know our extra WiFi It's costing. It's costing. And, um, let me tell you it would be helpful because we're in central place. We didn't get You know, extra $600 in our paycheck like the unemployment did And it costs us money? Um, sanitizer cleaning stuff because he was so going in You know, even though I had the kids, we we had to, you know, come up with that. And the cost of gone up and it would be very helpful. That's mentioned the printer for the virtual story of scanner. You've convinced me. Maybe it was because receded to leave was the one that was yelling the loudest that.

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Michigan State House, Senate close over 'threats of violence' during Electoral College meeting

All In with Chris Hayes

06:09 min | 11 months ago

Michigan State House, Senate close over 'threats of violence' during Electoral College meeting

"Looked for a time earlier today. Like things could get ugly in michigan. The state closed its house and senate office buildings over what they said were credible threats of violence during today's electoral college meeting and then republican state representative gary isan suggested he and other republicans would disrupt the electoral college vote. He also predicted there. Would be violence prompting this. Can you assure me that this is going to be a safe day in in lansing. Nobody's gonna get hurt no. I don't know what we're doing. Today is chartered. Here's it been done after. Gary isan made those comments michigan. Republican legislative leaders pulled him from his committee assignments. Meanwhile the scene in lansing was thankfully ultimately cau- just a dozen or so pro-trump protesters showing up outside the capitol a chilly day and when he grow group of republican electors tried to enter that building michigan state. Police turn them away. Half of those call was much an often from holding or ignore taking part of your process. Anybody else thank ben check in inside the democratic electors about the people's business where they elected joe biden. Starting barnes. has the tally been completed. Yes lieutenant governor. The elected unanimously cast. Sixteen votes for joseph r biden. I'm joined now by michigan's democratic secretary of state johnson benson earlier. This month had her home surrounded by angry trump supporters. Some of them harmed who falsely accused her of allowing the election to be stolen. But start secretary of state with your your top line on. Today i was. I was a bit worried when i saw the news about closing the house and the senate but it seemed like things went smoothly. How do you feel went today. I think it was a great day for democracy. Chris was really a reflection of all the work that went into this election to ensure that we were able to have a high turnout election In the midst of the pandemic all the work that's happened. Since the polls closed on november third to ensure the votes were counted accurately it securely and really this was the the end result of a long and winding road that every step of the way we work to make sure that the voters well was heard and democracy was protected. We have seen now. Obviously there were arrests of a number of individuals who have been charged with allegedly plotting the kidnapping or execution of the democratic governor. Gretchen whitmer You had people outside of your house Some of them armed a protesting. There were concerned today in arizona. As i understand it where the leading of the electors was moved to an undisclosed location. What does it do to democratic governance and democracy when this sort of threat of violence hangs over the activities of folks. What you know. I started my career in the south investigating and hate crimes all around the country and was really instilled there with the strong sense in an acute awareness of just how much oftentimes does have to be preserved in the potential for violence that that could engender to ensure that democracy does prevail. And so that's never been lost on me and many of us including my friends secretary hobson in arizona. And it's something that we're actually acutely aware rows and willing to with to endure in order to ensure that our democracy is protected. A lot of people have said to me this year. Did you really sign up for this and my response is absolutely. I absolutely signed up to put everything on the line to protect the will of the people to protect our democracy. None of us of course predicted all of the turns of events that have occurred since the polls closed But that said we're ready and will continue to be ready. We'll continue to stay safe to ensure that our democracy and turn is also safe. Something i've seen a in many states across the nation in reaction is a real circular logic from republicans in which after touting or tolerating or even endorsing these blue to chris conspiracy theories now pointing and saying well people. Are you know. There's a lot of concern and using that as a predicate for restrictions on voting. Well we're gonna have to shutdown mail in voting. Well we're gonna have to take another look at this. Well we're gonna have to do voter. Id and signature matching all these things. How much you seen that michigan. Do you think there's going to be a battle now about ballot access. The uses these conspiracies as a kind of weaponized tool. Yeah sure it again. That's also what we've seen. Throughout the history of our democracy people create a fire and then create an idea of what needs to put that fire out and often times. Election administrators are stuck in the middle and that voters are are stuck in the middle. When i believe needs to happen is we need to one come together and actually listen to each other and try to heal this. Divide right now but to do so. On the basis of facts and data and truth we all have to be working from the same set of facts here. Facts and truth have actually been unequivocal undeniable throughout this entire process. We had a high turnout election michigan. Five point five million people voted in the midst of the pandemic. It was secure. The results were accurate. So we can start from there. We can find ways to improve the process moving forward making data driven decisions but we also have to do is acknowledge the impact of the conspiracy theories in false information that has been spread by many actors throughout this process and correct that before trying to solve for any potential issues. Moving forward right michigan secretary of state jocelyn benson. Thank you so much for being with me.

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"jocelyn benson" Discussed on WJR 760

WJR 760

04:13 min | 11 months ago

"jocelyn benson" Discussed on WJR 760

"President Trump said he intends to personally intervene in the Texas lawsuit against four states that was filed with the Supreme Court to overturn Michigan's election results. And the results in those three other states. Trump tweeted just moments ago that this is a big one. The lawsuit seeks an order calling on Michigan's election results unconscious Tutu, sh inal and stopping the state from choosing electors and requiring the state Legislature to appoint its own electors. Suit also calls for the immediate impounding of all Michigan voting machines and software for expert examination. Then secretaries take Jocelyn Benson announced at her office will conduct the most comprehensive postelection audit in the state's history. After President Trump called into question Michigan's election results According to Benson, precincts in Detroit and Wayne County, as well as No Vai Farmington Hills, Pontiac Troy, Roseville, Sterling Heights, Clinton township in New Baltimore will be fully audited. The president says the lawsuit is asking the judge to impound all election equipment. House Speaker Lee Chatfield announced that he will seek subpoena power to continue to investigate fraud made in several Michigan lawsuits. Detroit Mayor Duggan will announce his political future this afternoon. We'll make the announcement officially. But the fact that Alexis Wiley left his chief of staff to run the campaign gives a pretty good idea what I'm doing Just yesterday, Duggan announced a two year moratorium on back Do water bills. Secretaries Take Mike Pompeo delivered remarks at the Georgia Institute of Technology today, warning of the danger the Chinese Communist Party poses on American colleges and university campuses. Pompeo explain specifically how the CCP is using American higher education is a front to steal US intellectual property. There are groups On campus is called Chinese Students Scholars Association here too. They're directed. Almost always funded by the Chinese Embassy or local Chinese consulate. His purpose to keep tabs. On students and to press Po pro Beijing Posits. FBI Director Christopher Wray warns that China's trying to infiltrate American institutions in health care, pharmaceutical and academics related to Corona virus research. Pointing out the agency opens up a counterintelligence investigation in that country, every 10 hours Some states are re issuing a lockdown measure amid a rising coronavirus case. Schools are among many places impacted by those orders, but education Secretary Betsy Divorce calls on those states to end their shutdown. We're denying way too many kids their futures because of personal political interests, and we have got to confront those and ensure that kids can get back into the classroom. Fighter jet from the Wisconsin National Guard, crashed late last night in the western Upper peninsula. Fox is Lucas Tomlinson has more from the Pentagon. The Wisconsin National Guards is an F 16 fighter jet crashed last night in Michigan's upper peninsula. Pilot is still missing. In a statement, the guard said that jet was on a routine training flight. The time of the crash. Search and rescue efforts continue throughout the night and again today it's not clear what caused the jet to go down. Republican congressman Adam Kinzinger, Ah, pilot in the Air National Guard said on Twitter. The jet is from his unit 115 Fighter wing at the Pentagon. Lucas Tomlinson. Fox News Last Sunday, President Trump announced his personal attorney and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani was diagnosed with covert 19. Today, Giuliani called in to talk about his treatment and his hospitalization. I've gotten horrendous, severe. And A, uh index of Next time I'm gonna, Yeah. Yes, It's the cocktail. It's zits. The same protocol that the president got. Is that right? All right, so exactly the same. Giuliani says he'll be discharged from the hospital this afternoon. I'm Wall Street today. A negative trend continues. Right now The Dow was down 151, the S and P off 34 traffic and weather is next WJR news time to 04. The.

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Michigan Secretary Of State On Challenges Certifying Election Results In Her State

All Things Considered

04:19 min | 1 year ago

Michigan Secretary Of State On Challenges Certifying Election Results In Her State

"A little known board of county officials in Michigan made bigger headlines than Congress this week. That's because for a moment, the two Republicans on the Wayne County Board of Canvassers seemed to hold the fate. Of Michigan's presidential election results in their hands. And now, as Republican lawmakers from Michigan visit the White House and President Trump's attempts to overthrow the legitimate results of the election dragon, the Trump campaign's focus appears trained on Michigan, which is why we wanted to invite Michigan's Democratic secretary of state on to the program. Jocelyn Benson is in charge of the election in Michigan. Welcome. Good evening. Thanks for having me you have had quite a week. Let's let's start with this business in Wayne County, which is home to Detroit, of course to officials saying they would not certify. Then they said they would not. They want to take it back. Where does this stand? Well, First, it's clear that the voters of Wayne County in Michigan have spoken. They've made a choice. There's no legal or factual basis to question that choice. And the Wayne County Board of Canvassers did in an open meeting as an official process, making official vote to can approve the and certify the results of the election in Wayne County justice every county in the state has done on campus is required by law to certify results. That's what they've done, and now we expect the border state canisters to do the same. Okay, so that that vote that stands, Yes, votes. And when you're an official state board what's after you've taken and you know in a meeting that complies with the Open meetings act, and that's what occurred here. Well, let me move you two today and this meeting at the White House. The White House is characterizing these visiting Michigan lawmakers that this is a routine meeting. That's what White House spokesperson Kayleigh Mcenany saying. Is it routine for the president of the United States to call Michigan state officials and invite them to a private meeting at the White House? No, I don't know if it's ever happened before. Certainly not at a time like this, where there's so much focus on Michigan as you mentioned, But it's important to note that both the speaker and the Senate majority leader have stated they would not obstruct the will of the voters, which they've confirmed has been quite clear, and we have no reason to doubt that yet and I'm going to continue to expect they'll Follow the law as it's very clearly laid out in our state Constitution and state statutes. What should occur at this point? And do you have any Intel on the agenda for the meeting? How it's going on? Not at all? No, I really stay out of that process on the state's chief election officer. My job is to just make sure that the The will of the voters is what rules the day. Well, may I ask that the broad path that President Trump and his lawyers appear to be charting involves convincing Michigan State Board of Canvassers not to certify the Biden victory in Michigan. And then convincing state lawmakers to appoint electors who would overturn the will of Michigan voters. Is that a correct summary and if so, would that be legal? But know that it is potentially a path that I imagine people may imagine in their heads stick but there, But there's not something there's nothing in the law that or nothing, actually, that's occurred yet that would indicate that anyone is going down that path, and that's what I think it's important to focus on. Indeed, every one of Michigan's 83 counties have certified the election, Republican and Democratic clerks have confirmed That there's no evidence of widespread irregularities, and the board has previously started fight elections when there were more clerical mistakes and narrower margins of victory. Then there is this time around, and so it really being agreed this departure from their legal responsibility and requirements for them to do anything other than certified the election on Monday, and May I ask you Have you personally seen any evidence is the person in charge of the election message? Men? Michigan have you seen any evidence of widespread fraud of wrongdoing of rigging the vote? No, not at all. And not only that This has been one of the more scrutinized elections in modern history for our state. So if there was anything to discover or find, we certainly would have found it at this point, So there is no reason that you can point to that Biden winning Michigan by more than 150,000 votes that that would not stand. No, not at all and his. I started out by saying that it's actually it's very clear that the voters have spoken. It's very clear that there is no legal or factual basis to question that choice.

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"jocelyn benson" Discussed on KSFO-AM

KSFO-AM

06:40 min | 1 year ago

"jocelyn benson" Discussed on KSFO-AM

"Cities like with most people Hey, welcome. This isn't the bench appearance a lot to get through this out a little bit later on in the hour, we'll get to the New York Times, which hates you. You knew this. They have a column today about how It's not even worth talking to Trump supporters. They're so mean and cruel and racist because they won't stop supporting Trump. We'll get to that in a little while. Plus, we'll be talking to the incoming head of the Republican Study Committee on how he is planning to stymie Nancy Pelosi's efforts to move the country to the left, but we begin At this hour of continuing controversy in Wayne County, so you'll recall that Wayne County's board of Canvassers was split two Republicans two Democrats, the two Republicans voted not to certify the election in Wayne County. They did so on the basis that the pole books didn't line up. That means that people who signed in to vote that's not match the number of votes from those particular counties. This particular precinct anyway? Well, it turns out that that's happened in the past in Wayne County. There's been a pretty consistent record of this in Wayne County. Going all the way all the way back to 2013. It's not huge numbers of votes. Like the whole book is off by two votes or four votes or five vote. Somebody who signed in and then didn't actually cast a vote. Or maybe they cast a ballot wrong. But in any case, those sorts of irregularities have been present in precinct in Wayne County for a while. Two Republicans said. We're not voting to actually certify those election results. Which of course would mean that everybody gets a disenfranchised in that entire area. Well, then they were put under some pretty significant pressure in a public hearing and the reverse themselves, and they voted along with the Democrats to certify the election. Media reports of the Times. And they did so in return for a commitment from the secretary of state Jocelyn Benson, to actually audit the election in these particular areas. Now, Jocelyn Benson has said that she is not going to conduct an audit. Which, of course, is pretty gross. If you commit to conducting an audience, then you don't conduct the audit, then that's pretty ridiculous. So now he's two Republicans have put out affidavits suggesting that they were pressured into changing their votes. It's not clear what the legal effect of any of this is. No one to rescind that their votes to certify the election results. The affidavit for signs last night at about 9:30 P.m.. Apparently one affidavit suggested that The Wayne County election had serious process flaws which deserve investigations. Monica Palmer writing. I continue to ask for information to assure Wayne County voters that these elections were conducted fairly and accurately. Despite repeated requests, I have not received the requisite information initially voted not to certify the election. I still believe this vote should not be certified and the state Board of Canvassers should canvass for an additional period. That was supported by another Wayne County campus, or William Hartmann. Again, Republican Says he was berated and face it ridiculed by other board members. He says the vote was followed by public derision for Marty. Democrat colleagues. Monica Palmer and I also voted against certification were berated and ridiculed by members of the public and other board members. Misconduct included species claims that I was racially motivated in my decision. This public ostracism continued for hours, during which time were not provided an opportunity to break for dinner and we're not advisedly could depart and resume the hearing on another date. Now the courts are likely to rule on this because obviously, lawsuit will presumably be filed except that Rudy Giuliani now says that they have withdrawn. Michigan lawsuits. According to the Trump campaign, they put out notice that's so bizarre. Regionally. I'm put on notice this morning. We are throwing our lawsuit in Michigan. As a direct result of achieving the relief we saw to stop the election in Wayne County from being prematurely certified before residents can be assured that every legal vote has been counted and every illegal vote has not been counted. But Wayne County did certify the vote. The results were sent to the state. Secretary of state Jocelyn Benson has now confirmed this She said. All 83 counties have voted certified the results of the November 3rd election. The board of State canvassers is scheduled to meet November 23rd, which of course, is in just four days to issue final certification. So presumably, they'll have to now file another lawsuit to prevent the certification from moving forward on the basis that the Republican canisters are trying to Walk back their votes. Well. The the record in these lawsuits so far has not been particularly good. The Republicans when one lawsuit in Pennsylvania requiring that ballot counters would be allowed closer in That's pretty much the only lawsuit they have won. They won one in 29. They're 30 lawsuits these air not going particularly well. Media are now reporting that President Trump actually put pressure on these GOP canvassing board members and Wayne County to walk back there. Walk back According to the Washington Post, from called a GOP canvassing board member and Wayne County who announced on Wednesday she wanted to rescind her decision to certify the results of the presidential election, Monica Palmer said. I did receive a call from President Trump late Tuesday evening after the meeting. He's checking in to make sure I was safe after hearing the threats and boxing that had occurred. Then, later that evening, the two GOP board members decided to recant. Now. She says that she felt the pressure to change her vote. She said she talked with Trump for about two minutes on Thursday. You said his concern was about my safety that was touching. Who's a really busy guy have concerned about my safety was appreciated. You said there was a lot of adrenaline and stress going on there a general comment about different states. We really didn't discuss the details of the certification, she said. It wasn't pressure from the president. Hartmann did not receive did not respond to a message from the Washington Post. The Democrats on the board are saying it is too late to reverse. He said The certified results already been sent. So that is the current status in Wayne County. That would be a good time. If you're going to release widespread evidence of voter fraud. Now be a good time to do it. Polls are showing that 46% of Americans say that Trump should concede right now another 32% have given the only correct answer to this question, which is If Trump does not have massive evidence of voter fraud, and we all need to move on right, because again, the legal process is the legal process. If you're going to release the crack and release the dams cracking of Sidney Powell says that she has massive evidence. Voter fraud now would be the time to demonstrate to you have massive evidence of voter fraud. I think there is voter fraud. I don't know that it amounts to the numbers that you are looking at, You know, 150,000 both differential in most in Michigan 70,000 Votes differential in Pennsylvania. But we're going to We're going to have to see some proof anywhere in there. No, that that that seems like that'd be kind of important now. 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Biden edges closer to projected electoral victory

The Paul W. Smith Show

05:09 min | 1 year ago

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

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When do the polls close in Texas?

Frank Beckmann

00:26 sec | 1 year ago

When do the polls close in Texas?

"The polls close at 8 P.m.. More than three million voters in our state have already cast their ballots. Secretary of state, Jocelyn Benson says it's a records that's actually three times the number of people who voted absentee in November. 2016 eso quite extraordinary, and today I think we're on track to see record breaking turnout Overall, probably two million. Maybe more will head to the polls, and we want you to mask up. If you do and enjoy the

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"jocelyn benson" Discussed on WJR 760

WJR 760

02:43 min | 1 year ago

"jocelyn benson" Discussed on WJR 760

"Is the guy Gordon Show on News Talk. 7 60 W. J. R. Well, I hate it. When that happens. We're close up against the break For those of you that we're wondering what the heck Andy and I were talking about. There was a suit against Jocelyn Benson. And it was over the fact that a private group was giving money to selected clerks and selected jurisdictions to help them to pray that cost of a lot of covert 19 protocols. Maybe buying high speed tabulator is recruiting more people. But the the allegation from this conservative group Wass that the majority of those private funds were for public uses and that they were only going to jurisdictions that were heavily democratic. So by defraying the expenses of the election in those areas. It had the effect of disenfranchising or dis affecting negatively Republican voters in those jurisdictions and Republican voters and Republican candidates elsewhere. And I think it's a It's a really interesting challenge that was made is first of all, should private dollars be used to defray what would normally be taxpayer funded expenses. In some of these jurisdictions, and we know that Cove. It's created all kinds of unanticipated things. Well, the soup made its way to the court of claims, and the I said that that the decision had been made. It hadn't They differed the decision for a variety of reasons. One of the reasons being that this close to an election any kind of hearing could be prejudicial, and they were trying to avoid that. They didn't feel that there was anything there that should have led to a declaratory judgment or a stay. So that kind of harm it was causing the judges felt was not so pernicious that it needed to be nipped in the bud. Right now. I hope the case goes through. I hope it's Litigated. Because I think it's a really interesting question and an important question because private groups could come in and say We're only going to get our money to democratic clerks or jurisdictions to help defray their expenses because that will benefit Our team s O. I agree with Andy. It needs to be looked into the mirror accepting of the money. I don't think it's necessarily evidence of partisanship. All of these clerks were looking for help. Because of the increased expenses under covert. But like I said, I think that's that's what court's air for, and that should be argued there. In the meantime, Jocelyn Benson sent this message in her news conference today about anything that approaches harassment or intimidation at the polls cut too. I also remain steadfastly.

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"jocelyn benson" Discussed on WJR 760

WJR 760

03:03 min | 1 year ago

"jocelyn benson" Discussed on WJR 760

"Secretary of state about that as well. 7 18. Jocelyn Benson will be with us. We've got conversation with Steve Courtney and coach Mel Tucker about MSU football in their big, big win coming up in a moment. We will talk to with Steve Courtney and Michael Hera. Detroit lions dot com on that Looking forward to catching up with the Rudy Giuliana. He may not ever remember have been interviewed by me in the past, but we've talked in the past, but he talks to a lot of people, and he's being talked about a lot with some allegations on the front page of The New York Times The Sunday Times. Which has been unbelievable this election cycle. Somebody actually wrote Well, you know, but you can really tell him the editorial section. The editorial page who they're rooting for. Are you kidding me? You can tell by the front page of most every major newspaper in the country who they're rooting for it No longer is on the editorial page. That's been long gone. Anyway, I agree with you. I don't see why there would be any problem tomorrow with all the people that have voted already. I mean, when people are there to vote, I think there'll be all kinds of problems when they're counting. I think they're about as ready as they can be, but they're they're using. They're involved in the system. They haven't been David experienced before. I have never had 92 million across the country, so we should bring our patients and realize we're not going to find out election night. I don't think I mean this is possible. We can't, can we? No, I don't think so either. But I don't think that's possible so Bear that in mind so that you're not shocked, ER or whatever. And I am I am disappointed that You had in the news, and we heard earlier, too, that the marshal store in Dearborn has boarded up their windows ahead of the election. Sometimes I think I'm not criticizing them. They have to do with they have to do they probably have to do with their insurance company tells him they have to do But sometimes I think that sort of stuff just kind of invites the idea. Of attacking relation. Yeah, I mean, they go, G. Why set boarded up? So I guess I'm supposed to attack it. Not quite that thinking. But I can tell you this add to the mix television cameras and there'll be people attacking the marshals and Dearborn, so I hope the television stations will stay away or out of sight. And not be standing by places that they think will be attacked. Because sorry, I think when there are microphones and our cameras are on location With a crowd. It often leads them to act up for the cameras and the microphones. Sorry, Just the way I cesium is the message. You're going to be able to cruise again. A CDC put a lot of confidence in the CDC. But anyway, the CDC ends. No sale rules releases new guidelines for cruises. In US waters. I'm still glad that our W j r travel club.

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Michigan bans open carry of guns at polling locations

Weekend Edition Saturday

00:33 sec | 1 year ago

Michigan bans open carry of guns at polling locations

"Benson says she will not allow gun owners to openly carry firearms. In or near polling places on Election Day. Michigan Public Radio's Rick Looter reports Michigan allows most adults toe openly carry firearms without getting a licence. But Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson says it's her job to make sure people feel safe when they go to vote, and people with firearms could intimidate voters and poll workers. At least one gun rights group says that's unconstitutional, but it could be tough to litigate this close to the election. Back in the nation's capital. The

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"jocelyn benson" Discussed on Michigan Policast

Michigan Policast

01:34 min | 1 year ago

"jocelyn benson" Discussed on Michigan Policast

"Our winner for this week the Midas touch which responded almost immediately to the president's infection with covid-19. It's called Trump's lies have consequences. I think wearing a phone number Basque I don't know somehow I don't see it for myself the second. Can you take it off because I cannot hear I'll just speak louder sir. This guy could you want to be politically correct? Go ahead. No, sir. I just want to wear the mask off virtually. Nobody. It's a it's an amazing thing. I don't wear masks like him every time you see him. He's got a mess. He could be speaking to hundred feet away from it. He shows up with the biggest mask I've ever seen is a president of the United States now confirming to the world that he and the first lady of the United States have both tested positive for the coronavirus and they will quarantine song. It is what it is. And that's a wrap for this week's pandemic pod head on over to our website Michigan policastro, I'll have links and tweets and stuff that you can use to get a bank check us or share No hospital reports Uno Chicago medical reports vaccines coupons. They get some hydroxychloroquine, whatever you can email us at Mi polycast at gmail.com or reach out through the emission calling cache page on Facebook run Club app avoid crowds maintain social distancing mask up and stay safe back in Michigan polycast was a production of Michigan citizens for a better tomorrow..

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"jocelyn benson" Discussed on Michigan Policast

Michigan Policast

01:41 min | 1 year ago

"jocelyn benson" Discussed on Michigan Policast

"Your to where register to vote in a request your valid email to you or any just questions you have about voting and I'll also add we set up other website michigan.gov election security where citizens go can go for information to confirm the security of our elections and get information on all that. We're doing the secure their vote Jocelyn Benson was a pleasure. Thank you so much. Thanks for having me. 3 to pull that infections is continuing to climb in Michigan. The.

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"jocelyn benson" Discussed on Michigan Policast

Michigan Policast

04:51 min | 1 year ago

"jocelyn benson" Discussed on Michigan Policast

"It will be a record vote by email a major challenge for City and Township Clerk's across the state responsibility for answering that challenge ultimately falls on Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson who joins us for an update on a reparations for an election unlike any other secretary bentsen, you've had a tremendous challenge in the Risen to that challenge with an unusual election starting with the absentee ballots. Totally unprecedented. Are you and the local clerks ready for the volume that you already sing? Yes, I'm really proud that so many citizens have stepped up to embrace their right to vote by mail this year and more importantly that so many of our clerks all across the state have risen to the challenge meet this extraordinary demand was just reviewing the numbers and compared to 2016, you know ballot requests or of 350% Statewide and clerks have already delivered a hundred percent more balanced than they had done in processed in in 2016. So, you know to me one of the really untold stories this year is how are fifteen hundred and twenty clerks all across the state have stepped up under extraordinary circumstances met every Challenge from their way and our democracy is better for it something that surprised me when my ballot arrived in the mail. I also got an email from a local clerk with a tracking on it for my ballot. I could see it from the time. He dropped it at the post office and I can follow it right through to the point where they get it back to counted. Well, yeah that tracking system is important phone number. States all across the country this year have implemented it. We have partnered with an organization called ballot Scout and you can go to michigan.gov enter your information and track your ballot and see your request to have it sent to you has been received whether your valid itself has been sent to you. And once you return it, it'll Mark when it's received so that can give you the peace of mind that your valid has been received on time and will be counted and my own novel up Ford had a business reply stamp on it. So I didn't even have to pay for the postage. Although I used to drop box myself against something new that you have initiated. Yes. In fact to me the silver lining of 2920 is that citizens have options they have options on how to register to vote how get their ballot and how to return their ballot and really my focus has just been on making sure those options are available to Citizens universally and non-citizens know as clearly as possible what they are so that they can choose the best one for themselves. You've made it very clear that we're not going to know the final numbers on Election night, or we're not going to know on Wednesday. Probably Thursday. Either you've got two of your predecessors now along with the president basically questioning how long we should be counting votes. What what's your response to them? Certainly anyone who had once held this office might know that it takes a little bit more than 12 hours to count three million absentee ballots, which is the number that we're seeing this year. But you know in reflection upon the birth marks that they and others have made I've realized that this truly is a new time for democracy and a new day for democracy in Michigan is I said in my inauguration speech it's a time where voters have more options than ever before voters options that did not exist in Prior administrations. And so I understand if they're not aware of what these new challenges mean for us and the Ark works at the local level, but the bottom line is where I work for the voters and I'm working to bring the best ideas and bipartisan solutions to Michigan ensure that citizens can get their ballots on time have they have the clarity of how to return them and the phone number? She wants their ballot is counted that their vote will be counted and their voice heard..

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"jocelyn benson" Discussed on Michigan Policast

Michigan Policast

04:15 min | 1 year ago

"jocelyn benson" Discussed on Michigan Policast

"I just can't tell and they remind me of those people who are never going to make a decision until the last minute they vote for Trump because it's a secret they're not undecided. They just don't want to admit that their garbage people who like pigs. garbage candidate . You just have to dismiss them. I I just know you're not undecided you just want attention by saying I'm undecided. Okay, let's talk about the election and where people do you have to make a decision that wage. Well election day is now just four weeks away early voting has been underway in Michigan for a week with more than two point five million absentee ballots already issued. It will be a record vote by email a major challenge for City and Township Clerk's across the state responsibility for answering that challenge ultimately falls on Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson who joins us for an update on a reparations for an election unlike any other secretary bentsen, you've had a tremendous challenge in the Risen to that challenge with an unusual election starting with the absentee ballots. Totally unprecedented. Are you and the local clerks ready for the volume that you already sing? Yes, I'm I'm really proud that so many citizens have stepped up to embrace their right to vote by mail this year and more importantly that so many of our clerks all across the state have risen to the challenge meet this extraordinary demand was just reviewing the numbers and compared to 2016, you know ballot requests or of 350% Statewide and clerks have already delivered a hundred percent more balanced than they had done in processed in in 2016. So, you know to me one of the the really untold stories this year is how are fifteen hundred and twenty clerks all across the state have stepped up under extraordinary circumstances met every Challenge from their way and our democracy is better for it something that surprised me when my ballot arrived in the mail. I also got an email from a local clerk with a tracking on it for my ballot. I could see it from the time..

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"jocelyn benson" Discussed on Michigan Policast

Michigan Policast

04:34 min | 1 year ago

"jocelyn benson" Discussed on Michigan Policast

"Another thing that I think came out of it is Biden shattered that whole sleepy Joe caricature that that Trump tried to create a new age, you know, ultimately this might swing a few thousand votes here and there I don't really know I don't have that Crystal Ball but in some states, that's all you need. Is that few thousand volts? Yep. It was also interesting that the Lincoln project within an hour of the debate was marketing a sweatshirt that had aviator sunglasses on it with the caption. Will you shut up man? What you mentioned home from the beginning the Biden campaign has taken on a totally different approach to campaigning showing full respect for covid-19. Safety precautions. It was on display in Grand Rapids on Friday when the former vice president met with a handful of supporters at a United Food and Commercial Workers Union Hall. That's the union that represents the bulk of employees at Michigan's two major food retailers Meyer and burger while touching on campaign themes of dealing with the virus and building the economy by made an unabashed pitch to working-class Americans continuing the contrast between his roots in a Park Avenue lifestyle of Donald Trump. I'm asked many times in recent years. How do we get to the place where people who stock our shelves pack our food teach our kids like wage Our family take care of my wife take care of our sick who race into burning buildings and pick up the garbage off our streets. Who did how do we get to the place where y'all don't think we should see you anymore or hear them most importantly respect them that has to change. I know it. Can I come from those neighborhoods? It was the second biting a pain event in 4 days in our state doctor, Joe Biden had a couple of events in the Traverse City area. She was hosted by Pete buttigieg husband chest and he's a native of the Traverse City area. She talked about an issue of critical importance to Northern Michigan, especially the areas Cherry industry and tourism that's climate change many.

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"jocelyn benson" Discussed on Michigan Policast

Michigan Policast

04:25 min | 1 year ago

"jocelyn benson" Discussed on Michigan Policast

"So they can easily still campaign for him and reach a millions of people. Yeah, especially done Junior. He's he's not at his father's ability to stir up a crowd and he's very good that man and he's a mess just like his dad to he looks like he's always on Coker disheveled or something. I just that he's a mess off meanwhile in Michigan. We've got a straight party-line vote in the Supreme Court 4 to 3, which basically takes away from Governor Whitmer her unilateral power to continuous state of emergency and really make sure that among But weakest of Governors in the nation now at responding to the virus..

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"jocelyn benson" Discussed on Michigan Policast

Michigan Policast

05:39 min | 1 year ago

"jocelyn benson" Discussed on Michigan Policast

"The Michigan polycast is progress, Michigan providing a strong credible voice that holds public officials in government accountable and assists of the promotion of progressive ideas. Would you rather listen hooked up? Shut up. Shut up. Shut up. Shut up. Shut up. Shut up. Shut up. Shut up. Shut up. Shut up Donny. I'm Joe Biden and I approve this message. Well, that's the summary of debate as imagined by Stephen Colbert and his Mad Men at CVS. It was the start of a week that when it ended seemed like an extended version of Saturday Night Live which thankfully returned at the end of the week with their version of the debate which a Christine made more sense than the real thing. But the debate seems like a distant memory as the campaign is rocked by what almost seemed inevitable The Mask skating Donald Trump infected with the potentially fatal virus and on the same day. The president was helicoptered to Walter Reed Medical Center, Michigan Supreme Court, effectively took away Governor witmer's power to continue protect us from the virus. Those are the Michigan polycash where we always practice social just sing and wear our masks were all about Michigan policy and politics and the national occurrence impacting our Pleasant peninsulas thoughts org, Christine Barry, Joe Biden's campaign moves on focusing on Virtual voter contact in place of large crowds. He was in Grand Rapids at the end of the week 2nd Biden wage campaign here in the space of four days. Also on the Pod this week. We'll talk with Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson about preparations for a record-setting voter turnout birth magazine business, editor, Paula Gardner joins us with a report on the plight of Michigan restaurants as the cold weather makes outdoor dining more difficult a bipartisan group of Michigan announced Sportsman and sports women for Biden. We'll talk with one of the organizers and attorney-general Dana nessel charges to right-wing political hacks with voter suppression. Which targeted dog. African Americans in Detroit Walt it feels like this just goes on and on. I think we're going to be here for an hour and half two hours three hours something like that. But let's begin with the twin Cove. It stories Trump's office and witmer's legal defeat and they're both big stories Christine. Of course. We hope the president first lady and all the Trump Republicans who are infected last week recover fully and boy, there's a bunch of those gets longer every day..

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"jocelyn benson" Discussed on Michigan Policast

Michigan Policast

04:00 min | 1 year ago

"jocelyn benson" Discussed on Michigan Policast

"The Michigan polycast is progress, Michigan providing a strong credible voice that holds public officials in government accountable and assists of the promotion of progressive ideas. Would you rather listen hooked up? Shut up. Shut up. Shut up. Shut up. Shut up. Shut up. Shut up. Shut up. Shut up. Shut up Donny. I'm Joe Biden and I approve this message. Well, that's the summary of the debate as imagined by Stephen Colbert and his Mad Men at CVS. It was the start of a week that when it ended seemed like an extended version of Saturday Night Live which thankfully returned at the end of the week with their version of the debate which a Christine made more sense than the real thing. But the debate seems like a distant memory as the campaign is rocked by what almost seemed inevitable The Mask skating Donald Trump infected with the potentially fatal virus and on the same day. The president was helicoptered to Walter Reed Medical Center, Michigan Supreme Court, effectively took away Governor witmer's power to continue to protect us from the virus. Those are the Michigan polycash where we always practice social just sing and wear our masks were all about Michigan policy and politics and the national occurrence impacting our Pleasant peninsulas thoughts org, Christine Barry, Joe Biden's campaign moves on focusing on Virtual voter contact in place of large crowds. He was in Grand Rapids at the end of the week the 2nd Biden wage campaign here in the space of four days. Also on the Pod this week. We'll talk with Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson about preparations for a record-setting voter turnout birth magazine business, editor, Paula Gardner joins us with a report on the plight of Michigan restaurants as the cold weather makes outdoor dining more difficult a bipartisan group of Michigan announced Sportsman and sports women for Biden. We'll talk with one of the organizers and attorney-general Dana nessel charges to right-wing political hacks with voter suppression. Which targeted dog. African Americans in Detroit Walt it feels like this just goes on and on. I think we're going to be here for an hour and half two hours three hours something like that. But let's begin with the twin Cove. It stories Trump's office and witmer's legal defeat and they're both big big stories Christine. Of course. We hope the president first lady and all the Trump Republicans who are infected last week recover fully and boy, there's a bunch of those gets longer every day. We can lead the medical story to the National media that gets updated. Regularly. Let's talk politics a little bit. First of all the impact of Donald Trump being stuck off the campaign Trail which he loves so dearly and what is now the last 30 days to the election. Is this the end of the Trump campaign and does that mean the end of the Trump presidency? Well, I don't think so. And I first of all want to just you know, Echo your comments about we want hoping for everyone to recover quickly. I don't think that this even keeps him off the campaign Trail off. He's really much worse off than we know I think that he'll campaign virtually if he can I think his kids are out there. Mike Pence has already started increasing his profile page and he's out there kind of campaigning for President Trump. So I don't think it's the end of the campaign but we have seen a little bit of a shift. This is actually was in Seminole a table all that. We saw a little bit of a shift moved toward Biden after the announcement on President Trump testing positive. I'm going to argue with you a little bit. First of all, the the Trump children are a quarantine self quarantine right now. I saw a tweet from Don Jr. Yes. I followed on Junior on Twitter. You can punish me for that later, but he is back in quarantine against the second time for him cuz I bought a girlfriend was already infected..

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"jocelyn benson" Discussed on KQED Radio

KQED Radio

01:36 min | 1 year ago

"jocelyn benson" Discussed on KQED Radio

"That's Jocelyn Benson, a Democrat. She's also the secretary of state for Michigan. Thank you so much for talking with us. Thank you for having me. Since the pandemic began. Almost 1000 health care workers in the U. S have died of Corona virus, and many others are being laid off. Are professionals are weary. We are tired, and that is going to have downstream implications. I'm Elsa change the future of the health care industry this afternoon on all things considered from NPR news. I'm Sharon Brody today. The CDC changed guidance it released last month that provoked harsh criticism. Now, the agency calls for testing anyone who's been in close contact with someone diagnosed with Cove in 19 in August, the CDC said. People without symptoms do not necessarily need a test. Canada is extending the agreement to keep the U. S border closed to non essential travel through October. 21st. Saying that's necessary to keep Canadian safe. The U. S has the highest Corona virus numbers in the world. With 6.6 million confirmed cases and 197,000 deaths. Israel went back into full lock.

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"jocelyn benson" Discussed on WJR 760

WJR 760

02:35 min | 1 year ago

"jocelyn benson" Discussed on WJR 760

"Senator Elizabeth Warren and Secretary Hillary Clinton to Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who suggests, by the way President Trump isn't alone in making things difficult for Democrats and who was standing in the way, Mitch McConnell And Donald Trump. Tonight we'll hear from former South Bend mayor and former candidate Pete Booty Judge and former candidate Andrew Yang. But more importantly from former Vice President Joe Biden, as after a week of many making the case for his election has a chance to make one for himself. At the virtual Democratic National Convention in Milwaukee. I'm Jim Roop, Michigan Secretary of state. Jocelyn Benson is also on the speakers list. The number of Americans finally, new claims for unemployment rose by 1.1 million last week. That is, the total number of claims made here's correspondent Christine Romans on their 28 a half million people receiving some sort of jobless benefit today in America. 28 a half million receiving a check from the government to help you know, to help help plugged the hole from lost wages so very, very high numbers here and again going in the wrong direction. The state of Michigan will pay $600 million to Flint residents who sued the state, claiming that their health was damaged by bad drinking water after the city switched water sources and failed to treat the water properly. It's intended to resolve all the legal actions against the state for the role of the Flint water switcheroo. The offices of Governor Whitmer and Attorney General Dana Nessel have been negotiating with lawyers for a couple of years, Most college campuses will be nearly empty to start the new semester. How many students will be on campus? Wayne State announced in July that nearly all classes would be virtual to start the fall semester. Wayne State president and Roy Wilson says some classes cannot be taught totally online mid July. We've been scrubbing each and every course over 6000 courses and we've been somebody has been looking at each and every course to see which one I want to be on campus, and whether whether are the rationale for being on campus is justified or not based on the criteria that we have. Down to about 13%. That's going to be classes in person he was on with Paul W. Smith. Governor Widmer says she may have news next week on reopening businesses that are still closed like gyms and movie theatres. She announced $65 million in Morfogen. All Corona virus really funds for school district includes Michigan School District's that predominantly served economically disadvantaged students. It will help address the digital divide that has served as a barrier to remote learning for students.

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Michigan election workers needed during coronavirus crisis

Rush Limbaugh

00:27 sec | 1 year ago

Michigan election workers needed during coronavirus crisis

"Pull workers were in such shorts of play across the state that Governor Whitmer and Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson are encouraging state employees to help out with the primary because of fears about the Corona virus. Elderly poll workers are not showing up the governor and the secretary of state or asking them to consider vacation days or leaves of days because of the shortage. The request comes as clerks prepare for an increased number of absentee ballots, double or triple the usual amount.

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Alyssa Milano: Sorry Not Sorry

05:26 min | 1 year ago

"Rogue Secretary of State" Jocelyn Benson

"In two thousand eighteen Jocelyn Benson was elected as secretary of state in Michigan. It was part of a historic sweep. Where women were also elected to the governorship and to the Attorney General's office then the corona virus hit and Donald Trump went on the warpath personally attacking governor. Whitmer as she fought to get her citizens access to needed medical equipment. Well now he's also attack. Jocelyn calling her a rogue secretary of state for her plan to make sure all Michigan voters can apply to get an absentee ballot. This fall keeping them safe from the virus and ensuring everyone has a chance to vote. Jocelyn joined us to talk about the monumental importance of voting rights in the age of trump and the corona virus. This year we saw the. You're the woman. Two Point Gretchen. Whitmer Dana Nessel Jocelyn Benson Debbie Stamina and the list goes secretary of state of the Great State of Michigan. Four four my duties to invest in my abilities regard. Help me guys. The Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson says. She sees nothing wrong with paper ballots. Secretary of state says the voter absentee ballot. Applications are great way for voters to vote in coming elections without risking their. How ahead of a planned visit to Michigan Tomorrow? President trump is targeting the leaders of the state on twitter president trump on Wednesday threatened to withhold federal funding to Michigan after the state announced that all of the states registered. Voters would receive applications for absentee ballots in the mail this year. Benton Secretary of State of Michigan on fighting every day to ensure that every voice is heard and every vote is counted. Sorry not sorry first of all. Thank you so much for doing this. I really really appreciate it. It's interesting because you have a job that I don't think a lot of people fully grasp what you do as secretary of State in Michigan. You're responsible for overseeing elections. But can you give my listeners? Really an overview of what that entails. And just broadly what? The job secretaryastate position in most states overseas democracy and that means everything from money in politics and regulating promoting disclosure of bat to the actual act of casting a ballot and making sure those votes are counted accurately protecting the security of the process. Anything that goes into ensuring that our democracy runs well flows lows through each state secretary of State and from your perspective. What is the biggest threat to our democracy? And you can do that. Broadly but you can also do that in Michigan. Well Yeah I always say that. A healthy democracy requires an engaged. An informed electorate and so in that way biggest threat is disengaged and misinformed electorate. I think you need both. You need everyone. Voting particular especially systems of underrepresented communities whose voices has historically been at the table and decisions. That are made them. But you also need to to be informed about all the aspects of an issue that they can make independent decisions about what's best for them. We're having our communities so to me really. You need people. Running the system secretaries of state and we need elected representatives who all kind of flow into that any neighbouring and encourage engagement and Commission. Of course the media as well but if you poke short on either of those two metrics those two pieces than democracy is threatened and. I think that's some of what we are seeing today where you have in some cases. Low turnout or disengagement or feeling of apathy or. My vote doesn't matter. My voice doesn't matter which is the exact opposite of which real and democracy or people not having access to accurate information about the decisions that are being made note decision makers that are making them can hold them accountable. We here and we've heard a lot about Michigan this cycle. So what makes it so important in this election besides the Electoral College? And how did it become a battleground? These chicken is a collection of voters that really reflects the entire country in many ways certainly in the Midwest and you've got a very diverse population we've got the largest concentrations for example Arab American voters in the country. We've got strong urban areas with unique stories and history like Detroit and Flint and high levels of communities of color growing Tino population and then a lot of the state is very rural. And so the racial demographics. The economic demographics -cation you have also right next to Detroit. One of the wealthiest per capita community in the country and they got in some ways integregation and many of the problems that afflict and having the country historically are reflected in Michigan. There's a great thing I saw when I personally hear when Michigan accuses the whole country gets a cold that in some ways is a bellwether state. Her a lot of different things is that because of the people because of history because of the community that can indicate how rest of the country like feeling going and attention on our state certainly over the past ten years when it comes to presidential elections. Really underscored that.

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Trump threatens to cut federal aid after Michigan sends all registered voters absentee ballot applications

Frank Beckmann

00:15 sec | 1 year ago

Trump threatens to cut federal aid after Michigan sends all registered voters absentee ballot applications

"However at the same time Bob he says he's considering holding back funds because Jocelyn Benson for secretary of state will send absentee voting applications to all registered voters here in the U. S. state of

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"jocelyn benson" Discussed on KCRW

KCRW

01:32 min | 1 year ago

"jocelyn benson" Discussed on KCRW

"So much likewise thank you Jocelyn Benson is the secretary of state for Michigan this is NPR news it's six nineteen on KCRW I live in Joshua tree and feel so fortunate to have the KCRW signal in our community hi Jack news it's a reliable news it's always first on the scene with the coverage I love the music I love all the personality it's my name's and I'm so grateful thank you very much another two point four million people across the country applied for jobless benefits last week that means more than thirty eight million people have filed for unemployment in just over two months mostly due.

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"jocelyn benson" Discussed on Michigan Policast

Michigan Policast

12:24 min | 2 years ago

"jocelyn benson" Discussed on Michigan Policast

"Brad Democrats policies are crazy they're politicians are corrupt In a chance at eight and they know they can't win an election day so they're pursuing legal invalid and UNCON- he's been grows by the hour and enlightening we've got a political cage match featuring the Democratic Governor and Republican legislature over the budget this is the Michigan podcast the home for great and unmatched wisdom I walser also on the pod this week Christine Berry very stateful genius genius get over it the twenty twenty pain for Congress is well underway in Michigan with TV ads already running into swing districts and heavy duty fundraising in two other seats now held by Republicans that can be flipped also with us Amy Care Harden Donald Trump's very very large brain that's great a shift in the dancing landscape the watchdog over political spending is moving to a larger platform Craig Mauger Executive Director of the nonprofit nonpartisan Michigan paint finance network is leaving to cover politicians and lansing for the Detroit News and with the twenty twenty elections approaching there are concerns nationwide over protecting our votes from Oren Hackers and foreign influence. I think I have heard about that in the news even as new election reforms go into effect in Michigan I'll talk with our very special guests secretary of state jostle invented who's really in charge of elections in the state of Michigan but let's begin with the latest in the Lansing Budget Battles Christine I I'm not sure anything is really age but it definitely is a political cage match right I do think that's a good description for it because it's turned into this really ugly nasty fight with but no rules it seems like our people arguing over what the rules should be the last time we talked about this and we were kind of an impasse. The governor head beat note things she said she was willing to negotiate the Republicans said Nope the budget is done it's all on her while we've had some progress Last Tuesday the Republican Leadership up did introduce some supplemental spending bills which would restore about what about one third of what she vetoed and these were of their priorities and and things that they felt it was very important to get back into the budget their bills did not include everything that they wanted like I said I was only about a third but they're calling it a starting point as a means to quote unquote correct some mistakes which kind of a nasty way of putting it but nevertheless they're willing to associate that was ahead of a Thursday meeting that the Republican leadership had with the governor both the governor and the Republican leadership came out of that meeting saying favorable things about the congress station but did not comment on the details however on the same day Democratic Senator Curtis Hertel introduced a supplemental Omnibus Bill that would fund some of the governor's priorities but it also includes some of the Republican priorities just as sort of an olive branch and significantly this Democrat AAC bill would fix the structural problems of the Republicans you know their first budget they put through where she used her line item veto which was just unbalanced and astounding correct numbers so there has been some progress and they're coming back together on Tuesday he's really interesting I mentioned in the lead in that we're going to be talking about elections security with Secretary of state Anson The reality is that one of these things the governor wants more money for is Internet security cyber security for the state of Michigan and a huge cut was made by the Republicans in their original budget bills so she line item vetoed the whole thing in hopes of getting the full funding again simply to protect the states computer system from hacking it's very frustrating that they cut that in the first place because it demonstrates that they have just know either awareness of how important that is because they're really if you look across the board in the industry everybody's spending is up on cybersecurity in the private sector in government as well across the nation and I'm not that familiar with other state budgets but a cut at this point in time a year before a major election is so irresponsible it's hard to believe that they did it it's an Godal I've got a friend who is works over in it at Michigan State University and he told me that they have thousands of e tax on their system every week that's the point I was just going to make it's not just about the elections some of these some hackers are actually do that and and hold businesses isn't communities hostage until they pay up and that's that's pretty scary too. I mean we could ever counties or cities held hostage another thing that the governor wants back in as money to start up the redistricting commission I don't think the legislature is going to give her that I did talk with Secretary Bentsen about that and she says there are way she can work around that but she's not very happy with that whole process as well and the other thing that of course is missing really from both supplementals is anything about the cameras and that's by design because governor her thinks that is acting on this principle that you cannot fund the roads out of the general budget it has to be something else its own plan I do think she added some money back in though for certain infrastructure spending though but it was a small amount of there's still no bill Oh for the overall transportation plan on the governor side she's been talking about it a lot but you can't get anybody to introduce hers decided that she doesn't want introduce it because it'll just be used as a pin cushion for all the darts from the Republicans and she also exercise something that John Engler had exercised her executive authority to move funds within the it departments that really pissed off the Republicans and they're they're actually talking about some legislation to prevent her from doing again it was it was affirmed by the Supreme Court nineteen ninety-three when England as you know I obsess over the redistricting amendment and what is going to do but the reality is after the twenty twenty election with twenty twenty two we're not gonNA have remainder district's anymore and that's going to have a huge impact on this whole balance of power issue we saw it in Wisconsin where gerrymandered Republican legislature basically worked at takeaways much power as possible from the Democrats who wants statewide office the Republicans are trying to do the same thing here because really I think they recognize this is their last chance author cornered rats yeah I mean basically a line from Rick Snyder it's not that we don't like the the Republicans it's that this will make them better and I'm pretty confident that's what he said about the unions when he signed that ridiculous right to work for less Wa there is an opportunity for the Republicans to do some self reflect reading here and to be more populous party but I mean they're so beholden to their corporate interests I can't they've got a president for a president who's saying the US Constitution is unconstitutional. I'd like to think he's an anomaly sued synonym for idiot well is orange I don't know I want to point out it's got nothing to do with politics but it just treat me on Sunday amy you noticed on facebook that in the face of a crisis in in Turkey and Syria with the rejigging there the trump did laterally and on top of that growing impeachment crisis and on top of that heaviest personal lawyer being investigated by the Justice Department for Felony violations donald trump is playing golf that's his go to thing it also makes him some money because he gets to sell all those ancillary services to the federal government so they can protect him while he's out there treating Gulf would I really liked what he said he wasn't sure if Rudy Giuliani was still his attorney I'm just you know a regular person but I know when I have an attorney and we're still thirteen months away from the twenty twenty election but the TV ads have already really started in earnest in two congressional districts seen as key to control of the US House in one of those districts Republicans don't even have a candidate and in both d district the newly elected Democrats are amassing big campaign war chest your we're talking about the eighth and the eleventh districts Michigan which reflect in two thousand eighteen by Democrat out of doing their job is what they're saying a pack supporting House Democrats has responded with a quarter of a million dollar TV campaign in response the House majority Food Group A nonprofit align with Democrats is rolling out a seven figure campaign with ads backing a handful of battleground Democrats the as all very district to district many of them are focused on healthcare and lowering the cost of prescription drugs which is exactly how Stevens slatkin were elected the first time one of the things that has been interesting to me in the last week sure so slacken is really becoming quite a national figure as well she's a regular on both CNN and MSNBC talking about National Security Issues The New York Times one of their podcasts the daily to Slatkin's constituent outreach following her decision to support the impeachment inquiry and she's quoted extensively regularly in the Washington Post is well here's the gamble though for the Republicans they're attack ads are all based on defending donald trump against this impeachment inquiry which is now supported by a majority of American voters as the evidence mounts against trump and the poll numbers keep going up are the Republicans effectively defeating themselves by pointing out that they support a Crook as campaign manager sure I feel that that is the case they're taking a gamble with this and they're going to have to back pedal on it I think they're doing it as smartly as possible for them based on what they've got work with because one of the things they're doing up at least based on what I saw from the Republicans Congressional Leadership Fund Super Pac is they're focusing on on instead of working across the aisle she's pushing impeachment because she doesn't like the president and that's it as their message and it's the same message I mean it's just a template they've used for all of these other representatives that they've targeted so they're just super focused on that instead of working across the aisle this is what she stupid and if that's the only message that gets out to some of the lower information voters then it might sway them a little bit the other thing that the Republicans are doing is they're trying to just de-legitimize the entire impeachment inquiry by focusing on procedures focusing on Adam Schiff calling it a Sham Process it's like we heard in our opening they're not really defending the Ukrainian business unless they have to and then when they have to a lot those talking points that they conveniently to the Democrats they say well everything's by the book there was no this not a bad that's not what so have to well you know you're going to have trump impeached by the house I think that's probably one hundred percents certainty at this point how does it play out for these campaigns after the that too they just doubled the Republicans double down on impeachment or do they try to shift the argument I think they're going to shift the accurate then don't need some new messaging at that point and so much can happen during the impeachment process in the inquiry that I mean they they could come up with all kinds of new things to shoot at the Democrats you can manufacture all kinds of crises though in the meantime and maybe amy this is what your point was that you know the Democrats instead of working on these things that came up focused on impeachment you know they should have been helping with foreign policy or they should have been helping with whatever problem trump is about because on purpose as a distraction that's what they should have been doing instead of impeaching him and so I think this is just going to be crisis management all the way up through the election you're also going to have I think probably some new isis terrorist attacks as the prisons in.

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