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"jocelyn benson" Discussed on Newsradio 950 WWJ
"Year, but pretty nice tomorrow and on Thursday the complete Activate the forecast coming up. That's meteorologist Carl Belinsky. Right now it's cloudy 70 degrees for Detroit doubled up to news time is 12 05 But despite numerous concerns over the changing election process this year, election officials have prepared for whatever today brings. Michigan is navigating uncharted waters has more absent voter ballots have been cast than in any other election in state history. That, according to the Michigan secretary of state's office and clerks, they're figuring out how to process the influx of balance and managed to safely have in person voting during this corona virus pandemic through the spending of federal funds, recruitment efforts and local clerks being flexible to change. Michigan is adapting to a new election model and test running for the November presidential election. And the polls will be open at seven this morning for primary voting around the state Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson, speaking live on Wdbj said that about two million absentee ballots have been issued for today's vote. A vast majority of citizens are voting by mail or voting early at their clerks office. So my hope is that we'll see light turnout in person on election day, but we'll be ready for anything we've given our election workers. Masks, gloves, hand sanitizers sneeze guards to protect the security of our precincts. And we're asking voters who do vote in person to wear a mask A swell and Benson says. If you haven't turned in your absentee ballot, you can drop it off at your local drop box or turn it in at your local clerks office. Right up until eight o'clock tonight. Well as the case kind of continues to grow nationally, Corona virus numbers again rising in Detroit in the latest from NewsRadio, nine fifties Jason Scott, we were down to 12 people invents. And only 21 new cases a day. That was on July 1st. But since then, things have slowly changed. The city is now reporting at least 30 cases of day. Still, about 5% of the state's daily confirmed case count. Again Mayor Mike Duggan. We can keep our businesses open. We can keep our hair and nail salons open. We can keep our restaurant's open. We can keep our auto plant so we keep our offices open.
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.
"jocelyn benson" Discussed on Alyssa Milano: Sorry Not Sorry
"The thing that I've been thinking about is. How do we come out of this better than we went into this Because it is such a reflection of every failing that we have that is in place that is not in place and when you look at the success that other countries have had in preventing the amount of deaths that we have. It is incredibly heartbreaking to me one of the things that all of those countries or a lot of those countries have in common is. They're all run by women and since two thousand eighteen election Michigan's top elected offices are now all held by women whether it's governor attorney. General Secretary of state or Senator Michigan Selected Democratic Woman for State Wide Office on Tuesdays ballot nationally. More women will serve in Congress than ever before political analyst. Dave Giulio says it comes as no surprise me. Too Movement is without a doubt out in front. I'm wondering do you think that that changes? How estate is run. I know that the fact that I get to work with attorney. General and governor in Chief Justice the import who we have some shared experiences. There's all of our gender and other things that we're all their unique people that it creates a solidarity that otherwise might not be there. I could just. I'm so grateful every day as I get to work with this governor and I learned so much from see her. She's handled every crisis with grace and dignity and formal and you see you know the fact that she's a mom. Look cheever Dahmer. The experiences that are unique to her gender and being a woman that have shared to she as we see that reflected in a lot of ways makes and I've certainly and I said to her many times I can't imagine anyone else in competition that she's been doing good a job as she has an part of that. Is You know what she's learned as a mom as a daughter and a female lawmaker most of her career being the only female voices in the room and the Grit and the grace that generates in you and ability to bring people together making questions so I think a lot of that has combined to make her great leader and I see that a lot of this who've had to overcome a lot in order to be taken seriously a Michigan. All she does is. She has no idea what's going on and she does say. Oh it's the federal government's full. I don't want them to say things that aren't true. I want them to be appreciative. Youngest woman to run a law school when I became law and I saw immediately how it can different type of approach to leadership when you're a minority voice in any way I think it's certainly shape term short sheets a lot of leaders and also the other thing is is. We don't have a lot of women to undo and say. I want to do it like that. Hopefully that is changing now. But we're really kind of making that leadership up as we go along being inclusive of everything that we are because it's very hard. I mean I remember totally unrelated but I had an agent who I loved very much and she was a woman and she left the agency and I said to her. I said I don't understand like why are you leaving? And she said to me she said because I look around and there's no one that's doing it the way. I think I need to do it so I need to get out of here and figure out what that end and it just struck a chord with me because so often we are shaping what leadership looks like by trying to emulate what are male counterparts. Make leadership look like and I think it is the grace of governor Whitmer. It is her ability to have empathy and compassion. And all of those things that make women special because of not in spite of and so. I'm just so pleased that my daughter she's five and that she gets to grow up in a world where she hopefully we'll have women in leadership positions that she can say. You know what I WANNA do like that. I worked in sports briefly. We've talked about that. Yeah is you're saying that and just thinking about that as well because I've never felt more aware of my gender and the way in which it on my ability to be effective and successful than when I work in sports and is this irony that most women executives have some background in sports and athletes many ripe executives has worked with after have some sort of sports in their background and if irony. That one of the industry's where women are released. Empowered is also the one that can create female leaders in other industries I think awesome only have a lot of fire making sure sports. They possible okay. Everyone money levels and and a lot on that too and and there's a similar piece to know what does leadership charter to recreate each a role that women know that they can truly be anything cannot see and but I always tell you especially when it's been too young female athletes is that you have to be what you can't see right now like right now and hopefully you'll see it more. You have to be that champion. You have to be that leader and I'm really hopeful that their daughter are where young girls that are gonNA be growing up in environment where there are more female leaders will really just reached a tipping point. Where every young girl goes a long that they can do anything and really. Just be able to close your eyes and dream of what that looks. I wanted to empire. That was my first job. It's so cool. I'm not owning me. Just a young girl even in high school. Well you know I can't being apart. I didn't even think that much about off the table right. And that really impacted me and so I got into politics that as an athlete myself and all the different ways in which many industries are are not equally open to women and what women leaders could do to industry to improve them if they were equally open to women and another that and then I think just finally. I'd like to ask you because I know right now. Everything feels so raw and scary and uncertain and disheartening. What just give you hope about? Twenty twenty the goodness of the People. We are seeing merging this crisis. The people who every night New York City applauds these hostile locals that the people who are hacking their lives so that they could take care of other he means in hospitals. The goodness that is emerged. One of these. This gives me hope and talking that we will get through this together. Knowledge that things like elections but determine who has power in this country will continue the industry that creates vaccines is working out to the goodness of humanity will the the individuals who are choosing to emulate right now and so much of who we all country? The party's GonNa be defined over here in terms of how elections and how we elect people but also how we do everything but we can from shopping to entertainment to claim for it. And so I think the more people who make informed decisions for the best community. Don't fall victim. I guess you could say to partisan agendas and devices actions the mark people who choose good and Jews Service. The better off will be at the society so that telling written but it gives me hope because so many people choosing goodness cheating service choosing community cheating prolonged Taber and that ultimately that choice individuals making that choice is I think what's going to bring up to. I am so glad there is you in this world. Thank you so much a part of the podcast. I appreciate you so much. Well since this conversation was recorded. Donald trump publicly attacked Joscelyn for doing her job and protecting voting rights. Something he knows is bad for him and the Republican Party so because of that we asked her to close out. Today's episode with some words about that attack. Here is jostled high. My name is Jocelyn Benson. But you might know me as that rogue secretary of state from Michigan. At least that's what. The president of the United States calls me. His recent tweets about my decision to send all Michigan voters. Applications to safely vote by mail suggestion. I had gone rogue and acted illegally and informing our voters about their rights. He was wrong in Michigan. Every registered voter has the right to vote by mail and as we collectively endure this moment of great uncertainty caused by global pandemic that has taken the lives of nearly one hundred thousand Americans. It's both within my authority and responsibility as Michigan's chief election officer to ensure every voter knows that they do not need to risk their health to cast their ballot. Our democracy requires no less. So why is the president attacking me spreading false information about the voting rights of our citizens and my authority to protect them even going so far as to threaten to withhold federal funding from our state unless we comply with his demands. Well the obvious answer. Is that Michigan is one of several states that will heavily influence the outcome of this year's presidential election. But there's more to it than that this year perhaps more than any other. Americans will be inundated by efforts to confuse them about the elections process. Their rights issues at stake and whether the elections will be held at all these efforts foreign domestic partisan or simply militias are designed to foster mistrust in our elections process. Depress turnout and erode confidence in the election results and the of our democracy. They are a real threat to the health of our republic and they will only escalate in the months ahead. That's why it's incumbent upon all of us regardless of where we are or what our positions are to stand up in the face of any attempts to deploy false information about our elections and our voters rights. We must be vigilant against any and all attempts to hack our voters minds with social media posts and scare tactics that falsely threatened their confidence in our elections by proactively seeking out reliable sources of information and encouraging productive dialogue. Now make no mistake. It will take all of us every single one of us to work together if we are going to disarm and diminish to confuse our electorate but only by doing so. Can we fully succeed? In ensuring our elections are a secure. An accurate reflection of the will of the people now is not the time for partisan game ship but this moment in history requires that we come together and resist attempts to de-legitimize elections and silence. The Voice of our voters. We cannot let misinformation whether it comes from the White House the Kremlin or anywhere else so seeds of doubt in our elections process facts must prevail over fear otherwise it does not one party that will lose to the other that our nation that will lose its democracy. Sorry not sorry is executive produced by listen a lot out. That's me. Our associate producer has ben Jackson Editing and engineering. Tasha's Jake Guts and music by Josh Cooke. Alicia Eagle and Milo Bully Ari. That's my boy. Please subscribe on spotify Itunes or wherever you get your podcasts and if you like the show please rate review and spread the word..
"jocelyn benson" Discussed on Alyssa Milano: Sorry Not Sorry
"The process so we all have a responsibility as citizens to fight against efforts to misinform voters about their rights about the process and to take various different forms but to be active engaged critical thinkers in the information. We're getting and passing on and at the same per campaigns and not leaders as well so our efforts on election security really focus on those two things and educated me empowering listens to fight back against deceptive practices such critical is protecting the infrastructure system itself with so much going on. What do you think is the biggest risk to this election? Day home or don't vote because they feel they can't they? Shouldn't it's unsafe me. The biggest concern I have and what we're working every day to fight against. We want every citizen in Michigan and beyond to know that and have full faith that they can exercise their right to vote this fall and can do so with faith in our democratic institutions. It feels like a lot it is. I mean he intentionally was set up to acquire all of us to play a role and every Iraq. And so that is if you D and also it's challenge so in all these issues fighting back on elections security making sure that the November election is an accurate reflection of the will of citizens of our country. All of that you know gay gets down to all of the other. Look there's learning right back didn't happen because Lyndon Johnson said no we need Federal Law. It happened because demanded equality inference went to Mississippi and registered voters and showed that courage. Not that is what our democracy really is about. It's about its people and the secretary level it named Nicole to play and I think it's much rather use it to towards partisan and using it towards like engaging everyone outing and in our democracy actually took off twenty secretaries of state to film five months into my tenure. 'cause I was like this is what we're about guys this. Is You know proper the bridge so much of the work that we do in about enabling our systems to be a conduit for the electric's voice voters voice. But we can't do that in my voters. Believe in it believe in the system as well and sixty exerciser vote and demand and times when withheld her oppressed and we do better and tight with them against depression and other thing I mean. Honestly it's why I got politically active because what in two thousand to Al Gore. I was so completely horrified and it was the first moment in my life where I was like. Oh maybe can't be trusted and I promised myself that I would do everything I could. And within my power to help people to vote. And that's when I started driving people to the polls two thousand four. That's when I started driving people to the polls because of what happened in two thousand so identifying thousand votes our country's history so Chris in one state yeah other pieces of this to me is that so much of our history and who we are as a nation as defined by win the election and when that comes down to failures and the system of democracy for whatever reason then our history is defined by things. That aren't accurate. People gain power in a way that is not what the majority of people were mean. We see this in two thousand sixteen much. Our country has changed a response to chronic buyers. So much is decided by an election and I know we feel some times at one. Vote doesn't matter four votes or their householder which I didn't define who we are as a nation and we're seeing what happens when people don't oftentimes people electing the don't reflect the country. I want to switch gears and talk about some of the recent events in Michigan. You've had some I mean. It appears terrifying things happening. They're armed men storming the State House demanding. The governor reopen the state despite overwhelming scientific consensus to the contrary. What is up with that? What's happening. Who are able. It's heartbreaking to see actually when we have a governor who has brought together people are very movies the business community all over the state to inform her decision making should make very clear. Data driven decision in someone is a reflection of misinformation citizens are one in terms of what spurs someone to oppose it this information that they're hearing from different sources that we can be about. Parvin those sources come from a high levels or power. But it's sort of spurred on by permission it was politicize political and partisan agenda. That's not necessarily about the health of our state or communities or families and I think first and foremost I'm so honored to be working alongside governor. Who has been sped fast in continuing to do? What's best for everyone even those who seek to do harm and it's a reflection of good leadership certainly and when you again without being friend history. The decisions that are often made are ones that we make as leaders when they're unpopular right. And and you just hope that everyone power to make decisions and affect us all do. What's right now with popular politics and certainly in times like he'd more important so it's been scary early. It's unnerving days that it's happened winner and you know people with on storming the Capitol building and he just think what is this. What are we become the racial dynamics? Of course well he had was a car doing just sort of see the privilege of a community that have that reaction the communities of caller would have. And you know. Everything's up in Georgia with Aubrey. Martyn Amick to and just real elevations of the issues of criminal justice. And then you always there. You know. I think everyone in our state regardless of your party affiliation should be able to denounce violence in our capital. Yeah we haven't had that. Well that's because we don't have a leader at the highest level. That is able to do that. Yeah leader that was. Put there by an election right. So that's why there's when we have an election coming out. There's all the more reason to ensure winner hurt in the political arena the proper way but yeah so it's been Gosh. I mean even just this week. There was a vote illegal opinion by the Attorney General. The capital condition outlaw firearms and the capital declined to do so. Even people leveraging threats against elected office holders and it's time agreeing fighting and certainty to have that exacerbated by this type of behavior it just really disappointing that all around and I think moments of crisis you can either try to bring up the best. They can bring out the worst. Yeah and I think we all the Jones have a choice that we can make. And certainly what? We're all looking seen great leadership. We're also seeing some the worst behavior that we can see in society. Well and I think that a lot of it is stemming from this lack of coordinated effort in the beginning. It's like wear masks. Don't wear masks. Please don't wear masks your today. We're GONNA wear masks and when it's something as simple as protecting yourself with a mask and that message gets botched and there's no federal guidelines for reopening even though everyone's talking about reopening I think there is no real sort of begin of truth that we can trust. I think fouts using the best job he possibly can be doing in the CDC. I mean we. We heard a few weeks ago that the CDC guidelines and trump is editing them right now but states are already opening up. Wouldn't it be nice to have some sort of blanket guidelines? Were all on the same page? Because I mean as far as I know. We don't have barriers protecting us from other states that are opening where the pandemic is growing at a friend who is the other day and packing my driving through different states and I decide. Don't get out of your car and that state I live in Detroit and even just this morning I learned of our colleague former state. Senator more heard who passed away colonel virus and there's been significant racial disparities in. Detroit in other places in terms of WHO's been affected by this but certainly in communities of Color African American communities have been highly affected across the country. From what reasons because it is being the task force on this in Michigan and elsewhere but losing someone or losing many people to this virus versus not knowing anyone who was affected by it for multiple reasons and therefore being more susceptible to not leaving things that need to protect yourself and the restrictions are good reason for your own good health and my deputy secretary state income landlords attorney Emberley from time he's African American sixties and his experience with this forest. He lost so many people who knows his of big whisper. Portion impact had yet community different. Any experience at somewhere in the world can be might have based on who they know and who's going to factor that plays a little too in front of more reflection of our society and how race connected we are that we can't know or feel compassion towards those teaming would be another place but his experience is very different and also taking. He feeds the disparity the impact on the loss in the buyer viruses..
"jocelyn benson" Discussed on Alyssa Milano: Sorry Not Sorry
"On how to exercise their vote that they're well informed about how the exercise those choices and that one of those choices is the ability to vote without having to leave your home. And so you know in Michigan will working to make that a reality to build that infrastructure. Because there's many pieces to it. But it essentially requires and enables every citizen to be fully informed on that ability to have heard any continent that their vote will be counted if they receive their ballot and return it through the mail without ever leaving home. And I think we've already seen trump trying to Italian The idea of Malin voting as being something that can be hacked or that is wall neural president. Donald trump on Wednesday lashed out to states seeking to embrace mail in voting. Breaking Michigan Sends Absentee Ballots to seven point seven million people ahead of the primaries and general election this was done illegally and without authorization by a rogue secretary of state. I will ask to hold up funding to Michigan if they want to go down. This voter fraud. Pass those tweet from the president. What would you say to someone? That was listening to the podcast right now. Where they're like but I heard that it's not safe to vote when people actually if he does. You said vote by mail. Then they will question it. Piracy is clear. I think to me the is it two things we know they're going to be in. This election. Cycle efforts chew confused citizens about their rights. It's a different form voter suppression. But it's one in which we doubt our ability to vote. We don't be the sanctity of our whole and when you have lawmakers or leaders sowing the seeds of doubt based on false information it is one of those great guts. Democracy. It is heartbreaking. It is one of the saddest things for me to see people taking advantage and be uncertainty right now by the way policy of down in that said you always have to look at the motivation. Sometimes it's motivated for very political agendas and often times. You have to look at the data. The data shows is that where people vote when it's convenient to do so and more people when you wrote my mouth. We just had an election actually on local elections and we enabled ninety nine percent of the electorate to vote by mail. Mailing everyone an application to request their ballots. You sent them. Ninety nine percent of the vote in that elections by mail and turn out secretary of State Jocelyn Benson is doing what we hope. Many of you were doing today voted. There's still time to vote polls are open until eight o'clock you can show up. I if you've already been registered to vote show up at your local precinct. If you're not registered to vote there so time bring your residency verification to your local clerk and you can register to vote and cast her ballot right. Thousands of Michiganders cast their votes in yesterday's election. The first of its kind in the midst of a pandemic on a conference call with reporters Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson said. The turnout was historic. We have seen the vast majority of upwards of eighty or ninety percent of those voting today have voted by mail. The number of absentee ballots rose over ninety to ninety nine percent of all votes cast. Yesterday's turnout set a record for elections to a whopping twenty five percent double the average. The data across the board shows turnout increases. More people. Vote when they can go by mail and remorse people vote. Whoever HAS POWER INCREASE UNCERTAINTY FOR RETAIN? Our go right question mark and flag because but at the long as thing. I think it's more worried about what happened. More people vote than anything else. That's lying most common. But how do those comments change what you do? Is it more about a campaign of awareness? How do you fight it? That's so many of these issues that we're facing because of this man. I don't know how we fight attacks on elections and voting rights. So how does it change what you to? Beauty of democracy is that it's a team sport and secretaries of state election administrators. Play a key role and making sure that the trains run on time that people get their about their counted accurately and did that works but voters have a responsibility to an opportunity to engage their community to get people where accuracy gotta facts. Truth is one of the ways in which social media can be bluffing. We've also seen it used to sow seeds of doubt in information quite effectively. I see it as refund already but we all have to ensure that we know not just how to vote but they were informed as well and we can't necessarily farm out the duty of being influenced voters we have to embrace that responsibility thousand and nude around the. I think that's important part of it. Democracy is also more than just about moaning that is a key aspect of it but it your own sport. It's one in which stay engaged in spreading awareness about Lille facts is twenty four seven and then not just one day every four years when we tested the presidency. It's a Lotta work. And if we don't do have people writing power who don't reflect willow country and the majority of the electoral call of life and many other things changed impact and long..
"jocelyn benson" Discussed on Alyssa Milano: Sorry Not Sorry
"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. Well let's talk about November. I want a really sort of dive into what the plan is. Now that the pandemic changed everything. Because I feel like we're going to all be looking to you and to Michigan to sort of figure this out because you you are a battleground state. So what are the plans? How do we ensure that people are going to be able to vote confident that you really? In this age moment of uncertainty. There are two things that are absolutely certain. Bertha guards are elections in Michigan and many other states won the election. In November will happen. It will happen on time will happen on schedule and to citizens in Michigan and many other states will have a right to participate in that election from their home. Coming to you from the Robertson League voting booth here my dining room table. This is Dave. He's at home in Seattle Washington. Dave's done a lot of reporting on. What he says is a simple solution to how America can vote during the pandemic Chins of millions of people in America by mail now every election and it's fine. Washington is one of the few states that runs its entire election through the mail voting by got to walk into the two thousand. We everyone who done food by mail. Basically works by taking two important elements of voting verifying your identity and filling out the ballot and moving them from a polling place to your home or the ballot gets mailed a weeks before the election. They will not have to choose between her health and right to vote which is critical in ensuring back at this moment of historical election. Possibly the most significant election in our lifetime that every citizen knows exactly how to vote and doesn't worry that in casting they're risking their health so armee work really over the next five and a half months or how many weeks are left until November election. Which is coming out of quite quickly is to make sure that every citizen feels confident in the process knows exactly how to ensure their ballots. Catchy counting it there heard and if they are engaged if not even more so than ever before in using the power vote. To hold elected officials accountable. You said before and I agree with you that I feel like a lot of at least the younger generations feel that their voice and their vote does not make a difference. And it's always been hard to get out certain votes. How are we going to do this when there is a pandemic? I know it's going to happen. I know it has to happen. I know it's going to happen on time. I just can't wrap my head around unless you know by some miracle. Mcconnell wakes up and decides you know what everybody should be allowed to vote from home. That's what we're GonNa do this election cycle Howard secretaries of state. Who are leading the way. Alex Padilla in California. Were to implement program where every voter in the state will get balancing automatically. You've got that same. That's been in place for many years in Oregon and Washington champions Guy Secretaries it's actually both sides of the aisle because one of the other really important aspect of this officers. We administered democracy. We make sure everybody is hurt. It's not a heart condition and oftentimes uses that in the past. But that said. I think secretaries of state that either working with my colleagues around the country are working overtime in the vast majority of states to ensure every citizen has that preserved right by mail in Michigan. We've got this unique story. Because in two thousand eighteen voters voted overwhelmingly to amend our constitution to create a right to vote by mail as well as many other things like automatic voter registration and the ability to register to vote on election day. So really what it comes down to in my view is making sure. One voting is a very personal thing so making sure citizens essentially have choices.
"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.
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
"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.
"jocelyn benson" Discussed on Democracy Now! Audio
"Due to the pandemic in a series of tweets. Trump accused the states if acting illegally and promoting voter fraud. Trump's tweets came a day after Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson tweeted. No voter should have to choose between their health and their vote and every Michigan citizen has a right under state constitution to vote by mail with funding from the Federal Cares Act. I am ensuring. Every registered voter has the tools to conveniently that right she said. Public support of melon voting is high across the country. One recent poll showed three-quarters American support universal access to mail voting the Labor Department releases. Its latest unemployment. Figures today with an economist. Estimating another two and a half million. Us workers filed jobless claims over the last week the total number of newly unemployed people is rapidly approaching forty million a level not seen since the height of the Great Depression. Hundreds of McDonald workers went on strike around the country. Wednesday demanding the fast food giant take full responsibility for the safety of workers and customers during the pandemic this town send Chicago. Mcdonald's employee on strike for Personal Protective Equipment. Paid sick leave. Health insurance benefits and hazard pay. I'm doing what I feel is best for me. And my family to the COVID nineteen situation. I WANNA be able to protect my family but I also WANNA be evident co work around me to work so I just want McDonalds to make sure that workers like me you say that we are essential workers. Protect me and my beautiful boys and even my friends and family that are around me in New Orleans. Sanitation workers are in the third week of a strike demanding one hundred fifty dollars in weekly hazard pay. Pp repairs to trucks and a wage increase the company contracting the Orleans to pick up garbage metro service. Group has broadened work release prisoners as temporary replacements. The prisoners are being paid less than the minimum wage. This is one of the striking workers speaking to pick it on Tuesday.
"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.
"jocelyn benson" Discussed on Newsradio 950 WWJ
"Can take a picture of their ballot before leaving the voting booth. Secretary of state Jocelyn Benson settled a twenty sixteen lawsuit that challenged a ban on so-called ballots, selfies. Here's spokesman, Sean Starkey. We need to be really clear what is allowed is for a voter to take a photo of their own ballot. They're not allowed to take a selfie of themselves either in the voting booth or anywhere within the area where people are voting stresses. The agreement is not affect other prohibitions on photography in the area. Where voting is occurring. They might be from different parties in states, but they hate illegal robocalls. Michigan's Dana Nessel signed a letter with forty-one other attorneys general from around the country, urging the Federal Communications Commission to crack down on those calls letter says Michigan residents received nearly one point two billion of the almost forty eight forty eight billion robocalls made last year. Cam calls number two on the list of consumer complaints made to the Michigan AG's office last year, w w j news time three twelve the Detroit public schools community district is asking for your help to grow its art and music programs. They're seeking gently used music instruments superintendent, Dr Nikolai says they already have increased the number of schools that offer art and music classes, hiring sixty seven new teachers, but they want every building to participate sometimes the work through our music allow you to build that competency, go into areas like literacy, math science, social studies core more effectively in the end being exposed to the arts as young people, even if people don't end up becoming musicians or artists they had a love in recognition of beauty..
"jocelyn benson" Discussed on News-Talk 1400 The Patriot
"Roads. We've seen a number of accidents this morning, but everything has cleared and traffic is moving at posted speeds. Now, we do have the construction still six ninety six westbound between nine hundred four and cousins that is closed. However, both sides of the freeware scheduled to reopen by January seven your forecast today is calling for them cloudy skies. Maybe some rain flurries, and maybe some scattered sprinkles still today, I have thirty six, but then temperatures falling throughout the day right now. It is cloudy and thirty six degrees. From the townhall dot com. Newsroom. News is sponsored by the T. J Martell foundation. Divided government returns to Michigan today. When democratic governor elect Gretchen Whitmer is sworn in as governor the ceremonies will get underway at eleven AM on the lawn of the state capital when she attorney general Dana Nessel and secretary of state Jocelyn Benson are sworn in in November the three Democrats what the top of the ticket marking the first time since nineteen thirty eight that Democrats reclaimed all three offices that had been held the previous term by Republicans. The GOP will still hold majorities in this state house and Senate Detroit congresswoman elect proceeded to leave will wear a Palestinian dope. When she is sworn into office in Washington DC on Thursday. The Arab garments is similar to a western robe Philippe is Michigan's first Muslim elect to congress, and she will be the first Palestinian American to serve the T. J Martell foundation music. Promise for care to learn more. Visit tjmartelLorg dot org. C.
"jocelyn benson" Discussed on WJR 760
"Here this afternoon, the Dow is down three hundred and seventy five points. The NASDAQ is down one fifty three. I'm Marie Osborne. WJR news. The next update's at four o'clock or whenever news breaks. This. He's the guy Gordon show on news talk seven sixty WJR. Well, the sand is almost through the hourglass for Michigan's legislators as we come near the end of the lame duck session up in Lansing, Kathleen, Greg covering it all for the Detroit Free Press. Kathleen, any signs of this slowing down not at all. In fact, it's only going to speed up. We've got a day and a half left, and I'm expecting a late night tonight in a very very late night tomorrow. Well, let's quickly hit the highlights here of of things that we know are on maybe the front burner auto insurance reform. There was an effort out there to kind of reconstitute the Duggan reforms that would give a gold silver and bronze plan for those that wanted one. Right. And that that's circulating around. But it's unlikely that it's going to go anywhere. This time around it's going to have to wait until next year to bring this up again when it failed once already this year at this late date is a really tough hill to climb and I don't think that that's going to go anywhere this year. All right. Yeah. We said the same thing about right to work once upon a time to go. So you never you never know. The secretary of state issue would have stripped Jocelyn Benson of some thirty in in re Latian to campaign finance is that now officially dead. Yes. It is committee decided to not take that up today. And there's not enough time to do that. There was some real problems with that a lot of opposition to that. I I mean, but a lot of people said if you wanted to take that a thirty away from her why didn't do that from the secretary of state. Why didn't you do that in the last eight years, but you've got a democrat coming in now? And all the sudden you wanna strip that a. Thirty away from them. So that one isn't going to move in. It's it just kind of died in committee this morning. The effort to raise the bar for ballot initiatives to make it tougher to collect signal petition signatures to get something on a statewide referendum. Where does that stand? It now has a pretty vocal opponent lesser Republican in Oakland County executive l Brooks Patterson, well, L Brooks Patterson and Pat Anderson who spearheaded the part time legislature drive back in nineteen ninety two or ninety three. He came out against it today. And they're actually in committee talking about that right now, it would require that only. Fifteen percent of the signatures could come from anyone county which would mean that a lot of signatures would get thrown out. Because once you hit the fifteen percents threshold than the rest of the signatures don't count from that particular congressional district. That's really controversial Bill. They're discussing that right now, it might get might change. I it's going to be voted out of committee right now. But it might. Might change. Once it gets on the Senate floor. We also saw some bipartisan support for what's being called the baby box. And these would be I guess you would call it a repository for a newborn child in the event that the mother wanted to a man, and it could be done in a safe manner were alarms would be triggered. And there would be instant care for that that child tell me about that. Yes. That this expanse on a Bill that was passed a few years ago that allows a mother to basically abandoned their newborn up for adoption right after birth as long as they take it to an emergency responder, a police station, a fire station a hospital, and they can do that without fear of prosecution. Well, they have since created these what they call newborns safety devices, which is a like a box had built into the side of a building where provides like a hygienic place where somebody can trap off a newborn if they wanted to give up parental rights of that newborn. And that passed the Senate yesterday, it's on its way to governor Snyder sad that something like that is needed. But if that's the safest way to care for a newborn, I think we'd all put that at a higher priority. What about the Shirke? I guess you would call it a an anti sunshine law. He wants to put into law. Some things that would make it tougher to find out who's donating to nonprofits for special interest causes is the governor going to sign that do we know? Well, the governor had one of those funds at one at one point in his governorship. He got rid of that fund and is now now disclosing the donors to it. But this Bill would allow would codify law that allows those donors to be non-disclosed. And I think that that's one of those ones that Snyder could could sign he's he's always coy about whether he's going to sign bills or not. And there's no difference in this. He's he's being pretty coy about that one too. So I'm not sure if he's going to sign one that one. But if he does I think that that's my might be one that he will. Is there anything else that we should be watching that can be one of those eleventh hour surprise is that you just go. Oh my gosh. How did that sneak in? Well, I mean, there's still the Bill out there that would allow. How the state legislature either the house or the Senate to intervene in any case that comes before the any case against the state that comes before the courts, and this has been one that is kind of seen as a as a slap at attorney general. The new newly elected attorney general Dana Nessel that one is still hanging out there. It's in the Senate has passed the house and the Senate, and there's a possibility that it could either today or tomorrow, we've got a big supplemental Bill supplemental budget Bill coming up with worth about more than six hundred million dollars. And it'll be real interesting to see where where that money is going to go. And if they're going to hold any back as a new administration is coming in to see if they might wanna if they got some priorities for spending, right? And whether it goes to roads and child protective services in a number of the priorities of the governor has signaled he'd like to see it. Well, it's too much for all of us to keep up with. And that's why we read your byline, Kathleen, gray. We appreciate your time. Well, thanks so much for having me deadly in grave from the Detroit Free Press. Should they clip the wings of the incoming AG? Should they have bypassed on the secretary of state? And what should they do that six hundred million dollars? That's left in the till at the end of the year. We'll take your calls on that. What you think of what's.
"jocelyn benson" Discussed on WAAM Talk 1600
"Get it on the chat screen. There we go. All right, part part of the reason I want to share this with you. As the new secretary of state Jocelyn Benson. I saw her. I saw her on a video and and. Yeah. And she was talking about she's making a case for taking down the electoral college. She's making a case for that was. So then this is now now if you don't go to this where I'm going to tell you to go to right now. Something's horribly wrong. All nineteen of you Imprimis, a little news blurb that comes out of Hillsdale College. You can look for it on Google surf in primus bring it up. Get the latest episode because I was took it up on Facebook. The guy that wrote that peace, and I'm gonna reference him at some point. We'll get to him. I want to get back into that in more detail. But he lays out a case that we are now in a Cold War, cold civil war. You've you've heard that a lot of people think the is squishy living document that has to change with the times as opposed to the times are anchored to the constitution. Which is what conservatives thing? And man, his his cases beauty. It is fabulous. I stuck it up on Facebook. It's down about maybe five six seven eight nine ten posts. And by the way, when you go to my site. There weren't excellent on Facebook. Coaches look the first top or you see one on the homepage you go. That's cool. You go over and scan it regularly indepth. I put things up there that you should be sharing with everybody, you know, and that's one of them, by the way. So we're going to get into the Imprimis thing in a bit here. We're right now in a crazy crazy insane. Well, we're socialist. We're straight up socialist. And Jocelyn Benson is going to help move even further toward that. I stuck up a piece. Also, we're in California right now, they are legislating the bible out of existence. You know, why? Because they're saying, it's hate speech. Now, the case made of the Imprimis is that the and you've heard this the people that are the Nancy Pelosi's of the world, the Al Sharpton of the world they like the first amendment works toward their advantage. And what they want to have happen is they wanted rewritten such that hate speech is in there. Maybe not even a word like that. But that's what they're going for. If if something is said that they think is hateful. You shouldn't be able to say that. Well, hateful would be. I support Donald Trump in many circles. So that's where we're at in two thousand eighteen truly scary. So we'll get to that a bit here. And I'm gonna play you the the peace. Up on the electoral college. I may play twice today. This this is something that not only do you need to hear on the show today. This is something that your kids need to hear your kids need to hear. It comes down off a Prager. You. We'll talk about the lady that doesn't the bitter. But this makes it stupid simple. You know, when you talk about the electoral college, and you really get into what it is. Or if you read description of it, it'll make your eyes bleed it's like reading Canterbury tales. That old English trouser crap. It's insane. It's crazy eight and but but when you realize what it really is. It's it's a thing of beauty. It is. It is everybody will be represented in this Republic and destroy. I remembered it doesn't win does not what republics all about some people. Actually. Hey, man. They're doing my idea. I like it other people damn I'd hate that that they're not doing my idea next next election. We'll we'll get the Republic changed. That's how it works. It's supposed to make everybody happy ever that. By the way, is the progressive mind. We're going to make everybody happy whether they want it or not. Wanted to start today. We'll get to that in a bit some of the most important radio in history of mankind. I'm thyroid X hang on. Let me I must read that this is the most important radio history of mankind. I'm next on the edge. I'm so glad you could join me don't forget, our managers overbought, and we're passing the savings on to you. Police locate mother and son who escaped from jail. I love this. I'm looking at these people they're straight out of those TV shows that I love to watch it three in the morning. Two three in the morning. I like those cop shows cops specifically. Vegas jail jail in Vegas of standing. Now. This this comes from Georgia Newnan, Georgia deputies of Newnan have located fifty four year old Kathy. Pence who helped her son Twenty-seven-year-old Josh Gullit, just Joshua Gullit escaped from prison. Prison work detail on Monday, deputies in Franklin said Joshua was working as a clean on cleaning detail. Ron midnight at something called heard county jail. He was serving twenty four to thirty six months. He probably should have stayed where he was because I going to serve a lot more time. He was sentenced on charges of burglary. Now, according to the officials Cathy was waiting. In a black Cadillac Escalade at a nearby facility. She won't be driving that for a while. Because she's probably going to do time to the two. Then this is why I'm sharing this with you. I love that. They had their priorities straight the two then drove to county deputies tractor cellphone usage to an ihop. So the first thing they said is man, let's get some pancakes. I have to give these people round of applause. I'm telling you. I. If I broke out of jail. I would be. You just added painful? I've made my next move. Got it will face.
"jocelyn benson" Discussed on WJR 760
"Good morning. Good morning. Frank longtime listener, thank you. I wanted to explain to you and your listeners and any politicians have might be listening that we already elect our president using the popular vote. And let me explain that. Every four years. Fifty states and a handful of territories elect the president each state holds a separate election for president. The winter of the popular vote in that state is awarded the electoral college votes. So we already elect our president using the popular vote, and our founding fathers were definitely genius when they set up our government. Oh, yeah. They they set it up in in a in a way where you cannot have like I said earlier the most populous states deciding who the winner is going to be every year now now on one hand, you're right that we do still have the popular vote that that determines the outcome. But the the total popular vote doesn't decide the president. You know that doesn't do it. Well, that's the number because when you look at how it's already set up the popular vote gives every medium medium-sized state and smaller state, a true say in electing the president, exactly exactly. And that was the goal of the founders when they when they established that system. It'll be you know, like I said it's at like Jocelyn Benson said earlier. It's it's worth discussion. It's going to get a lot of discussion. There are people pushing it hard, they need do, you know, I got invited by this group that's pushing for this to attend one of their sessions one of their indoctrination sessions, if you will in Hawaii last year, okay, they wanted they they do this go around, and they get people in the public sector who are our so called opinion deciders or makers, and and they get them to these sessions in in great vacation, spots wine and dine them as best. They can to try to get them on their side. And then you sit down for an hour, and you get indoctrinated by them on what they wanna push. I got invited to one of those. And I turned it down is. I'm not going to that. Are you kidding me? Well, next time you're invited. Explain what I just told you or go, right? Take the free vacation. Let's I appreciate the call. Thank you so much Lou. Let's go to Monroe Laurie..
"jocelyn benson" Discussed on WAAM Talk 1600
"Eight two two sixteen hundred. I got to share this with you, this hamster cage. Lenny Detroit News. Elections have consequences. Oh, no. I just lost. Oh, you know, what I think I really strict? Really screwed this up. Let's see if I can go back. One more time. Thank you Jesus. Thank you. Okay. Let's go down through this. And I was trying to get the date on this November thirteenth, which is what yesterday. Ann arbor. Michigan secretary state elect Jocelyn Benson is calling on residents to debate the way America selects presidents, hang on a second. Why would we debate the way America elects presidents when it's in our founding document what she's really saying? That's it'd be worded. And who wrote this somebody named Sarah row? Well, Sarah, take a lesson in journalism. Okay. That should have been said Michigan secretary of state elect Jocelyn Benson is calling for residents to debate. Whether or not the constitution is relevant and rational, that's it. And then you can go on to say she's calling for a debate on the way, America selects presidents. Why would we debate unless we went to amend the constitution so Benson who will oversee the next presidential elections and the state of Michigan newly elected Michigan secretary of state said the two thousand twenty election approaches conversations on election reforms will increase as will question surrounding weather. Here we go the electoral college remains effective. Of course, it does. You know, what remains affective? The way the forefathers put in play that we should actually be appointing senators to Washington DC as opposed to electing them. We're in big trouble in in large part because of that upending, and they'd but they did it the right way, they went and got themselves a constitutional amendment. That's the way doing it was gained all the way up to line. But that's how they did it. Now, we're dangerous dangerous territory. End up. I go back to elections have consequences. They really do and the election that we just went through not only as consequence. It has straight up craziness all over it just screaming craziness and screaming socialist. We don't give a damn about. No, stinking constitution, America. There's Jocelyn Benson. Let's see what marquess say, Mark. Welcome on on the edge. Thank you, say wrong. This girl on at your California standing up for her her beliefs and following her beliefs. God bless her. She's a yes. With the cost straight up. Or your Princess? Yep. Yep. And let's fall into Samuel Adams was determined rebel. He masterminded. The Boston tea party was among the first patriots to call for American independent news the biggest Christian history of our country. Arguably. That is correct and United our country rebellion against the British empire in pursuit of the American dream. So I I take the British empire out. And let's go against all this pushback, and socialist and everything and and we can replace that with the British empire. This is what we're facing today's age people. And if you don't start doing your civic duty, and I wanna talk to you next week say wrong about how people can get involved and do their civic duty. Yeah. Please. Do let us know where we're in. An uncharted territory. I know a lot of people have said that. But it's true. We really are. Now, we're we're at a crossroads is more glaring than ever where this country is going toward socialism, straight up euro, socialism and not be any vestige of an American Republic anymore at all. Or we're going to go back toward hinging ourselves to the constitution. Donald Trump has made one of his main jobs. Well, let me rephrase that Donald Trump one of the main things she's been doing behind the scenes somewhat overtly as well, if you're paying attention. He's recoupling us to the constitution. Oh by all means. And I think we need we need to educate a little further, and I'll touch base with you next week. We'll tell people how they can get involved on a local basis and have a big effect fantastic. We'll look forward to hearing from you. Then thank you, Mark. Let's see what Paul has say Paul welcomed on the edge there on thanks for taking my call. Yeah. So, you know, I'm real tired of all these people calling to abolish the electoral college. And I hear this from so many people left, and right, unfortunately, if we do that we get rid of state's economy. I mean, that's you know, if you if you do that you lost the entire federal system. I don't get it. Yeah. Your seizing hang on your seizing on something here on a blow past too fast. And that is if we up end the electoral college, we up and pretty much the United States of America because here's the deal. It will they say this love to say that it's all the elections will be by the two big cities because it'll be a straight up democracy democracy is my rule it's one hundred percent mob rule now. That's why the forefathers put the electoral college and play. Unfortunately, the electoral college is like studying calculus for many people. It really is it's confusing. But if you dig in, and you figure out what it is ego man, this is beauty. Now. I want to tell people real quick because you both the subject electoral college, you can find out really fast. Why the electoral college is important it'll be explained drunk third grader from outer space. Mentally challenged. Third grader from outer space to understand. It's over at the Prager university. If you go to Prager university and you search elect. College. It will explain to you in less than five minutes. I played on the show tomorrow, it's absolutely important imperative that that people are educated around this. Because once it's gone. They have literally cut the head off of America. That's it. It's gone. Thanks there. All right. Thank you. For being aware. How many people if you brought up the electoral college ago? What does that? I mean, what's the tuition? I mean, one of the jokes going around on me, miss acacia, Cortez, psychotic communist brother wants to get rid of the electoral college this. She's gonna make the electoral college free for everyone. It's not funny. I mean, there really are trying to take it down. Why are they trying to take it down because the electoral college is actually represented.
"jocelyn benson" Discussed on WJR 760
"This Wednesday, November seventh the day after the election the day. We can welcome in our next secretary of state for the great state of Michigan. Jocelyn benson. Ms benson. Congratulations. Thank you. Thank you very much. Good morning. Good morning to use. As one of the headline set. Second time is a charm. I yeah. Now to get to work, and you know, I saw one of your commercials in. I saw these people lined up outside the secretary of I was way down the road. When I when I was talking to the current secretary of state term limited Ruth Johnson. I said I've never seen anything like that. She said, well, generally, it's not like that. But there are times when it can become that bad that busy depending on the time of day at cetera et cetera. I thankfully, never experienced it. But I know one of the things that you say or said while running is you wanna make sure that doesn't happen anymore. Yeah. I'm really excited to get to work on meeting that goal because I think even as I was driving around a pole yesterday the rate talking to voters I would pass a branch office and see if it was open people in their waiting frustrated and to be that's that's what sometimes the only interface. Someone has with the state of Michigan with the government. And if we can make that work well for everyone, no matter where you are in the state. I think it can really improve how people seed our government, something efficient and other side. It's on I'm ready to use data. Find out the best. Greg says around the country and meet this goal, thirty minutes inter out because I think people should expect that from me their next secretary of state from our government and in terms of voting yesterday when we went to our polling place. There was quite a long line longest line I've ever seen there. I don't know if it's the time of day or just because we have more people show up for this mid-term, but it was a long ballot. And you have to. Filling those squares which takes longer than I'd like it too. Because I I I'm like the kid who colored in the lines. So I always want to go outside the box. You know, what I'm talking about the same thing. Yeah. I was very careful as I've told in every oh, hoping I. I bet. No subtypes vote. Can't you know machines won't read the votes? Felt in the right way. So yeah, you had ovals I had squares. Now doesn't explain it. All anyway, I got it done in about ten minutes. Earlier had been hearing people saying it took them as long as fifteen to twenty minutes. And I thought oh, my that's gonna be tough. But meanwhile, what other things would you like to accomplish Jocelyn Benson? You've been a busy person as CEO of the Ross initiative in sports for equality or rise. Former dean at Wayne State university. You're going to take all of that experience. And pour it into being our next secretary of state. What else do you want to accomplish? I am ended up. I think thirty minute guarantee is is highway whisper things to focus on day one. And then I wanna make our election secure had a plan to ensure we've got all the security measures in place that will give voters confident that no it can hack our elections hack their vote, and then I take seriously the fact that Michigan's bid last every state of the country, right transparency and ethics laws. And I'm going to be a secretary of state that fight for transparency and advocates for better ethics laws and in the state because that's going to be a port for people that have faith in their government and people to have faith that our democracy. So I'm going to take that responsibility very very much in that new. We've got these proposals to implement now the independent citizens redistricting commission all reforms in proposal three. So I wanna bring people together from both sides and talk about how to implement both judiciously at officially. With an eye towards ensuring we've got we're transparent throughout the whole process and were making it easier to vote harder to cheat is I set throughout the campaign, but also with redistricting truly creating an independent traits parrot commission, which citizens drawing the lines that are in a fair way that will create competitive districts across the state. That's really I mean, there are a lot of tough challenges ahead for you and for for all of us. But the getting an independent panel to I mean, truly independent panel for right districting is going to be the I think one of the biggest challenges. Yeah. I'm up to the task. I've seen this in California. I watched very closely ten years ago when I studied this and it worked on this issue at twenty eleven with the California independent commission. So I've seen what works and what doesn't in very similar models. And I think there's an opportunity for us here in Michigan to take that just get it. Right, but leave they country and showing how citizens candidate embrace a responsibility to draw districts and do it. Well, so I'm excited because I think this positions, especially as. Leader. And if we do successfully dedicated to doing just that we certainly wish for you. Great success in any way, we can help and offer support along the way. Please don't hesitate to ask. Thank you. Well, I'm happy to be on your show anytime. And even if I lose my voice today after running around in the rain and the precincts docket of voter so laugh, I suspect your voice will be stronger. The next time we speak it. Sure. Well, and I look forward to it. Thank you so much our next secretary of state, replacing the term limited Ruth Johnson. Who did a nice job? We wish Jocelyn Benson. Well to do a nice job to six fifty two w are you ready for a good career? That's.
"jocelyn benson" Discussed on Newsradio 950 WWJ
"In Michigan. The big winners in Michigan were Gretchen Whitmer for governor Democrats, Eliza Slatkin and Hayley Stevens. One for congress. US Senator Debbie stabber now re-elected legalization of recreational marijuana in Michigan approved and Michigan's news secretary of state is Jocelyn Benson. Who is now. Joining us live this morning. This benson. First of all, congratulations to you. Thank you very much. Good morning. Good morning. Nice to have you. So how you feeling on this day after election days voices, a little horse? I realize 'cause I it was raining yesterday. And I was at the precincts all day running around talking to voters. So it's still got to recover from the campaigning side of it. But I'm ready to go to work. So what did you think of the election, and what improvements do you think we need to make in our elections? Well, certainly we need to ensure we've got the best security measures in place. And also that our poll workers are prepared to handle any issues on election day. We saw some issues yesterday of machines not being ready to go when the polls occas and lines. Mike in some areas. But I, you know, I think with proposal three passing Ed bringing early voting Michigan. That's to help a great deal. So that people have more options on how to cast their ballots on election day. Yeah. Propose a tree passing last night as as well as proposal to which both of those you you'll be in charge of implementing those. So those will be pretty much the it seems from our vantage point the biggest challenges you'll be facing right off the bat. Yeah. Well, I I'm ready for for those in particular because I'm election maturity and we've done this worked for a number of years. So I've seen in other states how both independent redistricting commissions and a lot of their reforms proposal three can be implemented successfully. So I'm excited to learn from it bring those best practices here to Michigan. But I truly believe I'm ready to implement both. Because of the the decades-long experience, I've got it in those areas of the law and administration. So my commitment is to making sure that the redistricting. We've got commissioned with transparency, and then it's truly nonpartisan truly independent because the division of citizens behind it and creating independence. It drives US District lines liquidated gerrymandering that must be achieved. And I'm going to work hard to make sure we do it. And we're talking with voters this morning. Some of them are cynical about the roads and paying for road improvements, and you and I talked before the election, and you talked about the possibility of toll roads in Michigan. Well, I think we've got to think creatively and innovatively about how you prove the roads and looking forward to working with our next governor. I think all of us are committed to that. And making sure that we're finding ways to support funding for that. In a way that does not make it harder to drive or harder to afford to drive for a lot of our our citizens. So I'm looking forward to finding those creative solutions and. And you still biggest fierceful advocate for our drivers. And against vehicle increases are Michigan. Secretary of state elect Jocelyn Benson. Thanks for your time and rest up that voice of yours. You got a lot of work ahead ready to get to work.
"jocelyn benson" Discussed on WJR 760
"So I've I've got added experience to enhance my commitment and expertise and knowledge of the so I feel even more ready to do the job, and and hoped her and everyone vote and support did you feel like you had greater name recognition this time around too because the last run. No, not necessarily. I think I've still introduced myself to a lot of people all across the state over the past over the past year, or so, but I I get, you know, having having worked at de frankly. And and also the work. I did I've done with veteran. That has connected me with more people throughout the state. So I've got more relationships, I know more people throughout the state. And so I think that's that's been helpful. But that said, you know, the the there's millions of voters to reach. So I've at it. So I think some people maybe more people knew, you know, my background in my work. But still there's a lot of meeting people for first time that happened. Yeah. You and your opponent disagree on a number of issues, including the the proposal on the ballot that allows same day voter registration. And that that's that's the part of that proposal that really scares the dickens out of me. I don't like that somebody going to the polls and say I want to register now and that worries me. Are you supporting that I am supporting proposal three and proposal to I would say that? I think it's all in the imitation for same day voter registration. And as we've talked before, I I think it is not good for people to be able to go to the polls. And also register right at the polls. And so the way I would have permitted and the way I think the proposal phrase it, but either way if I'm secretary of state the way I implemented is we'll have select locations where you can go and register and show your ID at residential verification. And those locations will be managed in a way to ensure that you can't go from place to place in reregister that will be sort of small and contained enough that it will be able to protect that part of the process. I think that's the only way you can do it. And that's how I've seen it work in other states successfully to protect against any type of shenanigans. Vicki I really liked it that you want ID shown to and you know, because in this day and age we've heard too many people talk about well, I dis not that important. You know, people can't get ID's. And all of that every time I. I talked to you you talk about showing ID. Well, yeah. Into two things that are relevant to me one a secretary state. It'll be my job to help everyone get ID, which I think should be the focus. I think it's helpful for everyone have ID. And so I see that as my focus and my role as it also recognizing that the signature someone signature is is important to protect as well that that it's a lot more difficult to forge a signature than to create a fake ID. So using someone signature is identification that we all have at calibrating. I think it's important to to to recognize. But yeah. And then of course, you have all the needed focus on ensuring that people can't make fake ID's and take driver's licenses in investigating any allegations there, which also take seriously. So I see that as my role helping to protect everyone's data security and getting everyone that needed identification. They to do many things in our society. Right. And finally before I let you go and get off to vote and go campaign today. Jocelyn benson. What are you going? Due to make sure that when I sign up the secretary of state's office to get my tabs renewed. And go into the computer system that I'm not going to have to wait two hours. Like am night now. Well, I I I'd go oriented, so I always set goals and Mark to meet him. So that's my goal is getting you in and out in thirty minutes or less and one of the things you can do and you'll be able to do in every office. When I when I become secretary of state is making a point ahead of time. And then when you made an appointment you show up, and you can get in and out probably under thirty minutes. That's the best way to avoid wait times..
Michigan senators offer condolences to John McCain
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