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Left of Lansing
43 minutes | Jan 22, 2021
30: Episode 30: Pat's Back! Michigan GOP Tried To Steal Our Election!
Pat is back with a new episode! He goes after Michigan's GOP as it tried to steal the election from Joe Biden. He offers a counterpoint on why the "AOC WING" of the Democratic Party is indeed changing things for the better. And more!
57 minutes | Jun 9, 2020
29: Episode 29: Jody LaMacchia On Running For 46th State House Seat; Pat Calls-Out Right-Wing on COVID-19 & Race Issues
Pat's back and ready to call-out Michigan's right-wing forces that did nothing to help Gov. Whitmer's efforts to combat COVID-19, and how the right-wing remains tone-deaf on race issues. Then, Jody LaMacchia joins Pat to discuss her run for the state house in the 46th District. Finally, Pat shows how Michigan's Republican Party remains in the past while Michigan pushes ahead on LGBTQ issues.
40 minutes | May 2, 2020
28: Episode 28: Michigan Republicanism & The Cult--5/2/2020
Pat Johnston talks about how Michigan Republicans rely on The Trump Cult to stop Gov. Whitmer from protecting the state against this pandemic.
43 minutes | Mar 2, 2020
27: Episode 27: Dave Wagner--Indivisible Michigan--3/1/2020
Pat is geeked that Michigan will play a crucial role in the 2020 Democratic Presidential Primary. Candidates should know about the Blue Wave of 2018 in Michigan, partially because we know the Devos family! Dave Wagner from Indivisible Michigan is the guest this week. And Pat reminds everyone how Democratic Presidents used to fight for Medicare 4 All.
37 minutes | Feb 23, 2020
26: No Michael Bloomberg, and Putting Michigan GOP On Defense 2/23/20
Pat Johnston says Michigan Democrats Must put Republicans on defense regarding health care and treatment of women. Pat wonders why some Michigan Democrats are backing Michael Bloomberg for president despite his obvious flaws. And Pat argues why Democrats taking-on Democrats in other primary races is democracy in action!
38 minutes | Jan 20, 2020
25: Guest: Julia Pulver, Democratic state house candidate for Michigan Legislature--1/20/2020
Julia Pulver talks with Pat Johnston about her quest for the state house seat in Michigan's 39th district. Ms. Pulver also covers health care, charter schools, and more. Pat describes why the 2020 state races are just as important as the Presidential election. And Pat talks about that green ooze on I-696 last month, and how it's the perfect metaphor for Republican environmental policies.
55 minutes | Nov 2, 2019
24: Guest: Christine Barry from Michigan Policast--11/2/19
The 24th episode of The LOL Podcast features Pat Johnston with an epic rant about how progressives can no longer afford to be "civil" anymore. They must Fight Back against 40-years of radical right-wing activism. Christine Barry from Michigan Policast joins Pat to discuss that topic, and other issues affecting Michigan. And then, Pat highlights how young people are shying away from the teaching profession in Michigan. email@example.com
51 minutes | Sep 27, 2019
23: Anna Clark--Author of "The Poisoned City: Flint Water & the American Urban Tragedy
Hello fellow LOLers! Pat's back with a new podcast. This week, Pat hails Michigan Democratic Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib for being one of the first voices to call for Trump's impeachment! Anna Clark is Pat's guest this week. She wrote: "The Poisoned City: Flint Water and the Urban Tragedy." And a district judge places a temporary injunction on Michigan AG Dana Nessel's rule that adoption agencies receiving state contracts can't discriminate against LGBTQ couples hoping to adopt.
33 minutes | Aug 25, 2019
22: Episode 22: Pat Explains How Koch-DeVos Policies FAILED for Everyone--Except the Rich
Pat goes solo this week to share his thoughts on how the Koch-DeVos Libertarian Utopia has been an unmitigated disaster for everyone., He then explains Michigan's fights to fix our roads, schools, and environment is all about ending years of Republicans Running Michigan On The Cheap. And Pat highlights how the right wing is fighting to stop Michigan's new redistricting committee from ever forming.
40 minutes | Aug 17, 2019
21: Episode 21: Democratic State Rep. Jon Hoadley; And Pat says "cruelty" is the GOP Platform
On the 21st episode of the Left of Lansing Podcast, Pat highlights how "cruelty" is the top priority for the right wing. Democratic State Rep. Jon Hoadley talks with Pat about why he's running for U.S. Congress in 2020! And Pat praises Michigan Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib!
48 minutes | Aug 10, 2019
20: Emily Durbin: Moms Demand Action For Gun Sense In America--Michigan
Pat Interviews Emily Durbin from the Michigan chapter for Moms Demand Action For Gun Sense In America. Pat also explains why the right wing points to "mental illness" whenever a right wing terrorist attacks America. Plus, Michigan State Senator Mallory McMorrow provides a rallying call to fight for real gun reform in Michigan.
44 minutes | Jul 5, 2019
19: Former Michigan DNC Chair Mark Brewer Interview; And Pat Talks Migrant Detention Centers
Pat Johnston speaks with former Michigan DNC Chair Mark Brewer on Rick Snyder turning down Harvard appointment; voting rights; Whitmer & GOP budget fight; and the direction of Michigan's Democratic Party. Plus, Pat attacks anti-democratic Republicans. And, Pat criticizes national Democratic leaders for voting for Mitch McConnell's border bill.
42 minutes | Jun 22, 2019
18: Interview With Sharon Dolente from ACLU of Michigan On Voting Rights
Pat Johnston talks with Sharon Dolente, who is the Voting Rights Strategist with the ACLU of Michigan. Sharon played a pivotal role in helping get the Promote The Vote initiative on the 2018 ballot, which won by overwhelming numbers. Pat talks about why Michigan Republicans are trying to stifle the vote rather than WIN votes. And Pat rants about how Medicaid Work Requirements are doing exactly what conservatives wanted by hurting working families.
36 minutes | Jun 15, 2019
17: Pat Rants About Flint Water Crisis Charges Dropped; GOP Voter Disenfranchisement Efforts; And More!
Pat brings more progressive insight with an edge this week as he rails against Michigan GOP efforts to disenfranchise young voters, and Democratic voters, general. He delves into the reasons why charges have been dropped in the Flint Water Crisis. And he praises a couple of Michigan Congressional Democrats for finally joining the fight to impeach Trump!
41 minutes | Jun 8, 2019
16: Julia Pulver on Auto Insurance Reform & Running as a Progressive in a Red District
Julia Pulver is this week's guest. Julia is an RN, political activist, and former Michigan State Senate candidate, barely losing in the 15th district. She shares her experience running a progressive campaign in a red district. And she doesn't hold back on her opposition to the recently signed auto insurance reform bill. I remind everyone about how Rick Snyder took part in the biggest political scandal--The Flint Water Crisis. And I praise Governor Whitmer for (so far) sticking to her promise to close Line 5!
40 minutes | Jun 1, 2019
15: Interview with Democratic state Senator Mallory McMorrow; And Pat criticizes Michigan's new auto insurance "reform bill
Pat interviews Michigan Democratic state Senator Mallory McMorrow from the 13th district in Oakland County. They talk about the generational divide between Millennials and older generations; Michigan GOP's fight to enact anti-women's health and anti-choice laws; her bill to ban gay conversion therapy; and why she voted against the auto insurance "reform" bill. Pat has a meltdown over that "reform" bill in his monologue. And Pat highlights good progressive stances by state AG Dana Nessel on Line 5, and the Grand Rapids city council's proposal to punish people for calling 911 on people of color for "living their lives."
34 minutes | May 24, 2019
14: Justin Amash & Impeachment; Shady FCA-Detroit Deal; PFAS Fight; Measles; And Harriet Tubman
It's Pat Johnston going solo this week. Pat talks about how Michigan Republican Congressman Justin Amash joined Michigan Democratic Congresswoman in calling for impeachment hearing on President Trump. Pat also share some Gen X cynicism over the new Fiat Chrysler jobs deal with Detroit. Democratic state Rep. Brian Elder proposes legislation to protect kids from measles outbreak. And Trump Treasury Sec. Steve Mnuchin delays the $20 Harriet Tubman bill until 2028. I wonder why...
49 minutes | May 17, 2019
13: Eclectablog's Chris Savage; And Michigan GOP's War On Women
Pat goes on an epic rant against the Michigan GOP's decision to join in the national GOP effort to end the reproductive rights of women. Chris Savage from the progressive Michigan website, Eclectablog, joins Pat to further discuss the Michigan GOP's War On Women, and also why Michigan progressives must keep engaged in state politics, Of all weeks, this week illustrates that point. And Pat praises AG Dana Nessel for going after corporations that put PFAS in our water systems. firstname.lastname@example.org
41 minutes | May 10, 2019
12: Susan Demas from Michigan Advance; Michigan GOP Proposing Insane Gun Bills
Susan Demas from Michigan Advance joins me to discuss state politics, and the progressive fight against Trump Republicans. Pat rails against the Lansing establishment press for failing to give progressives a voice. And Michigan GOP proposing insane gun bill! Visit leftoflansing.com
42 minutes | May 3, 2019
11: Dr. April Zeoli on Guns & Domestic Violence; State Rep. Laurie Pohutsky's "Bold" Progressive Speech; GOP Gerrymandering Ruled Illegal!
MSU researcher Dr. April Zeoli talks about her study on the relationship between guns and domestic violence. Pat celebrates how the Michigan GOP's gerrymandering game is deemed illegal by the courts. And he highlights the bold progressive leadership of State Rep. Laurie Pohutsky.
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