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An insight into Michigan's progressive political and pop cultural scene. Pat Johnston highlights how the progressive movement is helping shape Michigan's political landscape with opinion and interviews. It's time to make Michigan's political machine work for the people!

Latest Episodes

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.

50 MIN2 weeks ago
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Anna Clark--Author of "The Poisoned City: Flint Water & the American Urban Tragedy

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.

32 MINAUG 26
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Episode 22: Pat Explains How Koch-DeVos Policies FAILED for Everyone--Except the Rich

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!

40 MINAUG 17
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Episode 21: Democratic State Rep. Jon Hoadley; And Pat says "cruelty" is the GOP Platform

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.

47 MINAUG 11
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Emily Durbin: Moms Demand Action For Gun Sense In America--Michigan

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.

44 MINJUL 6
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Former Michigan DNC Chair Mark Brewer Interview; And Pat Talks Migrant Detention Centers

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 (https://www.aclumich.org/en/biographies/sharon-dolente) . 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.

41 MINJUN 23
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Interview With Sharon Dolente from ACLU of Michigan On Voting Rights

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!

35 MINJUN 16
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Pat Rants About Flint Water Crisis Charges Dropped; GOP Voter Disenfranchisement Efforts; And More!

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!

41 MINJUN 8
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Julia Pulver on Auto Insurance Reform & Running as a Progressive in a Red District

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."

40 MINJUN 2
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Interview with Democratic state Senator Mallory McMorrow; And Pat criticizes Michigan's new auto insurance "reform bill

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...

34 MINMAY 24
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Justin Amash & Impeachment; Shady FCA-Detroit Deal; PFAS Fight; Measles; And Harriet Tubman

Latest Episodes

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.

50 MIN2 weeks ago
Comments
Anna Clark--Author of "The Poisoned City: Flint Water & the American Urban Tragedy

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.

32 MINAUG 26
Comments
Episode 22: Pat Explains How Koch-DeVos Policies FAILED for Everyone--Except the Rich

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!

40 MINAUG 17
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Episode 21: Democratic State Rep. Jon Hoadley; And Pat says "cruelty" is the GOP Platform

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.

47 MINAUG 11
Comments
Emily Durbin: Moms Demand Action For Gun Sense In America--Michigan

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.

44 MINJUL 6
Comments
Former Michigan DNC Chair Mark Brewer Interview; And Pat Talks Migrant Detention Centers

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 (https://www.aclumich.org/en/biographies/sharon-dolente) . 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.

41 MINJUN 23
Comments
Interview With Sharon Dolente from ACLU of Michigan On Voting Rights

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!

35 MINJUN 16
Comments
Pat Rants About Flint Water Crisis Charges Dropped; GOP Voter Disenfranchisement Efforts; And More!

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!

41 MINJUN 8
Comments
Julia Pulver on Auto Insurance Reform & Running as a Progressive in a Red District

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."

40 MINJUN 2
Comments
Interview with Democratic state Senator Mallory McMorrow; And Pat criticizes Michigan's new auto insurance "reform bill

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...

34 MINMAY 24
Comments
Justin Amash & Impeachment; Shady FCA-Detroit Deal; PFAS Fight; Measles; And Harriet Tubman