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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

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!

36 MIN5 d ago
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No Michael Bloomberg, and Putting Michigan GOP On Defense 2/23/20

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.

37 MINJAN 21
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Guest: Julia Pulver, Democratic state house candidate for Michigan Legislature--1/20/2020

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 (http://michiganpolicast.com/) 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. leftoflansing@gmail.com

54 MIN2019 NOV 3
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Guest: Christine Barry from Michigan Policast--11/2/19

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 MIN2019 SEP 28
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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 MIN2019 AUG 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 MIN2019 AUG 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 MIN2019 AUG 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 MIN2019 JUL 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 MIN2019 JUN 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 MIN2019 JUN 16
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Pat Rants About Flint Water Crisis Charges Dropped; GOP Voter Disenfranchisement Efforts; And More!

Latest Episodes

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!

36 MIN5 d ago
Comments
No Michael Bloomberg, and Putting Michigan GOP On Defense 2/23/20

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.

37 MINJAN 21
Comments
Guest: Julia Pulver, Democratic state house candidate for Michigan Legislature--1/20/2020

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 (http://michiganpolicast.com/) 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. leftoflansing@gmail.com

54 MIN2019 NOV 3
Comments
Guest: Christine Barry from Michigan Policast--11/2/19

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 MIN2019 SEP 28
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 MIN2019 AUG 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 MIN2019 AUG 17
Comments
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 MIN2019 AUG 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 MIN2019 JUL 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 MIN2019 JUN 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 MIN2019 JUN 16
Comments
Pat Rants About Flint Water Crisis Charges Dropped; GOP Voter Disenfranchisement Efforts; And More!
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