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MichMash - Unjumbling Michigan Politics
Podcast MichMash. Each week, WDET's Jake Neher and Michigan Public Radio's Cheyna Roth un-jumble Michigan issues and talk about how statewide news stories affect you.
2 days ago
Racial Reckoning at Michigan Art Museums
Nationwide protests for racial justice are touching all aspects of American life -- including cultural institutions across the country. Cheyna Roth and Jake Neher speak with WDET Culture Shift host Ryan Patrick Hooper, who has been reporting on how that’s playing out here in Michigan.
Sep 18, 2020
Trump's Record on the Great Lakes
As presidential candidates make their appeals to Michigan voters, President Donald Trump is touting his record on protecting the Great Lakes. But environmental groups say his legacy is one of deregulation and cutbacks. MichMash hosts Cheyna Roth and Jake Neher take a look at Trump’s record on the Great Lakes.
Sep 11, 2020
Cities Fear Undercount on Census Could Cripple Budgets, Political Clout
The deadline to fill out the 2020 Census is fast approaching. MichMash hosts Cheyna Roth and Jake Neher talk about why some local officials are scrambling to raise their response rates before September 30th. And an interview with Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan.
Sep 4, 2020
Labor Day Travelers Might Be Surprised By Changing Nature of Michigan Beaches
Michiganders heading to the beach this Labor Day weekend might run into some unexpected issues along the coastline. MichMash hosts Jake Neher and Cheyna Roth talk about what to expect, and talk with MLive's Garret Ellison about how the beaches are changing.
Aug 28, 2020
As Weed Market Grows, Cities Struggle to Adopt Social Equity Measures
As Michigan’s recreational marijuana market expands, many communities are trying to build social equity measures into their licensing process. The goal is to give people who have been disproportionately affected by anti-drug laws more opportunities to open retail shops. MichMash hosts Cheyna Roth and Jake Neher talk with MLive's Gus Burns, who says those efforts are not going well so far.
Aug 21, 2020
Here's How to Make Sure Your Vote Counts in November
Michigan clerks are now accepting applications for absentee ballots ahead of the November election. MichMash hosts Jake Neher and Cheyna Roth talk with All Voting is Local Michigan State Director Aghogho Edevbie about how voters can make sure their ballots are counted.
Aug 14, 2020
Three College Students on Hopes, Fears As They Head Back to Campus
Many colleges and universities will soon welcome students back for the fall semester. Most campuses will be relying heavily on virtual learning, but will still have some classes meet in person. Cheyna Roth and Jake Neher talk with three students heading back to campus about their thoughts and anxieties about the new semester.
Aug 7, 2020
Advocates Want Michigan to Change Its Juvenile Justice Policies
The story of a teenage girl from Oakland County who was sent to a juvenile detention facility for not doing her schoolwork has captured national attention. MichMash hosts Jake Neher and Cheyna Roth talk about the unique ways Michigan treats young people in the justice system, and why activists are calling for change.
Jul 31, 2020
Michigan Fisheries Say They're Swimming in a Sea of Red Tape
Commercial fisheries in Michigan say they’re in real danger of going out of business. As part of the weekly series MichMash… Cheyna Roth and Jake Neher dive into the controversy swirling around fishing in the Great Lakes.
Jul 24, 2020
Pandemic having big effect on how candidates and voters interact
The coronavirus pandemic is fundamentally changing the way many candidates campaign ahead of the August and November elections. Cheyna Roth and Jake Neher talk about what that means for local races and for voters. And an interview with Harbor Strategic Public Affairs Owner and CEO John Sellek.
Jul 17, 2020
Whitmer's Mask Order Now Has Teeth, But Will Local Law Enforcement Bite?
Jake Neher and Cheyna Roth talk with MLive reporter Emily Lawler about the governor's updated mask order and how it will be enforced. And Cheyna talks about her new book "Cold Cases: A True Crime Collection."
Jul 10, 2020
Michigan Parents Look for Support During Pandemic
Cheyna Roth and Jake Neher speak with WDET's Sascha Raiyn about the supports that exist -- and the needed supports that don't exist -- for parents in the age of COVID-19.
Jun 23, 2020
Abdul El-Sayed Discusses Racism as Public Health Crisis
Jake Neher speaks with Dr. Abdul El-Sayed, former health director for the City of Detroit and author of "Healing Politics: A Doctor’s Journey into the Heart of Our Political Epidemic."
Jun 15, 2020
How To Investigate Your Local Police Like an Investigative Journalist
Investigative reporter Andrew Ford discusses five tips for getting information from law enforcement agencies and how members of the public can use that information to enact real change.
May 29, 2020
Fewer Retail Workers Are Wearing Masks. They Might Be Breaking the Law.
A quick oil change leads to a conversation with with an employment attorney and a business professor about the laws, rules, guidelines, and best practices of employees wearing masks.
May 14, 2020
Detroit Hospital Hit Hard By COVID Getting Back to Normal Says CEO
Jake Neher speaks with Detroit Medical Center Sinai Grace CEO Daniel Jackson, who says the hospital is in much better shape than it was during the recent "surge" of COVID-19 patients. He also addresses claims of improper body storage and critically low nurse staffing levels.
Apr 10, 2020
Parental Leave with Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist
A conversation about the Whitmer Administration's push for paid parental leave in Michigan and Lt. Gov. Gilchrist's personal decision to take paternity leave last year.
Apr 3, 2020
What Auto Retooling for Medical Equipment Actually Looks Like; Rep. Haley Stevens (D-MI)
A look at what it really means for auto makers to help ramp up production of ventilators, masks, and other desperately needed equipment during the coronavirus pandemic. And a conversation with Congresswoman Haley Stevens.
Mar 27, 2020
Looking for the Helpers Trying to Keep Small Business Open Through Pandemic
Jake Neher and Cheyna Roth highlight local efforts to help small businesses through this catastrophic time for the economy.
Mar 20, 2020
Michigan Arts Organizations Hurting with COVID-19 Cancellations
Cheyna Roth and Jake Neher talk with WDET's Ryan Patrick Hooper about how the drastic response to the new coronavirus is affecting arts organizations and what it means for the arts to move largely online.
Mar 13, 2020
How Statewide School Closings Will Affect Families
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has ordered all K-12 schools in Michigan to close until they're scheduled to reopen on April 6. That's in order to slow the spread of COVID-19. MichMash hosts Cheyna Roth and Jake Neher talk about how that decision will affect families -- especially low-income families.
Mar 6, 2020
Michigan's Budding Cannabis Market Off to Mellow Start
Jake Neher and Cheyna Roth talk about why the first three months of legal marijuana sales have been slow and whether it can eventually catch up to other states. And a conversation with Michigan Cannabis Industry Association Executive Director Robin Schneider.
Feb 28, 2020
Housing, Not Jobs, May Be Ex-Offenders' Biggest Challenge in Michigan
Ex-offenders face many obstacles when they’re released from prison. It’s especially hard for people with felonies on their records to find a place to live. Cheyna Roth and Jake Neher talk about how that problem plays out here in Michigan.
Feb 21, 2020
Michigan's Huge University Funding Gap
There’s a new push to close the wide gap in state funding for universities. Oakland University says no school should get less than $4500 dollars per student. As part of the weekly series MichMash, Jake Neher and Cheyna Roth talk about what you need to know about higher education funding in Michigan, and OU President Ora Pescovitz talks about the "Strive for 45" initiative.
Feb 14, 2020
Great Lakes Shore Erosion Matters to You, Even If You're Landlocked
Water levels are rising along Michigan’s shorelines. It’s a fact that has dominated the headlines recently – including stories of people’s houses potentially falling into the Great Lakes. But for those living in landlocked areas of the state, you might not realize that those coastal problems affect you too. As part of the weekly series MichMash, MLive’s Cheyna Roth and WDET’s Jake Neher take a statewide look at the rising waters with MLive environmental reporter Paula Gardener.
Feb 7, 2020
Are Michiganders Feeling the Growing National Economy?
Michigan State University professor of economics Charles Ballard talks with Cheyna Roth and Jake Neher about how Michigan residents are feeling about the economy.
Feb 3, 2020
Here Are Some of the Biggest Environment, Criminal Justice, and Education Stories to Watch in 2020
On the heels of Gov. Whitmer's State of the State speech, Cheyna Roth and Jake Neher talk about three issues -- other than roads -- that could dominate headlines in Michigan throughout 2020.
Jan 24, 2020
The Broader Impact of Sexual Harassment Allegations at State Capitol
Cheyna Roth and Jake Neher talk about how the situation fits into a long -- but quiet -- history of toxic masculinity at the state Capitol. And Roth speaks with MLive's Emily Lawler, a longtime Capitol correspondent, about whether this is Lansing's "reckoning" with #MeToo.
Jan 17, 2020
Michigan State Police Faces Criticism Over Breathalyzer Probe
Jake Neher and Cheyna Roth talk about how this problem dredges up old debates over law enforcement and forensics.
Jan 10, 2020
You will soon be able to Carry Your Cell Phone Into All State Courtrooms. That's a Big Deal.
Jake Neher and Cheyna Roth talk about why the rule change is important for all Michiganders -- not just lawyers and reporters.
Jan 3, 2020
Are Michigan Cities Ready for A Possible Recession in 2020?
Cheyna Roth and Jake Neher discuss the ways local governments are preparing for a possible economic downturn and the structural challenges they face. Lansing Mayor Andy Schor weighs in on how his community is bracing itself for a recession.
Dec 27, 2019
The Art of the Floor Speech
How Hot Tub Time Machine, A Tale of Two Kitties, and B-Dubs influenced lawmaking in Michigan.
Dec 18, 2019
Michigan's Record-Breaking Lame Duck Session Has Ripple Effects A Year Later
The state is still grappling with the implementation of many of the 300-plus laws that flew through the lame duck Legislature in 2018.
Dec 16, 2019
Pro-Gambling Bills Are Becoming More of a Sure Bet at State Capitol
Jake Neher and Cheyna Roth talk about bills headed to Gov. Whitmer's desk that would legalize some online gambling and sports betting in Michigan, and other gambling bills that could follow.
Dec 9, 2019
Possible State Budget Breakthrough Offers Hope of Ending Year on Bipartisan Note
Lawmakers and Governor Gretchen Whitmer are taking steps to restore funding the governor vetoed in the new state budget. Cheyna Roth and Jake Neher talk about the progress in Lansing.
Nov 25, 2019
Can the Governor Remove Elected State Officials? Whitmer Eyes Wayne State Board Members
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer says she might try to remove members of Wayne State University’s Board of Governors. Crain's Detroit Business Senior Editor Chad Livengood talks about the situation and explains the governor's power to remove elected officials.
Nov 15, 2019
Critical Funding Hangs In Balance as Lawmakers Go Hunting
Members of the state Legislature are on their two-week break for the opening of deer rifle season and Thanksgiving. Meanwhile, many programs and government services are about to run out of money they depend on.
Nov 8, 2019
Pot Activists Aren't Bummed After Voters Reject Local Weed Proposals
On the surface, it seems like voters' rejection of local pot shop ordinances is a bad thing for Michigan's emerging cannabis industry. But Jake Neher and Cheyna Roth explain that it's a bit more complicated than that.
Nov 4, 2019
How to Apply to Serve On Michigan's New Redistricting Commission
Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson is asking Michiganders to be part of history and apply to help redraw Michigan's political lines.
Oct 25, 2019
GOP Shouldn't Hold Breath That Whitmer Will Limit Her Own Powers
Some state lawmakers want to limit the powers of the governor’s office. Hosts Jake Neher and Cheyna Roth observe that Governor Gretchen Whitmer has been flexing her constitutional muscles lately -- and Republicans aren’t happy about it.
Oct 18, 2019
The Economic and Personal Impacts of the UAW Strike
Cheyna Roth and Jake Neher speak with WKAR's Abigail Censky about her reporting on the economic effects of the UAW strike against GM in Michigan. And WDET's Laura Herberg speaks with GM worker Steven "Eat Mo" Reeves about what life looks like on and off the picket line.
Oct 11, 2019
Whitmer's Budget Veto Impacts Felt Statewide
The governor's line-item vetoes affect just about every community in the state. Jake Neher and Cheyna Roth talk about how that's putting pressure on lawmakers to come back to the negotiating table. And Oakland County Commission Chairman Dave Woodward talks about the impact of the cuts on his suburban county.
Oct 4, 2019
Pure Michigan Isn't Quite Dead After Whitmer Veto... Yet
Jake Neher and Cheyna Roth talk with Gongwer’s Alethia Kasben about what the eliminations of Pure Michigan's funding means for the state’s popular tourism campaign.
Sep 27, 2019
GOP Goes After Redistricting Commission in Budget
The October 1 deadline to pass a state budget and avoid a partial government shutdown is fast approaching. Jake Neher and Cheyna Roth talk about Republican attempts to scale back funding for Michigan’s new redistricting commission.
Sep 20, 2019
Are Fellow Democrats Helping or Hurting Whitmer in Budget Negotiations?
Cheyna Roth and Jake Neher talk about how a deal on K-12 spending might affect the governor’s ability to get things done going forward.
Sep 18, 2019
Michigan Lawmakers Rake In $517,000 in Free Food, Drink from Lobbyists in 2019
A new report from the Michigan Campaign Finance Network shows record lobbyist spending on food and drinks for public officials. MCFN Executive Director Craig Mauger talks about why that probably is, and how it affects policy making at the state Capitol.
Sep 18, 2019
Prosecutors Might Be Running Out Of Time To File Charges In Flint Water Crisis
New bills in the state Legislature would give prosecutors more time to charge public officials with misconduct — and not just in Flint.
Sep 18, 2019
Michigan Budget, Road Funding Impasse Has Big Impact on State Workers and Schools
Will Michigan’s legislature fail to pass a budget deal in time to save state workers and schools headaches? MichMash breaks down the ongoing effects of the budget impasse in Lansing.
Sep 18, 2019
Michigan’s Secretary of State Promised to Reduce Wait Times. That’s Not Happening.
Cheyna Roth and Jake Neher talk with Bridge Magazine’s Riley Begin, who says wait times are getting longer.
Sep 18, 2019
Weed Shop Laws Go Up in Smoke, But Supporters Say Relax
Three ballot questions regulating retail marijuana failed in recent elections, but that doesn’t necessarily mean legal cannabis is going anywhere.
Sep 18, 2019
2020 Presidential Hullabaloo Eclipsing Local Elections in Michigan
Cheyna Roth and Jake Neher talk about why you should be paying attention to these local races and ballot measures.
Sep 18, 2019
Here’s Where Michigan’s Redistricting Effort Stands After SCOTUS Gerrymandering Ruling
Voters approved Proposal 2 last year, which takes the political line-drawing powers away from politicians and gives it to citizens.
Sep 18, 2019
As Scandal-Plagued Rep. Inman Stays Away, Fall-Out Reaches Lobbyists, Constituents
Cheyna Roth and Jake Neher talk with political strategist Adrian Hemond about all the people affected by a scandal like this.
Sep 13, 2019
Michigan Lawmakers Rake In $517,000 in Free Food, Drink from Lobbyists in 2019
There are many ways interest groups try to get lawmakers to pay attention to their pet issues. Some hold rallies on the state Capitol lawn. Others choose to operate behind-the-scenes. Highlighting the latter category is a report that came out this week from the Michigan Campaign Finance Network (MCFN). It shows lobbyists have spent a record amount of money on food and drinks for state officials in the first seven months of 2019. The total comes to $517,000, and three members of the state House have each received more than $4,000 in free dining expenses from lobbyists in that time. “Those totals are larger than what we usually see for an entire year,” MCFN Executive Director Craig Mauger tells MichMash. “The top beneficiary of lobbyist-sponsored wining and dining so far in 2019 has been Rep. Brandt Iden, a Republican from Oshtemo Township who chairs the powerful House Ways and Means Committee,” the report says. ”House leadership created the committee for the 2019-2020 sessi…
Sep 13, 2019
Can Governor Ban Flavored Vaping Products Without Lawmakers? Attorney General Says Yes
MichMash hosts Cheyna Roth and Jake Neher talk about the authority the governor has to ban an entire product in the name of public health. Supporters of the vaping industry in Michigan are threatening legal action over a plan to ban flavored vaping products. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer recently ordered the Michigan Department is Health and Human Services to issue emergency rules to ban the sale of flavored nicotine vaping products in stores and online. Critics, especially retailers who sell the products, say it will devastate their bottom line and question whether its legal for the governor to act alone without a law from the state legislature. But the governor’s administration say its confident it is on sound legal standing — and it has the legal backing of the Michigan attorney general’s office.