Left of Lansing Podcast–Episode 18: Sharon Dolente from ACLU of Michigan

The 18th episode of the Left of Lansing podcast is posted!

I really enjoyed my talk with Sharon Dolente, who is the Voting Rights Strategist with the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan. She played a key role in helping get the Promote The Vote initiative on the 2018 ballot, which won by an overwhelming number.

This initiative allows for straight party ticket voting, no-reason absentee voting, and allows voters to register up to Election Day, plus more.

Sharon talks about the work that went into that initiative, and how Michigan is once again leading the way in terms of voting rights across the nation.

The opening monologue covers how Republicans have spent years and years trying to restrict the vote rather than convincing voters that they have the best solutions for them.

I also highlight during the “Last Call” how the Republican push to enact work requirement on Medicaid recipients is actually hurting people. A new Harvard study shows that Arkansas’ work requirements law is causing people to lose their Medicaid coverage. Michigan Republicans passed a similar law, and we can only imagine how it’s going to punish people here as well.

Thanks for supporting the Left of Lansing podcast by downloading the episodes. It means a lot to know many of you appreciate the effort that I’m putting into this little venture.

I’ve wanted to highlight the work that progressives in the Michigan Legislature, or activists, are doing to reverse the destructive policies Republicans have done to this state for decades.

Whether it’s new Millennials crashing the gates to get into the state legislature, like state Rep. Laurie Pohutsky or State Sen. Mallory McMorrow. Or maybe it’s the activism of groups like Clean Water Action Michigan, who are trying to close down the dangerous Line 5 Pipeline in the Straits of Mackinac. Or maybe it’s progressives, like Julia Pulver,  who are doing what they can to take the battle to the heavily financed right wing machine.

My day job has caused the podcast to be a bit late during the past few weeks. I thank you for your patience, and for your support.

With that being said, here’s this week’s podcast!


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