Episode 64: Pro-Publica’s Anna Clark on Eliminating Michigan’s Emergency Manager Law.

Here’s episode 64 of Michigan’s premier progressive podcast!

It’s great to have author and Pro-Publica reporter Anna Clark back on Left of Lansing this week. Anna’s written an insightful article on Michigan’s Emergency Manager Law, which allows state government to erase democracy by completely taking-over financially-strapped cities. Anna highlights how despite Michiganders voting to eliminate the law a decade ago, Republicans not only reinstated the law, but ensured voters could never have a say again. Emergency managers were used in Detroit’s bankruptcy, and of course, in Flint which led to that city’s man-made water crisis.

Anna Clark
Anna Clark

Please, read Anna’s Pro-Publica article, and read her book on the Flint Water Crisis, titled “The Poisoned City: Flint’s Water and the American Urban Tragedy.” To learn more about Anna, and to get a copy of her fantastic book, please visit her site, annaclark.net.

My opening monologue celebrates Governor Gretchen Whitmer signing bills that bans convicted domestic abusers from owning guns for eight years. It’s another victory for Michigan progressives when it comes to gun safety in the state.

And my “Last Call” deals with younger voters, and why they are souring some on President Joe Biden.

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The Poisoned City: Flint’s Water and the American Urban Tragedy.” By Anna Clark

Michigan Still Allows Emergency Takeovers of Local Governments. Is It Finally Time to Reconsider This Drastic Measure?” By Anna Clark of Pro-Publica

A Sweeping Report on a Michigan School Shooting Finds Multiple Failures and a Troubled Aftermath.” By Anna Clark of Pro-Publica

No convictions for Flint: Attorney general ends water crisis prosecutions.” By Kelly House of Bridge Magazine

Whitmer signs Michigan gun ban for domestic abusers.” By Anna Liz Nichols of Michigan Advance

Domestic abusers get 8-year gun ban under new Michigan law.” By Simon Schuster of MLive.com

Gen Z, Aware of its Power, Wants to Have Impact on a Wide Range of Issues.” By Ruby Belle Booth of The Center for Information & Research on Civic Learning and Engagement at Tufts University

Why Michigan led the nation in young voter turnout in 2022 midterms.” By Ben Norner of MLive.com

UMich Voter” Tweet on President Biden mixing up Taylor Swift and Britney Spears

Fox 2 Detroit’s Charlie Langton chastising Michigan Republicans for crying about Democrats “ramming” bills through the legislature. (Courtesy “Left of Center MI” on Twitter.

Photo: “Michigan State Capitol” by the.laus is licensed under CC BY 2.0.

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