Episode 66: Pushing The Overton Window w/ Democratic State Rep. Emily Dievendorf

It’s Episode 66 of Michigan’s Premier Progressive Podcast!

This week, I can’t hold back my disdain for the Michigan Public Service Commission’s decision to green-light an expensive, and short-sighted, tunnel project for the stretch of the 70-year old Line 5 oil pipeline in the Straits of Mackinac. Despite studies showing why the pipeline must stop operating, and that shutting-down the pipeline wouldn’t lead to drastic energy increases, the MPSC chose a corporation’s needs over the needs of Michigan’s natural resources and the people relying on it.

Then, progressive Democratic State Rep. Emily Dievendorf from the 77th House District, joins me to discuss a range of issues, including how that disastrous decision will hurt not just Michigan’s environment, but for those people whose livelihoods depend on our Great Lakes. Rep. Dievendorf also talks about how progressives can push the Overton Window away from the extreme right wing, which is where it’s been here in Michigan for the last half century. We also cover corporate welfare, voting rights, and protections for low income land owners.

The “Last Call” covers how, thanks to some strong progressive leadership, both inside and outside of Lansing, the Overton Window might already be moving slightly.

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Michigan Public Service Commission approves controversial Line 5 proposal.” By George Weykamp of Michigan Radio

Line 5 tunnel plan gets OK from Michigan Public Service Commission.” By Jillian Fellows of The Petosky News-Review

‘Disastrous’: Michigan Regulators Approve Enbridge Line 5 Expansion.” By Lulia Conley of Common Dreams

MPSC Line 5, Post-Mortem, pt. 2.” By Jeffrey Insco in Line 6B Citizens” Blog

Enbridge Line 5 tunnel plan approved by Michigan utility regulators.” By Sheir McWhiter of MLive.com

Report: Market could adapt to Line 5 shutdown without shortages or price increases.” By Kyle Davidson of Michigan Advance

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer directs state government vehicle fleet to go electric.” By Craig Mauger of The Detroit News

Family losses of land and wealth are part of nation’s history; protecting future generations is among the goals of new laws on heirs’ property.” By Becky Leis of CSG Midwest

Eagle Township residents organize to protest mega site development.” By Mike Ellis of The Lansing State Journal

Whitmer signs climate change legislation setting 100% clean energy standard for Michigan by 2040.” By Jon King of Michigan Advance

Horford concedes in 77th primary to Dievendorf.” By Todd heywood of The Lansing City Pulse

Historically liberal state Legislature has numbers to back up reputation.” By Kyle Melinn of The Lansing City Pulse

Michigan is first state to automatically register ex-prisoners to vote.” By Ben Orner of MLive.com

Photo Courtesy of Democratic State Rep. Emily Dievendorf’s office and website.

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