Episode 69: Interview with Democratic State Rep. Laurie Pohutsky

Here’s Episode 69 of Michigan’s premier progressive podcast!

I’m thrilled to have Democratic State Representative, and Speaker Pro Tempore, Laurie Pohutsky back on the show this week! We cover a range of topics including abortion rights, clean energy and climate change, if the Michigan Democratic Party’s messaging machine is improving, the establishment and progressive factions of the party, and how she’s changed since her upset victory as a progressive outsider back in 2018.

I open-up the show by explaining how Donald Trump is not only boasting how his hand-picked Supreme Court reversed abortion rights for women across the country, but how his Christian Nationalist right-wing base wants to enact a federal ban. I also discuss the ridiculous infighting inside the ridiculous Michigan GOP, but I also share another disturbing poll showing Trump beating President Biden in the state.

The “Last Call” covers how despite this occasional struggle between moderate/establishment Democrats and the party’s progressive wing, progressive policies sailed through the state legislature in 2023. Does this prove progressives are winning? I think so.

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Democratic Speaker Pro Tempore Laurie Pohutsky official site

Earth shattered global heat record in ’23 and it’s flirting with warming limit, European agency says.” By Seth Borenstein of The Associated Press

How 2023 changed the way states do climate policy.” By Adam Aton of Climatewire

Michigan Democratic State Representative Laurie Pohutsky exchange with Republican State Representative David Prestin during energy and climate bills hearing. (Hat Tip to “Leaving Las Lansing.”

‘Michigan has showed the world’: Whitmer signs pared-down Reproductive Health Act into law.” By Jon King of Michigan Advance

How to Report Post-Dobbs Deaths.” By Jessica Valenti on Abortion, Every Day

Having Lost Abortion Vote, Ohio GOP Now Plans to Sabotage Results.” By Tori Otten of The New Republic in Yahoo.

Michigan Republican Congresswoman Lisa McClain joining Republican Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene in holding up pornographic images of Hunter Biden (h/t to Michigan GOP Watch)

Karamo’s MIGOP releases report on potential bylaw violations at meeting removing her as chair.” By Kyle Davidson of Michigan Advance

Poll:Trump Thumping Biden in Michigan–but losing to Whitmer.” By Olivia Alafriz of Politico

Michigan Poll: Biden Trails Trump 46%-41% One Year From 2024 Presidential Election.” By Todd Spangler of The Detroit Free Press

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

Photo courtesy of State Rep. Laurie Pohutsky’s official site.

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