Going After Every Vote w/ Michigan Democratic Party Rural Caucus Chair Mark Ludwig

Here’s Episode 86 of Michigan’s premier progressive podcast!

Pat’s got much to say about the shenanigans happening in Delta County this week!

Just after three MAGA Delta County commissioners suffered humiliating recall election losses, two right-wing Board of Canvassers there refused to certify the elections! It’s a pattern we’ve been seeing when it comes to right-wing Republicans, as we saw here in Michigan after the presidential election. It’s part of the Christian Nationalist handbook where they believe God wants them always in power. They despise democracy.

Pat also has some words for right-wing Livingston County Sheriff Mike Murphy. If you recall, Murphy steadfastly refused to enforce the new gun safety laws passed by Michigan Democrats last year, especially the new red-flag law. But thanks to excellent reporting from Bridge Michigan, Sheriff Murphy used the new red-flag law to confiscate weapons from a man suffering a mental health crisis. That’s right! So, despite his ridiculous display of fake MAGA machoism, Murphy’s realized that Democrats passed a common sense law designed to prevent further gun violence!

Then, Michigan Democratic Party Rural Caucus Chair Mark Ludwig joins the show to talk about the work the Rural Caucus is doing to reach voters across the state of Michigan. Mr. Ludwig talks candidly on where Democrats are doing a better job, and where they aren’t doing the best job, in attracting more rural voters to our side. Allowing Republicans to rule in rural communities must end, and people like Mark Ludwig are working to expand the Democrats’ reach far beyond the more populated areas of the state.

Mark Ludwig, chair of the Michigan Democratic Party Rural Caucus. Photo courtesy of the MI Democratic Party Rural Caucus

The “Last Call” covers a new survey showing how a majority of younger people are saying they won’t live in states with harsh abortion restrictions. This vindicates Michigan Democrats’ stance that enshrining abortion rights in our state constitution will help attract young people, and businesses, to the state.

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Michigan Democratic Party Rural Caucus website.

Michigan sheriff fought new ‘red flag’ gun law. Now he’s using it.” By Jordyn Hermani of Bridge Michigan

Will energized local candidates be enough to bring out exhausted voters this fall?” By Sarah Leach of Michigan Advance

 “A new Democratic ad campaign targets one of Trump’s most loyal blocs: Rural voters.” By Jill Colvin of The Associated Press

Livingston County Board, sheriff to receive Tenth Amendment Awards.” By Evan Sasiela of The Livingston Daily

Swearing-in of new Delta Co. commissioners delayed after canvassers fail to certify election.” By Schyler Perkins of WJMN in Escanaba

Delta County ‘in limbo’ without certified recall election results.” By Barbara Bellinger of WLUC-TV-6

Abortion bans drive away up to half of young talent, new CNBC/Generation Lab youth survey finds.” By Jason Gewirtz of CNBC.com

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