ProPublica’s Andy Kroll On Michigan’s MAGA War on Democracy

Welcome to Episode 88 of Michigan’s premier progressive podcast!

On this week’s show, Pat has some fun at the expense of the big oil and land developer-backed group calling itself “Citizens For Local Choice,” which announced its hopes of putting a repeal of a renewable energy siting law on this November’s ballot FAILED to garner enough signatures! This is a vital victory for our economy, our environment, and our farmers! Lansing Democrats passed a clean energy and jobs act in 2024, and part of that law gave farmers the freedom to allow their land to be used for large wind and solar farm projects. Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed the law so that extreme local governments could no longer and their own block farmers from participating in joining in these large renewable energy projects. Pat explains why opponents wanted to get this repeal on this year’s ballot, and why this is such a blow to their efforts.

In the second segment, Andy Kroll from ProPublica joins the show to discuss an article he wrote on the civil war happening inside the Michigan Republican Party. Mr. Kroll is a native Michigander, and wrote about the battle between the longtime establishment Republicans vs. the growing insurgent “America First” faction of the party. And while the establishment may have prevailed for now, this fight continues, and it could be to the detriment of not just for Republicans, but for Donald Trump as well. Mr. Kroll also has a new book titled, “A Death on W Street: The Murder of Seth Rich and the Age of Conspiracy.”

In the “Last Call” Pat examines Michigan Democratic Congresswoman Elissa Slotkin’s first campaign ad for the state’s U.S. Senate seat, which is being vacated by retiring Democratic Senator Debbie Stabenow. To say Pat’s less than enthused with this ad is quite the understatement.

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ProPublica reporter Andy Kroll’s article archive and bio.

Scenes From a MAGA Meltdown: Inside the “America First” Movement’s War Over Democracy.” By Andy Kroll of ProPublica

Senate Judiciary Committee Has Yet to Subpoena Harlan Crow or Leonard Leo.” By Andy Kroll of ProPublica

Initiative to repeal renewable energy siting reform fails to get on November ballot.” By Jon King of Michigan Advance

Episode 73: Right Wing Tries To Repeal Law Allowing Renewable Energy Projects On Family Farms.” By Left of Lansing

Wind, solar farm law won’t make November ballot in Michigan.” By Kelly House of Bridge Michigan

Alito tells lawmakers he will not recuse from Supreme Court cases despite flag controversy.” By John Fritze of CNN

Democratic Michigan Congresswoman Elissa Slotkin’s first ad for the U.S. Senate

Photo: “Voting booths inside Combined Polling Place Zion Lutheran Church in Grand Rapids, Minnesota on Election Day (53317086671)” by Lorie Shaull from St Paul, United States is licensed under CC BY 2.0.

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