By Jack Lessenberry
Every weekday, Michigan Radio political analyst Jack Lessenberry offers up his perspective on the latest political news in Michigan.
||CleanThe state has taken steps to fix wrongful insurance fraud penalties, but more needs to be done||The Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin once said that the death of one man is a tragedy; the death of a million is a statistic. Well, tragedy can also result from treating people as statistics, and that’s what happened to at least 37,000 Michiganders in re||12/15/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhen it comes to taking a stand, timing matters||For more than a year, the sexual assault scandal at Michigan State University has been simmering in the background, a ticking time bomb that was certain to explode with devastating consequences for the university. That this would have a political||12/14/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanIt's time for Michigan to decriminalize mental illness||For many years I’ve admired Milton Mack, who is about as authentic a Detroiter as they come. Two of his ancestors arrived with Cadillac when they founded the city in July 1701. I don’t know how long it was before those French voyageurs built their f||12/13/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow do you fix the mess at MSU?||Last week I talked about the sexual assault scandal involving sport doctor Larry Nassar at Michigan State University and its possible effect on next year’s campaign for governor.||12/12/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThat Dana Nessel ad about sexual harassment is shocking, but effective||There’s only one safe prediction about next year’s elections: Millions will be spent on broadcast commercials for the various candidates for office. Millions more will be spent on commercials attacking these candidates, many paid for by secret, so-c||12/11/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanUlysses S. Grant helped save the country. We should save his Detroit home.||Many years ago, a lonesome, newlywed army officer was sent to Detroit, and on a day in late April – his birthday – he wrote his wife Julia a hopeful letter. He had managed to rent what he called “a neat little house” in the same neighborhood as||12/8/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Nassar scandal could have widespread, unexpected consequences||There is, to put it mildly, a lot going on these days, with the biggest story being the ever-mushrooming national sexual harassment scandal. But there is another sex scandal of a different sort that is already a big deal and which seems almost certain t||12/7/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLessenberry on Conyers resignation, Levin retirement||U.S. Representative John Conyers announced his resignation yesterday . Several of the 88-year-old's former staff members have accused him of sexual harassment. His supporters held a rally in Detroit Monday urging Conyers to stay in office. Michigan Radi||12/6/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe problem with political dynasties||I’m not running for Congress, even though my congressman and two nearby ones have announced they are going to retire. As I have said many times in many parts of this great state, I am not a candidate for anything; and never intend to be.||12/6/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWill Conyers really leave?||Editors' note: Rep. Conyers announced his resignation Tuesday morning, after this story was published. Read more here. It seemed last week that the career of Congressman John Conyers was coming to an end. Many women had come forward to accuse him of||12/5/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSandy Levin exits Congress after 36 years of good-hearted service||Congressman Sandy Levin announced his retirement over the weekend, ending a political career that lasted more than half a century and was utterly free of any taint of scandal. By the time his term ends, he will have served 36 years in the House of||12/4/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSexual harassment victims have the right to stay silent||Someone once told me you should leave any job about a year before people want you to. Well, as I speak these words, I have no idea how long Congressman John Conyers will be in office. But I can tell you this: When he does leave, few will wish he had||12/1/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFor this representative, politics is about making a difference||One morning earlier this week, I was in a donut shop on Vernor Avenue in southwest Detroit, in a neighborhood where you hear far more Spanish than English. In fact, everyone in the shop was speaking Spanish except me and the woman I was drinking coffee||11/30/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSurprising no one, Calley enters the race for governor||Lt. Gov. Brian Calley has announced that he is, indeed, a candidate for the Republican nomination for governor next year, which wasn’t exactly a surprise. In fact, he has been expected to get in for so long some were starting to think that maybe he wo||11/29/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGovernor bypasses legislature to make Enbridge deal||There’s something curiously similar in the way Governor Rick Snyder handled negotiations for the new Detroit River bridge at the beginning of his administration, and the proposed deal announced yesterday with Enbridge on the future of Line 5, the oil||11/28/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Conyers scandal shouldn't surprise anyone||Last week, Detroit Congressman John Conyers became one more powerful man caught in a sexual harassment scandal. It was revealed he’d reached a settlement with a former employee a few years ago. The woman was paid more than $27,000, evidently with taxp||11/27/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanRemembering Harry Cook||Forty years ago or so, Harry Cook, an Episcopal priest turned newspaper reporter who later worked as a priest again, landed perhaps the last interview ever with Father Charles Coughlin, the famed radio priest whose open anti-Semitism and flirtation with||11/24/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFree Speech won at UM last night||I have never been more proud of the University of Michigan than I am today, because it showed last night that it believes that our Constitution is stronger than our enemies. In a rare public meeting, the regents voted not to forbid Richard Spencer, a ma||11/22/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPolitical fantasies of rich guys||Men in late middle age are capable of daydreaming. For most of us, these dreams are fairly pedestrian. Maybe, just maybe, we might be the first 60-something to suddenly break into the major leagues. Maybe that one lottery ticket I buy every Thanksgiving||11/21/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe GOP tax bill hurts graduate students, and that hurts all of us.||There’s a lot that can be argued about the Republican tax bill that has passed the House and still faces an uncertain future in the U.S. Senate.||11/20/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
Food for thought in 3 minutes
Jack employs a matter of fact, common sense approach to his essays. He explores multiple aspects of mostly local (Michigan) issues and does not pander to any particular brand of politics. His comments are always well researched never fail to get me thinking.
Great example talk-radio and podcasting. Many Thanks to Jack and Michigan Radio for quality media in this age of overload.
A little left of Center
-- but tries hard not to be.
Worth your time
Every Michigan resident should give Jack a listen. Even if you don't always line up with his personal politics, his reporting is fair and he looks at anyone with suspicion or ire if they deserve it.