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The 2020 State of the State

In the Trenches

Fighting for Free and Fair Elections
Election reform is a hot topic, not just in Michigan but across the country. Tony Daunt is joined "In the Trenches" by State Sen. Ruth Johnson, chair of the Senate Elections Committee, and State Rep. Ann Bollin, the chair of the House Elections and Ethics Committee to discuss the dangerous rhetoric from the radical Left, the truth about bills under consideration in the legislature, and the dangers of the "For the People Act" being considered by Congress.
April 16, 2021
Let the Sunshine In!
We wrap up Sunshine Week by going “In the Trenches” with Sen. Ed McBroom, chair of the Senate Oversight Committee, and Rep. Steve Johnson, chair of the House Oversight Committee, to talk about how we can create a more open and transparent government.
March 19, 2021
Gov. Whitmer's (Mis)State of the State
"Frustration." "Self-congratulatory." "Lacking." Tony Daunt is joined In the Trenches by Lynn Afendoulis, press secretary for Speaker of the Michigan House Jason Wentworth, Great Lakes Education Project Executive Director Beth DeShone, and Michigan Rising Action's Executive Director Tori Sachs with their reactions to Gov. Whitmer's (Mis)State of the State.
January 29, 2021
Hindsight is 2020
Dad jokes aside, how would you describe 2020 in one word? What do we hope to see happen in 2021? Should Jim Harbaugh coach the Wolverines forever? Host Tony Daunt is joined by Greg McNeilly of the Michigan Freedom Fund and Beth DeShone of the Great Lakes Education Project “In the Trenches” to look back at a tumultuous year, and share what they hope to see in 2021.
December 11, 2020
Rule of Law Restored
We’re back, and so is the Rule of Law! Join Tony Daunt and State Rep. Jason Wentworth “In the Trenches” as they discuss the recent Michigan Supreme Court ruling against the 1945 emergency power law, the state of play in the battleground seats that will determine majority in the State House, and more.
October 16, 2020
Operation Gridlock Edition, Part 3
For our final “Operation Gridlock” edition of “In the Trenches,” we are joined by Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey, who shares his thoughts on the pandemic, and the hope for a more nuanced approach that gets Michigan back to work SAFELY. #FreedomIsEssential
April 15, 2020
Operation Gridlock Edition, Part 2
We're back with another "Operation Gridlock" edition of “In the Trenches.” Michigan Rising Action’s Tori Sachs joins us to talk about the effects of Governor Whitmer’s authoritarian executive orders. #FreedomIsEssential
April 15, 2020
Operation Gridlock Edition, Part 1
Are you participating in “Operation Gridlock”? Join us “In the Trenches” for a special edition of our podcast, featuring the Michigan Conservative Coalition’s Meshawn Maddock. #FreedomIsEssential
April 15, 2020
On the latest episode, Tony Daunt, former Speaker of the House Jase Bolger, Michael Reitz from the Mackinac Center for Public Policy and Beth DeShone from the Great Lakes Education Project tackle COVID-19, discussing real solutions for government, schools and the economy. (Recorded March 30, 2020) You can read the coalition response to the COVID-19 pandemic from the Michigan Freedom Fund, Mackinac Center and Great Lakes Education Project here.
April 03, 2020
Is taxation theft? In the latest podcast from the Michigan Freedom Fund, Annie Patnaude, state director of AFP-MI, and Jeff Wiggins, state director of ABC of Michigan join Tony Daunt “In the Trenches” to talk about everyone’s favorite subject: TAXES.  They look at tax issues in Michigan, including HB 5229, taxes on the March 10 primary ballot, and the "temporary" 2007 income tax hike.
February 28, 2020
The 2020 State of the State
On Wednesday, January 29, 2020, Governor Gretchen Whitmer delivered her second State of the State Address, and it was a doozy. Tony Daunt is joined in the studio by the Michigan Freedom Fund Chairman, Greg McNeilly, Great Lakes Education Project Executive Director Beth DeShone, and political strategist John Sellek to provide their reactions. Join us In the Trenches!
January 31, 2020