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The Michigan culture wars

Jodi Westrick

Republican nominee for governor Tudor Dixon announced this week some of her plans for education policy, surrounding banning certain books from curricula, as well as changing the way the state superintendent is chosen.

Elsewhere in the leadup to the midterms, Republican Secretary of State nominee Kristina Karamo has refused interviews with not only journalists but also with the editorial boards of Michigan's two biggest newspapers– the Detroit Free Press and the Detroit News.

On the west side of the state, it was reported by CNN this week that John Gibbs, a Republican running for the MI-03 Congressional seat, once wrote that women should not have been given the right to vote.

Zoe Clark, host of It’s Just Politics, discusses all of this with just 45 days away from Election Day.


  • Jonathan Oosting, capitol and politics reporter for Bridge Michigan 
  • Samuel J. Robinson, Detroit-based reporter for Axios
  • Nancy Kaffer, columnist for Detroit Free Press
  • Kaitlyn Buss, assistant editorial page editor for Detroit News

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Music in this episode is byBlue Dot Sessions

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Zoe Clark is Michigan Public's Political Director. In this role, Clark guides coverage of the state Capitol, elections, and policy debates.
Rachel Ishikawa joined Michigan Public in 2020 as a podcast producer. She produced Kids These Days, a limited-run series that launched in the summer of 2020.
Dan Netter joined the Stateside team as an intern in May 2022 and is a senior at Michigan State University studying Journalism and Social Relations & Policy.