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Stateside: Argument against Prop. 2; documentary follows life of Flint baseball legend Jim Abbott

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Jim Abbott, who was born without one of his hands, became a role model for athletes with disabilities.
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Today on Stateside, the director of a conservative advocacy group talks about why he opposes Proposal 2, the anti-gerrymandering ballot initiative. Plus, Flint native Jim Abbott was born without a right hand, but he still made it to the major league. We talk to the director of a new documentary about the baseball legend.

Listen to the full show above or hear individual segments below.  

Anti-gerrymandering proposal is “dangerous experiment,” says conservative advocate

  • Tony Daunt, executive director of the conservative Michigan Freedom Fund, about why his group opposes Proposal 2. That’s the proposal to take the power of drawing the legislative and congressional maps from politicians and instead give it to an independent commission.

Voter voices: Trump unfairly treated, Flint and Saginaw ignored 

  • We've been sending reporters and producers across the state to ask people two questions: What are the most important issues for you as a Michigan voter? What concerns you most about our political climate right now? Today, we hear from Bill Bahora of Royal Oak and Kimo Cox, a student at Calvin College in Grand Rapids.

“There was no Jim Abbott for Jim Abbott.” How a Flint native became a role model for athletes with disabilities. 

  • Flint native Jim Abbott was born without a right hand, but he still made it to the major league and became a role model for athletes with disabilities. We talk to Mike Ramsdell, who produced a new documentary about Abbott’s life. It’s called Set Apart: The Jim Abbott Story and it will air this weekend on Fox.

Political roundup: Blue wave uncertain, but Republicans facing headwinds

  • Vicki Barnett, former mayor of Farmington Hills and Democratic legislator, and Senior Policy Fellow at Public Sector Consultants Ken Sikemma weigh in on the upcoming midterm elections, including the possibility of a “blue wave,” the high number of women candidates, and Michigan’s most competitive districts.

Veterans agency director: More veterans are connecting with benefits, but there’s more work to do

James Redford, director of the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency, responds to criticisms that the state has not done enough to connect eligible veterans with the benefits and discusses his agency's efforts to improve conditions for the nearly 600,000 veterans in the state.

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