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Today on Stateside, we hear from two men who say they were sexually assaulted after being placed in adult prisons as teenagers. A class-action lawsuit filed on behalf of hundreds of other men with similar claims  is finally going to court after years of state opposition. Plus, if you're sick of robocalls (we sure are), we've got some bad news: They aren't stopping anytime soon. 

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If it seems like the only phone calls you get are robocalls and scams, you're not alone. 

According to Robocall Index, 4.4 billion of these calls were made in the United States in June. That's 6 million calls every hour, 1,700 per second. 

Attorney General joins FTC-led fight against robocalls

Jun 26, 2019
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Attorney General Dana Nessel has joined a large operation launched on Tuesday by the Federal Trade Commission to put an end to illegal robocalling practices.

“Nothing is more annoying, more intrusive and unwelcomed than robocalls — and yet, Michigan residents fall victim to an avalanche of illegal calls each day,” Nessel said in a press release.

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Many of us can’t wait for this election year to be over. We’ve seen a lot of things we’ve never seen before, and little of it has been good.

That’s not limited to the presidential race. It’s happening all over Michigan in races for the state House of Representatives.

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'Tis the season – for political campaigning and ceaseless robocalls.

Now that the August primaries are over, we're getting a breather. But it won't be long before the campaigns start cranking out those robocalls for the November general election.

Those political robocalls are exempt from the do-not-call rules, those that are supposed to protect us from marketing and sales calls.

Aaron Foss is the CEO of a company with a name that says it all: NOMOROBO. Foss is busy finding ways to fight off robocalls.

Foss says beginning this political season, NOMOROBO will try a new approach to block all political robocalls, unless consumers “opt-in” to accept these robocalls.

“We try to strike the balance between politicians being perfectly legal to make the calls, and everybody being in their perfect right to not accept the calls,” says Foss.

*Listen to the interview with Aaron Foss above.

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Governor Rick Snyder has signed a law that outlaws efforts to require disclosure of the donors behind so-called “issue ads.” It appears to be a reversal of one of his campaign pledges.  

The governor came out against anonymous issue ads in a 2010 campaign white paper. Issue ads tell people to “call” or “contact” a politician without expressly advocating for how they should vote.

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Next year is an election year. That means lots of campaign literature in the mail, lots of ads on the television,   and, maybe worst of all, robo-calls. Those are the recorded calls that automatically dial your phone…usually right at dinner time. There are a lot of them now, but there could be a lot more in the future.

Even one of the guys who makes robo-calls happen knows most people don’t really like them.

“Everybody hates them. I think that they’re universally hated.”