MichMash: Michigan false electors case drags on; state of small business in Michigan

This week on “MichMash,” Cheyna Roth and Zach Gorchow sat down to discuss the possible outcomes of the case.

The preliminary examinations ended this week for the six Michigan individuals charged with submitting fake electoral votes for the 2020 presidential election. Ingham County District Court Judge Kristen Simmons must now determine whether there is enough evidence to send them to trial. MichMash host Cheyna Roth and Gongwer News Service’s Zach Gorchow sat down to discuss the possible outcomes for the case. Also, Former Lt. Gov. of Michigan Brian Calley joined the conversation to discuss the economic state of small businesses in Michigan. 

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In this episode:

  • The evidence presented during the Michigan false electors preliminary exam
  • The Small Business Association of Michigan and their economic development
  • The state’s unemployment benefits

The state attorney general’s office rested its case Tuesday in the preliminary exams for six defendants out of 15 facing charges in the ongoing Michigan false electors case, but Gorchow says the judge sounded unconvinced.

“The prosecution insists the electors knew what they were doing. But the lead investigator for the state at one point admitted he didn’t have direct evidence of the defendant’s state of mind when they signed that certificate,” said Gorchow.  

Judge Simmons said a decision will be made by the end of the year about whether the case will go to trial. 

Economic development and the state of small businesses in Michigan was another topic discussed on the podcast this week. Calley spoke to the MichMash team about the importance of small businesses, saying they are “the driver across every single community across the state.”

The Small Business Association of Michigan has a large membership of 32,000 individuals across the state.

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  • Hernz Laguerre
    Hernz Laguerre Jr. is a Multimedia Journalist at 101.9 WDET. He is one of the co-host for "Detroit Evening Report," one of the weekend anchors for "Weekend Edition," the producer for our political podcast, "MichMash," and reports on arts, culture and politics.