California Split THREE ways? MI Passes Nassar type Bills, Primaries and More!

This is the transcript for the news segment on The Morning Brew for June 13, 2018. The show airs Monday-Friday at 10:30 AM EST.

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MI Passes Nassar Related Laws

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Larry Nassar, the doctor who molested several female gymnasts, has inspired two bills in Michigan that have been signed into law by Lt. Gov. Brian Calley.

Before the bills passed, you could file a lawsuit unless the minor victim turned 19. The updated law has pushed the age limit to the 28th birthday or three years from when they realize they have been abused. This will also allow Nassar’s victims to have a 90-day retroactive window to sue.

The Michigan State’s $500 million settlement had the Nassar’s accusers agree to drop support for a law that would have given immunity to those who were negligent in reporting sexual misconduct to the authorities. Calley, enacted the bill due to the fact Gov. Snyder was out of the state.

The other measure that was signed into law which gives prosecutors 15 years or until a victim’s 28th birthday to file charges in second- and third- degree sexual conduct cases. The time limit for those cases before the new law was 10 years or a victim’s 21st birthday, whichever is longer.

Charges can now be filed at anytime if there is DNA evidence.

There are other Nassar-style bills coming up for vote, but they probably will not get passed until September due to a summer adjournment.




California Three-Way Split?

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There will be a proposal on the mid-term ballot for Californians in November. After, Tim Draper got enough signatures to include a proposal that would split the large state into three smaller states:

– California

-Northern California

-Southern California

The break-up proposal, if it passes, will need congressional approval and could be challenged in court. The states would have roughly the same population.

The last time a proposal like this was 1859, but Congress did not move forward with it. There was a petition in 2012 and 2014, but many of the signatures were invalidated by election officials.




Primary Results

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South Carolina

Representative Mark Sanford has lost the primary, making him the second incumbent to lose one. He was defeated by Representative Katie Harrington.

Gov. Henry McMaster was forced into a run-off June 26. McMaster will have to go against John Warren, a Greenville businessman.


Corey Stewart will face Senator Tim Kaine.

Stewart was the top aide to the Trump campaign. He spoke against the destruction of Confederate monuments.

Democratic State Senator Jennifer Wexton won the six-way primary, challenging Barbara Comstock. Wexton is a proponent of the ban on assault weapons.

Two more women were nominated in the district that includes Virginia Beach: Abigail Spanberger and Elaine Luria.


There is a new ballot system this state had to contend with, ranked choice voting, which lets voters rank the candidates first to last. This was designed to slow the counting of the votes.

Shawn Moody won the GOP nomination.

There are still more tabulations needed to name the Democratic nominee, with last-place candidates will be out of the race.

Nevada and North Dakota

There were no primaries for these states.

Senator Dean Heller seeks re-election.

Sharron Angle lost her challenge to Representative Mark Amodei.



Immigration Votes Looming

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A late-night negotiation by Speaker Paul Ryan led to him promising to hold high-stakes votes on immigration next week. This was after he was unable to garner the 218 votes needed to force the House into action on bipartisan measures aimed at minors brought illegally into the country. If the votes had not been two short, they would have gotten votes on DACA.

Speaker Ryan had been trying to avoid the issue, but now is forced into presenting a detailed plan for a conference next week.

The official statement from Ashlee Strong, a Ryan spokeswoman said, “Members across the Republican conference have negotiated directly and in good faith with each other for several weeks, and as a result, the House will consider two bills next that will avert the discharge petition and resolve the border security and immigration issues.”

Under the rules of the House, the deadline would have forced the votes for this month anyway. A discharge petition, according to Wiki:

It “is a means of bringing a bill out of committee and to the floor for consideration without a report from the committee by ‘discharging’ the committee from further consideration of a bill or resolution.”

What this simply means is, if they would have gotten the 218 votes, the bills would have never left the committee because it would not have to be reported. These types of petitions are rare.

What is mean in this case is the committee’s hand is forced, and all they have on-hand is an unfinished comprise bill.

“Right now, we have a framework of a bill, and there’s no legislative text,” Representative Mark Meadows of North Carolina has stated, “There is a whole lot that needs to still be worked out with that.”

By trying to get the signatures needed, moderates were trying to protect “Dreamers” who are currently shielded from deportation because of DACA.



Stories were edited and the show is produced and directed by Maddy. Merlin was ill this day.

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