Your moment from ‘Veep’: No need to turn clocks back under Michigan Daylight Saving Time bill

    Julia-Louis Dreyfus, star of the HBO show Veep', in his West Wing office of the White House with VP Joe Biden, April 2013 | Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson, Flickr
    Updated, 8:25 a.m

    It was a sad day when “Veep” ended its run on HBO, but thankfully, we all got to reminisce about one of the show’s signature issues, scrapping Daylight Saving Time, as legislation passed a Michigan House panel on Thursday that would eliminate the need to reset clocks twice a year.

    State Rep. Michele Hoitenga at the open carry rally at the Michigan Capitol, Sept. 10, 2019 | Claire Moore

    The state House Commerce and Trade Committee advanced House Bill 4303, sponsored by state Rep. Michele Hoitenga (R-Manton)*, which would make Daylight Saving Time year-round. Hoitenga calls the policy a “nuisance” and says it will benefit students.

    Don’t get too excited, though. The legislation doesn’t go into effect unless Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio and Pennsylvania all adopt it, per the nonpartisan Senate Fiscal Agency analysis. And Congress would have to sign off. The bill is now before the House Ways and Means Committee, the next stop before it hits the House floor.

    If you watched “Veep,” (and if you didn’t, you should fix that immediately with a weekend binge watch) you’ll remember that lunkhead presidential aide-turned-congressman Jonah Ryan rode the anti-Daylight Saving pony to national fame.

    Please to enjoy his floor speech on the subject:

    * This story has been corrected with Rep. Hoitenga’s correct party affiliation.

    Susan J. Demas is a 19-year journalism veteran and one of the state’s foremost experts on Michigan politics, appearing on MSNBC, CNN, NPR and WKAR-TV’s “Off the Record.” In addition to serving as Editor-in-Chief, she is the Advance’s chief columnist, writing on women, LGBTQs, the state budget, the economy and more. Most recently, she served as Vice President of Farough & Associates, Michigan’s premier political communications firm. For almost five years, Susan was the Editor and Publisher of Inside Michigan Politics, the most-cited political newsletter in the state. Susan’s award-winning political analysis has run in more than 80 national, international and regional media outlets, including the Guardian U.K., NBC News, the New York Times, the Detroit News and MLive. She is the only Michigan journalist to be named to the Washington Post’s list of “Best Political Reporters,” the Huffington Post’s list of “Best Political Tweeters” and the Washington Post’s list of “Best Political Bloggers.” Susan was the recipient of a prestigious Knight Foundation fellowship in nonprofits and politics. She served as Deputy Editor for MIRS News and helped launch the Michigan Truth Squad, the Center for Michigan’s fact-checking project. She started her journalism career reporting on the Iowa caucuses for The (Cedar Rapids) Gazette. Susan has hiked over 3,000 solo miles across four continents and climbed more than 60 mountains. She also enjoys dragging her husband and two teenagers along, even if no one else wants to sleep in a tent anymore.