government http://wkar.org en Mike Bishop makes case for Republican nod in 8th District http://wkar.org/post/mike-bishop-makes-case-republican-nod-8th-district <p></p><p></p><p></p><p><a href="http://www.electmikebishop.com/" target="_blank">Mike Bishop</a> is a leading contender for the chance to represent Lansing and East Lansing in the U.S. Congress beginning next year. A recent EPIC/MRA poll shows the former State Senate leader enjoys a 12 percentage point lead over his closest competitor in the GOP-leaning 8th district. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 15:42:36 +0000 Mark Bashore & Joe Linstroth 57342 at http://wkar.org Mike Bishop makes case for Republican nod in 8th District Congressman Kildee on Vassar plan: 'These kids are in danger' http://wkar.org/post/congressman-kildee-vassar-plan-these-kids-are-danger <p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p style="margin:0px;font-size:16px;font-family:Cambria">Many in our state are closely watching events in Vassar, Michigan.<span style="font-size:12px;font-family:Times"> </span>The community 65 miles northeast of Lansing in Genesee County could become the temporary home of 60 to 120 mostly young refugees from Central America. Wed, 16 Jul 2014 16:54:14 +0000 Mark Bashore & Joe Linstroth 56794 at http://wkar.org Congressman Kildee on Vassar plan: 'These kids are in danger' Eighth District Dems decry lack of public forums http://wkar.org/post/eighth-district-dems-decry-lack-public-forums <p></p><p>It’s not uncommon in small political races for several candidates to run together as a slate to fill a number of vacancies. For example, candidates for the local school board sometimes appear together as a unit, in hopes voters will sweep them all into office. Wed, 16 Jul 2014 16:35:49 +0000 Mark Bashore & Kevin Lavery 56792 at http://wkar.org Eighth District Dems decry lack of public forums Human services agencies pledge reforms in wake of scathing audits http://wkar.org/post/human-services-agencies-pledge-reforms-wake-scathing-audits <p></p><p></p><p>Twice in the past month, auditors have found serious problems at Michigan human services agencies. Last week, a report from the state auditor’s office found the <a href="http://michigan.gov/dhs/" target="_blank">Michigan Department of Human Services</a> has failed to investigate cases of suspected adult abuse and to adequately train its staff. Mon, 14 Jul 2014 16:53:59 +0000 Mark Bashore & Jake Neher 56664 at http://wkar.org Human services agencies pledge reforms in wake of scathing audits State listens to concerns of hearing impaired http://wkar.org/post/state-listens-concerns-hearing-impaired <p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>Last week, new <a href="http://www.michigan.gov/mdcr/0,1607,7-138-58275_28545---,00.html" target="_blank">regulations</a> took effect governing how sign language interpreters are used is places like courtrooms and hospitals in Michigan. Mon, 14 Jul 2014 16:43:47 +0000 Scott Pohl & Mark Bashore 56662 at http://wkar.org State listens to concerns of hearing impaired WATCH NOW: Michigan Calling with Mark Schauer http://wkar.org/post/watch-now-michigan-calling-mark-schauer <div><strong>Fri. July 11 at 9 AM</strong> | Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mark Schauer takes questions from a &nbsp;statewide public radio audience.<br /><br /> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 17:08:39 +0000 MICHIGAN CALLING 56556 at http://wkar.org WATCH NOW: Michigan Calling with Mark Schauer ‘Michigan Calling’ Series Kicks Off with Mark Schauer http://wkar.org/post/michigan-calling-series-kicks-mark-schauer <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;"><span style="line-height: 1.5;"><strong>Friday, July 11, at 9am on 90.5 FM and <a href="http://wkar.org/live-webcast-wkar-michigan-calling-michigan-gubernatorial-candidates">LIVE VIDEO WEBCAST</a>.</strong> | </span>Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mark </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Schauer</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> takes questions from a &nbsp;statewide public radio audience. Thu, 10 Jul 2014 16:48:29 +0000 Editor 56496 at http://wkar.org ‘Michigan Calling’ Series Kicks Off with Mark Schauer Peters: Still no response from Land about senate debates http://wkar.org/post/peters-still-no-response-land-about-senate-debates <p></p><p></p><p>It’s been four weeks since <a href="http://peters.house.gov/" target="_blank">Democratic Congressman Gary Peters</a> proposed a series of five debates with his opponent in the race for the U.S. Senate from Michigan. He will (likely) face former <a href="http://terrilynnland.com/" target="_blank">Republican Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land</a> in November. Wed, 09 Jul 2014 16:02:49 +0000 Mark Bashore & Joe Linstroth 56425 at http://wkar.org Peters: Still no response from Land about senate debates Mackinac wrap-up: Land/Peters, Detroit, LGBT rights http://wkar.org/post/mackinac-wrap-landpeters-detroit-lgbt-rights <p></p><div><p>The 2014<a href="http://www.detroitchamber.com/ai1ec_event/2014-mackinac-policy-conference/" target="_blank"> Detroit Regional Chamber Conference </a>on Mackinac Island is winding down. The Michigan Public Radio Network’s Rick Pluta has been there for the duration and he provides us with a recap of what has been a fairly eventful conference. Fri, 30 May 2014 17:08:02 +0000 Current State 54483 at http://wkar.org Mackinac wrap-up: Land/Peters, Detroit, LGBT rights Michigan's iron man: Congressman Dingell on 58 years in D.C. http://wkar.org/post/michigans-iron-man-congressman-dingell-58-years-dc <p></p><p></p><p><a href="http://dingell.house.gov/" target="_blank">Congressman John Dingell</a> holds the record as America’s longest serving elected official, representing Michigan’s 12th district&nbsp;since 1955. He has served 21,000 days during which he cast 25,000 votes, alongside 11 U.S. Presidents.&nbsp; Thu, 29 May 2014 18:32:18 +0000 Mark Bashore 54418 at http://wkar.org Michigan's iron man: Congressman Dingell on 58 years in D.C. Capitol Update: Revenue, Detroit bankruptcy and minimum wage http://wkar.org/post/capitol-update-revenue-detroit-bankruptcy-and-minimum-wage <p></p><p></p><p>At the state capitol yesterday, Michigan’s latest set of revenue estimates were unveiled. It’s an important twice-a-year gathering with often serious implications for state government spending, budgets and taxes. Thu, 15 May 2014 17:39:11 +0000 Mark Bashore & Rick Pluta 53737 at http://wkar.org Capitol Update: Revenue, Detroit bankruptcy and minimum wage Michigan looks to attract foreign investment through immigrants http://wkar.org/post/michigan-looks-attract-foreign-investment-through-immigrants <p></p><p></p><p>Earlier this year in his State of the State address, Governor Rick Snyder emphasized&nbsp; his administration’s desire to increase immigration to Michigan. Recently, state officials got news that could move the state closer to that goal. Last month, federal customs officials approved the state’s application to launch an initiative that could attract more foreign investment and workers to the state. Thu, 01 May 2014 17:43:54 +0000 Mark Bashore 53047 at http://wkar.org Michigan looks to attract foreign investment through immigrants Month in Review: March's biggest news stories http://wkar.org/post/month-review-marchs-biggest-news-stories <p></p><p>At the end of every calendar month,<em> Current State</em> hosts its regular reporter roundtable to review the biggest stories of that month. <em>Current State</em> looked back at the drop out of a shoe-in, the unresolved gay marriage issue, the bumps facing road funding and the contest for Attorney General in Michigan. Mon, 31 Mar 2014 16:10:19 +0000 Mark Bashore 51455 at http://wkar.org Month in Review: March's biggest news stories E-cigarettes present new options, problems for lawmakers, smokers http://wkar.org/post/e-cigarettes-present-new-options-problems-lawmakers-smokers <p></p><p>One of the issues being considered at the<a href="http://mi.gov/"> state capitol </a>in recent weeks is the regulation of e-cigarettes.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">E-cigarettes are electronic devices that heat up a liquified nicotine solution. That produces a vapor rather than the smoke from tobacco cigarettes. Users call this “vaping” as opposed to smoking.</span></p><p> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 15:59:36 +0000 Scott Pohl 51457 at http://wkar.org E-cigarettes present new options, problems for lawmakers, smokers Who's next? Mike Rogers' departure triggers speculation among Dems, GOP http://wkar.org/post/whos-next-mike-rogers-departure-triggers-speculation-among-dems-gop <div><div><div><div><div><div><p></p><p><a href="https://mikerogers.house.gov/">Mike Rogers</a>, U.S. representative of our 8th district in East Lansing, says he will not seek reelection after his term ends this year. He made the announcement official on a Detroit radio station, and said that he has been invited regularly to talk about national security issues on T.V. and radio. Fri, 28 Mar 2014 16:24:29 +0000 Mark Bashore 51357 at http://wkar.org Who's next? Mike Rogers' departure triggers speculation among Dems, GOP 'Storming the Hill' to stem veteran suicides http://wkar.org/post/storming-hill-stem-veteran-suicides <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:19px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">All this week, veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have been in Washington D.C. to lobby for <a href="http://media.iava.org/IAVACampaigntoCombatSuicideWhitePaper.pdf">legislation </a>aimed at reducing the numbers of veteran suicides.</span> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 16:58:23 +0000 Scott Pohl 51284 at http://wkar.org 'Storming the Hill' to stem veteran suicides Council Member Wood says Lansing budget should 'impact quality of life' http://wkar.org/post/council-member-wood-says-lansing-budget-should-impact-quality-life <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:16px;font-family:Cambria;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">After close to 10 years in office, Lansing Mayor <a href="http://www.votevirg.com/meet-virg.php">Virg Bernero</a> enjoyed a first last night: &nbsp;The chance to submit a city budget plan with a surplus. </span><span style="font-size:16px;font-family:Cambria;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">Despite being slightly in the black for fiscal year 2015, Bernero describes his $18 million spending plan as conservative and cautious.</span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 18:30:13 +0000 Mark Bashore 51172 at http://wkar.org Council Member Wood says Lansing budget should 'impact quality of life' Gay marriage in Michigan in legal limbo http://wkar.org/post/gay-marriage-michigan-legal-limbo <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The legal status of same-sex marriage here in Michigan was taken for quite the ride over the weekend.&nbsp;Late Friday afternoon, Federal District Judge Bernard Friedman declared Michigan’s 2004 ban on gay marriage unconstitutional. By Saturday afternoon, the clerks in four Michigan counties – </span>Washtenaw<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, Muskegon, Oakland and Ingham – issued hundreds of marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Michigan Attorney General <a href="http://www.michigan.gov/ag">Bill </a></span><a href="http://www.michigan.gov/ag">Schuette’s</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> request to put the ruling on hold was granted by the </span>6th<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati. That temporary hold lasts until Wednesday.</span></p><p> Mon, 24 Mar 2014 16:39:47 +0000 Joe Linstroth 51112 at http://wkar.org Gay marriage in Michigan in legal limbo A busy week at the Capitol: Sorting through scrap metal, EAA, balanced budget convention http://wkar.org/post/busy-week-capitol-sorting-through-scrap-metal-eaa-balanced-budget-convention <p><span id="docs-internal-guid-df9a928c-e4b2-9e06-e811-ddd21061b41b" style="font-size:16px;font-family:Cambria;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">The bill to expand the <a href="http://michigan.gov/eaa">Education Achievement Authority</a> narrowly passed, 56-54, in the House. It wasn’t looking good, but they made some changes that got enough votes. </span> Fri, 21 Mar 2014 15:40:05 +0000 Joe Linstroth & Mark Bashore 51000 at http://wkar.org A busy week at the Capitol: Sorting through scrap metal, EAA, balanced budget convention GM under scrutiny after botched recall http://wkar.org/post/gm-under-scrutiny-after-botched-recall <p></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:16px;font-family:Cambria;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">General Motors officials continue efforts to navigate the fallout from its delayed recall of 1.6-million vehicles with faulty ignition switches. </span><span style="font-size:16px;font-family:Cambria;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">The flaw, which has been linked to 31 crashes and 12 deaths, has been traced to vehicles made as long ago as 2001. Thu, 20 Mar 2014 17:53:12 +0000 Mark Bashore 50939 at http://wkar.org GM under scrutiny after botched recall Neighbors in Action: Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program http://wkar.org/post/neighbors-action-volunteer-income-tax-assistance-program <p>It’s Wednesday and time for our <em>Neighbors in Action</em> segment, where we feature people and organizations working to make our community a better place. Today we feature two services from the <a href="http://www.micauw.org/">Capital Area United Way</a>: the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program and their &nbsp;2-1-1 support line.</p><p> Wed, 19 Mar 2014 16:33:25 +0000 Joe Linstroth 50887 at http://wkar.org Neighbors in Action: Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program From the capitol: wolf hunt, EAA, roads http://wkar.org/post/capitol-wolf-hunt-eaa-roads <p></p><p>The controversy over wolf hunting continues in Michigan with new developments this week.</p><p>Last November and December, hunters killed 23 wolves in three parts of Michigan's Upper Peninsula. That was a little more than half the number allowed under the state's new wolf hunting rules. The wolf debate didn't end with the hunt, though. Fri, 14 Mar 2014 17:46:54 +0000 Mark Bashore 50652 at http://wkar.org From the capitol: wolf hunt, EAA, roads Law enforcement acclimates to pursuing drugged driving http://wkar.org/post/law-enforcement-acclimates-pursuing-drugged-driving <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:16px;font-family:Cambria;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:bold;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">Drunk driving has been a public safety problem for years across the United States. A similar and growing threat is that of drugged driving. Some new law enforcement programs are targeting people who get behind the wheel under the influence of various drugs, sometimes in combination with alcohol. </span> Fri, 14 Mar 2014 17:40:55 +0000 Melissa Benmark 50653 at http://wkar.org Law enforcement acclimates to pursuing drugged driving A closer look at investigation into MSU's handling of sexual assaults http://wkar.org/post/closer-look-investigation-msus-handling-sexual-assaults <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:'Times New Roman';color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">On February 21,</span><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:'Times New Roman';color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;"> a campus-wide email was sent out by <a href="http://www.inclusion.msu.edu/Contact%20Us/Paulette-Granberry-Russell.html" target="_blank">Paulette Granberry Russell</a>, MSU’s Title IX Coordinator and director of its Office for Inclusion and Intercultural Initiatives. In it, she stated that the university was “collaborating” with the Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights. It was later revealed by local news outlets that MSU was in fact under a federal investigation for its policies and response to sexual assault claims.</span> Wed, 12 Mar 2014 18:41:48 +0000 Joe Linstroth 50535 at http://wkar.org A closer look at investigation into MSU's handling of sexual assaults Congressman Kildee makes case for renewal of unemployment insurance http://wkar.org/post/congressman-kildee-makes-case-renewal-unemployment-insurance <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:16px;font-family:Cambria;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">A deal to renew federal benefits for the country’s long-term unemployed continues to elude the U.S. Congress. However, supporters of the effort, which include Democrats and a growing number of Republicans, are hopeful of a breakthrough in the Senate this week.</span><span style="font-size:16px;font-family:Cambria;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;"> There, Senators are looking at two proposals, one from each party. </span> Tue, 11 Mar 2014 17:05:30 +0000 Mark Bashore 50471 at http://wkar.org Congressman Kildee makes case for renewal of unemployment insurance CMU professor from Lansing launches bid for Congress http://wkar.org/post/cmu-professor-lansing-launches-bid-congress <p></p><p></p><p>Another Democrat has announced her candidacy to represent Lansing and East Lansing in Congress.</p><p>Susan Grettenberger is the director of Central Michigan University's Social Work Program and an associate professor in the department.&nbsp; In a news release about her candidacy last week, the Lansing resident discussed "a theme of economic populism and giving voice to everyday Americans."</p> Fri, 07 Mar 2014 17:13:36 +0000 Emanuele Berry 50315 at http://wkar.org CMU professor from Lansing launches bid for Congress Breaking down the debate over juvenile lifers http://wkar.org/post/breaking-down-debate-over-juvenile-lifers <p></p><p></p><p>The Michigan Supreme Court will hear arguments today on what should be done with more than 350 prison inmates sentenced to life with no chance of parole as juveniles.&nbsp; The Michigan case follows a 2012 U.S. Supreme Court decision declaring life without parole sentences for minors violates the U.S. constitution’s ban on cruel and unusual punishment.&nbsp;</p><p><a href="http://www.wkar.org/programs/current-state">Current State </a>speaks with the <a href="http://www.mprn.org">Michigan Public Radio Network’s </a>statehouse bureau chief, Rick Pluta.</p><p></p> Thu, 06 Mar 2014 18:06:55 +0000 Mark Bashore & Melissa Benmark 50269 at http://wkar.org Breaking down the debate over juvenile lifers New Prima Civitas chief seeks to enhance mission http://wkar.org/post/new-prima-civitas-chief-seeks-enhance-mission <p></p><p>Since 2006, East Lansing's Prima Civitas has been a catalyst for economic and community development --initially in mid-Michigan and eventually across the state. &nbsp;The non-profit brings together business owners, entrepreneurs and Michigan State University resources to spark economic growth.</p> Thu, 06 Mar 2014 18:06:43 +0000 Mark Bashore, Joe Linstroth & Scott Pohl 50268 at http://wkar.org New Prima Civitas chief seeks to enhance mission Program trains Michigan's aspiring political leaders http://wkar.org/post/program-trains-michigans-aspiring-political-leaders <p></p><p><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">The <a href="http://www.ippsr.msu.edu/mplp/" target="_blank">Michigan Political Leadership Program</a>, or MPLP, is designed to promote diversity and dialogue in how our communities, our state, and our nation are run.</span><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;"> It started in 1992 and is administered by the &nbsp;Institute for Public Policy and Social Research at Michigan State University. </span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">Every year, 24 people from across the state and across the political spectrum are chosen for the 10-month program. They develop skills to help them win elections, address the media and serve their constituents. The latest group has just started the program.</span> Wed, 05 Mar 2014 16:53:50 +0000 Scott Pohl 50212 at http://wkar.org Program trains Michigan's aspiring political leaders Lack of transparency, data drive opposition to EAA expansion http://wkar.org/post/lack-transparency-data-drive-opposition-eaa-expansion <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In 2011, the state created a school reform district called the </span><a href="http://michigan.gov/eaa" style="line-height: 1.5;">Education Achievement Authority</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, or </span>EAA<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, to turn around the state’s lowest ranking schools. In its first year in operation during the 2012-13 school year, the </span>EAA<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> took control of 15 priority schools in Detroit. The results have been mixed at best, as the </span>EAA<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> has been plagued with declining enrollment, insufficient funding, and accusations of ineffectiveness and unsafe conditions.</span></p><p> Mon, 17 Feb 2014 18:30:33 +0000 Current State 49480 at http://wkar.org Lack of transparency, data drive opposition to EAA expansion