Michigan politics http://wkar.org en State offers money up front in Detroit bankruptcy http://wkar.org/post/state-offers-money-front-detroit-bankruptcy <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;">Developments toward a ‘grand bargain’ to speed the end of Detroit’s landmark &nbsp;bankruptcy have been unfolding quickly.</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;"> Late on Tuesday night, negotiators from the city and two of its retiree pension funds reached tentative deals involving cuts and cost-of-living revisions. &nbsp;Those agreements were two more hurdles cleared toward an $816-million arrangement that could lessen</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;"> pension cuts, allow reinvestment in city services, and prevent the sale of city-owned art at the <a href="http://www.dia.org/">Detroit Institute of Arts</a>. However, more agreements need to be hammered out with other creditors.</span> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 17:14:16 +0000 Current State 52312 at http://wkar.org State offers money up front in Detroit bankruptcy Business leaders update "Michigan Turnaround Plan" http://wkar.org/post/business-leaders-update-michigan-turnaround-plan <div><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>An organization that includes many of Michigan’s top corporate leaders&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">is making new recommendations on the way ahead for the state.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"><a href="http://www.businessleadersformichigan.com/">“Business Leaders for Michigan”</a> is a non-profit whose 90 or so members are among the top executives of the state’s most established businesses including General Motors, Dominos Pizza and Meijer. Mon, 07 Apr 2014 15:39:10 +0000 Current State 51798 at http://wkar.org Business leaders update "Michigan Turnaround Plan" New Dem LG candidate outlines priorities http://wkar.org/post/new-dem-lg-candidate-outlines-priorities <p></p><p></p><p dir="ltr" id="docs-internal-guid-008e6cfa-2cdf-a9f9-7fdd-4fc52de7cdab" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:10pt;"><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;">Michigan's Democratic candidate for Governor, <a href="http://markschauer.com/">Mark Schauer</a>, selected his running mate this week. To no one's surprise, Schauer selected Oakland County Clerk Lisa Brown.</span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:10pt;"><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;">Before her election as Clerk, the West Bloomfield resident represented central Oakland County for two terms in the Michigan House of Representatives. Before that, she worked both as an attorney and realtor. Fri, 04 Apr 2014 16:11:45 +0000 Current State 51691 at http://wkar.org New Dem LG candidate outlines priorities Enthusiasm for public service drives mayor in run for Rogers' seat http://wkar.org/post/enthusiasm-public-service-drives-mayor-run-rogers-seat <p></p><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;">In fewer than 24-hours, the race for Michigan’s 8th Congressional District picked up two new candidates. Both are Oakland County Republicans.&nbsp; </span> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 16:56:50 +0000 Current State 51632 at http://wkar.org Enthusiasm for public service drives mayor in run for Rogers' seat 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 Current State 51112 at http://wkar.org Gay marriage in Michigan in legal limbo Michigan Superintendent Flanagan on EAA, student testing, teacher evals http://wkar.org/post/michigan-superintendent-flanagan-eaa-student-testing-teacher-evals <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Last week, after months of debate, the Michigan House voted narrowly to expand state’s </span><a href="http://michigan.gov/eaa" style="line-height: 1.5;">Education Achievement Authority</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">. </span>The highly debated measure, which the Senate now considers, is one of many on Michigan’s continually evolving education landscape. Others include new testing for student growth and evaluating teacher effectiveness, the <a href="http://www.michigan.gov/mde/0,4615,7-140-28753_64839---,00.html">Common Core curriculum</a>, and several more. Mon, 24 Mar 2014 16:32:30 +0000 Current State 51110 at http://wkar.org Michigan Superintendent Flanagan on EAA, student testing, teacher evals 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 Current State 50652 at http://wkar.org From the capitol: wolf hunt, EAA, roads Pennyslvania offers lessons on clearing road funding hurdles http://wkar.org/post/pennyslvania-offers-lessons-clearing-road-funding-hurdles <p></p><p><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;">With an intense pothole season beginning to unfold in Michigan, debate is intensifying over how to repair and better maintain state roads and highways.</span></p><p><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;">Republican Governor <a href="http://www.michigan.gov/snyder">Rick Snyder</a> has favored a longer-term, comprehensive approach that would invest over a billion dollars a year in the effort. However, fellow Republicans in the legislature have withheld support for the tax and fee increases that would fund the Governor’s plan.</span> Wed, 05 Mar 2014 17:03:45 +0000 Current State 50210 at http://wkar.org Pennyslvania offers lessons on clearing road funding hurdles 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 Current State 50212 at http://wkar.org Program trains Michigan's aspiring political leaders Ex-MUCC president to challenge Senator Rick Jones http://wkar.org/post/ex-mucc-president-challenge-senator-rick-jones <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A Clinton County school teacher has announced her candidacy for the Michigan Senate’s </span>24th<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> district. Democrat </span><a href="http://leveyforsenate.com/" style="line-height: 1.5;">Dawn Levey</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> says she would make education one of her top priorities. She says Michigan school kids are “suffering because of partisan politics."</span></p><p> Mon, 17 Feb 2014 18:24:34 +0000 Current State 49482 at http://wkar.org Ex-MUCC president to challenge Senator Rick Jones Budget director explains 2015 state spending plan http://wkar.org/post/budget-director-explains-2015-state-spending-plan <p></p><p></p><p dir="ltr" id="docs-internal-guid-6508790b-0831-4a83-6c24-88e1da60900d" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Georgia;color:#000000;background-color:#ffffff;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">Governor <a href="http://www.michigan.gov/snyder">Rick Snyder</a> unveiled his budget for the 2015 fiscal year yesterday. Overall, the plan increases state gross spending by 2% over this year's budget, with increases in education and educator pensions, the rainy day fund, roads, and many more.</span> Thu, 06 Feb 2014 18:03:36 +0000 Current State 48977 at http://wkar.org Budget director explains 2015 state spending plan Proposal seeks return to part-time legislature http://wkar.org/post/proposal-seeks-return-part-time-legislature <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Norman </span>Kammeraad<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> is a West Michigan business owner who chairs the </span><a href="http://parttimemi.com/" style="line-height: 1.5;">Committee to Restore Michigan’s Part-Time Legislature</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">. The group is calling for a two-month legislative session with salaries of $35,000.</span></p><p> Wed, 05 Feb 2014 19:07:23 +0000 Current State 48928 at http://wkar.org Proposal seeks return to part-time legislature Month in Review: State budget, minimum wage highlight news from January http://wkar.org/post/month-review-state-budget-minimum-wage-highlight-news-january <p></p><p></p> Thu, 30 Jan 2014 19:27:09 +0000 Current State 48657 at http://wkar.org Month in Review: State budget, minimum wage highlight news from January Bipartisan effort aims to strengthen Michigan legislative resources http://wkar.org/post/bipartisan-effort-aims-strengthen-michigan-legislative-resources <p></p><p></p><p></p><p>A long-time Michigan political insider is launching a bipartisan effort to bolster resources for state legislators. The <a href="http://www.scribd.com/doc/200996899/PDF-Version-FINAL-1-18-14-Strengthening-Michigan-Government-Institutions-Project-Cornerstone-Foundation-Lessening-the-Burdens-of-Government">“Strengthening Michigan’s Governing Institutions”</a> project is the brainchild of Republican/Libertarian Richard McLellan, who thinks term limits have left legislators with too few resources to do their jobs well.<br /> Wed, 29 Jan 2014 17:53:34 +0000 Current State 48606 at http://wkar.org Bipartisan effort aims to strengthen Michigan legislative resources Coalition working on minimum wage proposal for November ballot http://wkar.org/post/coalition-working-minimum-wage-proposal-november-ballot <p></p><p></p><p></p><p>A coalition of labor and civil rights groups calling itself <a href="http://www.raisemichigan.com/">Raise Michigan</a> has announced its intention to form a ballot campaign committee. It’s a procedural step that could lead to a statewide vote this November on raising the minimum wage, which in Michigan is currently $7.40 an hour. Tue, 28 Jan 2014 18:50:08 +0000 Current State 48545 at http://wkar.org Coalition working on minimum wage proposal for November ballot Eighth District race attracts moderate Dem challenger to Rogers http://wkar.org/post/eighth-district-race-attracts-moderate-dem-challenger-rogers <p></p><p></p><p></p><p>Incumbent U.S. Congressman <a href="http://mikerogers.house.gov/">Mike Rogers</a> will have a Democratic opponent when he runs for re-election this November. <a href="http://www.darga4congress.com/">Ken Darga</a> has thrown his hat in the ring this year against Rogers in the solidly Republican 8th district. Fri, 24 Jan 2014 16:33:16 +0000 Current State 48380 at http://wkar.org Eighth District race attracts moderate Dem challenger to Rogers Detroit News' Finley on Agema, Patterson fallout http://wkar.org/post/detroit-news-finley-agema-patterson-fallout <p></p><p></p><p></p><p>The response to comments by Republican National Committeeman Dave Agema of Michigan has intensified in recent days. Agema’s remarks critical of gays and Muslims triggered rebukes from across the political spectrum and has especially embarrassed his fellow Republicans. Wed, 22 Jan 2014 16:05:00 +0000 Current State 48271 at http://wkar.org Detroit News' Finley on Agema, Patterson fallout Sen. Whitmer responds to State of the State http://wkar.org/post/sen-whitmer-responds-state-state <p></p><p></p><p></p><p>Last night, Michigan Gov. <a href="http://www.michigan.gov/snyder">Rick Snyder</a> gave his fourth State of the State address. He encouraged action on immigration and more support for state schools, among other issues. Fri, 17 Jan 2014 16:41:39 +0000 Current State 48091 at http://wkar.org Sen. Whitmer responds to State of the State State of the State 2014 http://wkar.org/post/state-state-2014 <p>Governor Rick Snyder's annual address to the Michigan Legislature with Democratc Party response from Rep. Tim Greimel. Thu, 16 Jan 2014 17:44:49 +0000 editor 48056 at http://wkar.org State of the State 2014 Hertel Jr. talks housing and Senate http://wkar.org/post/hertel-jr-talks-housing-and-senate <p></p><p></p><p></p><p>Ingham County officials have announced good news about the area’s housing market. <a href="http://rd.ingham.org/">Register of Deeds</a> Curtis Hertel Jr. reported that home sales last year were up and that foreclosures were down. Wed, 15 Jan 2014 17:43:36 +0000 Current State 47993 at http://wkar.org Hertel Jr. talks housing and Senate Remembering former LT Governor Connie Binsfeld http://wkar.org/post/remembering-former-lt-governor-connie-binsfeld <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Connie Binsfeld, who served in the Michigan House and Senate, as well as two terms as lieutenant governor, died Sunday at the age of 89. The Michigan Public Radio Network’s Rick Pluta covered&nbsp;Binsfeld in the State Senate and then as Lieutenant Governor, and Susan Demas, an <a href="http://www.mlive.com/"><em>MLive</em></a> columnist and publisher of the “Inside Michigan Politics” newsletter also joins us to remember her legacy.</span></p> Tue, 14 Jan 2014 17:34:33 +0000 Current State 47951 at http://wkar.org Remembering former LT Governor Connie Binsfeld Budget surplus, education top 2014 legislative agenda http://wkar.org/post/budget-surplus-education-top-2014-legislative-agenda <p></p><p></p><p></p><p>The <a href="http://michigan.gov/">Michigan</a> legislature has begun its election year session. The body will reconsider unfinished business from 2013 including an expansion of the <a href="http://www.michigan.gov/snyder/0,4668,7-277-57738_57679_57726-261612--,00.html">Education Achievement Authority</a> and road funding. Thu, 09 Jan 2014 18:08:16 +0000 Current State 47748 at http://wkar.org Budget surplus, education top 2014 legislative agenda Michigan conservatives join conversation on renewable energy http://wkar.org/post/michigan-conservatives-join-conversation-renewable-energy <p></p><p></p><p></p><p>A new conservative group is hoping to open up the conversation about renewable energy.&nbsp; The <a href="https://www.facebook.com/michiganconservativeenergyforum">Michigan Conservative Energy Forum</a> is working to increase the state’s investment in energy efficiency and renewable energy programs. Tue, 07 Jan 2014 15:50:34 +0000 Current State 47645 at http://wkar.org Michigan conservatives join conversation on renewable energy Month (and 2013) in Review: December's biggest news stories http://wkar.org/post/month-and-2013-review-decembers-biggest-news-stories <p></p><p></p><p>The last few weeks have been eventful ones at the State Capitol.&nbsp; Legislators strongly considered measures involving education and phone service, among others.&nbsp; They passed measures involving abortion insurance, medical marijuana and others. Thu, 19 Dec 2013 17:18:20 +0000 Current State 46915 at http://wkar.org Month (and 2013) in Review: December's biggest news stories Legislature's stare down with Right to Life a rarity http://wkar.org/post/legislatures-stare-down-right-life-rarity <p></p><p></p><p></p><p>The state Legislature is in its final week of voting before it adjourns for the year. One of the big questions is whether lawmakers will cast votes on a controversial anti-abortion issue this year. Wed, 11 Dec 2013 16:29:53 +0000 Current State 46521 at http://wkar.org Legislature's stare down with Right to Life a rarity House Dem leader Greimel on year-end legislative push http://wkar.org/post/house-dem-leader-greimel-year-end-legislative-push <p></p><p></p><p>The last day of the Michigan legislature’s 2013 session is scheduled to be tomorrow.&nbsp; That’s ramped up efforts by majority Republicans to pass several proposals generating a lot of debate. Wed, 11 Dec 2013 16:27:25 +0000 Current State 46520 at http://wkar.org House Dem leader Greimel on year-end legislative push State Rep. Lyons weighs in on campaign finance, education reforms http://wkar.org/post/state-rep-lyons-weighs-campaign-finance-education-reforms <p>With just a few days left in the 2013 legislative session, the Michigan House is working its way through a cluster of controversial proposals. One package of bills calls for significant education reforms, including a plan to hold back Michigan third graders who aren’t reading at that level.&nbsp; Another would impose a letter grading system on school districts statewide. Another addresses the regulation of so-called “issue ads.” Mon, 09 Dec 2013 17:02:08 +0000 Current State 46403 at http://wkar.org State Rep. Lyons weighs in on campaign finance, education reforms State survey shows Obama down, Snyder up slightly http://wkar.org/post/state-survey-shows-obama-down-snyder-slightly <p>President Obama's approval rating in Michigan has dropped to its lowest point in three years, according to a new Michigan State University <a href="http://ippsr.msu.edu/soss/presentations/SOSS66.pdf">survey</a>. Fri, 06 Dec 2013 18:59:04 +0000 Current State 46306 at http://wkar.org State survey shows Obama down, Snyder up slightly Michigan legislators join national push for Constitutional Convention http://wkar.org/post/michigan-legislators-join-national-push-constitutional-convention <p>On Saturday, state lawmakers from around the country will meet at Mount Vernon to discuss how they can push for a new constitutional convention. Their primary goal is to pass and ratify an amendment to the U.S. Constitution requiring a balanced federal budget. Fri, 06 Dec 2013 18:55:57 +0000 Current State 46305 at http://wkar.org Michigan legislators join national push for Constitutional Convention New Jackson mayor, age 31, outlines agenda http://wkar.org/post/new-jackson-mayor-age-31-outlines-agenda <p></p><p></p><p><a href="http://www.cityofjackson.org/">Jackson</a> has a new mayor. <a href="http://www.cityofjackson.org/mayors-office">Jason Smith</a> has been sworn into office. He replaced Martin Griffin, whom he defeated in the November election. Wed, 04 Dec 2013 16:03:46 +0000 Current State 46183 at http://wkar.org New Jackson mayor, age 31, outlines agenda