politics http://wkar.org en 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 Bridge Magazine assesses Detroit's Duggan at six months http://wkar.org/post/bridge-magazine-assesses-detroits-duggan-six-months <p></p><p>Among <a href="http://www.detroitmi.gov/" target="_blank">Detroit’s </a>many challenges, one painful reality is the decreasing population.&nbsp;The city’s become known for surreal, sparsely settled ‘urban prairies’ that thousands of residents used to call home.&nbsp; Thu, 26 Jun 2014 17:42:34 +0000 Mark Bashore 55820 at http://wkar.org Bridge Magazine assesses Detroit's Duggan at six months 'Spotlight on the News' Comes to WKAR Sundays http://wkar.org/post/spotlight-news-comes-wkar-sundays <p>Sundays at 2:30 p.m. on 23.1 WKAR-HD and 6 p.m. on 23.2 WKAR World.<br /> Thu, 01 May 2014 21:01:46 +0000 editor 53057 at http://wkar.org 'Spotlight on the News' Comes to WKAR Sundays 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 Newly married gay couple from Lansing faces legal limbo with confidence http://wkar.org/post/newly-married-gay-couple-lansing-faces-legal-limbo-confidence <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;">The lives of a Lansing couple took a profound and very public turn last weekend. After more than 12 years in a serious relationship, attorney Douglas Meeks and investment executive Greg McNeilly became one of Michigan’s first same sex couples to be legally married. Thu, 27 Mar 2014 16:52:42 +0000 Current State 51288 at http://wkar.org Newly married gay couple from Lansing faces legal limbo with confidence 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 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 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 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 Hurting while helping: Outside aid often undermines post-civil war democracy http://wkar.org/post/hurting-while-helping-outside-aid-often-undermines-post-civil-war-democracy <p><span id="docs-internal-guid-b2e0dcc7-8d79-e8d4-f638-767fbc06999a" 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’s probably never been a time in history when there wasn’t war and conflict going on somewhere in the world, but amid the Arab Spring and the situation between Russia and Ukraine, right now seems like an especially good time to talk to an expert on international conflict. </span> Tue, 04 Mar 2014 18:59:18 +0000 Melissa Benmark 50157 at http://wkar.org Hurting while helping: Outside aid often undermines post-civil war democracy Michigan GOP chief on Snyder's reelection bid http://wkar.org/post/michigan-gop-chief-snyders-reelection-bid <p></p><p></p><p dir="ltr" id="docs-internal-guid-5e4e7493-fe2e-6325-79de-75ae0e1d46ee" 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;">Michigan Governor</span><a href="http://www.michigan.gov/snyder" style="text-decoration:none;"><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;"> </span><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Georgia;color:#1155cc;background-color:#ffffff;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:underline;vertical-align:baseline;">Rick Snyder</span></a><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;"> is launching his re-election campaign with a string of appearances that tout “Michigan’s Comeback.” &nbsp;Yesterday, the Governor pressed the flesh in Detroit, Lansing and Grand Rapids. &nbsp;Today, it’s on to Traverse City, Frankenmuth and Oakland County.</span><img height="1px;" src="https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/mEh9rpC2MD99zt6ivTmRN2Q0Cq6yw37Um8YML-vQULyE5E66SsvMdqn_sGu1VUEFePpxa8GbNO0fr2gc0hnGKRxEK2aqRhR67wND07e6zLZkqHAd6yxJiRI6-g" style="border: 0px solid transparent" width="1px;" /> Tue, 04 Feb 2014 19:30:33 +0000 Current State 48889 at http://wkar.org Michigan GOP chief on Snyder's reelection bid Congressman Rogers: State of the Union lacked substance http://wkar.org/post/congressman-rogers-state-union-lacked-substance <p></p><p></p><p>President Obama shared his priorities for the new year last night in his sixth <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/">State of the Union</a> address.&nbsp; Among those goals:&nbsp; narrowing the country’s income gap, in part by raising the minimum wage for federal contract employees; immigration reform; and an expansion of employee retirement savings plans. Wed, 29 Jan 2014 17:55:00 +0000 Current State 48605 at http://wkar.org Congressman Rogers: State of the Union lacked substance 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 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 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