politics http://wkar.org en 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 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 Current State 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 Current State #209 | November 26, 2013 http://wkar.org/post/current-state-209-november-26-2013 <p>Today on <em>Current State</em>: Michigan Court of Claims update with judge Michael J. Talbot; Great Lakes Month in Review; and <em>Voices of Experience</em> with MSU's George Perles.</p> Tue, 26 Nov 2013 18:54:44 +0000 Current State 45836 at http://wkar.org New Court of Claims Chief outlines transition http://wkar.org/post/new-court-claims-chief-outlines-transition <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Two weeks after becoming law, a move to revamp </span><a href="http://courts.mi.gov/courts/coc/pages/default.aspx" style="line-height: 1.5;">Michigan's Court of Claims </a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">is still generating questions and discussion.</span></p><div>The reform moves legal actions against Michigan out of the <a href="http://cc.ingham.org/">Ingham County Circuit Court</a>.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>To help us understand some of these issues, we speak with the new Chief Judge of the revamped Michigan Court of Claims, the Honorable Michael Talbot.</div><p> Tue, 26 Nov 2013 18:53:09 +0000 Current State 45831 at http://wkar.org New Court of Claims Chief outlines transition New council members Woods, Boyle detail priorities for EL http://wkar.org/post/new-council-members-woods-boyle-detail-priorities-el <p>The <a href="http://www.cityofeastlansing.com/council/">East Lansing city council</a> picked up two new members last week. Susan Woods and Ruth Beier were elected to four-year terms, and Kathleen Boyle will stay on the council after winning the right to serve the balance of the term to which she was appointed last year. Wed, 13 Nov 2013 16:33:48 +0000 Current State 45230 at http://wkar.org New council members Woods, Boyle detail priorities for EL Current State #200 | November 12, 2013 http://wkar.org/post/current-state-200-november-12-2013 <p></p><p>Today on <em>Current State:&nbsp;</em>medical&nbsp;<span style="background-color: transparent; font-family: Cambria; font-size: 16px; white-space: pre-wrap; line-height: 1.5;">marijuana</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">; American perceptions of climate change; new Lansing Arts Council director, and an MSU documentary on cross-cultural exchanges.</span></p> Tue, 12 Nov 2013 18:19:47 +0000 Current State 45174 at http://wkar.org Election 2013: Second Ward's Tina Houghton shares priorities http://wkar.org/post/election-2013-second-wards-tina-houghton-shares-priorities <p>Our Election 2013 coverage continues today with a look at the campaign for Lansing City Council in the second ward. Incumbent <a href="http://www.lansingmi.gov/Tina_Houghton">Tina Houghton</a> is challenged by newcomer <a href="http://www.cchoffme.com/council/">Charles Hoffmeyer</a>. Wed, 23 Oct 2013 15:40:25 +0000 Current State 44196 at http://wkar.org Election 2013: Second Ward's Tina Houghton shares priorities Researcher explains intricacies of political polling http://wkar.org/post/researcher-explains-intricacies-political-polling <p dir="ltr" id="docs-internal-guid-1aa8c1f7-a2d0-ba5f-abb3-3aa002040de2" 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;">Much of the news coverage of American politics these days centers on the horse race results of polls. Who&rsquo;s ahead? Who&rsquo;s behind? Is this candidate or that issue trending up or down in popularity? But what does that sort of coverage really tell us? How can we be assured of the accuracy of a particular poll? And what has modern technology done to how this information is gathered and compiled?</span> Thu, 10 Oct 2013 16:39:46 +0000 Current State 43585 at http://wkar.org Researcher explains intricacies of political polling Current State #150 | September 3, 2013 http://wkar.org/post/current-state-150-september-3-2013 <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;">&nbsp;</p> Tue, 03 Sep 2013 16:26:04 +0000 Current State 41698 at http://wkar.org Current State #148 | August 29, 2013 http://wkar.org/post/current-state-148-august-29-2013 <p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 21.988636016845703px;">Today on&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.wkar.org/programs/current-state"><em style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 21.988636016845703px;">Current State</em></a><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 21.988636016845703px;"><a href="ht Thu, 29 Aug 2013 17:38:45 +0000 Current State 41503 at http://wkar.org MPRN’s Rick Pluta Updates Senate Medicaid Decision http://wkar.org/post/mprn-s-rick-pluta-updates-senate-medicaid-decision <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;">&nbsp;</p><p></p><p><span style="background-color: transparent; font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: 16px; white-space: pre-wrap; line-height: 1.15;">A controversial measure that would expand Medicaid health coverage to more than 400-thousand Michigan citizens passed the state Senate last night. &nbsp;</span></p> Wed, 28 Aug 2013 17:53:40 +0000 Current State 41426 at http://wkar.org MPRN’s Rick Pluta Updates Senate Medicaid Decision Off the Record | July 5, 2013 http://wkar.org/post/record-july-5-2013 <p>Panel discusses Governer Snyder and the Senate COP making peace, and the latest on emergency financial management in Detroit. The guest is Congressman John Dingell, now the longest serving congressperson in the nation's history. Zach Gorchow, Bill Ballenger and Chris Christoff join senior capitol correspondent Tim Skubick.<br><br><br>http://video.wkar.org/video/2365039658/<br><br>&nbsp;</p><p><strong><a href="http://red-cedar.wkar.msu.edu:8080/otr/otr-130705.mp4">Play/Download MP4</a></strong> | <a href="/terms-use">Terms of Use</a></p> Wed, 03 Jul 2013 14:05:44 +0000 WebTeam 38564 at http://wkar.org Off the Record | July 5, 2013