Lansing politics http://wkar.org en Jeffries reflects on Lansing council tenure http://wkar.org/post/jeffries-reflects-lansing-council-tenure <p></p><p></p><p>The <a href="http://www.lansingmi.gov/City_Council">Lansing city council</a> begins its 2014 term in three weeks, and for the first time in more than a decade, it will not include at large councilman <a href="http://www.lansingmi.gov/Brian_Jeffries">Brian&nbsp; Jeffries</a>. Jeffries served 11 years on the council until he was defeated last month by political newcomer Judi Brown Clarke. Mon, 16 Dec 2013 16:25:00 +0000 Current State 46746 at http://wkar.org Jeffries reflects on Lansing council tenure Election 2013 recap: In short, Mayor Bernero wins http://wkar.org/post/election-2013-recap-short-mayor-bernero-wins <p></p><p></p><p>Voters re-elected <a href="http://www.lansingmi.gov/Mayors_Office">Virg Bernero</a> by a wide margin to a third term as mayor of Lansing yesterday. Wed, 06 Nov 2013 16:19:32 +0000 Current State 44887 at http://wkar.org Election 2013 recap: In short, Mayor Bernero wins Current State #195 | November 5, 2013 http://wkar.org/post/current-state-195-november-5-2013 <p></p> Tue, 05 Nov 2013 18:18:22 +0000 Current State 44832 at http://wkar.org Election 2013: Mayoral candidate Leeman says he's Lansing's 'neighborhood candidate' http://wkar.org/post/election-2013-mayoral-candidate-leeman-says-hes-lansings-neighborhood-candidate <p>Our Election 2013 coverage wraps up today with <a href="http://www.lansingmi.gov/">Lansing</a> mayor Virg Bernero’s opponent,<a href="http://www.lansingstatejournal.com/viewart/20131014/ELECTIONS06/310140041/Candidate-questionnaire-Harold-J-Leeman-Jr-"> Harold Leeman Jr.</a> Fri, 01 Nov 2013 18:03:55 +0000 Current State 44677 at http://wkar.org Election 2013: Mayoral candidate Leeman says he's Lansing's 'neighborhood candidate' Current State #191 | October 30, 2013 http://wkar.org/post/current-state-191-october-30-2013 <p>Today on <em>Current State</em>: Lansing mayor Virg Bernero; the Lakewood Area Choral Society; and flipped schools.</p> Wed, 30 Oct 2013 16:09:22 +0000 Current State 44534 at http://wkar.org Election 2013: Mayor Virg Bernero responds to audit criticism, touts record http://wkar.org/post/election-2013-mayor-virg-bernero-responds-audit-criticism-touts-record <p></p><p></p><p>Our Election 2013 coverage continues today with a look at the race for mayor in Lansing. <a href="http://www.votevirg.com/">Virg Bernero</a> was first elected mayor in 2005. He was re-elected in 2009, and he’s now running for a third term. Wed, 30 Oct 2013 16:07:45 +0000 Current State 44535 at http://wkar.org Election 2013: Mayor Virg Bernero responds to audit criticism, touts record Lansing voters face marijuana choice http://wkar.org/post/lansing-voters-face-marijuana-choice <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-71c12937-04a6-b045-ef4f-a576deb18857"><span style="font-size: 16px; font-family: Arial; background-color: transparent; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Our local Election 2013 coverage continues today with a look at a city charter amendment proposal to decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana in Lansing. It’s on the ballot next Tuesday.</span></span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"> Tue, 29 Oct 2013 16:17:52 +0000 Current State 44473 at http://wkar.org Lansing voters face marijuana choice Election 2013: At-Large candidates Dunbar, O'Dell outline priorities http://wkar.org/post/election-2013-large-candidates-dunbar-odell-outline-priorities <p>Our Election 2013 coverage continues today with two of the candidates for at-large seats on the Lansing City Council. Mon, 21 Oct 2013 15:23:22 +0000 Current State 44065 at http://wkar.org Election 2013: At-Large candidates Dunbar, O'Dell outline priorities Michigan’s first Labor Day after Right to Work legislation http://wkar.org/post/michigan-s-first-labor-day-after-right-work-legislation <p></p><p><span style="background-color: transparent; font-family: Cambria; font-size: 16px; line-height: 1.5; white-space: pre-wrap;">Yesterday was the first Labor Day in Michigan since Right to Work legislation was signed into law.</span></p> Tue, 03 Sep 2013 16:06:17 +0000 Current State 41694 at http://wkar.org Michigan’s first Labor Day after Right to Work legislation Lansing City Clerk Chris Swope seeks higher voter turnout http://wkar.org/post/lansing-city-clerk-chris-swope-seeks-higher-voter-turnout <p>Tuesday was primary election day in Lansing.</p><p></p><p>Voters decided Mayoral and city council candidates for November’s general election.&nbsp; In Haslett, voters approved a $10-million sinking fund for school building maintenance.</p><p>A predictable feature of many primaries is low voter turnout.&nbsp; Tuesday in Lansing was no exception. Thu, 08 Aug 2013 18:11:04 +0000 Current State 40470 at http://wkar.org Lansing City Clerk Chris Swope seeks higher voter turnout Lansing city council primary sends candidates to November ballot http://wkar.org/post/lansing-city-council-primary-sends-candidates-november-ballot <p>Voters have now determined who will be in November’s general election for the Lansing City Council.</p><p></p><p> Wed, 07 Aug 2013 19:38:00 +0000 Current State 40416 at http://wkar.org Lansing city council primary sends candidates to November ballot Lansing mayoral primary election check-in http://wkar.org/post/lansing-mayoral-primary-election-check <div><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Voters in Lansing will go to the polls tomorrow for a primary election that will narrow the field of candidates for mayor and the city council.</span> Mon, 05 Aug 2013 16:41:50 +0000 Current State 40197 at http://wkar.org Lansing mayoral primary election check-in Lansing neighborhood leaders weigh in on Council primary http://wkar.org/post/lansing-neighborhood-leaders-weigh-council-primary <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Lansing residents go to the polls next Tuesday to vote in their next primary election. Four incumbents on the city council are facing challengers, as well as Mayor </span>Virg<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span>Bernero<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. In these final days leading up to the </span><a href="http://www.lansingmi.gov/clerk/elections.jsp" style="line-height: 1.5;">Lansing primary</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">Current State</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> is examining the key races from the voters’ perspective. &nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Yesterday we looked at the issues and candidates in the Second and Fourth Wards. Today, we discuss the</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> race for the two at-large seats on Lansing's City Council. The incumbents Brian Jeffries and Kathie Dunbar are facing four challengers -- Ted </span>O’Dell<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, Judi Browne-Clarke, Jonathon Smith and Keith Smith.&nbsp;</span></p><div> Fri, 02 Aug 2013 18:15:25 +0000 Current State 40104 at http://wkar.org Lansing's Second Ward incumbent Houghton to face challenger in general election http://wkar.org/post/lansings-second-ward-incumbent-houghton-face-challenger-general-election <p></p><p></p><p>Lansing residents go to the polls next Tuesday to vote in their next primary election. &nbsp;Four incumbents on the city council are facing challengers, as well as Mayor Virg Bernero.&nbsp; In these final days leading up to the Lansing primary, <em>Current State</em> takes a look at the key races from the voters’ perspective.<br> Thu, 01 Aug 2013 21:18:27 +0000 Current State 40034 at http://wkar.org Lansing's Second Ward incumbent Houghton to face challenger in general election Lansing's Fourth Ward incumbent Yorko faces three primary opponents http://wkar.org/post/lansings-fourth-ward-incumbent-yorko-faces-three-primary-opponents <p></p><p><br>Fourth ward incumbent<a href="http://www.lansingmi.gov/council/members/jessica_yorko.jsp"> Jessica Yorko</a> faces off next Tuesday against three challengers: Chong-Anna Canfora, of the liberal political advocacy group Progress Michigan, attorney Bert Carrier Jr. and Larry Hutchinson, a stay-at-home father. &nbsp;The top two vote-getters will face off in November’s general election. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<br> Thu, 01 Aug 2013 21:14:58 +0000 Current State 40035 at http://wkar.org Lansing's Fourth Ward incumbent Yorko faces three primary opponents Local journalists review the top news stories in March http://wkar.org/post/local-journalists-review-top-news-stories-march-0 <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">From the appointment of Detroit’s emergency manager to the ongoing fallout from Right to Work, March was a dramatic month in Michigan. &nbsp;And in Lansing, officials finally unveiled a controversial plan to address the city’s long-term structural budget shortfalls. &nbsp;</span></p><p dir="ltr" style="margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;">&nbsp;</p> Fri, 29 Mar 2013 20:52:24 +0000 Current State 33501 at http://wkar.org Local journalists review the top news stories in March Members of Lansing Financial Health Team discuss report http://wkar.org/post/members-lansing-financial-health-team-discuss-report <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In Lansing, city leaders and many others have begun digging into pages of new recommendations for addressing long-term city revenue shortfalls. &nbsp;Former mayor Dave Hollister led the 14-person effort that began last November. The blue-ribbon Financial Health Team divided its work into two areas: long-term costs and debt and a regional approach to cutting and streamlining. &nbsp;</span></p> Fri, 15 Mar 2013 22:14:34 +0000 Current State 32788 at http://wkar.org Legal setback for Lansing casino plans http://wkar.org/post/legal-setback-lansing-casino-plans <p><br>A federal judge has dealt a blow to a Michigan Indian tribe seeking to build a casino in downtown Lansing. Wed, 06 Mar 2013 22:52:35 +0000 Current State 32271 at http://wkar.org Current State #37 | March 5, 2013 http://wkar.org/post/current-state-37-march-5-2013 <p></p><p>Today on&nbsp;<em>Current State:&nbsp;</em>The local impact of federal budget cuts; climate change in Michigan; Michigan farmers markets; the new dynamics of the Michigan Supreme Court; and Lansing's new city attorney designate.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 05 Mar 2013 23:36:56 +0000 Current State 32193 at http://wkar.org Lansing Mayor nominates first woman, African American as city attorney http://wkar.org/post/lansing-mayor-nominates-first-woman-african-american-city-attorney <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">If Mayor Virg Bernero has his way, Janene McIntyre will be Lansing’s next city attorney. She would succeed Brigham Smith, who left for a similar job in Connecticut earlier this year.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">McIntyre is a Lansing native and Cooley Law School graduate, currently working with the public finance practice groups at <a href="http://www.fosterswift.com/professionals-Janene-McIntyre-Attorney.html">Foster Swift Collins and Smith</a> in Lansing.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">If approved by the city council, she would become Lansing’s first female, and first African-American, city attorney.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;"><em>Current State’s</em> Scott </span>Pohl<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> speaks with McIntyre about the new opportunity.&nbsp;</span></p><p></p><p> Tue, 05 Mar 2013 22:24:52 +0000 Current State 32179 at http://wkar.org Latest Lansing City Council squabble, privatizing Water & Light http://wkar.org/post/latest-lansing-city-council-squabble-privatizing-water-light <p></p><p>The Lansing city council is having an intense squabble involving technology and transparency. &nbsp;Two unresolved issues appear to be at the heart of the dispute. &nbsp;<br /><br />First, did a city employee erase information from the city-issued laptop of council person Kathie Dunbar? &nbsp;<br /><br />Second, should a full council session involving “computer usage”-- presumably related to the incident -- have been closed to the public and the media? &nbsp;<br /> Wed, 13 Feb 2013 18:08:00 +0000 Mark Bashore 31088 at http://wkar.org