Lansing politics http://wkar.org en Mediator: Lansing church dispute at an impasse http://wkar.org/post/mediator-lansing-church-dispute-impasse <p></p><p>The sign on the vacant church building on Pleasant Grove in south Lansing says “Friendship Baptist,” but in recent months relations between two groups within the congregation have been anything but friendly. Tue, 15 Jul 2014 16:33:20 +0000 Kevin Lavery 56729 at http://wkar.org Mediator: Lansing church dispute at an impasse 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