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The state of Michigan has dealt a setback to a group trying to put recreational marijuana on the November ballot. The Bureau of Elections has ruled that some of the more than 354,000 signatures the group has collected don't count. Campaign organizers are considering a lawsuit against the state.  We hear from MI Legalize chairman and Lansing attorney Jeff Hank.


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In an election year, third party presidential candidates seldom get much attention. We talk about what third parties add to the national political discussion with Bill Mohr, chairman of the U.S. Taxpayers Party of Michigan.


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Michigan’s state legislative districts are created based on the total number of people living in a particular area, but a case before the U.S. Supreme Court might alter that system. We talk about how Michigan might be affected from Eric Lupher, president of the Citizens Research Council of Michigan.


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This year’s presidential primary has turned out to be pretty interesting, but the origin story of Michigan’s state level primaries could give the hoopla of 2016 a run for its money. We learn more about Michigan’s first state primary from Maria Taylor, Assistant Editor of Michigan History Magazine.


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A controversial new Michigan law bans “advertisement style” communication by local governments and school boards in the 60 days before bond and millage votes. Supporters say it’s an inappropriate use of public money. Critics complain the new law, which may be clarified with another, amounts to a gag order. We discuss the issue with two Lansing-based critics.


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Lansing City Clerk Chris Swope has a proposal he believes can reduce long lines at the city’s polling sites. It involves drawing new voting boundaries and creating two new precincts. We talk with Swope about that idea and other election topics.


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The non-profit Center for Public Integrity gave Michigan a failing grade this week for its efforts at transparency and accountability. Current State talks with Rich Robinson of the Michigan Campaign Finance Network, a longtime critic of the state’s approach to campaign finance who says we earned that F.


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Several former Michigan congressmen have joined a national effort called the ReFormers Caucus, hoping to change the campaign finance system. Current State talks with former congressman Bob Carr about the group’s efforts.


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There’s been a lot of attention this year on the road funding proposal that will go before Michigan voters in a special election on May 5, but later this year, many political jurisdictions including the city of Lansing will hold primary elections in August and a general election in November. The Lansing Regional Chamber Political Action Committee is teaching techniques for candidates preparing to campaign. It’s a non-partisan group that endorses candidates with a pro-business, pro-economic development platform.

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We’re down to fewer than six weeks before primary elections in Michigan. Michigan Public Radio Network Managing Editor Rick Pluta updates Current State on some of the races and other stories.

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Tomorrow is the filing deadline for all potential political candidates to run in the August 5th primary election. Last month, 8th District Republican Congressman Mike Rogers  shocked many of his constituents with news that he will not seek re-election.

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A Clinton County school teacher has announced her candidacy for the Michigan Senate’s 24th district. Democrat Dawn Levey says she would make education one of her top priorities. She says Michigan school kids are “suffering because of partisan politics."

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In his 2012 reelection speech, President Barack Obama vowed to make voting easier for millions of Americans. This came after reports that many had to wait in line for hours at polling places to cast their votes.

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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.  Another would impose a letter grading system on school districts statewide. Another addresses the regulation of so-called “issue ads.”

State senate bill protects 'dark money,' stirs debate

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Last Thursday, Senate Republicans rushed through a bill that would alter campaign finance rules in Michigan. The changes include doubling the limits nearly across the board on campaign contributions.

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