Lansing politics

Jim Smiertka photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

City Attorney nominee Jim Smiertka joins us to talk about the problems facing the Lansing City Council and how he could play a part in solving them as the next City Attorney.


Lansing is waiting to learn more about the status of a discrimination complaint with HUD involving city officials. We talk with city council member Carol Wood about that and about Jim Smiertka, the appointee awaiting confirmation as Lansing’s next city attorney.


Kathie Dunbar photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

Lansing City Councilperson Kathie Dunbar plans to vote against a proposal for the council to hire an outside attorney to look into a murky separation agreement for  ex city attorney Janene McIntryre. We find out why and hear her thoughts about a proposed medical marijuana moratorium and ordinance for Lansing.


Lansing city hall photo
WKAR file photo

A leading figure on the Lansing City Council wants the body to hire its own attorneys to get to the bottom of a generous separation agreement involving former city attorney Janene McIntyre. Current State talks with council President Judy Brown Clarke and Lansing State Journal reporter Eric Lacy.


Medical marijuana photo
Dank Depot / flickr creative commons

There’s a growing call to do something about the proliferation of medical marijuana dispensaries in Lansing. We talk with an proponent of a marijuana moratorium and ordinance in Lansing, city councilwoman Carol Wood, and the owner and CEO of one of the city’s newest dispensaries, Michael Mayes of Greenwave.


Niowave building photo
File photo / WKARLansing Mayor Virg Bernero gave his annual State of the City address last night. We talk with Eric Lacy of the Lansing State Journal about the mayor’s remarks.

Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero gave his annual State of the City address last night. We talk with Eric Lacy of the Lansing State Journal about the mayor’s remarks.


Jody Washington photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

The Lansing City Council has been trying to learn why and how former city attorney Janene McIntyre received a roughly $160,000 severance deal when she left the city recently. City councilperson Jody Washington updates the situation.


Lansing City Hall photo
Kevin Lavery / WKAR

The departure of Lansing city attorney Janene McIntyre has not been fully explained. We talk with Judi Brown Clarke, President of the Lansing City Council.


David Hollister, Mark Bashore, Eric Scorsone photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

In his annual State of the City report, Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero said the city is financially strong. But that’s in the short term. Officials say in the coming year, Lansing must gain control of its $600-million in unfunded retiree health care and pension debt. Wel talk with two members of the Lansing Financial Health Team.


Virg Bernero photo
courtesy / City of Lansing

Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero is at the U.S. Conference of Mayors in Washington. Current State’s Kevin Lavery talks with Bernero about Lansing’s fiscal health and other challenges in the coming year.


Chris Swope photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

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.


Boji Tower photo
Kevin Lavery / WKAR

The Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring an eight-month long program to train the next generation of civic leaders. We talk with a coach and a participant of the first Leadership Lansing session, starting this month.


pill bottles
Baer Law Firm, Pharmacy Attorney, Aurora, CO.

America is eager to do something about the recent surge in prescription drug overdoses and fatalities.Here in Michigan, Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley heads the Michigan Prescription Drug and Opioid Abuse Task Force.  Current State sorts through the challenges of tackling the problem and asks the Lieutenant Governor about his take on the road funding challenge and Todd Courser and Cindy Gamrat. 

Judy Putnam with Sue Carter
Scott Pohl/WKAR

Current State talks to Lansing State Journal columnist Judy Putnam about her recent columns on the Lansing City Market and taxidermy squirrels, among other topics. 

Todd Courser photo
Courtesy photo / Rep. Todd Courser

The Michigan Public Radio Network's Rick Pluta updates us on the latest in the scandal involving Michigan Representatives Todd Courser and Cindy Gamrat. 

  

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