Lansing politics

Radio Made in Michigan
11:25 am
Mon December 16, 2013

Jeffries reflects on Lansing council tenure

Brian Jeffries
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The Lansing city council begins its 2014 term in three weeks, and for the first time in more than a decade, it will not include at large councilman Brian  Jeffries. Jeffries served 11 years on the council until he was defeated last month by political newcomer Judi Brown Clarke.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:19 am
Wed November 6, 2013

Election 2013 recap: In short, Mayor Bernero wins

Incumbent Brian Jeffries lost his seat on the Lansing city council to Judi Brown Clarke.
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Voters re-elected Virg Bernero by a wide margin to a third term as mayor of Lansing yesterday.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:18 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

Current State #195 | November 5, 2013

Today on Current State: the history behind Michigan women’s suffrage; election fatigue; Michigan’s blue economy; local hard cider; and the MSU 360-24 project.

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:03 pm
Fri November 1, 2013

Election 2013: Mayoral candidate Leeman says he's Lansing's 'neighborhood candidate'

Harold Leeman Jr. is trying to unseat Lansing mayor Virg Bernero. Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 5.
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Our Election 2013 coverage wraps up today with Lansing mayor Virg Bernero’s opponent, Harold Leeman Jr.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:09 pm
Wed October 30, 2013

Current State #191 | October 30, 2013

Today on Current State: Lansing mayor Virg Bernero; the Lakewood Area Choral Society; and flipped schools.

Radio Made in Michigan
12:07 pm
Wed October 30, 2013

Election 2013: Mayor Virg Bernero responds to audit criticism, touts record

Lansing mayor Virg Bernero (right), says the timing of a story in today's Lansing State Journal about incomplete audits is political, and was stirred up by city council president Carol Wood.
Credit Scott Pohl/WKAR

Our Election 2013 coverage continues today with a look at the race for mayor in Lansing. Virg Bernero was first elected mayor in 2005. He was re-elected in 2009, and he’s now running for a third term.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:17 pm
Tue October 29, 2013

Lansing voters face marijuana choice

More than 6,000 people signed a petition to put the amendment to decriminalize marijuana on the ballot.
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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.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:23 am
Mon October 21, 2013

Election 2013: At-Large candidates Dunbar, O'Dell outline priorities

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Our Election 2013 coverage continues today with two of the candidates for at-large seats on the Lansing City Council.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:06 pm
Tue September 3, 2013

Michigan’s first Labor Day after Right to Work legislation

Michigan was the 24th state in the country to enact right to work, amid protests. Some took place in Lansing last December at the Capitol building.
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Yesterday was the first Labor Day in Michigan since Right to Work legislation was signed into law.

John Beck, associate director of the School of Human Resources and Labor Relations at MSU, joined Current State to talk about organized labor, especially post-Right To Work.

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:11 pm
Thu August 8, 2013

Lansing City Clerk Chris Swope seeks higher voter turnout

Lansing City Clerk Chris Swope
Credit Courtesy/City of Lansing

Tuesday was primary election day in Lansing.

Voters decided Mayoral and city council candidates for November’s general election.  In Haslett, voters approved a $10-million sinking fund for school building maintenance.

A predictable feature of many primaries is low voter turnout.  Tuesday in Lansing was no exception.

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Radio Made in Michigan
3:38 pm
Wed August 7, 2013

Lansing city council primary sends candidates to November ballot

Voters advanced Lansing city council candidates to November's general election this week.
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Voters have now determined who will be in November’s general election for the Lansing City Council.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:41 pm
Mon August 5, 2013

Lansing mayoral primary election check-in

Lansing City Hall
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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.

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:15 pm
Fri August 2, 2013

Lansing neighborhood leaders weigh in on Council primary

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 Virg Bernero. In these final days leading up to the Lansing primary, Current State is examining the key races from the voters’ perspective.  

Yesterday we looked at the issues and candidates in the Second and Fourth Wards. Today, we discuss the race for the two at-large seats on Lansing's City Council. The incumbents Brian Jeffries and Kathie Dunbar are facing four challengers -- Ted O’Dell, Judi Browne-Clarke, Jonathon Smith and Keith Smith. 

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Radio Made in Michigan
5:18 pm
Thu August 1, 2013

Lansing's Second Ward incumbent Houghton to face challenger in general election

Second Ward Councilwoman Tina Houghton
Credit Lansing City Council

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 Virg Bernero.  In these final days leading up to the Lansing primary, Current State takes a look at the key races from the voters’ perspective.

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Radio Made in Michigan
5:14 pm
Thu August 1, 2013

Lansing's Fourth Ward incumbent Yorko faces three primary opponents

Last week, the Lansing State Journal reported that Councilwoman Jessica Yorko raised $15,740 in campaign funds, not far ahead of challenger Chong-Anna Canfora, who raised $14,840.
Credit Lansing City Council


Fourth ward incumbent Jessica Yorko 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.  The top two vote-getters will face off in November’s general election.    

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Radio Made in Michigan
4:52 pm
Fri March 29, 2013

Local journalists review the top news stories in March

Three Lansing-based reporters talk about the biggest stories coming out of the month of March.
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From the appointment of Detroit’s emergency manager to the ongoing fallout from Right to Work, March was a dramatic month in Michigan.  And in Lansing, officials finally unveiled a controversial plan to address the city’s long-term structural budget shortfalls.  

 

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Radio Made in Michigan
6:14 pm
Fri March 15, 2013

Members of Lansing Financial Health Team discuss report

In Lansing, city leaders and many others have begun digging into pages of new recommendations for addressing long-term city revenue shortfalls.  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.  

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Radio Made in Michigan
5:52 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

Legal setback for Lansing casino plans


A federal judge has dealt a blow to a Michigan Indian tribe seeking to build a casino in downtown Lansing.

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Radio Made in Michigan
6:36 pm
Tue March 5, 2013

Current State #37 | March 5, 2013

Today on Current State: 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. 

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Radio Made in Michigan
5:24 pm
Tue March 5, 2013

Lansing Mayor nominates first woman, African American as city attorney

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.

McIntyre is a Lansing native and Cooley Law School graduate, currently working with the public finance practice groups at Foster Swift Collins and Smith in Lansing.

If approved by the city council, she would become Lansing’s first female, and first African-American, city attorney. 

Current State’s Scott Pohl speaks with McIntyre about the new opportunity. 

Politics & Government
1:08 pm
Wed February 13, 2013

Latest Lansing City Council squabble, privatizing Water & Light

The Lansing city council is having an intense squabble involving technology and transparency.  Two unresolved issues appear to be at the heart of the dispute.  

First, did a city employee erase information from the city-issued laptop of council person Kathie Dunbar?  

Second, should a full council session involving “computer usage”-- presumably related to the incident -- have been closed to the public and the media?  

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