Lansing politics

Jim DeLine photo
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The campaign for the Lansing city council this year is beginning to take shape. WKAR will talk with the candidates as they emerge, and we begin today with Jim DeLine. He retired last year as Lansing’s internal auditor, and he hopes to bring what he calls his “deep financial background” to the council.

Spitzley chosen to lead Lansing city council

Jan 24, 2017
Lansing city council photo
Courtesy / City of Lansing

After four tries, the Lansing City Council finally has a new president. The council unanimously selected Patricia Spitzley.

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The Lansing city council will try for a fourth time tonight to choose one of its eight members to serve as council president. At the first three meetings, a number of options were considered, but all failed on four-to-four votes.

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Yesterday, WKAR's Scott Pohl talked with Lansing City Pulse publisher Berl Schwartz about the 2017 race for mayor in Lansing. Today, they turn their attention to the four city council seats up for grabs.

Berl Schwartz photo
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With the arrival of the new year, it's time to consider another election in Lansing. We talk with Lansing City Pulse publisher Berl Schwartz about the race for mayor.


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Courtesy photo / Mayor Virg Bernero

Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero and his cohort in Pittsburgh are in the steel city convening a new Manufacturing Task Force designed to spur job growth in advanced manufacturing. We ask the Mayor what’s involved and if he thinks Donald Trump wants to make manufacturing great again.


Meridian Treasurer candidates split over BRT

Oct 26, 2016
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In Meridian Township, where CATA’s proposed Bus Rapid Transit plan has encountered resistance, voters can choose between candidates for Treasurer who disagree on the BRT. We ask candidates Julie Brixie and Erik Lindquist why they support or oppose, and why residents should vote for them.


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The internet has triggered profound changes in print journalism. Sometimes, local grassroots journalists step in to help communities stay informed. We talk to two “citizen journalists” from the Lansing area about why they do what they do and the influence they think they have.


Mike Yankowski photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

In November, the city of Lansing will ask its residents to renew a millage that currently funds police and fire services, plus road maintenance. We talk with Lansing Police Chief Mike Yankowski.


Adam Hussain photo
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Third ward Lansing city council member Adam Hussain addresses issues like the South Washington Park apartments and the latest marijuana ordinance.


Carol Wood and Kathie Dunbar photo
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Elected officials in the city of Lansing are grappling with security at the HUD subsidized South Washington Park Apartments and with creation of a city marijuana ordinance. The city council’s Public Safety committee is involved in both issues. We talk with two of the committee’s members, Carol Wood and Kathie Dunbar.


South Washington Park Apartments photo
Courtesy photo / Lansing Housing Commission

Public officials are working with the residents of Lansing’s South Washington Park Apartments, trying to improve living conditions there. We learn more about the challenges from two members of the Lansing Housing Commission, Patricia Baines-Lake and Tony Baltimore.


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.


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