Lansing politics

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. 

  

Emily Dievendorf photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

There will be at least one new face on 2016’s Lansing City Council. Current State talks with a couple of candidates who survived Tuesday’s primary, Emily Dievendorf and Patricia Spitzley.


Lansing city hall photo
WKAR Photo

On August 4th, Lansing voters will narrow the field of candidates for Lansing city council. There will be at least one new member of the council after the November general election. Current State’s Scott Pohl talks with Lansing State Journal reporter Eric Lacy about the candidates.


Carol Wood photo
WKAR file photo

The Lansing Board of Water and Light may embark on a study to help justify its status as a city-owned utility. City council member Carol Wood likes the idea.


A group of Lansing activists want to enact a city anti-corruption ordinance. Current State talks to political activist Walt Sorg about what triggered this effort.

Former Mayor Hollister explains possible BWL sale

Jun 5, 2015
Picture of David Hollister and Virg Bernero
Mark Bashore / WKAR

Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero says the time has come to explore the possibility of selling the city-owned Board of Water and Light. According to a statement provided to Lansing City Pulse, Bernero views potential changes involving the BWL as “a way to address our long term liabilities.” However,  he said any decision at this point, “would be premature.”

Carol Wood photo
WKAR file photo

After a marathon session, the Lansing City Council last night approved Mayor Virg Bernero’s proposed 2015-16 budget, but it was not a complete victory for the mayor. The council also rejected his plan to create a new layer of oversight to regulate the Lansing Board of Water and Light. Bernero proposed establishing the position of inspector general to review the BWL’s procedures to ensure greater accountability, but after hours of debate and several failed attempts to pass amendments, the city council instead decided to fund an audit of the BWL by an independent agency.

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Last night, there was yet another episode in the dispute between Niowave and its residential neighbors in Lansing’s Walnut neighborhood. The Lansing City council’s Planning and Development committee heard from about ten exasperated Walnut residents about a plan that would let the high-tech company out of some of the requirements it agreed to last year to fix up a large metal building on its property.

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Tomorrow evening at Lansing Community College, Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero makes his tenth State of the City address. In the speech, which has the theme "Lansing 3.0", the Mayor will review developments of the past year and share his agenda for 2015.

Nicole Strobel

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.

Jeffries reflects on Lansing council tenure

Dec 16, 2013
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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.

Election 2013 recap: In short, Mayor Bernero wins

Nov 6, 2013
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Voters re-elected Virg Bernero by a wide margin to a third term as mayor of Lansing yesterday.

Current State #195 | November 5, 2013

Nov 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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Our Election 2013 coverage wraps up today with Lansing mayor Virg Bernero’s opponent, Harold Leeman Jr.

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