Michigan politics

John Proos photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

The Michigan House, and now the Senate, have passed various proposals to reform and modernize the state’s criminal justice system. We talk with the effort’s leader in the Senate, Republican John Proos.


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Michigan has launched civil suits seeking millions of dollars from two engineering companies it says made the Flint water crisis worse. Jonathan Oosting of the Detroit News joins Current State host Mark Bashore to talk with Michigan Special Assistant Attorney General Noah Hall about the charges.


Jeff Hank photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

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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Courtesy photo / Michigan State Senate Democrats

The Listening Ear Crisis Center in East Lansing recently fired several counselors when it was discovered that they are registered sex offenders. Sen. Curtis Hertel Jr. is drafting a bill to prohibit registered sex offenders from working as counselors. We talk with Sen. Hertel about the legislation.


Tom Leonard photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

A much debated plan to rescue the Detroit Public Schools has passed the Michigan House and is now before the Senate. We talk with Dewitt Republican Rep. Tom Leonard about why he voted for it.

Grand Hotel photo
Joey Lax-Salinas / flickr creative commons

Repairing the Detroit Public Schools, connected vehicle technology and homeland defense are just some of the topics being talked about this week on Mackinac Island at the annual gathering hosted by the Detroit Regional Chamber. The Michigan Public Radio Network’s Rick Pluta is there and we talk with him about the conference.


Brian David Johnson photo
Courtesy Arizona State University Center for Science and the Imagination

Renowned futurist Brian David Johnson is in Michigan speaking to policymakers at the Mackinac Policy Conference. We talk with Johnson about futurecasting and how he feels about Michigan’s future.


2016 Mackinac Policy Conference

May 31, 2016

June 1-3, LIVE Webcasts Daily | The Conference will feature top-level speakers, insightful panels and other programming with nearly 1,600 statewide business, government and community leaders on-site

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For our May Month in Review segment, we revisit what's happened and what’s ahead at the state capitol with Jonathan Oosting of the Detroit News and Bill Ballenger of The Ballenger Report.


Patrict O'Keefe photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

Our series of conversations with candidates for Ingham County Prosecutor continues with Democrat Patrick O’Keefe. He’s a Democrat who has been endorsed by former Michigan Attorney General Frank Kelley.


Kathy Hoekstra and Susan Demas photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

Their politics are different, but they’re uniting to move the state’s political discourse forward. We talk with Susan Demas and Kathy Hoekstra about their new Two Chicks Speakers Bureau.


Gretchen Whitmer photo
Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, University of Michigan / flickr creative commons

Former Democratic state legislator Gretchen Whitmer of East Lansing will become Ingham County’s interim prosecutor in July. We ask what it’ll take to restore integrity to the office, about any other future plans and get her thoughts on the Democratic Presidential Primary campaign.


Saul Anuzis photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

Michigan Republicans include quite a few critics of presumptive presidential candidate Donald Trump. We talk with former GOP state chairman Saul Anuzis and Gov. John Kasich’s Michigan campaign director Jeff Timmer about that criticism.


All gender restroom sign
Julia Wolf / Flickr Creative Commons

The Michigan Board of Education heard various points of view on accomodations for LGBTQ students yesterday. Current State's Kevin Lavery was there.

Jail cells photo
Julie, Dave & Family / flickr creative commons

We talk with Barbara Levine of the Citizens Alliance on Prisons and Public Spending about prison reforms being considered in Lansing.


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