Michigan politics

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The GOP convention in Cleveland wraps up today. Current State will talk with Jonathan Oosting of the Detroit News. He’s been covering Michigan’s delegation to the convention.


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Republican and Democratic nominating conventions are days away. The focus is on uniting delegates, platforms and potential vice presidential running mates. We talk with MSU Associate Professor of Political Science Matt Grossmann.


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Current State’s Month in Review takes a look back at June’s top stories with Gongwer News’ John Lindstrom and MIRS News’ Kyle Melinn.  Topics include more Flint charges and rebuttals and the Detroit Public School’s financial package.


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In Michigan, it’s still legal to discriminate against someone based on sexual orientation or gender identity. We talk with the sponsor of a bill addressing such discrimination, Sen. Rebekah Warren.


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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.


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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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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.


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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.

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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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