Michigan politics

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Courtesy photo / Global Detroit

A new report examines the economic impact being made by the more than 640,000 immigrants who call Michigan home. We learn more from Michigan Office for New Americans deputy director Karen Phillippi.


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Courtesy photo / City of Flint

Flint Mayor Karen Weaver addressed the city’s challenges and opportunities in her first State of the City address on Thursday. We get her thoughts on the city’s future.

Primary results: Siemon, O’Berry and incumbents prevail

Aug 3, 2016
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Scott Pohl / WKAR

Ballot proposals and November’s general election candidates are settled after yesterday’s primary election. We look back at some of the results and hear the thoughts of two Lansing-based journalists:  Susan J. Demas of Inside Michigan Politics and Mickey Hirten of the Lansing City Pulse.


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Michigan has been watching the nominating conventions. We discuss those and July’s other big news stories in our Month in Review segment with Detroit Free Press reporter Paul Egan.

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We talk with Kathy Gray of the Detroit Free Press. She’s in Philadelphia covering the Michigan delegation at the Democratic National Convention.


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Democrats are following up last week’s Republican National Convention with their own gathering. Current State talks with delegates from Michigan for their perspectives on what’s happening in Philadelphia.

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ABC/ Ida Mae Astute

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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Courtesy photo / Matt Grossman

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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Courtesy photo / Sen. Rebekah Warren

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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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.


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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.


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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.

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