Michigan politics

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.


WKAR File Photo

This month, criminal charges were filed in the Flint water crisis and high ranking state officials appeared before a Flint legislative panel. State capitol reporters Susan J. Demas and Kyle Melinn review those and the rest of April’s most significant political news in our Month in Review segment.


Tim Greimel photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

We talk with Michigan House Minority Leader Tim Greimel about criminal charges filed in connection with the Flint water crisis and his call for Gov. Rick Snyder to leave office.


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Flint isn’t the only city that could see massive lead service line replacement if the state officials have their way. The big question is who will foot the bill for a massive water infrastructure overhaul. We talk to Garret Ellison, environmental reporter for MLive.


Courtesy photo / Michigan Department of Veterans’ Affairs

Back in February, a state audit revealed serious deficiencies in care, staffing and record keeping at the state run Grand Rapids Home for Veterans. We talk with the recently appointed interim director of Michigan’s Department of Veterans’ Affairs, James Redford.


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Courtesy photo / Sen. Goeff Hansen

When Michigan legislators return from a Spring break, they’ll continue discussions on a financial rescue of the beleaguered Detroit Public Schools. The state Senate and House have differing proposals. We talk with a key figure in the Senate measure, Republican Goeff Hansen, about what lies ahead.


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We catch up on the month’s biggest stories in state government on our Month in Review segment:  more corruption in Detroit schools, more scrutiny of the Flint crisis and more. We talk with Kathleen Gray of the Detroit Free Press and Zach Gorchow of Gongwer News.


Inclusive restroom photo
Ted Eytan / flickr creative commons

The State Board of Education is developing guidelines to make schools safer and more supportive for LGBTQ students, but the voluntary guidance is generating a backlash from GOP legislators who say it undermines parental rights and could compromise student safety.


Downtown Detroit photo
Courtesy photo / Michigan Municipal League

Michigan Municipal League analysis shows the only four states reduced investment in cities during the decade leading up to 2012. We talk with COO Tony Minghine.


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Gov. Rick Snyder and EPA chief Gina McCarthy were grilled by members of Congress over the Flint water crisis yesterday. Rick Pluta of the Michigan Public Radio Network reports.


Brian Calley photo
Courtesy photo / Office of the Lieutenant Governor

Boilerplate language in Governor Snyder’s budget would change the funding structure for the state’s community mental health system. After pushback from families and advocates, those changes seem unlikely to happen. We talk to Robert Sheehan, director of the Michigan Association of Community Mental Health Boards, about what changes he thinks are necessary.


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