Michigan politics

Radio Made in Michigan
1:24 pm
Mon February 17, 2014

Ex-MUCC president to challenge Senator Rick Jones

Democratic candidate Dawn Levey
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A Clinton County school teacher has announced her candidacy for the Michigan Senate’s 24th district. Democrat Dawn Levey says she would make education one of her top priorities. She says Michigan school kids are “suffering because of partisan politics."

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:03 pm
Thu February 6, 2014

Budget director explains 2015 state spending plan

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Governor Rick Snyder unveiled his budget for the 2015 fiscal year yesterday. Overall, the plan increases state gross spending by 2% over this year's budget, with increases in education and educator pensions, the rainy day fund, roads, and many more.

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:07 pm
Wed February 5, 2014

Proposal seeks return to part-time legislature

Norman Kammeraad
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Norman Kammeraad is a West Michigan business owner who chairs the Committee to Restore Michigan’s Part-Time Legislature. The group is calling for a two-month legislative session with salaries of $35,000.

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:27 pm
Thu January 30, 2014

Month in Review: State budget, minimum wage highlight news from January

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To review and update some of the the month’s top Michigan news stories, Current State welcomes Tim Skubick, host of Michigan Public TV’s “Off the Record,” seen on WKAR-TV. Also joining us is Bill Ballenger of the Inside Michigan Politics newsletter, and Emily Lawler of MIRS News in Lansing.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:53 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

Bipartisan effort aims to strengthen Michigan legislative resources

Rep. Andy Schor is working with the Strengthening Michigan's Government Institutions group.
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A long-time Michigan political insider is launching a bipartisan effort to bolster resources for state legislators. The “Strengthening Michigan’s Governing Institutions” project is the brainchild of Republican/Libertarian Richard McLellan, who thinks term limits have left legislators with too few resources to do their jobs well.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:50 pm
Tue January 28, 2014

Coalition working on minimum wage proposal for November ballot

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A coalition of labor and civil rights groups calling itself Raise Michigan has announced its intention to form a ballot campaign committee. It’s a procedural step that could lead to a statewide vote this November on raising the minimum wage, which in Michigan is currently $7.40 an hour.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:33 am
Fri January 24, 2014

Eighth District race attracts moderate Dem challenger to Rogers

Ken Darga (D) hopes to unseat GOP congressman Mike Rogers.
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Incumbent U.S. Congressman Mike Rogers will have a Democratic opponent when he runs for re-election this November. Ken Darga has thrown his hat in the ring this year against Rogers in the solidly Republican 8th district.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:05 am
Wed January 22, 2014

Detroit News' Finley on Agema, Patterson fallout

Republican National Committeeman Dave Agema
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The response to comments by Republican National Committeeman Dave Agema of Michigan has intensified in recent days. Agema’s remarks critical of gays and Muslims triggered rebukes from across the political spectrum and has especially embarrassed his fellow Republicans.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:41 am
Fri January 17, 2014

Sen. Whitmer responds to State of the State

Gov. Rick Snyder
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Last night, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder gave his fourth State of the State address. He encouraged action on immigration and more support for state schools, among other issues.

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WATCH NOW
12:44 pm
Thu January 16, 2014

State of the State 2014

Governor Rick Snyder's annual address to the Michigan Legislature with Democratc Party response from Rep. Tim Greimel.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:43 pm
Wed January 15, 2014

Hertel Jr. talks housing and Senate

Ingham County Register of Deeds Curtis Hertel Jr.
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Ingham County officials have announced good news about the area’s housing market. Register of Deeds Curtis Hertel Jr. reported that home sales last year were up and that foreclosures were down.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:34 pm
Tue January 14, 2014

Remembering former LT Governor Connie Binsfeld

Connie Binsfeld was not an obvious choice for running mate when John Engler picked her in 1991.
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Connie Binsfeld, who served in the Michigan House and Senate, as well as two terms as lieutenant governor, died Sunday at the age of 89. The Michigan Public Radio Network’s Rick Pluta covered Binsfeld in the State Senate and then as Lieutenant Governor, and Susan Demas, an MLive columnist and publisher of the “Inside Michigan Politics” newsletter also joins us to remember her legacy.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:08 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

Budget surplus, education top 2014 legislative agenda

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The Michigan legislature has begun its election year session. The body will reconsider unfinished business from 2013 including an expansion of the Education Achievement Authority and road funding.

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Radio Made in Michigan
10:50 am
Tue January 7, 2014

Michigan conservatives join conversation on renewable energy

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A new conservative group is hoping to open up the conversation about renewable energy.  The Michigan Conservative Energy Forum is working to increase the state’s investment in energy efficiency and renewable energy programs.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:18 pm
Thu December 19, 2013

Month (and 2013) in Review: December's biggest news stories

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The last few weeks have been eventful ones at the State Capitol.  Legislators strongly considered measures involving education and phone service, among others.  They passed measures involving abortion insurance, medical marijuana and others.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:29 am
Wed December 11, 2013

Legislature's stare down with Right to Life a rarity

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The state Legislature is in its final week of voting before it adjourns for the year. One of the big questions is whether lawmakers will cast votes on a controversial anti-abortion issue this year.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:27 am
Wed December 11, 2013

House Dem leader Greimel on year-end legislative push

Tim Greimel leads Democrats in the state House.
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The last day of the Michigan legislature’s 2013 session is scheduled to be tomorrow.  That’s ramped up efforts by majority Republicans to pass several proposals generating a lot of debate.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:02 pm
Mon December 9, 2013

State Rep. Lyons weighs in on campaign finance, education reforms

Lisa Posthumus Lyons represents Michigan's 86th district.
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With just a few days left in the 2013 legislative session, the Michigan House is working its way through a cluster of controversial proposals. One package of bills calls for significant education reforms, including a plan to hold back Michigan third graders who aren’t reading at that level.  Another would impose a letter grading system on school districts statewide. Another addresses the regulation of so-called “issue ads.”

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:59 pm
Fri December 6, 2013

State survey shows Obama down, Snyder up slightly

Pres. Barack Obama's poll number are down, while those of Gov. Rick Snyder have risen in a new MSU poll.
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President Obama's approval rating in Michigan has dropped to its lowest point in three years, according to a new Michigan State University survey.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:55 pm
Fri December 6, 2013

Michigan legislators join national push for Constitutional Convention

State Sen. Mike Green wants to amend the U.S. Constitution to require a balanced federal budget.
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On Saturday, state lawmakers from around the country will meet at Mount Vernon to discuss how they can push for a new constitutional convention. Their primary goal is to pass and ratify an amendment to the U.S. Constitution requiring a balanced federal budget.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:03 am
Wed December 4, 2013

New Jackson mayor, age 31, outlines agenda

Jason Smith took the oath of office as mayor of Jackson last night.
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Jackson has a new mayor. Jason Smith has been sworn into office. He replaced Martin Griffin, whom he defeated in the November election.

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Radio Made in Michigan
10:41 am
Wed November 20, 2013

Gov candidate Schauer explains push for minimum wage hike

Democratic candidate for governor Mark Schauer says minimum wage earners deserve a raise.
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On Monday, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mark Schauer called for Michigan to adopt the highest minimum wage in the country.  Currently standing at $7.40 an hour, Schauer's recommended $9.25 an hour would surpass the top existing state rate in Washington by 6 cents.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:22 am
Fri November 8, 2013

State Rep. Abed on education: 'One size does not fit all'

Rep. Theresa Abed (D-Grand Ledge)
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The Michigan House Education Committee is looking over a controversial proposal that could hold back thousands of the state’s young learners. A measure introduced last week would require third-graders to repeat that year if they did not score “proficient” on the MEAP standardized test.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:08 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

Staffing Ingham election polls a constant challenge

Ingham County Clerk Barb Byrum says she has noticed an increase in younger people and families volunteering at the polls.
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Voters are going to the polls in 77 of Michigan’s 83 counties today.  Most are casting ballots for local mayoral and city council candidates as well as school-related issues.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:26 am
Mon November 4, 2013

State Sen. Jones defends push to move Court of Claims out of Ingham County

Sen. Rick Jones (R-Grand Ledge) says it’s wrong and expensive to focus the operations of the Court of Claims in Ingham County.
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Republicans in the Michigan legislature are pursuing change at the state’s Court of Claims.  That’s the judicial body that decides legal actions against the state.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:23 pm
Thu October 31, 2013

Current State #192 | October 31, 2013

Today on Current State: October's biggest stories in review; Comet ISON; the history of werewolves in Michigan; and a review of "The Halloween Tree".

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:44 am
Wed October 23, 2013

Gov. Snyder dissolves NERD Fund, won't reveal donors

The administration of Gov. Rick Snyder says the NERD Fund was in full compliance with existing laws.
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After weeks of pointed criticism, the Snyder administration announced on Monday that it would shut down its so-called NERD fund. The “New Energy to Reinvent and Diversify" Fund was not legally obligated to disclose its donors.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:35 am
Wed October 16, 2013

Incoming State Treasurer prepares for new role

Gov. Rick Snyder has chosen Kevin Clinton to replace Andy Dillon as state Treasurer.
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Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder has tapped the state's top financial and insurance regulator to become its next Treasurer.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:34 am
Mon October 14, 2013

Columnist Susan Demas takes over Capitol newsletter

Columnist Susan Demas is taking over publication of 'Inside Michigan Politics'.
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There’s been a change at the top of an established Michigan political publication. Since he founded it in 1987, Bill Ballenger has been the publisher and editor of "Inside Michigan Politics."

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:18 am
Mon September 30, 2013

Month in Review: September 2013 | WKAR

On the last weekday of each month, Current State looks back on the biggest news stories around Michigan with a panel of journalists. Tim Skubick of WKAR-TV and Rick Pluta of the Michigan Public Radio Network join Current State to discuss the Michigan GOP establishment pushback against the Tea Party, common core education standards, the possible federal government shutdown, and more.

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