Michigan politics

Radio Made in Michigan
2:54 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

Pam Byrnes aims to unseat Walberg in 7th District

Pam Byrnes has been working in China as Executive Director of the University of Michigan-Shanghai Jiao Tong University Joint Institute.
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Michigan Democrats hope a former State lawmaker can unseat Republican incumbent Tim Walberg in the 7th Congressional district next year.

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Radio Made in Michigan
3:28 pm
Mon September 23, 2013

Michigan GOP sidesteps Tea Party showdown on Mackinac

The Grand Hotel was the site of most of the action this weekend, as top Republicans from around the country gathered for the Mackinac Republican Leadership Conference.
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Possible presidential candidates joined Gov. Rick Snyder and other top Republicans this weekend for the Mackinac Republican Leadership Conference.

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:39 pm
Thu September 12, 2013

Michigan GOP advisor addresses inter-party tension

The division between Republicans like Governor Rick Snyder and the GOP’s Tea Party wing, have grown more noticeable recently. Last month, Wes Nakagiri of the Tea Party group 'Retake Our Gov' told WKAR-TV’s Tim Skubick that he supports a challenge to Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley at next year’s GOP convention.
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Republicans in Michigan and around the country are locked in an intense debate over the party’s direction and priorities.   

 

Recently, internal tensions affecting the party encourage state Democrats over their election prospects in 2014.  Last week, the party leaked a memo describing the Michigan GOP as “coming apart at the seams.”  

 

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:29 pm
Thu September 5, 2013

Michigan advocates assess LGBT landscape

The city of East Lansing is considering the establishment of a domestic partnership registry to more formally acknowledge gay and lesbian couples.
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Last week, the Internal Revenue Service announced that for taxation purposes, it would recognize all legally married couples, gay and straight.

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:47 pm
Wed September 4, 2013

Medicaid expansion goes to Governor as Feds consider waivers

Gov. Rick Snyder is expected to sign legislation the Medicaid expansion bill, though it was not given immediate effect.
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Governor Rick Snyder says he looks forward to signing a Medicaid expansion bill when he returns in a couple of weeks from a trade mission to Asia. In the meantime, the state will continue to negotiate with the federal government on the program.

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:11 pm
Thu August 8, 2013

Lansing City Clerk Chris Swope seeks higher voter turnout

Lansing City Clerk Chris Swope
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Tuesday was primary election day in Lansing.

Voters decided Mayoral and city council candidates for November’s general election.  In Haslett, voters approved a $10-million sinking fund for school building maintenance.

A predictable feature of many primaries is low voter turnout.  Tuesday in Lansing was no exception.

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Radio Made in Michigan
3:38 pm
Wed August 7, 2013

Lansing city council primary sends candidates to November ballot

Voters advanced Lansing city council candidates to November's general election this week.
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Voters have now determined who will be in November’s general election for the Lansing City Council.

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:26 pm
Fri August 2, 2013

State Rep. Singh shares thoughts on Common Core, Detroit, Medicaid expansion

Rep. Sam Singh says he's open to the idea of the using a sales tax increase to fund both road construction and education.
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This summer’s been busier than usual at the State Capitol, with ongoing discussions happening on hot button issues including Medicaid expansion, Common Core education standards, road funding and more.

Rep. Sam Singh (D-East Lansing) joins the Current State to offer his perspective on those issues and more. He represents the House's 67th district.

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Radio Made in Michigan
3:39 pm
Tue July 30, 2013

The regulatory issues unearthed by fracking

The hydraulic fracturing also known as "fracking" is the process of releasing natural gas trapped deep within underground rock formations by pumping large amounts of high pressured water combined with chemicals and sand. Though many politicians and industry leaders say the process is safe and a means for energy independence, there are critics who claim that this type of drilling can threaten air, soil and water quality.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:43 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

Rick Pluta discusses Medicaid expansion, Common Core standards

Some members of the Michigan legislature are having a busier summer than usual. While most legislators are on a summer break, party leaders and work groups continue debating major proposals not resolved by the June passage of the 2014 state budget.  Those include Common Core education standards, Medicaid expansion and others.   Michigan Public Radio state capitol bureau chief Rick Pluta talks with Current State's  Mark Bashore for an update on legislators' current progress on such issues. 

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:10 pm
Tue July 2, 2013

'State of the State Survey' sheds light on Michigan residents' trust in government

SOSS quarterly reports show that only 6% of local government leaders trust the federal government.
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According to the latest Michigan State University 'State of the State Survey' findings, Michigan residents are wary of government at all levels. Survey director  Dr. Charles Ballard and University of Michigan Public Policy Survey director Dr. Tom Ivacko say state residents have more trust in local government 'most of the time' than they do in the state and federal governments.

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:29 pm
Fri June 28, 2013

Month in Review: June's biggest news stories

On the last weekday of the month, Current State looks back on Michigan news stories that continue to resonate.  For this month, we weigh in on Medicaid expansion, the road ahead for marriage equality in Michigan, Common Core and all the stories with legs.

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Radio Made in Michigan
6:11 pm
Fri June 21, 2013

Republican-controlled Senate postpones vote on Medicaid expansion

Governor Rick Snyder is calling on state Senate Republicans to return to Lansing. That’s after the Senate adjourned for its summer recess without voting on a Medicaid expansion under the new federal healthcare law.

Michigan Public Radio’s Rick Pluta tells us how the episode left hard feelings, and dimming prospects for extending health coverage to many thousands of low-income working households

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:50 pm
Mon June 17, 2013

Third party gubernatorial candidate Robin Sanders focuses on public safety

With his experience in correctional services and mental health, Sanders said he is better qualified to address public safety issues.
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 Many Michigan voters have begun anticipating a Gubernatorial contest next year between Republican incumbent Rick Snyder and Democratic challenger Mark Schauer.  But a political neophyte from Southeast Michigan has also launched an effort at getting the state’s top job. Robin Sanders has spent close to 20 years as a corrections officer with the Michigan Department of Corrections, most of it specializing in mental health work.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:41 pm
Tue June 11, 2013

Democratic Rep. McCann calls for change to redistricting laws

Michigan’s state legislative districts are redrawn after every U.S. Census.  The last time around the process turned contentious and led many Democrats to allege gerrymandering by the GOP majority.  They point to what they say are contorted district lines drawn to ensure a political advantage.  

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:35 pm
Thu May 30, 2013

Democratic nominee Mark Schauer discusses governor's race

Mark Schauer has received support from Democratic Sens. Debbie Stabenow and Carl Levin in his race for governor.
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Barring the highly unforeseeable, Mark Schauer will be Michigan’s Democratic candidate for Governor next year. Schauer headed the BlueGreen Alliance, a group comprised of 14 of the country’s largest unions and environmental organizations that advances a green jobs agenda.  

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:12 pm
Fri May 17, 2013

Rep. Andy Schor discusses budget and reforms

Rep. Andy Schor of Lansing, is serving Michigan's 68th House District.
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Michigan’s fiscal year 2014 budget is due in six weeks. In the midst of the always intriguing process, Rep. Andy Schor, D-Lansing, joins Current State. Schor has also been active in May launching and announcing support for measures involving voting reform, gun control and women’s health.

Today, he talks with Current State host Mark Bashore about the ongoing budget proposals, Medicaid expansion, the possible use of an unanticipated revenue increase, his voting reform bills, and more.

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Radio Made in Michigan
5:55 pm
Wed April 24, 2013

Current State #73 | April 24, 2013

Today on Current State: House Minority leader Tim Greimel; the MSU Wind Symphony performs at the Latin IS America Festival; Niowave pole barn dispute comes to an end; the Greater Lansing African American Health Institute; and  the impact of flooding on agriculture.

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Radio Made in Michigan
5:42 pm
Wed April 24, 2013

House Minority leader Tim Greimel

Democratic State Representative Tim Greimel is serving his first full term in the Michigan House. It’s also his first as the leader of his party’s caucus.  

Representative Greimel speaks with Current State host Mark Bashore about the Snyder administration's education project, his party’s struggle for influence in the GOP-majority legislature and likely Democratic candidates for the U.S. Senate and Governor.

 

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Radio Made in Michigan
4:52 pm
Fri March 29, 2013

Local journalists review the top news stories in March

Three Lansing-based reporters talk about the biggest stories coming out of the month of March.
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From the appointment of Detroit’s emergency manager to the ongoing fallout from Right to Work, March was a dramatic month in Michigan.  And in Lansing, officials finally unveiled a controversial plan to address the city’s long-term structural budget shortfalls.  

 

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Radio Made in Michigan
5:05 pm
Thu March 28, 2013

Current State #54 | March 28, 2013

Today on Current State: mother-daughter duo discuss their political involvement; winning Detroit Tigers' influence in 1968; Stations of the Cross reenactment in Lansing; and flutist Sir James Galway.

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Radio Made in Michigan
5:01 pm
Thu March 28, 2013

Barb and Dianne Byrum: Mid-Michigan’s mother-daughter political duo

Both Byrums graduated with degrees from Michigan State University's College of Agriculture and Natural Resources
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Sometimes concurrently and sometimes separately, Barb and Dianne Byrum have represented the Lansing area either in the state legislature, at Ingham County or at Michigan State University for most of the past 25 years. The democratic mother-daughter duo continues to be influential:  Barb as a first-term Ingham County Clerk and her mother as a Michigan State University trustee.  Together, they join Current State and talk about issues, politics, the future and each other.

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Radio Made in Michigan
3:56 pm
Wed March 27, 2013

Michigan's Right-to-Work law set to take effect

Michigan' Right-to-Work law is going into effect Thursday March 27th.
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Three and a half months after its stormy journey through the state legislature, Michigan’s Right-to-Work law is about to take effect.  Two guests with opposing views of the controversial law join Current State to update the debate.   Jim Holcomb is General Counsel for the Michigan Chamber of Commerce, which supports the law.  Doug Pratt is a spokesperson for the Michigan Education Association, which opposes it.

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Radio Made in Michigan
4:50 pm
Tue March 26, 2013

Curtis Hertel on running for state Senate in 2014

Current Ingham County Register of Deeds Curtis Hertel recently announced his plans to run for state Senate for 2014. As of now, he is the only democrat seeking to replace Gretchen Whitmer, who will reach her term limit come 2014.

Current State speaks with Hertel on his future plans for the position. 

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Radio Made in Michigan
4:56 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

Legislature set to cut state revenue to universities over new worker contracts

In reaction to the provision, Wayne State University issued a press release which calls the legislation “punishment” for a proposed contract within the legal requirements of Michigan’s Right to Work law.
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 Yesterday the House Higher Education Appropriations Subcommittee proposed a plan that would cut state revenue to universities that approve new long-term contracts with faculty unions. Several schools including the University of Michigan and Wayne State University have been pursuing the new contracts to delay the impact of Michigan’s new Right to Work law, which is set to take effect next week.

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Radio Made in Michigan
5:18 pm
Tue March 19, 2013

State Representative Sam Singh on latest issues before state government

State Representative Sam Singh with Current State host Mark Bashore.
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Democratic State Representative Sam Singh of East Lansing sits on the House appropriations committee and education appropriation subcommittees.  We welcome the first-termer back to Current State to get his thoughts on what’s happening at the state capitol, including a last-minute bill that would make major cuts to universities that do not meet the new union contract rules.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:38 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

Leaders of Michigan cities seek more revenue sharing

Since 2000, Michigan's state government has cut a total of $4.2 billion of revenue sharing with municipalities.   With lawmakers at work on the next state budget, and with a modest surplus projected, advocates for Michigan’s cities and towns are pleading for an increase in revenue.  This afternoon, many of those advocates will meet at the Lansing office of the Michigan Municipal League to make some noise.

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Radio Made in Michigan
5:56 pm
Fri March 15, 2013

Lansing school superintendent opposes Educational Achievement Authority

The Lansing School District could lose control of schools such as Eastern High School if the EAA legislation passes.
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A bill is moving through the Michigan legislature that would expand the state's oversight of struggling schools.

Lansing schools Superintendent Yvonne Camaal-Canul says the move to expand the preview of Michigan's Educational Achievement Authority is "not about education.It's about politics." She joins us. 

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Michigan Politics
6:03 pm
Thu March 14, 2013

Gov. Snyder to announce Detroit emergency financial manager

Thursday afternoon in Detroit, Governor Rick Snyder is expected to name Kevyn Orr, a Washington D.C.-based bankruptcy attorney, as  Detroit's incoming financial manager. The Michigan Public Radio Network's Rick Pluta explains the importance of this historic announcement.

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Radio Made in Michigan
5:43 pm
Thu March 14, 2013

Congressman Gary Peters discusses his political future

Since Carl Levin’s announcement last Thursday that he won’t be seeking another term as Michigan’s senator, many names have been dropped as possible successors.  Arguably none has been mentioned more often as Democratic Congressman Gary Peters, who represents Michigan’s 14th congressional district. 

Congressman Peters discusses his political career and where it might be headed.

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