Michigan politics

Tim Greimel and Sam Singh
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We talk with House Democratic Leader Tim Greimel and House Democratic Floor Leader Sam Singh about their priorities this legislative session.

Day 2 - Current State from the Capitol

Sep 7, 2016
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Join Current State with Mark Bashore from the front lawn of the Michigan Capitol Building, Thursday at noon here at Listen Live AM 870 NewsTalk above or tune your radio to AM 870.

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A Presidential candidate visited Lansing in August. Current State looks back at the impact of the Trump visit on our Month in Review segment, and anticipate his Detroit appearance this weekend, with capitol reporters Tim Skubick and Emily Lawler.

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The fate of a number of low-performing Lansing schools is uncertain as the district awaits clarification about test scores from Michigan’s School Reform Office . We hear the thoughts of Lansing School Board President Peter Spadafore and state Rep. Andy Schor .

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A proposed bus rapid transit (BRT) line is meeting with particular resistance in Meridian Township. We ask two opponents why they’re resisting CATA’s efforts to move forward with the federally and state-subsidized project.

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Detroit Free Press columnist Rochelle Riley discusses the future of the Detroit Public Schools, this year’s extraordinary presidential campaign and more.

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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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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.

Trump family
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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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