Michigan politics

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"Michigan will lead the nation in creating 21st Century infrastructure systems."

Those ambitious words begin a summary of a recent report from Gov. Snyder's 21st Century Infrastructure Commission.

WKAR's Mark Bashore spoke with commission member Dr. Janice Beecher of Michigan State University.


A capital region state legislator intends to seek Michigan's highest office.

Evening with the Governor 2016

Jan 2, 2017
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Mon. Jan. 2 at 9pm on WKAR-HD 23.1 | Governor Rick Snyder and First Lady Sue Snyder reflect on the past year in Michigan politics with Off the Record anchor Tim Skubick.  WATCH NOW

Off the Record | December 30, 2016

Dec 30, 2016

Year End Correspondents Edition.  Panel looks back at the news of 2016.

Watch it at video.wkar.org

Off the Record | December 23, 2016

Dec 23, 2016

Special Edition. Four incoming members of Michigan House. 

Watch it at video.wkar.org

Off the Record | December 16, 2016

Dec 16, 2016
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Topic: Lame duck session over. Guest: Chris Thomas, Michigan Election Director.

Watch it at video.wkar.org

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A former chief of staff for Gov. John Engler is returning to the state capitol. Current State talks with Dan Pero about working with incoming state House Speaker Tom Leonard.


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We talk with Rep. Stephanie Chang and Christine Sauvé of Welcoming Michigan about "Stand Strong, Respect Michigan."


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The Michigan legislature is having an active lame duck session including a Voter ID measure, a speed limit increase and reimbursement of people wrongly imprisoned. We hear the views of East Lansing State Rep. Sam Singh.


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A new report out this week says Michigan should spend at least $4-billion each year for the next 20 years to patch up its aging public infrastructure. We talk about the recommendations with Mike Nystrom of the Michigan Infrastructure and Transportation Association.


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Current State’s Michigan Month in Review looks at November’s biggest  governmental news stories with state Capitol reporters Zach Gorchow of Gongwer and Emily Lawler of MLive.


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Energy policy is among the important business before the House of Representatives this week. It’ll begin looking at a bipartisan pair of bills passed by the Senate that lay out the future of Michigan’s electric choice market, replacing coal-fired plants and renewables. We talk to a Republican opponent of the measures.


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Meet Michigan’s youngest incoming state Representative. Jewell Jones of Inkster won election on November 8th in Michigan’s 11th House district. At 21, he’s thought to be the youngest ever elected to the state House.


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Current State talks with Michigan Democratic Party chairman Brandon Dillon about the election of Donald Trump and what's ahead for his party in the state.


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The Detroit News is a conservative newspaper, and their editorial page editor, Nolan Finley, has had an interesting view of the election process this year. We talk with Finley about the ascendency of Donald Trump to the presidency.


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