Michigan politics

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In 2015, transgender people were more visible ever in American culture. Women like Laverne Cox, Janet Mock, and Caitlyn Jenner became showed up on television screens and red carpets. But 2015 was also the year with the highest number of fatal hate crimes against transgender people on record. We talk to Detroit Native and executive director of the Trans Women of Color Collective about what has and hasn’t changed in the fight for transgender rights.


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Ohio Gov. John Kasich received a strong welcome from a crowd at Michigan State University yesterday. Current State’s Kevin Lavery reports on Kasich’s stump speech at MSU.


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The state of Michigan is under fire over information contained in newly released emails that show a less than urgent response to an outbreak of Legionnaires’ Disease in Flint. 

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Many are asking why media weren’t more on top of the Flint water crisis. We talk to Ron Dzonkowski, columnist for the Detroit Free Press and board member of the Michigan Coalition for Open Government, about the cloudiness of Michigan’s sunshine laws.


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Attorney Geoffrey Fieger has filed a $100-million lawsuit against the state of Michigan and McClaren Flint Hospital over the outbreak of Legionnaire’s disease. Current State’s Scott Pohl talks with Fieger about the suit.


Robert Kleine and Jim Ananich
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Flint State Sen. Jim Ananich may be the legislature’s harshest critic of the Snyder administration’s handling of the city’s water crisis. 

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Were the recent “sickouts” staged by dozens of Detroit Public School teachers actually an illegal strike? 

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Scott Pohl / WKAR

How do Michigan residents feel about the economy and President Obama these days? Hundreds of Michigan residents shared their views for the latest State of the State survey.  We look over the results with survey director Charles Ballard and Matt Grossmann of MSU's Institute for Public Policy and Social Research.


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A former president of the Michigan Trial  Lawyers Association is suing the state over its handling of the Flint water crisis. Attorney Michael Pitt talks with Current State about the lawsuits.


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WKAR

Long-time Michigan politico Bill Ballenger got everyone’s attention this week when he said the gravity of the Flint water crisis is being exaggerated and that media’s not reporting all the facts. We talk with Bill Ballenger about what he thinks is being overlooked.


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WKAR

Because of the Flint water crisis, last night’s [Jan. 19] State of the State address will be the most scrutinized of Gov. Rick Snyder’s tenure. We hear responses from House Democratic leader Tim Greimel and Republican Rep. Gary Glenn, along with Detroit News capitol reporter Chad Livengood.


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WKAR

Bill Ballenger will no longer be part of the Inside Michigan Politics newsletter that he founded. Current publisher Susan Demas explains why Ballenger will no longer be part of the publication.


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A controversial new Michigan law bans “advertisement style” communication by local governments and school boards in the 60 days before bond and millage votes. Supporters say it’s an inappropriate use of public money. Critics complain the new law, which may be clarified with another, amounts to a gag order. We discuss the issue with two Lansing-based critics.


2016 Michigan State of the State

Jan 18, 2016
Governor speaking at podium
WKAR

Michigan Governor Rick Snyder's annual  address with Democratic response and Off the Record analysis. | WATCH IT NOW 

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Scrutiny on Gov. Rick Snyder has intensified as his administration struggles to keep up with the fallout from the Flint water debacle. His signature on a campaign finance bill that some criticize as a gag order” has drawn more attention. We talk about those stories and others with the Michigan Public Radio Network’s Rick Pluta.


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