Michigan politics

Robert Kleine and Jim Ananich
Scott Pohl / WKAR

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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Michigan Municipal League / flickr creative commons

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

Charles Ballard and Matt Grossmann photo
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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Michigan Emergency Management & Homeland Security / flickr creative commons

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.


Bill Ballenger photo
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.


Governor speaking at podium
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.


Bill Ballenger photo
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.


Mark Bashore / WKAR

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.


Mark Grebner photo
WKAR

Lansing pollster-politico Mark Grebner weighs in on the Presidential candidates, the state’s ban on straight ticket voting and Michigan’s approaching Presidential primary.


Evening with the Governor 2015

Dec 17, 2015

Governor Rick Snyder and First Lady Sue Snyder reflect on the past year in Michigan politics with Off the Record anchor Tim Skubick.  

Pistol photo
Defence Images / Flickr Creative Commons

Michigan is changing the way it conducts background checks for people wanting a concealed pistol license. Meanwhile, state lawmakers debate whether to expand concealed carry laws to include places like schools and churches. We talk with a state senator pushing for expanded access and an activist who wants to rid guns from many public places.


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Wikimedia Commons

November’s top Michigan news stories included a move to prevent Syrian refugees from coming here, and, finally, a road funding package. We review what’s still resonating and with capitol reporters Kyle Melinn of MIRS news and Emily Lawler of MLive.


Karen Weaver photo
Courtesy photo / City of Flint

Dr. Karen Weaver was sworn in as the new mayor of Flint just over two weeks ago. The first female mayor in the city’s history has a lot on her plate, from lead-contaminated drinking water to the struggle to free her city from state oversight. We talk with Mayor Weaver about her plan to tackle these and other challenges.


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