Michigan politics

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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Radio Made in Michigan
1:18 pm
Wed March 13, 2013

Current State #43 | March 13, 2013

Today on Current State:  A debate on biodiversity and commerce in Michigan; the Lansing Jaycees features in Neighbors in ActionLansing City Pulse reporters on the LPD's missing cold case list; a Jackson ice cream institution reopens; and an Ann Arbor high school orchestra wins national acclaim. 

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:10 pm
Wed March 13, 2013

Biodiversity and commerce in Michigan

A proposed bill making its way through the Michigan legislature aims to put tighter limits on the Department of Natural Resources and the Natural Resources Commission.

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Radio Made in Michigan
3:30 pm
Mon March 11, 2013

Governor Rick Snyder addresses latest issues facing Michigan

From the controversial decision over a Detroit emergency manager, to the politics of road funding, to a call by Democrats to make college tuition available to all state high school graduates, Governor Rick Snyder had a lot going late last week.  Current State host Mark Bashore managed, however, to get the Governor for a few minutes by phone for a quick update on all these issues. 

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Radio Made in Michigan
5:58 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

Current State #38 | March 6, 2013

Today on Current State: The latest setback to the Lansing casino deal; Michigan ACLU on "Right to Work" lawsuit; the "Michigan 2020"  plan; Neighbors in Action featuring All Saints Episcopal Church; folk legend Janis Ian; and MSU students and staff in Beijing. 

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Radio Made in Michigan
5:46 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

Michigan ACLU on 'Right to Work' lawsuit

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Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette has taken action to dismiss a lawsuit seeking to overturn the state’s controversial right-to-work law.

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Radio Made in Michigan
6:36 pm
Tue March 5, 2013

Current State #37 | March 5, 2013

Today on Current State: The local impact of federal budget cuts; climate change in Michigan; Michigan farmers markets; the new dynamics of the Michigan Supreme Court; and Lansing's new city attorney designate. 

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Radio Made in Michigan
5:36 pm
Tue March 5, 2013

David Viviano set to begin tenure on Michigan Supreme Court

David Viviano hails from a family of Michigan judges.

Last week, Governor Rick Snyder named Macomb County Chief Circuit Judge David Viviano to the Michigan Supreme Court.  Viviano replaces former justice Diane Hathaway, who resigned in January under a cloud of scandal pertaining to her involvement in a fraudulent real estate deal.  Viviano has worked as a city attorney and was also a Republican nominee for Macomb County prosecutor.

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Radio Made in Michigan
3:57 pm
Mon March 4, 2013

New Legislator Preview: Rep. Theresa Abed, 71st District

We continue our series of interviews with new local State Representatives with Theresa Abed. Last November, Abed defeated one-term Representative Deb Schaughnessy, moving the 71st District's Eaton County seat from Republican to Democratic. She joins us to discuss her 2013 legislative agenda.

Politics & Government
2:12 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

Michigan Democrats elect new leader, Republicans stay the course

At their annual convention, held in Lansing this year, Michigan Republicans reelected Bobby Schostak as their leader.
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The state Republican and Democratic parties held conventions this weekend, and news was made at both.

After 18 years, Mark Brewer is out as leader of the Michigan Democratic Party, removing his name from consideration before the party’s chairmanship could go up for a vote. Lon Johnson takes over.

Meanwhile, Michigan Republican Party Chairman Bobby Schostak faced a challenge from Tea Party nominee Todd Courser.        

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Politics & Government
4:07 pm
Thu February 21, 2013

New State Representative Tom Cochran Outlines 2013 agenda

Having been a House democrat for six weeks now, 67th District Representative Tom Cochran discusses what's going on in the Michigan Democratic party.
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Mason Democrat Tom Cochran prevailed in the 67th State House District race last November.  In his freshman term, the former Lansing fire chief sits on the House Transportation and the Insurance committee.

He shares his thoughts on state's road funding, the leadership of Michigan Democrats, and getting acclimated to the state capitol.

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Politics & Government
5:11 pm
Fri February 8, 2013

Governor Snyder's budget proposal for fiscal year 2014

Governor Rick Snyder unveiled his fiscal year 2014 budget on Thursday.  The $50 billion spending plan calls for increases in education funding, as well as in health, public safety and other areas.  The administration also wants to hike gas taxes and vehicle registration fees to help pay for more than a billion dollars in road and infrastructure repairs.  

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Health
12:08 pm
Thu February 7, 2013

Medicaid expansion in Michigan closer to reality

Michigan Governor Rick Snyder made it official yesterday:  He supports expanding the state’s Medicaid program.  

The federal Affordable Care Act offers to cover the costs of all the newly insured for three years.  That could total up to a half-million Michigan residents.  Proponents cite the savings to hospitals for no longer having to eat the emergency room costs of the poor who can’t pay.  Currently, those costs are now passed along to the hospitals’ other paying customers.

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Politics & Government
5:49 pm
Wed February 6, 2013

New Legislator Preview: Rep. Andy Schor, 68th District

Newly elected State Representative Andy Schor (D, 68th) discusses his career in Michigan politics and outlines his legislative agenda.

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Radio Made in Michigan
5:28 pm
Fri January 25, 2013

Current State #10 | January 25, 2013

Chevy featured a revamped version of its classic Impala at this year's Detroit Auto Show
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Today on Current State: Newly elected State Representative Tom Leonard, Prima Civitas' "Young Innovators" competition, the Lansing-made Chevy Traverse at the Detroit Auto Show, and a classical music concert guide.

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Radio Made in Michigan
6:30 am
Wed January 23, 2013

Current State #8 | January 23, 2013

Sam Singh, newly elected State Representative for the 69th District, is the first Indian-American elected to the Michigan legislature. Above, Singh joins host Mark Bashore (left) in the 'Current State' studio.
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On today's Current State:  The legendary William Shatner, former East Lansing mayor and newly elected Michigan Rep. Sam Singh, more from the Detroit auto show, and Neighbors in Action highlights the work of NAMI Lansing.

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NewsRoom
6:13 pm
Fri January 4, 2013

Bill Sponsor Hopes Blue Cross Overhaul Will Pass Quickly Without Abortion Language

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Some state lawmakers say they hope to pass an overhaul of Blue Cross-Blue Shield of Michigan after dropping some controversial abortion language.

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NewsRoom
6:20 pm
Wed November 7, 2012

Democrats Pick Up Handful Of Seats In State House, GOP Keeps Majority

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It looks like Republicans will hold an eight-seat majority in the state House. 

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NewsRoom
6:11 pm
Fri November 2, 2012

Election Complaint Against Snyder Dismissed

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State elections officials say Governor Rick Snyder can use his official website and e-mail to express his views on ballot proposals – as long he does not specifically advocate for their approval or defeat.

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NewsRoom
6:13 pm
Thu November 1, 2012

Secretary Of State Dismisses Complaints Against Bolger, Schmidt

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Michigan Democrats have not been able to prove House Speaker Jase Bolger and Representative Roy Schmidt broke the law in a party-switch scandal this year. That’s according to the state Bureau of Elections.

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NewsRoom
6:21 pm
Thu October 18, 2012

ACLU Sues Over Campaign Sign Ban For Bars And Restaurants

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A rule banning Michigan bar and restaurants from displaying campaign signs faces a legal challenge from the American Civil Liberties Union.

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NewsRoom
6:45 pm
Fri October 12, 2012

$30 Million Poured into Ballot Proposal TV Ads Since August

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Interest groups are spending unprecedented amounts of money on TV ads supporting or opposing initiatives to amend the state constitution. That’s according to a report from the Michigan Campaign Finance Network.

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NewsRoom
6:35 pm
Thu September 6, 2012

Reimbursement To Be Sought for Special Primary

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Oakland County wants to be reimbursed for the $200,000 spent on a special primary to fill the final weeks of Thaddeus McCotter's term in the U.S. House.

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NewsRoom
6:35 pm
Tue August 28, 2012

Judge Will Lead Inquiry in Schmidt-Bolger Case

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A one-judge grand jury will look into whether there was any illegal activity involved in the party-switching plot between state Representative Roy Schmidt and state House Speaker Jase Bolger.

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