Michigan politics

Radio Made in Michigan
2:12 pm
Fri May 17, 2013

Rep. Andy Schor discusses budget and reforms

Rep. Andy Schor of Lansing, is serving Michigan's 68th House District.
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Michigan’s fiscal year 2014 budget is due in six weeks. In the midst of the always intriguing process, Rep. Andy Schor, D-Lansing, joins Current State. Schor has also been active in May launching and announcing support for measures involving voting reform, gun control and women’s health.

Today, he talks with Current State host Mark Bashore about the ongoing budget proposals, Medicaid expansion, the possible use of an unanticipated revenue increase, his voting reform bills, and more.

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Radio Made in Michigan
5:55 pm
Wed April 24, 2013

Current State #73 | April 24, 2013

Today on Current State: House Minority leader Tim Greimel; the MSU Wind Symphony performs at the Latin IS America Festival; Niowave pole barn dispute comes to an end; the Greater Lansing African American Health Institute; and  the impact of flooding on agriculture.

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Radio Made in Michigan
5:42 pm
Wed April 24, 2013

House Minority leader Tim Greimel

Democratic State Representative Tim Greimel is serving his first full term in the Michigan House. It’s also his first as the leader of his party’s caucus.  

Representative Greimel speaks with Current State host Mark Bashore about the Snyder administration's education project, his party’s struggle for influence in the GOP-majority legislature and likely Democratic candidates for the U.S. Senate and Governor.

 

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Radio Made in Michigan
4:52 pm
Fri March 29, 2013

Local journalists review the top news stories in March

Three Lansing-based reporters talk about the biggest stories coming out of the month of March.
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From the appointment of Detroit’s emergency manager to the ongoing fallout from Right to Work, March was a dramatic month in Michigan.  And in Lansing, officials finally unveiled a controversial plan to address the city’s long-term structural budget shortfalls.  

 

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Radio Made in Michigan
5:05 pm
Thu March 28, 2013

Current State #54 | March 28, 2013

Today on Current State: mother-daughter duo discuss their political involvement; winning Detroit Tigers' influence in 1968; Stations of the Cross reenactment in Lansing; and flutist Sir James Galway.

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Radio Made in Michigan
5:01 pm
Thu March 28, 2013

Barb and Dianne Byrum: Mid-Michigan’s mother-daughter political duo

Both Byrums graduated with degrees from Michigan State University's College of Agriculture and Natural Resources
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Sometimes concurrently and sometimes separately, Barb and Dianne Byrum have represented the Lansing area either in the state legislature, at Ingham County or at Michigan State University for most of the past 25 years. The democratic mother-daughter duo continues to be influential:  Barb as a first-term Ingham County Clerk and her mother as a Michigan State University trustee.  Together, they join Current State and talk about issues, politics, the future and each other.

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Radio Made in Michigan
3:56 pm
Wed March 27, 2013

Michigan's Right-to-Work law set to take effect

Michigan' Right-to-Work law is going into effect Thursday March 27th.
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Three and a half months after its stormy journey through the state legislature, Michigan’s Right-to-Work law is about to take effect.  Two guests with opposing views of the controversial law join Current State to update the debate.   Jim Holcomb is General Counsel for the Michigan Chamber of Commerce, which supports the law.  Doug Pratt is a spokesperson for the Michigan Education Association, which opposes it.

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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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