Michigan politics

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Scott Pohl / WKAR

For months,  the Michigan Municipal League has been saying the state needs to reverse billions of dollars of cuts to revenue sharing to avoid a “perfect storm” for cities and other local governments. It claims the state’s model for funding local governments is broken. We find out from the MML’s Tony Minghine.


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Scott Pohl / WKAR

The presidential election on November 8 could smash voter turnout records. We talk with Ingham County Clerk Barb Byrum and Lansing City Clerk Chris Swope about their preparations.


Off the Record 10/21/16 | Ep. 4617

Oct 20, 2016

Topic: Flint Water Crisis. Guest: Dr. Matt Grossmann, political science professor from MSU.

Watch it at video.wkar.org

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Courtesy photo

We talk with GOP Rep. Tom Barrett about his bid for re-election against the Democrat he narrowly defeated in 2014, Theresa Abed.


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A joint investigation finds over a third of Michigan’s state legislators have had connections to so-called 527 accounts. The accounts enable politicians to accept cash that’s often difficult to trace. Mlive’s Emily Lawler and the Michigan Campaign Finance Network’s Craig Mauger join us to explain how it works.


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Kevin Lavery / WKAR

Two years ago, Democratic State Rep. Theresa Abed lost her seat in Michigan’s 71st House district by less than 150 votes.  Now, Abed is trying to reclaim her spot at the Capitol.  

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Cheyna Roth / MPRN

A Flint family is pursuing a grand jury investigation into Gov. Rick Snyder, alleging misconduct. They claim thata he's breaking the law by spending taxpayer money to defend himself against legal challenges relating to the Flint Water crisis. We talk with complainant Keri Webber of Flint and her attorney, Mark Brewer.


Demas and Hoekstra analyze debate, MI election races

Oct 10, 2016
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Current State talks with the women who make up the Two Chicks Speakers Bureau, Kathy Hoestra and Susan Demas, about the upcoming election.

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Scott Pohl / WKAR

Republican Mike Bishop wants to return to Washington to represent Lansing and East Lansing for a second term in the U.S. House. We ask the former state legislator about his record and why he thinks he deserves another term representing the 8th district.


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Courtesy photo / Suzanna Shkreli for Congress

We discuss the race for congress in Michigan’s 8th district with Suzanna Shkreli. She’s the Democrat who’s hoping to unseat incumbent Republican Mike Bishop.


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Courtesy photo / Michigan Crime Victim Services Commission

Lock them up and throw away the key? A new study shows that may not be the answer victims of crime want.


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Scott Pohl / WKAR

Many Michigan supporters of medical marijuana are hailing new regulations passed by the state Senate. They would allow both retail dispensaries that sell pot and so-called medibles. We talk with MI Legalize attorney Jeff Hank and Willie Rochon of the Michigan Cannabis Development Association.


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Amanda Pinckney / WKAR-MSU

At 34, Republican Craig DeRoche was the youngest Michigan Speaker of the House. During that time as House Speaker, he fought an alcohol addiction which forced him out of politics. Current State speaks with Deroche about his book “Highly Functional: A Collision of Addiction, Justice and Grace.”


Brian Calley photo with Mark Bashore
Amanda Pinckney / WKAR-MSU

Current State talks with Lt. Gov. Brian Calley about opioids and mental health reforms.


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Amanda Pinckney / WKAR-MSU

As the nation marks 15 years since the September 11 tragedy, we talk with former Lansing fire chief and current state Representative Tom Cochran about how those events affected local first responders in mid-Michigan.


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