Michigan politics

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Michigan’s longest-serving Attorney General, Frank Kelley, has published a new memoir called “The People’s Lawyer.” Current State’s Scott Pohl talks with co-author Jack Lessenberry about Kelley’s remarkable career and life.


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The Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring an eight-month long program to train the next generation of civic leaders. We talk with a coach and a participant of the first Leadership Lansing session, starting this month.


Could MI Rep. become next U.S. House Speaker?

Oct 12, 2015
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Courtesy photo / Rep. Candice Miller

As the chaos continues in Congress, will Michigan’s Candice Miller be called to calm the current leadership crisis? We speak with the Michigan Public Radio Network’s Rick Pluta.


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Current State talks with Lansing Democratic State Rep. Andy Schor about his votes on a proposal to regulate medical marijuana and whether he supports providing Flint with $6-million of state money to reconnect with Detroit water after the lead scare.


While Congress continues to argue over funding for Planned Parenthood, the debate about abortion rights is also playing out here in Michigan. We speak with President and CEO of Planned Parenthood of Mid and South Michigan Lori Carpentier, and Genevieve Marnon, public affairs associate with Right to Life Michigan, to hear both sides of the issue.

Off the Record | October 2, 2015 | #4514

Oct 2, 2015

The panel discusses the debate over immigration coming to Michigan.  The guest is democratic representative Bert Johnson from Highland Park. Bill Ballenger, Jonathon Ossting and Rick Pluta join senior capitol correspondent Tim Skubick.

Watch it at video.wkar.org

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Brandon Dillon resigned from a state House seat to become chairman of the Michigan Democratic Party in August. Current State talks with Brandon Dillon about the presidential campaign and other races that are shaping up around the state.


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This weekend, Michigan Republicans headed north for the biannual Mackinac Republican Leadership Conference. The event also drew six of the GOP contenders for the 2016 presidential race. We talk to the Michigan Public Radio Network's Rick Pluta, who covered the conference.


After the episode taping concludes, guest and panel continue to chat.  Former Rep. Todd Courser,  with Bill Ballenger, Kyle Melinn, Zachary Gorchow along with senior capitol correspondent Tim Skubick.

Watch it now at youtube/wkar.

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Off the Record | September 18, 2015 | #4512

Sep 17, 2015
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WKAR Photo

The guest is former Rep. Todd Courser, who was forced to resign last week amid the controversy surrounding his conduct in office.  Kyle Melinn, Bill Ballenger and Zachary Gorchow join senior capitol correspondent Tim Skubick.

Watch it at video.wkar.org

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Courtesy photo / Rep. Todd Courser

A lengthy Michigan House session to consider the removal of Representatives Todd Courser and Cindy Gamrat ended early this morning, with Courser resigning his seat and Gamrat's ouster. Current State talks with reporters Chad Livengood and Rick Pluta about the proceedings.


MSU prof traces MI’s shrinking middle class

Sep 10, 2015
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Scott Pohl / WKAR

“America’s disappearing middle class” is probably a term you’ve heard thrown around in the news lately. But what does that actually mean? We talk to MSU economist Charley Ballard about how the middle class is faring here in Michigan and what its future looks like.


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Current State checks in with Detroit Free Press reporter Paul Egan and publisher of Gongwer News in Lansing John Lindstrom about August's biggest news stories.

At the end of every month, Current State takes a few minutes to review all that’s worth reviewing in state government and politics. 

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Back in January, Midland Republican John Moolenaar replaced veteran U.S. Congressman Dave Camp in Michigan's fourth congressional district. Current State talks to the Harvard and Hope College graduate about his opposition to the Iran nuclear deal, immigration and other issues. 

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When City Commissioner Rosalynn Bliss succeeds longtime Grand Rapids mayor George Heartwell in January, she’ll do so as the first female mayor in the city’s history. Current State talks to Bliss about her historic election and the most pressing issues facing Grand Rapids. 

The city of Grand Rapids will see new leadership in 2016, and the moment will be historic.  Three weeks ago, Second Ward Commissioner Rosalynn Bliss was elected the city’s next mayor.  She’ll take office on January 1st.

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