Michigan politics

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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.

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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.

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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

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.

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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.  

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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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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.

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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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Scott Pohl / WKAR

Democratic State Rep. Sam Singh of East Lansing has been playing a key role advancing important House energy proposals. Debate on the measures, which could significantly alter energy efficiency, renewable energy and electric choice will increase soon. We talk with Rep. Singh about what's ahead.

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Last week, a federal appeals court decided to continue blocking implementation of two immigration programs. The initiatives would extend and expand opportunities to millions of America’s undocumented immigrants. We talk with a local immigration rights advocate about why she’s unhappy with the decision, along with a former MSU employee whose family is impacted by the decision.

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A group of transgender individuals is suing Michigan Secretary of State Ruth Johnson over how the state handles changing someone’s sex on a driver’s license or state ID. We talk to plaintiff Tina Seitz and Jay Kaplan, the staff attorney for ACLU Michigan’s LGBT Project.

Off the Record 11/20/15 | Ep. 4521

Nov 18, 2015

The panel discusses Governor Snyder blocking Syrian refugees from entering Michigan.  The guest is former Republican Congressman Pete Hoekstra. WATCH NOW

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Gov. Rick Snyder has suspended plans to allow Syrian refugees in Michigan pending a review of Homeland Security vetting processes. The decision has generated vigorous support and opposition. We talk with State Sen. Rick Jones, who supports the move, and East Lansing surgeon Dr. Majid Katranji, who opposes it.