Michigan 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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Current State talks with MLive reporter Emily Lawler about potential changes for people who’ve installed solar panels on their roofs and how that ties into a debate over Michigan’s energy future.


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The Michigan House adjourned last week without a road funding deal in hand. In the meantime, one citizen group says corporations aren’t carrying their share of the tax load. They’re gathering signatures to put a corporate take hike on the November 2016 ballot.  Current State’s Kevin Lavery talks with a spokesman for the Citizens for Fair Taxes coalition.


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With phony claims of sex for hire and allegations of bugged offices and blackmail, the Courser-Gamrat affair is the craziest story to hit state government in a while. As the fallout continues, Current State talks with MIRS News editor Kyle Melinn to get the latest.


There used to be a pair of Civil War era cannons on the grounds on the State Capitol building. On Saturday, there will be a ceremony to mark the installation of two replica cannons. State Senators Mike Kowall and Steve Bieda worked across the aisle to raise private money for the project. Current State talks with them about the project.


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State Capitol reporters Tim Skubick and Susan J. Demas join Current State host Mark Bashore to review and update July’s biggest Michigan political stories.


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Various efforts are underway in Michigan to better regulate or legalize marijuana. MLive state capitol reporter Jonathan Oosting helps us understand all the activity.


The state is cutting ties with Aramark and starting fresh with a new company to provide food service to Michigan prisons. Current State talks with Michigan Public Radio Network Statehouse Bureau Chief Rick Pluta.


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The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that states can appoint independent commissions to draw legislative and congressional boundaries. Current State speaks with Jocelyn Benson, Dean of the Wayne State University law school and a former candidate for Michigan Secretary of State.


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Current State talks with Cong. Mike Bishop about same sex marriage, other topics.


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Every month we look back at the state's top news stories. For June, the topics include important U.S. Supreme Court rulings and the ongoing issue of how to pay for road repairs.


Current State talks with Barb Levine, lead author of a report from The Citizens Alliance on Prisons and Public Spending that offers a roadmap to reducing the prison population and saving the state hundreds of millions of dollars every year.


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In last November’s elections for the Michigan House of Representatives,  49-percent of voters chose a Republican to represent them. Nonetheless, a headcount reveals that House Republicans comfortably outnumber Democrats, 63-47. The reason is the way legislative districts are drawn.

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Since the launch of Obamacare, close to 300,000 Michigan residents have enrolled in health insurance plans offered through the state exchange.  

Many of them are now watching the U.S. Supreme Court closely.   A decision in the the case ‘King v Burwell’ is due by the end of the month.  It will determine whether or not federal subsidies, which help pay premiums for about three-quarters of those participants, will continue.

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