Michigan politics

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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.


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The non-profit Center for Public Integrity gave Michigan a failing grade this week for its efforts at transparency and accountability. Current State talks with Rich Robinson of the Michigan Campaign Finance Network, a longtime critic of the state’s approach to campaign finance who says we earned that F.


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No, you're not dreaming. Governor Rick Snyder is preparing to sign a road funding measure for Michigan. Current State talks with Republican House Speaker Kevin Cotter about the features, and the criticism, of the $1.2 billion measure.   

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Twice, Delta Township resident Darnell Earley has been appointed as an Emergency Manager in Michigan: once in Flint and currently in the Detroit Public Schools. Current State talks with Earley about the Flint water switch and why he thinks the legislature should pass the Governor’s Detroit schools funding plan.


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On the last weekday of every month, Current State reviews the top Michigan political stories. Our guests are Kathleen Gray of the Detroit Free Press and michigan.com, and Zach Gorchow of Gongwer News.


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Legislation was introduced in Michigan last month that requires sex education courses to have more exhaustive conversations about the issue of consent. We speak with one of the bill’s sponsors, State Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr., about the legislation and how it would be implemented.


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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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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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