At the end of every calendar month, Current State hosts its regular reporter roundtable to review the biggest stories of that month. Current State looked back at the drop out of a shoe-in, the unresolved gay marriage issue, the bumps facing road funding and the contest for Attorney General in Michigan.
One of the issues being considered at the state capitol in recent weeks is the regulation of e-cigarettes. E-cigarettes are electronic devices that heat up a liquified nicotine solution. That produces a vapor rather than the smoke from tobacco cigarettes. Users call this “vaping” as opposed to smoking.
Mike Rogers, U.S. representative of our 8th district in East Lansing, says he will not seek reelection after his term ends this year. He made the announcement official on a Detroit radio station, and said that he has been invited regularly to talk about national security issues on T.V. and radio.
The lives of a Lansing couple took a profound and very public turn last weekend. After more than 12 years in a serious relationship, attorney Douglas Meeks and investment executive Greg McNeilly became one of Michigan’s first same sex couples to be legally married.
After close to 10 years in office, Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero enjoyed a first last night: The chance to submit a city budget plan with a surplus. Despite being slightly in the black for fiscal year 2015, Bernero describes his $18 million spending plan as conservative and cautious.
The legal status of same-sex marriage here in Michigan was taken for quite the ride over the weekend. Late Friday afternoon, Federal District Judge Bernard Friedman declared Michigan’s 2004 ban on gay marriage unconstitutional. By Saturday afternoon, the clerks in four Michigan counties – Washtenaw, Muskegon, Oakland and Ingham – issued hundreds of marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette’s request to put the ruling on hold was granted by the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati. That temporary hold lasts until Wednesday.
General Motors officials continue efforts to navigate the fallout from its delayed recall of 1.6-million vehicles with faulty ignition switches. The flaw, which has been linked to 31 crashes and 12 deaths, has been traced to vehicles made as long ago as 2001.
Michael Colaresi researched 136 civil wars from 1936 to 2007 for his recent study, “With Friends Like These, Who Needs Democracy? The Effect of Transnational Support from Rivals on Post-Conflict Democratization.”
There’s probably never been a time in history when there wasn’t war and conflict going on somewhere in the world, but amid the Arab Spring and the situation between Russia and Ukraine, right now seems like an especially good time to talk to an expert on international conflict.
Michigan Governor Rick Snyder is launching his re-election campaign with a string of appearances that tout “Michigan’s Comeback.” Yesterday, the Governor pressed the flesh in Detroit, Lansing and Grand Rapids. Today, it’s on to Traverse City, Frankenmuth and Oakland County.
President Obama shared his priorities for the new year last night in his sixth State of the Union address. Among those goals: narrowing the country’s income gap, in part by raising the minimum wage for federal contract employees; immigration reform; and an expansion of employee retirement savings plans.
The move has led to a host of procedural questions, along with fears of so-called 'judge shopping' by state officials who are defendants in the cases because Michigan Court of Appeals judges will now be presiding over Court of Claims cases.
The reform moves legal actions against Michigan out of the Ingham County Circuit Court. To help us understand some of these issues, we speak with the new Chief Judge of the revamped Michigan Court of Claims, the Honorable Michael Talbot.
The East Lansing city council picked up two new members last week. Susan Woods and Ruth Beier were elected to four-year terms, and Kathleen Boyle will stay on the council after winning the right to serve the balance of the term to which she was appointed last year.
Much of the news coverage of American politics these days centers on the horse race results of polls. Who’s ahead? Who’s behind? Is this candidate or that issue trending up or down in popularity? But what does that sort of coverage really tell us? How can we be assured of the accuracy of a particular poll? And what has modern technology done to how this information is gathered and compiled?
Today on Current State: MSU professor on the conflict in Syria; Detroit’s Water Renaissance series; Right to Work after first Labor Day; Al Jazeera America launches Detroit bureau; and the HopCat bar in East Lansing.
Today on Current State: August's biggest's stories in review; Chicago-based "Wavelength" trains Lansing teachers using humor; 200th anniversary of Pride and Prejudice; Michigan railroads; and a film commentary on End of the World films.
Panel discusses Governer Snyder and the Senate COP making peace, and the latest on emergency financial management in Detroit. The guest is Congressman John Dingell, now the longest serving congressperson in the nation's history. Zach Gorchow, Bill Ballenger and Chris Christoff join senior capitol correspondent Tim Skubick.