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Radio Made in Michigan
1:54 pm
Tue November 26, 2013

Current State #209 | November 26, 2013

Today on Current State: Michigan Court of Claims update with judge Michael J. Talbot; Great Lakes Month in Review; and Voices of Experience with MSU's George Perles.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:53 pm
Tue November 26, 2013

New Court of Claims Chief outlines transition

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.
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Two weeks after becoming law, a move to revamp Michigan's Court of Claims is still generating questions and discussion.

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.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:33 am
Wed November 13, 2013

New council members Woods, Boyle detail priorities for EL

Kathleen Boyle will be joined by Susan Woods and Ruth Beier on the East Lansing City Council.
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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.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:19 pm
Tue November 12, 2013

Current State #200 | November 12, 2013

Today on Current State: medical marijuana; American perceptions of climate change; new Lansing Arts Council director, and an MSU documentary on cross-cultural exchanges.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:40 am
Wed October 23, 2013

Election 2013: Second Ward's Tina Houghton shares priorities

Tina Houghton represents Lansing's second ward on the city council. Her challenger is Charles Hoffmeyer.
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Our Election 2013 coverage continues today with a look at the campaign for Lansing City Council in the second ward. Incumbent Tina Houghton is challenged by newcomer Charles Hoffmeyer.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:39 pm
Thu October 10, 2013

Researcher explains intricacies of political polling

Polling expert Paul Lavrakas says people are greatly interested in political polls, though they won't always admit it.
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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?

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:26 pm
Tue September 3, 2013

Current State #150 | September 3, 2013

 

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.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:38 pm
Thu August 29, 2013

Current State #148 | August 29, 2013

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. 

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:53 pm
Wed August 28, 2013

MPRN’s Rick Pluta Updates Senate Medicaid Decision

The plan Michigan lawmakers approved will provide Medicaid health care coverage to 470,000 low-income residents.
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A controversial measure that would expand Medicaid health coverage to more than 400-thousand Michigan citizens passed the state Senate last night.  

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TV Made in Michigan
10:05 am
Wed July 3, 2013

Off the Record | July 5, 2013

Congressman John Dingell (D), appearing on Off the Record with Tim Skubick.

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.


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TV Made in Michigan
2:15 pm
Fri April 5, 2013

Off the Record | April 5, 2013

Pam Faris, Bob Kosowski, Dave Pagel, Roger Victory, appearing on Off the Record with Tim Skubick.

Four Freshman from the Michigan House join Tim Skubick for this edition.

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:08 pm
Tue April 2, 2013

Current State #57 | April 2, 2013

Today on Current State: policy operative Richard McClellan; the Great Lakes Energy-Water Nexus; and Michigan's steps toward autism benefits. 

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:02 pm
Tue April 2, 2013

Richard McClellan discusses education, looks back on career

After acquiring his Bachelor's at MSU and his law degree at U of M.
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From education and the judiciary to telecommunications and energy, Lansing’s Richard McLellan has played a huge role in Michigan’s policy landscape since the 1970s, as well as being active nationally and internationally.  The longtime GOP operative speaks to Current State about his long tenure in the policy arena, current debates, the future of his party, and his modest beginnings.

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TV Made in Michigan
12:31 pm
Fri March 29, 2013

Off the Record | March 29, 2013

Jim Haveman, Public Health Director, appearing on Off the Record with Tim Skubick.

The panel discusses new polling data, and right to work taking effect.

The guest is state Public Health Director Jim Haveman.

Bill Ballenger, Kathleen Gray and Kyle Melinn join senior capitol correspondent Tim Skubick.

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TV Made in Michigan
12:41 pm
Fri March 22, 2013

Off the Record | March 22, 2013

Republican Ruth Johnson, appearing on Off the Record with Tim Skubick.

The panel discusses right to work and it's effect on higher education union contracts, financial issues for new Detroit Emergency Manager and the Governor's medicaid setback.

The guest is Secretary of State, Republican Ruth Johnson.

Susan Demas, Charlie Langton and Chad Livengood join senior capitol correspondent Tim Skubick.
 

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TV Made in Michigan
9:30 am
Fri March 15, 2013

Off the Record | March 15, 2013

Rep. Kurt Heise, (R) Criminal Justice Committee, appearing on Off the Record with Tim Skubick.

The panel discusses Gov. Snyder's decision on Detroit's Emergency Manager and a scramble in the U.S. Senate.

The guest is Rep. Kurt Heise, (R) Criminal Justice Committee

Bill Ballenger, Chris Christoff and Kyle Melinn join senior capitol correspondent Tim Skubick.

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Health
12:08 pm
Thu February 7, 2013

Medicaid expansion in Michigan closer to reality

Michigan Governor Rick Snyder made it official yesterday:  He supports expanding the state’s Medicaid program.  

The federal Affordable Care Act offers to cover the costs of all the newly insured for three years.  That could total up to a half-million Michigan residents.  Proponents cite the savings to hospitals for no longer having to eat the emergency room costs of the poor who can’t pay.  Currently, those costs are now passed along to the hospitals’ other paying customers.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:56 pm
Mon February 4, 2013

Current State #16 | February 4, 2013

Apple's groundbreaking commercial during the 1984 Super Bowl inspired MSU ad professors Bruce Vanden Bergh (center) and Bob Kolt (right) to start rating the game's ads.
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Today on Current State: MSU advertising instructors rate the Super Bowl ads, the Free-Press' Joe Rexrode recaps the big game and local sports, No Labels works for bipartisanship in D.C., The Henry Ford celebrates Rosa Parks’ 100th birthday, and local business and politics with MLive.com’s Angela Wittrock.

Current State #16 | February 4, 2013

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Radio Made in Michigan
4:46 pm
Mon January 28, 2013

Current State #11 | January 28, 2013

Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero in the Current State studio on Jan. 25, 2013.
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Today on Current State: Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero on the state of the city, a breakdown of the Center for Michigan's education report, and farewell tributes to WKAR's Earle Robinson and Lansing City Council gadfly John Pollard. 

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TV Made in Michigan
9:24 am
Fri January 25, 2013

Off the Record | January 25, 2013

Sen. Rick Jones, (R) Judiciary Chair, appearing on Off the Record with Tim Skubick.

The panel discusses guns in school and is Mark Brewer out?

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TV Made in Michigan
9:11 am
Fri December 14, 2012

Off the Record | December 14, 2012

David Hecker, President Michigan Federation of Teachers, appearing on Off the Record with Tim Skubick.

The panel discusses the protest over right-to-work.

The guest is David Hecker, President, Michigan Federation of Teachers.

Amy Lange, Bill Ballenger and Chris Christoff oin senior capitol correspondent Tim Skubick.




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TV Made in Michigan
4:34 pm
Thu October 4, 2012

Off the Record | October 5, 2012

The panel discusses how the first presidential debate played in Michigan.

Later on Ken Sikkema and Dianne Byrum debate Prop 3, the renewable energy proposal.

Kyle Melinn, Karen Bouffard and John Lindstrom join senior capitol correspondent Tim Skubick.


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TV Made in Michigan
4:30 pm
Thu August 2, 2012

Off the Record | August 3, 2012

The three Republicans running for U.S. Senate from Michigan join Tim Skubick in this special primary election edition.

Pete Hoekstra, Clark Durant and Randy Hekman will debate in this single-moderator, no rules-format special edition of Off the Record.

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NewsRoom
2:11 pm
Fri June 22, 2012

USDA Undersecretary Praises Senate Farm Bill Passage

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U.S. Agriculture Undersecretary Dallas Tonsager is praising the Senate’s passage of a $1 trillion farm bill.  Tonsager was in mid-Michigan Friday to meet with farmers and homeowners. 

The farm bill that cleared the Senate Thursday cuts some $24 billion over the next decade.  It would end direct federal subsidies to farmers who’ve relied on those payments since the 1980’s.  Tonsager says farmers are doing well enough economically that there’s less need now for government assistance.

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TV Made in Michigan
10:15 am
Thu June 14, 2012

Off the Record | June 15, 2012

The panel discusses Governor Snyder's plan to move ahead on Detroit-Windsor bridge, debate over the "V-word", state lawmakers are off on break and what awaits them when the return.

The guest is Representative Phil Cavanagh, (D) from Redford Township.

Chad Livengood, Bill Ballenger and Alisha Green join senior capitol correspondent Tim Skubick.

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TV Made in Michigan
4:16 pm
Thu June 7, 2012

Off the Record | June 8, 2012

The panel discusses the completion of the state budget, Rep. Thad McCotter ends campaign for write-in votes and the Snyder recall effort ends.

The guest is John Nixon, the state budget director.

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TV Made in Michigan
4:49 pm
Thu May 31, 2012

Off the Record | June 1, 2012

The panel discusses tax cuts, a signature issue for Representative Thad McCotter, and the state budget.

The guest is Republican strategist John Yob.

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TV Made in Michigan
10:29 am
Thu May 24, 2012

Off the Record | May 25, 2012

Correspondents Edition. The panel discusses the Tea Party, Roy Schmidt and the state police and the budget.

Alisha Green, Bill Ballenger, Chad Livengood and Rick Albin join senior capitol correspondent Tim Skubick

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TV Made in Michigan
9:49 am
Wed May 9, 2012

Off the Record | May 11, 2012

The panel discusses Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney's visit to Lansing. The guest is Bruce Fealk from Michigan Rising, a group trying to recall Michigan Governor Rick Snyder. Kyle Melinn, Rick Pluta and Chris Christoff join senior capitol correspondent Tim Skubick.

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TV Made in Michigan
1:15 pm
Fri May 4, 2012

Off the Record | May 4, 2012

The panel discusses medical marijuana laws, free college tuition, and Snyder as a possible Romney running mate. Susan Demas, Bill Ballenger and Rick Albin join senior capitol correspondent Tim Skubick.

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