Politics & Government
1:40 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

Law enforcement acclimates to pursuing drugged driving

Officer Wes Evans says recognizing and arresting those who are impaired by substances while driving will make our streets safer.
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Drunk driving has been a public safety problem for years across the United States. A similar and growing threat is that of drugged driving. Some new law enforcement programs are targeting people who get behind the wheel under the influence of various drugs, sometimes in combination with alcohol.

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Politics & Government
1:05 pm
Tue March 11, 2014

Congressman Kildee makes case for renewal of unemployment insurance

Rep. Dan Kildee says its insulting when Senators in Washington believe that those who are unemployed want to be in that position.
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A deal to renew federal benefits for the country’s long-term unemployed continues to elude the U.S. Congress. However, supporters of the effort, which include Democrats and a growing number of Republicans, are hopeful of a breakthrough in the Senate this week. There, Senators are looking at two proposals, one from each party.

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Politics & Government
12:13 pm
Fri March 7, 2014

CMU professor from Lansing launches bid for Congress

CMU professor Susan Grettenberger is seeking the Democratic nomination to unseat incumbent Congressman Mike Rogers (R-Brighton).
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Another Democrat has announced her candidacy to represent Lansing and East Lansing in Congress.

Susan Grettenberger is the director of Central Michigan University's Social Work Program and an associate professor in the department.  In a news release about her candidacy last week, the Lansing resident discussed "a theme of economic populism and giving voice to everyday Americans."

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Politics & Government
1:06 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

Breaking down the debate over juvenile lifers

The Michigan Supreme Court is hearing arguments on the fate of more than 350 prison inmates sentenced to life with no chance of parole as juveniles.
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The Michigan Supreme Court will hear arguments today on what should be done with more than 350 prison inmates sentenced to life with no chance of parole as juveniles.  The Michigan case follows a 2012 U.S. Supreme Court decision declaring life without parole sentences for minors violates the U.S. constitution’s ban on cruel and unusual punishment. 

Current State speaks with the Michigan Public Radio Network’s statehouse bureau chief, Rick Pluta.

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Politics & Government
11:53 am
Wed March 5, 2014

Program trains Michigan's aspiring political leaders

State Capitol building in Lansing, Michigan.
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The Michigan Political Leadership Program, or MPLP, is designed to promote diversity and dialogue in how our communities, our state, and our nation are run. It started in 1992 and is administered by the  Institute for Public Policy and Social Research at Michigan State University.

Every year, 24 people from across the state and across the political spectrum are chosen for the 10-month program. They develop skills to help them win elections, address the media and serve their constituents. The latest group has just started the program.

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Politics & Government
1:59 pm
Tue March 4, 2014

Hurting while helping: Outside aid often undermines post-civil war democracy

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.”
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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.

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Politics & Government
12:42 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

Proposal would restore tax revenue for Michigan communities

Fowler says that there are no more tax incentives for companies relocating to Michigan, but as former tax credits expire, it creates revenue in the state.
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Fourteen months ago, Gov. Rick Snyder signed legislation eliminating the state personal property tax levied on business equipment. The move was heralded as welcome change by business owners who said the tax put them at a competitive disadvantage and inhibited job growth. However, local governments are worried about how they will replace the revenue that kept their vital services running. Now, a series of bills introduced this week in the Michigan Senate seeks to preserve that funding.

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Politics & Government
12:34 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

Supreme Court hears arguments on EPA's reach

The U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments today about the EPA's ability to regulate certain kinds of emissions.
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The U. S. Supreme Court hears arguments today that will help determine the scope of what kinds of emissions the Environmental Protection Agency can regulate. The outcome could have a big effect on industrial facilities nationwide.

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Politics & Government
12:50 pm
Thu February 20, 2014

Lansing official: New state legislation exacerbates energy assistance shortage

Utility assistance this winter is the worst Dr. Johnson has seen since she has been in Michigan.
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This winter has been brutal for all of us; the extra snow, cold, and ice that we’ve been having this season have taken an especially rough toll on those who are living on low and fixed incomes.

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Politics & Government
11:50 am
Wed February 19, 2014

Michigan Office for New Americans to focus on employer education

Bing Goei is the new director of the Michigan Office for New Americans.
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During his State of the State address last month, Governor Rick Snyder pledged to create the Michigan Office for New Americans. He did so on January 31, and named Bing Goei, of Grand Rapids, to run the office. The idea is to attract and retain highly skilled immigrants in Michigan.

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:30 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

Michigan GOP chief on Snyder's reelection bid

Gov. Rick Snyder
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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.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:55 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

Congressman Rogers: State of the Union lacked substance

Cong. Mike Rogers
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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.

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12:44 pm
Thu January 16, 2014

State of the State 2014

Governor Rick Snyder's annual address to the Michigan Legislature with Democratc Party response from Rep. Tim Greimel.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:59 pm
Fri December 6, 2013

State survey shows Obama down, Snyder up slightly

Pres. Barack Obama's poll number are down, while those of Gov. Rick Snyder have risen in a new MSU poll.
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President Obama's approval rating in Michigan has dropped to its lowest point in three years, according to a new Michigan State University survey.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:03 am
Wed December 4, 2013

New Jackson mayor, age 31, outlines agenda

Jason Smith took the oath of office as mayor of Jackson last night.
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Jackson has a new mayor. Jason Smith has been sworn into office. He replaced Martin Griffin, whom he defeated in the November election.

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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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