politics

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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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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.

Supreme Court hears arguments on EPA's reach

Feb 24, 2014
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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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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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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.

Michigan GOP chief on Snyder's reelection bid

Feb 4, 2014
Rick Snyder

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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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.

State of the State 2014

Jan 16, 2014

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

State survey shows Obama down, Snyder up slightly

Dec 6, 2013
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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.

New Jackson mayor, age 31, outlines agenda

Dec 4, 2013
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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.

Current State #209 | November 26, 2013

Nov 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.

New Court of Claims Chief outlines transition

Nov 26, 2013
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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.

http://www.cityofeastlansing.com/

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.

Current State #200 | November 12, 2013

Nov 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.

http://www.lansingmi.gov/

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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