Researcher explains intricacies of political polling

Oct 10, 2013
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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?

Current State #150 | September 3, 2013

Sep 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.

Current State #148 | August 29, 2013

Aug 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. 

MPRN’s Rick Pluta Updates Senate Medicaid Decision

Aug 28, 2013
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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.  

Off the Record | July 5, 2013

Jul 3, 2013

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.

Off the Record | April 5, 2013

Apr 5, 2013

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

Current State #57 | April 2, 2013

Apr 2, 2013

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


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.

Off the Record | March 29, 2013

Mar 29, 2013

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.

Off the Record | March 22, 2013

Mar 22, 2013

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.

Off the Record | March 15, 2013

Mar 15, 2013

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.

Medicaid expansion in Michigan closer to reality

Feb 7, 2013

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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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 #11 | January 28, 2013

Jan 28, 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. 

Off the Record | January 25, 2013

Jan 25, 2013

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