politics and government

State capitol
Jake Neher / MPRN

State Capitol reporters Tim Skubick and Susan J. Demas join Current State host Mark Bashore to review and update July’s biggest Michigan political stories.


marijuana photo
Brett Levin / Flickr Creative Commons

Various efforts are underway in Michigan to better regulate or legalize marijuana. MLive state capitol reporter Jonathan Oosting helps us understand all the activity.


The murders of five military personnel in Chattanooga earlier this month is prompting the Michigan National Guard to update its “active shooter” training. Current State’s Kevin Lavery talks with the guard’s lead trainer, Sergeant First Class Shawn Menard.


Lansing city hall photo
WKAR Photo

On August 4th, Lansing voters will narrow the field of candidates for Lansing city council. There will be at least one new member of the council after the November general election. Current State’s Scott Pohl talks with Lansing State Journal reporter Eric Lacy about the candidates.


Heidi Washington photo
Courtesy Michigan Department of Corrections

Prison reform is one of Michigan’s hottest ongoing topics. As the discussion continues, an East Lansing resident takes the helm of the Department of Corrections. Current State speaks with Heidi Washington.


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