politics and government

Judy Putnam with Sue Carter
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Current State talks to Lansing State Journal columnist Judy Putnam about her recent columns on the Lansing City Market and taxidermy squirrels, among other topics. 

A few times a week, our next guest works hard to report on people in mid-Michigan who are arguably getting the short end of the stick.  Judy Putnam’s “local advocacy” column appears times weekly in the Lansing State Journal.

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America is debating the pros and cons of the Iran nuclear deal.  Some influential legislators, including Michigan Senator Gary Peters, are still making up their minds. They might be swayed by retired Israeli general Uzi Eilam, who is in Detroit to explain why he supports the controversial accord.   

Arguably the most pressing issue currently before the U.S. Senate and House is whether to support the Iran nuclear accord. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been a vocal opponent of the accord.

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Current State checks in with Detroit Free Press reporter Paul Egan and publisher of Gongwer News in Lansing John Lindstrom about August's biggest news stories.

At the end of every month, Current State takes a few minutes to review all that’s worth reviewing in state government and politics. 

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Back in January, Midland Republican John Moolenaar replaced veteran U.S. Congressman Dave Camp in Michigan's fourth congressional district. Current State talks to the Harvard and Hope College graduate about his opposition to the Iran nuclear deal, immigration and other issues. 

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When City Commissioner Rosalynn Bliss succeeds longtime Grand Rapids mayor George Heartwell in January, she’ll do so as the first female mayor in the city’s history. Current State talks to Bliss about her historic election and the most pressing issues facing Grand Rapids. 

The city of Grand Rapids will see new leadership in 2016, and the moment will be historic.  Three weeks ago, Second Ward Commissioner Rosalynn Bliss was elected the city’s next mayor.  She’ll take office on January 1st.

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