politics and government

Dennis Louney photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR-MSU

Last week, the Ingham County Board of Commissioners appointed Dennis Louney to represent the county’s tenth district on Lansing’s east side. The vacancy had been created by the resignation of Brian McGrain, who now runs the economic development and planning department in the city of Lansing.


SPECIAL COVERAGE: State of the Union 2018

Jan 30, 2018
Capitol building illustration
Illustration / Annette Elizabeth Allen for NPR

TUE. JAN. 30 9pm-11pm NPR News and PBS NewsHour

President Trump delivers his State of the Union address to Congress. With Democratic Response.

Massachusetts Rep. Joe Kennedy III, seen as a rising political star with a famous last name, delivers the Democratic response to President Trump's State of the Union. Journalists across the NPR newsroom will be annotating those remarks, adding fact-checks and analysis in real time.

President Trump delivers his State of the Union address to Congress. Journalists across the NPR newsroom will be annotating those remarks, adding fact-checks and analysis in real time.

Schor family on stage
Kevin Lavery / WKAR-MSU

Lansing elected a new mayor in 2017, and Andy Schor will take the oath of office today.


Photos of Virg Bernero, Debbie Mikula, Tony Baltimore, Tim Daman and David Hollister.
WKAR Photos

On Monday, Lansing will get its first new mayor in a dozen years when Andy Schor takes the oath of office. Virg Bernero’s 12 years in office will come to an end at 11:30 a.m. on New Years Day. Politicians have their supporters and they have their detractors, and Virg Bernero might have as wide a range of descriptions as anyone in Lansing history. While some admire his drive, others criticize his sometimes brusque demeanor. In anticipation of his departure from office, WKAR sought out a cross-section of the Lansing community to look back at Virg Bernero’s time as mayor.


Virg Bernero photo from CBS News
CBS News

Next Monday will be Virg Bernero’s last day as Mayor of Lansing. Today and tomorrow, WKAR will consider his legacy as he moves into private life. We begin today with a look at the way many will remember Virg Bernero: as America’s Angriest Mayor.


Andy Schor photo
Courtesy photo / Michigan House Television

Democrat Andy Schor bid farewell to the state House of Representatives yesterday, as he prepares to serve as mayor of Lansing.


East Lansing city hall photo
WKAR Photo

The East Lansing city council will not meet tonight to swear in two council members and elect leadership for the next two years. Mayor Mark Meadows says that’s because the results of last week’s election have not yet been certified.

Mark Meadows photo
File Photo / WKAR-MSU

The East Lansing ballot proposals had a mixed result yesterday. A proposal to cut property taxes was approved, but a measure to create an income tax in the city failed. Because of that, the property tax cut will not go into effect unless an income tax gets voter approval in the future.


Aaron Stephens photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR-MSU

In East Lansing, voters rejected a proposal to create a new income tax on Tuesday. The income tax would have cost residents one-percent of their income, much of which was to be offset for homeowners by the passage of a property tax cut on the ballot.


Front of Lansing City Hall building
WKAR Photo / WKAR-MSU

It’s election day in Lansing, where voters will choose a new mayor for the first time in 12 years. The race to replace Virg Bernero as mayor in Lansing comes to a head today, with state Representative Andy Schor and city council at-large member Judi Brown Clarke hoping to win the top job.


A "Vote Here" sign
File Photo / WKAR-MSU

Absentee ballots are still coming in in Lansing, where voters will choose a new mayor and four city council members Tuesday.

East Lansing City Hall
Flickr/Creative Commons

East Lansing voters will elect two city council members next Tuesday. The three candidates for the council agree on the ballot proposals that would create a new city income tax and reduce property taxes: they all plan to vote ‘yes’ on both. They differ, though, in that two of them are incumbents, each seeking a second term in office with records to run on, while the third is a 21-year-old political science and pre-law major at Michigan State University.


Voters in East Lansing will decide the fates of two proposals the city hopes will resolve long-standing financial woes next week. The city  is in debt to the tune of $190-million, a shortfall blamed on state revenue sharing cuts and growing obligations to retirees. Workforce reductions haven’t kept pace, so East Lansing officials are urging approval of dual proposals: a new income tax, paired with lower property taxes.


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