politics and government

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Courtesy photo / Monica Stephens

Monica Stephens is a Republican candidate for Ingham County Prosecutor. The assistant Michigan Attorney General says she’d focus on crimes involving violence, sex and drugs. We talk with the former assistant Jackson county prosecutor.


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ABC/ Ida Mae Astute

The GOP convention in Cleveland wraps up today. Current State will talk with Jonathan Oosting of the Detroit News. He’s been covering Michigan’s delegation to the convention.


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The Republican party has nominated Donald Trump for president and Mike Pence for vice president. Current State talks with a Michigan delegate at the GOP convention in Cleveland, state Sen. Joe Hune.


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Courtesy photo / Matt Grossman

Republican and Democratic nominating conventions are days away. The focus is on uniting delegates, platforms and potential vice presidential running mates. We talk with MSU Associate Professor of Political Science Matt Grossmann.


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Scott Pohl / WKAR

Medical marijuana has been legal in Michigan since 2009, and there’s currently an effort to legalize it for recreational use, but local governments across the state have struggled to create consistent laws to regulate cannabis. We talk with an advocate who envisions a national organization to set those standards.


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Current State’s Month in Review takes a look back at June’s top stories with Gongwer News’ John Lindstrom and MIRS News’ Kyle Melinn.  Topics include more Flint charges and rebuttals and the Detroit Public School’s financial package.


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Courtesy photo / Sen. Rebekah Warren

In Michigan, it’s still legal to discriminate against someone based on sexual orientation or gender identity. We talk with the sponsor of a bill addressing such discrimination, Sen. Rebekah Warren.


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Joe Ross / flickr creative commons

Michigan Secretary of State Ruth Johnson discusses the ProtectMiChild registry to keep kids away from adult online content.


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Lansing Police Department

Todd Heywood was assaulted and robbed in his home last year, possibly targeted because he’s gay. He writes about the attack in the Lansing City Pulse newspaper this week. Current State talks with Heywood about his story.


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Scott Pohl / WKAR

City Attorney nominee Jim Smiertka joins us to talk about the problems facing the Lansing City Council and how he could play a part in solving them as the next City Attorney.


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Scott Pohl / WKAR

The Michigan House, and now the Senate, have passed various proposals to reform and modernize the state’s criminal justice system. We talk with the effort’s leader in the Senate, Republican John Proos.


Ben Gordon / flickr creative commons

Michigan has launched civil suits seeking millions of dollars from two engineering companies it says made the Flint water crisis worse. Jonathan Oosting of the Detroit News joins Current State host Mark Bashore to talk with Michigan Special Assistant Attorney General Noah Hall about the charges.


Lansing is waiting to learn more about the status of a discrimination complaint with HUD involving city officials. We talk with city council member Carol Wood about that and about Jim Smiertka, the appointee awaiting confirmation as Lansing’s next city attorney.


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Scott Pohl / WKAR

Thomas English has spent years in law enforcement. The Democratic candidate for Ingham County Prosecutor says Ingham residents “have every right to distrust the office.” He's the latest in our series of interviews running for the job.


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Courtesy photo

Jimmy Ramirez is a Google employee competing to become an embedded reporter at the Democratic National Convention. We discuss what stories he’ll be looking for if he wins.


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