politics and government

Monica Blackwell photo
Kevin Lavery / WKAR

There have been some 65 unsolved murders in the city of Lansing since the mid-1960’s. Current State’s Kevin Lavery reports on one Lansing woman’s struggle to find peace four years after her son’s murder.


Patrict O'Keefe photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

Our series of conversations with candidates for Ingham County Prosecutor continues with Democrat Patrick O’Keefe. He’s a Democrat who has been endorsed by former Michigan Attorney General Frank Kelley.


Kathy Hoekstra and Susan Demas photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

Their politics are different, but they’re uniting to move the state’s political discourse forward. We talk with Susan Demas and Kathy Hoekstra about their new Two Chicks Speakers Bureau.


Red Cedar Renaissance photo
Mark Bashore / WKAR

Dozens and possibly hundreds of mature trees have been cut down earlier than planned at the site of an impending Lansing development, the Red Cedar Renaissance. The cutting was moved up to prevent endangered bats from nesting in them. We talk about the development with Ingham County Drain Commissioner Pat Lindemann.


Gretchen Whitmer photo
Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, University of Michigan / flickr creative commons

Former Democratic state legislator Gretchen Whitmer of East Lansing will become Ingham County’s interim prosecutor in July. We ask what it’ll take to restore integrity to the office, about any other future plans and get her thoughts on the Democratic Presidential Primary campaign.


Saul Anuzis photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

Michigan Republicans include quite a few critics of presumptive presidential candidate Donald Trump. We talk with former GOP state chairman Saul Anuzis and Gov. John Kasich’s Michigan campaign director Jeff Timmer about that criticism.


David Carter photo
Courtesy photo / MSU School of Criminal Justice

Police in cities with substantial murder rates often find themselves backlogged as they work their investigations. New research from a Michigan State University criminologist points to seven American cities that are solving homicides more efficiently. Current State’s Kevin Lavery talks with Professor David Carter.


All gender restroom sign
Julia Wolf / Flickr Creative Commons

The Michigan Board of Education heard various points of view on accomodations for LGBTQ students yesterday. Current State's Kevin Lavery was there.

Jail cells photo
Julie, Dave & Family / flickr creative commons

We talk with Barbara Levine of the Citizens Alliance on Prisons and Public Spending about prison reforms being considered in Lansing.


Kathie Dunbar photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

Lansing City Councilperson Kathie Dunbar plans to vote against a proposal for the council to hire an outside attorney to look into a murky separation agreement for  ex city attorney Janene McIntryre. We find out why and hear her thoughts about a proposed medical marijuana moratorium and ordinance for Lansing.


Brian Jackson photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

Brian Jackson is one of six candidates running for Ingham County Prosecutor in August. He’s the second candidate to appear on Current State to discuss why he’s running.


Lansing city hall photo
WKAR file photo

A leading figure on the Lansing City Council wants the body to hire its own attorneys to get to the bottom of a generous separation agreement involving former city attorney Janene McIntyre. Current State talks with council President Judy Brown Clarke and Lansing State Journal reporter Eric Lacy.


Dan Kildee photo
Courtesy photo / Cong. Dan Kildee

Flint Cong. Dan Kildee says all Americans should be focused on the water emergency in his city. Today, Pres. Barack Obama spends the afternoon in Flint. We talk Cong. Kildee about the visit and about his proposal for tougher federal lead standards for drinking water.


Eric Trojanowicz photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

We talk with one of the candidates for Sheriff in Ingham County this year. Eric Trojanowicz is a captain in the department. He’s running as a Republican to replace the retiring Sheriff, Gene Wrigglesworth, and his opponent is the Sheriff’s son, Scott Wrigglesworth.


Medical marijuana photo
Dank Depot / flickr creative commons

There’s a growing call to do something about the proliferation of medical marijuana dispensaries in Lansing. We talk with an proponent of a marijuana moratorium and ordinance in Lansing, city councilwoman Carol Wood, and the owner and CEO of one of the city’s newest dispensaries, Michael Mayes of Greenwave.


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