politics and government

East Lansing city hall photo
WKAR Photo

The internet has triggered profound changes in print journalism. Sometimes, local grassroots journalists step in to help communities stay informed. We talk to two “citizen journalists” from the Lansing area about why they do what they do and the influence they think they have.


school buses photo
John Picken / flickr creative commons

The fate of a number of low-performing Lansing schools is uncertain as the district awaits clarification about test scores from Michigan’s School Reform Office. We hear the thoughts of Lansing School Board President Peter Spadafore and state Rep. Andy Schor.


Senator Debbie Stabenow
April Van Buren / WKAR

Current State talks with Sen. Debbie Stabenow about presidential politics.


Scott Hagerstrom photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

Donald Trump is coming to Lansing to speak today. We speak with Trump's Michigan presidential campaign manager, Scott Hagerstrom.


CATA bus photo
David Shane / flickr creative commons

A proposed bus rapid transit (BRT) line is meeting with particular resistance in Meridian Township. We ask two opponents why they’re resisting CATA’s efforts to move forward with the federally and state-subsidized project.


Mike Yankowski photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

In November, the city of Lansing will ask its residents to renew a millage that currently funds police and fire services, plus road maintenance. We talk with Lansing Police Chief Mike Yankowski.


Detroit skyline
haljackey / flickr creative commons

Detroit Free Press columnist Rochelle Riley discusses the future of the Detroit Public Schools, this year’s extraordinary presidential campaign and more.


Snyder ribbon cutting ceremony photo
Courtesy photo / Global Detroit

A new report examines the economic impact being made by the more than 640,000 immigrants who call Michigan home. We learn more from Michigan Office for New Americans deputy director Karen Phillippi.


Karen Weaver photo
Courtesy photo / City of Flint

Flint Mayor Karen Weaver addressed the city’s challenges and opportunities in her first State of the City address on Thursday. We get her thoughts on the city’s future.

Adam Hussain photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

Third ward Lansing city council member Adam Hussain addresses issues like the South Washington Park apartments and the latest marijuana ordinance.


Primary results: Siemon, O’Berry and incumbents prevail

Aug 3, 2016
Billie Jo 'Berry and Carol Siemon photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

Ballot proposals and November’s general election candidates are settled after yesterday’s primary election. We look back at some of the results and hear the thoughts of two Lansing-based journalists:  Susan J. Demas of Inside Michigan Politics and Mickey Hirten of the Lansing City Pulse.


Penelope Tsernoglou photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

Some say Ingham county’s 45-year old animal shelter has had it. They’re supporting a millage to pay for a new one. Others say the county has more pressing needs. We talk with Democratic county commissioner Penelope Tsernoglou about why she’s a backer.

Eric Schneidewind photo
Courtesy photo / AARP

AARP is the voice of millions of older Americans. Their new president is Eric Schneidewind of Lansing. Current State’s Scott Pohl talks with Schneidewind about the issues being confronted by AARP.


Carol Wood and Kathie Dunbar photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

Elected officials in the city of Lansing are grappling with security at the HUD subsidized South Washington Park Apartments and with creation of a city marijuana ordinance. The city council’s Public Safety committee is involved in both issues. We talk with two of the committee’s members, Carol Wood and Kathie Dunbar.


Bernie Sanders photo
Courtesy ABC/Ida Mae Astute / flickr creative commons

We talk with Kathy Gray of the Detroit Free Press. She’s in Philadelphia covering the Michigan delegation at the Democratic National Convention.


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