politics and government

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UPDATE: On March 29, 4th ward Lansing city council member Jessica Yorko announced via Facebook that, due to medical reasons, she has decided not to file to run for another term.

We continue our conversations with Lansing city council candidates today with 4th ward incumbent Jessica Yorko.


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A package of bills aiming at expanding the state’s Freedom of Information Act moves to the Senate floor this week, after passing unanimously in the Michigan House of Representatives.


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We continue our conversations with candidates for Lansing city council today with the youngest announced candidate to this point, Michael Ruddock. He’s a 23-year old senior in MSU’s James Madison College who expects to graduate in May.


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The state is close to running out of money to clean thousands of abandoned, polluted properties all across Michigan.

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If you’re expelled or resign from your seat in the legislature, you shouldn’t get to run for the seat you vacated. That’s the logic behind a bill making progress in Lansing.

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Some Democrats in the state House want to make literacy a constitutional right. But not everyone is onboard.

Paid sick leave bills introduced by MI Democrats

Mar 2, 2017
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Michigan Senate Democrats

Democrats in Lansing and President Donald Trump may have finally found an issue they can agree on: paid sick leave.

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Advocates and lawmakers gathered Wednesday in Lansing with the message that there are too many people incarcerated and too few opportunities for inmates to reform themselves upon release.

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A federal lawsuit claims state prison guards joked and made a bet on whether an inmate would try to kill herself before she took her own life.

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Scott Pohl / WKAR-MSU

The State of Ingham County address is Wednesday night. The chairperson of the county board of commissioners, Sarah Anthony, will speak at the Potter Park Zoo.


portrait: Governor Rick Snyder
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Gov. Rick Snyder says the state will wait until May at the earliest to decide whether to close any of the state’s lowest-performing schools.

House GOP caucus divided after income tax cut fails

Feb 24, 2017
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There’s a lot of turmoil among Republicans in the state House right now. That’s after the GOP leadership took a get-tough approach on Republicans who refused to support an income tax rollback.

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Michigan House Republicans on Tuesday significantly revised their income tax cut plan, proposing to drop the 4.25 percent rate to 3.9 percent over four years and no longer calling for the tax to be phased out entirely over decades.

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You might think that the gap between the far left and the far right in American politics is getting larger, but MSU College of Law professor Frank Ravitch thinks there are ways these opposing forces could work together.


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Scott Pohl / WKAR-MSU

We continue our conversations with Lansing city council candidates today with James McClurken. He’s running against incumbent Jessica Yorko, who is expected to run for re-election in the fourth ward.


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