politics and government

Off the Record | December 23, 2016

Dec 23, 2016

Special Edition. Four incoming members of Michigan House. 

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Off the Record | December 16, 2016

Dec 16, 2016
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Topic: Lame duck session over. Guest: Chris Thomas, Michigan Election Director.

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A former chief of staff for Gov. John Engler is returning to the state capitol. Current State talks with Dan Pero about working with incoming state House Speaker Tom Leonard.


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We talk with Rep. Stephanie Chang and Christine Sauvé of Welcoming Michigan about "Stand Strong, Respect Michigan."


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At the end of the year, Ingham’s top cop is calling it a career. Sheriff Gene Wriggelsworth has spent 50 years in law enforcement. We’ll talk with him about the changes he’s seen and the challenges he’s faced as he prepares to hand his department over to his son, Sheriff-elect Scott Wriggelsworth.


Rep. Singh offers lame duck update

Dec 9, 2016
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The Michigan legislature is having an active lame duck session including a Voter ID measure, a speed limit increase and reimbursement of people wrongly imprisoned. We hear the views of East Lansing State Rep. Sam Singh.


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A new report out this week says Michigan should spend at least $4-billion each year for the next 20 years to patch up its aging public infrastructure. We talk about the recommendations with Mike Nystrom of the Michigan Infrastructure and Transportation Association.


Ingham Clerk quickly assembling recount volunteers

Dec 5, 2016
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We talk with Ingham County Clerk Barb Byrum about recounting Presidential election votes.


EL Financial Team to recommend city income tax

Dec 2, 2016
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The city of East Lansing faces a projected $100-million pension and retiree health care deficit. A financial health review team is getting ready to make recommendations to the city council about dealing with it and gaining a stronger financial footing. We talk with two members of the team.


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Current State’s Michigan Month in Review looks at November’s biggest  governmental news stories with state Capitol reporters Zach Gorchow of Gongwer and Emily Lawler of MLive.


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Energy policy is among the important business before the House of Representatives this week. It’ll begin looking at a bipartisan pair of bills passed by the Senate that lay out the future of Michigan’s electric choice market, replacing coal-fired plants and renewables. We talk to a Republican opponent of the measures.


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Meet Michigan’s youngest incoming state Representative. Jewell Jones of Inkster won election on November 8th in Michigan’s 11th House district. At 21, he’s thought to be the youngest ever elected to the state House.


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Current State talks with Michigan Democratic Party chairman Brandon Dillon about the election of Donald Trump and what's ahead for his party in the state.


MSU Trump supporters respond to backlash

Nov 21, 2016
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Many college students, including a number at Michigan State, have voiced alarm over the election of Donald Trump. It can be easy to overlook that Trump supporters are part of the campus community as well. We talk with two of them.


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Courtesy photo / Mayor Virg Bernero

Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero and his cohort in Pittsburgh are in the steel city convening a new Manufacturing Task Force designed to spur job growth in advanced manufacturing. We ask the Mayor what’s involved and if he thinks Donald Trump wants to make manufacturing great again.


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