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4:42 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Pro-Gaza Protesters Rally At State Capitol

Pro-Palestinian protesters held signs decrying Israel’s offensive in the Gaza Strip in front of the state Capitol on Wednesday.
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Pro-Israeli and pro-Palestinian groups are holding events across Michigan to offer their perspectives on the conflict in Gaza.

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Politics & Government
3:24 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Elections Panel To Consider Minimum Wage, Wolf Hunting Petition Drives

A state elections board will decide Thursday whether to certify petitions to initiate two new state laws.

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Politics & Government
5:15 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Court Ruling On Obamacare Tax Breaks Has No Immediate Effect In Michigan

An appeals court ruling Tuesday out of Washington DC could jeopardize tax subsidies that help nearly a ¼ million Michiganders buy health coverage.

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Politics & Government
5:11 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Snyder: Pensioner Approval Of Grand Bargain Sets Detroit Up For Faster Recovery

Governor Rick Snyder says pensioner approval of Detroit’s grand bargain sets the city up for a faster recovery.

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Politics & Government
5:16 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

Henry Paulson Tells Michigan To Seek Out Chinese Investment

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Former U-S Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson says China could play a key role in Michigan’s economic recovery.

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Politics & Government
5:13 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

AG Prison Report Cites Human, Technology Errors As Prime Cause Of Inmate Escape

A report by the state Attorney General’s office makes a dozen recommendations to prevent future prison escapes.

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Politics & Government
1:25 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

Media key to creation of independent debate commission

It's largely up to the state's broadcast media if Michigan wants to have an official debate commission, says Rick Pluta of the Michigan Public Radio Network
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With elections not too far off, there's been the usual back and forth between candidates about debates. Currently, the terms and conditions of political debates in Michigan are mostly left up to the candidates to decide, which often leaves them lacking in substance for voters.  

We explore the idea of an independent statewide debate commission and what affect it might have on Michigan's democratic process with Rick Pluta, Capitol bureau chief for the Michigan Public Radio Network. 

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Politics & Government
1:23 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

GOP candidates for 69th share economic priorities

Frank Lambert (left) and George Nastas III (right) are competing in the republican primary to represent Michigan's 69th district.
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Michigan’s 69th House district covers parts of the cities of Lansing and East Lansing, as well as Meridian and Williamston Townships. It’s one of the state’s most culturally diverse political districts and historically, the 69th has leaned Democratic.

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Politics & Government
12:54 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

Congressman Kildee on Vassar plan: 'These kids are in danger'

Cong. Kildee says people should not confuse the current humanitarian crisis with immigration issues.
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Many in our state are closely watching events in Vassar, Michigan. The community 65 miles northeast of Lansing in Genesee County could become the temporary home of 60 to 120 mostly young refugees from Central America.

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Politics & Government
12:35 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

Eighth District Dems decry lack of public forums

Four Democrats are campaigning together as each seeks their party's nomination for Michigan's 8th congressional district. The incumbent, Mike Rogers (R-Brighton) is leaving Congress at the end of his term. The Michigan primary election will be held August 5. From left: Eric Schertzing, Ken Darga, Jeff Hank and Susan Grettenberger.
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It’s not uncommon in small political races for several candidates to run together as a slate to fill a number of vacancies. For example, candidates for the local school board sometimes appear together as a unit, in hopes voters will sweep them all into office.

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Politics & Government
5:39 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

Non-Union Builders Challenge Local Wage Floors

An association of non-union construction companies has asked the state Supreme Court to strike down local prevailing wage laws.

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Politics & Government
5:25 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

House Panel Looks To Relax Fines For Driving Without License, Proof Of Insurance

State lawmakers will be back in Lansing Wednesday for their only scheduled session day in July.

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Politics & Government
12:33 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

Mediator: Lansing church dispute at an impasse

Bishop Maxwell says the dispute is not a theological one, but rather an administrative disagreement.
Credit Nicole Strobel

The sign on the vacant church building on Pleasant Grove in south Lansing says “Friendship Baptist,” but in recent months relations between two groups within the congregation have been anything but friendly.

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Politics & Government
4:44 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

Michigan Files Tax Liens Against CIA

Michigan has filed three tax liens against the Central Intelligence Agency.

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Politics & Government
12:53 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

Human services agencies pledge reforms in wake of scathing audits

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Twice in the past month, auditors have found serious problems at Michigan human services agencies. Last week, a report from the state auditor’s office found the Michigan Department of Human Services has failed to investigate cases of suspected adult abuse and to adequately train its staff.

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Politics & Government
12:43 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

State listens to concerns of hearing impaired

Accurate sign language interpretation is crucial in settings like courtrooms and medical facilities.
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Last week, new regulations took effect governing how sign language interpreters are used is places like courtrooms and hospitals in Michigan.

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Politics & Government
1:08 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

WATCH NOW: Michigan Calling with Mark Schauer

Fri. July 11 at 9 AM | Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mark Schauer takes questions from a  statewide public radio audience.

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Politics & Government
8:48 am
Fri July 11, 2014

Watch 'Michigan Calling' LIVE

Watch the LIVE VIDEO WEBCAST with Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mark Schauer.

Politics & Government
5:11 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

Medicaid Expansion Sign-Ups Hit 1-Year Target In Just 4 Months

Michigan’s expanded Medicaid program has already hit its 2014 sign-up goal in less than four months.

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Politics & Government
1:24 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

Personal Property Tax reform reflects mistrust between legislature, municipalities

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On August 5th, Michigan voters will head to the polls to select who goes on to represent each party in November’s general election. They’ll also be asked to vote on Proposal 1, which is the first step in what has been a long-fought effort to reform the state’s Personal Property Tax.

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12:48 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

‘Michigan Calling’ Series Kicks Off with Mark Schauer

Friday, July 11, at 9am on 90.5 FM and LIVE VIDEO WEBCAST. | Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mark Schauer takes questions from a  statewide public radio audience.

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Politics & Government
5:26 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

Another Audit Says Michigan Has Failed To Protect Vulnerable Adults

A new state audit is again calling into question how well the state protects vulnerable adults.

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Politics & Government
12:02 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

Peters: Still no response from Land about senate debates

Congressman Gary Peters (D-Detroit), at the podium.
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It’s been four weeks since Democratic Congressman Gary Peters proposed a series of five debates with his opponent in the race for the U.S. Senate from Michigan. He will (likely) face former Republican Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land in November.

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Politics & Government
11:54 am
Wed July 2, 2014

State Rep pushes corrections reform, prisoner rehab

Rep Haveman says that locking people up without concern for their rehabilitation is one of the biggest issues in the corrections system.
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In a recent op-ed, Republican State Representative Joe Haveman of Holland describes coming to Lansing five years ago to advance principles of limited government and restrained spending. He goes on to describe how his commitment to those principles unexpectedly led him to advocate reforms to Michigan’s $2 billion a year correctional system.

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Politics & Government
12:18 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

Cooley Law professor breaks down Hobby Lobby ruling

Schindler says the ruling may have some unanticipated consequences in the future.
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The Supreme Court of the United States ruled yesterday that the craft company Hobby Lobby can be exempted from paying for certain types of employee birth control.

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Politics & Government
11:44 am
Mon June 30, 2014

Month in Review: June's biggest news stories

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June has come and just about gone. The Governor signed budgets this month, though not for a comprehensive road funding package as many had hoped. Primary candidates traded jabs, and the Detroit Free Press shined an intense light on the state’s charter schools and it has generated a lot of discussion.

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Politics & Government
1:42 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

Bridge Magazine assesses Detroit's Duggan at six months

Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan
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Among Detroit’s many challenges, one painful reality is the decreasing population. The city’s become known for surreal, sparsely settled ‘urban prairies’ that thousands of residents used to call home. 

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Politics & Government
1:32 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

Canadian Consul: new Detroit bridge a priority

Consul General Douglas George
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Canada has a new Consul General in Detroit. Douglas George has more than 30 years of experience in Canada’s foreign service, including working on the creation of the World Trade Organization and representing his country in places like Jamaica and Kuwait.

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Politics & Government
2:30 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

Eighth District candidates reflect GOP differences

Pluta says republican primary voters are being asked to make a choice between a classic 'bring home the bacon' legislator and a more ideological congressman.
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We’re down to fewer than six weeks before primary elections in Michigan. Michigan Public Radio Network Managing Editor Rick Pluta updates Current State on some of the races and other stories.

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Politics & Government
1:57 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

EL city attorney position stirs emotion

Jeff Hank
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Voters in East Lansing may decide whether to alter policy involving the city’s attorneys. Two East Lansing activists claim the city could save money and avoid potential conflicts of interest by hiring a full-time municipal lawyer. The East Lansing City Council already has that option, but often opts to contract legal work hourly to private firms.

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