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The Michigan Senate has passed a bill that would create a funding board to help pay for infrastructure improvements in Flint. We talk with the Michigan Public Radio Network’s Cheyna Roth about that and the race for two seats on the Michigan Supreme Court.

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Branding can make all the difference, especially when it comes to the candidates running for President. We speak to a University of Detroit marketing professor about the unique ways Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton have decided to market themselves during this historic run for President.

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We talk with GOP Rep. Tom Barrett about his bid for re-election against the Democrat he narrowly defeated in 2014, Theresa Abed.

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A joint investigation finds over a third of Michigan’s state legislators have had connections to so-called 527 accounts. The accounts enable politicians to accept cash that’s often difficult to trace. Mlive’s Emily Lawler and the Michigan Campaign Finance Network’s Craig Mauger join us to explain how it works.

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Two years ago, Democratic State Rep. Theresa Abed lost her seat in Michigan’s 71st House district by less than 150 votes.  Now, Abed is trying to reclaim her spot at the Capitol.  

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A Flint family is pursuing a grand jury investigation into Gov. Rick Snyder, alleging misconduct. They claim thata he's breaking the law by spending taxpayer money to defend himself against legal challenges relating to the Flint Water crisis. We talk with complainant Keri Webber of Flint and her attorney, Mark Brewer.

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You’ve been hearing NPR’s Divided States series this election season on Morning Edition. Now, Current State takes brings you Mid-Michigan voter views of the presidential candidates in our own Divided State feature.

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New Jersey Democrat Cory Booker turned a lot of heads during his tenure as the mayor of Newark. His popularity helped propel him into the U.S. Senate in 2013. We talk with Sen. Booker about stumping for Hillary Clinton in Michigan.

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Current State talks with the women who make up the Two Chicks Speakers Bureau, Kathy Hoestra and Susan Demas, about the upcoming election.

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Republican Mike Bishop wants to return to Washington to represent Lansing and East Lansing for a second term in the U.S. House. We ask the former state legislator about his record and why he thinks he deserves another term representing the 8th district.

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We discuss the race for congress in Michigan’s 8th district with Suzanna Shkreli. She’s the Democrat who’s hoping to unseat incumbent Republican Mike Bishop.

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We talk with Don Gonyea of NPR about his early days in radio at MSU, and his work covering politics around the country and at the White House.

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The first presidential debate was last night. Rick Pluta of the Michigan Public Radio Network and Emily Lawler of MLive discuss the first face-to-face meeting between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.

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Current State Guest host Kyle Melinn talks with Gretchen Driskell about her bid for congress. The Democrat hopes to win the seat now held by Republican Tim Walberg.

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Lock them up and throw away the key? A new study shows that may not be the answer victims of crime want.