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Politics & Government
4:11 pm
Tue March 31, 2015

Famed LGBT Advocate To Argue For Michigan In SCOTUS Marriage Case

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The legal team fighting Michigan’s same-sex marriage ban has settled on a well-known litigator for LGBT rights to argue the case before the US Supreme Court.

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Politics & Government
1:22 pm
Tue March 31, 2015

Gov. Snyder Open To Deal For State To Assume Detroit Public School Debt

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Governor Rick Snyder is open to a plan for the state to take over debt from Detroit Public Schools.

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Politics & Government
11:36 am
Tue March 31, 2015

Month in Review: RFRA’s future in MI, Prop 1 update

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March is almost behind us. In and around the state Capitol, the month included more questions about the fate of Proposal 1, some tension inside both major parties regarding priorities including education, and improving employment numbers.

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Politics & Government
4:51 pm
Fri March 27, 2015

Michigan’s Defense Of Same-Sex Marriage Ban Delivered To Supreme Court

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Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette's office has delivered the state's defense of its same-sex marriage ban to the US Supreme Court.

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Politics & Government
4:40 pm
Fri March 27, 2015

Court Of Appeals Refuses To Toss Staffer Lawsuit Against Lawmaker

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The Michigan Court of Appeals has rejected a lawmaker’s attempt to use legislative immunity to fend off a sexual harassment lawsuit.

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Politics & Government
11:47 am
Fri March 27, 2015

Ex-Kellogg lobbyist on 30 years of Capitol Hill arm-twisting

For three decades, George Franklin lobbied on behalf of the most famous tiger in the world. Franklin is the former Vice President of Worldwide Government Relations for the Kellogg Company of Battle Creek. Obviously, the tiger is “Tony.” In his book, “Raisin Bran and other Cereal Wars", Franklin writes that the role of a lobbyist is widely misunderstood.

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Politics & Government
4:46 pm
Thu March 26, 2015

Legislature Takes Aim At MEDC In Budget Proposal

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State lawmakers are taking bites out of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation budget.

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Politics & Government
3:52 pm
Thu March 26, 2015

House Approves Bill To Cut Welfare Payments If Kids Persistently Miss School

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A bill to end cash assistance for families with truant children has cleared the state House.

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Politics & Government
4:21 pm
Wed March 25, 2015

MI Jobless Rate Drops To 5.9%

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Michigan’s monthly unemployment rate has dropped to its lowest point in 14 years.

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Politics & Government
5:24 pm
Tue March 24, 2015

Legislative Project Would Repeal Outdated Criminal Offenses

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The state House has begun an effort to scrub outdated laws from the books and shrink the size of Michigan’s criminal code.

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Politics & Government
4:42 pm
Tue March 24, 2015

Model Civil Rights Ordinance For Local Governments Includes LGBT Protections

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The state Civil Rights Commission hopes to help local governments draft non-discrimination laws.

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Politics & Government
2:30 pm
Mon March 23, 2015

Requiring Police To Wear Body Cams, State Lawmakers Could Try Again

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A bill in the state House would require on-duty police officers to wear body cameras.

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Politics & Government
11:39 am
Mon March 23, 2015

Lansing PAC teaches winning campaign strategies

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There’s been a lot of attention this year on the road funding proposal that will go before Michigan voters in a special election on May 5, but later this year, many political jurisdictions including the city of Lansing will hold primary elections in August and a general election in November. The Lansing Regional Chamber Political Action Committee is teaching techniques for candidates preparing to campaign. It’s a non-partisan group that endorses candidates with a pro-business, pro-economic development platform.

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Politics & Government
3:10 pm
Fri March 20, 2015

State Lawmakers Considering Legal Driving Limit For THC

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Some state lawmakers say it’s time to set a legal driving limit for THC – the main psychoactive chemical in marijuana.

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Politics & Government
2:57 pm
Thu March 19, 2015

School Bake Sales Could Make A Comeback Under Bill Approved By State Senate

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Michigan schools could hold up to three bake sales per week during school hours under a bill approved by the state Senate.

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Politics & Government
10:54 am
Wed March 18, 2015

Moss makes quick trip from MSU student to state Rep

Rep. Jeremy Ross (D-Southfield), right, with Current State guest host Sue Carter.
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State Representative Jeremy Moss was elected last fall to the district 35 seat in the Michigan House, based in Southfield. It's a mild surprise that he replaces the member he worked for, Rudy Hobbs. Maybe the even bigger surprise is that Moss graduated from Michigan State University's School of Journalism not quite seven years ago.

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Politics & Government
5:20 pm
Tue March 17, 2015

House Rejects Amendments To Adoption Law

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The state House is poised to vote Wednesday that would allow faith-based adoption agencies in Michigan to turn away couples based on a religious objection to their lifestyle.

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Politics & Government
4:56 pm
Tue March 17, 2015

Democrats Unveil Bills Meant To Make State Government More Transparent

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New bills at the state Capitol seek to make state government more transparent.

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Politics & Government
4:42 pm
Fri March 13, 2015

Audit: MDOT Falling Down On Bridge Inspections

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A state Auditor General’s report has found problems with Michigan’s bridge inspection program.

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Politics & Government
1:23 pm
Fri March 13, 2015

Interim BWL chief criticizes capital project’s “hidden costs”

Dick Peffley, Interim Manager for the Lansing Board of Water and Light
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For two months, our first guest has been navigating highly publicized change at the Lansing Board of Water and Light. Dick Peffley’s retirement was interrupted in mid-January when he was asked to serve as interim General Manager of the city-owned utility after the sudden dismissal of Peter Lark. Peffley spent 38-years at the Board of Water and Light in several managerial positions including as Executive Director of Operations and once before as interim General Manager. When he accepted the job, he commented “I want to do what’s best for the BWL and our cu

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Politics & Government
4:53 pm
Thu March 12, 2015

Michigan Activists To Launch Marijuana Legalization Initiative

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A group of activists says 2016 is the year to legalize marijuana in Michigan.

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Politics & Government
11:50 am
Thu March 12, 2015

MI Film Office director weighs in on subsidy fight

Michigan Film Office Director Jenell Leonard (right), with Current State host Mark Bashore.
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Many Republicans in Lansing are calling for an end to film industry subsidies. They say the program hasn’t been effective in creating jobs in Michigan, and the money would be better spent elsewhere. For instance, eliminating the subsidies is one idea being considered as an alternative to the plan going before voters in May that would increase the state sales tax to raise money for road repairs. Yesterday, the state House approved a bill eliminating the video industry tax incentives in October.

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Politics & Government
5:40 pm
Wed March 11, 2015

State House Approves Ending Michigan’s Film Incentives

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A bill to end Michigan’s tax incentives for the film industry has cleared the state House.

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Politics & Government
11:27 am
Wed March 11, 2015

Michigan IT chief details threats to cyber security

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What happens in Michigan 730,000 times a day? According to the Michigan Department of Technology, Management and Budget, that's the number of times daily that someone tries to hack into a state government computer. Officials are quick to point out that virtually all are detected and quickly stopped. Still, it requires a comprehensive and expensive cyber security effort to stay ahead of the threat. Officials say the number of attempts will rise.

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Politics & Government
3:55 pm
Tue March 10, 2015

State Senate Says Landlords Can Prohibit Tenants From Using Medical Marijuana

Legislation approved Tuesday by the state Senate would let landlords ban tenants from using medical marijuana in rental units.

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Politics & Government
3:51 pm
Tue March 10, 2015

Snyder: Film Credits Should Be Phased Out, Not Shut Down

Governor Rick Snyder says he’s opposed to abruptly scrapping Michigan’s incentives to attract film and video productions.

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Politics & Government
11:34 am
Mon March 9, 2015

Michigan Calling: Gov. Snyder takes your questions

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The Michigan Public Radio Network presents "Michigan Calling."  Governor Rick Snyder answers listeners' questions on a variety of topics.  Hosted by MPRN Statehouse Bureau Chief Rick Pluta.

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Politics & Government
2:44 pm
Fri March 6, 2015

Speaker Cotter Has Bipartisan Support For Asset Forfeiture Changes

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There’s bipartisan interest in the state Legislature in protecting Michiganders from having property unfairly seized by police.

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Politics & Government
5:39 pm
Wed March 4, 2015

Faith-Based Adoption Bills Headed To House Floor

Bills to allow faith-based adoption agencies to turn away LGBT couples or anyone else for religious or moral reasons were adopted Wednesday by a state House committee on party-line votes.

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Politics & Government
2:55 pm
Wed March 4, 2015

Michigan’s Film Incentives Move Closer To Their Demise In State Legislature

A bill to eliminate Michigan’s film incentives is advancing in the state House.

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