Politics & Government

Politics & Government
4:15 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

For Absentee Voters, Election Day May Have Already Come And Gone

We’re two weeks away from Election Day, but for a lot of voters, it’s already come and gone.

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Politics & Government
4:55 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

Snyder Approves “Right-To-Try” Law

Governor Rick Snyder has signed a bill to allow terminally ill patients to try experimental therapies when other options have failed.

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Politics & Government
1:25 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

ELECTION 2014: former MSU Trustees lend perspective on this year's race

The John A. Hannah Administration Building at MSU.
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Voters in Michigan will elect members of the governing boards of Michigan State University, the University of Michigan and Wayne State University on November 4th. At MSU, incumbent democrats George Perles and Faylene Owen are running to keep their seats for another eight years. Republicans have nominated Melanie Foster and Jeff Sakwa; Foster was on the board for ten years, but lost her bid for re-election two years ago, and Sakwa also ran unsuccessfully in 2012. There also are candidates from the Green, Libertarian, U.S. Taxpayers and Natural Law parties on the ballot.

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Politics & Government
12:27 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

Local politico says we ask too much of voters

Along with his decades of service as an Ingham County Commissioner, Mark Grebner runs Practical Political Consulting in Lansing.
Credit WKAR

Much of the interest in next month’s mid-term election involves our national politics. There’s interest in whether the GOP will regain a majority in the U.S. Senate and in the hundreds of millions of dollars of outside spending across the country, often by anonymous groups. It may be good to remember the dictum often attributed to former Speaker of the U.S. House Tip O’Neill:  "All politics is local." So, do voters pay enough attention to local issues? How important are local and regional matters?

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Politics & Government
12:21 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

Job Discrimination, 4th Amendment highlight SCOTUS session

The U.S. Supreme Court building in Washington D.C.
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The U.S. Supreme Court has begun its new session, and the cases the court has decided not to hear have been getting a lot of attention. The cases the court will hear are highlighted by issues related to unreasonable searches and seizures, and employment discrimination.

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Politics & Government
1:02 pm
Mon October 13, 2014

In only debate, Snyder, Schauer address familiar themes

"Monday Morning Quarterbacking" around the state involves more than football today. Michigan’s main Gubernatorial candidates squared off in a town hall style debate last night. Republican incumbent Rick Snyder and Democratic challenger Mark Schauer appeared before a TV studio audience of undecided voters in Detroit. Viewers in mid-Michigan saw the town hall on WKAR-TV.

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Politics & Government
1:00 pm
Mon October 13, 2014

State to make recommendations on juvenile justice reforms

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A lot has changed when it comes to the way we approach juvenile justice in the past couple of decades. In the mid 1990s, Michigan was one of a number of states that took a “tough on youth crime” stance, enacting laws that locked up more kids, even for non-violent crimes. Activists and academics alike challenged harsh sentences in favor of community based alternatives.

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Politics & Government
12:51 pm
Mon October 13, 2014

Local candidate forum gives voice to youth issues

Tonight, candidates for three state House and two state Senate districts will meet in Lansing for a candidates’ forum. These public events are fairly routine in the weeks leading up to a big election, but this one puts a twist on the usual format. Current State’s Kevin Lavery reports that the candidates who’ll face this group of questioners will not be getting their vote on November 4. This forum will be run by middle and high school students from grades 7 through 12.

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Politics & Government
11:11 am
Fri October 10, 2014

MI Justices Young, McCormack on courts' roles

The Michigan Supreme Court chambers
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The seven justices of the Michigan Supreme Court are hearing oral arguments this week in cases ranging from public school employee pensions to rules governing damages awarded for personal injuries. Most of the time, the justices do their work away from the media spotlight, re-surfacing to announce their  decisions. Earlier this week, Current State spoke with two members of the High Court: Chief Justice Robert Young and Justice Bridget McCormack.

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Politics & Government
12:34 pm
Wed October 8, 2014

League of Women Voters continues historic role in urging turnout

The November 4 general election is now less than 30 days away. Candidates for a variety of offices are introducing themselves to potential constituents to make their case for why they deserve their vote. Tonight in East Lansing, eight city school board candidates will discuss their views at a public forum. The event is sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Michigan. It’s an organization that takes its voter education mission very seriously.

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Politics & Government
2:57 pm
Tue October 7, 2014

WATCH NOW: Terri Lynn Land on Michigan Calling

Rick Pluta and Terri Lynn Land

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Terri Lynn Land takes questions from a statewide public radio audience.

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Politics & Government
2:51 pm
Tue October 7, 2014

WATCH NOW: Gary Peters on Michigan Calling

Rick Pluta and Gary Peters

Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Gary Peters takes questions from a statewide public radio audience.

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Politics & Government
10:38 am
Mon October 6, 2014

Ahead of new cases, MI Supreme Court justices describe their roles

The Michigan Supreme Court chambers
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Every year, October is when the state’s highest court, the Michigan Supreme Court, begins hearing oral arguments. That process is set to start tomorrow at the State Capitol building.

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Politics & Government
5:24 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

State Lawmakers Debate Bill Aimed At Reducing Homelessness

It looks like a bipartisan bill meant to reduce homelessness in Michigan has stalled.

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Politics & Government
11:20 am
Tue September 30, 2014

Month in Review: September's biggest news stories | WKAR

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Rick Pluta of the Michigan Public Radio Network revisits several of September's biggest Michigan news stories with state capitol reporters Jonathan Oosting of MLive and Inside Michigan Politics publisher Susan Demas.

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Politics & Government
5:40 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

AG’s Office To Investigate Aramark Employee Accused In ‘Murder-For-Hire’ Plot

State Attorney General Bill Schuette says his office will investigate a possible murder-for-hire plot involving a prison food service worker.

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Politics & Government
3:35 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

Snyder: US, Not Canada, Should Pay For Customs Plaza

Governor Rick Snyder is expressing frustration that the US government still hasn’t ponied up the money to pay for a new customs plaza to go along with the new international bridge in Detroit.

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Politics & Government
4:25 pm
Fri September 26, 2014

State Board Completes Detroit EM Wrapup

A loan board has approved some of the final steps that make up the state’s role in Detroit’s bankruptcy.

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Politics & Government
5:14 pm
Wed September 24, 2014

Snyder: Detroit EM Should Maintain A Role With City Through Bankruptcy

Governor Rick Snyder says he’d like to see Detroit emergency manager Kevyn Orr stick around even if the mayor and city council vote this week to remove him.

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Politics & Government
5:11 pm
Wed September 24, 2014

Insurers Would Be Required To Offer Abortion Insurance Under Democrats’ Bill

Democrats in state House and Senate say all Michigan insurance companies should be required to offer abortion coverage.

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Politics & Government
12:27 pm
Wed September 24, 2014

Local chemical castration case raises ethical, medical issues

Ingham County Circuit Court Judge Rosemarie Aquilina
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In the last thirty years, a Lansing resident by the name of David Lee Arnold has been convicted of indecent exposure 17 times, that’s according to the Lansing State Journal. Today, Arnold will appear in Ingham County Circuit Court to receive his sentencing for exposing his genitals at three different coffee shops in East Lansing and Meridian Township since 2013. Current State has learned that it’s expected that part of his sentencing agreement with Judge Rosemarie Aquilina today will include the requirement that Arnold must be injected with a medication called Depo-Lupron. Both Arnold’s attorney and the Ingham County Prosecutor’s office declined to comment.

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Politics & Government
5:53 pm
Tue September 23, 2014

Governor Snyder Close To Supporting Medical Marijuana Dispensaries, Edibles

It looks like Governor Rick Snyder could be close to supporting bills that would relax restrictions on medical marijuana in Michigan.

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Politics & Government
4:46 pm
Tue September 23, 2014

Governor Signs Law To Allow Service In Lieu Of Driver Fees

Governor Rick Snyder has approved a bill to allow people who owe driver’s fees for traffic offenses to pay off their debt with community service.

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Politics & Government
3:58 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

Lt. Governor Calley Says He’ll Push For Better Employment For Disabled People

Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley says he’ll push for policies to give people with disabilities better job opportunities.

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Politics & Government
12:50 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

More questions about Aramark contract after hearing, arrest

Aramark Logo
Credit Aramark

There’s been more controversy this week involving Aramark. That’s the beleaguered food service company contracted to serve Michigan prisons. Yesterday at a meeting of the state civil service commission, one member said he felt mislead when told of a $98,000 dollar fine against the company that had actually been dropped.

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Politics & Government
12:30 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

Local firefighters train for difficult rescues

Firefighters must sometimes rescue victims trapped in confined spaces, like underground equipment rooms.
Kevin Lavery/WKAR

A number of firefighting crews have been camped out along a main road at Michigan State University for the last couple of days. They’ve been taking part in an annual training exercise to learn how to rescue victims trapped in confined spaces. Current State’s Kevin Lavery reports that it turns out MSU has an ideal spot for this type of instruction.

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Politics & Government
1:36 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

Ingham judge spotlights flaws, illegality in court funding

Thomas Boyd, chief judge, Ingham County 55th District Court
Credit http://dc.ingham.org/

Michigan courts, especially District Courts, assess criminal defendants all sorts of fines and fees. This revenue is crucial for cities and counties, and these fines and fees vary widely across Michigan. Ingham County relies on them for $800,000 of its annual budget. The District Court in East Lansing, according to city budget numbers, has netted the city $3-million a year for the past three years. It’s one of the only departments that actually makes money for the city.

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Politics & Government
11:28 am
Tue September 16, 2014

Land campaign ducks MSU student debate request

Terri Lynn Land in one of her TV ads.
Credit TV Campaign Ad

Where in Michigan is Terri Lynn Land? With the November election fast approaching for Michigan’s first open Senate seat in 20 years, many are wondering where the GOP candidate has been. She’s taken heat for not publicizing her campaign schedule, for avoiding the media, and for refusing to debate her Democratic challenger, Congressman Gary Peters.

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Politics & Government
4:47 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

DNR Says Drilling Not OK Under Old Growth Forest

The rights to drill under a landmark old-growth forest in northern Michigan are off the auction block.

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Politics & Government
12:08 pm
Thu September 11, 2014

Outgoing state health leader reflects on eventful career

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James Haveman has enjoyed a long career in public health in Michigan, including several in key leadership positions. Twice the director of the Michigan Department of Community Health, Haveman’s last day in that position is next Monday.

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