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Politics & Government
5:24 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

Seniors Could Play An Especially Big Role In Upcoming Election

Michiganders age 50 and over are expected to represent well over half of the voters that show up to the polls on November Fourth.

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Politics & Government
5:13 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

Michigan Supreme Court Order Sets Stage For Appeal Of Juvenile Lifer Opinion

The Michigan Supreme Court won’t reconsider its decision that more than 350 juvenile lifers in state prisons won’t get parole hearings.

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Politics & Government
11:59 am
Thu October 23, 2014

ELECTION 2014: the race for two seats on the LCC board

The November election will result in adding two new members to the LCC Board of Trustees.
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We have another look at the 2014 election today. This time, we consider the race for the Lansing Community College Board of Trustees. The board will have two newcomers next year.

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Politics & Government
5:27 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

Ballot Questions Not The Final Word On Wolf

Michigan voters will get to weigh in on two laws that allowed wolf hunting in the Upper Peninsula.

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Politics & Government
4:21 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

Bill Clinton Stumps For Michigan Democratic Ticket In Flint

Former President Bill Clinton was met with loud applause from a crowd of Democrats in Flint on Wednesday. He was joined on stage by Democratic nominee for governor Mark Schauer (left), Congressman Dan Kildee (Center), candidate for 95th state House district Vanessa Guerra (right), and nominee for U.S. Senate Gary Peters (not pictured).
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Former President Bill Clinton urged Democrats to get out the vote at a rally Wednesday in Flint.

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Politics & Government
12:26 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

Election 2014: Democratic 7th district candidate Pam Byrnes

Pam Byrnes is the Democratic nominee for Michigan's 7th congressional district. She's vying to unseat incumbent Republican Tim Walberg on November 4.
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Democrat Pam Byrnes is running to unseat Republican Tim Walberg in Michigan's 7th congressional district, which includes Eaton County.

Byrnes says she's running because Washington is broken and not serving Michigan families.

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Politics & Government
4:42 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

Snyder Signs Bill Cementing Ban On Tesla Sales In Michigan

Gov. Rick Snyder signed a bill on Tuesday critics are blasting as ‘anti-Tesla’.

Tesla Motors and other auto manufacturers will not be allowed to sell their vehicles direct to customers in Michigan.

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Politics & Government
12:33 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

MiVote - Michigan Supreme Court Forum

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MiVote: Supreme Court Forum is a sit down conversation with three of the eight candidates running for a seat on the Michigan Supreme Court – Judge Deborah A. Thomas, Judge Bill Murphy, and Judge James Robert Redford.

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Politics & Government
12:02 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

Disaffected veterans revive Whig party

The logo of the Modern Whig Party of America is an owl. The last known national meeting held by the Whigs was at the Owl Club in Brooklyn, New York in 1852.
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Election Day is now just two weeks off. Democrats and Republicans in Michigan and across the country are rallying their bases in a final push to get out the vote. Some voters, though, lean towards other political persuasions. There are a handful of smaller parties out there, like the Green Party and the Libertarians. One such party is blowing the dust off an old 19th century name and re-booting for a 21st century world.

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Politics & Government
9:14 am
Tue October 21, 2014

Lansing City Pulse's Mickey Hirten on local elections

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Election day is November 4th, and voters have lots of decisions to make. We have an important state senate race, several local state house races, and there are some important proposals to be decided.

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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.
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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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