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Political roundup: Independent voters likely to sway November election

6/22/2018
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The Pew Research Center recently released a report on midterm voting that found more voters are engaged earlier this election year. “Compared with recent midterms, more voters say their view of the president – positive or negative – will influence their vote for Congress," the report said. “A 60 percent majority say they consider their midterm vote as essentially a vote either for Donald Trump (26 percent) or against him (34 percent). These are among the highest shares saying their view of...

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Candidates tried to set themselves apart at first Democratic gubernatorial debate

6/21/2018
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The three top Democratic candidates for Michigan governor debated last night on WOOD-TV in Grand Rapids. Shri Thanedar, Gretchen Whitmer, and Dr. Abdul El-Sayed had one hour to make their case to voters. One candidate presented himself as an immigrant success story, another as the son of immigrants, and the third as the only one with experience in governing. Adrian Hemond is a Democratic political strategist with Grassroots Midwest . He sat down with Stateside to discuss what stood out at...

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Stateside 6.19.2018

6/19/2018
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Today on Stateside , the archbishop of Detroit responds to the separation of migrant families under the Trump administration's "zero tolerance" policy. Plus, writer Steve Lehto will soon set out on a Great Lakes canoe trip inspired by the 19th century explorer and former Detroit mayor Douglass Houghton. To hear individual interviews, click here or see below:

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Michigan Truth Squad: Bill Schuette’s record on pollution under fire

6/18/2018
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Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette, a Republican candidate for governor, frequently touts his conservative credentials by mentioning his opposition to environmental protections rolled out under President Barack Obama.

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State board to take up redistricting ballot question this week

6/18/2018
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The proposal to change how Michigan draws the lines for congressional and legislative districts is about to go on the ballot. But, will it stay there? The question to create an independent commission to handle the job of redistricting is poised to become Proposal 2 on the November ballot. The group that gives the OK to what questions make it on the ballot meets Wednesday.

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Stateside 6.15.2018

6/15/2018
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Today on Stateside, lawsuits against opioid manufacturers in Michigan face steep odds thanks to 1995 law. Plus, a summery cocktail to cool down on this very hot weekend. To hear individual interviews, click here or see below.

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Bipartisan law aims to protect Michiganders from warrantless federal searches

6/15/2018
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The Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution reads, “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.” Yet, in January, Congress and the President extended warrantless surveillance of phone calls, emails,...

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Political roundup: the good, the bad, and the ugly in the new state budget

6/15/2018
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The Michigan Legislature approved a budget this week right before leaving for the summer recess. It would be impossible to go over everything in the budget, so Stateside sat down with two commentators to discuss some notable parts. Vicki Barnett is a former Mayor of Farmington Hills and Democratic legislator, and Ken Sikkema is a Senior Policy Fellow with Public Sector Consultants and the former Republican majority leader in the state Senate. In past years, the legislature took much longer...

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Michigan Truth Squad: Bill Schuette talks tough on Line 5 pipeline

6/15/2018
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In Michigan politics these days, one environmental issue seems to trump all others: Line 5. The 645-mile oil pipeline has become a magnet for environmental concerns. That’s largely due to its age (65-years old); the checkered transparency record of its Canadian owner, Enbridge Energy; and because its section of twin pipelines stretches beneath Straits of Mackinac, the gateway between Lake Michigan and Lake Huron.

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Planned Parenthood calls legislative budget cuts a politically expedient move

6/13/2018
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The Michigan Legislature has approved a new budget that cuts funding to Planned Parenthood . The new provision would stop money for family planning and reproductive services from going to any group that also performs abortions. This budget now heads to Governor Snyder’s desk for final approval. Lori Carpentier is president and CEO of Planned Parenthood Advocates of Michigan. She spoke with Stateside about implications of these potential cuts.

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160 years ago, Marshall residents united to save a family from slave catchers

6/13/2018
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In the 1840s, a black family fleeing slavery found refuge in Marshall, Michigan. Only a few years later, after settling into their new home, relatives of their former owners arrived to capture and return them to Kentucky. But the town of Marshall, including the sheriff and prominent white and black citizens, stepped in to protect the family. This week marks 160 years since Giltner v. Gorham , the case between the Kentucky slave owner Francis Giltner and the citizens of Marshall he sued for...

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Toledo and its suburbs spar over water costs

6/13/2018
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The city of Toledo, Ohio and its suburbs are arguing about how to properly charge for water. The disagreement stems the 2014 toxic cyanobacteria bloom in Lake Erie that shut down of the city's water system Sarah Elms , a reporter with The Toledo Blade, joined Stateside to explain what's happening.

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What did the Michigan legislature accomplish before summer break?

6/13/2018
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The Michigan Legislature has officially begun its summer vacation. Before they left, legislators considered a number of complicated issues, including Medicaid work requirements and school safety proposals. To sort out the latest from the state capitol, Michigan Radio’s Morning Edition host Doug Tribou spoke with Rick Pluta, the Lansing bureau chief for the Michigan Public Radio Network.

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Update: Group opposed to redistricting ballot asks MI Supreme Court for ruling

6/13/2018
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Update, June 13 at 10:30 a.m.: The group Citizens Protecting Michigan’s Constitution has filed an appeal with the state Supreme Court and asked the justices to put an immediate hold on the lower court decision that would place the question on the November ballot. The lower court asked the Supreme Court to act before the Board of State Canvassers schedules its next meeting to comply with the order. Now, it’s up to the Supreme Court justices to decide whether to grant the motion while they...

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Checking in with the 2018 gubernatorial candidates: Brian Calley

6/12/2018
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In preparation for the November elections, Stateside has been sitting down with the candidates for Michigan governor. Michigan's Lt. Governor Brian Calley is one of those candidates. He's served as Governor Snyder's second in command since 2011, and he was a representative in the Michigan House form 2007 to 2011. Calley sat down with Stateside’s Lester Graham to discuss education, school safety, and environmental concerns. Listen to the full interview above, or read highlights below. Let’s...

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Consumers Energy spends tens of millions in dark money to defeat legislators, limit competition

6/12/2018
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Reporters and activists have been piecing together information on a couple of political organizations funded by Consumer's Energy. Those organizations have been targeting politicians who support opening up the energy market in Michigan.

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Stateside 6.11.2018

6/11/2018
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Today on Stateside , we hear from a Michigan adoptee who spent decades trying to get his birth records from the state. Plus, how Canadian retaliation against Trump tarriffs could impact Michigan. To listen to individual interviews, click here or see below:

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Trump tariffs will force “dollar for dollar” retaliation says Canadian diplomat

6/11/2018
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Things got worse for trade between the U.S. and Canada as our neighbors to the north announced retaliatory tariffs in response to the Trump administration's tariffs on steel and aluminum from Canada and other U.S. allies. President Trump is taking it personally, expressing his outrage and insulting Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Twitter.

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Michigan Truth Squad: Michigan Republican Tonya Schuitmaker attacks foe on DACA

6/11/2018
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With less than three months until its Lansing convention, the two Republican candidates for Michigan attorney general are pitching their message to a small, impassioned audience: the estimated 2,000 delegates who will choose between House Speaker Tom Leonard and state Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker.

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Michigan Truth Squad: Bill Schuette says Michigan is ‘last’ in third-grade reading

6/7/2018
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Bill Schuette, Michigan’s attorney general and the frontrunner in the Republican primary for governor, has a line he offers in stump speeches and, last week, on a debate stage at the Mackinac Policy Conference. Michigan, he says, is last in the nation in third-grade reading. Is that true? There’s no doubt education is a big issue for candidates running for governor, and for good reason. Standardized tests show Michigan students are learning less than students in most other states. The...

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