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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.

Duration:00:49:56

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,...

Duration:00:06:50

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...

Duration:00:05:56

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.

Duration:00:03:12

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...

Duration:00:09:22

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.

Duration:00:06:23

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.

Duration:00:04:54

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...

Duration:00:03:37

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...

Duration:00:17:22

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.

Duration:00:07:15

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:

Duration:00:50:02

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.

Duration:00:06:29

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.

Duration:00:03:45

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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After 8 years of GOP control, Schuette wants Michiganders to re-visit Granholm's legacy

6/4/2018
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Jennifer Granholm has been out of Michigan's gubernatorial office for over seven years. But, this year, her name is back in the spotlight. With Republicans running the show in Lansing for the past eight years, it has been especially hard for GOP gubernatorial candidates to run on the basis of change. This election is expected to be a referendum on Donald Trump and the way Republicans are managing things in Washington D.C., or the legacy of Rick Snyder. But, Bill Schuette wants it to be...

Duration:00:03:42

Week of policy talks, schmoozing wraps up on Mackinac Island

6/1/2018
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The Detroit Regional Chamber’s Mackinac Island Policy Conference wraps up today. Michigan Radio’s It’s Just Politics team was there listening to speeches and talking to state leaders about policy, petitions, and politics. Rick Pluta, Michigan Radio's Capitol Bureau Chief and Zoe Clark, Michigan Radio programming director and resident political junkie spoke with Stateside about some of the highlights of the conference.

Duration:00:11:01

Stateside 5.31.2018

5/31/2018
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On Stateside today, House Speaker Tom Leonard talks next steps on marijuana legalization, paid sick leave, and community mental health. Plus: Why is pickleball America's fastest growing sport? To hear individual interviews, click here or see below.

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State House speaker talks marijuana, paid sick leave, and community mental health

5/31/2018
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Michigan’s decision-makers are gathered this week on Mackinac Island for the annual Detroit Policy Conference. State House Speaker Tom Leonard is among those attending. He spoke with Stateside about a number of upcoming ballot measures being discussed in the state legislature. Once a voter-driven initiative is certified to be on the ballot, the legislature has 40 days to do one of three things: They can amend and pass it, offer a competing proposal, or do nothing and let it go to the...

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Michigan claims to be the birthplace of Memorial Day. But history says not so fast.

5/30/2018
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For many people Memorial Day marks the unofficial start of summer. But its official purpose is to remember and honor those who gave their lives while serving in the military. Michigan is one of many states that lays claim to being the birthplace of the national holiday. However, like so many things in our nation’s past, Memorial Day stirred up controversy when it was created after the Civil War.

Duration:00:06:17