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Week in Review: MSP director docked five days' pay and ICE eyes Detroit area for detention center

10/21/2017
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The director of the Michigan State Police will work five days without pay . That's the penalty Gov. Rick Snyder gave Col. Kriste Etue for sharing a Facebook post that called NFL players who kneel during the National Anthem "degenerates." Snyder also ordered all state departments to ensure their policies promote diversity and inclusiveness. This Week in Review, Weekend Edition host Rebecca Kruth and senior news analyst Jack Lessenberry talk about whether the punishment will be enough for...

Duration: 00:04:55


Political roundup: Proposal A plays into Senate plan to send local millage funds to charter schools

10/20/2017
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The Michigan Senate has approved a plan to give local tax dollars to charter schools. It would require any millage for intermediate school districts to be distributed to both public schools and privately-owned charter schools. Four Republican Senators voted against this, as did all of the Democrats. As part of its weekly political roundup, Stateside broke down the issue with Ken Sikkema , a senior policy fellow with Public Sector Consultants and a former Republican majority leader, and Vicki...

Duration: 00:07:39


Flint City Council will talk behind closed doors Friday about judge's deadline on water contract

10/19/2017
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The Flint City Council meets in executive session Friday to discuss its options now that a federal judge is ordering the council to decide on the city’s long-term source of drinking water by Monday. It’s a decision that’s not only tethered to the city’s ongoing water troubles but to its contentious politics.

Duration: 00:03:09


Howes: Even if Detroit doesn’t win Amazon bid, it was a good exercise

10/19/2017
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Today was the deadline for cities to turn in proposals to lure Amazon’s second headquarters. Cities around the nation have been putting together their bids.

Duration: 00:06:11


Stateside 10.18.2017

10/18/2017
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Today on Stateside , a representative from the Michigan Lottery talks school aid, transparency, and what's up with the repeat winners. Also today, despite the teacher shortage, the Detroit schools superintendent says the district is building momentum. And, new legislation aims to curb state agency power, but at what cost?

Duration: 00:48:42


New legislation aims to curb state agency power, but at what cost?

10/18/2017
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Legislation to restrict the authority of state departments has passed the Michigan House and is making its way through the Senate. House Bill 4205 would not let agency rules be any stricter than federal rules without proof that it’s necessary. Environmental groups are concerned. As the Great Lakes state, past legislatures have embraced a role of being a guardian of the lakes. Stricter agency rules were seen as part of the state being a good steward and an example for other states.

Duration: 00:10:25


Lessenberry on auto insurance debate, Flint water, and GM donation to Henry Ford Museum

10/18/2017
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Michigan legislators are debating auto insurance this week. One proposal would let people choose different levels of coverage – dropping the mandatory open-ended catastrophic medical coverage that's in place now. Another plan would prohibit the use of zip codes and credit histories to set rates. Everyone – with the possible exception of the insurance companies – seems to agree rates are too high. Morning Edition host Doug Tribou asks Michigan Radio's senior news analyst Jack Lessenberry if...

Duration: 00:04:35


Flint voters decide next month if they want to recall their mayor

10/18/2017
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Next month, Flint voters will decide if they want to recall their mayor. The unusually large field of candidates may draw an unusually low number of voters to the polls. Karen Weaver insists she’s done a good job as Flint’s mayor. Her emergency declaration drew national attention to Flint’s tainted drinking water, resulting in hundreds of millions of dollars in state and federal aid. Also on her watch, the city has seen tens of millions of dollars in new corporate investment. So why is she...

Duration: 00:03:42


New committee opposing ballot initiative on gerrymandering hints at partisan fight ahead

10/17/2017
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If you’ve been to a fall festival or any kind of carnival in the state lately, chances are there was a booth there for Voters Not Politicians . That group is gathering signatures to get a proposal on the ballot. It wants an independent commission to draw the congressional and legislative districts to avoid gerrymandering districts in favor of one party or the other.

Duration: 00:04:44


Stateside 10.17.2017

10/17/2017
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Today on Stateside , a new committee opposing a ballot initiative on gerrymandering may hint at a partisan fight ahead, and the former EPA administrator defends Obama-era fuel efficiency standards, saying they're good for health.

Duration: 00:48:41


Michigan Democratic Party chair talks fundraising, gerrymandering, and winning in 2018

10/16/2017
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Next year is a big election year for Michigan. We thought we’d check in with party leaders to see what each party’s priorities are. Brandon Dillon , chair of the Michigan Democratic Party, joined Stateside to talk about what the party is focusing on in the run up to the 2018 elections. Currently, Dillon says, the party is assessing voters' concerns.

Duration: 00:09:56


Schuette running against the past

10/16/2017
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Here’s a scoop: We already know who’s on the ballot next year. Even though you won’t see their names in the voting booth. Election 2018 is a little more than a year away but we are looking forward to the past.

Duration: 00:03:37


Week in Review: Colbeck loses committee spots and Snyder's Legionnaires' testimony is questioned

10/14/2017
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A Republican candidate for governor was booted off his Senate committees this week. Sen. Patrick Colbeck (R- Canton) says Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof (R-Grand Haven) ousted him because he attended an event in Meekhoff's district without telling him. This Week in Review, Weekend Edition host Rebecca Kruth and senior news analyst Jack Lessenberry talk about whether this is a case of a rogue politician or just politics as usual.

Duration: 00:04:54


Low-key Lansing mayoral race enters its final month

10/12/2017
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Four weeks from today, Lansing voters will elect the capitol city’s first new mayor in a dozen years. The next mayor will be a departure in style from the current holder of the office. “When I knock, I say I’m Andy Schor. I’m running for mayor,” Andy Schor t old a group of volunteers at his campaign office, before they headed out to knock on doors on a recent Saturday morning. The long campaign is moving into its final month, and Andy Schor is a bit tired. When not working at the state...

Duration: 00:03:26


Lessenberry on Flint water crisis criminal prosecutions and new degree studying medicinal marijuana

10/11/2017
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The criminal prosecutions in the Flint Water crisis are just starting to make their way into the courts. This week, the state's medical officer, Dr. Eden Wells , was supposed to begin a preliminary exam to determine if her case would go to trial, but prosecutors said they're adding charges including involuntary manslaughter . That pushed the exam back to next month. There are 13 defendants who have not pleaded guilty. Only one has actually begun an exam. Morning Edition host Doug Tribou...

Duration: 00:04:42


The disappearing independent voter

10/9/2017
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Are you persuadable? A persuadable voter, that is. The research says, probably not. There’s new research by political scientists at Berkeley and Stanford that says voters in general election campaigns are largely unpersuaded by political ads. And a lot of political pros say this matches with their experience in recent years.

Duration: 00:03:46


Week in Review: A push to track rape kits and another to track bad cops

10/7/2017
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Law enforcement officials and victims of sexual assault in Michigan could soon be able to track the rape kits used to gather evidence. A state budget amendment would set aside money for training and software that keeps track of where a kit is located at each step of an investigation. This Week in Review, Weekend Edition host Rebecca Kruth and senior news analyst Jack Lessenberry talk about why Michigan isn't already using tracking software.

Duration: 00:04:52


Stateside 10.6.2017

10/6/2017
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People are dying in Macomb County's overcrowded jail. Today on Stateside , we learn what role the courts play in those deaths. Also today, a former police chief says private police bills would bring "mercenary policing" to Michigan communities. And, climate activist Bill McKibben says we've made "nowhere near enough" progress in combating climate change. Finally, we cheers to the weekend with a fall drink of Ann Arbor-made whiskey.

Duration: 00:47:41


Former police chief: Private police bills would bring “mercenary policing” to Michigan communities

10/6/2017
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The Republican majority leader in the Senate, Arlan Meekhof, has introduced legislation that would allow city police departments to contract with a private firm for police officers. They'd have all the authority and the protections given to public police officers.

Duration: 00:06:46


Political roundup: What’s the balance between attracting jobs and giving away too much to get them?

10/6/2017
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Wisconsin recently offered up to $3 billion in tax incentives to FoxConn of Taiwan. In Detroit, there have been hundreds of millions of dollars in incentives for a new arena for the Red Wings and Pistons and for developments by businessman Dan Gilbert, as well as huge tax credits for auto manufacturers. Now, states and cities are trying to put together incentives to get Amazon’s new massive Headquarters 2. But the question remains: will citizens actually benefit from their tax dollars...

Duration: 00:08:02

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