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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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...

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

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...

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The disappearing independent voter

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.

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

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

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

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.

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

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...

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CNN reports Michigan, Wisconsin targeted by Facebook ads connected to Russia

Congress is investigating ways Russia tried to meddle in the 2016 election, especially through social media. The Senate Intelligence Committee has asked Facebook, Google, and Twitter to testify at a hearing on Nov. 1. The House Intelligence Committee will do the same sometime this month. Now, an exclusive report from CNN puts Michigan at the center of this investigation – with Russian trolls and Facebook ads.

Duration: 00:06:56

Lessenberry on Las Vegas shooting, term limits, vanity license plates, and Count Day

This week a man shot and killed at least 59 people from his hotel window in Las Vegas . Detroit city councilwoman Janee Ayers has since suggested the idea of banning rifles in hotels facing large public spaces . Governor Snyder said this week that the shooting was a reminder of the importance of being vigilant at Michigan's large venues – for example football stadiums and Ford Field.

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Republicans and Democrats find something to agree on in Lansing

It’s not always gridlock and stalemate in Lansing. The left and right seem to have come together to solve a lingering controversy. But, can it last? A plan in the state Legislature that would hurry up getting rid of driver responsibility fees appears to be on a fast track in Lansing. These fees are surcharges tacked onto traffic fines. Lawmakers approved them in 2003 in order to fill what was then a big hole in the state budget.

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Week in Review: MSP director sparks controversy with Facebook post and Pence visits Michigan

Michigan's state police director this week jumped into the debate over the decision of some NFL players to take a knee during the National Anthem. Col. Kriste Etue now faces an internal review by her department after she shared a Facebook post that called those players "anti-American degenerates." This Week in Review, Weekend Edition host Rebecca Kruth and senior news analyst Jack Lessenberry talk about whether her career can recover.

Duration: 00:04:41

Stateside 9.29.2017

Today on Stateside , we hear how design in Detroit's neighborhoods can involve the people, and why the world would keep warming even if we stopped emitting greenhouse gases. And, State Sen. Patrick Colbeck, R-Canton, explains why he's running for governor in 2018.

Duration: 00:47:13

Political roundup: Legislators stripping control from local government

This week, Representative Jason Sheppard, from southeast Michigan, and Senator Joe Hune, from Livingston County, both Republicans, introduced identical bills that propose barring local governments from restricting short-term rentals of private dwellings, such as Airbnb accommodations. Meanwhile, Republicans in the state legislature and the mayor of Detroit agree on a position: the need to eliminate Michigan’s system of driver responsibility fees, and amnesty for drivers who still owe them.

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“I stand on principle,” says Republican candidate for governor Patrick Colbeck

Michigan will elect a new governor next year, and many candidates are already in the race. State Sen. Patrick Colbeck , R-Canton, for instance, is running for the Republican nomination. Colbeck's background is in aerospace engineering, so he said at first, getting into politics was a foreign concept for his family. “So for me, this is about passion for public service, and for me and my wife personally, this is a call of faith,” he said.

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Dear Mr. Bezos, here’s why you should choose Detroit for Amazon’s next HQ

The Next Idea Dear Mr. Bezos, I hear you’re looking for a new home to grow your business. Detroit is not my hometown, but after many years of searching for a home, I found it here. I've lived in Kentucky, California, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Georgia, Maryland and other parts of Michigan, but I’ve never been welcomed to or impressed by a city more than Detroit. I set up shop here, and you should too. Let me tell you why.

Duration: 00:07:54

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