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Today on Stateside, Governor Rick Snyder announced he's striking a question about past felony convictions from some state job and license applications. And, what should schools do with millions of dollars in school safety grants from the state? 

Michigan Truth Squad: Michigan Democratic Party attacks Bill Schuette on health care

Sep 7, 2018
Bill Schuette
Bridge Magazine

The Michigan Democratic Party is accusing Republican Attorney General Bill Schuette of hypocrisy for telling people as he campaigns for governor that he supports insurance coverage for people with pre-existing medical conditions, given that as attorney general he joined suits to strike down the Affordable Care Act, which includes those protections.

Erick Senkmajer (L) and Erika Senecal (R).
Joe Linstroth / Michigan Radio

On today's Stateside, the Republican-controlled state Legislature passes two progressive ballot proposals, giving them the power to amend the laws with a simple majority. Plus, two Port Huron teachers reflect on teaching high school music when you're just starting out, and when you've been doing it for 27 years.  

Steve Carmody / Michigan Radio

Michigan voters will decide a ballot question in November that would open up the voting process.

The state Board of Canvassers certified the “Promote the Vote” petition Thursday. The board will consider final ballot language Friday.

Michigan Truth Squad: A video attacks Michigan redistricting proposal

Sep 6, 2018

The Michigan Freedom Fund, a conservative advocacy organization, promotes an online video, paid for by recently-formed committee Protect My Vote, that asks voters to reject the Voters Not Politicians ballot initiative that would make a citizens’ commission responsible for redrawing district lines, instead of the legislature.

pile of one dollar bills
Steve Carmody / Michigan Radio

Two measures that were headed to the November ballot are now law. The state Legislature voted to increase the state’s minimum wage and allow employees to get earned sick time. However, the laws do not take immediate effect.

Some supporters of the proposals are now concerned about what the Legislature will do next.

The Legislature passed the measures instead of the voters, so it can make changes to the laws with a simple majority. But if the voters had passed the measures, the Legislature would have needed a 3/4 majority for any amendments.

KAYE LAFOND / Michigan Radio

The federal government has again rejected Michigan’s request for federal assistance to Upper Peninsula residents hit hard by flooding in June.

Gretchen Whitmer
Whitmer for Governor

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gretchen Whitmer says literacy for Michigan's schoolchildren is a top priority.

Sarah Cwiek / Michigan Radio

It’s Labor Day, and that means political candidates are stumping for votes at events around the state – and many Democrats were in Detroit for the city’s annual Labor Day Parade.

Gubernatorial candidate Gretchen Whitmer and running mate Garlin Gilchrist met with skilled trades, Teamsters, and UAW union members.

They also rallied with Service Employees International Union President Mary Kay Henry and SEIU members, where Whitmer pledged to use the governor’s office to champion the interests of labor.

picture of Lansing capitol building
Lester Graham / Michigan Radio

State lawmakers are finalizing their fall agenda.

There’s only nine session days scheduled between now and Election Day. Lawmakers will try to spend as much time as possible campaigning in their districts.

Democrats in the state House are hoping to hold hearings on the issues surrounding Michigan’s groundwater. Over in the Senate, Republicans are keeping the agenda open.

The Tricycle Collective is working to help keep families in their homes through the tax foreclosure crisis in Detroit.
Michele Oberholtzer

515 Detroit families have the opportunity to stay living homes that were headed to tax foreclosure auction this fall.

They’re on the list for a buy-back program that involves the city of Detroit, Wayne County, and a non-profit housing group.

AcrylicArtist / MorgueFile

 


The Michigan Legislature will return from summer break next week, and Republicans are discussing the potential of adopting two proposals headed to the ballot this November. 

Christopher Graveline
cg4ag.com

The Michigan Secretary of State is appealing a federal judge’s ruling that an independent candidate must go on the November ballot – despite not having enough valid signatures to qualify.

A federal court recently said that Christopher Graveline must appear on the November ballot if at least 5-thousand of the signatures he submitted are valid. Graveline got more than that, but only about half of the signatures an independent would normally need to get on the ballot in the state Attorney General race. So he sued the state.

Stateside 8.27.2018

Aug 27, 2018

On today's Stateside, state tests showed elevated levels of PFAS in the Flint River as early as 2011. State Senator Jim Ananich wants to know why no one told city officials about those tests before Flint switched its water source. Plus, what the West Michigan twin sisters running for office in opposing parties think about the country's partisan divide. 

Vote here sign
Steve Carmody / Michigan Radio

 


Michigan’s Democratic and Republican parties held nominating conventions over the weekend. 

Despite a few political snags, each party now has their full slate of candidates ready for the November midterm elections.

Steve Carmody / Michigan Radio

State Senator Jim Ananich (D-Flint) would like to see legislative hearings this fall into a report that state officials were aware of high PFAS levels detected in the Flint River before the city of Flint starting using it as its drinking water source.

MLive.com reports, while state officials were aware of the test results, they did not appear to inform Flint city leaders.

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The Michigan Republican party has it’s ticket finalized for the November election.

While multiple people called for unity…there is still some discontent within the party.

The theme was “Results Not Resistance.” The Michigan GOP has been somewhat fractured since the primary.

Garlin Gilchrist II and Lisa Lyons
Courtesy photos

Two weeks after the primary election, both the Republican and Democratic candidates for governor have chosen their running mates.

Republican Bill Schuette announced last week that former state Rep. Lisa Posthumus Lyons would join him on the ticket. And as of Monday, Democrat Gretchen Whitmer will run with Detroit political activist Garlin Gilchrist II.

Steve Carmody / Michigan Radio

Thetford Township officials have put their recently arrested police chief on administrative leave without pay. 

Police Chief Robert Kenny was charged this week with embezzlement and obstruction of justice. He allegedly pocketed money as part of a scheme involving military surplus equipment. Kenny faces up to five years in prison on both counts if convicted. 

governor rick snyder
Steve Carmody / Michigan Radio

Michigan Republicans gather for their convention this weekend to line up their ticket, led by gubernatorial candidate Bill Schuette, for the November election.

But one prominent member of the party won't be there: Governor Snyder.

His office says a "scheduling conflict" will keep him from being at the final convention of his time in office.

Democratic candidate for governor, Gretchen Whitmer, chose her running mate today.

Detroiter Garlin Gilchrist will join Whitmer on the November ballot. Gilchrist is a former director of Innovation and Emerging Technology for the city of Detroit. He was also endorsed by progressive groups in a prior campaign for Detroit City Clerk.

Steve Carmody / Michigan Radio

Flint mayor Karen Weaver is optimistic state officials are listening now to the city’s concerns about a method of checking for lead pipes.

Mayor Weaver sat down with state and local officials to discuss the current state of Flint’s recovery from its water crisis.

head shot of Bill Gelineau
Bill Gelineau

The primaries are over, and we are officially into the general election season.

If you pulled a ballot in the August election, you might have noticed there were not two, but three, parties on the primary ballot this year: Republican, Democrat, and Libertarian.

Kathy Smith
Macomb County

Things are getting back to normal at the Macomb County Clerk's office, less than five months after Karen Spranger was removed from office.

Spranger's bizarre behavior and incompetence after she was elected in 2016 drove the department into turmoil and disarray.

Current Clerk Kathy Smith says a lot of people left because of Spranger, so the hardest part has been filling all the vacant positions and getting the new workers trained.

Stateside 8.17.2018

Aug 17, 2018

Today on Stateside, a retired Flint pediatrician rebukes his former colleagues' choice to not call children exposed to lead "poisoned." Plus, a Grand Rapids couple started out as leather goods competitors and ended up sharing a studio (and a marriage). 

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picture of Lansing capitol building
Lester Graham / Michigan Radio

The big news in politics this week was the Republican gubernatorial nominee choosing a running mate.

Attorney General Bill Schuette announced that Kent County Clerk Lisa Posthumus-Lyons would be his lieutenant governor Monday.

To discuss that choice, and all things lieutenant governor, Stateside talked to our Friday political commentators.

A map shows the location of MRAP vehicles and M16 firearms that have been obtained by local police departments in the state of Michigan.
Kaye LaFond / Michigan Radio

The 1033 program allows police departments in the United States to obtain surplus military equipment at no cost. 

Stateside 8.15.2018

Aug 15, 2018

Today on Stateside, the state of Michigan gets smacked by a federal appeals court for denying juvenile lifers credits for good behavior. Plus, how a Detroit woman took her family's secret hibiscus tea recipe and became the first black woman with a beverage manufacturing plant in the country.

To hear individual interviews, click here or see below: 

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Attorney General Bill Schuette has chosen former state representative Lisa Posthumus Lyons as his running mate.

The announcement was made in Grand Rapids this morning. It was the first of three events for the GOP gubernatorial candidate.

Cheyna Roth / Michigan Public Radio

Attorney General Bill Schuette has chosen Lisa Posthumus Lyons as his running mate for the November election. Schuette is the Republican nominee for governor – he won about 50 percent of his party’s vote in the primary.

If Schuette is successful in the general election, Lyons will be the state’s next Lieutenant Governor.

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