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"354,000 people signed their name on a petition to vote on this issue. They were ignored. I think that's unconscionable," Jamison said.
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People who want a license to grow or sell medical marijuana in Michigan have yet more uncertainty to deal with when it comes to getting licensed.

People with medical marijuana businesses had until mid-February to get their applications into the state if they wanted to stay open while they waited for a license. If they did, they got a grace period and could stay open until June 15. The thinking was the state would hopefully be able to get them their licenses by that time.

But the state says it might not get through all those applications in time – more than 300 of them.

Steven Rand
Jackson County Sheriff / https://www.co.jackson.mi.us

Jackson County's sheriff is losing his job benefits by unanimous vote of the County Board of Commissioners.

That's because he did not resign by a May 1 deadline set by the Board because of offensive comments he made about women and minorities.

"We have publicly and officially condemned the conduct of the sheriff and do not believe that it is in Jackson County's best interest for him to remain," said Board Chairman James Shotwell.

Detroit
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Detroit's back in control of its finances: it's out of oversight.

It's a big moment for a city that only three years ago exited the biggest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history.

Detroit Free Press columnist Rochelle Riley joined Stateside today to explain what exactly being out of oversight means for Detroit and its people.

The Soo Locks in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan.
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Michigan members of Congress hope that President Trump’s promise to upgrade the Soo Locks will get the long-stalled project moving.

Trump made the announcement in a speech Saturday in Macomb County.

“You know what the Soo Locks are?" Trump said to cheers from the audience. "Well, the Soo Locks are going to hell. You know that, right? And we’re going to get them fixed up. We’re going to get them fixed up.”

Courtesy of Kate Madigan

Some state legislators aren't happy with a recent decision by the Michigan Public Service Commission to end net metering.

So they've introduced a set of bills to restore it.

Net metering was a method used to compensate residential utility customers with solar roofs.  The solar panels can often produce more electricity than the customer needs, so it goes onto the grid.

Net metering customers would get a credit for their excess electricity equal to the utilities' own rates.  

steve carmody / Michigan Radio

The Environmental Protection Agency is being pulled into a conflict between the city of Flint and Governor Snyder related to the end of bottled water distribution.

Flint Mayor Karen Weaver has sent a letter to EPA Director Chris Korleski, informing him of a decision by state officials to cancel a multi-agency meeting on the city’s water crisis.

Republican gubernatorial candidates wanted to get next to President Donald Trump this weekend but only one got the presidential shout-out in Washington Township, MI.

“A really great friend of mine, a great attorney general, the next governor of Michigan, Bill Schuette. Where’s Bill? Bill? Where? Alright, wherever the hell he is…”

The Michigan Senate in Lansing.
Lester Graham / Michigan Radio file photo

Legislation meant to prevent victims of sex crimes from attending school with their attackers is one step closer to the governor's desk.

steve carmody / Michigan Radio

President Trump’s Saturday night speech in northern Macomb County became the latest skirmish in Michigan’s Republican race for governor.

During his speech, President Trump made it clear who he supports in Michigan’s governor’s race.

“We’re honored to be joined by a great friend of mine and a great Attorney general, the next governor of Michigan, Bill Schuette,” Trump told the cheering crowd packed into the Total Sports Park indoor soccer field.

President Trump
Steve Carmody / Michigan Radio

President Trump spent Saturday night rallying his supporters in Michigan.

The president told his Macomb County audience he had another invitation for Saturday night.

“You may have heard I was invited to another event tonight. The White House Correspondents Dinner,” Trump told the crowd, which began booing. “But I’d much rather be in Washington, Michigan than Washington, D.C. right now.”

The president talked about a wide range of topics, from de-nuclearization on the Korean Peninsula to Michigan’s auto industry.

The Ford Taurus at an auto show
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Ford this week announced plans to stop making almost its entire line-up of cars by 2022. That means we can say farewell to the Fiesta, the Taurus, the Focus, the Fusion, and the C-Max hybrid. Only Ford's iconic Mustang and a small crossover will remain in production in the North American market. 

This Week in Review, Weekend Edition host Rebecca Kruth and senior news analyst Jack Lessenberry discuss Ford's decision to focus on its better-selling lines of trucks and SUVs, and whether GM might follow suit.

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Mental health agencies around the state say the Department of Health and Human Services refuses to acknowledge a funding shortage that’s leaving some of those agencies in serious deficit.

Tens of thousands of people eligible for Disabled, Aged, and Blind (DAB) Medicaid assistance have been transferred to the Healthy Michigan Plan. According to the Community Mental Health Association of Michigan, the problem with that is this: The base rate paid to agencies to serve those people through Medicaid is $267. Under Healthy Michigan, it’s $29 plus another $15 under Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF).

Marijuana plant
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

The Michigan elections board has agreed there are enough petition signatures to put a proposal to legalize recreational use of marijuana on the ballot in November.

The state legislature can approve that initiative now. If it doesn’t within 40 days, then it will be on the ballot.

Maybe.

Colbeck in state senate
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Patrick Colbeck is a Republican running for governor. He was videotaped saying a Democratic candidate, Abdul El-Sayed, is part of a Muslim plot to take over the country through “civilization jihad."

He also claimed El-Sayed’s parents have ties to the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt. Colbeck’s claims, which have been posted to a white supremacist Youtube channel, are not supported by facts. But yesterday, he doubled down on the allegations during a speech on the Senate floor.

An excavator.
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A partisan split on a state election board has stalled a petition drive to outlaw prevailing wage rules in Michigan. Rules adopted by the state and many local governments require contractors to pay union-scale wages on publicly funded projects.

State Senator Patrick Colbeck
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Tensions were high on the Senate floor today, when a lawmaker doubled down on claims that Muslim terrorist groups are trying to infiltrate the U.S.

Republican Senator Patrick Colbeck, R-Canton, is running for governor. A Buzzfeed article recently uncovered a presentation Colbeck gave. In it, he accuses a Democratic candidate for governor of having ties to the Muslim Brotherhood. Colbeck has offered no proof to support this claim.

Calculator on top of money
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The subject of campaign finance isn't something many voters spend much time thinking about. 

 

But a group of MSU students has just wrapped up a class that had them exploring the money in state politics, and it was eye-opening. 

Stateside 4.25.2018

Apr 25, 2018

Four years after Flint's water was switched to untreated river water, we hear why people there aren't buying the state's claims that their water is finally safe. Plus, we take a dive into Dearborn's rich cultural diversity and immigrant roots.

DAVID CASSLEMAN / Interlochen Public Radio

 


Democrats have struggled to find candidates to run for office in Grand Traverse County. 

In recent elections, Democrats let most seats on the county Board of Commissioners go unchallenged. 

And only one Democrat has won a county commission race in the last decade – former county and Traverse City Commissioner Ross Richardson. 

Abdul El-Sayed
Bridge Magazine

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Abdul El-Sayed announced an ambitious infrastructure plan today, saying that addressing the problem of crumbling infrastructure in the state is a centerpiece of his campaign.

El-Sayed is proposing a multi-sector statewide infrastructure bank devoted to investing in four key areas: transportation (including roads, bridges and public transit), water, school buildings, and energy with a goal of bringing Michigan to 100 percent renewable energy by 2050.

steve carmody / Michigan Radio

The federal government would spend tens of billions of  dollars repairing the nation’s water infrastructure over the next decade if a bill introduced in Congress today becomes law.

Michigan State University sign
MSU

There are now more than 300 women and girls who claim former sports doctor Larry Nassar sexually abused them, according to their civil suit attorneys. This week Michigan State University and the victim’s attorneys returned to mediation to try to come up with a settlement.

WNEM-tv

Today marks the fourth anniversary of Flint’s ill-fated switch to the Flint River as the city’s drinking water source.

It was four years ago that then-Flint Mayor Dayne Walling pushed the button switching the city’s drinking water source to the Flint River.

Stateside 4.24.2018

Apr 24, 2018

Today on Stateside, we talk to a Detroit Free Press reporter about the sexual harassment women officers face in Michigan prisons. And, we learn a new commission is looking for a more fair way to fund criminal courts.

Courtesy of the Ninth Coast Guard District

As of today, it seems Michigan has finally managed to pack winter away, and turn toward spring and summer. That means it's time for more boating on the lakes.

From the smallest recreational boat to the largest Great Lakes shipping vessel, the U.S. Coast Guard is keeping watch on the Great Lakes and those who are on the water.

There is a legal question about whether Democrat Abdul El-Sayed is eligible to run for governor. But one thing that is not a question is the fact that the question is not settled, no matter how much the El-Sayed campaign might want to believe that’s the case.

Lester Graham / Michigan Radio

Republican candidates for two of the state’s top offices will be battling for their party’s nomination until the Republican nominating convention in August. Democrats for those two offices have those months to campaign for general election votes. The question is whether that gives Democrats an advantage?

Michigan State Capitol
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Pretty soon, Medicaid recipients in Michigan who are able-bodied may have to choose between finding a job or losing health insurance. That's under a bill the state Senate passed Thursday. Democrats opposed to the bill say it punishes the poor, while supporters say most people on Medicaid already work -- this would give incentive for others to do so.

This Week in Review, Weekend Edition host Rebecca Kruth and senior news analyst Jack Lessenberry discuss the bill, which heads to the House next, and whether Gov. Rick Snyder will sign if it ends up on his desk.


Metro Detroit's "Big Four" regional leaders at the 8 Mile Boulevard Association meeting. From left: Moderator Ron Fournier, Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel, Wayne County Executive Warren Evans, Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan, Oakland County Executive L. Br
Sarah Cwiek / Michigan Radio

Metro Detroit’s divisions over expanding regional transit have only hardened recently.

That was one takeaway from a meeting of the Eight Mile Boulevard Association today. That organization focuses on supporting regional cooperation across the “8 Mile divide” that’s often seen as the iconic dividing line between Detroit and its suburbs.

marijuana
flickr user Dank Depot / http://michrad.io/1LXrdJM

Today is 4/20, a day that holds a special significance for marijuana activists and consumers alike.

Stateside decided to mark the date by talking to Michigan Radio’s capitol bureau chief Rick Pluta about the latest developments in the process to license medical marijuana dispensaries.

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