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Politics & Government

Stateside for Monday, August 10, 2015

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Today on Stateside:

The story stunnedDetroit News readers: recordings indicated GOP State Rep. Todd Courser had a phony email sent out alleging he'd paid for gay sex behind a Lansing bar, all to provide what he called "a controlled burn" to direct attention away from an extra-marital affair with fellow State Rep. Cindy Gamrat. Detroit News Lansing reporter Chad Livengood brings us Courser’s response to the story.

State Rep. Martin Howrylak, R-Troy, has a plan to dramatically overhaul the structure of the state legislature, and he’s received support from both Republicans and Democrats. The idea: A state constitutional amendment that would combine the House and Senate into one body of 110 members chosen in nonpartisan elections.

A lot of us have a habit of adding a possessive “s” at the end of a store or company name. Think “Kroger’s” or “Ford’s.” Is it a Michigan thing? University of Michigan English professor Anne Curzan sits down with us to talk about it.

Michigan Sen. Debbie Stabenow plans to introduce legislation to try to stop nuclear waste from being buried near Lake Huron. Stabenow joins us to talk about the move, and the 1909 treaty that makes it possible.

Michigan's unemployment computer system: Is it saving money, streamlining the unemployment process, rooting out unemployment fraud? That's what state officials say about MiDAS, the computer system that's been handling unemployment claims in Michigan since 2013. University of Michigan Law Professor Steve Gray explains why a mounting chorus of critics is telling a different tale.