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Stateside: Democratic women sweep top state seats; what’s next for redistricting, legal marijuana

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Yesterday's midterm elections sent Democratic women to fill top seats in Michigan, but Republicans maintained control of the state Legislature.

Today on Stateside, breaking down the results of the midterm elections, which saw record high numbers of voters participate. Plus, the leaders behind the ballot proposals to legalize recreational marijuana and change how congressional district lines are drawn talk about what comes next, after voters approved both measures. 

Listen to the full show above or find individual segments below. 

A blue wave and “disciplined” campaign helped Whitmer secure governor’s seat

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Stateside’s conversation with Matt Marsden and Adrian Hemond

  • Matt Marsden is the Director of Public Relations and Government Affairs at RevSix Data Systems. Adrian Hemond is a Democratic strategist and CEO of the Grassroots Midwest bipartisan consulting firm. They joined Stateside to talk about the results of yesterday’s midterm election, and what Michigan's new political lineup will mean for the state moving forward.

Voters passed marijuana legalization. Now what? 

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Stateside's conversation with Jeff Hank

  • Jeff Hank is the executive director of MI Legalize, a grassroots movement that has been working to legalize recreational marijuana in Michigan since 2015. Now that voters have approved legalization, he breaks down the details of the new legislation, and explains how long it will take for recreational dispensaries to open their doors in Michigan. 

Leader of anti-gerrymandering ballot proposal talks about what comes next

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Stateside’s conversation with Katie Fahey

  • Katie Fahey is the executive director of Voters Not Politicians, the grassroots organization that led the successful campaign to pass Proposal 2, which changes how Michigan will draw its congressional districts. She tells us how the new redistricting commission will be designed and responds to critics who say Proposal 2 was a Democratic power grab. 

After winning 11th District, Democrat Haley Stevens says she won’t back Pelosi as speaker

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Stateside's conversation with Haley Stevens

  • Democrat Haley Stevens is the Representative-Elect for Michigan's 11th District. She joins us to talk about her victory over Republican opponent Lena Epstein, her thoughts on Nancy Pelosi as potential House Speaker, and what she hopes to do for her district once she's sworn into office. 

Democratic women take top seats in Michigan, but GOP holds state Legislature

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Stateside's conversation with Michigan Radio Program Director Zoe Clark

  • Michigan Radio's Program Director Zoe Clark weighs in on yesterday's election results — which marked the highest turnout for a midterm election since 1962 — and shares why she thinks Michigan voters were so fired up this time around. 

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