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Stateside: Rep. Rashida Tlaib; a forgettable football season; shutdown costs MI tribe $100k per day

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Today, Democratic Representative Rashida Tlaib of Michigan's 13th District (center) was sworn in to serve in the United States's 116th Congress.

Today on Stateside, Democratic Representative Rashida Tlaib talks about her goals for Michigan’s 13th District as she prepares to take office in Washington. Plus, the chairman of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians discusses the impact that the current federal government shutdown is having on his community.

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

Rep. Rashida Tlaib reflects on diversity of incoming House, negotiating with Trump

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Stateside’s conversation with U.S. Rep. Rashida Tlaib

  • Today is the first official day of the 116th Congress. With record numbers of newly-elected women, people of color, and members of the LGBTQ community entering the House, this session will be the most diverse in United States history. Democratic Representative Rashida Tlaib of Michigan’s 13th District is the first Palestinian-American woman to be elected to Congress. She joined Stateside to talk about preparing to be sworn into office, her top priorities as she joins Congress, and how she believes the now Democrat-controlled House should approach negotiations to end the current government shutdown.  

Bacon: Some parting words for a forgettable football season in Michigan

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Stateside’s conversation with John U. Bacon

  • Michigan Radio’s sports commentator John U. Bacon looks ahead to the next couple months in Michigan sports, and talks about the soul searching he thinks both the Spartans and the Wolverines need after disappointing season for both teams. 

Howes: Compromise is a “quaint concept” in today’s political reality

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Stateside’s conversation with Daniel Howes

  • During her inaugural speech, Governor Gretchen Whitmer vowed to be “a governor for everyone.” Detroit News columnist Daniel Howes shares his thoughts on how that promise might bump up against the the political realities of a Democratic governor and a Republican-controlled legislature. 

Government shutdown is costing Sault Ste. Marie Chippewa tribe more than $100K per day

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Stateside’s conversation with Aaron Payment

  • Native American tribes across the country rely on federal funding for basic services. That means they are facing challenging times during this current government shutdown, which entered its 13th day today. Aaron Payment is the chairman of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians. He explains why tribes are reliant on federal dollars, how the shutdown has affected his community, and what can be done to ensure that tribal resources are protected during future shutdowns.

More homeschool oversight hurts families, does nothing to protect kids, says national advocate

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Stateside's conversation with Mike Donnelly

  • Michigan is one of 11 states that does not require homeschooling families to have any contact with local or state education officials. Mike Donnelly, attorney for the Home School Legal Defense Association, tells us why he thinks that's a good thing, and what he believes would really make a difference in cases of child abuse and neglect, whether kids are in homeschool or other educational settings. 

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