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Stateside: Rep. Mitchell on impeachment; progress on state budget impasse; a modern iron forge

Joel Sanderson at an iron forge
Lester Graham
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Joel Sanderson does metalwork out of his blacksmith shop near Quincy, Michigan.

Today on Stateside, we talk to Paul Mitchell, who represents Michigan’s 10th District, about his view on the impeachment proceedings against President Trump. Plus, we talk to one of the longest-serving members of the Capitol press corps about his nearly five decades covering Michigan politics.

Listen to the full show above or find individual interviews.

MI Congressman Mitchell says Trump’s dealings with Ukraine don’t constitute “high crimes and misdemeanors”

Stateside’s conversation with Paul Mitchell

  • The U.S. House will vote on articles of impeachment next week. The two articles submitted by Democrats are abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. Democrats are expected to approve while most Republicans are expected to vote against them. We talked to Republican Congressman Paul Mitchell of Michigan’s 10th Congressional District about his assertion that President Trump’s actions in connection with the withholding of military aid to Ukraine do not constitute impeachable conduct. On Monday, we’ll hear from Democrat Rep. Elissa Slotkin on her thoughts about impeachment .

How residents are reacting to Wolverine’s $69.5 million settlement with West Michigan townships

Stateside’s conversation with Bryce Huffman

  • This week the shoemaker Wolverine Worldwide reached a tentative settlement with townships near Rockford, Michigan. It amounts to more than $69 million dollars to connect township residents with municipal water systems. Many homes in the area found their private wells were contaminated with toxic PFAS after material was put in a nearby dump decades ago. We talked to Michigan Radio reporter Bryce Huffman about the terms of the settlement and how residents are reacting.

One of Lansing’s longest-serving Capitol reporters is hanging up his hat (for now)

Stateside’s conversation with John Lindstrom

  • One of the longest serving journalists in the Capitol press corps is retiring. John Lindstrom is the publisher of Gongwer News Service. He has been working as a journalist in Michigan for nearly five decades. We talked to him about his most memorable moments covering the Michigan Legislature and how the press corps has changed since his first days at Gongwer in the late 1970s.

Artisans of Michigan: Forging iron with 19th-century tech

Lester Graham visits an iron forge outside of Quincy

  • When you think of blacksmiths, your mind probably goes back to the 19th century. But the profession still exists in the modern age. We revisited one of our favorite Artisans in Michigan segments which featured a visit to blacksmith Joel Sanderson’s shop near Quincy, Michigan.
  • This segment originally aired on June 22, 2018

Roundup: Governor and Legislature make progress on state budget after months of stalled negotiations

Stateside's conversation with Ken Sikkema and T.J. Bucholz

  • After Democratic Governor Gretchen Whitmer rejected much of the spending plan sent to her by the Republican led legislature, there’s been a lot of negotiation on supplemental spending and about the governor’s powers to shift spending. We talked to our Friday political commentators about this year’s interesting—and prolonged—budget process.
  • Ken Sikkema is a Senior Policy Fellow for Public Sector Consultants. He’s also a former Republican Majority Leader of the Michigan Senate. T.J. Bucholz is president of Vanguard Public Affairs, a progressive political strategy firm. He worked for Governors Engler and Granholm and headed up communications for Lieutenant Governor John Cherry.

Cheers! A whiskey drink for people who think they don't like whiskey

Tammy and Lester mix up a whiskey cocktail

  • Tammy Coxen of Tammy’s Tastings whipped up a whiskey drink for those who don’t think they like whiskey. Listen to hear how Coxen makes her version of "The Long Arm of the Law."

Local musicians blend tunes from Ghana, New Orleans, Detroit

Stateside’s conversation with Mark Palms and Kofi Ameyaw

  • Sometimes, you find yourself enjoying something that seems totally out of your comfort zone. That was the case for Lester Graham when Stateside producer Mercedes Mejia scheduled an interview for him with the band A L’afrique. The world music band’s album Payday mixes the sounds of Detroit, New Orleans, and Ghana. Lester said it ended up being one of the best interviews he did as a host for Stateside.
  • This segment was originally broadcast on January 2, 2014.

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