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Stateside: “Boo School” gives lessons in haunting; Prop 3, explained; update on Mexican journalist

Oct 26, 2018


Today on Stateside, are Democratic candidates paying enough attention to Detroit voters? Plus, we continue our reporting on Emilio Gutierrez-Soto, the Mexican journalist seeking asylum in the U.S. who is facing deportation. 

State agency overseeing funeral homes responds to fetal remains scandal 

  • The state’s department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs is responsible for inspecting the two Michigan funeral homes where fetal remains were found this month. Julia Dale, director of the Corporations, Securities and Commercial Licensing Bureau within the agency, provides updates on the cases. 

Are Democrats taking Detroit voters for granted? 

  • Steve Hood is a political analyst and host of Detroit Wants 2 Know. He joins us to discuss projections for voter turnout in Detroit for the upcoming election in advance of former President Obama's visit to the city Friday night. 

Democratic 11th District candidate Stevens lists education and infrastructure as top priorities

  • Democratic Congressional candidate Haley Stevens is running in Michigan’s 11th District. She discusses her platform, and how she thinks her work on the Obama administration's auto bailout prepares her for Congress. 
  • We reached out to Stevens' opponent, Republican Lena Epstein, for an interview. Her campaign staff has not responded to that request. 

What you need to know about Proposal 3 

  • Eric Lupher, President of Citizens Research Council of Michigan, joins us to review Proposal 3 on the November ballot. The proposal would enshrine certain voting rights into the Michigan Constitution.

Lawyer for Mexican journalist seeking asylum says judge “biased” against his client

  • Eduardo Beckett is Emilio Gutierrez-Soto’s attorney. Gutierrez-Soto is a Mexican journalist who is seeking asylum in the U.S. On Monday, his case went back to an immigration judge, Robert Hough, who lost parts of the case file before the hearing. 

Political roundup: Should radio stations pull misleading political ads? 

  • Our Friday political commentators discuss why a group of radio stations removed a political ad from opponents of Proposal 2, the anti-gerrymandering proposal. Vicki Barnett is a former mayor of Farmington Hills and a former Democratic legislator. Ken Sikkema is a senior policy fellow at Public Sector Consultants and a former Republican legislator. 

Where do haunted house actors learn to scare? Boo School! 

  • Have you ever wondered how all those ghouls and goblins who jump out at you at haunted houses get ready for the haunting season? At Erebus Haunted Attraction in Pontiac, they go to Boo School. Stateside's April Van Buren went and brought us this postcard.

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