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Stateside: Citizen ballot initiatives; Michigan pickle powerhouse; invasive lanternflies

May 27, 2019


Today on Stateside, Attorney General Dana Nessel clashes with the Republican-led legislature on a law that would change the rules on petition drives. Plus, an invasive insect could make its way to Michigan and wreak havoc on crops.



Listen to the full show above or hear individual stories below.


Roundup: What does AG Nessel's ruling on citizen ballot initiatives mean for the 2020 election?



  • Last week Attorney General Dana Nessel wrote a formal opinion arguing against a Republican backed law that would make petition drives more difficult. Our weekly political commentators join us to discuss whether the law was truly unconstitutional and what will come out of Nessel’s opinion. Ken Sikkema is a Senior Policy Fellow with Public Sector Consultants and a former Republican majority leader in state senate. Vicki Barnett is a former Mayor of Farmington Hills and a former Democratic legislator.


Why Michigan is a pickle powerhouse 



  • Michigan is the nation’s biggest pickle producer, with a colorful history in the industry. Nina Misuraca Ignaczak wrote an article for Crain’s Detroit Business about pickle production in the state, and she joins Stateside to discuss the past, present and future of the industry.


Invasive lanternfly wreaking havoc in the Northeast poses threat to Michigan plants, crops



  • Biologists are keeping an eye out for yet another invasive species called the Spotted Lanternfly. Heather Leach from the Department of Entomology at Penn State says the insect is currently most prevalent in Pennsylvania, but could make its way to Michigan if left unchecked.


Memoir chronicles life as a black cadet at West Point during 1940s



  • The U.S. Armed Forces were segregated until 1948, but Clifford Worthy started his journey toward West Point prior to desegregation. He joins Stateside to discuss his memoir about his military career, family and faith.


Program helps veterans find camaraderie through beekeeping



  • Beekeeping could help military veterans find camaraderie and personal wellness. Interlochen Public Radio's Dan Wanschura speaks to Adam Ingrao, a veteran working on his doctorate in entomology. He founded Heroes to Hives, which trains veterans in beekeeping.

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