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Stateside: Controversy over MI GOP chair; Black art library; vaccines in Hillsdale

Feb 4, 2021

As of February 1, one million doses of Pfizer or Moderna vaccines have been administered in Michigan. But distribution has been a complicated process throughout the state, including in Hillsdale County. “There’s a lot going on here, and it shows kind of the ad hoc nature of how these vaccines are distributed,” said reporter Julie Appleby of the county’s experience with the rollout.
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Today on Stateside, the Michigan Republican Party meets this weekend to select a new chair. Two reporters discuss the candidates, as well as the latest power play that’s complicated the upcoming election. Also, why the small community of Hillsdale has a wealth of COVID-19 vaccines available for distribution. Plus, a curator discusses the Black Arts Library, which she’s brought to the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit.

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Controversy swirling, future of MI GOP chairmanship in question

  • Craig Mauger reports on state government and politics for the Detroit News.
  • Russ McNamara is an anchor and journalist for WDET.
  • Stateside reached out to the University of Michigan for comment regarding Regent Ron Weiser’s emails and statements. The university's response was: "We have nothing to share with you."
  • Stateside also reached out to Ron Weiser and has not received a response. We will have him on the show in the future if he would like to join us.

The woman behind Detroit’s new Black Art Library, now a MOCAD exhibit

  • Asmaa Walton is an independent curator and educator living and working in Detroit. She’s the founder of Black Art Library, which is on exhibit at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit from February 5 to April 18.
  • Support for arts and culture coverage comes in part from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs.

Outsourcing clinical care can help or hurt patients, says consumer advocate

  • Bret Jackson is president of the Economic Alliance for Michigan.

Hillsdale hospital’s vaccine experience gives window into complicated distribution

  • Julie Appleby is a senior reporter for Kaiser Health News.