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Stateside: Detroit foreclosure investigation; the new Detroit Auto Show; 2020 election polling

Jan 13, 2020

Today on Stateside, an investigation finds the city Detroit overcharged tens of thousands of homeowners for property taxes. What recourse is there for people who lost their homes as a result? We'll talk to the reporters who broke the story. Also, how the polls misread voters in 2016 – especially ones without a party affiliation.

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

Investigative reporting turns up massive overcollection of property taxes in Detroit

  • An investigation by Reveal, the Detroit News, and PRX discovered the city of Detroit collected $600 million more than it should have in taxes because of over-assessed property values. Detroit News reporter Christine MacDonald and freelance journalist Mark Betancourt co-reported the story. They joined us to talk about how those overvalued properties contributed to the high number of foreclosures on Detroit homeowners.

What Michigan pollsters got wrong in the 2016 presidential race and what they’re changing in 2020

  • In November 2016, many were stunned when Donald Trump won the presidential race. Part of that surprise was due to the fact that most of the polling gave Clinton the lead. A recent New York Times story named Michigan among the most inaccurately-polled states in the last presidential election. So how are pollsters adjusting their methods this time around?
  • To figure that out, Stateside talked to Bernie Porn, Democratic pollster and president of the research and survey firm Epic-MRA, and Tom Shields, Republican pollster and senior advisor for Marketing Resource Group, a political strategy firm in Lansing. 

Rugged trails, smell of burning tires, and outdoor debuts part of new Detroit Auto Show this summer

  • Don’t rev your engines just yet!  The North American International Auto Show has been moved from January to June this year. Warmer weather isn't the only change in store for the annual event. Paul Eisenstein, publisher at the website The Detroit Bureau, filled us in on the changes to come, and what they might mean for the Motor City.

High-tech futuristic vehicles on trend at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show

  • If you really want to know where the automotive industry is headed, you probably keep an eye on headlines out of the Consumer Electronics Show, held annually in Las Vegas. It's a wealth of concepts and looks for 2020. Automotive News reporter Alexa St. John was at CES this past weekend, and she joined us to talk about what's new in the world of electric vehicles, autonomous cars, and more. 

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