Today on Stateside, we get an explainer on Proposal 2. That's the anti-gerrymandering ballot proposal that would change how the maps for legislative and congressional districts are drawn. Plus, a look at the discrimination members of the LGTBTQ community face in Michigan, even after the legalization of gay marriage.
Listen to the full show above or find individual segments below.
LGBTQ advocate says gay marriage may be legal, but other freedoms remain elusive
- Steph White is the executive director of Equality Michigan. She joins us to talk about the intersection between politics and the LGBTQ community. We discuss gubernatorial candidates, same-sex couples who filed federal lawsuits against the state, and the cities that scored best on The Human Rights Campaign's recent Municipal Equality Index.
- For part three of our series, "An Idea on the Land," Michigan Radio reporter Dustin Dwyer tells the story of how the early logging industry decimated forests of Michigan, and how that laid the groundwork for the state we know today.
- Democratic candidate Cathy Albro is challenging Justin Amash, the Republican incumbent, for Michigan’s 3rd Congressional District seat. She joined Stateside to talk about her top three policy priorities: health care, education, and economic equality.
Eric Lupher, President of the Citizens Research Council of Michigan, helps explain the anti-gerrymandering proposal on November's ballot. He describes the pros and cons of an independent commission, and answers questions about the cost of the redistricting process.