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2018 election

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The Board of State Canvassers certified the November election results today.

One of the election results the board certified was the ballot proposal to legalize recreational marijuana.

Josh Hovey is with the Coalition to Regulate Marijuana like Alcohol. He says on December 6th, it will be legal for Michiganders to carry and use some marijuana.

Daniel Howes / Detroit News

On the campaign trail, Governor-elect Whitmer promised she’d repeal Michigan’s right-to-work law, kill the so-called “retirement tax,” and revive the state’s Prevailing Wage Law.

All she’d need to make that happen is a Legislature controlled by her fellow Democrats. That ain’t happening because voters this week delivered divided government to Michigan. That dreamy, organized-labor wish list has pretty much no chance with Republicans controlling the state House and the Senate.

Steven Piper

Today, Stateside speaks with Michigan’s new Governor-elect Gretchen Whitmer to discuss her top priorities when she takes office, the Line 5 pipeline, and her plans to work with the Republican leadership in the state Legislature. Plus, Tunde Olaniran, a Flint native and staple of the Detroit music scene, discusses his new album with us.

People smoking marijuana
Bryce Huffman / Michigan Radio

Recreational marijuana advocates were lighting up and passing joints in Detroit after a ballot proposal passed to legalize pot.

Proposal 1 allows marijuana to be regulated like alcohol.

Michigan residents over 21 years old will soon be able to buy, possess, use, and grow marijuana.

Steve Carmody / Michigan Radio

The midterm election is Tuesday, and there’s a lot at stake for both major parties, including races for governor, attorney general, and more races that are all without an incumbent.

Neither party is slowing down their efforts to get out the vote ahead of the election. Both have events for candidates planned right up until final election night watch parties.

Tony Zammit is the deputy communications director for the Michigan Republican Party. He says they’re feeling confident.

“We’re seeing tremendous momentum behind the ticket right now,” he says.

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There are two open seats on the Michigan Board of Education that will be voted on this midterm election. Eleven candidates are running for the seats, which have an 8-year term. Koby Levin of Chalkbeat Detroit has been covering this race. In a recent piece, he referred to it as a "the critical education race you’ve never heard of.”

World War II veterans, Art Holst and Guy Stern.
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Today, we'll talk about the race that will fill two seats on Michigan's State Board of Education. Plus, as Veterans Day approaches, Stateside is taking the opportunity to sit down with a couple of America's longest-living veterans and talk about their experiences in WWII and beyond. 

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

Jay Inslee

National news about violence is squeezing out news about local elections, with just a week before Michiganders go to the polls.  

But a top national Democratic Party official doesn’t see that as a problem.

Jay Inslee is the governor of Washington State and the chair of the Democratic Governors Association. He was in Michigan over the weekend to rally party volunteers ahead of the November 6th election.

Jerome Helton and Dre Sangster
April Van Buren / Michigan Radio


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 

Haley Stevens for Congress

As we move toward the midterm elections on November 6, Stateside has been having conversations with congressional candidates around the state. Today, we spoke with the 11th District's Democratic candidate Haley Stevens.

We reached out to Stevens' opponent, Republican Lena Epstein, for an interview. Her campaign staff has not responded. 


Today on Stateside, two consultants on opposite sides of the political spectrum recapped Wednesday night's gubernatorial debate. Plus, our “Work in Progress” series features a conversation between two Catholic priests, one just beginning his career, and the other recently retired. 

Schuette and Whitmer trade barbs one last time in final debate before Election Day 



As we move towards the midterm elections on November 6, Stateside has been having conversations with statewide candidates. Today, we speak to two of the candidates runnning in Michigan's 7th Congressional District, Republican incumbent Tim Walberg, and his Democratic opponent Gretchen Driskell

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University of Michigan’s Bentley Historical Library

Today on Stateside, a conversation with the reporter who broke the story of two Detroit funeral homes that were shut down for their mishandling of human remains. Plus, our education commentator shares her thoughts on how Michigan schools could update their classrooms to better serve modern students. 

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

As we move towards the midterm elections on November 6th, Stateside has been having conversations with statewide candidates, including those running for governor. We've spoken with Republican candidate Bill Schuette, Democratic candidate Gretchen Whitmer, and Libertarian candidate Bill Gelineau.

Up next is independent candidate Todd Schleiger.


Teacher standing and writing at a chalk board.

Today on Stateside, the executive director of the Michigan Association of School Superintendents and Administrators talks about how Michigan school districts are responding after a company that provides substitute teachers to more than 100 Michigan districts abruptly closed its offices. Plus, we hear from the Republican and Democratic candidates for Michigan’s next Secretary of State.

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

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Benson for Secretary of State / Mary Treder Lang for Secretary of State

In the state of Michigan, the Secretary of State oversees public notaries, vehicle registration and automotive licensing, and, perhaps most importantly, serves as the state’s chief elections officer. 

This November, Michiganders will vote to replace incumbent Ruth Johnson (R), who cannot run again due to term limits. Election security and how to best preserve the integrity of Michigan votes are key issues in this race. 


When it comes to identifying a state politically, the shorthand is often “red state” for Republican or “blue state” for Democratic.

But Michigan’s shade is a bit more nuanced.

Several political experts agree: Michigan is a purple state. Though how much red and blue is in that purple is evolving.

For years, Michigan has tended to elect Democrats to the U.S. Senate and the presidency, but it’s picked Republicans for statewide office.

House in Pontiac
Courtesy of John Bry


Today on Stateside, we hear about an effort to rehabilitate houses in an historic Pontiac neighborhood originally built by GM for its workers. Plus, what Michigan could do to encourage affordable short-term lenders to set up shop in the state. 

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

Michigan regulations make affordable short-term loans hard to come by



Christopher Graveline

  As we approach Election Day on November 6, Stateside is interviewing candidates running in the midterm elections. In the race for Michigan attorney general, there was a late addition. Chris Graveline, a former Assistant U.S. Attorney, is now running as an independent.

Emma Winowiecki / Michigan Radio

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Steve Carmody / Michigan Radio

Some voting rights and civic engagement groups are calling on Michigan Secretary of State Ruth Johnson to release a plan about how her office will provide more education about the recent elimination of straight party voting in the upcoming November election. 

A federal appeals court ruled last month that straight party voting will not be an option in the November 6, 2018 election.

sign that says "vote here"
Steve Carmody / Michigan Radio

The November election is weeks away, and Tuesday is the last day for Michigan residents to register to vote.

The election will decide the state’s next governor, attorney general and secretary of state among many other races.

State House and Senate, U.S. Senate and ballot initiatives – oh my.

After a high turnout in the primary, Michigan’s former state Elections Director is predicting about four million voters will head to the polls on November 6th – which would be a pretty high turnout for a midterm.


It just got harder for the Democrats to win control of the state House in November.

That's because Jennifer Suidan, the Democratic candidate for state representative in a key Oakland County district, has been accused of stealing funds from the campaign of Oakland County Treasurer Andy Meisner while she was working at a Southfield-based law firm as his campaign committee's designated record keeper.