William Milliken http://michiganradio.org en Commentary: Remembering Helen http://michiganradio.org/post/commentary-remembering-helen <p>Thirty-four years ago, when Debbie Stabenow was a newly elected state representative in a very male-dominated legislature, she got the first of a number of encouraging notes from an older woman who had spent a lot of years in the fishbowl of politics.</p><p>Those notes meant a lot to Stabenow, as she went on to become a force to be reckoned with in first the state house and then the senate; in Congress and&nbsp; finally in the U.S. Senate.</p><p>What made that support all the more remarkable is that Stabenow is a Democrat. And the woman who reached out to her was the wife of the Republican governor, Helen Milliken, perhaps the least likely and most effective feminist in Michigan history.</p><p> Tue, 04 Jun 2013 14:09:59 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 12868 at http://michiganradio.org Commentary: Remembering Helen Commentary: Emergency Manager for Detroit http://michiganradio.org/post/commentary-emergency-manager-detroit <p>When Governor Snyder announced he was appointing an emergency manager for Detroit, I was in Traverse City, having lunch with a former governor who long ago tried his best to get the state to help Michigan’s largest city stay on its feet.</p><p>William Milliken served as governor longer than anyone has or ever will – fourteen years.</p><p>He is a firm believer in something Rick Snyder said earlier this week – that it is not Detroit vs. Michigan, but a situation where a healthy Detroit is essential to the entire state.</p><p> Fri, 15 Mar 2013 12:25:17 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 11711 at http://michiganradio.org Commentary: Emergency Manager for Detroit In this morning's Michigan news headlines... http://michiganradio.org/post/mornings-michigan-news-headlines-111 <p><strong>Michigan's longest serving first lady, Helen Milliken, dies at 89</strong></p><p>Helen Milliken was Michigan’s first lady for 14 years, from 1969 to 1983.</p><p>The <a href="http://www.freep.com/article/20121116/NEWS06/121116005/Helen-Milliken-former-Michigan-first-lady-dies-at-89?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE">Detroit Free Press</a> writes of a Republican who fought for causes that sometimes were at odds with the party:</p><blockquote><p>Helen Milliken is perhaps best remembered as Michigan’s leading proponent of the Equal Rights Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. The ERA, which would have banned discrimination based on sex and authorized Congress to adopt laws enforcing it, came close to passage (it was approved by Congress and 35 of the needed 38 states, including Michigan).</p><p>But she was also a leading advocate for the arts and environment, becoming a political force in her own right.</p></blockquote><p><strong>Missing today's due date, Michigan gets a health care exchange extension </strong></p><p>Michigan Republicans don't care for it.</p><p>And they've been hoping that provisions of the Affordable Care Act would get struck down. That hasn't happened, and one deadline for action is today.</p><p>But as <a href="http://www.mlive.com/news/index.ssf/2012/11/michigan_given_another_month_t.html">MLive's David Eggert </a>reports, they've been given an extension to decide on whether to set up a state run health care exchange:</p><blockquote><p>The Obama administration late Thursday gave Michigan another month to decide if it wants to build its own online marketplace where individuals and businesses can shop for health insurance.</p><p>The deadline had been set for today. But in a bow to a request from the Republican Governors Association, U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius extended the deadline until Dec. 14.</p></blockquote><p><strong>Detroit Mayor reaches deal to keep city afloat</strong></p><p>The dire financial projections for Detroit continue, with some predicting <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/officials-warn-detroit-running-short-cash-again">the city could run out of cash in December</a>.</p><p>But <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/detroit-state-reach-deal-get-cash-city">Michigan Radio's Sarah Hulett reports</a>, Mayor Bing has reached a deal with the state worth $137 million:</p><blockquote><p>Mayor Bing says the agreement will help the city make changes it needs, and avoid running out of cash as early as next month.</p><p>"We're asking for $10 million in the month of November. We meet the milestones we've agreed upon, we're asking for $20 million in December, and then we've got another $50 million that will be held in escrow at a later date," Bing said. Fri, 16 Nov 2012 14:01:01 +0000 Mark Brush 9953 at http://michiganradio.org In this morning's Michigan news headlines... Former Michigan first lady Helen Milliken dies at 89 http://michiganradio.org/post/former-michigan-first-lady-helen-milliken-dies-89 <p>TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) - Helen Wallbank Milliken, who was Michigan's longest-serving first lady and a staunch supporter of women's rights and the environment, has died. She was 89.<br><br>Son William Milliken Jr. says she died Friday morning at the family's Traverse City home.<br><br>Early in her husband's political career, Milliken dutifully played the role of unassuming, supportive spouse. But she evolved into an outspoken advocate of issues close to her heart during a record 14 years as first lady.<br> Fri, 16 Nov 2012 11:25:42 +0000 The Associated Press 9951 at http://michiganradio.org Former Michigan first lady Helen Milliken dies at 89 Commentary: Detroit on the Brink http://michiganradio.org/post/commentary-detroit-brink <p><font color="#000000" face="Arial" id="role_document" size="2"><font size="4"><font size="4"><font size="4">Former Governor Bill Milliken turns ninety today, and just about everyone is publishing some kind of tribute to the longest-serving governor in Michigan history. Milliken himself is not likely to say much today, but that&rsquo;s not because he isn&rsquo;t still mentally keen. He called me a couple weeks ago to complain.</font></font></font></font></p> Mon, 26 Mar 2012 15:24:25 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 6786 at http://michiganradio.org Commentary: Detroit on the Brink