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Stateside
9:06 pm
Wed October 1, 2014

Stateside for Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Today on Stateside:

  • Married women keeping their maiden name doesn't raise any eyebrows these days – that's thanks to a ruling from Michigan's attorney general 40 years ago this week.
  • The Truth Squad has been probing candidates’ claims in the Senate race.
  • Michigan's Liberian community worries as Ebola threatens their loved ones.
  • Millennials are saying “no” to credit cards. We found out why from Detroit News personal finance columnist Brian O’Connor.
  • A University of Michigan research team said that the water in your bottle could be older than the sun.
  • An animal by-product you've never heard of is a key ingredient in perfume. It’s called ambergris.

* Listen to the full show above.

Stateside
8:59 pm
Wed October 1, 2014

Where's the truth in the campaign ads?

Terri Lynn Land
Credit Steve Carmody / Michigan Radio

The race to fill Carl Levin's seat in the U.S. Senate is one of the most hotly contested in the country.

The sheer number of campaign ads attests to that: Democrat Gary Peters and Republican Terri Lynn Land, volleying charges and counter-charges.

Detroit Free Press Washington reporter Todd Spangler has been truth squadding the Peters and Land campaign ads. 

Spangler says that Gary Peters has been accusing Terri Lynn Land of lying about her support of the 2008-09 auto bailout. 

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Politics & Government
4:48 pm
Wed October 1, 2014

Republicans and Democrats roll into Livonia

Credit Steve Carmody / Michigan Radio

Livonia will be the center of Michigan’s political landscape on Thursday.  

Republicans and Democrats are both planning big rallies in the Detroit suburb tomorrow.

The Republicans roll into town first. Their event will be headlined by former GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney.  

The event’s being called “CommMITT to the Comeback” rally. Top Republican candidates will be there, from Attorney General Bill Schuette to U.S. Senate nominee Terri Lynn Land. 

Noticeably absent is Gov. Rick Snyder.

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It's Just Politics
4:07 pm
Wed October 1, 2014

Say Yes to the Dress ... I mean Rick Snyder?

Zoe Clark co-hosts Michigan Radio's It's Just Politics with Rick Pluta

It’s looking more and more like Republicans and Democrats are doubling-down on getting female voters to the polls in November. As Rick Pluta and I talked about last week in It’s Just Politics:

Michigan is not a decisively blue state because so many Democrats sit out during the mid-term elections … It’s largely why we have a Republican governor, attorney general and secretary of state (many Democrats stayed home on Election Day four years ago). So, the challenge for Democrats is to convince Democrats to get out and vote, especially younger voters, minorities and females, who are statistically more likely to stay at home. That’s one of the reasons we’ve been hearing SO much about the so-called ‘War on women’. 

But, really, it’s a ‘war FOR women.' Women’s votes. Young women’s votes.

We linked to this anti-Obama ad that’s been airing for the past few weeks:

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Politics & Government
11:39 am
Wed October 1, 2014

DPS votes to oust emergency manager, court to decide

Jack Martin was appointed Detroit Public Schools' emergency manager in July 2013.
Credit Detroit Public Schools

Detroit City Council recently voted to strip Kevyn Orr of most of his powers as the city's emergency manager. Now, the Detroit Public School Board is hoping to oust their emergency manager as well.

Under Michigan's current emergency manager law, local officials can vote to strip EMs of their power with a two-thirds vote after 18 months.

The Detroit school board voted Monday evening with the belief that Jack Martin’s tenure as emergency manager would end this week.

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Politics & Government
10:57 am
Wed October 1, 2014

Water shutoffs, Detroit Public School’s emergency manager, and campaign trail updates

This Week in Michigan Politics, Emily Fox and Jack Lessenberry discuss Detroit’s water shutoffs, Detroit Public School’s emergency manager and updates from the campaign trail.

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Politics & Government
10:33 am
Wed October 1, 2014

Ebola a question in 8th Congressional District debate

Ebola virus
Credit CDC

Congressional candidates in mid-Michigan appeared together in a debate Tuesday night. The 8th District candidates were asked about the usual topics, and one very unusual topic.

Ebola.

The first case of Ebola diagnosed in the United States turned up in Texas.   

The man flew to the U.S. from Liberia in West Africa before he was diagnosed with the deadly virus. Officials say the unidentified patient is critically ill and has been in isolation at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital since Sunday.

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Stateside
6:21 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

Stateside for Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014

Today on Stateside:

  • The crisis grows for Michigan football: Shane Morris did suffer a concussion. Michigan Radio's sports commentator John U. Bacon shared his thoughts.
  • Fifty years ago, Ford gave America the Mustang, and America has loved it ever since. We look at the Mustang's past and its future.
  • Poet and writer Keith Taylor is here with his picks for our fall reading.
  • Detroit is getting serious about the luxury car business, but Detroit News columnist Daniel Howes doubted things would be any different this time.
  • First Write A House program winner Casey Rocheteau will be leaving Brooklyn to start her new life in her new Detroit house north of Hamtramck.
  • We explored the cloth doll Raggedy Ann’s strong roots in West Michigan.

*Listen to the full show above.

Politics & Government
2:12 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

Upcoming Michigan candidate forums on youth and family issues

Through the 2014 election season, Michigan Radio is providing opportunities for listeners to learn about the important issues being discussed and hear from many of the candidates running for office.

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Politics & Government
10:22 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

Gov. Snyder draws supporters and opponents to Kalamazoo town hall event

Not everyone in Kalamazoo was happy to see Gov. Rock Snyder. About two dozen protesters picketed outside Snyder's town hall event in Kalamazoo.
Credit Steve Carmody / Michigan Radio

The race for Michigan governor is moving into its final weeks.

Gov. Rick Snyder held the first of 10 town hall events last night in Kalamazoo on the campus of Western Michigan University.

  

Snyder was greeted by a group that wants to make him a one-term governor.  Protester JoeAnne Peterson is a retired teacher who's angry with the governor for several reasons, including right-to-work laws and increasing taxes on Michigan pensioners.

“I do have a right to say you took. You didn’t ask,” Peterson said.

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Politics & Government
7:24 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

AG’s office to investigate Aramark employee accused in ‘murder-for-hire’ plot

Credit Photo courtesy of Michigan's Attorney General office / michigan.gov

State Attorney General Bill Schuette says his office will investigate a possible murder-for-hire plot involving a prison food service worker.

Michigan State Police suspects an Aramark employee of approaching an inmate of an Upper Peninsula prison about having another inmate killed.

The Detroit Free Press first reported the story last week. Now the attorney general’s office says it will launch its own investigation into the incident. It says the local State Police post in Sault Ste. Marie requested the investigation.

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Stateside
6:55 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

Stateside for Monday, Sept. 29, 2014

Today on Stateside:

  • Food stamp cuts are looming for some Michigan families.
  • Nearly 14 billion years of history in one course: The Big History Project is designed to change the way our kids learn history.
  • Living in the Upper Peninsula means you might drive 60 miles one way to get to a well-stocked grocery store. We looked at food insecurity in the U.P.
  • Water shutoffs to Detroiters who haven't paid their bills are not going to stop – that was the result of a ruling today by federal bankruptcy judge Stephen Rhodes.
  • Michigan Radio's Tracy Samilton reported on the Cody Comets' first game on their new field, named "Hope Field."

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Politics & Government
5:38 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

Detroit police use new technology to fight gun crime

ShotSpotter Graphic
Credit SST inc.

A Detroit Police Department pilot project is using gunfire detection technology to reduce gun crime.

Police spokesman Sgt. Michael Woody said the ShotSpotter system identifies "gunfire in a specific area wherever the technology is set up." He said it is designed to also pinpoint the location, time, and direction of gunshots.

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Politics & Government
4:04 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

Snyder: US, not Canada, should pay for customs plaza

Rick Snyder wants the US, not Canada, to pay for the Ambassador Bridge's customs plaza.
Credit Michigan.gov

Gov. Rick Snyder told a business conference in Grand Rapids today that he expects the new international border crossing between Detroit and Ontario will provide a boost to the entire Michigan economy.

The bridge will be largely financed by the Canadian government, which agreed to pay for both sides of the bridge after the Michigan Legislature balked at funding the project. However, Snyder believes it to be the United States' responsibility to to pick up the costs of the U.S. customs plaza. 

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Politics & Government
10:37 am
Mon September 29, 2014

Don't expect much from Michigan's lawmakers until "lame duck" session

Lame ducks?
Simone Walsh Flickr

This is the last week the state Legislature is scheduled to meet before the November election. Lawmakers probably won’t take up any controversial bills until their “lame duck” session in December.

Supporters of legislation to add LGBT protections to Michigan’s civil rights law are still optimistic lawmakers will pass it before the end of the year.

“I’m pretty heartened by the openness that [state House Speaker Jase Bolger] has shown to us in having those discussions,” said Shelli Weisberg with the Michigan chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union .

“But it’s going to be tough.”

Weisberg admits it would be a setback if the bill has to wait until 2015.

“I think it does make it harder to go into a new legislative session because we’ve got new members and we have to really put forth a whole new, kind of fresh education effort,” she said.

Gov. Rick Snyder says his top legislative priority before the end of the year is boosting funding for roads and infrastructure.

State Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville, R-Monroe, says he wants to relax term limits on state lawmakers.

Lawmakers could also approve bills to relax restrictions on medical marijuana in Michigan during their lame duck session.

It's Just Politics
4:34 pm
Sat September 27, 2014

Why President Obama will come back to campaign in Michigan before November

It's Just Politics with Zoe Clark and Rick Pluta

The persuadable voter. Political independents. There are not as many of them as there used to be. And they don’t seem to be the center of this campaign season as they have been in previous years (remember the ‘Soccer Mom’ or ‘Security Mom’?).

This year’s campaigns seem much more focused on getting out base voters. And, that is why we present a bold prediction: President Barack Obama will come visit Michigan before Election Day.

Democrats have pinned their hopes this year on Democratic-voter turnout. Michigan is a decidedly blue state. Democrats have a five or six-point behavioral - that is how people vote, not what they call themselves - advantage in Michigan. That advantage is why Democrats have won the last six presidential elections in Michigan.

But, Michigan is not a decisively blue state because so many Democrats sit out during the mid-term elections. And, that gives Michigan Republicans their best changes in statewide races. It’s largely why we have a Republican governor, attorney general and secretary of state (many Democrats stayed home on Election Day four years ago).

But, there’s another part of the equation: Republicans can’s win on their own. Yes, Michigan Republicans typically have a turnout advantage in mid-term elections, but it doesn’t get them all the way to victory. To win, Republicans have to win at least a slim majority of the independents who turn out to vote.

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Politics & Government
3:29 pm
Sat September 27, 2014

Federal initiative launches in Flint

Downtown Flint
Credit Steve Carmody / Michigan Radio

FLINT –  The federal government has launched the Strong Cities, Strong Communities initiative in Flint to improve the city.

In January, Flint was chosen to be a part of the program, also called SC2. The program uses experts to work alongside city leadership, community organizations, local business and philanthropic foundations to support the cities' visions for economic growth and development.

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Politics & Government
11:20 am
Sat September 27, 2014

U.S. makes loans available for Michigan flood damage

Credit Michigan State Police

DETROIT – The U.S. Small Business Administration says it's making low-interest disaster loans available to home and business owners in Detroit-area counties that suffered massive flooding last month.

The Friday announcement followed President Barack Obama issuing a federal disaster declaration the day before. That action makes available funding to those affected in Macomb, Oakland and Wayne counties.

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Politics & Government
8:35 am
Sat September 27, 2014

Latest election polls, Kevyn Orr's extended stay in Detroit, and another Aramark scandal

Kevyn Orr will stay on as Detroit's emergency manager, with some restrictions.
Credit user memories_by_mike / Flickr

This Week in Review, Jack 
Lessenberry and Rina Miller discuss the latest polls for Michigan’s governor and U.S.Senate races, Detroit’s decision to keep emergency manager Kevyn Orr on board for now, and the latest scandal with Aramark, the state’s food services provider.

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Politics & Government
5:37 pm
Fri September 26, 2014

Heavy campaign spending once again in Michigan Supreme Court races

“We’re at a point now where something like 90% of the public believe that campaign cash is effecting courtroom decisions,” says Bert Brandenburg of Justice at Stake.
Credit Steve Carmody / Michigan Radio

There’s a lot of money being spent to elect Michigan’s Supreme Court justices.

The eight candidates running for three open slots on the Michigan Supreme Court have spent nearly $700,000 on TV ad buys as of this week.  

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