Weekly Political Roundup http://michiganradio.org en Detroit bankruptcy case, bondholders and the future of the DIA http://michiganradio.org/post/detroit-bankruptcy-case-bondholders-and-future-dia <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It’s Thursday, the day we talk Michigan politics with Ken </span>Sikkema<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, former Senate Majority Leader and senior policy fellow at Public Sector Consultants, and Susan </span>Demas<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, publisher of Inside Michigan Politics.</span></p><p>This week, host Jennifer White discusses the latest developments in the Detroit bankruptcy case and examines the implications.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">There was a significant breakthrough yesterday. A settlement was announced between the city of Detroit and three major bond insurers. The insurers will get about 74 cents on the dollar, a significant increase from what emergency manager </span>Kevyn<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Orr originally offered, and the roughly $50 million in savings will go to support retirees.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The question now is whether retirees will accept further cuts to their pensions, given the fact that Gov. Rick Snyder has stated that the state will not put any money forward unless the retirees agree to cuts. Ken </span>Sikkema<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> says it's imperative that retirees back the plan.</span></p><p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 21:31:26 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 17195 at http://michiganradio.org Detroit bankruptcy case, bondholders and the future of the DIA Schauer selects Lisa Brown as running mate; Camp decides against seeking re-election http://michiganradio.org/post/schauer-selects-lisa-brown-running-mate-camp-decides-against-seeking-re-election <p></p><p>Each week we take a look at what’s happening in Michigan politics with Susan Demas, publisher of Inside Michigan Politics, and Ken Sikkema, former Senate Majority Leader and Senior Policy Fellow at Public Sector Consultants.</p><p>Earlier today, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mark Schauer announced that Oakland County Clerk Lisa Brown will be his running mate for the upcoming 2014 election. Brown served two terms in the state House of Representatives and has served as the Oakland County Clerk since 2012, a position long held by Republicans.</p><p>Susan Demas indicates&nbsp;the selection of&nbsp;Brown will bolster the ticket because of her name recognition with voters in Southeast Michigan and she resonates well with female voters.&nbsp;</p><p>“Lisa Brown...gained a lot of attention in 2012 with the debate over the controversial abortion legislation, and was known for the ‘vagina-gate’ scandal when she was not allowed to speak on the floor.”</p><p>Meanwhile, a fourth member of Michigan’s congressional delegation&nbsp;announced&nbsp;he will not&nbsp;seek re-election. Rep. Dave Camp (R-Midland), the chair of the House Ways and Means Committee, will step down, along with Mike Rogers, Carl Levin and John Dingell.</p><p> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 20:41:00 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 17096 at http://michiganradio.org Schauer selects Lisa Brown as running mate; Camp decides against seeking re-election Could the same-sex marriage debate impact the 2014 election? http://michiganradio.org/post/could-same-sex-marriage-debate-impact-2014-election <p></p><p>This week, host Jennifer White discusses the latest developments in same-sex marriages in Michigan and their impact on the 2014 elections. She is joined by Ken Sikkema, former Senate Majority Leader and senior policy fellow at Public Sector Consultants, and Susan Demas, publisher of Michigan Inside Politics.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">On Friday, U.S. District Judge Bernard Friedman struck down Michigan’s ban on same-sex marriage. On Saturday, more than 300 couples rushed to speak their vows before the Sixth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals issued a stay on Judge Friedman’s ruling until further deliberation. Yesterday, </span>Gov.<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;Rick Snyder stated that while the marriages performed over the weekend were legal, they cannot be officially recognized by the state due to the current law.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Ken </span>Sikkema<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> indicates that while it may be politically challenging for </span>Gov<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. Snyder, his position will be to comply with the law.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">“I think at the end of the day, his position is going to be, as it is today, ‘I’m going to comply with the law,' whatever the law is, finally resolved by the U.S. Supreme Court."</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Meanwhile, Susan </span>Demas<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> mentions that although Attorney General Bill </span>Schuette<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> has been vocal about his opposition to same-sex marriage, he did not address the issue in his campaign reelection announcement last week.</span></p><p> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 21:37:03 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 17010 at http://michiganradio.org A look at Michigan's same-sex marriage challenge, and will another Dingell take office? http://michiganradio.org/post/look-michigans-same-sex-marriage-challenge-and-will-another-dingell-take-office <p>This week, a challenge to Michigan’s ban on same-sex marriage began in federal court. Michigan voters approved the ban on same-sex marriage and civil unions in 2004. Plus, the longest-serving member of the House, John Dingell&nbsp;announces he will retire. Who will take his seat?</p><p><em>All Things Considered</em>&nbsp;host Jennifer White spoke with Susan Demas, publisher of Inside Michigan Politics, and Ken Sikkema, former Senate Majority Leader and Senior Policy Fellow at Public Sector Consultants.</p><p></p><p><em>*Correction - In an earlier version of the audio above, Susan Demas&nbsp;referred to April DeBoer or Jayne Rowse as a "biological" mother of their kid(s). Each is an "adoptive" parent to their kid(s). The audio has been corrected.</em></p><p> Thu, 27 Feb 2014 22:23:46 +0000 Jennifer White 16648 at http://michiganradio.org A look at Michigan's same-sex marriage challenge, and will another Dingell take office? To raise or not to raise the minimum wage? http://michiganradio.org/post/raise-or-not-raise-minimum-wage <p></p><p>It's a question Michigan voters may have to answer this November.</p><p>The Board of State Canvassers yesterday approved petition language put forward by Raise Michigan, a coalition that wants to increase Michigan’s minimum wage to $10.10 an hour by 2017, and also index the minimum wage to inflation.</p><p>To get the question on the November ballot, it needs to collect 258,000 signatures by May 28.</p><p>Susan Demas, publisher of Inside Michigan Politics and Ken Sikkema, former Senate Majority Leader and Senior Policy Fellow at Public Sector Consultants spoke with All Things Considered Host, Jennifer White.</p><p> Thu, 20 Feb 2014 21:10:19 +0000 Jennifer White & Mercedes Mejia 16533 at http://michiganradio.org To raise or not to raise the minimum wage? Drivers beware, warns MDOT director http://michiganradio.org/post/drivers-beware-warns-mdot-director <p></p><p>Kirk Steudle, director of the Michigan Department of Transportation, says the harsh winter will make the pothole situation in Michigan this spring the worst we’ve seen in our lifetime. He testified this week before the state House Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation.</p><p>Joining us to talk roads are Susan Demas, publisher of Inside Michigan Politics, and Ken Sikkema, former Senate Majority Leader and Senior Policy Fellow at Public Sector Consultants.</p><p> Thu, 13 Feb 2014 20:35:28 +0000 Jennifer White & Mercedes Mejia 16443 at http://michiganradio.org Drivers beware, warns MDOT director Should Dave Agema resign? http://michiganradio.org/post/should-dave-agema-resign <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">This week during a&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Martin Luther King Jr. D</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">ay speech, Gov. Rick Snyder renewed his call for civility. His comments seemed to again be pointed toward&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Dave&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Agema, a&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Republican National Committeeman</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Agema</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;is being criticized for comments made against gays and Muslims, and the calls for his resignation are getting louder.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">To talk about this, we're joined by&nbsp;Ken </span>Sikkema<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, former Senate Majority Leader and senior policy fellow at Public Sector Consultants, and Zoe Clark, Michigan Radio’s co-host of "It’s Just Politics."&nbsp;</span></p><p> Thu, 23 Jan 2014 22:14:00 +0000 Jennifer White & Mercedes Mejia 16158 at http://michiganradio.org Should Dave Agema resign? What to do with Michigan's projected budget surplus? http://michiganradio.org/post/what-do-michigans-projected-budget-surplus <p></p><p>Each week we take a look at what’s happening in Michigan politics with Susan Demas, publisher of Inside Michigan Politics, and Ken Sikkema, former Senate Majority Leader and Senior Policy Fellow at Public Sector Consultants.&nbsp;</p><p>The state legislature is back to work, and as Sikkema predicted last year, talks are swirling around what to do with the state’s projected budget surplus. Estimates are putting it at about $500 million. What should be done with the money?</p> Thu, 09 Jan 2014 21:47:00 +0000 Jennifer White & Mercedes Mejia 15961 at http://michiganradio.org What to do with Michigan's projected budget surplus? What might the Michigan Legislature do in 2014? http://michiganradio.org/post/what-might-michigan-legislature-do-2014 <div><p>I<span style="line-height: 1.5;">t’s Thursday, the day we talk Michigan politics with Ken </span>Sikkema<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, former Senate majority leader and senior policy fellow at Public Sector Consultants, and Susan </span>Demas<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, publisher of Inside Michigan Politics.</span></p></div><div>The legislature has wrapped up session for the year. And, after the holidays we’re entering an election year. Let's find out, besides the gubernatorial election, what other major elections should we be watching next year, and what might the legislature accomplish in 2014?</div><div> Thu, 19 Dec 2013 21:45:00 +0000 Jennifer White & Mercedes Mejia 15766 at http://michiganradio.org What might the Michigan Legislature do in 2014? In Lansing, could unexpected legislation pop up? http://michiganradio.org/post/lansing-could-unexpected-legislation-pop <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Each Thursday we talk Michigan politics with Susan </span>Demas<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, publisher of Inside Michigan Politics, and Ken </span>Sikkema<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, former Senate Majority Leader and Senior Policy Fellow at Public Sector Consultants.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Michigan legislature is on recess until the first week of December. This feels like a much more subdued legislative session compared to last year. Today we ask, what has the legislature checked off it's list, what bills are likely to come up in December?</span></p><p><em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Listen to the full interview above.</span></em></p><p> Thu, 21 Nov 2013 22:03:42 +0000 Jennifer White & Mercedes Mejia 15386 at http://michiganradio.org In Lansing, could unexpected legislation pop up? Weekly Political Roundup: Campaign donation limits, impact on 2014 elections http://michiganradio.org/post/weekly-political-roundup-campaign-donation-limits-impact-2014-elections <p>Each&nbsp;Thursday&nbsp;we talk Michigan politics with Ken Sikkema, former Senate Majority Leader and Senior Policy Fellow at Public Sector Consultants, and Susan Demas, publisher of Inside Michigan Politics.&nbsp;</p><p>This morning, Michigan Secretary of State Ruth Johnson proposed new rules that would require more disclosure of who pays for issue ads. The Senate added language to block the Secretary of State’s proposal, and approved a bill that would double the amount an individual could contribute to a candidate or a candidate committee.</p><p>“What the Secretary of State is trying to do is level a very unequal playing field when it comes to financing campaigns,” Sikkema explains. “Right now, a candidate committee has to disclose everybody who gave any amount of money, and there are severe limits on how much an individual can give. But independent committees do not have to disclose and there are no limits as to contributions.”</p><p>After moving quickly through the Senate, this proposal now faces the House.</p><p> Thu, 14 Nov 2013 22:25:29 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 15290 at http://michiganradio.org Weekly Political Roundup: Campaign donation limits, impact on 2014 elections A closer look at this week in Michigan politics http://michiganradio.org/post/closer-look-week-michigan-politics <div></div><div><p>Each week we talk Michigan politics with Ken&nbsp;Sikkema, former Senate Majority Leader and Senior Policy Fellow at Public Sector Consultants, and Susan&nbsp;Demas, publisher of Inside Michigan Politics.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The election results are in and Mike&nbsp;</span>Duggan<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;will be&nbsp;</span><a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/mike-duggan-detroits-next-mayor" style="line-height: 1.5;">Detroit’s next mayor</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">. His tenure begins while the city remains under the control of an emergency manager. What does his win say about what Detroit voters want in their next mayor?</span></p><p>And then,&nbsp;the city of Royal Oak passed a&nbsp;<a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/royal-oak-voters-uphold-lgbt-ordinance">human rights ordinance</a>, it provides protections against discrimination for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people. Also, Lansing, Jackson, and&nbsp;Ferndale&nbsp;all passed&nbsp;<a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/voters-three-more-michigan-cities-pass-marijuana-decriminalization-proposals">ordinances to decriminalize</a>&nbsp;small amounts of marijuana. Does this give us any indication of where Michigan is headed on some of these social issues?&nbsp;</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p></div><p> Thu, 07 Nov 2013 22:34:00 +0000 Jennifer White & Mercedes Mejia 15184 at http://michiganradio.org A closer look at this week in Michigan politics A look ahead at Detroit's mayoral election http://michiganradio.org/post/look-ahead-detroits-mayoral-election <p></p><p>The city of Detroit will elect a new mayor on Tuesday, November 5.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Voters will also decide who will serve on the city council, voting this time by city district. &nbsp;Joining us </span>today<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> are Ken </span>Sikkema<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, former Senate Majority Leader and Senior Policy Fellow at Public Sector Consultants, and Susan </span>Demas<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, publisher of Inside Michigan Politics.</span></p><p><em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Listen to the full interview above.</span></em></p><p> Thu, 31 Oct 2013 21:46:55 +0000 Jennifer White & Mercedes Mejia 15083 at http://michiganradio.org A look ahead at Detroit's mayoral election A look at Michigan politics this week http://michiganradio.org/post/look-michigan-politics-week <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It&rsquo;s Thursday, the day we talk Michigan politics with Susan Demas, political analyst for <a href="http://www.mlive.com/">MLIVE.com </a>a</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">nd Ken </span>Sikkema<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, former Senate Majority Leader and Senior Policy Fellow at Public Sector Consultants.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Governor Snyder&#39;s &quot;One Tough Nerd&quot; <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/does-snyders-economic-record-earn-him-title-one-successful-nerd">commercials return</a> signaling the start of a very long Election 2014 campaign season. And, we ask: Is the Tea Party losing steam?&nbsp;</span></p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.&nbsp;</em></p><p></p><p> Thu, 26 Sep 2013 21:12:00 +0000 Jennifer White & Mercedes Mejia 14605 at http://michiganradio.org A look at Michigan politics this week Weekly Political Roundup: Drug testing welfare recipients, Republican conference http://michiganradio.org/post/weekly-political-roundup-drug-testing-welfare-recipients-republican-conference <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It’s Thursday. The day we talk Michigan politics with Ken </span>Sikkema<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, former Senate Majority Leader and Senior Policy Fellow at Public Sector Consultants and Susan </span>Demas<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, columnist for </span><a href="http://www.mlive.com/">MLIVE.com</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">This week, a bill that would require welfare recipients to do some kind of community service in order to get cash assistance or a welfare check passed in the Senate. &nbsp;And another bill related to drug testing and welfare benefits cleared the state House Commerce Committee.</span></p><p>Then, the <a href="http://www.mackinac2013.org/">Mackinac Republican Leadership Conference</a> kicks off this weekend with nationally recognized guests including three potential presidential candidates set to speak there. They are Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin, Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky and Gov. Bobby Jindal of Louisiana.&nbsp;</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Thu, 19 Sep 2013 20:49:00 +0000 Jennifer White & Mercedes Mejia 14503 at http://michiganradio.org Weekly Political Roundup: Drug testing welfare recipients, Republican conference Weekly Political Roundup: Medicaid expansion passes, Tea Party goes after Lt. Gov. Calley http://michiganradio.org/post/weekly-political-roundup-medicaid-expansion-passes-tea-party-goes-after-lt-gov-calley <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It's our weekly review of Michigan politics with Susan </span>Demas<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, columnist for </span><a href="http://www.mlive.com/">MLIVE.</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"><a href="http://www.mlive.com/">com</a> and Ken </span>Sikkema<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, former senate majority leader and senior policy fellow at Public Sector Consultants.</span></p><p>We start with Medicaid, and while the expansion finally passed in the Senate the vote didn’t happen without a bit of drama and struggle.</p><p>"There was still an awful lot of controversy. There was some horse-trading involved with an issue Senator Tom Casperson, who represents the Upper Peninsula wanted, and that finally changed his vote. And, it was just a typical messy process which is what happens in the legislature," said Demas.</p><p>However, this isn’t the end of the story. The law passed without immediate effect. As it stands now, the law won’t go into effect until April. The Snyder administration says this will cost the state about $630 million in lost federal funds. Demas&nbsp;said there are still a lot of hurdles <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/next-step-medicaid-expansion-back-state-house">before Medicaid expansion goes into effect</a>.&nbsp;</p><p>Let's turn now to Lieutenant Governor Brian&nbsp;Calley.&nbsp; Tea Party activist, <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/tea-party-activist-challenge-michigans-lt-gov-republican-nomination">Wes&nbsp;Nakagiri&nbsp;says he plans to challenge the renomination of Calley</a>&nbsp;at the Republican convention next summer.&nbsp;Nakagiri&nbsp;says Governor Snyder needs a more conservative lieutenant governor to help the administration stay the conservative course. &nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">"If this Tea Party challenge to Brian </span>Calley<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> is successful at the convention, it gives the Democrats a huge issue during the fall general election campaign. They will use the argument that the Lieutenant Governor is far too conservative or radical for the Michigan electorate,"&nbsp;</span>Sikkema<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> said.</span></p><p><em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Click on the link above to hear the full interview.</span></em></p><p> Thu, 29 Aug 2013 20:27:00 +0000 Jennifer White & Mercedes Mejia 14192 at http://michiganradio.org Weekly Political Roundup: Medicaid expansion passes, Tea Party goes after Lt. Gov. Calley Weekly Political Roundup: Rough road ahead for transportion funding http://michiganradio.org/post/weekly-political-roundup-rough-road-ahead-transportion-funding <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Each week we take a look at Michigan politics with Ken </span>Sikkema<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, former Senate Majority Leader and Senior Policy Fellow at Public Sector Consultants, and Susan </span>Demas<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, columnist for </span><a href="http://www.mlive.com/" style="line-height: 1.5;">MLIVE.com</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><p>Governor Snyder has been calling for increased funding for Michigan roads to the tune of $1.2 billion a year. This is one of the items he has not gotten a lot of traction on so far from lawmakers on either side of the political aisle.</p><p>According to Sikkema, the last time <a href="http://www.michiganinbrief.org/edition06/text/issues/issue-50.htm">Michigan increased fees and a tax</a> for transportation funding was back in 1997.</p><p>"The reason we keep going back to this sales tax issue is because Michigan is relatively unique. It has a sales tax on top of its state and federal gas tax and that sales tax doesn't go to roads it goes to schools and revenue sharing. There are only about three or four states in the country where all the taxes at the pump don't go to roads. Michigan is one of them," he said.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Are better roads, better for business?</span></p><p> Thu, 15 Aug 2013 20:24:00 +0000 Jennifer White & Mercedes Mejia 14007 at http://michiganradio.org Weekly Political Roundup: Rough road ahead for transportion funding Weekly Political Roundup: In Detroit, bankruptcy timeline, impact on residents http://michiganradio.org/post/weekly-political-roundup-detroit-bankruptcy-timeline-impact-residents <p></p><div>The eyes of the nation are on Detroit, as the city navigates through the largest municipal bankruptcy in American history. &nbsp;And a group of Republican U.S. senators has wasted no time responding to the prospect of federal aid for the Motor City. They've crafted amendments to two separate appropriation bills to block federal intervention in municipal bankruptcy. That's despite the fact that neither Governor Rick Snyder nor Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr have put federal assistance on the table as a solution. <span style="line-height: 1.5;">So, moving forward, what does all this mean for Detroit, and for the state? For this, we talk with K</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">en </span>Sikkema<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, former senate majority leader and senior policy fellow at Public Sector Consultants, and Susan </span>Demas<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, columnist with </span><a href="http://www.mlive.com/" style="line-height: 1.5;">Mlive.</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"><a href="http://www.mlive.com/">com</a>.</span></div><div>&nbsp;</div><p> Thu, 25 Jul 2013 21:02:00 +0000 Jennifer White & Mercedes Mejia 13696 at http://michiganradio.org Weekly Political Roundup: In Detroit, bankruptcy timeline, impact on residents Weekly Political Roundup: Medicaid expansion bill, and conflicts in Detroit http://michiganradio.org/post/weekly-political-roundup-medicaid-expansion-bill-and-conflicts-detroit <div></div><div>It’s Thursday, the day we talk Michigan<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> politics with Ken </span>Sikkema<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, former Senate Majority Leader and Senior Policy Fellow at Public Sector Consultants, and Susan </span>Demas<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, political analyst for Michigan Information and Research Service.</span></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>On tap today,&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">the latest happenings around the Medicaid</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> expansion bill; developments in Detroit about whether the selection of the city's emergency manager, Kevyn Orr, was in conflict with the Opening Meetings Act; and possible bankruptcy proceedings in the city.</span></div><div>&nbsp;</div><p> Thu, 13 Jun 2013 21:59:00 +0000 Jennifer White 13047 at http://michiganradio.org Weekly Political Roundup: Medicaid expansion bill, and conflicts in Detroit Gov. Snyder's negotiation style in question http://michiganradio.org/post/gov-snyders-negotiation-style-question <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It’s Thursday, the day we talk Michigan politics with Susan </span>Demas<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, political analyst for Michigan Information and Research Service, and Ken </span>Sikkema<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, former Senate Majority Leader and senior policy fellow at Public Sector Consultants.</span></p><p>The state budget is on its way to Governor Snyder for his signature, while there is an investment of $65 million in early education, the Governor did not get three of his major priorities met. Medicaid expansion, transportation funding, and Common Core for K-12 education.</p><p>"He [Snyder] can't afford to sort of roll over all the time on the conservative agenda items, where he signs everything they want without getting them [conservatives] to agree to pass some of his high priority items," says Sikkema.&nbsp;</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Thu, 06 Jun 2013 21:29:00 +0000 Jennifer White 12931 at http://michiganradio.org Gov. Snyder's negotiation style in question