Emily Fox http://michiganradio.org en The week in Michigan politics http://michiganradio.org/post/week-michigan-politics-58 <p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>This <em>Week in Michigan Politics, </em>Emily Fox and Jack Lessenberry discuss Michigan's<a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-supreme-court-rules-juvenile-lifers-not-entitled-re-sentencing-hearings"> ruling</a> on how juvenile lifers will not get a chance at parole, <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/detroit-officials-get-pay-raises">pay raises </a>for city leaders in bankrupt Detroit, and what <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/protests-monday-night-against-migrant-children-coming-michigan">role </a>Michigan could play in housing undocumented minors crossing the Mexico border.</p><p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 16:06:04 +0000 Emily Fox & Jack Lessenberry 18311 at http://michiganradio.org The week in Michigan politics The week in Michigan politics http://michiganradio.org/post/week-michigan-politics-57 <p>This <em>Week in Michigan Politics, </em>Emily Fox and Jack Lessenberry discuss how <a href="http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/06/30/after-hobby-lobby-these-77-corporations-will-drop-birth-control-coverage.html">Michigan businesses</a> will be affected by the US Supreme Court ruling that corporations don't have to include contraceptive coverage for employees for religious reasons, what the state is doing to prevent more<a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/background-checks-coming-home-aid-workers-state-can-t-exclude-all-felons"> felons</a> from being home health care workers for Medicaid patients, and the new <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/superintendents-blast-education-budget">budget</a> bill for the state.</p><p></p><p> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 14:25:11 +0000 Emily Fox & Jack Lessenberry 18234 at http://michiganradio.org The week in Michigan politics Education spending, charter schools and retirement plans make political headlines http://michiganradio.org/post/education-spending-charter-schools-and-retirement-plans-make-political-headlines <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">This </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">Week in Michigan Politics, </em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Jack </span>Lessenberry<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and Christina Shockley discuss new </span><a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/why-michigan-charter-schools-need-more-regulation-and-oversight" style="line-height: 1.5;">investigations</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> into charter schools, the new education spending bill and the</span><a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-economists-warn-against-ending-pensions-public-employees" style="line-height: 1.5;"> impacts</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> after the removal of state pension plans.</span></p><p></p><p></p><p> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 12:32:30 +0000 Jack Lessenberry, Christina Shockley & Emily Fox 18139 at http://michiganradio.org Education spending, charter schools and retirement plans make political headlines The week in Michigan politics http://michiganradio.org/post/week-michigan-politics-56 <p>This <em>Week in Michigan Politics, </em>Jack Lessenberry and Christina Shockley discuss the latest in the same-sex marriage debate, roads funding, whether Democrats can overturn the <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/democrats-sponsor-bill-roll-back-abortion-insurance-law">abortion insurance law</a>, and a new <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/bigger-usual-story-free-spending-administrator-running-amok">controversy </a>with the Education Achievement Authority.</p><p></p><p> Wed, 18 Jun 2014 12:45:42 +0000 Jack Lessenberry, Christina Shockley & Emily Fox 18051 at http://michiganradio.org The week in Michigan politics The U.P. could soon have a wine country thanks to a new grape http://michiganradio.org/post/could-soon-have-wine-country-thanks-new-grape <p></p><p>We've all heard of Cabernet, Merlot and Chardonnay. Those wines have been around for centuries.</p><p>But what about Frontenac, Marquette and La Crescent? Those grapes have only been around for a decade or two and they can withstand harsh winters, and thrive.</p><div><p>I went to the Upper Peninsula to see if it has what it takes to develop a new wine region in the state.</p><p> Mon, 16 Jun 2014 13:01:16 +0000 Emily Fox 18008 at http://michiganradio.org The U.P. could soon have a wine country thanks to a new grape Living off the grid can be illegal http://michiganradio.org/post/living-grid-can-be-illegal <p></p><p>Energy use on the globe is expected to go up by <a href="http://www.eia.gov/todayinenergy/detail.cfm?id=12251">more than 50% in the next 25 years</a>. Michigan law is mandating a heavier reliance on <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/can-michigan-reach-30-renewable-energy-sources-2035">renewable sources</a> by next year. But some say that’s not enough, and they are taking matters into their own hands.</p><p></p><p><strong>Experimenting with sustainability </strong></p><p>Take Rolf and Mari von Walthausen for example. They were a typical Traverse City couple. They worked 40-hour-a-week jobs and lived in an average-sized home. But one day they did an experiment.</p><p>“We moved all of our belongings into one room of the house and said, let’s see how it is to live in a space that is 12 by 16 [feet],” Rolf von Walthausen said.</p><p>Then they tried another experiment.</p><p>“There was a time that one summer at our house, we actually set up the tent in the yard and we lived in this tent for four months,” Rolf von Walthausen said.</p><p><strong>Living off the grid</strong></p><p>Then came the big test. The von Walthausens sold their house, quit their day jobs and built a tiny cabin in the woods with no running water or electricity. They got new part-time jobs teaching yoga and tuning pianos, they were living in the woods, getting their water from a stream nearby, gathering wood to heat their wood- burning stove, and using their compostable toilet outside.</p><p> Thu, 12 Jun 2014 12:43:58 +0000 Emily Fox 17948 at http://michiganradio.org Living off the grid can be illegal This week in Michigan politics: Roads and education http://michiganradio.org/post/week-michigan-politics-roads-and-education <p></p><p>This Week in Michigan Politics, Jack Lessenberry and Christina Shockley discuss roads funding in the final days before lawmakers leave for the summer, the<a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/more-kalamazoo-students-get-chance-take-part-promise"> expansion of the Kalamazoo Promise scholarship</a> and why Detroit is<a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/incompetence-detroit-schools-lose-head-start-funds"> missing out</a> on Head Start next year.</p><p></p><p> Wed, 11 Jun 2014 12:52:27 +0000 Jack Lessenberry, Christina Shockley & Emily Fox 17946 at http://michiganradio.org This week in Michigan politics: Roads and education Week in Michigan politics: Detroit's grand bargain, UAW dues, and roads http://michiganradio.org/post/week-michigan-politics-detroits-grand-bargain-uaw-dues-and-roads <p></p><p>This&nbsp;<em>Week in Michigan Politics,&nbsp;</em>Jack Lessenberry and Christina Shockley discuss how lawmakers approved giving&nbsp;<a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-lawmakers-commit-195-million-detroits-bankruptcy-reorganization">$195 million </a>to Detroit, <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/auto-industry-unions-future-remains-be-seen">the state of the United Auto Workers</a>&nbsp;after members agreed to raise fees for the first time in nearly 50 years, and why lawmakers can't agree on road funding.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p> Wed, 04 Jun 2014 12:50:11 +0000 Jack Lessenberry, Christina Shockley & Emily Fox 17850 at http://michiganradio.org Week in Michigan politics: Detroit's grand bargain, UAW dues, and roads This week in Michigan politics: Minimum wage and Mackinac http://michiganradio.org/post/week-michigan-politics-minimum-wage-and-mackinac <p>In this <em>Week in Michigan Politics</em>, Jack Lessenberry and Christina Shockley discuss the passage of a <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/legislature-approves-815-michigan-minimum-wage">new minimum-wage </a><a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/legislature-approves-815-michigan-minimum-wage">bil</a>l and the Mackinac Policy Conference.</p><p></p><p></p><p> Wed, 28 May 2014 12:15:47 +0000 Jack Lessenberry, Christina Shockley & Emily Fox 17773 at http://michiganradio.org This week in Michigan politics: Minimum wage and Mackinac Detroit's 'grand bargain', minimum wage, and Conyers make political headlines http://michiganradio.org/post/detroits-grand-bargain-minimum-wage-and-conyers-make-political-headlines <p></p><p>This <em>Week in Michigan Politics</em>, Jack Lessenberry and Christina Shockley discuss the<a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/orr-visits-lansing-looking-some-help"> grand bargain</a> for the Detroit bankruptcy,<a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/michigans-minimum-wage-bill-could-render-your-vote-null-and-void"> the debate over the minimum wage</a> and whether Detroit Congressman <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/conyers-primary-ballot">John Conyers </a>has a chance to continue his nearly 50 years in Congress.</p><p></p><p> Wed, 14 May 2014 13:11:33 +0000 Jack Lessenberry, Christina Shockley & Emily Fox 17594 at http://michiganradio.org Detroit's 'grand bargain', minimum wage, and Conyers make political headlines The week in Michigan politics http://michiganradio.org/post/week-michigan-politics-55 <p>This <em>Week in Michigan Politics, </em>Jack Lessenberry and Christina Shockley discuss local election results, how a Tea Partier is trying to challenge Michigan's lieutenant &nbsp;governor, and how the state might give Detroit less money for the bankruptcy and use Michigan's rainy day fund.</p><p></p><p> Wed, 07 May 2014 12:28:17 +0000 Jack Lessenberry, Christina Shockley & Emily Fox 17506 at http://michiganradio.org The week in Michigan politics The week in Michigan politics http://michiganradio.org/post/week-michigan-politics-54 <p>This <em>Week in Michigan Politics, </em>Michigan Radio's Jack Lessenberry and Emily Fox discuss how <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/congressman-john-conyers-nominating-petitions-challenged">Congressman John Conyers </a>might not be in the August primary because of a problem in nomination petitions, how the state is<a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-running-out-money-lend-schools-financial-distress"> running out of money </a>to give to struggling schools, and how <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/state-agriculture-commission-approves-backyard-livestock-rule">backyard farming</a> might become more difficult in the months ahead.</p> Wed, 30 Apr 2014 14:13:27 +0000 Jack Lessenberry & Emily Fox 17415 at http://michiganradio.org The week in Michigan politics The week in Michigan politics: Affirmative action and GM http://michiganradio.org/post/week-michigan-politics-affirmative-action-and-gm <p></p><p></p><p>This <em>Week in Michigan Politics, </em>Jack Lessenberry and Christina Shockley discuss the U.S. Supreme Court decision on <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/michigans-ban-affirmative-action-college-admissions-upheld-us-supreme-court">affirmative action</a>, and the latest <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/gm-restructuring-engineering-response-recall">reactions</a> by GM after the fallout from recalls for ignition switch problems.</p><p></p><p> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 13:06:08 +0000 Jack Lessenberry, Christina Shockley & Emily Fox 17324 at http://michiganradio.org The week in Michigan politics: Affirmative action and GM The week in Michigan politics http://michiganradio.org/post/week-michigan-politics-52 <p></p><p></p><p></p><p>This <em>Week in Michigan Politics, </em>Emily Fox and Jack Lessenberry discuss the state of education in Michigan, an update on the Detroit bankruptcy and the race to fill four seats from Michigan's congressional delegation.</p><p></p><p></p><p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 14:28:49 +0000 Jack Lessenberry & Emily Fox 17156 at http://michiganradio.org The week in Michigan politics The week in Michigan politics http://michiganradio.org/post/week-michigan-politics-51 <p></p><p>This <em>Week in Michigan Politics, </em>Jack Lessenberry and Christina Shockley discuss<a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-will-be-weaker-washington-we-ve-been-ages"> the impact of a fourth member of the state's congressional delegation who won't seek re-election</a>, <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/michigans-medicaid-expansion-goes-effect-today">Medicaid expansion</a>, President Obama's trip to Michigan to talk about the minimum wage, and <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/orr-turns-heat-detroit-pensioners-they-push-back">Detroit's latest plan for bankruptcy</a>.</p><p></p><p> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 12:24:05 +0000 Jack Lessenberry, Christina Shockley & Emily Fox 17071 at http://michiganradio.org The week in Michigan politics The week in Michigan politics http://michiganradio.org/post/week-michigan-politics-50 <p>In This Week in Michigan Politics, Jack Lessenberry and Christina Shockley discuss the<a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/gov-snyder-declares-financial-emergency-royal-oak-township"> financial emergency in Royal Oak Township</a>, <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/ptsd-becomes-first-mental-health-disorder-approved-medical-marijuana-use">the approval of PTSD for medical marijuana use</a>, and how Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette is going after energy companies accused of <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/big-energy-companies-face-conspiracy-anti-trust-violations-michigan">drastically bringing down the prices of oil and gas land leases</a>, and why some people paid as much as $8 a gallon for propane this year.</p><p></p><p> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 12:08:56 +0000 Jack Lessenberry, Christina Shockley & Emily Fox 16908 at http://michiganradio.org The week in Michigan politics Don't let that 50 degree weather fool you: Prepare for a winter storm http://michiganradio.org/post/dont-let-50-degree-weather-fool-you-prepare-winter-storm <p>There's a winter storm watch for counties on and below I-94 as well as counties in mid and southeast Michigan. The watch is in effect from late this evening through tomorrow afternoon.<br /><br />In the lower half of west Michigan, as well as mid-Michigan, there could be an inch of snow falling per hour,with six inches of total snowfall possible.<br /><br />In southeast Michigan, rain will turn to snow overnight with accumulation of an inch an hour. Four to six inches of snow could fall in the Flint area, with a possibility of more than six inches of snow in Ann Arbor and Detroit. Wind gusts could reach 30 miles an hour.<br /><br />For commuters, this could mean icy roads and whiteout conditions.</p><p> Tue, 11 Mar 2014 11:21:01 +0000 Emily Fox 16806 at http://michiganradio.org Don't let that 50 degree weather fool you: Prepare for a winter storm Same-sex marriage, war against blight in Flint and Obama's budget proposal make political headlines http://michiganradio.org/post/same-sex-marriage-war-against-blight-flint-and-obamas-budget-proposal-make-political-headlines <p>This <em>Week in Michigan Politics, </em>Jack Lessenberry and Christina Shockely discuss<a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/fight-same-sex-marriage-continues"> the trial</a> challenging Michigan's same-sex marriage ban, the mayor of Flint's proposal to fight blight in the city, and what President Obama's budget proposal could mean for Michigan.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p> Wed, 05 Mar 2014 13:34:08 +0000 Jack Lessenberry, Christina Shockley & Emily Fox 16720 at http://michiganradio.org Same-sex marriage, war against blight in Flint and Obama's budget proposal make political headlines Same-sex marriage, the Dingells, and manufacturing hub make political headlines http://michiganradio.org/post/same-sex-marriage-dingells-and-manufacturing-hub-make-political-headlines <p>This <em>Week in Michigan Politics</em>, Jack Lessenberry and Christina Shockley talk about the<a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-gay-marriage-goes-trial"> same-sex marriage trial </a>in Michigan, the new<a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/reports-debbie-dingell-run-her-husbands-seat-congress"> Dingell race for Congress</a> and President Obama’s announcement of a new manufacturing hub in metro Detroit.</p><p></p><p> Wed, 26 Feb 2014 13:41:37 +0000 Jack Lessenberry, Christina Shockley & Emily Fox 16612 at http://michiganradio.org Same-sex marriage, the Dingells, and manufacturing hub make political headlines Lessenberry talks potholes, minimum wage, Detroit bankuptcy and same-sex marriage http://michiganradio.org/post/lessenberry-talks-potholes-minimum-wage-detroit-bankuptcy-and-same-sex-marriage <p>This <em>Week in Michigan Politics</em>, Christina Shockley and Jack Lessenberry discuss<a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/emergency-road-funding-could-be-coming-after-nasty-winter"> money to help fix potholes</a>, an effort to raise the minimum wage, the possible release of Detroit’s bankruptcy plan, and the upcoming trial <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/fight-same-sex-marriage-continues">challenging gay marriage in Michigan</a>.</p><p></p><p> Wed, 19 Feb 2014 13:28:02 +0000 Jack Lessenberry, Christina Shockley & Emily Fox 16505 at http://michiganradio.org Lessenberry talks potholes, minimum wage, Detroit bankuptcy and same-sex marriage