michigan politics http://michiganradio.org en Can Democrats win the Michigan House? http://michiganradio.org/post/can-democrats-win-michigan-house <p>The last three years haven’t been great ones to be in the legislature – if you are a Democrat. Republicans are in control, and they’ve rammed through bills whose passage would have been unimaginable five years ago. Right to work, for example.</p><p>Two years ago, Democrats hoped to win control of the state House of Representatives, to gain some leverage. They did gain five seats, thanks in part to a large turnout and President Obama winning Michigan by nearly half a million votes. But they still fell short, thanks in part to redistricting. More than 400,000 more votes were cast for Democrats, but gerrymandering meant when the dust had settled, Republicans had 59, Democrats, 51. Mon, 27 Jan 2014 16:52:58 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 16189 at http://michiganradio.org Can Democrats win the Michigan House? This week in Michigan politics: Detroit election results, Pontiac Schools financial emergency http://michiganradio.org/post/week-michigan-politics-detroit-election-results-pontiac-schools-financial-emergency <p>This week in Michigan politics, Jack Lessenberry and Emily Fox discuss <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/duggan-makes-history-winning-write-campaign-napoleon-rallies-supporters">Mike Duggan's write-in campaign</a>, the Detroit City Council, and the Pontiac school district.</p><p> Wed, 07 Aug 2013 11:26:58 +0000 Jack Lessenberry & Emily Fox 13869 at http://michiganradio.org This week in Michigan politics: Detroit election results, Pontiac Schools financial emergency Romney's older brother interested in Levin seat http://michiganradio.org/post/romneys-older-brother-interested-levin-seat <p>The older brother of presidential candidate Mitt Romney is interested in running for the Michigan Senate seat being vacated by Carl Levin in 2014.<br><br>A state GOP official said Friday that Scott Romney, 71, is exploring his options with potential supporters. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he wasn't authorized to speak publicly about specific candidates.<br><br>An attorney, Scott Romney lost the 1998 nomination for attorney general at the Michigan Republican Party's convention. One of his ex-wives, Ronna, ran for the Senate in 1996 but lost to Levin.<br> Sat, 09 Mar 2013 19:36:23 +0000 Associated Press 11615 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside: Debbie Dingell and Saul Anuzis share thoughts on approaching political year http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-debbie-dingell-and-saul-anuzis-share-thoughts-approaching-political-year <p>What does 2013 have in store for Michigan politics?</p><p>Saul Anuzis, former chairman of the Michigan Republican Party, and Debbie Dingell, President of D2 Strategies, spoke today with Zoe Clark.</p><p>They addressed the importance of Democrats and Republicans collaborating on key issues for the state.</p><p>Dingell predicted an ardent strategy from Democrats.</p><p>“The air is not cleared and will be an issue for the next two years. The challenge for Democrats is to develop a strategy that gets at the core of the issue but doesn’t hurt Michigan in the process,” said Dingell.</p><p>“The biggest challenge for all of us is, how do we do what’s right and what’s best for Michigan? How do we move forward on good public policy where we actually have common ground?” said Anuzis. Wed, 09 Jan 2013 21:42:11 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 10692 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside: Debbie Dingell and Saul Anuzis share thoughts on approaching political year Stateside: Lame duck concludes, 2013 comes into focus http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-lame-duck-concludes-2013-comes-focus <p>Lansing’s lame duck session has ended, allowing politicians to focus on their 2013 agendas.</p><p>To better understand what both parties will discuss, we heard from Saul Anuzis and Debbie Dingell.</p><p>Anuzis is the former Chairman of the Michigan Republican Party and Dingell is a Democratic National Committeewoman.</p><p>Dingell expressed concern over the speed with which right-to-work legislation passed.</p><p>“People in Michigan were stunned by many of the bills that passed so quickly without discussion,” said Dingell.</p><p>“The lame duck session every two years is something where a lot of bills move very quickly. I don’t think anybody was surprised…” said Anuzis. Tue, 18 Dec 2012 21:21:25 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 10425 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside: Lame duck concludes, 2013 comes into focus Stateside: Addressing Michigan's lame-duck session http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-addressing-michigans-lame-duck-session <p>Michigan lawmakers are currently in a "lame-duck" session.</p><p>With some politicians nearing the ends of their terms, a mixed sense of delay and progress pervades Lansing.</p><p>David Eggert, political contributor for MLive and Michigan Radio’s Jack Lessenberry talked about the typical work ethic of a lame-duck period.</p><p>“Some of these folks won’t be coming back, so I think they feel somewhat liberated and also under pressure to get things done,” said Lessenberry.</p><p> Mon, 19 Nov 2012 20:32:43 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 9981 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside: Addressing Michigan's lame-duck session Commentary: Too much sex, not enough policy http://michiganradio.org/post/commentary-too-much-sex-not-enough-policy <p><font color="#000000" face="Arial" id="role_document" size="2"><font size="4"><font size="4"><font size="4">Consider this. We&rsquo;ve still got more than a week left of March, and it looks like April and feels like August. Yesterday it was eighty-six in Ann Arbor, and two people think they saw a cougar -- a mountain lion, not the other kind -- on north campus.</font></font></font></font></p> Fri, 23 Mar 2012 15:01:59 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 6757 at http://michiganradio.org Commentary: Too much sex, not enough policy Arthur Vandenberg: Remembering a Hero http://michiganradio.org/post/arthur-vandenberg-remembering-hero <p><font color="#000000" face="Arial" id="role_document" size="2"><font size="4"><font size="4"><font size="4">Yesterday, I was listening to Rick Santorum attack Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney for supposedly being willing to take more moderate positions in the general election campaign.</font></font></font></font></p> Thu, 22 Mar 2012 14:46:04 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 6739 at http://michiganradio.org Arthur Vandenberg: Remembering a Hero Politics By Other Means http://michiganradio.org/post/politics-other-means <p>Bishop Thomas Gumbleton probably won&rsquo;t vote in the primary today, though he spends his life doing work that&rsquo;s greatly affected by the political world. Nor does he seem impressed that Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum are fellow Roman Catholics.</p><p>Actually, he seems pretty appalled by them.</p> Tue, 28 Feb 2012 15:36:49 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 6402 at http://michiganradio.org Politics By Other Means Money and politics: when the fix makes it worse http://michiganradio.org/post/money-and-politics-when-fix-makes-it-worse <p>Many voters suspect politicians are corrupted by money. Campaign contributions and cozy relationships with lobbyists make voters wonder if their elected officials have their best interests at heart. That&rsquo;s led to attempts to fix the problem in Michigan, but observers say sometimes the &lsquo;fix&rsquo; makes the problem worse.</p><p>Politicians <strong><em>need</em></strong> money to run campaigns to win elections. And often that money comes from the rich and powerful. But what do those politicians get in return?</p> Tue, 21 Feb 2012 12:00:00 +0000 Lester Graham 6286 at http://michiganradio.org Money and politics: when the fix makes it worse Unions, politics, and right-to-work http://michiganradio.org/post/unions-politics-and-right-work <p>With the passage of so called right-to-work laws in Indiana, some Michigan lawmakers are now calling for those laws in Michigan.</p><p>Lawmakers in support of right-to-work laws say they&rsquo;ll make Michigan a more business friendly environment.</p><p>Opponents call it union busting and an effort to weaken unions&rsquo; political power.</p><p>Michigan Radio&rsquo;s political analyst, Jack Lessenberry gives us a historical perspective.</p> Mon, 06 Feb 2012 22:05:04 +0000 Jennifer White 6115 at http://michiganradio.org Pete Hoekstra, Ethnic Slur http://michiganradio.org/post/pete-hoekstra-ethnic-slur <p><font color="#000000" face="Arial" id="role_document" size="2"><font size="4"><font size="4">Last week I had occasion to mention the famous author Upton Sinclair, and his now-forgotten campaign for governor of California in 1934. Afterwards, a friend told me, &ldquo;I&rsquo;ll bet that&rsquo;s the last time you bring that up for about ten years.&ldquo;</font></font></font></p> Mon, 06 Feb 2012 15:59:32 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 6103 at http://michiganradio.org Pete Hoekstra, Ethnic Slur How about this license plate: RU Nuts? http://michiganradio.org/post/how-about-license-plate-ru-nuts <p><font color="#000000" face="Arial" id="role_document" size="2"><font size="4"><font size="4"><font size="4"><font size="4">We&rsquo;ve got a few serious problems in this state, from the fact that we lost almost a million jobs in the past decade to the inconvenient truth that higher education has become both essential for all and highly unaffordable for a large percentage of us.</font></font></font></font></font></p> Tue, 31 Jan 2012 16:11:08 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 6018 at http://michiganradio.org How about this license plate: RU Nuts? Rep. Mike Shirkey defends "right-to-work" legislation http://michiganradio.org/post/rep-mike-shirkey-defends-right-work-legislation <p><strong>CORRECTION - </strong>An earlier version of this story&nbsp;stated that&nbsp;Right To&nbsp;Work&nbsp;legislation had already been introduced in the Michigan House. It has not. Representative&nbsp;Shirkey plans to introduce the legislation soon.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Right-to-work laws would prohibit workers from being required to join a union or pay union dues or fees as a condition of employment.</p><p>Republican Rep. Mike Shirkey&nbsp;plans to&nbsp;introduce right-to-work legislation in the House.</p> Tue, 24 Jan 2012 21:09:28 +0000 Mercedes Mejia, Jennifer White & Zoe Clark 5916 at http://michiganradio.org Rep. Mike Shirkey defends "right-to-work" legislation Fixing the roads http://michiganradio.org/post/fixing-roads <p><font color="#000000" face="Arial" id="role_document" size="2"><font size="4"><font size="4"><font size="4"><font size="4">To say that Governor Rick Snyder isn&rsquo;t popular these days with Democrats,&nbsp; liberals and even some independent voters would probably be an understatement. Many were upset by his decisions to cut education spending in order to drastically lower business taxes. Others weren&rsquo;t happy that the state is now taxing pensions.</font></font></font></font></font></p> Mon, 23 Jan 2012 15:53:51 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 5898 at http://michiganradio.org Fixing the roads Michigan State Senator Gretchen Whitmer on the anti-bullying bill http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-state-senator-gretchen-whitmer-anti-bullying-bill <p>The Michigan Senate today passed the House version of an anti-bullying bill.</p><p>It&rsquo;s headed to Governor Rick Snyder for his signature.</p><p>The bill as passed did not include the controversial exception in an earlier Senate bill that protected statements that came from moral or religious convictions.</p><p>The Michigan Senate received national attention for that bill - some calling it a template for how to get away with bullying.&nbsp;</p><p>Senator Whitmer spoke with Michigan Radio&#39;s Jennifer White earlier today about her opposition for the bill approved by the Senate, and about the reaction to the YouTube video of her reacting to the bill.</p><p>Here she is telling her colleagues in the Michigan Senate &quot;you may be able to pat yourself on the backs today and say that you did something today, but in actuality you&#39;re explicitly outlining how to get away with bullying... This is worse that doing nothing. It&#39;s a Republican license to bully.&quot;</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KWBTmhglsNU Tue, 29 Nov 2011 21:35:28 +0000 Jennifer White 5170 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan State Senator Gretchen Whitmer on the anti-bullying bill State Senator Glenn Anderson takes on Congressman John Conyers for Congress next year http://michiganradio.org/post/state-senator-glenn-anderson-takes-congressman-john-conyers-congress-next-year <p><font color="#000000" face="Arial" id="role_document" size="2"><font size="4"><font size="4"><font size="4"><font size="4">State Senator Glenn Anderson of Westland likes to think of himself as a workhorse, not a show horse. In other words, as a guy more interested in getting it done than getting press attention.</font></font></font></font></font></p> Tue, 29 Nov 2011 15:40:47 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 5166 at http://michiganradio.org State Senator Glenn Anderson takes on Congressman John Conyers for Congress next year The Culture of Class (an audio documentary) http://michiganradio.org/post/culture-class-audio-documentary <p>If you think about it, class is a tricky word. What does it even mean? How do you define it?</p><p>Michigan Radio reporters and producers take a look at how social class impacts our lives - from the way we plan our cities and neighborhoods, to the way we&rsquo;re treated in a courtroom.</p><p>We also hear from folks around the state as they share their thoughts on class.</p><p><strong>Part 1</strong></p><p>http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/michigan/local-michigan-994889.mp3</p><p>This idea of class &ndash; class warfare, class resentment. It&rsquo;s everywhere. And yet, how are we defining class?</p><p> Wed, 23 Nov 2011 19:06:43 +0000 Jennifer Guerra, Zoe Clark & Mercedes Mejia 5121 at http://michiganradio.org The Culture of Class (an audio documentary) Detroit: The reality http://michiganradio.org/post/detroit-reality <p><span style="font-size:medium">Detroit Mayor Dave Bing made his long-anticipated speech this week addressing the city&rsquo;s financial crisis. Even before that people were speculating as to whether the city would end up needing an emergency manager.</span></p><p><span style="font-size: medium;">That speculation has increased ever since the mayor spoke, but the fact is this. There really isn&rsquo;t any doubt. The city is not going to be able to succeed in righting its own finances, not under the Bing plan, anyway.</span></p> Fri, 18 Nov 2011 17:05:47 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 5060 at http://michiganradio.org Detroit: The reality Education for Michigan kids: Their future, and ours http://michiganradio.org/post/education-michigan-kids-their-future-and-ours <p><font color="#000000" face="Arial" id="role_document" size="2"><font size="4"><font size="4"><font size="4"><font size="4">The other day I was on a panel with Nolan Finley, the editorial page editor of the Detroit News, talking about Michigan&rsquo;s future.</font></font></font></font></font></p> Thu, 17 Nov 2011 17:18:16 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 5038 at http://michiganradio.org Education for Michigan kids: Their future, and ours