policy http://michiganradio.org en MSU program gives political newbies a head start http://michiganradio.org/post/msu-program-gives-political-newbies-head-start <p>When a person decides to enter politics, they may be a little lost about how get their foot in the door. They might not know what holding office really requires.</p><p>The Michigan Political Leadership Program at Michigan State University works to help up-and-comers get a handle on the world of politics.</p> Wed, 08 Aug 2012 21:00:30 +0000 Jennifer White & Mercedes Mejia 8605 at http://michiganradio.org MSU program gives political newbies a head start The War Room with Jennifer Granholm: "A show for political junkies" http://michiganradio.org/post/war-room-jennifer-granholm-show-political-junkies <p>Former Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm starts&nbsp;a new role as television host tonight.&nbsp;Her&nbsp;program, <a href="http://current.com/shows/the-war-room/">The War Room with Jennifer Granholm</a> premieres tonight at 9/8c on Current TV.</p><p>Granholm&nbsp;says because&nbsp;she was an elected&nbsp;official,&nbsp;&quot;I can present some inside information I think that adds value to those who care about politics and policy&nbsp;in 2012.&rdquo;</p> Mon, 30 Jan 2012 21:47:04 +0000 Jennifer White, Zoe Clark & Mercedes Mejia 6009 at http://michiganradio.org The War Room with Jennifer Granholm: "A show for political junkies" What can we expect in the upcoming legislative session? http://michiganradio.org/post/what-can-we-expect-upcoming-legislative-session <p>http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/michigan/local-michigan-982547.mp3</p><p>The Michigan legislature starts its new session soon.&nbsp; So, what can we expect from Governor Snyder and state legislators in the coming months?</p><p>We talk about state politics with Ken Sikkema, former Senate Majority Leader and Senior Policy Fellow at Public Sector Consultants, and Susan Demas Political Analyst for Michigan Information and Research Service.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p> Thu, 18 Aug 2011 22:08:09 +0000 Jennifer White 3816 at http://michiganradio.org What can we expect in the upcoming legislative session? Grand Rapids school board will likely compromise on a policy regulating public comment http://michiganradio.org/post/grand-rapids-school-board-will-likely-compromise-policy-regulating-public-comment <p>The Grand Rapids Public School Board has a unique policy. People who want to talk about something that&rsquo;s not already on the agenda must sign up 5 days ahead of time, and explain to officials what they want to discuss.</p><p>Opponents of the policy say it intimidates people from expressing their concerns.</p><p>A special committee recommended the board get rid of the advance sign up requirement. But the comments will not be televised. Tue, 07 Jun 2011 04:26:07 +0000 Lindsey Smith 2775 at http://michiganradio.org Grand Rapids school board will likely compromise on a policy regulating public comment MSU finds one of its education professors guilty of plagiarizing http://michiganradio.org/post/msu-finds-one-its-education-professors-guilty-plagiarizing <p><a href="http://msu.edu">Michigan State University</a> has found one of its education professors <a href="http://www.mlive.com/news/index.ssf/2011/04/msu_professor_plagiarized_and.html">guilty of plagiarism</a> in a 2010 report about school consolidation.</p><p>The Booth newspaper chain commissioned MSU professor <a href="http://education.msu.edu/search/formview.aspx?email=shakrani@msu.edu">Sharif Shakrani</a> to do a study about school consolidation. Shakrani&rsquo;s study found Michigan could save more than $600 million by consolidating school districts.</p> Tue, 19 Apr 2011 20:30:37 +0000 Jennifer Guerra 2136 at http://michiganradio.org MSU finds one of its education professors guilty of plagiarizing Decline in Americans' belief in global warming http://michiganradio.org/post/decline-americans-belief-global-warming <p>For the past decade, researchers have been studying what Americans believe about climate change.</p><p>For several years, more and more of the public has agreed that climate change is taking place. But recently, the number of people who believe climate change is happening is falling.</p><p>I talked with <a href="http://environmentreport.org/show.php?showID=510">Barry Rabe</a>, a professor in the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan.</p><p>He&rsquo;s the author of a <a href="http://closup.umich.edu/policy-reports/15/climate-compared-public-opinion-on-climate-change-in-the-united-states-and-canada/">new report</a> that draws on the latest public opinion surveys.</p><p>Here&#39;s what he had to say about the report, which found fewer people believe the Earth is warming:</p><blockquote><p>&quot;We found in the United States as well as in Michigan that there appears to be an upward trajectory of this in the past decade. Do you think global temperatures are warming, independent of the question of human causation, and other questions about perceptions of global warming consistently increasing, probably peaking in late 2008.</p><p>Since that time in the United States, we&rsquo;ve seen a drop of about 18-20 percentage points on some of the very basic, standard survey questions that have been used for some time in the U.S. and really around the world.</p><p>In our latest survey which comes from November 2010, we actually see a little bit of bouncing back up again, not back to those November 2008 levels but for our purposes what this suggests is public understanding and perception of climate change is really a pretty volatile area of public opinion.</p><p>The numbers move around quite a bit from year to year, much more than we would have ever anticipated.&quot;</p></blockquote><p>He thinks one main reason why belief in global warming has dropped over the past couple years is because a lot of people are affected by the weather in their own backyards.</p><p> Tue, 01 Mar 2011 14:57:11 +0000 Rebecca Williams 1458 at http://michiganradio.org Decline in Americans' belief in global warming