Mackinac http://michiganradio.org en Stateside for Monday, April 7, 2014 http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-monday-april-7-2014 <p>House Republicans have come up with an annual $500 million solution to fixing Michigan's horrible damaged roads. Kathleen Gray of the Detroit Free Press joins us to discuss the proposition.&nbsp;</p><p>A Clinton Township man was senselessly beaten and robbed on Detroit's east side after stopping to help a 10-year-old boy who stepped into oncoming traffic. Steve Utash&nbsp;is now in a medically induced coma. Rochelle Riley of the Detroit Free Press joins us to try and understand this crime.&nbsp;</p><p>A neighborhood church in Metro Detroit has closed its doors about 91 years. St. Henry's parish numbers have fallen so low that the church is closing. Stateside's Kyle Norris grew up attending the church, and she joins us today to share her story. Mon, 07 Apr 2014 21:53:04 +0000 Stateside Staff 17130 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside for Monday, April 7, 2014 Northern Michigan faces a labor shortage http://michiganradio.org/post/northern-michigan-faces-labor-shortage <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">As we salute spring and bid a none-too-fond farewell to the snow and sub-zero temps, you may be making your plans to visit Northern Michigan.&nbsp;</span></p><p>And that is where businesses like Mackinac Island's Grand Hotel, other resorts, golf courses, restaurants and marinas are facing the challenge of a labor shortage.&nbsp;</p><p>Ken Winter wrote about the problem recently for Dome Magazine. He'll tell us why it's such a problem for Northern Michigan Hospitality businesses, like the Grand Hotel, to find enough workers.</p><p><em style="line-height: 1.5;">Listen to the full interview above.&nbsp;</em></p><p> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 21:42:22 +0000 Stateside Staff 17126 at http://michiganradio.org Northern Michigan faces a labor shortage Hundreds of Republicans flock to Mackinac Island to prepare for Election 2014 http://michiganradio.org/post/hundreds-republicans-flock-mackinac-island-prepare-election-2014 <p>The co-hosts of <a href="http://michiganradio.org/programs/its-just-politics">It’s Just Politics</a> were hanging out with lots of Republicans this weekend - around 1,500, in case you were wondering.&nbsp;</p><p>Rick Pluta, Capitol Bureau Chief for the Michigan Public Radio Network and our own political junkie here at Michigan Radio, Zoe Clark j<span style="line-height: 1.5;">oined us today to talk about what they learned at the&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Mackinac</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;Republican Leadership Conference that took place over the weekend.</span></p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Mon, 23 Sep 2013 20:27:39 +0000 Stateside Staff 14548 at http://michiganradio.org Hundreds of Republicans flock to Mackinac Island to prepare for Election 2014 Thought Police http://michiganradio.org/post/thought-police <p>Several listeners have asked me why I haven&rsquo;t commented on the battle over collective bargaining rights in Wisconsin.&nbsp; Well, there&rsquo;s a good reason for that.</p><p>Which is, that we&rsquo;ve got more than enough in Michigan to wrestle with to keep us all occupied. That doesn&rsquo;t mean, as one of my devoted admirers e-mailed me, that I am a &ldquo;gutless wonder.&rdquo;</p><p>Matter of fact, I would like to get an inch or two off my gut. Seriously, I have a hard time accepting that anyone should lose their collective bargaining rights in America, no matter who their employer.</p><p>But I have an even harder time with anyone trying to suppress anybody&rsquo;s freedom of expression in any way.</p><p>Which brings me to a very ominous development I first read about on the political blog Talking Points Memo, a story which involves Michigan and the Wisconsin mess.</p><p>The Mackinac Center for Public Policy, a Midland-based think tank best known for supporting free-market economics, is asking, under Michigan&rsquo;s Freedom of Information Act, for all the emails by labor studies professors at our state&rsquo;s three major public universities -- Michigan State, the University of Michigan, and Wayne State.&nbsp;</p><p>All the e-mails, that is, that these professors have sent regarding the union strike in Wisconsin, that state&rsquo;s governor, and, oddly enough, MSNBC&rsquo;s Rachel Maddow.</p><p>Why are they asking for these e-mails? The managing editor of the Mackinac Center&rsquo;s newsletter wouldn&rsquo;t say. But some fear the center wants to use them to attack liberal professors for using state resources for what could be called improper political activity.</p><p>That, or cow them into not expressing their points of view. Thu, 31 Mar 2011 15:19:24 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 1863 at http://michiganradio.org Thought Police