Dan Kildee http://michiganradio.org en Obamacare opponents remain resolute in Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/obamacare-opponents-remain-resolute-michigan <p>Opponents of Obamacare turned out for a meeting in Jackson today. &nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Congressman Tim </span>Walberg<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> is holding a series of town hall meetings this week on the Affordable Care Act.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Republican congressman is showcasing small business owners and patients who say they are paying more for health insurance under </span>Obamacare<span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p> Wed, 19 Feb 2014 22:21:48 +0000 Steve Carmody 16518 at http://michiganradio.org Obamacare opponents remain resolute in Michigan Democrats split over the new farm bill http://michiganradio.org/post/democrats-split-over-new-farm-bill <p>When President Obama visits Michigan tomorrow, he will sign into law the new, massive farm bill. After years of debate, both the House and Senate passed the almost $1 trillion measure.</p><p>And, as usual in Congress, the legislation saw a split between Michigan's delegation, but not just the same old Republican vs. Democratic split.</p><p>Out of Michigan's five Democratic U.S. Representatives, two voted against the bill, three in favor of it.&nbsp; One of the Democrats who voted for the bill was Congressman Dan Kildee of Flint, and he joined us today.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Thu, 06 Feb 2014 22:04:06 +0000 Stateside Staff 16332 at http://michiganradio.org Democrats split over the new farm bill Stateside for Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014 http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-thursday-feb-6-2014 <p>After years of debate, Congress has sent the almost $1 trillion farm bill to President Obama, and, as usual, opposition to the legislation was a left-right affair. On today's show: Congressman Dan Kildee of Flint joins us to talk about why he voted in favor.</p><p>Then, Michigan Radio’s political commentator Jack Lessenberry explained why fixing Michigan’s voting system may be harder than you think.</p><p>And, medical students are reaching out to provide health care to uninsured people. We spoke with one of these students about free student-run medical clinics.</p><p>And, a new mobile and Web app is providing food for hungry children in Grand Rapids.</p><p>Also, we spoke to an economist from the University of Michigan about the success of Lyndon B. Johnson’s War on Poverty.</p><p>And, the owner of Stonehedge Fiber Mill in East Jordan, Michigan, joined us today to tell us about how she was approached to provide yarn for the Ralph Lauren Olympic closing ceremonies sweaters.&nbsp;</p><p>First on the show, i<span style="line-height: 1.5;">t's Thursday, which means it's time for our weekly check-in with Detroit News business columnist Daniel Howes.</span></p><p>He's been going through Gov. Snyder's proposed budget for the new fiscal year and has decided the governor's got something going for him: what President George Herbert Walker Bush called "The Big Mo."</p><p>Daniel Howes joined us today to discuss the issue.</p><p> Thu, 06 Feb 2014 21:56:30 +0000 Stateside Staff 16339 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside for Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014 Washington's debate over extending federal jobless benefits heads home http://michiganradio.org/post/washingtons-debate-over-extending-federal-jobless-benefits-heads-home <p>Congress is on recess.</p><p></p><p>So <a href="http://www.npr.org/2013/12/19/255454237/why-congress-didnt-extend-unemployment-benefits">the debate </a>over <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/01/07/260195532/divided-senate-to-vote-on-extending-unemployment-benefits">extending federal emergency unemployment benefits</a> has moved from Washington to local congressional districts.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>The benefits were created during the recession to help the long-term unemployed.&nbsp;&nbsp; But the emergency benefits expired at the end of December.&nbsp;</p><p></p> Sat, 18 Jan 2014 18:22:28 +0000 Steve Carmody 16078 at http://michiganradio.org Washington's debate over extending federal jobless benefits heads home Defense Chairman Carl Levin backs deal on Iran's nuclear programs with Iran http://michiganradio.org/post/defense-chairman-carl-levin-backs-deal-irans-nuclear-programs-iran <p>DETROIT (AP) - U.S. Senate Defense Committee Chairman Carl Levin of Michigan says he supports the agreement between Iran and six leading nations that curbs some of Iran's nuclear programs in exchange for the easing of sanctions against the Middle Eastern nation.<br /><br />The Democratic lawmaker said Sunday that the interim agreement "is a realistic, practical way to freeze Iran's nuclear program for six months while we seek a long-range diplomatic end to Iran's nuclear weapon ambition."<br /> Sun, 24 Nov 2013 20:24:00 +0000 The Associated Press 15415 at http://michiganradio.org Defense Chairman Carl Levin backs deal on Iran's nuclear programs with Iran Rep. Kildee weighs in on proposed nuclear waste disposal facility on Lake Huron http://michiganradio.org/post/rep-kildee-weighs-proposed-nuclear-waste-disposal-facility-lake-huron <div><p>Rebecca Williams of Michigan Radio's Environment Report first told you <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/plan-store-lower-level-nuclear-waste-near-lake-huron">last year</a> that Ontario Power Generation has proposed building a nuclear waste disposal facility at its Bruce Nuclear Power Site.</p></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The site near the city of Kincardine&nbsp;and would be located less than a mile from Lake Huron.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>If approved, the site would house 52 million gallons of low and intermediate level nuclear waste.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Among those expressing alarm about this proposal are Congressman Sander Levin, Gary Peters, John Dingell, and my next guest, Congressman Dan Kildee, Democrat from Flint Township.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><em>*Listen to the audio above.</em></div><p> Tue, 05 Nov 2013 21:31:36 +0000 Stateside Staff 15141 at http://michiganradio.org Rep. Kildee weighs in on proposed nuclear waste disposal facility on Lake Huron Michigan's congressional delegation divided on government shutdown/debt ceiling vote http://michiganradio.org/post/michigans-congressional-delegation-divided-government-shutdowndebt-ceiling-vote <p></p><p>Last night&rsquo;s vote to end the federal government shutdown and raise the debt ceiling divided Michigan&rsquo;s Republican congress.</p><p>The legislation reopens the government through Jan. 15<sup>th</sup> and permits the U.S. Treasury to borrow normally through Feb. 7<sup>th</sup> or perhaps a month longer.<br />&nbsp;</p><p>Congress faced a midnight deadline Thursday. That&#39;s when U.S. Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew had said the government would reach the current $16.7 trillion debt limit and could no longer borrow to meet its obligations.</p> Thu, 17 Oct 2013 03:41:48 +0000 Steve Carmody 14870 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan's congressional delegation divided on government shutdown/debt ceiling vote Current political system penalizes those willing to cooperate, says Rep. Kildee http://michiganradio.org/post/current-political-system-penalizes-those-willing-cooperate-says-rep-kildee <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew is warning that lawmakers are &quot;playing with fire&quot; and he&rsquo;s asking Congress to pass legislation to re-open the government and to increase the nation&rsquo;s debt limit.</span></p><p>Lew says President Obama has no intentions of linking either bill to Republican demands to change the health care law.&nbsp;This comes as Republican House Speaker John Boehner rules out a House vote on a temporary spending bill without concessions from the President.</p><p>That&rsquo;s where things stand as the government shutdown moves into its second week.</p><p>Democratic Representative Dan&nbsp;Kildee joined us today from Washington D.C.</p><p>We asked him whether Democrats like it or not, don&rsquo;t voters expect some type of negotiation - some type of compromise - from both sides?</p><p><em>You can listen to our interview with him above.</em></p><p> Mon, 07 Oct 2013 18:03:54 +0000 Stateside Staff 14744 at http://michiganradio.org Current political system penalizes those willing to cooperate, says Rep. Kildee Stateside for Monday, October 7th, 2013 http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-monday-october-7th-2013 <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A recent report from Moody&#39;s suggests the future is very uncertain for public universities. Today we talked about&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">the future of public universities in Michigan.</span></p><p>And, poet Keith Taylor stopped by the studios to introduce us to some Michigan must-reads for the month of October.</p><p>Also, despite our troubled economy, Michigan franchises are going strong. We spoke to DBusiness editor R.J. King about the 2013 Michigan Franchise Report.</p><p>First on the show, it&rsquo;s Day Seven of the partial government shutdown.</p><p>U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew is warning that lawmakers are &ldquo;playing with fire&rdquo; and he&rsquo;s asking Congress to pass legislation to re-open the government, and to increase the nation&rsquo;s debt limit.</p><p>Lew says President Obama has no intentions of linking either bill to Republican demands to change the health care law.</p><p>This comes as Republican House Speaker John Boehner rules out a House vote on a temporary spending bill without concessions from the President.</p><p>So, that&rsquo;s where things stand as the government shutdown moves into its second week. Michigan Democratic Representative Dan Kildee joined us from D.C. to discuss the issue.&nbsp;</p><p> Mon, 07 Oct 2013 14:52:36 +0000 Stateside Staff 14748 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside for Monday, October 7th, 2013 The latest efforts to free Amir Hekmati from Iran http://michiganradio.org/post/latest-efforts-free-amir-hekmati-iran <p>A man from Flint, Michigan has been held prisoner in Iran for two years.</p><p>Amir Hekmati traveled to Iran to visit his grandmother in 2011. He was seized by the Iranian government and imprisoned. They accuse Hekmati –a former Marine- of spying for the CIA. He and the U.S. Government deny it.</p><p>Democratic U.S. Representative Dan Kildee (D-MI), has been leading an effort calling for Amir Hekmati to be released. Kildee joined us on Stateside today.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.&nbsp;</em></p><p> Mon, 23 Sep 2013 20:56:03 +0000 Stateside Staff 14545 at http://michiganradio.org The latest efforts to free Amir Hekmati from Iran Stateside for Monday, September 23rd, 2013 http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-monday-september-23rd-2013 <div><p>In a few weeks, a U.S. District judge will hold a hearing on a Michigan case that challenges the state's constitutional ban on gay marriage. On today's show: we explored the implications the case could have in Michigan and across the nation.</p></div><div>Also on today's show, Michigan wines are really making a name for themselves outside of the state. We talked to a connoisseur&nbsp;who isn't the least bit surprised by that news.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>And, according to a new report, lobbyist spending on free lunches for legislators has gone up. We spoke to Rich Robinson of the Michigan Campaign Finance Network to see what else they are spending on.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Also, The Mackinac Republican Leadership Conference was this past weekend. <a href="http://michiganradio.org/programs/its-just-politics"><em>It's Just Politics</em></a> co-hosts Rick Pluta and Zoe Clark joined us to talk about what happened there.</div><p> Mon, 23 Sep 2013 20:52:40 +0000 Stateside Staff 14550 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside for Monday, September 23rd, 2013 Michigan's congressional delegation remains divided on Syria after the president's speech http://michiganradio.org/post/michigans-congressional-delegation-remains-divided-syria-after-presidents-speech <p>The president’s speech last night on Syria is drawing mixed reactions from Michigan’s Congressional delegation.</p><p>Senator Carl Levin says the president “made a forceful and persuasive case” for confronting the Syrian government over its alleged use of chemical weapons against its own citizens.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee says Congress should approve a resolution authorizing the use of force against Syria as a way of supporting diplomatic efforts.</p> Wed, 11 Sep 2013 03:04:49 +0000 Steve Carmody 14368 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan's congressional delegation remains divided on Syria after the president's speech Michigan's "Fightin' Fifth" Rep. Dan Kildee on Colbert Report http://michiganradio.org/post/michigans-fightin-fifth-rep-dan-kildee-colbert-report <p>In last night's Colbert Report on Comedy Central, Stephen Colbert featured an interview with U.S. Rep. Dan Kildee&nbsp;(MI-5th&nbsp;- D), in his segment "Better Know a District."</p><p>In the course of the segment, Colbert "vogue's" Kildee, 'does' some sugar beet sugar, and steals Kildee's wallet.</p><p>Have a look:</p><p>(<em>If the video doesn't load for you - <a href="http://www.colbertnation.com/the-colbert-report-videos/428794/september-03-2013/better-know-a-district---michigan-s-5th---dan-kildee">follow this link</a></em>)</p><p></p><div style="background-color:#000000;width:520px;"><div style="padding:4px;"><iframe frameborder="0" height="288" src="http://media.mtvnservices.com/embed/mgid:cms:video:colbertnation.com:428794" width="512"></iframe><p style="text-align:left;background-color:#FFFFFF;padding:4px;margin-top:4px;margin-bottom:0px;font-family:Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12px;"><b>The Colbert Report</b><br>Get More: <a href="http://www.colbertnation.com/full-episodes/">Colbert Report Full Episodes</a>,<a href="http://www.colbertnation.com/video">Video Archive</a></p></div></div><p></p><p> Wed, 04 Sep 2013 14:55:55 +0000 Mark Brush 14258 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan's "Fightin' Fifth" Rep. Dan Kildee on Colbert Report Anti-foreclosure funds will raze thousands of homes in Detroit, 4 other Michigan cities http://michiganradio.org/post/anti-foreclosure-funds-will-raze-thousands-homes-detroit-4-other-michigan-cities <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;"><a href="http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20130826/METRO01/308260078/Snyder-officials-launch-52M-blight-removal-program-Detroit?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE">Thousands of vacant homes will come down in five Michigan cities</a>, thanks to a diversion of federal money.</span></p><p>The first blighted homes demolished in the $100 million effort came down in the Marygrove neighborhood on Detroit’s west side Monday.</p> Tue, 27 Aug 2013 00:42:53 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 14147 at http://michiganradio.org Anti-foreclosure funds will raze thousands of homes in Detroit, 4 other Michigan cities Michigan congressman Dan Kildee part of delegation traveling to the Middle East http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-congressman-dan-kildee-part-delegation-traveling-middle-east <p>FLINT, Mich. (AP) - Michigan U.S. Rep. Dan Kildee is traveling to the Middle East this week for a visit to Israel and the Palestinian territories.<br><br>The Flint Democrat is one of 37 members of Congress participating in the trip, which begins Monday and runs through Aug. 11. It's an independent trip and not taxpayer-funded.<br><br>Kildee's office says his trip to Israel and the West Bank will include meetings with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.<br> Sun, 04 Aug 2013 20:01:09 +0000 The Associated Press 13822 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan congressman Dan Kildee part of delegation traveling to the Middle East Could Flint and Saginaw face the same fate as Detroit? http://michiganradio.org/post/could-flint-and-saginaw-face-same-fate-detroit <p>The Chapter 9 bankruptcy filing by the city of Detroit has some wondering if Detroit is not an isolated incident. Could other financially struggling cities be on the same path?</p><p>Yesterday on Stateside we spoke with Eric Scorsone, economist at Michigan State University:</p><blockquote><p>Certainly other cities in Michigan absolutely face these same cost pressures, whether it’s Flint or Lansing or Saginaw. They absolutely face these same problems. And, again, they’re better off relative to Detroit than today. But, they’re still facing these problems and they need to make sure they’re proactive in managing to prevent anything like this.</p></blockquote><p>With that in mind, we turned to Michigan Democratic Congressman Dan Kildee. Kildee represents two of the cities Scorsone mentioned: Flint and Saginaw.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Tue, 23 Jul 2013 21:00:00 +0000 Stateside Staff 13651 at http://michiganradio.org Could Flint and Saginaw face the same fate as Detroit? Do "food stamp challenges" help? http://michiganradio.org/post/do-food-stamp-challenges-help <p style="margin-top:0in;margin-right:0in;margin-bottom:.2in;margin-left:0in; line-height:17.5pt"><span style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Georgia, serif;"><a href="http://www.nj.com/essex/index.ssf/2012/12/cory_bookers_week_on_food_stam.html">Newark Mayor Corey Booker</a><span class="apple-converted-space">&nbsp;</span>did it.</span></p> Mon, 17 Jun 2013 19:41:50 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 13058 at http://michiganradio.org Do "food stamp challenges" help? Morgage relief money becomes demolition dollars http://michiganradio.org/post/morgage-relief-money-becomes-demolition-dollars <p>Michigan will get $100 million from the federal government to tear down thousands of vacant houses and clean up struggling neighborhoods.</p><p>The money will be used in Detroit, Flint, Grand Rapids, Pontiac and Saginaw.</p><p>Democratic Congressman Dan Kildee represents Flint and he’s been pushing hard for this funding. He joined us today to discuss exactly how this money would be used.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Mon, 10 Jun 2013 22:12:02 +0000 Stateside Staff 12972 at http://michiganradio.org Morgage relief money becomes demolition dollars Stateside for Monday, June 10th, 2013 http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-monday-june-10th-2013 <p>It's not often that people actively seek out a situation that ends up putting them in jail, but on today's show, we spoke with one woman who did exactly that in order to put a spotlight on undocumented immigrants.</p><p>And, communities all across the state are spending money to become more bike-friendly. We found out why they think this will help reverse Michigan's brain-drain.</p><p>Also, three Michigan filmmakers switched gears from movies to music, and this weekend they are hosting a big outdoor music festival in Clare County. &nbsp;</p><p>First on the show, Michigan will get $100 million from the federal government to tear down thousands of vacant houses and clean up struggling neighborhoods.</p><p>The money will be used in Detroit, Flint, Grand Rapids, Pontiac and Saginaw.</p><p>Democratic Congressman Dan Kildee has been pushing hard for this funding. He joined us today from Flint.</p><p> Mon, 10 Jun 2013 22:04:06 +0000 Stateside Staff 12974 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside for Monday, June 10th, 2013 Buena Vista school district could be headed down the path to an emergency manager http://michiganradio.org/post/buena-vista-school-district-could-be-headed-down-path-emergency-manager <p>A Saginaw area school district that's closed its doors has now asked the state to review its finances.</p><p>That's the first step toward a state appointed emergency manager.</p><p>But the move does not guarantee the District's 400 students will be back in class anytime soon.</p><p>The Buena Vista school board heard from parents and students last night, angry about the abrupt and apparent early end of the school year.</p><p>“If we don’t get these kids back in school…we’re going to be the ones who destroyed their lives,” one upset father told the school board.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 10 May 2013 04:43:47 +0000 Steve Carmody & The Associated Press 12507 at http://michiganradio.org Buena Vista school district could be headed down the path to an emergency manager