David Agema http://michiganradio.org en Stateside for Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014 http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-tuesday-jan-21-2014 <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Embattled Republican National Committeeman Dave&nbsp;Agema&nbsp;is hitting back at critics of his anti-gay and anti-Muslim web postings, saying he stands on the same issues he always has, "God, family and country."</span></p><p>In a Facebook post, the ex-state-Representative says people are feeding half-truths to the news media within the GOP and stirring up divisiveness.</p><p>He says he's wrongly being blamed for posting other people's comments and says it's an unfortunate and uncivil tactic to tarnish his reputation.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Rick&nbsp;Pluta, Lansing bureau chief for the Michigan Public Radio Network and co-host of It's Just Politics, joined us today.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Lawmakers in Lansing have begun holding hearings on which standardized tests Michigan students will begin taking next spring. Goodbye Michigan Educational Assessment Program (</span>MEAP<span style="line-height: 1.5;">), hello Smarter Balanced Assessment. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Opponents say it takes away local control, while those who favor it say it better predicts a student's comprehension. We found out more about this computer-based testing on today's show.</span></p><p>Then, we continued on the subject of schools and asked: Are zero-tolerance policies actually keeping kids out of trouble? A new study says not so much.</p><p>And, Michigan’s University Research Corridor is making huge contributions to the state economy. We spoke with Lou Anna Simon, president of Michigan State University, to learn more.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Finally, a new documentary explores Michigan’s history with the abolitionist movement and the Underground Railroad. &nbsp;</span></p><p> Tue, 21 Jan 2014 21:28:38 +0000 Stateside Staff 16118 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside for Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014 Michigan Republican party doesn't address anti-gay comments http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-republican-party-doesnt-address-anti-gay-comments <p>LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Michigan Republicans have taken no official steps to rebuke the kinds of anti-gay comments made recently by GOP National Committee member Dave Agema.<br /><br />The party's meeting on Saturday in Lansing didn't deal with a measure proposed by western Michigan activist Jason Watts, submitted after the deadline for resolutions. It doesn't mention Agema but disavows the party of "demagogic rhetoric that is incendiary and unbecoming of civil discourse."<br /> Sun, 15 Dec 2013 04:31:50 +0000 The Associated Press 15694 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan Republican party doesn't address anti-gay comments Michigan governor declines to say if GOP official should resign over Facebook post http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-governor-declines-say-if-gop-official-should-resign-over-facebook-post <p>LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Gov. Rick Snyder won't say whether a Michigan member of the Republican National Committee should resign for posting an article critical of gay people on Facebook.<br><br>The Republican governor told reporters Monday that he's "not going to get in the middle of all that." Snyder adds that discrimination of any kind is inappropriate and "it's important we stand up for all people."<br> Mon, 08 Apr 2013 23:33:22 +0000 The Associated Press 12056 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan governor declines to say if GOP official should resign over Facebook post Detroit legislator, Muslim groups call proposed state law "polarizing" and "racist" http://michiganradio.org/post/detroit-legislator-muslim-groups-call-proposed-state-law-polarizing-and-racist <p>The only Muslim in the Michigan state legislature says<a href="http://www.legislature.mi.gov/%28S%283mlb3tv2e1n0ay45523gqy45%29%29/mileg.aspx?page=GetObject&amp;objectname=2011-HB-4769"> a bill that targets &ldquo;foreign laws&rdquo; </a>is xenophobic political pandering, and offensive to the Muslim community.</p> Tue, 16 Aug 2011 21:50:53 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 3784 at http://michiganradio.org Detroit legislator, Muslim groups call proposed state law "polarizing" and "racist"