Bert Johnson http://michiganradio.org en With more supporting gay marriage, how are Michigan lawmakers approaching LGBT rights? http://michiganradio.org/post/more-supporting-gay-marriage-how-are-michigan-lawmakers-approaching-lgbt-rights <p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small;">In 2004, 58% of Michigan voters voted yes to a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage.</span><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small;"><br><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small;">But that was nearly a decade ago. Since that vote, there's been an annual survey testing Michiganders' attitudes towards the issue. And the latest survey by the Glengarriff Group shows <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/most-michiganders-approve-gay-marriage">a major turnaround</a> in the way we view same-sex marriage.</span><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small;"><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small;"><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small;">Today, Michigan voters back gay marriage by a 57% to 37% margin — almost an exact reversal of the vote on the constitutional ban.</span><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small;"><br><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small;">With that backdrop, four Democratic senators have proposed a package of legislation that would advance recognition of same-sex marriage in our state.</span></p><p> Tue, 04 Jun 2013 21:29:30 +0000 Stateside Staff 12851 at http://michiganradio.org With more supporting gay marriage, how are Michigan lawmakers approaching LGBT rights? Education budget clears Michigan Legislature, goes to Gov. Snyder's desk http://michiganradio.org/post/education-budget-clears-michigan-legislature-goes-gov-snyders-desk <p>The Michigan Senate has passed a budget bill that would boost state funding to public schools by about 3%. Universities and colleges would also get a roughly 2% increase.</p><p>Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville (R- Monroe) praised the schools budget, saying it addresses issues like teacher retirement costs while giving more money to districts.</p><p>“The education budget this year may be the best that I’ve seen since I’ve been up here,” said Richardville.</p><p>But many Democrats say the plan does not do enough to make up for cuts to education over the past couple of years.</p> Wed, 29 May 2013 20:01:02 +0000 Jake Neher 12797 at http://michiganradio.org Education budget clears Michigan Legislature, goes to Gov. Snyder's desk From Michigan's U.P. to Detroit, political allies from the unlikeliest of places http://michiganradio.org/post/michigans-detroit-political-allies-unlikeliest-places <p>A lawmaker from the Upper Peninsula says every region in the state could benefit from a strong and vibrant Detroit.</p><p>Republican state Senator Tom Casperson has become an unlikely advocate for a regional transit system in southeast Michigan that would connect Wayne, Macomb, Oakland and Washtenaw counties.</p><p>Casperson&rsquo;s district in the U.P. would not benefit directly from the transit system. But the U.P. could benefit long term from newfound political ties to Detroit.</p> Fri, 02 Mar 2012 11:36:31 +0000 Laura Weber 6460 at http://michiganradio.org From Michigan's U.P. to Detroit, political allies from the unlikeliest of places Sen. Bert Johnson talks alternative to emergency manager law http://michiganradio.org/post/sen-bert-johnson-talks-alternative-emergency-manager-law <p>At the beginning of the year Governor Snyder appointed an emergency manager, Jack Martin, for Highland Park public schools. Shortly after that <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/emergency-manager-de-activated-michigans-highland-park-schools">Martin was &ldquo;de-activated&rdquo; from the position</a>. And now it&rsquo;s unclear when he might be reinstated.</p><p>Democratic Senator Bert Johnson represents Michigan&rsquo;s 2<sup>nd</sup> District, which includes Highland Park.</p> Tue, 28 Feb 2012 21:21:34 +0000 Jennifer White & Mercedes Mejia 6411 at http://michiganradio.org Sen. Bert Johnson talks alternative to emergency manager law Commission hopes to offer alternatives to emergency managers http://michiganradio.org/post/commission-hopes-offer-alternatives-emergency-managers <p>Opponents of Michigan&rsquo;s emergency manager law say they&rsquo;re ready to tackle the problems underlying the financial distress of many Michigan communities.</p><p>Members of the&nbsp; Financial and Academic Reinvestment Commission (FARC) met in Highland Park Thursday night.</p><p>State Senator Bert Johnson, who helped launch FARC last month, says they have a plan to help communities fix fiscal problems without emergency managers.</p><p>Johnson says the point is to draw attention to what he calls the &ldquo;real, human issues&rdquo; underlying communities in financial crisis.</p> Fri, 24 Feb 2012 04:07:37 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 6346 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan school system almost out of cash, legislators work to keep kids in classes http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-school-system-almost-out-cash-legislators-work-keep-kids-classes <p>Governor Rick Snyder and leaders in the Legislature hope to begin voting tomorrow on a plan to keep Highland Park students in school when the district runs out of money this week.</p><p>Control of the district reverted to the school board after Snyder removed the emergency manager to comply with a court ruling.</p><p>House Speaker Jase Bolger (R-Marshall) said the district won&rsquo;t get any more money while the school board is in charge.</p><p>He said the district is guilty of mismanaging its funds.</p> Wed, 22 Feb 2012 22:03:15 +0000 Rick Pluta 6324 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan school system almost out of cash, legislators work to keep kids in classes John Conyers: Running for Congress http://michiganradio.org/post/john-conyers-running-congress <p><font color="#000000" face="Arial" id="role_document" size="2"><font size="4"><font size="4"><font size="4">When you talk to State Senator Bert Johnson about running for Congress next year, the first thing he&rsquo;ll tell you is that &ldquo;this is not about John Conyers,&rdquo; the man he&lsquo;s taking on in the Democratic primary next August.&nbsp; That&lsquo;s true, in a sense.</font></font></font></font></p> Wed, 26 Oct 2011 15:50:23 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 4719 at http://michiganradio.org John Conyers: Running for Congress Michigan Political Roundup http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-political-roundup <p><strong>13th District: Johnson Is In</strong></p><p>State Senator Bert Johnson just got into the race for Michigan&rsquo;s 13th Congressional District. Johnson made the announcement yesterday in Highland Park. Many political observers believe Johnson will face U.S. Rep. <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/list/term/1484">John Conyers</a> in a Democratic primary for the seat. Though Rep. Conyers currently represents the state&rsquo;s 14th Congressional District, it&rsquo;s believed, <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/redistricting-michigan-new-political-maps-michigan-legislature">due to redistricting</a>, that he&rsquo;ll run in 2012 in the 13th District. U.S. Rep. <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/term/hansen-clarke">Hansen Clarke</a>, who currently represents the state&rsquo;s 13th District, announced earlier this month his intention to run in 2012 in the new 14th Congressional District.</p><p><strong>Miller Supports Hoekstra</strong></p><p>Michigan Republican Congresswoman<a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/list/term/1574"> Candice Miller</a> says she supports former West Michigan Congressman <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/term/pete-hoekstra">Pete Hoesktra</a> in his bid to become the GOP challenger in the 2012 election against incumbent Senator Debbie Stabenow. Earlier this week, Governor <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/term/rick-snyder">Rick Snyder</a> formally<a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/snyder-endorses-hoekstra"> endorsed Hoekstra</a> as well. Hoekstra faces fellow Republicans <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/list/term/3628">Clark Durant</a>, a Detroit charter school executive; Randy Hekman, a former Kent County Probate Judge; Gary Glenn, President of the American Family Association of Michigan; and businessman Pete Konetchy.</p><p><strong>Melton Steps Down</strong></p><p>Democratic State Representative <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/list/term/3144">Tim Melton</a> of Pontiac is <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/democrat-leaves-lansing-lobby-school-reforms">stepping down from his seat</a> in the state legislature. Melton, who made the announcement yesterday, is taking a job in California with <a href="http://www.studentsfirst.org/">StudentsFirst</a>, an education reform group lead by Michelle Rhee, former chancellor of the Washington D.C., public school system. When Democrats controlled the state House, Melton was chair of that chamber&rsquo;s Education Committee. Melton is the third state lawmaker in recent years to leave office early for another job. Melton says term limits could make leaving early a trend for state politicians. Wed, 31 Aug 2011 15:00:46 +0000 Zoe Clark 3977 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan Political Roundup