Douglas http://michiganradio.org en Stateside for Wednesday, November 6th, 2013 http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-wednesday-november-6th-2013 <p>On today's show, we took a look at key election results from around the state, from marijuana to gay rights. How did you vote?&nbsp; And what's the take away from Election 2013?</p><p>Then, we spoke with Michigan singer-songwriter Stewart Franke as he takes us inside his battle with leukemia.</p><p>And, we talked Michigan beer. A new film looks at the craft beer scene in our state.</p><p>First on the show, i<span style="line-height: 1.5;">t has been quite a journey for a candidate who got booted off the primary ballot, was going to fold his tent and walk away, then was urged to mount a write-in campaign, swept the primary and today, is the new Mayor-Elect of Detroit.</span></p><p>Mike Duggan has become Detroit's first white mayor in 40 years, beating Wayne County Sheriff Benny Napoleon.</p><p>Michigan Radio's Sarah Cwiek has covered the Duggan campaign and was at the victory party last night. She joined us today.</p><p> Wed, 06 Nov 2013 22:11:00 +0000 Stateside Staff 15168 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside for Wednesday, November 6th, 2013 Michigan Radio's Lindsey Smith talks about the Saugatuck-Douglas vote http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-radios-lindsey-smith-talks-about-saugatuck-douglas-vote <p>We turn now to the West Side of the state.</p><p>That's where Michigan Radio's Lindsey Smith has been following a ballot proposal calling for the merger of Saugatuck and Douglas, two smaller cities just south of Holland.</p><p>Lindsey Smith joined us today to talk about what the voters said.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Wed, 06 Nov 2013 21:45:11 +0000 Stateside Staff 15162 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan Radio's Lindsey Smith talks about the Saugatuck-Douglas vote The big races and proposals this Election Day http://michiganradio.org/post/big-races-and-proposals-election-day <p><strong>Detroit could have its first white mayor in 40 years</strong></p><p>"A former write-in candidate once thought to have little chance of surviving Detroit's primary election is favored to become the city's first white mayor in 40 years. Former health care executive Mike Duggan is leading the polls over Wayne County sheriff Benny Napoleon," the Associated Press reports</p><p><strong>Three cities vote on easing marijuana laws</strong></p><p>"Voters in three Michigan cities have a chance to give some legal protection to users of small amounts of marijuana. Ferndale, Jackson and Lansing would ignore possession of an ounce or less of marijuana on private property. People must be at least 21 years old," the Associated Press reports.</p><p><strong>Cities of Saugatuck and Douglas could merge </strong></p><p>Voters in the two west Michgian cities could vote to turn Saugatuck and Douglas into one town.</p><p> Tue, 05 Nov 2013 12:08:15 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 15131 at http://michiganradio.org The big races and proposals this Election Day Two lakeshore cities have rare opportunity to vote on whether to merge into one http://michiganradio.org/post/two-lakeshore-cities-have-rare-opportunity-vote-whether-merge-one <p>Voters in the neighboring Michigan cities of Saugatuck and Douglas have a big decision to make in tomorrow’s election. The tourist towns on the shores of Lake Michigan could become a single city.</p><p>If you live in Saugatuck or Douglas, there’s no way you can avoid the touchy conversation about consolidation. Campaign signs tell voters to “Save our towns” or “We’re better together.”</p><p>Even the kids on the playground have opinions.</p> Mon, 04 Nov 2013 15:47:07 +0000 Lindsey Smith 15112 at http://michiganradio.org Two lakeshore cities have rare opportunity to vote on whether to merge into one Report shows taxpayers could save $500,000 if Saugatuck and Douglas merge http://michiganradio.org/post/report-shows-taxpayers-could-save-500000-if-saugatuck-and-douglas-merge <p>A new study from an independent research group shows taxpayers in the cities of Douglas and Saugatuck could save more than half a million dollars a year if the local governments merged.</p><p>Eric Lupher is Director of Local Affairs for the independent Citizens Research Council of Michigan. He authored the study on a potential merger of city governments in Saugatuck and Douglas. You can read the <a href="http://www.crcmich.org/PUBLICAT/2010s/2013/rpt384.html">full report on the CRC’s website.</a></p> Mon, 22 Jul 2013 17:56:18 +0000 Lindsey Smith 13630 at http://michiganradio.org Report shows taxpayers could save $500,000 if Saugatuck and Douglas merge Voters will have a say in proposed merger of two West Michigan communities http://michiganradio.org/post/voters-will-have-say-proposed-merger-two-west-michigan-communities <p>Soon people living in the lakeshore cities of Saugatuck and Douglas will vote on a proposed merger of their local governments. The State Boundary Commission ruled today the question should be on the ballot in August or November.</p><p>A citizens group <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/state-look-merging-saugatuck-douglas-and-saugatuck-twp">began the process to merge in 2011</a>. The <a href="http://www.we-are-better-together.com/">Consolidated Government Committee </a>is pushing for the merger to save taxpayer money.</p> Wed, 17 Apr 2013 20:37:50 +0000 Lindsey Smith 12188 at http://michiganradio.org Voters will have a say in proposed merger of two West Michigan communities Group opposing merge of Saugutuck, Douglas turns in petition signatures http://michiganradio.org/post/group-opposing-merge-saugutuck-douglas-turns-petition-signatures <p>A group that’s against a proposed merger of two cities in West Michigan turned in more than enough signatures today to put the question before voters.</p><p>About 2,000 people live in the neighboring cities of Saugatuck and Douglas.</p><p>Matt Balmer is a spokesperson the <a href="http://www.cicc2013.com/">Citizens for Independent and Cooperative Communities</a>. The group collected 342 signatures in the past few weeks.</p> Tue, 19 Feb 2013 21:31:12 +0000 Lindsey Smith 11305 at http://michiganradio.org Group opposing merge of Saugutuck, Douglas turns in petition signatures Vote appears likely on Saugatuck-Douglas merger http://michiganradio.org/post/vote-appears-likely-saugatuck-douglas-merger <p>SAUGATUCK, Mich. (AP) - The proposed merger of Saugatuck and Douglas in Allegan County seems likely to be headed to a ballot.<br><br>88 signatures are needed. The Grand Rapids Press says the petition already has been signed by more than 300 residents in the two small cities. The deadline to get the names to Lansing is Feb. 19.<br><br>Groups on both sides of the issue already have formed. Citizens for Independent and Cooperative Communities questions whether there would be significant savings in a merger. Supporters say the savings could be $500,000 a year.<br> Sun, 03 Feb 2013 11:58:27 +0000 The Associated Press 11063 at http://michiganradio.org Vote appears likely on Saugatuck-Douglas merger Proposal to merge cities of Saugatuck and Douglas inching forward http://michiganradio.org/post/proposal-merge-cities-saugatuck-and-douglas-inching-forward <p>Hundreds of people showed up for a public hearing in Saugatuck Wednesday night. Most spoke against the proposed plan to merge the cities of Saugatuck and Douglas.</p><p>Travis Randolph is&nbsp;<a href="http://www.we-are-better-together.com/">with the group that&rsquo;s behind the idea</a>. He hopes a state commission will decide the proposal is reasonable enough to put before voters.</p><p>&quot;The ultimate poll is an election and that&rsquo;s all we&rsquo;re trying to get to. So that everybody can have a say. And in the process of getting to the election, you have to go through dealing with those people who have emotional connection to the present, not to the future,&rdquo; Randolph said.</p><p> Thu, 21 Jun 2012 03:25:56 +0000 Lindsey Smith 7963 at http://michiganradio.org Proposal to merge cities of Saugatuck and Douglas inching forward Public hearing on effort to merge Saugatuck, Douglas set for June http://michiganradio.org/post/public-hearing-effort-merge-saugatuck-douglas-set-june <p>The state has rescheduled a public hearing on the proposed consolidation of the cities of Douglas and <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/term/saugatuck">Saugatuck</a>. The hearing was set for later this month. But the state pushed it back to next month because notice of the hearing wasn&rsquo;t mailed out at least 30 days prior.</p><p>Local leaders were upset the original public meeting was scheduled at a smaller venue in the middle of a workday anyway. It&#39;s now been rescheduled for 4p.m. June 20<sup>th</sup>inside the Saugatuck High School gymnasium.</p> Thu, 10 May 2012 16:52:58 +0000 Lindsey Smith 7414 at http://michiganradio.org Public hearing on effort to merge Saugatuck, Douglas set for June Saugatuck and Douglas take a step toward becoming Saugatuck-Douglas http://michiganradio.org/post/saugatuck-and-douglas-take-step-toward-becoming-saugatuck-douglas <p>The picturesque west Michigan towns of Saugatuck and Douglas have taken another step toward becoming the picturesque city of Saugatuck-Douglas.</p><p>A state commission decided a proposal to merge the two into one city met enough legal requirements to move to the next step.&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;</p><p>Merger supporters say it will save money.</p> Wed, 11 Apr 2012 20:08:49 +0000 Steve Carmody 7005 at http://michiganradio.org Saugatuck and Douglas take a step toward becoming Saugatuck-Douglas Three West Michigan communities consider merging into one http://michiganradio.org/post/three-west-michigan-communities-consider-merging-one <p>This week there will be an important hearing for those hoping to merge three West Michigan communities. A <a href="http://This week there will be an important hearing for those hoping to merge three West Michigan communities. A group of citizens is asking the state to allow the cities of Saugatuck, Douglas and Saugatuck Township to merge into one city. ">group of citizens&nbsp;is asking </a>the state to allow the cities of Saugatuck, Douglas and Saugatuck Township to merge into one city.&nbsp;</p> Sun, 08 Apr 2012 20:00:00 +0000 Lindsey Smith 6942 at http://michiganradio.org Three West Michigan communities consider merging into one State to look at merging Saugatuck, Douglas and Saugatuck Twp http://michiganradio.org/post/state-look-merging-saugatuck-douglas-and-saugatuck-twp <p>A group of citizens will hand over hundreds of signatures Wednesday to petition the State of Michigan to allow three West Michigan communities to merge.</p><p>Travis Randolph lives in Saugatuck Township. He chairs the <a href="http://congov.com/index.htm">Consolidated Government Committee </a>that&rsquo;s asking the state to consider merging the township with the Cities of Saugatuck and Douglas. Together, the three local units of government serve a little more 5,000 people.</p> Tue, 01 Nov 2011 21:42:53 +0000 Lindsey Smith 4797 at http://michiganradio.org State to look at merging Saugatuck, Douglas and Saugatuck Twp