Bill Rogers http://michiganradio.org en Politicos must do some fast thinking if they want Rogers’ seat http://michiganradio.org/post/politicos-must-do-some-fast-thinking-if-they-want-rogers-seat <p>A political stunner slapped all of our political cheeks awake this morning, just like that <a href="http://search.yahoo.com/search?fr=mcafee&amp;type=A010US0&amp;p=mukuly+culkin+face+slap+aftershave">scene with Macaulay Culkin</a> in Home Alone.</p><p>The news? Seven-term Republican Congressman <a href="http://michiganradio.org/term/mike-rogers">Mike Rogers </a>announced he is <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/us-rep-mike-rogers-wont-seek-re-election">retiring from Congress</a>. Retiring from Congress, but not the political circus. He is going to start a national radio show devoted to foreign policy and national defense, which is his bailiwick as the Chairman of the powerful House Intelligence Committee.</p><p>Rogers is also a well-known talking head. Last year, he <a href="http://www.politico.com/story/2013/12/mike-rogers-sunday-shows-101603.html">appeared more than any other elected official </a>on the Sunday morning news circuit. And he’s got the TV sound bites down, just <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bkx7NWPH1TQ">last week on Meet the Press</a>, saying Russian President Vladimir Putin, “goes to bed thinking of Peter the Great and wakes up thinking of Stalin.”</p><p>It’s not just how fond he seemed of Congress that is what makes Rogers’, who represents Lansing, Brighton, Howell and parts of Northern Oakland County, announcement so surprising, but his fondness in particular for the House of Representatives. In fact, there was speculation last year that the reason he didn’t jump into the race for Carl Levin’s<a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/isnt-another-levin-retrospective-were-talking-political-implications-his-retirement"> open Senate seat </a>was because he enjoyed his job in the House so much. Fri, 28 Mar 2014 19:05:40 +0000 Zoe Clark & Rick Pluta 17019 at http://michiganradio.org Politicos must do some fast thinking if they want Rogers’ seat Are Michigan state lawmakers smarter than third graders? A new bill might help us find out http://michiganradio.org/post/are-michigan-state-lawmakers-smarter-third-graders-new-bill-might-help-us-find-out <p>Michigan state lawmakers are about to be put to the test.</p><p>A bill in Lansing would require members of the state board of education, the state superintendent of education, the governor, senators, and representatives to take the standardized tests normally administered to students in the third, eighth, and eleventh grades. Their results would be published online.</p><p> Fri, 23 Aug 2013 16:22:12 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 14118 at http://michiganradio.org Are Michigan state lawmakers smarter than third graders? A new bill might help us find out Schools that can’t follow deficit elimination plans could be dissolved under new bill http://michiganradio.org/post/schools-can-t-follow-deficit-elimination-plans-could-be-dissolved-under-new-bill <p>State lawmakers are working on legislation they hope will prevent another crisis like the one in the Buena Vista school district. Students there sat at home while school was closed for two weeks last month because the district couldn’t afford to pay its teachers. Buena Vista is not alone; <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/15-michigan-schools-running-biggest-deficits">a number of districts have had problems </a>keeping their doors open because of financial problems this year.</p> Wed, 05 Jun 2013 21:39:44 +0000 Lindsey Smith 12908 at http://michiganradio.org Schools that can’t follow deficit elimination plans could be dissolved under new bill Republican state lawmakers propose reductions in Michigan university boards http://michiganradio.org/post/republican-state-lawmakers-propose-reductions-michigan-university-boards <p>Some Republican state lawmakers are questioning whether each state university in Michigan needs its own board of trustees.</p><p>State Rep. Bill Rogers is sponsoring a proposal to evaluate the need for separate boards.&nbsp; Rogers said&nbsp; it&#39;s part of an effort to make college education less expensive and more efficient.</p><p>Mike Boulus, the executive director of the <a href="http://www.pcsum.org/">Presidents Council, State Universities of Michigan</a>, said&nbsp; having separate boards allows universities to make quick decisions.</p> Tue, 03 Jan 2012 20:37:18 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom & Allison Lyons 5617 at http://michiganradio.org