politician http://michiganradio.org en Where did all the moderates go? http://michiganradio.org/post/where-did-all-moderates-go <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Once elected, a politician is supposed to work with colleagues to design policy to help government operate efficiently and serve the people. Since legislators represent different geographical areas of people, they often have to compromise.</span></p><p>That&rsquo;s where moderates are key. They are not so steeped in ideology and are willing to find common ground that leads to compromise.</p><p>These days, that sounds rather quaint.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Moderates are rare animals.</span></p><p>Listen to what Ken Sikkema, Senior Policy Fellow at Public Sector Consultants and former Republican state Senate majority leader, and&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Jack </span>Lessenberry<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, Michigan Radio&#39;s political analyst, think about these rare birds in today&#39;s politics.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;"><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></span></p><p> Wed, 25 Sep 2013 21:02:06 +0000 Stateside Staff 14586 at http://michiganradio.org Where did all the moderates go? A great day for a parade (especially if you're a politician) http://michiganradio.org/post/great-day-parade-especially-if-youre-politician <p>There are Fourth of July parades taking place all across Michigan today.</p><p>In addition to the numerous marching bands and Boy Scout troops, many parades will feature politicians.</p><p> Wed, 04 Jul 2012 05:01:01 +0000 Steve Carmody 8105 at http://michiganradio.org A great day for a parade (especially if you're a politician)