politics http://michiganradio.org en With Michigan members of Congress hitting the exit, replacements scramble for money http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-members-congress-hitting-exit-replacements-scramble-money <p>Congressmen don’t stay on the job forever, though it sometimes seems like it.</p><p>This year will be the last for Sen. Carl Levin, D-Michigan, first elected in 1978, and Rep. John Dingell, D-Michigan, the all-time longevity champ, who has represented a Detroit-area district since 1955.</p><p>Their retirements, while momentous, weren’t very surprising. Indeed, Carl Levin announced that he wouldn’t run for re-election more than a year ago. Far more shocking was the sudden decision by two mid-Michigan Republican Congressmen to bow out.</p><p>Both Rep. Dave Camp, R-Michigan, and Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Michigan, had safe seats, a fair amount of seniority, and are youngish men by congressional standards. Yet within the last few days, both said they wouldn’t run for re-election.</p><p>That set off something of a mad scramble.</p><p> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 14:34:20 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 17143 at http://michiganradio.org With Michigan members of Congress hitting the exit, replacements scramble for money Our voting system needs repair http://michiganradio.org/post/our-voting-system-needs-repair <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">This is an election year, and if you haven’t noticed, you'll soon be engulfed by an inescapable tidal wave of advertising that will make that clear. Last night’s State of the Union speech was, in one sense, a campaign platform.</span></p><p>So were all of the various Republican responses. We’ve seen precious little bipartisan cooperation in Washington or in Lansing these last few years, and unless the martians invade, you can probably count on even less this year.</p><p>But regardless of your politics, there is one area in which we need to cooperate to make changes. Not in for whom we vote, but in the mechanics of how we vote. Wed, 29 Jan 2014 16:38:34 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 16226 at http://michiganradio.org Our voting system needs repair Agema admits 'errors in judgment,' but refuses to resign http://michiganradio.org/post/agema-admits-errors-judgment-refuses-resign <p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15.33px; line-height: 22px;">State and national GOP chairs have now called on Republican National Committeeman Dave </span>Agema<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15.33px; line-height: 22px;"> to resign his position.</span></p><p style="padding: 0px; border: 0px currentColor; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); line-height: 22px; font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15.33px; margin-bottom: 15px; vertical-align: baseline;">Agema&nbsp;stirred controversy after making anti-gay and anti-Muslim comments.</p><p style="padding: 0px; border: 0px currentColor; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); line-height: 22px; font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15.33px; margin-bottom: 15px; vertical-align: baseline;">Late Friday, Agema issued a statement acknowledging “errors in judgment,” but says he won’t resign.</p><p style="padding: 0px; border: 0px currentColor; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); line-height: 22px; font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15.33px; margin-bottom: 15px; vertical-align: baseline;">This has many people asking what Agema’s comments mean for Republicans – particularly for Muslim or gay members of the Republican Party.</p><p style="padding: 0px; border: 0px currentColor; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); line-height: 22px; font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15.33px; margin-bottom: 15px; vertical-align: baseline;">Joining us now is Joe Sylvester, chair of the Michigan Log Cabin Republicans. Log Cabin Republicans are people who work within the party to push for equal rights for gays and lesbians.</p><p> Mon, 27 Jan 2014 22:04:30 +0000 Stateside Staff 16194 at http://michiganradio.org Agema admits 'errors in judgment,' but refuses to resign 3 things that have Republicans calling for Dave Agema's resignation http://michiganradio.org/post/3-things-have-republicans-calling-dave-agemas-resignation <p>Dave Agema served from 2006 to 2012 as a state representative in the Michigan Legislature. He hit his term limit and moved on to other things in 2012.</p><p>Now he represents Michigan as a member of the Republican National Committee. M<span style="line-height: 1.5;">any Republicans wish he weren't.</span></p><p><a href="http://www.mlive.com/news/grand-rapids/index.ssf/2014/01/betsy_devos_dave_agema.html">Some are naming names</a> and calling for his ouster. Others aren’t calling him out by name but are “asking for more civility,” as&nbsp;MPRN’s Rick Pluta reported:</p> Tue, 21 Jan 2014 22:01:31 +0000 Mark Brush 16120 at http://michiganradio.org 3 things that have Republicans calling for Dave Agema's resignation Chris Gautz talks about the coming year in Michigan politics http://michiganradio.org/post/chris-gautz-talks-about-coming-year-michigan-politics <p>2014 is going to be a major year in Michigan politics. You can expect much of the spotlight to be fixed on the gubernatorial election with presumed candidates Rick Snyder for the Republicans and Mark Schauer for the Democrats.</p><p>But Crain's Detroit Business thinks there are other names worth watching in 2014. Writer Chris Gautz joined us to talk about the people to watch in state politics.</p><p><em>*Listen to the audio above.</em></p><p> Tue, 07 Jan 2014 22:01:48 +0000 Stateside Staff 15920 at http://michiganradio.org Chris Gautz talks about the coming year in Michigan politics Former Nixon Administration official says it's time for a new political party: The Moderate Majority http://michiganradio.org/post/former-nixon-administration-official-says-its-time-new-political-party-moderate-majority <p> (<em>Editor's note: This interview was first broadcast on November 14, 2013</em>)</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Polls following last month’s partial federal shutdown make it pretty clear: Americans are tired of both Republican and Democratic lawmakers. </span><a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/poll-major-damage-to-gop-after-shutdown-and-broad-dissatisfaction-with-government/2013/10/21/dae5c062-3a84-11e3-b7ba-503fb5822c3e_story.html" style="line-height: 1.5;">Two-thirds of Republicans</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and Republican-leaning independents disapproved of the shutdown. Fifty-seven percent of Americans were angry with the way </span><a href="http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2013/10/07/cnn-shutdown-poll-plenty-of-blame-to-go-around/" style="line-height: 1.5;">Democrats handled</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> the shutdown. In total, eight in 10 Americans say they oppose the shutdown. Tue, 24 Dec 2013 21:38:00 +0000 Stateside Staff 15285 at http://michiganradio.org Former Nixon Administration official says it's time for a new political party: The Moderate Majority A quick rundown of the bills passed by Michigan lawmakers in the last two days http://michiganradio.org/post/quick-rundown-bills-passed-michigan-lawmakers-last-two-days <p>The Legislature wasn't as busy as it was <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/lansing-updates-right-work-protestors-back-capitol">last year passing last-minute legislation</a>, but they were busy.</p><p>Here's a rundown of the activity seen in Lansing over the last two days.</p><p><strong>New law in Michigan</strong></p><p><em style="line-height: 1.5;"><strong>- Putting limits on abortion coverage</strong></em></p> Fri, 13 Dec 2013 20:01:34 +0000 Mark Brush 15667 at http://michiganradio.org A quick rundown of the bills passed by Michigan lawmakers in the last two days Will "issue ads" be subject to campaign finance laws in Michigan? http://michiganradio.org/post/will-issue-ads-be-subject-campaign-finance-laws-michigan <div><p>Michigan's&nbsp;Secretary of State is proposing an end to secretly funded political ads.</p></div><div>Republican Ruth Johnson proposed a new rule today to require sponsors of so-called "issue ads" to file reports with the state and meet current campaign finance requirements.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Currently, ads only urging voters to support or oppose a specific candidate are subject to disclosure requirements.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Issue ads define a candidate's suitability for office without directly urging a "yes" or a "no" vote, and they're exempt from disclosure requirements.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Chris Gautz, Capitol Correspondent for Crain's Detroit Business, joined us today.</div><p> Thu, 14 Nov 2013 21:32:23 +0000 Stateside Staff 15287 at http://michiganradio.org Detroiters edge out New York voters in mayoral election turnout http://michiganradio.org/post/detroiters-edge-out-new-york-voters-mayoral-election-turnout <p>A higher number of Detroiters voted in Tuesday’s mayoral election than their New York City counterparts, according to research from <a href="http://nextcity.org/daily/entry/infographic-nobody-votes-for-mayor-anymore">Next City</a>.</p><p>25.4% of Detroit’s registered voters filled out a ballot on Tuesday, with Democrat Mike Duggan winning the election. In New York City, 24% of voters showed up to the polls. Democrat Bill De Blasio is now NYC’s mayor-elect.</p><p>As Michigan Radio's <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/voter-turnout-tops-expectations-detroit">Sarah Cwiek&nbsp;reported</a>, the turnout in Detroit was higher than anticipated. "<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">Detroit city clerk Janice Winfrey had projected that less than 25% of voters would participate."</span></p><p>While Detroit voters edged out New Yorkers Tuesday, Next City reports that the two cities were somewhere in the middle of the pack in terms of major city election turnouts:</p><p> Fri, 08 Nov 2013 18:22:01 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 15194 at http://michiganradio.org Detroiters edge out New York voters in mayoral election turnout Can American politics learn something from religion? http://michiganradio.org/post/can-american-politics-learn-something-religion <p>One of the most frustrating aspects of living in American in 2013 is the way we seem to have lost a sense of being on the same team.&nbsp;</p><p>Instead of thinking of ourselves as Americans or Michiganders, it's all too often Democrats or Republicans, Christian, or Muslim.&nbsp;</p><p>This deep sense of division leads to gridlock in Congress and in Lansing.&nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 14 May 2013 20:56:11 +0000 Stateside Staff 12567 at http://michiganradio.org Can American politics learn something from religion? Comparing the new emergency manager law with the one repealed by voters http://michiganradio.org/post/comparing-new-emergency-manager-law-one-repealed-voters <p>Today's the day.</p><p>It's the day the state's new emergency law goes into effect - the day current '<em>emergency financial managers</em>' become '<em>emergency managers</em>.'</p><p>Last November, Michigan voters repealed the state's much maligned <a href="http://democrats.judiciary.house.gov/sites/democrats.judiciary.house.gov/files/documents/2011-PA-0004.pdf">Public Act 4</a> (emergency manager law). The majority of voters felt the law put too much power in one person's hands.</p><p>Legislators reacted to the repeal <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/michigans-governor-signs-revised-emergency-manager-law">by passing a modified emergency manager law</a> (<a href="http://www.legislature.mi.gov/documents/2011-2012/publicact/pdf/2012-PA-0436.pdf">Public Act 436</a>).</p><p>It restores a lot of the old powers granted to emergency managers under the old law, but with some differences.</p><p>Here are some similarities and differences between the old EM law, and the new one. Thu, 28 Mar 2013 18:37:50 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 11429 at http://michiganradio.org Comparing the new emergency manager law with the one repealed by voters Yeah, yeah... you don't trust politicians, but do they trust you? http://michiganradio.org/post/yeah-yeah-you-dont-trust-politicians-do-they-trust-you <p></p><p>It seems there’s a fair degree of attention paid to the question of trust, as in, “how much do citizens trust their elected officials?”</p><p>We’ve seen citizen trust in the federal government drop dramatically.</p><p>And surveys find that, while citizens tend to trust state government more than the federal government and their local government more than federal and state, those citizen to government trust levels tend to be low.</p><p>But has anyone ever asked how much do elected officials trust their citizens?</p><p>Trust is a two-way street.&nbsp; Yet, this question gets virtually no attention.</p><p>That’s why CLOSUP, the University of Michigan’s Center for Local, State and Urban Policy, decided to put that question to local government leaders in its recent Michigan Public Policy Survey.</p><p>It’s an interesting “snapshot” of the state of trust between us and the people we’ve elected to lead us.</p><p>We sat down with Tom Ivacko from CLOSUP to tell us what exactly happened when politicians were asked if they trust the people that voted for them.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em><br>&nbsp; Mon, 18 Mar 2013 20:58:05 +0000 Stateside Staff 11673 at http://michiganradio.org Yeah, yeah... you don't trust politicians, but do they trust you? Stateside for Monday, February 25, 2013 http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-monday-february-25-2013 <p>Today on Stateside, Cyndi talks "sequestration." The word is on the tip of everyone's tongue in D.C.</p><p>We’ll get a break-down of how those across-the-board cuts could directly affect Michigan's economy.</p><p>We also look at the challenges around re-inventing abandoned and distressed neighborhoods.&nbsp; Cyndy gets a perspective from two urban planning experts.</p><p>Also, it was a very busy weekend for the Michigan Democratic and Republican Parties.</p><p>Both held their conventions this weekend, and for one party, it means a brand-new state leader.</p><p>So Rick Pluta, the Lansing Bureau Chief for the Michigan Public Radio Network, stopped by to help fill in the details. Mon, 25 Feb 2013 21:27:08 +0000 Stateside Staff 11413 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside for Monday, February 25, 2013 Michigan Supreme Court justice charged with fraud http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-supreme-court-justice-charged-fraud <p>Michigan Supreme Court Justice Diane Hathaway has been charged with bank fraud just a few days before quitting the state's highest court. The charge was filed Friday and titled as a criminal "information," which means a guilty plea is expected in federal court.</p> Sat, 19 Jan 2013 18:27:04 +0000 Associated Press 10852 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan Supreme Court justice charged with fraud Michigan Rep. Amash played "key role" in votes against Boehner http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-rep-amash-played-key-role-votes-against-boehner <p>Members of the new 113th Congress were sworn in last week, and they went about picking their leaders.</p><p>Republicans in the House of Representatives still hold a majority, so Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) was elected to a second term as Speaker of the House.</p><p>But the votes didn't come without controversy as <a href="http://http://www.politico.com/story/2013/01/boehners-battle-85729.html#ixzz2HIwjVZGj">Politico </a>reported:</p><blockquote><p>In an unusually suspenseful roll-call vote of the new House of Representatives, Boehner garnered 220 votes, but 12 Republican lawmakers either opposed him, voted present or abstained.</p></blockquote><div style="overflow: hidden; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); text-align: left; text-decoration: none; border: medium none;">That was a change from his unanimous election to the Speakership two years ago.</div><div style="overflow: hidden; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); text-align: left; text-decoration: none; border: medium none;">&nbsp;</div><div style="overflow: hidden; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); text-align: left; text-decoration: none; border: medium none;">A group of Republican representatives led an 'anti-Boehner' effort the day of the vote.</div><div style="overflow: hidden; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); text-align: left; text-decoration: none; border: medium none;">&nbsp;</div><div style="overflow: hidden; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); text-align: left; text-decoration: none; border: medium none;">Roll Call reported Michigan Rep. Justin Amash played a 'key role' in the effort against Boehner.</div><div style="overflow: hidden; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); text-align: left; text-decoration: none; border: medium none;">&nbsp;</div><blockquote><div style="overflow: hidden; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); text-align: left; text-decoration: none; border: medium none;">Republican Reps. <a href="http://www.rollcall.com/members/31947.html">Justin Amash</a> of Michigan, <a href="http://www.rollcall.com/members/31499.html">Mick Mulvaney</a> of South Carolina and Raúl R. Labrador of Idaho played key roles in organizing the plot. But participants describe its origin as organic and not led by any particular member, despite the suggestion by at least one House Republican that Amash was the ringleader.</div><div style="overflow: hidden; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); text-align: left; text-decoration: none; border: medium none;">&nbsp;</div><p>One member who participated in the effort described it as the work of small groups of Republican lawmakers who concluded independently that new leadership was needed in the speaker’s office. After learning of their agreement on the subject through discussions on the House floor during the week or two before Thursday’s vote, they decided to band together in an attempt to assemble a group of 25 members committed to opposing Boehner.</p></blockquote><p><a href="http://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2013/01/04/Boehner-I-dont-hold-grudges/UPI-44191357324449/">UPI reports</a> Boehner told the group of twelve in a privatee meeting that he doesn't hold grudges and that his door will always be open to them. Mon, 07 Jan 2013 15:52:05 +0000 Mark Brush 10639 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan Rep. Amash played "key role" in votes against Boehner List of major lame-duck legislation http://michiganradio.org/post/list-major-lame-duck-legislation <p>Don't go calling the Republican-controlled state Legislature a lame-duck.</p><p>They were anything but, passing major legislation in the final days between the election and the end of the year.</p><p>We posted on the major legislation passed on the epic evenings<a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/not-just-right-work-lawmakers-passed-boatload-bills-yesterday"> of Thursday, December 6</a>, and <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/legislature-stays-late-passes-flood-lame-duck-bills">Tuesday December 11</a>, but not on the entire lame duck.</p><p>Turns out, the Detroit News has that list.</p><p><a href="http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20121215/POLITICS02/212150342/1022/">Here's their wrap up of the major legislation that passed during the lame duck session</a>.</p><p>And if you're unhappy with what they did, and are thinking of participating in a recall campaign or two, they've got that covered as well.</p><p>In their <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/lame-duck-over-political-eyes-turn-2014"><em>It's Just Politics</em></a> segment, Michigan Radio's Zoe Clark and MPRN's Rick Pluta point out:</p><blockquote><p>One of the final actions of the Republican-controlled Legislature was to make it much harder to recall elected officials. Recalls are among the retributions being plotted by labor in the face of right-to-work. This could be a bit of a game changer before that’s even started. That should have state Senator Partrick Colbeck, a Republican from a swing district in western Wayne County, breathing a little easier. Colbeck was a big backer of right-to-work and is now considered a top recall target by Democrats. Mon, 17 Dec 2012 19:33:32 +0000 Mark Brush 10402 at http://michiganradio.org List of major lame-duck legislation Politicians learn their lines http://michiganradio.org/post/politicians-learn-their-lines <p>Bob Kolt is using a wildly popular video clip to teach future politicians the importance of knowing their lines. It’s an excerpt from the 2007 Miss Teen USA competition. In the video, Miss South Carolina is asked why she thinks 1/5 of Americans can’t find the United States on a map.</p><p>http://youtu.be/lj3iNxZ8Dww</p> Fri, 26 Oct 2012 10:00:00 +0000 Kyle Norris 9609 at http://michiganradio.org Politicians learn their lines How to survive social media during this election season http://michiganradio.org/post/how-survive-social-media-during-election-season <p>If you haven’t figured it out by now, not everybody in your virtual circle of friends shares the same political beliefs as you.</p><p>Jennifer White talks with Cliff Lampe, Assistant Professor in the School of Information at the University of Michigan. He gives some tips on how to survive social media, especially Facebook during this election season.</p><p><strong>Take a vacation from social media</strong></p><p>“If for instance, you were ever thinking about trying out Pinterest, now might be the time because there you’ll see a lot of pictures of cupcakes and dresses, and very few political campaign messages. Or if you were thinking about trying out Instagram and sharing your photos with people. So, this might be a great time to try another site and explore that for a little bit,” Lampe said.</p><p><strong>Hide posts if you must, but try to embrace political differences</strong></p><p> Wed, 10 Oct 2012 21:38:25 +0000 Jennifer White & Mercedes Mejia 9452 at http://michiganradio.org How to survive social media during this election season Helping Americans better understand history and civics http://michiganradio.org/post/helping-americans-better-understand-history-and-civics <p>Schools across Michigan have wrapped up a week of activities designed to help students better understand America’s founding principles.</p><p>Michael Warren is an Oakland County Circuit Court Judge and co-founder of<a href="http://patriotweek.org/"> Patriot Week</a>. He started the project in 2009 because he says people have a poor understanding of American history and government.</p> Sun, 23 Sep 2012 19:42:31 +0000 Kyle Norris 9205 at http://michiganradio.org Helping Americans better understand history and civics Pledge of Allegiance bill passes in Michigan House http://michiganradio.org/post/pledge-allegiance-bill-passes-michigan-house <p>The Michigan House has passed legislation requiring every state public school classroom to have a U.S. flag and provide an opportunity for students to recite the Pledge of Allegiance.</p><p>The House approved two measures Wednesday. The flag legislation already passed the Senate and goes to Gov. Rick Snyder for signature.</p><p>The Senate will consider the pledge legislation.</p><p>Many students already recite the pledge but there's no required opportunity to do so. The bill specifies no student would be compelled to say it.</p> Wed, 12 Sep 2012 20:00:06 +0000 The Associated Press 9052 at http://michiganradio.org Pledge of Allegiance bill passes in Michigan House