rapid transit http://michiganradio.org en Can our political system in Michigan be saved? http://michiganradio.org/post/can-our-political-system-michigan-be-saved <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">They used to say that the definition of chutzpah was the boy who killed his parents and then asked the court for mercy since he was an orphan. But that was improved on twice this week.</span></p><p>First, Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan began talking about making a bid for the Democratic National Convention two years from now.</p><p>That’s a nice “comeback kid” idea, but there are two major problems.</p><p>The entire metro area probably doesn’t have enough hotel space. Detroit could barely host the Republican Convention in 1980, and Democratic conventions have more delegates.</p><p>Plus, conventions are expensive. Fri, 21 Feb 2014 15:44:25 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 16542 at http://michiganradio.org Can our political system in Michigan be saved? This week in Michigan politics: public defense, challenge to right to work, rapid transit http://michiganradio.org/post/week-michigan-politics-public-defense-challenge-right-work-rapid-transit <p></p><p>This week in Michigan politics, Christina Shockley and Jack Lessenberry discuss the possibility of improving Michigan’s public defense system, and lawsuits <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/challenge-emergency-manager-law-dismissed-appeals-court">challenging the state’s emergency manager law</a> and right to work law for violating Michigan’s open meetings act. They also talk about the potential for a <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/southeast-michigans-regional-transit-authority-holds-first-meeting">rapid transit system </a>in southeast Michigan.</p><p> Thu, 11 Apr 2013 12:13:33 +0000 Jack Lessenberry & Christina Shockley 12091 at http://michiganradio.org This week in Michigan politics: public defense, challenge to right to work, rapid transit Southeast Michigan's Regional Transit Authority holds first meeting http://michiganradio.org/post/southeast-michigans-regional-transit-authority-holds-first-meeting <p>Transit advocates in southeast Michigan heralded the start of a “new era in public transportation," as a Regional Transit Authority’s board met for the first time Wednesday.</p><p>The RTA board consists of representatives from Wayne, Macomb, Oakland, and Washtenaw counties, and the city of Detroit.</p><p>Its mission is to coordinate the region’s historically fragmented transit agencies--and pave the way for truly regional rapid transit.</p> Wed, 10 Apr 2013 22:44:44 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 12089 at http://michiganradio.org Southeast Michigan's Regional Transit Authority holds first meeting In this morning's Michigan news headlines. . . http://michiganradio.org/post/mornings-michigan-news-headlines-95 <p><strong>ACLU files challenge to state ruling banning election signs in bars and restaurants</strong></p><p>"The American Civil Liberties Union filed a legal challenge to a state rule banning election campaign signs at bars and restaurants Thursday. The Michigan Liquor Control Commission rule forbids businesses with liquor licenses from displaying signs endorsing a political candidate or party," Jake Neher reports.</p><p><strong>Rapid transit system to be built in Grand Rapids</strong></p><p>"Michigan’s first bus rapid transit system will be built in the Grand Rapids area. Federal transportation officials signed the agreement Thursday. Bus rapid transit operates similar to light rail, but at a fraction of the cost. Buses will arrive at stops every ten minutes. They’ll have designated lanes and be able to shift traffic lights so they don’t have to slow down," Lindsey Smith <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/super-fast-bus-line-coming-grand-rapids-2014">reports. </a></p><p><strong>Expansion of oil pipeline comes under fire in northern Michigan</strong></p><p>"A planned expansion of an oil pipeline that passes through the Mackinac Straits is coming under fire. The National Wildlife Federation released a report opposing Enbridge Energy’s plans to increase the amount of oil passing through the straits. Beth Wallace is with the Federation. She fears the nearly 60 year old pipeline could rupture like another Enbridge pipeline near Marshall did in 2010. An Enbridge spokesman says the Calgary-based oil company is reviewing the Federation report," Steve Carmody <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/report-oil-pipeline-plans-put-michigan-vacation-destination-risk">reports. </a></p><p> Fri, 19 Oct 2012 11:26:29 +0000 Emily Fox 9533 at http://michiganradio.org In this morning's Michigan news headlines. . .