Mark Totten http://michiganradio.org en Michigan Attorney General Schuette launches reelection campaign http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-attorney-general-schuette-launches-reelection-campaign <p>Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette kicked off his reelection campaign today in his hometown of Midland.</p><p>In his speech, Schuette touted his record in office, including efforts to combat human trafficking and protect pensions.</p><p>“A record that’s strong and clear. It’s a record of being a voice for victims. A voice for the constitution and a voice for Michigan,” says Schuette. “It’s a long election and I’m going to win. I’m going to take my case to the citizens across the state of Michigan.”</p><p>Schuette didn’t directly address the controversy over same-sex marriage.</p> Mon, 24 Mar 2014 15:01:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 16945 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan Attorney General Schuette launches reelection campaign Who is Mark Totten and why is he hoping to unseat Bill Schuette? http://michiganradio.org/post/who-mark-totten-and-why-he-hoping-unseat-bill-schuette <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Few remember this today, but 24 years ago, </span><a href="http://michiganradio.org/term/bill-schuette" style="line-height: 1.5;">Bill Schuette</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, now Michigan’s Attorney General, gave up a safe seat in Congress in an attempt to defeat U.S. Senator Carl Levin.</span></p><p>Mark Totten was a 16-year-old kid growing up in Kalamazoo back then. Had he been able to, he would have voted for Schuette. His family was solidly Republican.</p><p>However, politics weren’t on Totten’s agenda then. As a teenager, his plan was to go to the seminary and become a Baptist minister. Totten went to a small Christian college in Ohio, but his views gradually started to change.</p><p>Making the world a better place continued to be important to him, but he realized the Republican Party didn’t represent his values. Totten became a Democrat, and then did something astonishing.</p><p> Wed, 19 Mar 2014 15:09:15 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 16895 at http://michiganradio.org Who is Mark Totten and why is he hoping to unseat Bill Schuette? In this morning's news: Palisades re-opens, Detroit's water dept., MI attorney general election http://michiganradio.org/post/mornings-news-palisades-re-opens-detroits-water-dept-mi-attorney-general-election <p><strong>Palisades returns to service</strong></p><p>The Palisades Nuclear Power Plant in southwestern Michigan re-opened yesterday after finishing repairs to a tank that leaked slightly radioactive water into Lake Michigan. The plant has had nine shutdowns since September 2011; company spokeswoman Lindsay Rose says the tank has been redesigned to guard against future leaks. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission says there was no public health risk from the radioactive release.</p><p><strong>Detroit's water department</strong> <strong>faces restructuring </strong></p><p>Detroit emergency manager Kevyn Orr has big plans to restructure the city’s water department. It would largely keep the same governing structure, with representatives from Detroit and surrounding counties, but the authority would also pay Detroit to lease the department’s assets.</p><p>“Orr’s plan suggests that spinning the water department off to an authority would allow it refinance its debt, and borrow more readily for capital improvements,” Michigan Radio’s Sarah Cwiek <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/theres-some-pushback-against-kevyn-orrs-plan-detroits-water-department">reports</a>.</p><p><strong>MSU law professor running for Michigan attorney general</strong></p><p>Michigan State University law professor, Mark Totten, announced yesterday that he is running for Michigan attorney general in 2014. Totten, a Democrat, used to be a federal prosecutor. Democrats will choose their attorney general candidate at a nominating convention next year; no other Democratic candidates have entered the race yet. Republican Attorney General Bill Schuette is expected to seek re-election.</p><p> Tue, 18 Jun 2013 11:41:58 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 13101 at http://michiganradio.org In this morning's news: Palisades re-opens, Detroit's water dept., MI attorney general election