Stateside for Monday, September 23rd, 2013
In a few weeks, a U.S. District judge will hold a hearing on a Michigan case that challenges the state's constitutional ban on gay marriage. On today's show: we explored the implications the case could have in Michigan and across the nation.
Also on today's show, Michigan wines are really making a name for themselves outside of the state. We talked to a connoisseur who isn't the least bit surprised by that news. And, according to a new report, lobbyist spending on free lunches for legislators has gone up. We spoke to Rich Robinson of the Michigan Campaign Finance Network to see what else they are spending on. Also, The Mackinac Republican Leadership Conference was this past weekend. It's Just Politics co-hosts Rick Pluta and Zoe Clark joined us to talk about what happened there.
But, first on the show, a man from Flint, Michigan has been held prisoner in Iran for two years. Amir Hekmati traveled to Iran to visit his grandmother in 2011. He was seized by the Iranian government and imprisoned. Tehran accuses Hekmati –a former Marine- of spying for the CIA. He and the U.S. Government deny it. U.S. Representative Dan Kildee of Michigan has been leading an effort calling for Amir Hekmati to be released, and he joined us today.