Issues & Ale

Station News
1:56 pm
Tue March 27, 2012

Talking emergency managers and having some ale in Flint

A good crowd a the Issues & Ale event at Blackstone’s Pub & Grill in downtown Flint.
Steve Chrypinski Michigan Radio

A full house turned out to hear Michigan Radio’s political analyst Jack Lessenberry lead a discussion on the state’s emergency manager law last night.

The event was part of the station’s Issues & Ale series, and was held at Blackstone’s Pub & Grill in downtown Flint.

Panelists included:

  • Fred Leeb, former Emergency Financial Manager for the city of Pontiac,
  • Dr. Eric Scorsone, Co-Director of the State & Local Government Program at Michigan State University,
  • and Brandon A. Jessup, Chairman and CEO of Michigan Forward

The panelists fielded questions from both Lessenberry and the audience on a variety of subjects related to Public Act 4, including the impact of state revenue sharing cuts, the constitutionality of state appointed emergency managers, and alternatives for cities in financial crisis.

We also surveyed the audience to get their opinion on the Emergency Manager law.

Of those responding,

  • 47% opposed the law, 23% were in favor, and 30% were undecided.
  • Of those opposed to the law, 36% felt it was unconstitutional, 26% objected because it gives emergency managers too much power, 18% opposed because emergency managers can modify/terminate contracts, and 13% because it strips local elected officials of their authority.

The event took place only hours after the Michigan Court of Appeals put a stay on a lower court ruling and reinstated Michael Brown as Flint’s emergency manager.  

Issues and Ale is an event series co-sponsored by Michigan Radio and the Center for Michigan designed to engage people in conversations about important issues facing Michigan... in an informal atmosphere.

Commentary
11:22 am
Tue March 27, 2012

Commentary: Public reaction to Detroit's fiscal crisis

Unless you’ve been at the bottom of a salt mine for the last month or so, you know that Detroit is facing the mother of all financial crises. The city is about to run out of cash and options.

Within nine days, the governor either has to reach something called a consent agreement with the city’s elected leaders, or name an all-powerful emergency manager to run Detroit.

Nobody really understands how the consent agreement model would work, or frankly, even if it would work, but essentially, it would mean an emergency manager by committee.

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Politics
11:59 am
Mon March 19, 2012

Issues & Ale to Discuss Michigan's Emergency Manager Law

Michigan’s Emergency Manager Law has sparked debate, national news coverage, and a petition drive to put the issue on the ballot this November. Michigan Radio’s Senior Political Analyst Jack Lessenberry will host a discussion on this controversial measure at Michigan Radio’s next Issues & Ale event on Monday, March 26 at Blackstone’s Pub in downtown Flint. The event starts at 6 p.m.

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Commentary
11:56 am
Fri December 9, 2011

The Education Disconnect

Michigan Radio has been sponsoring a set of public forums designed to bring experts on various issues together with the public in an informal, non-threatening way, a series called “Issues and Ale.“ I moderated one earlier this week that focused on education, held at the Wolverine Brewing Company in Ann Arbor. I was doubtful how many people would actually show up. This was on Tuesday night in what is really early winter, with the holidays approaching. To my surprise, however, before the evening was over it was standing room only, with people packing the hall.

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Issues & Ale
10:46 am
Tue December 6, 2011

Issues & Ale: How Michigan Learns | Tuesday, Dec. 6

Issues & Ale: How Michigan Learns
Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2011, 6:30pm
Jack Lessenberry hosted this discussion and community conversation on
the future of K-12 education. What’s the best way to prepare today’s
students for the global economy?  

Issues & Ale
11:41 am
Tue November 1, 2011

Issues & Ale: The Future of Renewable Energy | Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2011

Issues & Ale: The Future of Renewable Energy
Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2011, 6:30pm Park Theater, Holland
Host Rebecca Williams of The Environment Report talked with
WMU Professor of Environmental Studies Harold Glasser, Hugh McDiarmid, Jr.
(Mich Environmental Council) and Paul Isely (GVSU Economics Professor)
about renewable energy in Michigan.

Issues & Ale
11:33 am
Tue April 5, 2011

Issues & Ale: How will the Governor's budget affect you? | Tuesday, April 5

Issues & Ale: How will the Governor's budget affect you?
Tuesday, April 5, 2011, 6:00-7:00 p.m.
Mark Ridley's Comedy Castle, Royal Oak
Jack Lessenberry hosted this look at the Governor's proposed
budget and how it would affect Michigan citizens.  

Issues & Ale
10:21 am
Mon December 13, 2010

Issues & Ale: Fixing Michigan | Monday, Dec. 13, 2010

Issues & Ale: Fixing Michigan
Monday, Dec. 13, 2010
The Nuthouse, Lansing
Lester Graham hosted this discussion looking at the priorities for the
Snyder administration and the new legislature. 

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Issues & Ale
11:08 am
Tue October 19, 2010

Issues & Ale: Oct. 19, 2010

Issues & Ale: Campaign ads and the upcoming election Tuesday,
Oct. 19, 2010 Dr. Grins Comedy Club, Grand Rapids, Host
Jack Lessenberry and the Center for Michigan's Truth Squad looked
at the fact and fiction behind campaign ads. 

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