Capitol Connection

From the State Capitol in Lansing to the US Capitol in Washington, WKAR is committed to explaining how decisions made by lawmakers affect Michiganders. With Michigan a key focus in the 2020 presidential campaign, look here for conversations with people across the Great Lakes about the race for the White House.

Our coverage is headed up by veteran politics and government reporter Abigail Censky. You will also see stories in this section from MPRN Capitol Bureau Chief Rick Pluta, MPRN Capitol Correspondent Cheyna Roth and the Associated Press.

Jocelyn Benson, Michigan's first Democratic secretary of state in more than 20 years gives her inaugural remarks.
Reginald Hardwick, WKAR

During her inauguration speech on January 1, 2019, Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson vowed to protect the votes and democracy of the state's voters. 

"Together we'll move Michigan forward and leave it better than we found it." That was one of the declarations of Lt. Governor Garlin Gilchrist II during his inauguration speech on January 1, 2019.

Michigan's 49th governor, Gretchen Whitmer (D), pledged to cast partisanship aside to fix the roads and other problems in the state during her inauguration speech on January 1, 2019. 

Special: Michigan Inauguration 2019

Jan 1, 2019
Michigan Capitol Building
w.r. richards / WKAR-MSU

Tue., Jan. 1, 11am-noon WKAR NewsTalk 105.1 FM/AM 870, WKAR TV World channel and | Live from the steps of the Michigan State Capitol.