Michigan politics

Jeff Hank photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

Many Michigan supporters of medical marijuana are hailing new regulations passed by the state Senate. They would allow both retail dispensaries that sell pot and so-called medibles. We talk with MI Legalize attorney Jeff Hank and Willie Rochon of the Michigan Cannabis Development Association.


Craig DeRoche photo
Amanda Pinckney / WKAR-MSU

At 34, Republican Craig DeRoche was the youngest Michigan Speaker of the House. During that time as House Speaker, he fought an alcohol addiction which forced him out of politics. Current State speaks with Deroche about his book “Highly Functional: A Collision of Addiction, Justice and Grace.”


Calley updates mental health, drug efforts

Sep 8, 2016
Brian Calley photo with Mark Bashore
Amanda Pinckney / WKAR-MSU

Current State talks with Lt. Gov. Brian Calley about opioids and mental health reforms.


Tom Cochran photo
Amanda Pinckney / WKAR-MSU

As the nation marks 15 years since the September 11 tragedy, we talk with former Lansing fire chief and current state Representative Tom Cochran about how those events affected local first responders in mid-Michigan.


Gary Randall photo
Amanda Pinckney / WKAR-MSU

For close to 40 years, Gary Randall has worked in the state capitol, either a State Representative or the Clerk of the Michigan House. We talk with Randall about what he’s seen and what he’s learned from his many years an the capitol.


Rick Pluta, Kathleen Gray and Mark Bashore photo
Amanda Pinckney / WKAR-MSU

Current State talks with state capitol reporters Rick Pluta of the Michigan Public Radio Network and Kathleen Gray of the Detroit Free Press about the legislature's return to Lansing.


Phil Pavlov and Rick Jones photo
Amanda Pinckney / WKAR-MSU

We talk with Senate Republicans  Rick Jones and Phil Pavlov about the priorities for this legislative term.


Nayyirah Shariff, Sam Inglot and Mark Bashore photo.
Amanda Pinckney / WKAR-MSU

We speak with representatives from the groups Flint Rising and Progress Michigan. both are calling for Department of Environmental Quality director nominee Heidi Grether to be rejected by the legislature.


Tim Greimel and Sam Singh
Amanda Pinckney / WKAR-MSU

We talk with House Democratic Leader Tim Greimel and House Democratic Floor Leader Sam Singh about their priorities this legislative session.


Day 2 - Current State from the Capitol

Sep 7, 2016

Join Current State with Mark Bashore from the front lawn of the Michigan Capitol Building, Thursday at noon here at Listen Live AM 870 NewsTalk above or tune your radio to AM 870.

Michigan Capitol Building
WKAR File Photo

A Presidential candidate visited Lansing in August. Current State looks back at the impact of the Trump visit on our Month in Review segment, and anticipate his Detroit appearance this weekend, with capitol reporters Tim Skubick and Emily Lawler.

school buses in a row
John Picken / flickr creative commons

The fate of a number of low-performing Lansing schools is uncertain as the district awaits clarification about test scores from Michigan’s School Reform Office. We hear the thoughts of Lansing School Board President Peter Spadafore and state Rep. Andy Schor.


CATA bus photo
David Shane / flickr creative commons

A proposed bus rapid transit (BRT) line is meeting with particular resistance in Meridian Township. We ask two opponents why they’re resisting CATA’s efforts to move forward with the federally and state-subsidized project.


Detroit skyline
haljackey / flickr creative commons

Detroit Free Press columnist Rochelle Riley discusses the future of the Detroit Public Schools, this year’s extraordinary presidential campaign and more.


Snyder ribbon cutting ceremony photo
Courtesy photo / Global Detroit

A new report examines the economic impact being made by the more than 640,000 immigrants who call Michigan home. We learn more from Michigan Office for New Americans deputy director Karen Phillippi.


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