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File photo / WKARLansing Mayor Virg Bernero gave his annual State of the City address last night. We talk with Eric Lacy of the Lansing State Journal about the mayor’s remarks.

Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero gave his annual State of the City address last night. We talk with Eric Lacy of the Lansing State Journal about the mayor’s remarks.


Dunnings’ criminal charges: what’s next?

Mar 15, 2016
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Ingham County Prosecutor Stuart Dunnings III faces 15 criminal counts, most of them involving soliciting prostitutes and pandering, a felony. We talk with Lansing City Pulse reporter Todd Heywood about the charges and how the City Pulse became aware of police concerns about Dunnings going back to last summer.


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An Ingham County task force spent last year working on how best to use money from a voter-approved parks and trails millage proposal. Their recommendations are now going before the county board of commissioners. Current State talks with the chair of the board, Kara Hope, and commissioner Teri Banas.


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Michigan’s state legislative districts are created based on the total number of people living in a particular area, but a case before the U.S. Supreme Court might alter that system. We talk about how Michigan might be affected from Eric Lupher, president of the Citizens Research Council of Michigan.


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Attorney Geoffrey Fieger has filed a $100-million lawsuit against the state of Michigan and McClaren Flint Hospital over the outbreak of Legionnaire’s disease. Current State’s Scott Pohl talks with Fieger about the suit.


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How do Michigan residents feel about the economy and President Obama these days? Hundreds of Michigan residents shared their views for the latest State of the State survey.  We look over the results with survey director Charles Ballard and Matt Grossmann of MSU's Institute for Public Policy and Social Research.


2016 Michigan State of the State

Jan 18, 2016
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Michigan Governor Rick Snyder's annual  address with Democratic response and Off the Record analysis. | WATCH IT NOW 

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Several former Michigan congressmen have joined a national effort called the ReFormers Caucus, hoping to change the campaign finance system. Current State talks with former congressman Bob Carr about the group’s efforts.


After the episode taping concludes, guest and panel continue to chat.  Former Rep. Todd Courser,  with Bill Ballenger, Kyle Melinn, Zachary Gorchow along with senior capitol correspondent Tim Skubick.

Watch it now at youtube/wkar.

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Off the Record | September 18, 2015 | #4512

Sep 17, 2015
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The guest is former Rep. Todd Courser, who was forced to resign last week amid the controversy surrounding his conduct in office.  Kyle Melinn, Bill Ballenger and Zachary Gorchow join senior capitol correspondent Tim Skubick.

Watch it at video.wkar.org

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Courtesy photo / Rep. Todd Courser

A lengthy Michigan House session to consider the removal of Representatives Todd Courser and Cindy Gamrat ended early this morning, with Courser resigning his seat and Gamrat's ouster. Current State talks with reporters Chad Livengood and Rick Pluta about the proceedings.


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It’s a busy time under the dome in Lansing these days. Just two weeks after the historic defeat of a road funding proposal that would have altered the Michigan Constitution, House Democrats and Republicans are offering competing alternatives. The GOP plan would shift revenue to a transportation fund by various means, including siphoning funds from tribal casino revenues and eliminating the Earned Income Tax Credit. Meanwhile, Democrats propose raising the gas tax by 15 cents per gallon over the next three years.

2015 Michigan State of the State

Jan 14, 2015

Gov. Rick Snyder's annual address to the Michigan Legislature and Democratic response. WATCH IT NOW

WATCH/LISTEN NOW: Gov. Rick Snyder on Michigan Calling

Sep 5, 2014
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Gov. Rick Snyder takes questions from a  statewide public radio audience on another broadcast of “Michigan Calling” in the 2014 election cycle.

The hour-long program was hosted by Rick Pluta, the long-time state Capitol bureau chief of the Michigan Public Radio Network. Recorded 9/5/2014.

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It’s back to school week for thousands of students at Michigan State University. In between moving into their dorm rooms and finding their way around campus, freshmen have been reading this year’s “One Book, One Community” selection. Congressman John Lewis of Georgia has written a graphic novel called “March: Book One.”

Lewis was in East Lansing Monday to speak to MSU freshmen and to meet members of the community.  Current State's Kevin Lavery spent a few minutes with the civil rights icon.

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