Lansing politics

Chris Swope photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

Lansing City Clerk Chris Swope has a proposal he believes can reduce long lines at the city’s polling sites. It involves drawing new voting boundaries and creating two new precincts. We talk with Swope about that idea and other election topics.


Boji Tower photo
Kevin Lavery / WKAR

The Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring an eight-month long program to train the next generation of civic leaders. We talk with a coach and a participant of the first Leadership Lansing session, starting this month.


Lt. Gov. Calley: state’s opioid scourge requires urgent action

Sep 3, 2015
pill bottles
Baer Law Firm, Pharmacy Attorney, Aurora, CO.

America is eager to do something about the recent surge in prescription drug overdoses and fatalities.Here in Michigan, Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley heads the Michigan Prescription Drug and Opioid Abuse Task Force.  Current State sorts through the challenges of tackling the problem and asks the Lieutenant Governor about his take on the road funding challenge and Todd Courser and Cindy Gamrat. 

Judy Putnam with Sue Carter
Scott Pohl/WKAR

Current State talks to Lansing State Journal columnist Judy Putnam about her recent columns on the Lansing City Market and taxidermy squirrels, among other topics. 

Todd Courser photo
Courtesy photo / Rep. Todd Courser

The Michigan Public Radio Network's Rick Pluta updates us on the latest in the scandal involving Michigan Representatives Todd Courser and Cindy Gamrat. 

  

Emily Dievendorf photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

There will be at least one new face on 2016’s Lansing City Council. Current State talks with a couple of candidates who survived Tuesday’s primary, Emily Dievendorf and Patricia Spitzley.


Lansing city hall photo
WKAR Photo

On August 4th, Lansing voters will narrow the field of candidates for Lansing city council. There will be at least one new member of the council after the November general election. Current State’s Scott Pohl talks with Lansing State Journal reporter Eric Lacy about the candidates.


Carol Wood photo
WKAR file photo

The Lansing Board of Water and Light may embark on a study to help justify its status as a city-owned utility. City council member Carol Wood likes the idea.


A group of Lansing activists want to enact a city anti-corruption ordinance. Current State talks to political activist Walt Sorg about what triggered this effort.

Former Mayor Hollister explains possible BWL sale

Jun 5, 2015
Picture of David Hollister and Virg Bernero
Mark Bashore / WKAR

Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero says the time has come to explore the possibility of selling the city-owned Board of Water and Light. According to a statement provided to Lansing City Pulse, Bernero views potential changes involving the BWL as “a way to address our long term liabilities.” However,  he said any decision at this point, “would be premature.”

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