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Milwaukee Public Schools Superintendent Darienne Driver, who became a statewide ambassador for Wisconsin's largest district, often forging relationships across the political divide, is leaving for a job in Michigan. Driver has been named president and CEO of the United Way for Southeastern Michigan, ...
The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality — along with the Department of Natural Resources and the Attorney General's Office — decided Nestle's application meets state standards and wouldn't hurt the water supply. After the state approves a monitoring plan that Nestle is required to submit, the ...

“There are few leaders who have had as much impact on Michigan's political and business scene as John Engler,” said Peter Bhatia, editor and vice president of the Free Press and freep.com. “With his background and now in his role at MSU, he's the perfect person to kick off our breakfast series.” “Lots of ...
Scott Greenlee, president of the Healthy and Productive Michigan political action committee, which is opposed to the ballot proposal, has begun doing presentations to groups across the state saying that his stance against the ballot measure has nothing to do with medical marijuana, only recreational use.
George Romney was only governor of Michigan for six years, but he was one of the most important figures in our modern political history. He was the moving ... I came to know Romney reasonably well after he retired from politics, and had several long interviews with him at his Bloomfield Hills home. I didn't ...
Current state officeholders reported more than 600 political fundraisers last year, Mauger said. His analysis of state records showed nearly half of those events were held in downtown Lansing on the day the Michigan Legislature was in session. Nessel used her campaign website to advertise a series of ...

That's a sentiment echoed by several speakers, who called on political candidates this year for governor, House and Senate offices to go beyond campaign cliches about the value of education to articulate smart, evidence-based plans for turning around public schools. Luke Wilcox, Michigan's current ...
There's nothing wrong with having principles. Not everyone does; Back in the bad old days, there was a U.S. Senator from the South who supposedly used to tell audiences, “Well, them there's my positions, and if you don't like 'em – well, I can change 'em.” That's not exactly honorable, but it did serve to get ...
What's so amazing about our political system is that the solutions to some issues are not only clear, they clearly have overwhelming public approval ... About the author: Former newspaper publisher and University of Michigan Regent Phil Power is a longtime observer of Michigan politics and economics.
Timmer countered that Michigan's political process already requires the districts to be drawn to reflect population and existing political boundaries – and the proposed reform could have the opposite intended effect. “We're going to find that there's more politics, more bare-knuckles politics, involved in the ...
What also isn't helping Republicans is Trump's low approval rating that Real Clear Politics says currently averages 41 percent nationwide and was 39.5 percent among likely Michigan voters in a January survey by Lansing-based Glengariff Group. “What we're seeing is that Democrats and independents ...
Betsy DeVos appeared on 60 Minutes Sunday for an interview with Lesley Stahl that went very poorly on a number of fronts, continuing the pattern established during her disastrous confirmation hearings. Unlike a normal Cabinet member, DeVos has no experience in politics or public service.
The University of Michigan will have Charles Woodson as the speaker at the spring commencement ceremony this year. Buy this ... Sarkar noted the significance of the University's pick in the context of recent attention to professional athletes' platform on political issues, which some have said is undeserved.
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Demas bought "Inside Michigan Politics" in 2013 from Bill Ballenger, a longtime state political observer and former lawmaker who founded the publication in 1987. "IMP" cut ties with Ballenger in 2016 after he downplayed the scope of the lead crisis in Flint's drinking water during a televised roundtable.
“We were both frustrated with how politics were continuing to run and the low engagement levels by young voters,” said Zackariah Farah, a senior and one of the organizers of the debate that featured Democratic candidates Abdul El-Sayed, Shri Thanedar and Bill Cobbs. Michael Goldman Brown Jr., ...
Nassar's serial molestation of hundreds of young female patients, including some who tried in vain to raise concerns with adults, is provoking calls to expand and toughen Michigan's law that mandates certain people to report suspected child abuse to authorities. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya) The Associated ...

Debbie Dingell sat with Cain to talk about statewide races in Michigan in 2018 including the governor's race, U.S. Senate as Debbie Stabenow is up for re-election. Dingell, who predicted Trump would win a year before the election on an earlier edition of “Michigan Matters,” wasn't sure about Stabenow's ...
“Michigan Divided,” a documentary by Bridge Magazine and The Center for Michigan, follows six families through a tumultuous year of politics to see if they can find common ground. “It's like they're gangs…like we're the Crips and they're the Bloods,” a frustrated Flint native Marlando Wade says about the ...
LANSING, MI — If you needed another illustration of how bad term limits have been for Michigan, you got it last week. Lawmakers of both parties voted — nearly unanimously — to first, abolish “driver's responsibility fees,” and then, to enact a new, $4,900 personal tax exemption, phased in over three years.
The League of Conservation Voters recently issued a blog post about what the group calls “Five bad ideas for Michigan.” Those ideas touch on a range of bills that would affect environmental rulemaking and permitting, water withdrawal by private companies and farms, state ballast water regulations that ...
Well here's a somewhat surprising finding from a recent poll on Michigan's field of candidates for governor: The outsider with the hard-to-pronounce name, Shri Thanedar, has more name recognition than both Michigan's lieutenant governor and the Democrat frontrunner. He also has the highest favorability ...
We've talked a lot about how Michigan was a bellwether state during the 2016 presidential election; a state that thought it knew what it was, only to learn that it's shifting social and economic sands made for an unreliable foundation for any political party to build. And we've learned that the things that divide ...
The other group — Healthy and Productive Michigan — is bankrolled so far by the group Smart Approaches to Marijuana, a Virginia-based group ... marijuana legalization, and shifting the way district lines are drawn for state and federal offices from the political party in power in the state Legislature to an ...
Smart Approaches to Marijuana of Virginia is the initial sole donor to the “Healthy and Productive Michigan” committee formed to fight the potential 2018 ballot proposal. Its 501(c)4 nonprofit action fund contributed $150,000 on Dec. 26, according to a campaign finance report filed last week with the state.
Another Democrat has jumped into a southwest Michigan political race. Now running for Michigan House in Van Buren County's 66th District is Dan Seibert, an IT engineer with Perrigo in Allegan. Seibert lives in Paw Paw, and tells WSJM News he wanted to run because he thinks there's not enough ...
He says both political parties are at a crossroads, and they need to work out underlying issues. They include global warming, immigration and the future of jobs. “In the short term this deals passed there's not going to be shut downs for a while, but that doesn't mean there won't be continuing, I don't want to ...
“They're barometers,” said Michigan political analyst Bill Ballenger of The Ballenger Report. ... Susan Demas, editor and publisher of Inside Michigan Politics, said while President Donald Trump's unpopularity gives Democrats hope, Republican state legislators have done “a very favorable job” of drawing ...
He was quite serious, but the prime minister refused to accept his resignation, and even his political opponents made it clear they didn't want him to go. But Michael Bates' attitude was refreshing when you contemplate the Michigan State University board of trustees, a body that was completely derelict in ...
A graduate of the University of Michigan, earning a bachelor's in political science and a master's of social work, as well as taking part in the Michigan Political Leadership Program Fellowship at Michigan State University, Sathi served as vice chair of the Michigan Republican Party from 2015 to 2017 as well ...
Hibma is married to Terri Lynn Land, a former Michigan Secretary of State and Republican who staged an unsuccessful run for the U.S. Senate in 2014. Land donated $12,500 to the Trump Victory Political Action Committee in October of 2016, according federal campaign finance records. Hibma and Land ...
Michael Saari of Walled Lake, Michigan faced backlash to comments posted days after Judge Rosemarie Aquilina sentenced Nassar to a cumulative 175-year ... the post was designed by hackers to portray him as a “child molester” and thereby inflict the maximum possible damage on his political career.
There hasn't been much polling done that includes all the Democratic candidates for governor, but the last one done in November for MIRS News, a Lansing political newsletter, by the Target Insyght polling firm had Thanedar a distant third with only 2% of the 1,000 people polled. “Hi, I'm Shri Thanedar, ...
The Michigan State University Board of Trustees has appointed former Governor John Engler as interim president of the university. That's after Lou Anna Simon resigned in the wake of the scandal over MSU sports doctor Larry Nassar sexually assaulting girls and women for decades. Bridge Magazine ...
A governor who once pitched himself as “one tough nerd” addressed Michigan lawmakers in his final State of the State address last week, a 53-minute preface to what could be a year of tough political battles. It was a final address during an election year that left many Michiganders wondering if Gov.
On Wednesday, Michigan's House of Representatives passed a resolution calling for Michigan State University President Lou Anna Simon to resign in the wake of 156 victim impact statements made at Larry Nassar's sentencing hearing. (Simon resigned on Wednesday night.) Speaker of the House Tom ...
... benefiting its donors but also remarkably effective in starving our infrastructure while shirking fiscal responsibility. John Auchter is a freelance editorial cartoonist. His views are his own and do not necessarily reflect those of Michigan Radio, its management, or its license holder, the University of Michigan.
Whitmer's edge comes from support among women and political independents even though the former Senate minority leader continues to struggle with ... Susan Demas, owner and editor of Inside Michigan Politics, said she is surprised El-Sayed's name identification is almost as strong as Whitmer's but ...
LANSING - Senate and House Republicans ratcheted up their tax cut plans Tuesday, and their ideas were winning support from Democrats. House Speaker Tom Leonard, R-DeWitt, unveiled a plan to hike the personal exemption for state income tax returns to $4,800 by 2020 while awarding a $100 tax ...
Women make up less than 25 percent of the legislature in Michigan, so this year's march is centered on encouraging women to run for office at all levels to ensure there's equal representation in ... Practical Political Consulting will open its offices Sunday morning for a sign making party and warming station.
There are two big, defining political endorsements for Democrat gubernatorial candidates in the state of Michigan, political experts tell us. They are ... While smaller labor unions have been backing candidates — with most going for Whitmer and the Michigan Nurses Association backing former Detroit health ...
... visited the University of Michigan as part of the University's 2018 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Symposium to deliver her speech “We Need Change NOW… Here's HOW.” Jean-Pierre has professional experience ranging from participating in local politics to helping organize the presidential campaigns ...
Gretchen Whitmer's Democratic bid for Governor got a boost Monday with an endorsement from the Michigan Education Association. ... “It means bodies, it means networking and it's very important in the primary race because they have people all across the state,” said political consultant Ed Sarpolus. “If the ...
What it has also meant was a radical change in the prison population of Michigan. The number of inmates in state prisons has declined from around 51,000 in 2006 to around 40,000 today, due to both the aging of the prison population and the fact that we are somewhat less likely to throw someone in the ...
She's likely describing her possible route to the top executive position in the state, rather than each party's politics. By bringing Engler back into the picture, both candidates are looking back to a time when Michigan's economy was growing, as it is now. Both Whitmer and Schuette are the leading candidates ...
In Detroit, the Michigan League of Women Voters and 10 Democratic activists filed a federal lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of Michigan's legislative and congressional districts on grounds similar to those a federal court panel used to throw out Wisconsin's political map. If the Supreme Court upholds ...
It's already shaping up to be an especially eventful year in politics here in Michigan. Essentially all of state government is up for election. We'll elect a new governor, a new attorney general, and a new secretary of state. The entire state Legislature is up for election, as are all of our U.S. Representatives.
LANSING, MI -- Hear ye, hear ye, political junkies and capitol confidants! The third annual insanely hard capitol quiz has arrived. It was a non-election year in Michigan politics, but that didn't mean policy work ground to a halt. The legislature honed on on retirement liabilities this year, passing a package to ...
And disaffection with politics is growing as party leaders separate themselves from their constituents, said Gabriela Santiago-Romero, a 25-year-old graduate student at the University of Michigan who's studying social work and policy. A young Democrat, she plans to run for local or state office in 2020.
But he chucked it all a couple of years ago to pursue a dream of making a more immediate impact than he felt he could through the slow-grinding wheels of politics. Moving to Boston in 2015 and starting a business with his friend Scott Jacobsen — who also had worked for political campaigns and was ...


 

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