Wednesday, April 23, 2014
It's a busy week at the Supreme Court. Yesterday they issued a decision upholding Michigan's right to ban affirmative action in college admission practices. The court also heard a case about the Internet TV provider Aereo, that could have a big impact on broadcast and online media and arguments about whether states can make it a crime to lie about candidates during a political campaign. Dahlia Lithwick, senior editor at Slate, rounds up the decisions and arguments, and takes your calls about what comes next.
Wednesday, October 16, 2013
The shutdown continues, the debt ceiling deadline looms and states are scrambling to fill in the gaps. In the wake of the Great Recession, state budgets are already stretched thin—and a federal default could spell catastrophe. Michigan state budget director John Nixon and California budget office deputy director H.D. Palmer discuss how states are coping.
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Despite the shouts of angry union member protesters at rallies in Lansing yesterday, the Michigan Legislature approved the right-to-work legislation with a 58-to-52 vote by the House. Michigan House Republican Rick Olson discusses how this legislation passed and Joseph Slater, professor of law and values at the University of Toledo, explains how the decision fits into the context of union history in the United States.
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Michigan is known as the birthplace of the modern labor movement. But on Tuesday, the Republican-led state legislature approved new limits on unions that drastically cut the power of organized labor in the state.
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Labor activists in Michigan could face a historic defeat this week against a "right-to-work" bill that lawmakers have reconvened over today, and which Michigan Governor Rick Snyder has pledged to sign. United Auto Workers president Bob King discusses what this means for the nation's future with labor.
Friday, September 21, 2012
Reed Kroloff is no stranger to cities that are in need of a rebirth. As dean of architecture at Tulane University, he was responsible for bringing back 97 percent of the school's student body after Hurricane Katrina. This week, Kroloff is a part of the second annual Detroit Design Festival. He explains why he thinks that the Motor City could be the next design mecca.
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
According to a report released earlier this year, Latino and Arab communities who live along the border between Canada and the United States are experiencing an increase in instances of racial profiling by border patrol and other federal agents. In response, the Council on American-Islamic Relations is suing the FBI and U.S. Customs and Border Protection for what it claims has been religious profiling and mistreatment of Muslims at the border.
Friday, August 17, 2012
Talking about raising taxes during an election year is considered political suicide. But that’s exactly what voters in Michigan did on August 7. Residents of Macomb, Oakland, and Wayne counties voted to raise their property taxes a fraction of a percent to help fund the Detroit Institute of Arts ...
Monday, June 18, 2012
"I'm flattered that you're all so interested in my vagina, but no means no." That's what Michigan State Representative Lisa Brown told her fellow lawmakers on the floor of the State House during a debate on abortion rights and the "V word" apparently made a few nervous enough to ban Ms. Brown from speaking on on the floor of the house.
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
Education Week reports on a new study of school spending in Michigan, which concludes that "charter schools spend more per-pupil on administration and less on instruction than traditional public schools, even when controlling for enrollment, student populations served, and other factors."
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
When people think of Michigan's economy, they generally think of places like Detroit and Flint, and of the state's once great automobile manufacturing sites. But Martina Guzmán of WDET takes a closer look at the economic benefits of one of the Great Lakes State's most tried and true resources: water.
Thursday, April 05, 2012
Detroit has had today’s date circled on its calendar for months. Under a state statute, today marks the deadline for Michigan Governor Rick Snyder to decide how to appropriately handle Detroit’s $200 million budget deficit. Laura Weber, a reporter for WDET, updates us on the latest out of Detroit. We also speak with City Council President Charles Pugh.
Monday, March 26, 2012
The auto industry may be on its way back, but Detroit is close to bankruptcy. But as the city's fate hangs in the balance, Detroit Mayor Dave Bing is recovering from major surgery, and is out of commission for at least several days. Joining us for more on Detroit is Craig Fahle, host of The Craig Fahle Show on WDET.
Monday, March 19, 2012
In the fall of 2010, the auto bailouts stirred up a populist sentiment. But as a Pew poll last month found, Americans are saying the bailouts were mostly good for the economy, and the industry's now in the black.
Friday, March 02, 2012
The Republican presidential hopefuls aren't the only ones who have been flocking to states like Ohio and Michigan. President Obama has also been campaigning hard in the rust belt. Manufacturing jobs and the state of the economy are on everyone's mind.
Wednesday, February 29, 2012
By Steffen Schmidt : IAFC Blogger
Ultimately the Republicans have probably lost Michigan with their anti-government and anti-auto industry bailout rants, which is particularly meaningful as Michigan has been tracking Republican.
Friday, February 24, 2012
Speaking at the Detroit Economic Club Friday, Republican Presidential hopeful Mitt Romney waxed about how happy he was to see Detroit-made cars. "I drive a Mustang and a Chevy pickup truck. Ann drives a couple of Cadillacs, actually. I used to have a dodge truck, so I used to have all three covered."
Hat tip to Buzzfeed.com for catching the clip.
Monday, February 20, 2012
Despite growing up in Detroit — and Rick Santorum's anti-bailout speech to the Detroit Economic club — the most recent polls from Michigan have Mitt Romney trailing Santorum by an average of six points. Romney has tried to curb Santorum's upswell by outspending him three to one in advertising. Given the indecisiveness of the race thus far, whether or not Romney takes Michigan could be a turning point in the nomination.