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Jon Harrison Monday, August 27, 2018 - 12:54pm Categories: BallengerReport
TWO OVERLOOKED TAKEAWAYS FROM MICHIGAN REPUBLICANS’ CONVENTION, AND NEITHER IS GOOD FOR GOP Think about these two things: The dissing of a state Republican Supreme Court nominee (Elizabeth “Beth” Clement) by assembled delegates at a state convention is unprecedented in Michigan political history, and it can’t bode well for what has been a GOP majority on the high bench going forward, whether Clement wins in the Nov. 6 general election or not.  A tone-deaf Michigan Republican Party did the unthinkable — it nominated two males for the Michigan State University Board of Trustees in the year of “... Continue reading "Bill Ballenger Report, August 27, 2018"...
Jon Harrison Monday, August 27, 2018 - 8:51am Categories: MIRS Podcasts

Two Republican figures who could have helped unify the state party going into November -- Gov. Rick Snyder and state Sen. Patrick Colbeck -- were nowhere near the Lansing Center this weekend. The MIRS team talks about this, the lack of convention support for Justice Beth Clement and more observations from the GOP convention. Plus, hear raw audio from Republican U.S. Senate nominee John James and the top of the GOP ticket.

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Jon Harrison Saturday, August 25, 2018 - 12:50pm Categories: Politics

"The right to criticize government is also an obligation to know what you are talking about." Lent Upson, first director of the Citizens Research Council

Jon Harrison Friday, August 24, 2018 - 8:28am Categories: BallengerReport

Democratic gubernatorial nominee Gretchen Whitmer picks youthful tech guru Garlin Gilchrist to be her running mate for Michigan Lieutenant Governor.
 
Dems and GOP prepare for this weekend's major party state nominating conventions.
 
Genesee Co. district judge orders Nick Lyon, director of the state Dept. of Health & Human Services, to stand trial for manslaughter stemming from the deaths of two elderly men in Genesee Co. allegedly from Legionnaires Disease possibly connected to contaminated Flint River water.
 
Interview with Democratic Oakland Co...

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Jon Harrison Friday, August 24, 2018 - 8:14am Categories: Dome

Tom Watkins:  Wake up, America!

Eric Freedman: The Long and the Short of It

Jon Harrison Thursday, August 23, 2018 - 3:04pm Categories: Education, K-12

Lawmakers have diverted $4.5 billion from K-12 schools over past eight years

 

LANSING—As Michigan kids head back to school this month, they’ll be yet again missing out on hundreds of millions of dollars in budget funding that lawmakers have diverted elsewhere, according to a new report by the Michigan League for Public Policy released today. This includes $637 million in lost K...

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Jon Harrison Thursday, August 23, 2018 - 8:40am Categories: Libraries

In addition to the coming database changes, the library community will also see changes to the MeL.org site. One of our goals is to organize the content in a way that makes it easier to find, so not only will the look and feel be changing, but some of the content will be moving to homes that fit better. 

 

This week's MeL Minute highlights the changes to the Government, Legal, and Michigana portals. Just like a library's physical stacks need to be managed, we have been busy weeding and re-arranging to ensure the content in these three...

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Jon Harrison Tuesday, August 21, 2018 - 3:42pm Categories: Health

"The right to criticize government is also an 

obligation to know what you are talking about."

Lent Upson, first director of the Citizens Research Counci

 

 

... Continue reading "Public health spending lags in Michigan, and we have the poor outcomes to show for it"...
Jon Harrison Monday, August 20, 2018 - 8:45am Categories: History

Visit Michigan Day by Day if you are interested in Today in Michigan History posts.

Jon Harrison Monday, August 20, 2018 - 7:44am Categories: MIRS Podcasts

Listen to raw audio of Democratic gubernatorial nominee Gretchen Whitmer naming Garlin Gilchrist II her lieutenant governor running mate in Lansing. Also, listen to short reporter scrums with both Whitmer and Gilchrist.

In addition, the MIRS team analyzes the Whitmer pick and the Republican gubernatorial nominee Bill Schuette's selection of Lisa Posthumus Lyons as his LG running mate in this podcast.

Listen to the August 20, 2018 podcast.

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