March 21 2019
Before former Capitol renovation project manager Tim Bowlin moved to warmer climates and then- Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero moved to the private sector, the two talked conceptually about moving the state...
March 14 2019
The 45-cent-a-gallon gasoline tax hike that Gov. Gretchen Whitmer proposed last week isn’t going to happen
March 7 2019
Someone named “Hickenlooper” hopped into the 2020 Democratic presidential sweepstakes. In case you missed it
Feb. 28 2019
Former Sen. Rick Jones’ big crash course in working with media came in 2002 when as Eaton County sheriff he helped evacuate the small town of Potterville in the midst of a nasty train wreck that...
Feb. 21 2019
One in five students report they’ve been bullied — 15 percent in the last 12 months. Those statistics from the National Center for Education Statistics are among the reasons Rep. Sarah Anthony...
Feb. 14 2019
The Republican-led Senate is one floor vote away from doing something that hasn’t been done in Michigan in more than 40 years: reject a governor’s executive order. House Republicans got the...
Feb. 7 2019
On the first day of former Michigan State University President Lou Anna Simon’s preliminary hearing on charges she lied to police about the Larry Nassar situation, sexual assault survivor Amanda...
Jan. 31 2019
They don't have the seniority to be in the negotiating room, but U.S. Rep. Elissa Slotkin, the Holly Democrat who represents Ingham County, and 20 other congressional freshmen want to put pressure on the...
Jan. 24 2019
U.S. Rep. Elissa Slotkin, D-Holly, earned high praise Wednesday from neighboring U.S. Rep. Tim Walberg, R-Tipton. The six-term House member said on statewide radio that if the freshman from the 8th District,...
Jan. 24 2019
What a difference four years makes in the land of Lansing city politics. With three months until the April 23 candidate filing deadline, the scuttlebutt on potential challengers for the four City Council...
Jan. 17 2019
Another $85 million for a “learning center” and underground parking ramp was too much. And once the geothermal holes started being drilled into the Capitol’s west lawn, the thought was...
Jan. 15 2019
We know the frequent knock on former 8th District Congressman Mike Bishop. He never seemed to be around Lansing. Fair or not, it felt like is his public visits were few and far between
Jan. 10 2019
Nancy Pelosi is back as U.S. House speaker and it’s not because new U.S. Rep. Elissa Slotkin, D-Holly, voted for her
Dec. 27 2018
Once his second in charge, Brian Calley, lost the Republican gubernatorial nomination, Snyder lost interest in politics. Sure, he showed up at a fundraiser here and there, but screaming from his bully...
Dec. 20 2018
The Michigan Legislature is entering new territory with its fourth week of lame duck. Research conducted by MIRS, Gongwer and The Ballenger Report can find no lame duck — that period of legislative...
Dec. 6 2018
The districts courts in East Lansing, Lansing and Mason could consolidate into a single Ingham County-based 55th District Court under legislation that’s swiftly moving through the Legislature in...
Nov. 29 2018
“They ignore the voiced concerns of township citizens about the need to have a well-qualified candidate with financial management skills selected and to not break the trust the citizens have in their...
Nov. 15 2018
Michigan’s incoming governor, secretary of state and attorney general are women. A record 51 women are coming to the state Legislature, topping the previous record of 37 by 46 percent. Michigan’s...
Nov. 1 2018
“After Trump got elected in 2016, the engagement of the residents in Meridian Township, East Lansing and local Democratic activists, in general, was so high,” Brixie, the Meridian Township...
Oct. 25 2018
Attempts to generate debates on WKAR’s “Off The Record,” with Tim Skubick, and WDIV’s “Flashpoint,” with Devin Scillian, each fell apart after Leonard declined to appear...