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Stateside: A “shadow” Board of Ed proposed; history of USS Michigan; climate change’s economic toll

Michigan History Center
Today is the 175th anniversary of the launch of the USS Michigan, a ship like no other in the U.S. Navy at the time.


Today, big changes in the lame duck session could be coming over who controls oversight of Michigan schools. Bills sponsored by term-limited Representative Tim Kelly would create a new 13-member education commission. Plus, voters approved Proposal 3, also called "Promote the Vote," on Nov. 6, but now Senator Mike Kowall has introduced a series of bills during the lame duck session that would alter what voters have approved.

Listen to the full show above or find individual segments below. 

Republican-proposed “education commission” would limit governor, state board’s power over schools 

Stateside's conversation with Ron French

  • Ron French of Bridge Magazine explains a bill sponsored by term-limited GOP Representative Tim Kelly of Saginaw that would create a new 13-member education commission to control oversight of Michigan schools. French explains how this commission would coexist with our current Board of Education, how members would be appointed, and the partisan politics at play.

ACLU says lame duck alterations to Prop 3 undermine the will of Michigan voters 

Stateside's conversation with Sharon Dolente

  • This November, Proposal 3—the ballot initiative known as Promote the Vote— was passed by voters. Republican Senator Mike Kowall has introduced a series of bills during the lame duck session that would alter what voters have approved. Sharon Dolente, the voting rights strategist for the ACLU of Michigan, explains how Kowall’s bill would impact the voting provisions Michiganders voted on in the midterms.

Marking 175 years since the launch of the USS Michigan, the first iron ship in US Navy fleet

Stateside’s conversation with Rachel Clark and Joel Stone

  • On this day in 1843, the U.S. Navy launched a new warship that became part of the revolution in sailing technology: the USS Michigan. Michigan History Center's Rachel Clark joins us to celebrate the 175th anniversary of the first iron-hulled vessel in the U.S. Navy’s fleet.
  • Joel Stone, Senior Curator with the Detroit Historical Society's Dossin Great Lakes Museum on Belle Isle explains what differentiated the USS Michigan from every other ship in the U.S. Navy.

George H. W. Bush put “service over self,” says longtime friend AG Bill Schuette

Stateside’s conversation with Bill Schuette

  • Though former President George Herbert Walker Bush was born in Massachusetts and raised his family in West Texas, he was no stranger to Michigan. He trained on Grosse Ile as a young Navy pilot, gave the University of Michigan’s commencement speech in 1991, and developed a strong friendship with Michigan’s Attorney General Bill Schuette. Schuette tells us how the pair first met, a story that sums up the late President’s aura, and what our current President could learn from the 41st. 

How the insurance industry could help change climate change skeptics' minds

Stateside's conversation with Andrew Hoffman

  • Andrew Hoffman is the Holcim Professor of Sustainable Enterprise at the Ross School of Business and the School of Environment and Sustainability at the University of Michigan. He explains how the the fourth National Climate Assessment, which warns of the growing dangers we face from climate change, makes an important economic case. 

Amid “green rush,” city of Grand Rapids opens application process for medical marijuana facilities 

Stateside's conversation with Suzanne Schulz

  • Suzanne Schulz is the Director of Design, Development and Community Engagement for the city of Grand Rapids. She joins Stateside to explain why the city decided to halt any new applications for medical marijuana licenses. That's after businesses got the green light this summer. She fills us in on the actions taken by the City Commission this week in regards to application acceptance dates. 

Correction: An earlier version of this story used a photo of the wrong USS Michigan. We have updated the photo to reflect the correct ship. We have also corrected the text to reflect that the ship was iron-hulled, not iron-clad. (12/6/2018)

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