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Stateside: A surprise write-in campaign; Detroit rockers MC5; Coast Guard clashes with union

Old image of Detroit's Grande Ballroom
Courtesy of the Burton Historical Collection, Detroit Public Library
50 years ago today, Detroit-based rock band MC5 performed the first of two show's at Detroit’s Grande Ballroom for their Kick Out the Jams live recording.";

Today on Stateside, a Democratic party leader in Detroit reponds to recent news that Detroit City Council President Brenda Jones will be running as a write-in candidate against Democrat Rashida Tlaib in the race to represent the 13th District. Plus, we explore the history of MC5, one of the most well-known rock bands to come out of Detroit, on the 50th anniversary of their iconic live album recording.  

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

“It’s crazy.” 13th District Democratic leader reacts to Brenda Jones’ write-in campaign.

Stateside’s conversation with Jonathan Kinloch

  • Jonathan Kinloch is chairman of the 13th Congressional District Democratic Party organization. He weighs in on Detroit City Council President Brenda Jones's recent decision to run as a write-in candidate against Democrat Rashida Tlaib in the race to represent Michigan's 13th District in Washington. 

Coast Guard to lake pilots: Honor picket lines at your own risk

Joey Horan reports on the labor dispute between Toledo dock workers and their employer

  • This summer, the United States Coast Guard reversed a longstanding policy that directly intervened in a local labor dispute between Toledo dock workers and their employer, Midwest Terminals. Stateside’s Joey Horan brings us a story about how this decision could have long-term effects for unions working on the Great Lakes.

Marking the 50th anniversary of MC5’s legendary live album recording at the Grande Ballroom 

Stateside’s conversation with Paul Young

  • Paul Young is the founder and publisher of Detroit Music Magazine. He tells us about MC5, a Detroit-based rock band, which he says is one of the most infamous and celebrated groups in the history of the city’s music scene.
  • Arts and culture coverage is supported in part by an award from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs.

6th District candidates talk healthcare, gun control, federal deficit 

Stateside's conversations with Republican Congressman Fred Upton and his Democratic opponent Matt Longjohn

  • Congressman Fred Upton (R) serves the 6th Congressional District in southwest Michigan. This November, he’s running for a 17th term in Congress. He talked to Stateside about his thoughts on the Trump administration, the nation’s ballooning deficit, and why he's running for another term in office.
  • Matt Longjohn (D) is Upton's Democratic opponent for Michigan’s 6th Congressional District. He joined Stateside to talk about what qualifies him for office, which legislative issues he believes need the most attention at the federal level, and what he would do for his district if elected to office.

Voter voices: moral issues matter, so does access to water 

Listen to hear what’s on voters’ minds

  • We've been sending reporters and producers across the state to ask people two questions: What are the most important issues for you as a Michigan voter? What concerns you most about our political climate right now? Today, we hear from two voters, one from Adrian and one from Hamtramck.

The birds of Beelzebub 

Dwight "Skip" Stackhouse shares a story about the netherworld

  • From now until Halloween, we’re bringing you creepy, spooky, and haunting stories. Today, Detroit-based author, and member of the Secret Society of Twisted Storytellers, Dwight "Skip" Stackhouse tells us about his encounter with the netherworld as a minister with the Jehovah’s Witnesses.

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