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Election 2014
9:59 am
Fri October 17, 2014

Climate change 'still' a hoax, says Franz

Democrat Tom Stobie (left) and incumbent Republican Ray Franz met in Glen Arbor Thursday evening.
Credit Eric Carlson / Leelanau Enterprise

In 2012, State Representative Ray Franz said he believed global climate change was a “hoax.” When asked about the issue at the same debate Thursday, Franz responded firmly with the word “still" -- and drew some applause in the Glen Arbor Township Hall.

When it was pointed out that the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change had been awarded the Nobel Prize for its work on the issue, Franz shot back, saying concern about climate change is a first step toward global governance.

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Election 2014
8:52 am
Thu October 16, 2014

Northern Michigan candidate debates and forums

Interlochen Public Radio is co-sponsoring a number of debates over the next week for candidates in Northwest Lower Michigan seeking state and federal office. Candidates for the 101st and 104th State House districts, the 35th and 37th State Senate districts, and Michigan's 1st Congressional District will participate. For information about attending the live events, follow the links below. You can listen online (on this page) within 24 hours and they will also be broadcast at the times indicated on IPR News Radio.

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Michigan Education
5:59 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

State’s top education official will not weigh in on education funding issue

State Superintendent Mike Flanagan speaks with reporters during Tuesday’s State Board of Education meeting in Lansing.
Credit Michigan Public Radio Network

The state superintendent of schools is refusing to weigh in on the debate over school funding ahead of the November election. That issue has been a central talking point in the governor’s race.

Gov. Rick Snyder says he has increased education funding every year he has been in office. He includes money that went to shore up teacher pension funds. Democratic nominee Mark Schauer says Snyder has cut funding by about $1 billion.

State Superintendent Mike Flanagan says he is not interested in getting involved in the debate this close to the election.

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Election 2014
9:40 am
Mon October 13, 2014

Snyder and Schauer face off

Governor Rick Snyder and former Congressman Mark Schauer met in their only scheduled joint appearance of the campaign season last night.

Governor Snyder is the Republican incumbent. Schauer is the Democratic challenger. The pair tangled on budgets, Detroit, and education spending. Schauer also reminded people the governor is, officially at least, defending the state’s ban on same-sex marriage.

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Marriage & Family
9:22 am
Tue October 7, 2014

Michigan still waiting on same-sex marriage decision from the 6th Circuit

The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to hear seven same-sex marriage cases. And that leaves the fate of Michigan’s same-sex marriage ban with the US Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.

A decision from the Sixth Circuit could come at any time. The case was argued in August. Ohio, Kentucky, and Tennessee are also waiting on the ruling. A decision to uphold same-sex marriage bans in those states and Michigan would create a conflict between different circuits that could land the case before the Supreme Court.

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