Stateside: Senate candidates debate; Flint news startup; why Isle Royale is getting new wolves

Oct 16, 2018
Originally published on October 17, 2018 10:04 am

Today on Stateside, reporter Chad Livengood recaps the most recent debates between incumbent U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow and her Republican challenger John James. Plus, a former MLive reporter details her experience founding Flint Beat, a hyperlocal news site that covers the Flint community. 

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

A breakdown of the two Senate debates between Stabenow, James

  • Crain's Detroit reporter Chad Livengood joined Stateside to talk about the debates between Democratic U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow and her Republican challenger John James. The candidates covered a wide range of issues including: health care, social security, trade, and the Trump administration.

Voter voices: Improving education and Detroit neighborhoods

  • 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 Evonne McKinney of Detroit and Elise Graf of Wayne.

People want more from their news than just “water crisis, sports, and crime” says Flint Beat founder

  • Former MLive reporter Jiquanda Johnson discusses her experience launching Flint Beat, a journalism startup that offers Flint residents a news outlet that's focused on specific issues related to their community. 

Congressional candidate Jeff Jones wants “one item legislation” instead of omnibus bills

  • Republican candidate Jeff Jones is challenging Debbie Dingell, the Democratic incumbent, for Michigan’s 12th Congressional District seat. He joined Stateside to talk about his top priorities for the district, his views on the Constitution, and what he sees as worsening divisions along political party lines in his community.

Is relocating wolves to Isle Royale saving an ecosystem or putting a thumb on the scale?

  • John Vucetich, a professor of wildlife ecology at Michigan Technological University, talks about how changing moose and wolf populations could affect the ecological balance of Isle Royale after the National Park Service decided to relocate more wolves to the island. 

Look about you. What ideas do you see inscribed on the land of Michigan? 

  • Michigan Radio reporter Dustin Dwyer is exploring what shapes our ideas about land—what it's for, who controls it, and what we can take from it. Here's the first installment in our series "An Idea on the Land." 

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