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Contributors discuss divide in Michigan GOP leadership, uncommitted Democratic primary votes

With a split in leadership in the Michigan Republican party and 13% of people voting uncommitted in the Democratic primary, there’s turmoil among Michigan Democrats and Republicans ahead of the 2024 presidential election. One Detroit contributors Stephen Henderson and Nolan Finley discuss the divide in Michigan’s Republican party, the uncommitted vote in the Democratic primary and the impact on the 2024 presidential election.

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Detroit residents asked to weigh in on new election district maps proposed by redistricting commission

Detroit residents are being asked to weigh in on proposed new election district maps. The Michigan Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission is holding public hearings Feb. 21 and 22 in Detroit for residents to provide input on the redrawing of boundaries for seven Michigan House districts. One Detroit contributors Nolan Finley and Stephen Henderson discussed the redistricting process.

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Michigan’s book ban battle: Navigating the controversy of literary censorship in metro Detroit

The contentious issue of books bans has taken center stage across the nation, and in Michigan it’s no different. Learn how libraries across metro Detroit have been impacted by book bans and where Michigan stands on the issue. Plus, a local parent shares her thoughts on literary censorship in schools, and more information on the Michigan Library Association’s Right to Read initiative.

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Absentee or in person: Michigan voters react to key issues, races in the midterm election

Where do Michigan voters stand on key issues ahead of the Nov. 8, 2022 midterm election? One Detroit senior producer Bill Kubota teamed up with Detroit Free Press Lansing Bureau Chief Paul Egan to talk with voters from across Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties about who they’ll cast their ballots for and where they land on the key issues like absentee voting, the economy and abortion.

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Michigan’s Childcare Challenges Have Displaced Women From the Workforce. Will New Legislation Help Them Return?

All across Michigan, a shortage of childcare availability and rising childcare costs have persisted, and women in the workforce have been disproportionately affected. One Detroit’s Future of Work virtual town hall, “Women in the Workforce,” explores the decline of women in the workforce, the impact of childcare, and new legislation that may help them return to work.

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Biden Administration Announces Student Loan Debt Forgiveness For Millions. How Will Michigan Borrowers Be Affected?

Some of Michigan’s nearly 1.4 million student loan borrowers are rejoicing after the Biden administration announced a proposed plan to cancel up to $10,000 in federal student loan debt for millions across the nation. One Detroit’s Will Glover talks with BridgeDetroit reporter Isabel Lohman about Biden’s Student Loan Forgiveness Plan and how it’ll impact Michigan’s economy and individual borrowers.

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Behind the ballot box: Detroit election inspectors receive training ahead of 2022 midterms

New plans for how Detroit will verify votes during the Aug. 2 primary election will include more stringent protocols on the number of challengers present as election inspectors count and verify ballots. One Detroit’s Bill Kubota teams up with the Detroit Free Press for a visit to one of Detroit’s election inspector trainings for a look at what goes on behind the scenes of elections and what election workers are required to know to preserve the democratic process.

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Rise of Anti-Asian Hate Revives Asian American Civil Rights Movement Sparked by Vincent Chin’s Murder

Nearly 40 years after the racially motivated murder of Chinese American Vincent Chin in Detroit, the hate crime is being seen in a new light alongside a more recent rise in anti-Asian hate across the country; one that looks similar to Chin’s case, but some experts say is much worse. One Detroit’s Bill Kubota explores how Vincent Chin’s legacy shaped Asian American civil rights activists today.

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Could Roe v. Wade Be Overturned This Year? The Ramifications We May See in Michigan

One Detroit Senior Producer connects with University of Michigan Law Professor Michigan Barbara McQuade about a leaked draft opinion from the U.S. Supreme Court that suggests the court’s majority favors overturning the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade court decision that granted the federal protection of abortion rights and what overturning the decision could mean for Michigan’s abortion laws.

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Policy Talks @ the Ford School

Detroit Public TV and the University of Michigan Ford School of Public Policy are partnering on a series of four crucial discussions with key newsmakers, news reporters and public officials on issues relating to the vote.

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Searching for truth in lies: Ukrainian-Americans react to Russia conflict, misinformation campaign

One Detroit’s Bill Kubota talks with two local Ukrainian-American attorneys, Natalia Kujan Gentry and Danylo Terlecky, to learn about their efforts to tell the real stories of the Russian-Ukrainian conflict overseas, and their battle to fight back against the misinformation being spread online. Plus, they share the support they’re providing to others and the change they want to see.

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What to Do With All That Money? With a Record-Setting Fiscal Surplus, the Michigan Legislature Must Decide

It’s an unprecedented budget year for Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and the Michigan Legislature, who have, for the first time in many years, a surplus of funds stemming from federal COVID relief packages and an uptick in the state’s economy.  Whitmer’s 2023 fiscal budget of $74 billion, announced recently, was a record-setting number, but just how does Michigan plan to spend it? One Detroit contributors Stephen Henderson and Nolan Finley debate.

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Michigan Redistricting Roundtable: Evaluating the State’s New Maps, Process

The University of Michigan Ford School of Public Policy’s latest roundtable discussion seeks to explore the Michigan Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission’s new congressional and legislative maps and examine the state’s new process for drafting voting districts. Hosted in conjunction with the University of Michigan Ford School’s Center for Local, State and Urban Policy (CLOSUP), the webinar discusses how Michigan’s new citizen-led model compares to other states’ process across the nation, and roundtable guests posit whether Michigan’s new model could inspire reform in those states too.

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Michigan’s New Redistricting Maps Change Election Races, Face Legal Challenges

The Michigan Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission continues to face backlash after announcing new maps for legislative and congressional districts at the end of 2021. As the impacts of the new maps continue to unfold, One Detroit’s Will Glover checks in with Bridge Michigan reporter Sergio Martínez-Beltrán to hear what’s happening in the aftermath of these newly adopted districts.

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Fred Upton Shares His Experience from the Capitol Insurrection

One year after protesters stormed inside the United States Capitol Jan. 6, One Detroit contributor Nolan Finley sat down with United States  Congressman Fred Upton to recount how it felt to be inside the Capitol during the insurrection. Upton shares an eyewitness account of the insurrection, expresses his thoughts about the state of our democracy, and discusses whether he thinks the Capitol riot has affected our democracy’s trajectory.

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Brenda Lawrence Shares her Experience from the Capitol Insurrection

One year after protesters stormed inside the United States Capitol Jan. 6, One Detroit contributor Stephen Henderson sat down with United States Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence to recount how it felt to be inside the Capitol during the insurrection. She also shares her thoughts on the divisive protests at the TCF Center in Detroit on election night 2020, and how the two events are connected.

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Where Does Democracy Stand One Year After an Insurrection?

One Detroit Managing Editor Christy McDonald moderates a roundtable discussion with contributors Stephen Henderson and Nolan Finley on the state of our nation’s democracy. Plus, Stephen and Nolan speak with Michigan Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence and Congressman Fred Upton, respectively, about being at the U.S. Capitol during the Jan. 6 insurrection. The congress members address the attacks, express their feelings about the state of our democracy, and discuss how the attacks have affected our democracy’s trajectory.

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Election Aftermath: An Analysis of Misinformation, Media Trust and our Democracy

One Detroit’s Christy McDonald sits down with Detroit Free Press Vice President and editor Peter Bhatia as well as University of Michigan Ford School of Public Policy Dean Michael Barr to discuss the rampant spread of misinformation around the 2020 election, the attacks to our democracy we saw at the TCF Center and U.S. Capitol, and the importance of having trustworthy media and more citizen involvement to sustain a healthy democracy.

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BridgeDetroit | Michigan Black Lawmakers to Sue Redistricting Commission Over New Maps

A contingent of 15 Detroit Black lawmakers and leaders announced Monday they will sue the Michigan redistricting commission over recently approved state legislative and congressional maps. In a media event in Detroit, the lawmakers — including six incumbents and two former state representatives — argued the maps dilute the power of Black residents in the city of Detroit and violate the Voting Rights Act, the 1965 law designed to allow minorities to elect candidates of their choosing.

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BridgeDetroit | Critics Say Prisons Give Rural Michigan Towns Unfair Edge in Redistricting

As Michigan’s redistricting panel prepares to approve new legislative boundaries this month, some activists say proposed maps give rural areas outsized clout because of how inmate populations are counted. Even though the roughly 35,000 people serving sentences in Michigan prisons can’t vote, they are counted as residents of prisons where they are held for purposes of representation. Opponents call that “prison gerrymandering” because it inflates the population — and power — of smaller communities.

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Redistricting Commission Facing Lawsuits Over Secret Meeting Notes, Possibly Maps

Secrecy has swept through the Michigan Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission after a majority of its members voted to keep notes from a closed meeting secret from the public. The commission already faces lawsuits, and could see more. One Detroit Associate Producer Will Glover gets to the bottom of the situation with Bridge Michigan reporter Sergio Martínez-Beltrán to hear about what’s happened so far and what to expect next.

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12/09/21: One Detroit – Oxford Shooting Impacts, Gun Control Debate, ‘Once Upon A December Eve’

This week on One Detroit: the aftermath of Oxford. One Detroit’s Christy McDonalds hears how Oakland Schools’ mental health team is supporting schools after the Oxford school shooting; teachers share their perspectives on the shooting and how they’re supporting students; and Stephen Henderson and Nolan Finley talk about gun control. Plus, “Once Upon A December Eve” returns for its annual holiday show.

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John Lewis Remembered

Keeping the community curious, engaged, and connected, the entire University of Michigan Penny Stamps Speaker Series video archive is now available to stream on Detroit Public Television.

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Headlines and The Michigan Primary: An in-depth look

Christy, Nolan and Stephen talk about the potential impact of the Coronavirus here in Michigan and across the country. Plus they an in-depth look at the Michigan Primary results and the presidential race that’s shaping up for November.

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Have You Seen Her?

Church of the Messiah and Let’s Have Girl Talk Mentoring Program teamed up to take a stand against the predators, educate the community and protect our children with an event entitled, “When Sex Sells: The Truth about Human Trafficking.”

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One Detroit: Census 2020 Rally

A One Detroit report on a rally at Wayne County Community College District’s downtown campus that enlisted the help of Detroit rapper Kash Doll to get young people engaged in this year’s Census count.

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When Black Women Speak

With increasing victories for black women politically, especially in Congress, there’s proof that these aspirants are worthy of future investment that closes the gap between black women’s political potential and their political power.

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Michigan 2020

Nolan and Stephen offer their predictions on some of the biggest issues in Michigan in 2020, including the Governor’s efforts to get funding to fix the state’s roads and this year’s Census count.

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12/29/19: American Black Journal – ABJ Roundtable

Our special roundtable guests take on some of the stories in 2019 that had a significant impact on African Americans. We’ll talk about President Trump’s impeachment, the Black Lives Matter and Me Too movements, and the digital divide.

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A snapshot of the Michigan Regulation and Taxation of Marijuana Act

In November of 2018, a majority of Michiganders voted for the Michigan Regulation and Taxation of Marijuana Act, which allows for the use, cultivation, and sale of Marijuana products statewide. The act went into effect on December, 1st, 2019, much sooner than expected.
To find out the answers to the most common questions people have about this new marijuana regulation, One Detroit Associate Producer, Will Glover, talked with Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs Executive Director of the Marijuana Regulatory Agency, Andrew Brisbo.

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