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Brian Calka
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Washtenaw Community College has announced it plans to run 100% on renewable energies by the year 2029. In part, it plans to get there by signing on to  DTE Energy's MIGreenPower program. The utility's renewable solutions director, Brian Calka, joined  WEMU's David Fair to discuss the agreement with WCC, the program itself, and DTE's plans for a more sustainable, renewable energy future. 


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It’s been a busy week for Washtenaw County state lawmakers in Lansing with thousands of extra vaccines being offered to the county and the annual call to an end Daylight Saving Time.

Washtenaw County is one of nearly two dozen Michigan communities to be awarded hundreds of doses of the COVID-19 vaccine to help enhance the state's vaccine equity strategy, according to state senator Jeff Irwin.

WEMU's Lisa Barry talks with the state senator about that and the approaching resumption of Daylight Saving Time, which he opposes.


Washtenaw County Democratic Party / washtenawdems.org

"The Racial Roots of Vaccine Skepticism" is what an upcoming virtual roundtable discussion involving several state and local lawmakers is being called.  WEMU's Lisa Barry talks with State Senator Jeff Irwin and Charles Wilson from the Washtenaw County Health Department about the planned community conversation on the racial roots of vaccine skepticism as part of Black History Month.


Jeff Irwin
Michigan Senate Democrats / senatedems.com

Despite a very difficult year of 2020, Governor Whitmer's third State of the State address had a very positive tone.  Even though he knew it's what Michiganders needed to hear, Michigan Senator Jeff Irwin of Ann Arbor acknowledged that it will take a lot of work to achieve bipartisanship in the state Legislature.  Irwin talks about his thoughts on the governor's speech with WEMU's David Fair.


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The Washtenaw Economic Club held a virtual meeting on Tuesday on police reform and strengthening community and police relations in the county.  

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Public health and education are expected to be two main components in the State of Michigan’s 2021 fiscal year budget that lawmakers will vote on later this week.  

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In 2019, a pair of state lawmakers introduced companion bills that would create environmental accountability by making polluters responsible for paying for the hazards they create.  State Senator Jeff Irwin and State Representative Yousef Rabhi are both Ann Arbor Democrats and have yet to see those measures get consideration in the Republican-led legislature.  Now, as we address systemic racism, environmental justice has to be a part of the conversation.  Representative Rabhi joined WEMU’s David Fair to discuss environmental accountability at the intersection of race and socioeconomics. 


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As Ann Arbor bars and restaurants prepare to reopen after being closed by the pandemic since mid-March, things will definitely be different.  WEMU's Lisa Barry talks with Micah Bartelme, principal and CEO of BarStar Group, which owns and operates several Ann Arbor area bars and restaurants, including Nightcap, LoFi, and Babs Underground in the downtown area.  Also a board member of the Ann Arbor Downtown Development Authority, he talks about the far-reaching effects the global health crisis has had on the Ann Arbor restaurant scene.


Jeff Irwin
Michigan Senate Democrats / senatedems.com

Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders won Michigan in an upset during the 2016 primary.  That wasn't the case Tuesday as former Vice President Joe Biden won the vote in the state and in Washtenaw County.  Sanders still has support and a measure of hope.  18th District State Senator Jeff Irwin of Ann Arbor discussed what happened and what is to come as we move towards the November general election.  Irwin joined WEMU's David Fair today to discuss results and possibilities. 


Ed Rivet
Michigan Conservative Energy Forum / micef.org

A series of "energy freedom" bills, which would allow customers to diversify energy generation and usage is before the Michigan Legislature.  For this week's "Issues of the Environment," WEMU's David Fair talks with Ed Rivet, executive director of the Michigan Conservative Energy Forum, about a new strategy to move the measures forward. 


Jeff Irwin
Michigan Senate Democrats / senatedems.com

Governor Gretchen Whitmer recently released the latest Michigan state budget, and it includes funding for a number of environmental programs.  And, it builds on the initiatives launched in her first budget cycle as governor.  In this week's "Issues of the Environment," WEMU's David Fair talks over environmental priorities, progress, and challenges with State Senator Jeff Irwin. 


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A state lawmaker from Ann Arbor has called for adding a new protection for people seeking housing in Michigan.  He says people should not be denied a house or apartment based on where they get the money to pay the rent.  We have more from Rick Pluta.


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EMU Today / today.emich.edu

Now that sales of recreational marijuana have begun in Michigan, the Eastern Michigan University Cannabis Education Coalition is hosting a special event December 5th intended to help clear up some of the confusion about what happens next.

WEMU's Lisa Barry spoke with Nicholas Pomante and Sean Woolfe from EMU's Student Wellness Department to find out what participants can expect from the free event open to the community.


Jeff Irwin
Ballotpedia / ballotpedia.org

A state lawmaker wants to make sure Michigan doesn't have any privately run prisons.  Michigan Public Radio Network's Cheyna Roth has more.


Jeff Irwin
Ann Arbor Votes / annarborvotes.org

A state lawmaker says people with misdemeanor marijuana convictions should have their records cleared automatically now that Michigan has legalized it.  Rick Pluta reports.


Jeff Irwin
Michigan Senate Democrats / senatedems.com

A Town Hall on "Medicare For All" will be held in Ypsilanti on Saturday.  The panel discussion and audience Q & A will feature Congresswoman Debbie Dingell, State Representatives Yousef Rabhi and Ronnie Peterson, and State Senator Jeff Irwin.  Irwin joined WEMU's David Fair to discuss how the need for, and the barriers to, a path forward to national health care coverage. 


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In her first few months in office, Governor Gretchen Whitmer has made infrastructure and clean water among her top priorities.  Whitmer outlines her environmental strategy and budget with 89.1 WEMU's David Fair and Michigan League of Conservation Voters executive director, Lisa Wozniak. 


Jeff Irwin
Michigan Senate Democrats / senatedems.com

In 1987, State Senator Lana Pollack (D-Ann Arbor) pushed through “Polluter Pay” legislation in Lansing, but during the ensuing Engler Administration, the laws were dismantled.  Now, 53rd District State Representative Yousef Rabhi (D-Ann Arbor) and 18th District State Senator Jeff Irwin (D-Ann Arbor) have introduced companion bills seeking to, once again, hold those who pollute accountable for their actions.  Senator Irwin joined WEMU's David Fair to offer insight on the bills in this week's "Issues of the Environment."

Jeff Irwin
Jeff Irwin

Governor Gretchen Whitmer is set to release her first budget proposal next week.  Through her campaign and into the first months of her administration, improving the environment has been at the fore.  In this month’s edition of "1st Friday," State Senator Jeff Irwin joins WEMU’s David Fair and Michigan League of Conservation Voters executive director Lisa Wozniak to see what has been done, what is being proposed, and where we can go from here.


Jeff Irwin
Michigan House Democrats / housedems.com

18th District State Senator Jeff Irwin (D-Ann Arbor) is looking to renew a debate in the state Legislature on a tax policy that helps working poor people keep more of their earnings.


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Former Ann Arbor State Representative Jeff Irwin chose to keep going with his duties in Lansing.  Now, is returning to Lansing. This time as a State Senator. Irwin discusses the outcome of the elction and moving forward representing 18th State Senagte district. 

 

Jeff Irwin
Michigan House Democrats / housedems.com

It was a long night for former Ann Arbor State Representative Jeff Irwin.  He had to wait until nearly 5am to get the final results  of the race for the 18th District State Senate. After  a narrow win, Irwin discussed the plan moving forward with with WEMU's David Fair. 


Former State Representative Jeff Irwin will be favored to win the 18th District State Senate seat in November. The Ann Arborite won the Democratic Primary race by 239 votes over Washtenaw County Commissioner Michelle Deatrick. He also beat out Anuja Rajendra and Mathew Millerin the Democratic primary.

Jeff Irwin
Michigan House of Representatives / housedems.com

The legislative session in Lansing came to an end this year with a flurry.  Numerous bills were passed by the Republican-controlled Legislature and sent to Governor Rick Snyder to be signed into law.  For some, it marks an end to time in office, but it also doesn't necessarily mean goodbye.


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Wikipedia Media Commons / wikipedia.org

Legislation that would prevent cities from passing plastic bag and container taxes is on its way to Governor Rick Snyder’s desk.


Voter Identification Bills Pass Through House

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Voter ID
Wikipedia Media Commons / wikipedia.org

Bills creating stricter voter identification laws are quickly making their way through the Legislature.  


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Washtenaw County / ewashtenaw.org

Here are the results of various candidate races in Washtenaw County.

Jeff Irwin
Michigan House Democrats / housedems.com

Donald Trump has been elected President of the United States.  Republicans also control the U-S House and Senate. Michigan Republicans remain in control of both chambers of the legislature andhave a Republican governor in place. What does that mean for the environment? In this week's "Issues of the Environment," WEMU's David Fair gets the opinions of  outgoing Ann Arbor State Representative Jeff Irwin.  

*Note:  This interview was recorded live in-studio  at 6:50am.  At the time of recording, some election results were still pending.


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Lawmakers have come up with what they are calling an action plan for Flint. 


The State of Michigan has languished without passage of a new energy law for well over  a year. In this month's panel discussion on we look at where the legislation stands, where there is common ground and what may happen before the end of the calendar year.


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