A former state lawmaker forced out of office in a sex scandal says criminal charges against him are "nonsensical" and "political."


The Presidential primaries continue tomorrow, again in South Carolina and Nevada. For Republican candidates, and voters, it’s often asked who best exemplifies the leadership quality of Ronald Reagan? Reagan biographer, H. W. Brands recently visited Grand Valley State University’s Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies. WGVU’s asks Brands how Reagan would fare in this year’s Presidential primary season?

“Could Reagan win the Republican nomination today? Could Reagan win election today?”


After his Allendale campaign stop, Kasich headed to East Lansing talking with Michigan State University students there.

Republican presidential candidate John Kasich explains young voters should be discriminating when it comes to evaluating candidates in the presidential race, in particular democratic candidates. Kasich said that’s because the U.S. is "not a socialist country."

It was an apparent shot from the Ohio governor at Democratic contender Bernie Sanders, who also campaigned in Michigan Monday.


Thursday night from Milwaukee the PBS NewsHour Democratic Debate will be aired live beginning at 9:00 on WGVU-HD and WGVU-FM. With two contests in the books, what should voters be listening for from candidates Hilary Clinton and Bernie Sanders? WGVU spoke with two local political scientists to find out.

The Iowa Caucuses and New Hampshire primary are in the books. What does it mean heading into tonight’s debate?

“So I think the first two contests in Iowa and New Hampshire have clarified the Democratic field and Bernie Sanders is a legitimate contender.”

Michigan Senate approves bill to ban fully-nude bars

Feb 10, 2016

Michigan would strip state liquor licenses from bars offering fully-nude entertainment under a bill passed by the state Senate.

The bill approved Wednesday is sponsored by Republican Senator Rick Jones of Grand Ledge and wouldn't affect liquor licenses for topless bars.

Jones says the bill is intended to protect nude dancers and suggested that they're in greater danger in fully-nude bars.

He says the legislation also is needed to make sure Michigan remains a tourism-friendly state.


Four years ago, Business Leaders for Michigan unveiled its Michigan Turnaround Plan. The idea was to formulate a strategy jump starting the Michigan economy following the Great Recession. Four years later, BLM claims there’s been improvement and now it’s time to move the state to higher economic strata. It wants to position the state to a “Top Ten” economic power by the year 2020. How does it plan to get there?

“If you look back we were probably 50 out of 50 states on most measures. Today, we’re about average. Maybe a little below average than most.”

NPR Morning Edition and WGVU wrap up our week-long series focusing on the Five Big Themes influencing the upcoming presidential election. So far we’ve explored voter mood, the middle-class squeeze, the economy and how the President’s approval rating may - or may not - motivate voters at the polls.

Today, we break down the country’s demographics and voter behavior.  WGVU spoke with a Michigan pollster and political scientist along with a nationally known political observer.

NPR Morning Edition has been examining Five Big Themes influencing the upcoming presidential election. WGVU has been exploring those themes locally - from voter mood, the middle-class squeeze and the economy. Today, how a two-term president’s approval rating plays into the election process.

During the modern era, only one president succeeded a two-term president of his own party. It’s a rare feat, but President Barack Obama’s approval numbers are inching closer to 50 percent.  WGVU talks with two Michigan political pollsters for their take.

This week NPR’s Morning Edition is taking the pulse of the American electorate heading into the Iowa Caucuses. It’s examining Five Big Themes this week. WGVU is exploring the same themes closer to home.

Monday, we spoke with voters about their mood. Tuesday, we met with families experiencing the middle-class squeeze. Today, it’s the economy. WGVU spoke with a West Michigan investor and an economist about what the financial state of the nation is telling them.