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Governor Rick Snyder with Mark & Walt in the Morning.

MARQUETTE, MI – (Great Lakes Radio News) –  Michigan Governor Rick Snyder visited SUNNY 101.9 WKQS-FM’s Mark and Walt in the Morning today. Governor Snyder, who is making a tour across areas in the Upper Peninsula, outlined his schedule for his visit and discussed the political issues of the day facing the state.

This afternoon he will be visiting Bay College in Escanaba at 12:30pm. Saturday morning at 10am Governor Snyder will drop the green flag to kick off the Sault Ste Marie I-500 Snowmobile Race.

The Governor spoke about the positive aspects of very productive year, and his goals for all Michiganders to work together and develop economic improvements.  Snyder said, “The real key to success, in my view, is relentless positive action,” and he feels Michigan has begun it’s comeback phase with car manufacturers in Detroit leading the way.

Through the course of the interview Governor Snyder touched on a few of his campaign goals and what the results have been so far. He also reiterated how he is committed to achieve what he has set out to do.

To listen to the complete interview with Michigan Governor Rick Snyder, please click on the audio link below:

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Mark Brewer.

MARQUETTE, MI – (Great Lakes Radio News) – Michigan Democratic Party Chair Mark Brewer visited the SUNNY 101.9 Studios this week during a tour across the Upper Peninsula to discuss politics with News Director Walt Lindala.

Brewer downplayed successes of the Snyder administration in Lansing and attacked the governor for not following through on promises of bi-partisan action in the legislature.

He also said Democrats around the state are frustrated with the current makeup of the state legislature as well as the Republican candidates currently positioning themselves to run for president.  Brewer said this will result in increased Democratic and swing voters coming out to vote in this year’s elections to defeat the GOP.

To listen to the interview with MI Democratic Party Chair Mark Brewer, please click on the audio link below:

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MI 38th District Senator Tom Casperson (R-Escanaba)

MARQUETTE, MI – (Great Lakes Radio News) – 38-th District State Senator Tom Casperson called in to SUNNY 101.9 WKQS-FM’s Mark & Walt in the Morning today to share his thoughts on the State of the State address delivered by Governor Rick Snyder last night at the State Capitol in Lansing.

Senator Casperson expressed a fairly positive sentiment about the role of Upper Michigan in the Governor’s plans for the rebuilding of  the economy of the state.  He discussed the impact of hearing the governor single out tourism and natural resources of the U.P. as viable players in Michigan’s recovery during the address.

The Senator also commented on how Governor Snyder seems to actively be avoiding “finger-pointing” about how Michigan got to where it is economically and is focused on moving the state forward and back on it’s feet.

To listen to the comments of State Senator Tom Casperson, please click on the audio link below:

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State Senator Tom Casperson.

MARQUETTE, MI – (Great Lakes Radio News) – 38-th District State Senator Tom Casperson chatted today with Mark & Walt in the Morning and commented on the de-listing of the Michigan gray wolf population from the Federal Endangered Species list.

The Delta County Republican also discussed the lack of clarity in recent legislation that is currently awaiting Governor Snyder’s signature that calls for the elimination of certain benefits for the unmarried partners of state employees and how the questions still remain at this time.

Senator Casperson also looked back on the first calendar year under Governor Rick Snyder and what has been accomplished.

To listen to the interview, please click on the link below:

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Governor Rick Snyder joins Mark and Walt.

MARQUETTE, MI – Great Lakes Radio News Michigan Governor Rick Snyder visited the Sunny 101.9 WKQS studios this morning to chat with Mark Evans and Walt Lindala during his tour of the Upper Peninsula.  Snyder, who kicked his campaign for Governor off last year on Mark and Walt in the Morning, engaged in a rapid-fire conversation about several issues currently facing the state and his administration.

Snyder shared his thoughts about the state economy and how it can be fixed through individuals, communities and government working together to find solutions.  He also talked about the success of the harbor dredging effort in Grand Marais and how a mix of business and tourism will be the key factors in the future of the U.P.

The Governor, who has been targeted for recall, also discussed his reactions to the recent recall elections in Wisconsin, voiced his perspective about the differences between Michigan and Wisconsin and how he intends to stay the course politically.

To listen to PART ONE of the interview with Governor Rick Snyder, please click below:

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MI State Senator Tom Casperson

MI State Senator Tom Casperson

MARQUETTE, MI – Great Lakes Radio News – Michigan State Senator Tom Casperson joined Sunny 101.9’s Mark and Walt in the Morning to chat about the latest happenings in Lansing.

Senator Casperson discussed the trip he was making later today to join Governor Rick Snyder in Grand Marais to meet with residents about the harbor dredging effort and what it means to that small Lake Superior coastal community.  Casperson, a current target for recall, also gave his thoughts on the outcomes of the recent recall elections in Wisconsin and what impact they may have on recall efforts here in Michigan.

Casperson then wrapped up with a few encouraging words about the U.P State Fair going on this week in his hometown of Escanaba and invited everyone to come over and enjoy the Fair.

To listen to the interview with Senator Tom Casperson, please click below:

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109th District State Rep. Steve Lindberg (D-Marquette).

MARQUETTE, MI – (Great Lakes Radio News) – 109-th District State Representative Steve Lindberg (D-Marquette) joined Sunny 101.9 WKQS-fm’s Mark and Walt in the Morning today for an exclusive interview to give his perspective on the current legislature in Lansing.  Lindberg opened up about Republican Governor Rick Snyder and his administration and how the Republican-controlled House and Senate are getting things done.

Lindberg talked about the current challenges and frustrations he is experiencing as a minority Democrat at the Capitol and how he feels virtually “voiceless” at times.  He also mentioned that he is trying to get his points across, but as a minority member of the House it is increasingly difficult.

To listen to the complete interview with Representative Lindberg, please click “HERE“.

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Michigan State Senator Tom Casperson (R-Escanaba)

(MARQUETTE, MI) – Michigan State Senator Tom Casperson says the state budget should be on it’s way to Governor Rick Snyder for his signature ahead of schedule.  The Delta County Republican, appearing today on Sunny 101.9 WKQS-fm’s Mark and Walt in the Morning, said the Senate version of the budget is now in the hands of the House and they should have the omnibus budgets covering education and the rest of government operations set by tonight.

Governor Snyder had requested that the state legislature have the budget on his desk and ready for his signature by May 31st, which was virtually unheard of in Lansing.  In his interview this morning, Casperson said that the reason the budget process was  so rapid this time was because no one in the legislature wanted to get caught up in the typical vitriolic bickering and foot-dragging seen over the last several budget negotiations at the Capitol.

Casperson also went on to say that the current leadership in Lansing is more interested in long-term structural changes to the budgeting process and not one-time fixes that only temporarily balance the budget for the year.

To listen to the complete interview with State Senator Tom Casperson, please click “HERE“.

A COUPLE OF COMMUNITY EVENTS FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION:

A COMMUNITY RALLY IN MARQUETTE.

THE MARQUETTE COUNTY LABOR COUNCIL.

Mike Thibault, Chairman of the Marquette County Labor Council, stopped by the Great Lakes Radio studios to chat with Mark and Walt about a community rally being held in Marquette this week.  The rally is being held on the steps of the Marquette County Courthouse on Wednesday evening.

The rally is open to all who are currently taking issue with the budget proposal being put forth by Governor Rick Snyder and the State Legislature.  To find out more about the rally and how you can take part, please click “HERE” to listen to Mike’s interview.  For more about the Marquette County Labor Council, please click “HERE“.

 

A COMMUNITY FOOD DRIVE IN ISHPEMING.

FOOD DRIVE ORGANIZER DICK DERBY.

Long time friend of the program, Dick Derby, joined Mark and Walt to highlight a special food drive being co-ordinated in Ishpeming and West Ishpeming this week and weekend.  Project Ishpeming Food Pantry is distributing bags in Ishpeming and West Ishpeming this Wednesday.  The goal is to get the bags filled with non-perishable food items, paper products and toiletries.

The bags, filled with items, will then be picked up on this Saturday and will be taken to the Salvation Army and St. Vincent DePaul stores in Ishpeming to be distributed to the needy on the West End of Marquette County.  To listen to the interview and find out more about this effort, please click “HERE“.

A BUSY, YET FUN, TUESDAY MORNING.

LADIES AND GENTLEMEN!! MARK AND WALT!!

Another morning of all kinds of stuff going on on the big show, but we wouldn’t have it any other way.  We always find it to be more fun when we are full up with things to talk about.

From the latest adventures of the Negaunee Miners as they head downstate to Petoskey to continue on in the State Basketball Playoffs, to a chat with State Senator Tom Casperson, to a conversation with one of the speakers at Northern Michigan University who is visiting through the week.

Wow!  That’s busy!  Just the way we like it!

 

A CONVERSATION WITH SENATOR TOM CASPERSON.

MI STATE SENATOR TOM CASPERSON

State Senator Tom Casperson called in to the show recently and discussed the current budget situation in Lansing and the plans put forth by the Snyder Administration.  Senator Casperson said that while he is in agreement with a majority of the plan, there are a few issues he has with it.

He also weighed in with his early impressions of the Governor Rick Snyder era and how it seems to be going so far.  Senator Casperson also talked about how receptive Governor Snyder is to listening to him about ideas and how they impact the Upper Peninsula.

You can listen to the interview with Senator Casperson by clicking “HERE” and visit his official website by clicking “HERE“.

 

CHATTING WITH A VISITING AUTHOR, ACTIVIST AND ARTIST.

 

APRIL LINDALA AND LOIS BEARDSLEE

Lois Beardslee, a prominent Native American author and artist joined Mark and Walt to talk about her work and what she will be discussing at a special presentation coming up tonight on the campus of Northern Michigan University.  She told us about some of the key points of her presentation as well about what she addresses in her writings and art pieces.

She was joined by April Lindala, Director of the Center For Native American Studies at NMU with an overview of the Indigenous Earth Issues Summit at NMU which is coming up Friday.  Lois Beardslee will also be presenting at the summit as well.  It will be held in the Whitman Commons on campus and starts at 9-am.

Lois Beardslee is speaking tonight at 7 o’clock in Jamrich Hall Room 102 on the NMU campus.  The event is free and open to the public.

To listen to the interview, please click “HERE” and to visit the website for the Center For Native American Studies, please click “HERE“.

 

A LOT GOING ON, BUT HOW ELSE WOULD YOU WANT IT?

Thanks for checking out today’s blog update!  Catch you here on the internetz real soon!

CHEERS!

-Walt