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    Interview with Norm Saari, Chief of Staf …

    Patrick Conway


    Norm is the Chief of Staff for the Speaker of the Michigan House of Representatives, Kevin Cotter. 

    I’d like to start by learning more about your history. How did you get interested in Politics?

    Well, it wasn’t an interest in Politics as much as an interest in ...

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    Interview with Kevin Beard, Former East …

    Craig Petersen


    What is your current professional title?
    I am currently working part time, but I suppose you could call me a Human Resources Consultant.

    Could you describe your background for me a little bit? This can be educational, professional, or otherwise.
    Well I worked for 34 years at General Motors. ...

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    Interview with Rich Robinson, Executive …

    Joshua Zampetti


    Me: Ok, If you could introduce yourself and say what it is that you do.
    Rich: I’m Rich Robinson, I’m executive director for Michigan Campaign Finance Network, and I do research and public education on money in Michigan politics.
    Me: Why did you become involved in this issue?
    Rich: My observation… ...

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    Interview with Michigan’s 17th House D …

    Sarah Tylutki


    Sarah: So let’s start by talking about college. Where’d you go, what’d you major in, what’s the story?
    Rep. LaVoy: Well for starters, I don’t have a college degree. No Bachelor’s. I went to U-of-M Ann Arbor and I was first interested in English, so I went on majoring in it. ...

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    Interview with former Democratic candida …

    Lindsay Reed

    For this interview, I spoke with Betsy Coffia, two-time Democratic candidate for the Michigan State House of Representatives, from the 104th district (Grand Traverse County); the interview took place by phone on April 15th, 2015. I had the pleasure of volunteering for Betsy’s second campaign during the summer of 2014. Her ...

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    Interview with Michigan Senate Majority …

    Connor Spalding

    Interview conducted at the Michigan State Capitol, S-106, Thursday, April 11, 2013
    Q: Hello, Senator Richardville, Where were you born and raised?
    A: Hello, Connor, I was born and raised in Monroe, Michigan. After so many years I am still there. I have traveled around and lived in different places, but ...

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    Interview with State Senator John Proos

    Megan Smith

    Q: What originally made you want to run for political office? A: I honestly never envisioned myself running for political office. I always loved government and history of the American government, but I never thought that I'd run for political office until much later. I remember the first time I had a ...

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    Interview with Sen. Gretchen Whitmer

    Sean Gagnier

    Interview with Sen. Gretchen Whitmer (D) on March 27, 2013 at 11:00 am at Beggar's Banquet in East Lansing, Mich. SG: You were first elected in 2000 and moved to the Senate in 2007. You currently still hold the title of the Senate Minority Leader in Michigan?
    GW: Yes, I came over ...

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    Interview with Representative Thomas Hoo …

    Brian P. Palmiter

    B: You are on the education committee. I read that you used to be an educator yourself. H: Taught school for 37 years in Byron Center. B: Do you focus on education policy yourself or do you do a lot more than that? H: I'm vice chair of education policy and I'm also on health policy ...

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    Interview with Senator Rick Jones

    April Tisdale

    Interviewer: You spent thirty years with the Eaton County Sheriff's Department, correct? Senator Rick Jones: Thirty-one years. Started as a Deputy on the road and ended as Sherriff. Then I spent six years in the State House as a State Representative and now Senator.
    Interviewer: How was your campaign to be ...

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    Interview with Bill Ballenger

    Andrew Kuhlman

    Bill Ballenger is a former state representative and state senator, an ex-state racing commissioner, and director of the Michigan Department of Licensing & Regulation. Mr. Ballenger also served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health, Education & Welfare in the administration of President Gerald R. Ford.

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    Interview with Senator Jason Allen

    Andrew Kuhlman

    Senator Jason Allen is currently finishing his second term as a senator on Michigan’s 37th Senate District. Senator Allen has proven himself to be an outstanding citizen who has been active throughout his community and state, serving and leading throughout his lifetime through a various number of outlets.

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    Interview with Senator John Pappageorge

    Colleen Osak

    CO: First off, I was curious to know how you decided to go into politics. What made you decide to go into the field? JP: I guess I've always had an interest, but this is my 4th career. I'm 78. I started out in the military. I graduated from ...

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    Interview with Eileen Kowall

    Josh Oleszczak

    Eileen Kowall was interviewed via email.

    1. What is your political background like? How did you get interested in politics and when? Did you go to school intent on being involved in politics, or did it just happen at some other point in your life by chance?
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    Interview with Stephen Tash, Chair of De …

    Michael Tash

    Background: Stephen Tash is 27 years old and a resident of St Clair Shores, MI.  He has a desk job in the insurance industry and holds a Bachelors in Political Science from Wayne State 
University.  He has been a member of the Socialist Party USA since he was 16 and ...

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    Interview with Don Gilmer

    Meredith Gossman

    Q: What was your course of study in college? A: My major at MSU was Horticulture in as much as I was born and raised on the family fruit farm. I completed 2.5 years of course work before I returned to the farm. Q: What government positions have you held?
    A: Elected County ...

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    Interview with Alma Wheeler Smith, D-Mic …

    Josh Oleszczak

    Representative Alma Wheeler Smith, Michigan House - District 54
    November 30, 2009 1. What is your political background like? How did you get interested in politics and when? Did you go to school intent on being involved in politics, or did it just happen at some other point in your life ...

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