New governors and senators. New parties in control of state legislatures. The 2010 election has had a sweeping effect on the Changing Gears region. Here’s a look at some of the faces on our political scene.
Updated early Wednesday
The 2010 election is turning out to be an eventful one for the Changing Gears region. Our Changing Gears partners are providing live coverage with reports from NPR and their own newsrooms.
Meanwhile, our public broadcasting partners at The Newshour are streaming live on the Web for the first time. Watch here.
Here’s a quick summary of major results:
Continue reading “Results Pour in On Election Night 2010”
It’s election eve, and we’re gearing up at Changing Gears to be a regional hub for coverage on Tuesday.
Over the weekend, two of the states in the Changing Gears region received visits from President Obama. He spoke at rallies in Chicago on Saturday and Ohio on Sunday, covered by WBEZ and ideastream. Continue reading “The 2010 Election and Our Region”
Does the future of the Midwest depend on reviving our big cities? Or should the focus be to support our successful smaller places?
It costs a lot to go to the movies these days, and to bring them to your state.
Many are questioning whether the Midwest is right to pursue film production, arguing that California still has the bulk of the $57 billion industry. It’s hard to replicate the infrastructure, from technical personnel to the labs needed for processing.
However, California’s grip may be loosening.
Changing Gears goes on the air Monday with our first story: The Film Factory.
As industrial jobs have gone away, states across the Midwest are looking at everything. Some think the silver screen may become a silver bullet. Team Gears — Niala Boodhoo in Chicago, Dan Bobkoff in Cleveland and Kate Davidson in Ann Arbor — visit movie sets and talk to experts about the generous film incentive programs that pit state against state and even city against city. Continue reading “Sneak Preview: The Film Factory”
This week and next, President Obama is taking a victory lap. But is it too soon?
On Friday, the president was set to visit General Motors and Chrysler plants in Detroit. Next week, he’ll be in Chicago to visit the Ford Motor factory.
At the two Detroit plants, workers literally owe their livelihoods to the president, whose administration provided the carmakers with more than $60 billion to assure their survival. You can argue the Ford workers should be grateful as well, since Ford’s future would have been threatened had its two Detroit rivals gone into liquidation.
I talked about the automobile industry’s situation on NPR’s Morning Edition with my good friend Don Gonyea, who spent many years on the car beat when he was based in Detroit. This is a story of deep interest to the Changing Gears region, and its outcome will play a huge role in determining the future of the Manufacturing Belt. Continue reading “From the Senior Editor: Obama’s Victory Lap”
The oil spill in the Kalamazoo River looks worse than originally thought. It now covers more than 25 miles of the Kalamazoo River, according to the latest information from the Environmental Protection Agency.
On Thursday, Michigan Gov. Jennifer M. Granholm declared a state of disaster in Calhoun County and potentially affected areas along the Kalamazoo River downstream of Talmadge Creek in response to Monday’s oil spill from a pipeline near Marshall, Michigan.
“This disaster declaration reinforces our efforts to ensure the safety of Michigan citizens and the environment by making any needed state resources readily available,” said Granholm.
When should a state provide incentives to a big employer?
That’s one of the questions that states are wrestling with as they try to shake off the recession and move forward. And, it’s a story the Changing Gears team will be examining many times in the next few years.
The latest state to deal with the issue is Missouri, whose governor has signed controversial legislation meant to keep a Ford Motor Company plant from leaving the state. I talked about the situation this week on KMOX in St. Louis.[audio:http://kmox.cbslocal.com/shows/total-information-am/.mp3]