Interviews with news makers and discussion of topics important to Southwest Michigan. Heard Monday and Thursday mornings at 9:30. With an afternoon rebroadcast both days at 3:30


Two "government  watchdog" groups join us on this edition of WestSouthwest. Common Cause Michigan Executive Director Melanie McElroy and Rich Robinson with the Michigan Campaign Finance Network are our guests.

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The Executive Director of Common Cause Michigan says releasing some e-mails does not equal open transparency in state government.

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Michigan Campaign Finance Network Director Rich Robinson calls legislation just before the end last year’s session “classic terrible legislating.”


On WestSouthwest, a discussion on the future of the newspaper industry. And  Governor Rick Snyder prepares to deliver Tuesday's "State of the State" Address amid major problems in Flint. 


Western Michigan University Journalism Professor Sue Ellen Christian says thanks to cuts at newspapers “There’s never been a better time to be a corrupt local politician.”