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Michigan Politics: Past–Present–Future   

Online Class: A Zoom invitation link will be sent one day before class begins.

This explanation and discussion of the Michigan political scene, from a local politico who has been involved in it for more than half a century, tell us how it has evolved over the past generation, and what it might mean for the future. Larry Kestenbaum gives attention to the complex structure and processes of state and local government and political parties, the influence of labor unions and the Religious Right, and the strategies political actors have refined and exploited. Michigan residents often do not realize how much our state is unlike other states, and has gone its own way in many matters of policy. Whether you are new to this topic, or have followed state politics for years, you will find this class both interesting and challenging. There will be ample opportunity for Q&A.


Washtenaw County Clerk Larry Kestenbaum has been involved in local and state government and politics for over 50 years. In his current position, he works directly with all of the different local governments and districts and taxing authorities in the county.