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Abdul El-Sayed
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The state says now is not the time to rule on whether a candidate for governor is eligible to run.  That could mean the question will wait until after Democratic voters make their choice in the primary.

Dana Nessel
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Democrats want Dana Nessel as their candidate for state Attorney General in 2018.  The party held its endorsement convention Sunday.  Thousands gathered to vote on who should be on the ballot.


Gretchen Whitmer
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Former state Senate Democratic leader Gretchen Whitmer filed petition signatures yesterday to get her name on the primary ballot as a candidate for governor.  


Guns
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Ideas are floating around Lansing about how to make the state’s schools safer from gun violence.  There are several proposals in the works.


Education
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Tuition-free community college for all is one of the priorities rolled out Monday by state House Democrats.  The Democrats’ plans create several friction points with Republicans.


Michigan State Senate
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Democratic lawmakers are trying once again to repeal the state’s “Right to Work” law.  Five years ago, a Republican-led Legislature made Right to Work the law of the state.  It prohibits contracts that make union membership a condition of employment. 


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The pressure is building on Congressman John Conyers as Michigan Democrats joined the call for a House Ethics Committee investigation.  The committee announced it will look into allegations of sexual harassment and using taxpayer money to cover it up.


Lawmakers Step In On School Mascot Issue

Nov 13, 2017
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Democrats in Lansing want to make schools get rid of mascots that may be considered racially insensitive. 


Jocelyn Benson
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The 2010 Democratic candidate for Michigan Secretary of State says she will try again in 2018. 


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Ten state House Democrats yesterday linked arms during the Pledge of Allegiance in lieu of putting their hands over their hearts.  They say it was to show solidarity with NFL players and to protest a controversial Facebook post by the leader of the Michigan State Police. 


Prescription Pad
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Democrats in Lansing want to stop prescription drug price hikes in Michigan. 


Transparency
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It’s Sunshine Week – a time of year when issues of transparency and open government are put front and center.


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Some Democrats in the state House want to make literacy a constitutional right.  But not everyone is on board.   


Lansing Democrats Introduce Paid Sick Leave Bills

Mar 2, 2017
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Democrats in Lansing and President Donald Trump may have finally found an issue they can agree on – paid sick leave. 


Classroom
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Governor Rick Snyder’s proposed budget has brought mixed reactions, in some cases from his own party. 


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Governor Rick Snyder delivered his seventh State of the State address last night.  


Michigan House of Representatives
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Republicans have hung onto their majority in the state House.  Meanwhile, Democrats are planning a change of leadership for next year. 


LGBT Pride
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The State Board of Education voted Wednesday to adopt voluntary guidelines to help schools with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning students.  The guidance is intended to help schools create a safe and supportive learning environment for LGBTQ students.


Melissa Gilbert
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Actor Melissa Gilbert has won the Democratic nomination to run in Michigan’s Eighth Congressional District – but no longer wants it.  


Julie Plawecki
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Today is the deadline for potential candidates to submit their names to be the replacement nominee for Democratic state lawmaker Julie Plawecki, who died last month. 


Michigan State Capitol
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The state Legislature has adopted a Republican-only bailout plan for the Detroit Public Schools without the support of Democrats or Detroit lawmakers. 


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A group of state House Democrats hopes the crisis in Flint will help bring attention to other issues they say threaten clean water in Michigan.  They announced bills on Thursday that would increase regulations on fracking.


Coleman Young II
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Democrats in the state Legislature say lawmakers should get an opportunity to question people under oath about the Flint water crisis.


Jim Ananich
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Michigan Democratic leaders say Governor Rick Snyder’s Flint apology during his State of the State speech is not enough.  

Stored Gun
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Gun owners would face harsh penalties for storing guns where minors can access them.  That’s under a new bill in the state House.


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