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Betsy DeVos
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A controversial appointment to President Trump’s Cabinet is drawing near.  The full Senate is expected vote Tuesday to confirm Michigan billionaire Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education


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The state Attorney General has derailed Ann Arbor’s attempt to raise the age for legally buying tobacco.

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The state Senate has adopted a criminal justice overhaul that aims to improve public safety by sending fewer people to prison. 


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The city of Escanaba is taking on big box stores in the Michigan Supreme Court.  The city says the home improvement store Menards is dodging taxes. 


Feminine Hygiene
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The so-called “tampon tax” has got to go.  That’s the message of lawmakers in both chambers of the state Legislature. 


Jarrod Agen
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Governor Rick Snyder’s chief of staff has taken a new job at the White House

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Michigan and Louisiana are the only two states that don’t apply their public records laws to the legislature and the governor’s office.  A bipartisan group of Michigan lawmakers have rolled out bills to change that. 


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Governor Rick Snyder says President Trump has opened a “much-needed” national conversation on immigration with his order that limits travel from seven majority-Muslim nations.


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Efforts to build a state law enforcement memorial has received a boost. 

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Lawmakers are considering a repeal of a law that allows the state to shut down low-performing schools. 


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Attorneys in Michigan and elsewhere are still trying to get information about and access to people detained at ports of entry. 


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State officials say any federal investigation will not turn up widespread vote fraud in Michigan, despite unsubstantiated accusations by President Trump that millions of people voted illegally.  


Michigan Supreme Court
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The Michigan Supreme Court will hear oral arguments about how the state handles juvenile life without parole cases.  


Michigan Senators Tackle Voting Reform

Jan 25, 2017
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Michigan lawmakers seem to be making voting laws a priority.  Lawmakers in both chambers have now introduced legislation they say will make voting easier. 


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A state board has approved spending as much as $82 million dollars over the next two years for new voting machines in every precinct in Michigan.


Prison
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Michigan Senators are making a big push for prison and parole reform this year. 


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A federal judge has rejected Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette’s request to weigh in on a lawsuit related to the Flint water crisis and said “superficial posturing” might be delaying a resolution.


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A battle has been averted over leadership of the Michigan Republican Party.  One of two contenders for the post of state party chair has dropped out.  Scott Hagerstrom led the state Donald Trump campaign, but that wasn’t enough to win him the job.


US Supreme Court
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Attorney General Bill Schuette has filed a brief against the American Bar Association.  A discrimination case was filed last month in the United States Supreme Court.


Michigan House of Representatives
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It’s looking like “prevailing wage” will be an issue in the Legislature’s new session.  It deals with pay rates for construction workers on publicly funded projects.  And, it’s an issue that divides Governor Rick Snyder and the Legislature’s Republican leaders. 


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A new audit shows a state department is not in compliance with regulations on bottled water inspections. 

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


Rick Snyder
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Ten million people.  Governor Rick Snyder has set a goal of getting Michigan’s population above that number before the next US Census.  It was part of the governor’s seventh State of the State address delivered Tuesday night at the state Capitol.


Flint Water
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Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette has filed a legal brief supporting a group of Flint pastors suing the state over the city’s drinking water crisis.  Schuette’s position puts him at odds with Governor Rick Snyder.  


Dan Kildee
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As Governor Rick Snyder prepares to deliver his seventh State of the State address, a potential candidate to replace him has called for ethics rules that would align Michigan with what the federal government requires.


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