michigan

Brian Calley
State of Michigan / michigan.gov

Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley is raising his profile ahead of an anticipated run for governor next year. 


Soo Locks
Wikipedia Media Commons / wikipedia.org

Michigan’s congressional delegation is getting ready to fight for a big piece of federal spending on infrastructure.  They want roughly a billion dollars to upgrade the shipping lanes of the Soo Locks.


Donations Rise While Legislation Passes

Jun 1, 2017
Michigan Campaign Finance Network / mcfn.org

Some businesses are set to get millions of dollars in tax incentives -- if Governor Snyder signs a package of bills.  Around the time those bills were going through the legislature, business groups were giving big political action committee donations to some key lawmakers.


Rick Snyder
State of Michigan / michigan.gov

Governor Rick Snyder spoke out against a toxic political culture that he says it’s getting in the way of practical problem-solving.

Bill Schuette
State of Michigan / michigan.gov

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette says his office is treating cases of fatal drug overdoses as murder investigations.

Michigan Democrats Call For LGBTQ Protections

May 31, 2017
LGBT Flag
Wikipedia Media Commons / wikipedia.org

Lawmakers in the state House and Senate are once again calling for more legal protections for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people. 


Brian Calley
State of Michigan / michigan.gov

The job of state lawmaker would be part-time under a ballot campaign launched today by Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley


Police Car
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A controversial Grand Rapids police procedure can continue, for now.  A Michigan Court of Appeals chose to not decide if the so-called P and P procedure is constitutional. 


Gun
Wikipedia Media Commons / wikipedia.org

A state House bill would make it easier for people to sue their local government to repeal a gun ordinance. 


Michigan License Plate
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Controversial legislation surrounding license plate fundraising is on its way to Governor Rick Snyder’s desk.


michigan capitol
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A state House committee held its first hearing Wednesday on legislation that would outlaw “sanctuary cities” in Michigan.  The bills would ban local ordinances and rules that police officers says cannot ask about the immigration status of a suspect or a witness unless it’s tied to their investigation. 


Dog
Alan Levine / flickr.com

If you want to take your favorite dog out to eat with you, you might soon be in luck. 


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A showdown is brewing in Lansing over the fate of teacher retirements.  


Michigan Senate
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A portion of the state Senate budget is getting pushback from the Michigan Crime Victims Services Commission


Michigan Hall of Justice
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The Michigan Court of Appeals has put a lawsuit regarding state money for private schools on hold while it decides who can be part of it. 


Gavel
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A blind Michigan man wants to go to law school, but says he can’t because the admissions test is discriminatory.  Now he’s asking the US Supreme Court to accept his lawsuit against the makers of the test. 


Michigan House of Representatives
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Controversial legislation on state regulatory rules is making its way through the legislature. 


Petition
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Two more petition campaigns were given the go-ahead Thursday by a state elections panel to start collecting signatures, including one to legalize recreational marijuana in Michigan. 


Michigan State Senate
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State lawmakers are quickly pushing through female genital mutilation legislation.  About two weeks ago, a Senate committee passed legislation that would make performing female genital mutilation a fifteen year felony.


Mackinac Bridge
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The Mackinac Bridge will be largely closed to vehicle traffic the morning of Labor Day. 


Gun
Wikipedia Media Commons / wikipedia.org

Gun rights are up for debate in the state legislature again.


Pray Harrold
Eastern Michigan University / emich.edu

Eastern Michigan University is holding a forum today to discuss the school's 2018 budget. 

Corrections Budget Battle Heats Up In Lansing

May 16, 2017
Prison
Wikipedia Media Commons / wikipedia.org

Some state lawmakers and the Michigan Department of Corrections are battling it out over how much the state should spend on its prisons.  


E-Cig Regulations Back On The Table In Lansing

May 15, 2017
E-Cigarette
Wikipedia Media Commons / wikipedia.org

A battle is brewing in Lansing between some lawmakers and Governor Rick Snyder’s office.  


Food Conditions Still Issue In Michigan’s Prisons

May 12, 2017
Food Tray
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Michigan’s prisons are still plagued with food service problems.  That’s according to liberal watchdog group Progress Michigan


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