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The state Board of Canvassers has approved the petition signatures for the November referendum, the August primary ballot for state offices are set, and the Legislature is closer to passing a budget for the coming fiscal year.  WEMU's David Fair discusses all of these issues with MPRN's Rick Pluta in this week's edition of, "The State of Politics." 


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For more than two decades, Rick Pluta has been covering Michigan politics in Lansing as chief correspondent for the Michigan Public Radio Network.  He has his finger on the pulse of what is happening at levels of state government.  Now, he'll regularly share his expertise with you in 89.1 WEMU's new feature, 'The State of Politics." 


Michigan State Capitol
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Hundreds of demonstrators marched on the state Capitol yesterday to protest Governor Rick Snyder’s handling of the Flint water crisis.  


courtesy photo / Michigan.gov

Policing will increase this spring at the Michigan Capitol, but officials say they have no plans to add metal detectors.  

 State police will bring more personnel to the Capitol area and will enhance its technology as well.     That includes making better use of video camera monitoring and introducing thermal imaging to spot intruders in parking lots and outside the Capitol after dark.