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Washtenaw Wilderness
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Washtenaw County has always taken its environment seriously.  Now, it is the first county in Michigan to be certified as a community wildlife habitat by the National Wildlife Federation.  In this week's "Issues of the Environment," WEMU's David Fair chats with Mary Lapp, team leader of the Washtenaw Wilderness Community Wildlife Habitat, about what it takes for a community to receive such an honor.


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The Washtenaw Youth Initiative hosted a town hall on Saturday in Ann Arbor to talk about gun violence. 
 


Yousef Rabhi
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53rd District State Representative Yousef Rabhi (D-Ann Arbor) has recently introduced three bills and a budget amendment related to protecting Michigan’s water.  In this week’s edition of "Issues of the Environment," WEMU’s David Fair discusses the bills and the ongoing challenges our Great Lakes State faces when it comes to the health and safety of our greatest natural resource.


Every Monday morning, the executive director of the CivCity Initiative will join WEMU's David Fair for a conversation on topics pertinent to the city of Ann Arbor and Washtenaw County.  Mary Morgan provides news, analysis, commentary and explains the various ways residents can become more engaged.


Cannabis
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Lawmakers in Lansing say they want a seamless transition as marijuana dispensaries start to get licensed. 


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Michigan House Democrats / housedems.com

A week after a public forum on the 1,4 dioxane plume contaminating groundwater in Scio Township and Ann Arbor, you’ll get the latest on what is being done to address the problem. The potential carcinogen continues to spread in groundwater from the old Gelman Sciences facility on Wagner Road in Scio Township, slowly moving towards the Huron River. In this week’s "Issues of the Environment," WEMU’s David Fair catches up with State Representative Yousef Rabhi (D-Ann Arbor) to see what is being done to move from plume containment to actual clean-up. 


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The Washtenaw County Office of Community and Economic Development will host its fourth annual legislative forum tonight at Eastern Michigan University.


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Formerly the US attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan, and now a professor for the University of Michigan Law School, Barbara McQuade spoke with 89.1 FM WEMU’s Lisa Barry about what she called "the chaos in Washington" and the importance of diversity.


Abandoned Factory
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Big business investors are waiting on Governor Rick Snyder to give them a break.  A tax break that is – to build on blighted land. 


Town Hall
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Town hall conversations are taking place in Washtenaw County this week to give citizens a chance to interact with their elected officials.


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Carbon taxes are a seemingly simple way to deal with the climate crisis. As the price of fossil fuels goes up, consumption goes down.   But fears of negative economic impacts have kept the idea from moving forward in the U.S.  Now, a group of leading Republican elders has a proposal that goes a step further.  They call it “Carbon Dividends,” because the taxes collected are returned to the public.  What is the local reaction?  In this installment of WEMU’s “Green Room” series, Barbara Lucas sets out to find out.


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Yousef Rabhi, representing the 53rd District, is one of three new State House Representatives from Washtenaw County.  We sent WEMU’s Jorge Avellan to spend a day with Rabhi and report on the work he’s doing on your behalf in Lansing.


Ann Arbor
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Ann Arbor's city council could soon call a session to continue discussing the future of the controversial city-owned property known as the Library Lot.  But those who oppose its sale for a high-rise development are still hopeful it could be used for a park.  


Yousef Rabhi
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Governor Rick Snyder presented a $56.3 billion budget for the State of Michigan's 2018 fiscal year.  But some Democrats, including a State Representative from Ann Arbor, are unimpressed.   


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Michigan House of Representatives / housedems.com

The legislative session in Lansing came to an end this year with a flurry.  Numerous bills were passed by the Republican-controlled Legislature and sent to Governor Rick Snyder to be signed into law.  For some, it marks an end to time in office, but it also doesn't necessarily mean goodbye.


Washtenaw County
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Here are the results of various candidate races in Washtenaw County.

Democrats will retain all four of Washtenaw County’s District State House seats.

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The Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners will meet tonight, and they are expected to make a big decision.  


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The Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners has conditionally appointed a county administrator. 

 


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It was light voter turnout for the primary elections in Washtenaw County. County elections director Ed Golembiewski had predicted 20-to-25% turnout among the more than 272,000 registered voters.  In the end, under 18% cast a ballot. 

Yousef Rabhi

Yousef Rabhi is a Democrat running for State House in the 53rd District.  This is his submission for WEMU's 2016 edition of "Soapbox Summer."


Candidates For Ann Arbor State Representative To Debate

Jun 3, 2016
Yousef Rabhi
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Democratic candidates for the 53rd State Congressional District will debate Saturday. 


Plastic Bags
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The Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners has approved an ordinance that will impose a fee for customers who request bags at some local stores. 


Yousef Rabhi
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Washtenaw County is planning to regulate the use of single use, plastic bags.  However, the Michigan State Legislature has slowed the process of passing this measure.  In this week's "Issues of the Environment," WEMU's Patrick Campion speaks with Washtenaw County Commissioner Yousef Rabhi about the controversy surrounding the proposed ordinance.

  Editor's note: Wednesday evening, the Washtenaw County commissioners  voted 6-2 to approve a new carryout bag ordinance that would put a 10-cent "tax" on customers for every single use (paper or plastic) bag they receive at stores in Washtenaw county. Stay tuned for follow-up discussion on the issue.

Steven Kwasny
Washtenaw County Democratic Party / washtenawdems.org

Eastern Michigan University student Steven Kwasny has announced his candidacy for state representative of the 53rd district.  


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