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The proposal to change how Michigan draws the lines for congressional and legislative districts is about to go on the ballot. But, will it stay there? The question to create an independent commission to handle the job of redistricting is poised
Update, June 13 at 10:30 a.m.: The group Citizens Protecting Michigan’s Constitution has filed an appeal with the state Supreme Court and asked the justices to put an immediate hold on the lower court decision that would place the question on t
Jennifer Granholm has been out of Michigan's gubernatorial office for over seven years. But, this year, her name is back in the spotlight. With Republicans running the show in Lansing for the past eight years, it has been especially hard for GO
This year, Libertarians will join Republicans and Democrats with candidates on the August primary ballot in Michigan. This is something that doesn’t happen very often. In fact, the last time a third party qualified to hold a primary in Michigan
Democrats like their chances in Election 2018 as they hope President Trump’s unfavorables will help them win the House in November. But Republicans have their own emblematic figure they are using to paint a dark picture of the ramifications of
Do you have a right to have your name counted when you sign a petition? Or, can it be thrown out on a technicality that has nothing to do with you? There are two recent instances in Michigan where, although signatures on a petition were collect
Republican gubernatorial candidates wanted to get next to President Donald Trump this weekend but only one got the presidential shout-out in Washington Township, MI. “A really great friend of mine, a great attorney general, the next governor of
There is a legal question about whether Democrat Abdul El-Sayed is eligible to run for governor. But one thing that is not a question is the fact that the question is not settled, no matter how much the El-Sayed campaign might want to believe t
Update, Friday, April 27 at 10:40 a.m.: On Thursday, Michigan Board of Canvassers approved the petition to place the marijuana legalization initiative on the November ballot. House Speaker Tom Leonard says he doesn't foresee the Legislature ado
The fight for the Democratic nod for state attorney general has gotten nasty with less than a week to go before Michigan Democrats decide on a candidate.
Democrats are practically giddy about their prospects for taking control of Congress. They see a blue wave on the horizon, and the next 225 days until November 6th cannot come soon enough for them.
People who remember, remember Republican John Engler as a blunt, pugnacious governor. And, before that, the same as state Senate majority leader.
The legalization of marijuana in Michigan is emerging as an issue in the race for the state's next attorney general. Attorney General candidate Patrick Miles , an Obama-appointed official who served six and a half years as the U.S. Attorney for
Gun laws across the country are under the microscope at state capitols. And Michigan is no exception. But the reality is, we’re not seeing a re-thinking of gun policy. Instead, everyone’s just returned to their corners. There’s increasing press
Why are Michigan roads so bad? Because we don’t put enough money into fixing them. Why is that? Because lawmakers don’t fear underfunding the state’s roads will cost them on Election Day.
As part of the state Legislature’s response to Michigan State University’s handling of Larry Nassar , lawmakers are asking the state’s 15 public universities to explain their policies on sexual misconduct. But, the questions are not stopping th
Did Governor Rick Snyder intend to name an anti-gay activist to the state civil rights commission? Or is this one that just slipped past him? Democrats and Republicans are asking, “What was he thinking?” Snyder seems to have rekindled the fight
Abdul El-Sayed’s did not have a good week. And it’s not looking like it’s going to get better any time soon. El-Sayed has captured the imagination of progressives who think he can bring a liberal agenda to Lansing and become the nation’s first
The Larry Nassar trials are over and the final round of sentencing hearings begin this week in Eaton County. More and more attention now is turning to East Lansing and how the top echelons at Michigan State University allowed an environment for
Governor Rick Snyder brings his sound fiscal-management-show to the stage one last time tomorrow at the Capitol. But, he’s delivering his final State of the State address to an audience of lawmakers who just dealt him a rare veto override. Snyd
Helping your adversary to help yourself. It’s a political tactic and we’re seeing it right now in Michigan’s Republican primary for governor . Lt. Governor Brian Calley is running for governor. But, it looks like he’s polling behind fellow Repu
As voters pass judgment in the first mid-terms of the Trump era, many are wondering if Michigan will be a congressional battleground in 2018. There’s a lot of talk about the possibility of a wave-election come November as Democrats prepare for
We could see the most dramatic change to Michigan politics since term limits. This afternoon, an all-volunteer group is one step closer to overhauling how redistricting is done in Michigan.
There’s a new battle in Lansing pitting business groups against unions and it could wind up playing out next November with dueling ballot proposals. A group of trade unions will launch a petition drive tomorrow to try and preserve Michigan’s pr
There’s a new battle in Lansing pitting business groups against unions and it could wind up playing out next November with dueling ballot proposals. A group of trade unions will launch a petition drive tomorrow to try and preserve Michigan’s pr
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