TRAVERSE CITY, MI – The Obama administration opposes closing shipping locks near Chicago to prevent Asian carp from invading the Great Lakes.
In a memo filed Tuesday, Solicitor General Elena Kagan asked the U.S. Supreme Court to reject a request by Michigan and several other states to order the locks closed. Illinois filed a document supporting the administration's position.
Kagan said closing the locks would endanger public safety and disrupt cargo.
She said federal agencies are working to keep Asian carp out of the lakes.
LANSING, MI – Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero's chances of becoming Michigan's next Governor may have improved now that Lieutenant Governor John Cherry has dropped out of the race. That's according to political analyst Craig Ruff of Public Sector Consultants.
Cherry says he couldn't raise enough money to run a viable campaign. And Ruff says Bernero needs to improve his name recognition outside of mid-Michigan if he's going to be successful. He says that means he'll need to raise more money.
LANSING, MI – Republicans and Democrats in the state House say legislative leaders should not be allowed to negotiate the budget behind closed doors.
AUDIO: A group of lawmakers called the "Capitol Caucus" say there should be an open-door policy for all budget negotiations. This is the first time the bi-partisan group has drawn up legislation. But they say reforming the budget process is a major priority for them.
LANSING, MI – Governor Granholm says she would like to see some of the measures in the "Race To The Top" education-reform package pushed further. Granholm wants a state reform officer to be able to take over an entire failing school district, rather than just individual failing schools.