Jake Neher

Jake Neher is a reporter for the Michigan Public Radio Network. He covers the State Legislature and other political events in Lansing.

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Education
4:38 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

State’s Top Education Official Will Not Weigh In On Education Funding Issue

The state’s top education official is refusing to weigh in on the debate over school funding ahead of the November election.

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Politics & Government
5:24 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

State Lawmakers Debate Bill Aimed At Reducing Homelessness

It looks like a bipartisan bill meant to reduce homelessness in Michigan has stalled.

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Politics & Government
5:40 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

AG’s Office To Investigate Aramark Employee Accused In ‘Murder-For-Hire’ Plot

State Attorney General Bill Schuette says his office will investigate a possible murder-for-hire plot involving a prison food service worker.

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Politics & Government
5:11 pm
Wed September 24, 2014

Insurers Would Be Required To Offer Abortion Insurance Under Democrats’ Bill

Democrats in state House and Senate say all Michigan insurance companies should be required to offer abortion coverage.

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Politics & Government
5:53 pm
Tue September 23, 2014

Governor Snyder Close To Supporting Medical Marijuana Dispensaries, Edibles

It looks like Governor Rick Snyder could be close to supporting bills that would relax restrictions on medical marijuana in Michigan.

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Politics & Government
3:58 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

Lt. Governor Calley Says He’ll Push For Better Employment For Disabled People

Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley says he’ll push for policies to give people with disabilities better job opportunities.

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Politics & Government
4:27 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

Lawmakers Approve Bill To Avoid $1 Billion Budget Hole

It looks like Michigan will not face a billion-dollar budget hole due to a recent state Supreme Court ruling after all.

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Politics & Government
4:57 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

Vote On LGBT Rights Not Likely Before November Election

Legislation adding LGBT protections to Michigan’s anti-discrimination law will probably have to wait until after the November election.

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Politics & Government
4:13 pm
Mon September 8, 2014

Roads, Pot, Civil Rights On Agenda As State Lawmakers Return From Summer Break

The state Legislature’s two-month summer break ends Tuesday.

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Politics & Government
5:15 pm
Thu September 4, 2014

Judge Says Michigan’s Largest Teachers’ Union Must Let Member Leave Any Time

A Michigan labor judge says teachers should be allowed to quit the state’s largest teachers union any time they want.

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Politics & Government
4:51 pm
Wed September 3, 2014

No-Fault Auto Insurance Rates Case To Be Appealed To Michigan Supreme Court

The Michigan Supreme Court could soon hear arguments related to the state’s auto no-fault insurance law.

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Education
5:17 pm
Tue September 2, 2014

State House Dems Call For Higher Minimum School Funding

A group of state lawmakers says some schools are making tough cuts as the school year gets underway.

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Education
5:14 pm
Tue September 2, 2014

State House Dems Call For Higher Minimum School Funding

A group of state lawmakers says some schools are making tough cuts as the school year gets underway.

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Politics & Government
4:39 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

Michigan’s Top Health Official Resigns After Suffering Mild Stroke

Michigan’s top health official is stepping down after suffering a mild stroke.

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Jim Haveman says he’s resigning as director of the Michigan Department of Community Health to focus on his personal health. He said he had hoped to stay in the position through next year – but he says that changed after he suffered a minor stroke in May.

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Politics & Government
5:25 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

Lawmakers Vote To Allow Wolf Hunts In Upper Peninsula

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Wolf hunts in the Upper Peninsula will be able to continue under a new law passed by the state House Wednesday.

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Politics & Government
3:28 pm
Mon August 25, 2014

Wolf Hunting, Civil Rights, And $1B Budget Hole On State Lawmakers’ Agenda

State lawmakers have a wide range of issues to address between now and the November election.

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Politics & Government
3:21 pm
Fri August 22, 2014

Peters Says He’d Vote For Same Obamacare Bill Today

Rep. Gary Peters speaks with Michigan Public Radio’s Rick Pluta on the statewide call-in program Michigan Calling. Peters’ opponent in his bid for U.S. Senate, Republican Terri Lynn Land, is scheduled to appear on the program on October 3rd.
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Democratic candidate for U-S Senate Gary Peters says he would not have changed his vote in favor of Obamacare knowing what he knows now.

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Politics & Government
4:25 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

Judge Hears Arguments Over Recognizing 300 Same-Sex Marriages In Michigan

Lead plaintiffs Glenna DeJong (l) and Marsha Caspar (center) join Ingham County Clerk Barb Byrum (r) outside the federal court building in Detroit on Thursday. DeJong and Caspar were the first same-sex couple to get married in Michigan. Byrum officiated their wedding.
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About 300 same-sex couples in Michigan hope a federal judge will force the state to recognize their marriages. Judge Mark Goldsmith heard arguments in the case Thursday.

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Politics & Government
4:55 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

Audit Finds Problems With Prisoner Education Programs In Michigan

Michigan prison officials need to do more to make sure inmates have access to education programs.

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Politics & Government
5:17 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

Michigan Congressional Delegation To Push FEMA For Flood Help

Gov. Rick Snyder (r) and Congressman Sander Levin (l) speak with flood victims in Warren on Monday.
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Governor Rick Snyder and Michigan’s congressional delegation are teaming up to push for federal help for flood victims.

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Politics & Government
5:15 pm
Fri August 15, 2014

Snyder Says Metro Detroit Flood Underpins Need For More Road Funding

Governor Rick Snyder says the need for increased funding for roads was underpinned this week by massive flooding in and around Detroit.

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Politics & Government
5:41 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

Talks Over Ways To Fix Michigan’s Roads “Back At Square One”

State lawmakers are hitting the reset button on talks over how to fix Michigan’s crumbling roads.

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Politics & Government
3:18 pm
Fri August 8, 2014

State Housing agency Director To Resign After Charging Lavish Travel Expenses

The head of the Michigan State Housing Development Authority is stepping down.

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Politics & Government
4:41 pm
Thu August 7, 2014

Democrats Blast State Housing Director For Lavish Expenses

Democrats are demanding that the state take action in light of lavish travel expenses claimed by the head of Michigan’s housing authority.

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Politics & Government
4:16 pm
Wed August 6, 2014

More Voters Cast Ballots In Primary Than Expected, But Turnout Still Low

More than 82% of all registered voters sat out Michigan’s primary election this week.

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Politics & Government
4:46 pm
Mon August 4, 2014

Historic Low Voter Turnout Possible In Tuesday’s Primary

Michigan’s primary election is Tuesday.

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Politics & Government
5:12 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

Environmentalists Pan Proposed Fracking Rules As Comment Period Ends

The time for people to tell the state what they think of proposed new rules for fracking ends at midnight.

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Politics & Government
5:21 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

State Senator Ready To Revisit Creating State-Run Health Exchange

There could be another push in Lansing to set up a state-run website to purchase insurance through the federal healthcare law.

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Politics & Government
5:21 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

$10.10/hour Minimum Wage Petition Shot Down By State Elections Board

A petition to raise Michigan’s minimum wage to $10.10 an hour did not get enough valid signatures to move forward.

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Politics & Government
5:18 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

$10.10/hour Minimum Wage Petition Shot Down By State Elections Board

A petition to raise Michigan’s minimum wage to $10.10 an hour did not get enough valid signatures to move forward.

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