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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NewsRoom
6:20 pm
Wed November 7, 2012

Democrats Pick Up Handful Of Seats In State House, GOP Keeps Majority

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It looks like Republicans will hold an eight-seat majority in the state House. 

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NewsRoom
4:46 pm
Mon November 5, 2012

Candidates Make Final Push In Michigan Before Tuesday’s Election

With the 2012 campaign coming to an end, state-wide candidates are making one last push to get out the vote. Both parties held rallies across the state Monday.

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NewsRoom
6:19 am
Mon November 5, 2012

Greimel A Virtual Lock To Lead State House Democrats

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After all the votes have been counted in the general election, there’s still another round of elections this week. The legislature will choose its leaders for the coming session on Thursday. News services say the race for state House democratic leader is pretty well decided.

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NewsRoom
6:13 pm
Thu November 1, 2012

Secretary Of State Dismisses Complaints Against Bolger, Schmidt

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Michigan Democrats have not been able to prove House Speaker Jase Bolger and Representative Roy Schmidt broke the law in a party-switch scandal this year. That’s according to the state Bureau of Elections.

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NewsRoom
6:11 pm
Wed October 31, 2012

Cox Sues Blue Cross Blue Shield Of Michigan Over Medigap Policies

Former Michigan Attorney General, Mike Cox.

Former state Attorney General Mike Cox is challenging Blue Cross Blue Shield’s Medigap policies in court.

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Election 2012
6:12 pm
Tue October 30, 2012

Presidential Campaigns In Michigan Not Slowing Down For Sandy

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President Obama's and Mitt Romney's campaigns say bad weather won't slow down their efforts in Michigan.

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Election 2012
4:57 pm
Mon October 29, 2012

Bill Clinton Endorses MI's Proposal 3

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Former President Bill Clinton is encouraging Michigan voters to approve Proposal Three on the November ballot.

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NewsRoom
6:31 pm
Thu October 25, 2012

MI Budget Director Says State Credit Rating Weighed Down By Ballot Proposals

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The state’s top budget official says Michigan would have a higher credit rating if not for the six proposals on the November ballot.

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NewsRoom
6:28 pm
Wed October 24, 2012

State Rep. Genetski Gets Community Service, Fines For Drunken Driving

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State Representative Bob Genetski will serve no jail time for his drunken driving conviction handed down last month.

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NewsRoom
6:18 pm
Tue October 23, 2012

Gov. Snyder Signs Youth Sports Concussion Bills

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Michigan would boost efforts to reduce the number and severity of concussions in youth sports under bills signed Tuesday by Governor Rick Snyder.

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NewsRoom
6:16 pm
Mon October 22, 2012

Gov. Snyder Asks International Business Leaders To Support New Bridge To Canada

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Governor Rick Snyder is worried Proposal Six on the November ballot would spark a lengthy court battle if it’s passed.

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NewsRoom
7:58 am
Mon October 22, 2012

Senate Passes Bill to Revive Michigan Civilian Conservation Corps

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Some Michigan lawmakers hope to restore a program that would put young adults to work on public works projects, but without costing taxpayers any money.  The state Senate recently approved legislation to resurrect the Michigan Civilian Conservation Corps.  

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NewsRoom
6:21 pm
Thu October 18, 2012

ACLU Sues Over Campaign Sign Ban For Bars And Restaurants

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A rule banning Michigan bar and restaurants from displaying campaign signs faces a legal challenge from the American Civil Liberties Union.

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NewsRoom
6:25 pm
Wed October 17, 2012

Blue Cross Bills Easily Pass State Senate

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Legislation to overhaul Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan easily passed the state Senate Wednesday.

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NewsRoom
6:15 pm
Tue October 16, 2012

Michigan Court Of Appeals Hears Arguments On Juvenile Lifer Case

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Judges on a Michigan Court of Appeals panel say state lawmakers should figure out how to comply with a U.S. Supreme Court ruling on so-called “juvenile lifers.”

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NewsRoom
6:18 pm
Mon October 15, 2012

Report: If Passed, Bridge Proposal Could Cost Taxpayers Big

If passed, a ballot proposal meant to stall a new international bridge in Detroit could cost Michigan taxpayers tens of millions of dollars. That’s according to a report from the Senate Fiscal Agency.

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NewsRoom
6:45 pm
Fri October 12, 2012

$30 Million Poured into Ballot Proposal TV Ads Since August

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Interest groups are spending unprecedented amounts of money on TV ads supporting or opposing initiatives to amend the state constitution. That’s according to a report from the Michigan Campaign Finance Network.

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NewsRoom
7:14 pm
Thu October 11, 2012

McCotter Testifies in Staffers' Election Fraud Case

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Testimony has begun in the case of two staffers of former Congressman Thaddeus McCotter accused of ballot petition fraud.

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NewsRoom
9:32 am
Thu October 11, 2012

Child Welfare Officials Say State’s System Greatly Improving

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The state is well on its way to meeting its obligations to foster children and families. That’s according to testimony by the Michigan Department of Human Services.

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NewsRoom
6:17 am
Wed October 10, 2012

Senate Panel Hears Arguments On Public Defense Bill

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A Senate panel has begun hearing arguments on a bill to fix the way Michigan counties provide defense attorneys to the poor. The chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee says he’s still skeptical about the legislation.

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NewsRoom
7:55 pm
Mon October 8, 2012

Study: Michigan Ad Spending One-Sided for Presidential, Senate Races

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Michigan TV viewers are overwhelmed with ads from one side in both the presidential and U.S. Senate races. That’s according to a report released Monday by the Michigan Campaign Finance Network.

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NewsRoom
6:39 pm
Fri October 5, 2012

Federal Judge Hears Arguments over Citizenship Question on November Ballot

Arguments are underway in federal court over Michigan Secretary of State Ruth Johnson’s citizenship question on November ballot applications.

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NewsRoom
5:42 pm
Wed October 3, 2012

Biker Group says Motorcycle Fatalities Down Since Helmet Law Repeal

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Early data suggest the state may not be causing a big jump in the number of biker deaths since the Legislature repealed a law requiring them to wear helmets. The group American Bikers Aiming Toward Education – or ABATE – released those numbers this week.

However, state officials say it’s too early to come to any conclusions.

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NewsRoom
6:07 pm
Tue October 2, 2012

Liberal Group Raises Bolger's Business History as Election Issue

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A liberal advocacy group is attacking state House Speaker Jase Bolger’s past business record in attempt to damage his shot at re-election. The attack comes while Bolger is in the midst of a separate election fraud investigation.  The group Progress Michigan says Bolger’s company avoided paying taxes over the course of three years.

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NewsRoom
5:13 pm
Fri September 28, 2012

Judge Says State Workers’ 4% Retirement Contribution is Unconstitutional

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State workers would no longer have to fork out four-percent of their salaries to keep their pensions if a judge’s ruling stands.

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NewsRoom
6:10 pm
Thu September 27, 2012

Support Overwhelming for Southeast Regional Transit Authority at Committee Hearing

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Legislation to create a regional transit authority in southeast Michigan got overwhelming support at a committee hearing in Lansing Thursday morning.

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NewsRoom
4:15 pm
Wed September 26, 2012

Several Mayors Urge Legislature to Kill Handgun Bill

Eight Michigan mayors are urging the state Legislature to reject a measure that would make it easier for people to buy handguns.

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NewsRoom
6:26 pm
Tue September 25, 2012

House Panel Could Lift Restrictions in Open Government Law

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The state legislature could soon make it easier and cheaper to file request for public information.

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NewsRoom
7:01 pm
Mon September 24, 2012

AG Schuette Not Backing Down on Keeping Juvenile Lifers Behind Bars

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State Attorney General Bill Schuette isn’t done trying to make sure everyone sentenced as juveniles to life without parole in Michigan remains behind bars.

As Michigan Public Radio’s Jake Neher reports, the U.S. Supreme Court in June declared mandatory life sentences for juveniles unconstitutional.

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NewsRoom
6:26 pm
Fri September 21, 2012

Mackinac Center Files Legal Action over Unionizing Home Healthcare Workers

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Michigan would void its contract with thousands of home healthcare workers if a state board agrees with a legal action filed this week by the Mackinac Center.

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