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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Politics & Government
4:45 pm
Mon December 1, 2014

Gov. Snyder Urges State House To Pass Gas Tax Increase For Roads

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State lawmakers have just nine or ten more session days in 2014, and still no consensus on how to raise money to help fix Michigan’s roads.

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Politics & Government
2:04 pm
Wed November 26, 2014

Medical Marijuana Bills Coming Down To The Wire In “Lame Duck”

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It looks like a decision about whether to ease restrictions on medical marijuana will come down to the final days of the state Legislature’s 2014 session.

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Politics & Government
4:42 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

State House Expected To Take Up Film Credit Extension In December

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The state House is expected to take up legislation next month that could decide the future of Michigan’s film credit program.

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Politics & Government
4:42 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

LGBT Activists Ready To “Blow Up” Civil Rights Bill If It Ignores Gender Identity

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Supporters of adding LGBT protections to Michigan’s civil rights law say they have enough votes in the Legislature to pass a bill before the end of the year.

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Politics & Government
4:40 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

Prison Reform Activists See Opportunity In “Lame Duck” For Legislative Overhaul

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Bills that seek to reduce prison spending in Michigan seem to have momentum going into the last weeks of the Legislature’s 2014 session.

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Politics & Government
5:13 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

Effort to get LGBT civil rights protections pressing on after setbacks

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A coalition of business and civil rights groups is still optimistic state lawmakers this year will make it illegal to discriminate against LGBT people.

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Education
5:12 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

State Education Officials Preparing For Adoption Of New Science Standards

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The state Board of Education is poised to approve new statewide science standards.

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State education officials hope the Next Generation standards will boost achievement in science. Less than 20% of Michigan students passed the state science exam last year.

Michigan Department of Education spokesperson Martin Ackley says officials appear ready to move forward with the standards.

“The plan is for the state Board of Education to then take them up possibly for adoption in December,” he says.

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Politics & Government
5:14 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

Bill To Overhaul Michigan’s Electoral Votes Blasted In Committee Hearing

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A plan to change the way Michigan awards its electoral votes for president got largely panned at a state House hearing Monday.

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Politics & Government
5:20 pm
Wed November 12, 2014

Democrats Blast Legislation They Say Protects “Dark Money” Donors

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Democrats in Lansing worry Legislation in the state House would make it easier for political organizations to hide their donors.

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Politics & Government
4:24 pm
Tue November 11, 2014

Democratic Lawmakers Fear Another ‘Toxic’ Lame Duck Session

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The state Legislature reconvenes Wednesday to continue its “lame duck” session.

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Education
5:10 pm
Mon November 10, 2014

Search For State Superintendent Moving Forward Now That Election Is Over

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The state Board of Education is taking a big step toward hiring a new state superintendent.

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Politics & Government
5:24 pm
Wed November 5, 2014

Peters Sees Greater Chance For Bipartisanship As He Enters Senate In Minority

Congressman Gary Peters speaks with reporters at a restaurant in Rochester a day after Michigan voters elected him to the U.S. Senate.
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Democrat Gary Peters is optimistic he’ll be able to work with Senate Republicans to pass measures he’s championed as a candidate.

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Politics & Government
5:12 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

Snyder, Schauer Both Confident As Voters Head To The Polls

Democratic nominee for governor Mark Schauer makes a stop at a Coney Island restaurant in Downtown Royal Oak to speak with supporters on Election Day.
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Michigan voters have until eight o’clock Tuesday to cast their ballots in the midterm election.

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Politics & Government
5:09 pm
Mon November 3, 2014

Candidates Close Out 2014 Campaigns On Eve Of Tuesday’s Election

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie campaigned for Gov. Rick Snyder Monday at a cider mill in Rochester.
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Voters head to the polls Tuesday– meaning the 2014 campaign season is coming to a close.


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Politics & Government
5:12 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

Candidates Making Final Push Before Election Next Week

Democratic nominee for governor Mark Schauer greets auto workers in Lansing on Thursday to kick off a statewide campaign tour ahead of next Tuesday’s election.
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The midterm election is just a few days away.

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Politics & Government
5:24 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

MI GOP Looks To Energize Conservatives Ahead Of Election with Rand Paul Visit

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., speaks in front of GOP supporters and volunteers on Wednesday in Livonia.
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US Senator Rand Paul made campaign stops in Michigan Wednesday for Republican candidates ahead of next week’s election.

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Politics & Government
4:43 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

Eleven More Michigan Cities Could Legalize Small Amounts Of Pot On Nov. 4

Safer Michigan Coalition Executive Director Chuck Ream is leading the effort to legalize small amounts of cannabis in eleven Michigan communities. Voters in Oak Park and Hazel Park already approved ballot measures in August. Questions will not appear on ballots in East Lansing, Utica, Portage, or Benzie County - despite what the shirt says.
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On Election Day, eleven Michigan cities will consider legalizing small amounts of marijuana.

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Politics & Government
5:13 pm
Mon October 27, 2014

Gov. Snyder Directs State Agencies To Eliminate Hurdles For Disabled Employees

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Governor Rick Snyder is asking state departments to hire more people with disabilities.

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Politics & Government
5:24 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

Seniors Could Play An Especially Big Role In Upcoming Election

Michiganders age 50 and over are expected to represent well over half of the voters that show up to the polls on November Fourth.

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Politics & Government
4:21 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

Bill Clinton Stumps For Michigan Democratic Ticket In Flint

Former President Bill Clinton was met with loud applause from a crowd of Democrats in Flint on Wednesday. He was joined on stage by Democratic nominee for governor Mark Schauer (left), Congressman Dan Kildee (Center), candidate for 95th state House district Vanessa Guerra (right), and nominee for U.S. Senate Gary Peters (not pictured).
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Former President Bill Clinton urged Democrats to get out the vote at a rally Wednesday in Flint.

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Politics & Government
4:42 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

Snyder Signs Bill Cementing Ban On Tesla Sales In Michigan

Gov. Rick Snyder signed a bill on Tuesday critics are blasting as ‘anti-Tesla’.

Tesla Motors and other auto manufacturers will not be allowed to sell their vehicles direct to customers in Michigan.

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Health
4:23 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

Report: Lack Of Autism Specialists Creating Long Wait Times For Children

A new report says Michigan needs more autism specialists to help diagnose and treat children with the disorder.

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Health
4:11 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

State Launches Effort To Reduce Trauma For Infants In Foster Care

State officials say too many infants experience psychological trauma when they’re removed from their homes and put into foster care.

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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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