Jake Neher

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


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.


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.


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


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.


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


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


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.


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


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


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


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

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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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Michigan voters have until eight o’clock Tuesday to cast their ballots in the midterm election.

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Voters head to the polls Tuesday– meaning the 2014 campaign season is coming to a close.

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The midterm election is just a few days away.

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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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On Election Day, eleven Michigan cities will consider legalizing small amounts of marijuana.


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

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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Former President Bill Clinton urged Democrats to get out the vote at a rally Wednesday in Flint.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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