politics and government

DeVos vote polarizes Michigan education advocates

Feb 6, 2017
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After narrowly making it out of a US Senate committee, the confirmation of U.S. Secretary of Education nominee Betsy DeVos is scheduled for a full Senate vote early this week.

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The city of Escanaba is taking on big box stores in the Michigan Supreme Court. The city says the home improvement store Menards is dodging taxes.

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The state Senate has adopted a criminal justice overhaul that aims to improve public safety by sending fewer people to prison.

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The campaign for the Lansing city council this year is beginning to take shape. WKAR will talk with the candidates as they emerge, and we begin today with Jim DeLine. He retired last year as Lansing’s internal auditor, and he hopes to bring what he calls his “deep financial background” to the council.

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The so-called “tampon tax” has got to go. That’s the message of lawmakers in both chambers of the state Legislature.

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Michigan and Louisiana are the only two states that don’t apply their public records laws to the legislature and the governor’s office. A bipartisan group of Michigan lawmakers have rolled out bills to change that.

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Tuesday night's rally at The Rock at MSU brought hundreds together in opposition to President Trump's recent executive order barring immigrants and refugees from select countries.

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Gov. Rick Snyder says President Trump has opened a “much-needed” national conversation on immigration with his order that limits travel from seven majority-Muslim nations.

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Lawmakers are considering a repeal of a law that allows the state to shut down low-performing schools.

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Efforts to build a memorial to fallen law enforcement officers is a step closer to reality with a large corporate donation.

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Attorneys in Michigan and elsewhere are still trying to get information about and access to people detained at ports of entry. That’s after Friday’s immigration order signed by President Trump.

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What are the takeaways from Michigan news in January? That’s what we attend to every 30 days on Current State’s Month in Review.

Spitzley chosen to lead Lansing city council

Jan 24, 2017
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After four tries, the Lansing City Council finally has a new president. The council unanimously selected Patricia Spitzley.

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Michigan Senators are making a big push for prison and parole reform this year. Over 20 of the 52 bills introduced during session last week were about criminal justice changes.

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A federal judge has rejected Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette’s request to weigh in on a lawsuit related to the Flint water crisis, and said “superficial posturing” might be delaying a resolution.

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