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If you’re expelled or resign from your seat in the legislature, you shouldn’t get to run for the seat you vacated. That’s the logic behind a bill making progress in Lansing.

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Some Democrats in the state House want to make literacy a constitutional right. But not everyone is onboard.

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Saying “I am ready to get started,” Lansing city council member Judi Brown-Clarke announced Thursday she is a candidate for mayor. 

The Olympic medal winner said she’s received encouragement to run for the post from “across the city.”

She said she will roll out a detailed plan to move the city forward “very shortly.”

Brown-Clarke says a priority would be to cultivate regionalism.

“There’s absolutely no way we can accomplish what we’re attempting to without regional cooperation and partnership,” she said.

Paid sick leave bills introduced by MI Democrats

Mar 2, 2017
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Democrats in Lansing and President Donald Trump may have finally found an issue they can agree on: paid sick leave.

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Advocates and lawmakers gathered Wednesday in Lansing with the message that there are too many people incarcerated and too few opportunities for inmates to reform themselves upon release.

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A federal lawsuit claims state prison guards joked and made a bet on whether an inmate would try to kill herself before she took her own life.

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President Trump addresses a joint session of Congress for the first time Tuesday, Feb. 28, around 9:00 PM ET.

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The State of Ingham County address is Wednesday night. The chairperson of the county board of commissioners, Sarah Anthony, will speak at the Potter Park Zoo.


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Lansing mayor Virg Bernero has released a statement saying that he has decided not to run for a fourth term.

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Michigan's two Democratic senators who have opposed many of the top nominees of President Donald Trump are facing extra heat before the Senate considers perhaps his most important pick of all — Judge Neil Gorsuch for the Supreme Court.

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Democrats have invited immigrants and foreigners to President Donald Trump's first address to Congress in an effort to put a face on those who could be hurt by the Republican's policies.

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Gov. Rick Snyder says the state will wait until May at the earliest to decide whether to close any of the state’s lowest-performing schools.

House GOP caucus divided after income tax cut fails

Feb 24, 2017
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There’s a lot of turmoil among Republicans in the state House right now. That’s after the GOP leadership took a get-tough approach on Republicans who refused to support an income tax rollback.

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The Republican-controlled Michigan House has failed to approve an income tax cut, rejecting the plan early Thursday after a lengthy session and the unsuccessful cajoling of some resistant members of the majority.

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Michigan House Republicans on Tuesday significantly revised their income tax cut plan, proposing to drop the 4.25 percent rate to 3.9 percent over four years and no longer calling for the tax to be phased out entirely over decades.

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