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Lawmaker holiday, charter schools cap, health care. The guest is Saginaw Representative Stacy Erwin Oakes (D), discussing changes to Michigan's medical marijuana law. Kathy Barks Hoffman, Susan Demas and Chris Christoff join senior capitol correspondent Tim Skubick.

Gov. Snyder moves toward sending an Emergency Manager to Detroit, and signs an anti-bullying bill; and labor cries foul as the GOP changes Michigan's workers comp law.

The guest is Brandon Jessup of Michigan Forward, trying to block
implementation of the Emergency Manager law.

Stephanie Cepak, Kyle Melinn and Ron Dzwonkowski join senior capitol correspondent Tim Skubick.

CORRESPONDENTS EDITION: Senate passes anti-bullying bill, Republicans move to lift limit on charter schools, and how will the governor handle the Detroit deficit?

Rick Pluta, Bill Ballenger, and Chris Christoff join senior capitol correspondent Tim Skubick.

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Governor Snyder struggles with the Tea Party, and the panel discusses what issues lawmakers will tackle after the Thanksgiving holiday. The guest is former representative Paul Scott-R.

Scott was recalled from office November 8th after serving three years in the Michigan House.

Kyle Melinn, Bill Ballenger, and Rick Pluta join senior capitol correspondent Tim Skubick.

It's a Correspondents Edition. The hot topics this week in Michigan politics: the recall of GOP lawmaker Paul Scott, the GOP presidential debate held Wednesday in Detroit, and the battle over a bullying bill. Kathy Barks Hoffman, Bill Ballenger and Kyle Melinn join senior capitol correspondent Tim Skubick.

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Michigan's economic health gets a high ranking from Bloomberg News and a sales tax hike is one idea being pushed to raise more money for roads.

The guest is Representative Paul Opsommer-R of DeWitt. He's chair of the House Transportation Committee.

Stephanie Cepak, Chris Christoff, and Dawson Bell join senior capitol correspondent Tim Skubick.

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A Michigan House committee approves changes to the no-fault car insurance law and the state finds extra cash on hand.

The guest is Tim Beck of the Michigan Association of Compassion Centers. He's concerned about efforts to change the Medical Marijuana law.

Kathy Barks Hoffman, Kyle Melinn, and Rick Pluta join senior capitol correspondent Tim Skubick.

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GOP votes for Detroit-Windsor bridge to hard find, Tea Party public support declining, and state collects $285 million in extra revenue. The guest is Rep. Mike Shirkey-R.

Rep. Shirkey-R serves on the Commerce and Health policy committees and is pushing Right to Work legislation.

Susan Demas, Bill Ballenger, and Zachary Gorchow join senior capitol correspondent Tim Skubick.

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Senate votes to end lifetime health care benefits for some, Snyder will run again in 2012, and GOP Senate candidates release fundraising figures. The guest is Rep. Mark Ouimet-R.

Rep. Ouimet serves on the House Tax Policy Committee and is helping to write a local government consolidation measure.

Stephanie Cepak, Paul Egan, and Rick Pluta join senior capitol correspondent Tim Skubick.

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Hoekstra announces plans to run for U.S. Senate, MI Senate Majority leader Richardville calls for a teachers-only Right to Work law, and Governor Snyder says Michigan needs to lose some weight.

The guest is Michigan Education Association president Steve Cook.

Kathy Barks-Hoffman, Stephanie Cepak, and Bill Ballenger join senior capitol correspondent Tim Skubick.

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The Supreme Court hears the pension tax case, medical marijuana users rally at the state capitol, and Mark Gaffney is stepping down as head of the AFL-CIO.

The guest is Sen. Randy Richardville-R, Senate Majority Leader. Formerly an economic development director, Richardville has served six years in the Michigan House and four years in the Senate.

Chris Christoff, Kathy Barks Hoffman, and Zachary Gorchow join senior capitol correspondent Tim Skubick.

Gov. Snyder endorses Hoekstra for U.S. Senate, a new educator could receive a hefty salary, and Michigan lawmakers return.

The guest is Peter Konetchy, Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate. A small business owner from Roscommon, this is Konetchy's first foray into politics.

Kathy Barks Hoffman, Bill Ballenger and Rick Pluta join senior capitol correspondent Tim Skubick.

It's a Correspondents Edition. Tim Skubick and his guests discuss the medical marijuana law and the hit it took this week, public employees paying more for health care, a welfare cap, and a new twist in the bridge-to-Canada debate. With Stephanie Cepak, Bill Ballenger, Kyle Melinn, and Chris Christoff.

Governor Snyder asks for a ruling on the state's emergency manager law, Michigan has too many judges, and schools of choice is in trouble. The guest is Randall Hekman (R).

Randall Hekman is a Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate. He served 15 years as a juvenile court judge.

Kathy Barks Hoffman, Susan Demas, and John Lindstrom join senior capitol correspondent Tim Skubick.

Governor Snyder's pension tax heads to the Supreme Court and Durant vs. Hoekstra. The guest is Mark Brewer (D).

Mark Brewer has been the chair of the Michigan Democratic Party since 1995, making him the longest serving state democratic party chair in the country.

Stephanie Cepak, Rick Pluta, and Kyle Melinn join senior capitol correspondent Tim Skubick.

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