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Unions fight GOP effort to seize power over schools

BY: - December 5, 2018

As the frenzied-pace Lame Duck session continues, state GOP lawmakers are looking to maximize their power and influence over schools before Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is sworn in. But teacher unions are fighting back.

Enbridge pipeline plan flows to Michigan House

BY: - December 5, 2018

With almost no debate, the state Senate approved legislation that would create a three-person panel to finalize a deal between Gov. Rick Snyder and a major Canadian energy company to keep oil flowing through the Great Lakes.

A meeting on third-grade reading standards

Detroit groups work to prepare kids for new 3rd grade reading law

BY: - December 5, 2018

Fewer than half of Michigan third-graders earned a proficient score or higher on the English language arts test, according to results from the 2018 Michigan Student Test of Educational Progress, better known as M-STEP.

Former lawmaker leading economic opportunity nonprofit slams GOP-led Lame Duck assault

BY: - December 5, 2018

A former longtime state lawmaker who now leads a nonprofit policy institute focused on economic opportunity is dismayed by the frenetic Lame Duck session.

Michigan Senate votes to deregulate small wetlands

BY: - December 5, 2018

The Michigan Senate voted Tuesday on legislation to deregulate small wetlands currently protected by the state.

Snyder scales back constituent relations for transition

BY: - December 4, 2018

Gov. Rick Snyder’s constituent relations team is scaling back certain features it offered during the transition to Democratic Gov.-elect Gretchen Whitmer, but the office is still open, according to his spokesman.

Lawmakers walk out amid protest after panel advances bills cramping powers of new governor, AG

BY: - December 4, 2018

A controversial bill to allow the Michigan Legislature to “intervene” in any state legal case moved forward after a House committee ending hearing ended early due to protest, all while a false alarm bomb scare played out one block away.

Police inspect ‘suspicious package’ near Capitol during tense Lame Duck

BY: - December 4, 2018

Law enforcement cleared a threat from a “suspicious package” at the Michigan Capitol this afternoon after police allowed people to return to the Binsfeld Office Building adjacent to where the Legislature meets.

‘I’m insulted’: Service industry worker berates Michigan lawmakers over minimum wage, sick time maneuvers

BY: - December 4, 2018

Longtime service industry worker Tracy Pease told House members on Tuesday morning that she was “insulted” by GOP maneuvering to override citizens who supported a minimum wage increase via ballot proposal. The comments came during a hearing of the GOP-led House Competitiveness Committee, in which members voted along party lines to advance legislation that would […]

Koch think tank leads legal push with big implications for Great Lakes

BY: - December 4, 2018

A conservative think tank founded and led by one of the Koch brothers is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to weigh in on a case that could determine whether people have the right to walk along Great Lakes shorelines.

New bill could trash part of Milliken’s environmental legacy

BY: - December 4, 2018

The “bottle bill” was a key part of GOP former Gov. William Milliken’s environmental legacy.

Fish out of water: ‘Soapy’ Williams was an environmentalist before it was cool

BY: - December 4, 2018

G. Mennen “Soapy” Williams, the lanky, bow-tied, Michigan governor of the late 1940s and 1950s, is generally remembered as a progressive who supported civil rights and fought for the “little guy.”