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  1. Food stamp cuts to hit Michigan, 3 other states

    Cuts to the nation's food stamp program enacted this year are only affecting four states, far from the sweeping overhaul that Republicans had pushed.

  2. Political insider: Republican's tax issue an election season punching bag

    The Michigan Democratic Party has found its political punching bag this year, and his name is Rich Baird.

    • 10:38 AM, Sep. 17, 2014
    • POLITICS+GOVERNMENT
    • Politics-State

    Michigan human services director to leave post after 4 years

    Maura Corrigan will retire as head of Michigan's Human Services Department at year's end, completing a four-year commitment she made when she took the job, a spokeswoman for Gov. Rick Snyder confirmed Tuesday.

    • 1:54 PM, Sep. 16, 2014
    • POLITICS+GOVERNMENT
    • Politics-State

    Aramark prison food contract sparks debate in Michigan Legislature

    Lansing Gov. Rick Snyder faced new questions Tuesday about having a private company provide prison food following the arrest of an employee of contractor Aramark Correctional Services on suspicion of drug smuggling.

  3. Bentivolio 'seriously considering' write-in campaign

    U.S. Rep. Kerry Bentivolio is 'seriously considering' a write-in campaign for Congress after suffering a huge double-digit loss in the GOP primary a month ago, he told Lansing newsletter MIRS.

  4. Snyder orders flags lowered for late fire official

    Lansing Gov. Rick Snyder has ordered flags lowered in honor of a Kalkaska County fire official who died after responding to an emergency call.

    • 11:32 PM, Sep. 14, 2014
    • POLITICS+GOVERNMENT
    • Politics-State

    Peters won't sell stock in oil company

    Southfield U.S. Rep. Gary Peters has no intention of selling stock in an oil company that produces a petroleum byproduct he has sought to regulate, despite criticism he's taking from Republicans in Michigan's U.S.

  5. Gov. Snyder as you've never heard him before

    The governor who ran four years ago as 'one tough nerd' suddenly sounds different. In his last two campaign commercials, Rick Snyder's voice is deeper.

    • 7:24 PM, Sep. 12, 2014
    • POLITICS+GOVERNMENT
    • Politics-State

    State prisons chief canceled $98K fine against food service contractor Aramark

    Democratic gubernatorial challenger Mark Schauer charged Friday that the Snyder administration 'lied' by not willingly revealing a $98,000 fine was rescinded against Aramark for problems with prison food service and ramped up his criticism of the $145 million contract.

    • 4:57 PM, Sep. 12, 2014
    • POLITICS+GOVERNMENT
    • Politics-State

    Snyder signs tax fix bill to avert $1B hole in budget

    Lansing Gov. Rick Snyder signed into a law Friday a bill designed to close a loophole in Michigan's former business tax that could have made the state liable for more than $1 billion in tax refunds to out-of-state corporations.

    • 10:44 AM, Sep. 11, 2014
    • POLITICS+GOVERNMENT
    • Politics-State

    Portman says Michigan senate seat 'winnable' for GOP

    Washington Sen. Rob Portman, who is vice chairman of the party's U.S. campaign arm, says the Michigan Senate seat is still 'winnable' despite polls showing Democrat Rep. Gary Peters leading.

    • 3:25 PM, Sep. 10, 2014
    • POLITICS+GOVERNMENT
    • Politics-State

    Michigan lawmakers pass measure to prevent $1B budget problem

    The Senate approved legislation today that repairs a loophole in Michigan's former business tax that could have created as much as a $1-billion budget problem for the state.

    • 11:39 PM, Sep. 10, 2014
    • POLITICS+GOVERNMENT
    • Politics-State

    Bolger resists bills to protect gays, lesbians

    Democratic lawmakers introduced legislation Wednesday that would protect gays and lesbians from being fired because of their sexual orientation as new polling suggests a majority of voters strongly support adding the protections to Michigan's civil rights law.

  6. Political insider: Personal finances central issue in Mich. gubernatorial race

    On the campaign trail and in TV ads, Democrat Mark Schauer has railed on Republican Gov. Rick Snyder for delivering businesses a $1.8 billion tax cut, 'even if they send jobs overseas.'

  7. Bill lets drivers with old fines do community service instead

    Lansing The Michigan Legislature has approved a bill to let drivers who owe extra 'responsibility' fees for certain offenses do 10 hours of community service instead.

  8. Milliken endorses Snyder, which may boost effort to woo independents

    Lansing Gov. Rick Snyder's efforts to woo independent voters received a boost Tuesday when former Gov. William Milliken endorsed his re-election.

  9. Michigan House votes to avert $1.1B loss

    Lansing Michigan would keep an estimated $1.1 billion it is at risk of being forced to refund to out-of-state companies under a bill approved Tuesday by the ...

  10. Michigan clerks warned over absentee ballot applications

    Lansing The Michigan elections bureau has issued a warning about problems with a new Democratic Party program that lets voters apply online for absentee ballots, ...

    • 11:15 PM, Sep. 9, 2014
    • POLITICS+GOVERNMENT
    • Politics-State

    Top Snyder aide demands Michigan AFL-CIO head retract 'false and derogatory statements'

    Lansing A top aide to Gov. Rick Snyder has demanded that the head of the Michigan State AFL-CIO and two newspapers retract the union leader's 'false and derogatory ...

    • 6:24 PM, Sep. 8, 2014
    • POLITICS+GOVERNMENT
    • Politics-State

    Former GOP leader assails Schauer's campaign expenses

    Lansing Former Michigan Republican Party Chairman Saul Anuzis is going after Democrat Mark Schauer for a handful of campaign expenses paid for by public funds in the ...

    • 11:43 PM, Sep. 8, 2014
    • POLITICS+GOVERNMENT
    • Politics-State

    Hospitalized, U.S. Rep. Dingell tweets, watches Lions game from hospital bed

    Rep. John Dingell, the nation's longest serving member of Congress, was hospitalized late Sunday after suffering abdominal pain, his office said today.

    • 10:05 PM, Sep. 7, 2014
    • POLITICS+GOVERNMENT
    • Politics-State

    Mich. GOP incumbents Schuette, Johnson lead in fundraising

    Lansing Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette has out-raised his Democratic opponent 12-to-1 and entered the fall election season with four times as much money on ...

    • 5:29 PM, Sep. 5, 2014
    • POLITICS+GOVERNMENT
    • Politics-State

    Snyder defends tax on pensions, downplays $1.8B tax cut to businesses

    Lansing Gov. Rick Snyder downplayed Friday the significance of the $1.8 billion tax cut he delivered to businesses in 2011 and defended his decision to levy the income ...

    • 1:41 PM, Sep. 5, 2014
    • POLITICS+GOVERNMENT
    • Politics-State

    Anti-obesity initiative expanded for Michigan school children

    Madison Heights An anti-child obesity program, backed by the state, Blue Cross Blue Shield Michigan, Wayne State University and the University of Michigan, ...

  11. Judge: Michigan teachers should be able to exit union anytime

    Michigan's largest teachers' union should allow members to resign at any time and stop enforcing an annual one-month opt-out window, a state labor judge ruled, ...

    • 11:08 PM, Sep. 4, 2014
    • POLITICS+GOVERNMENT
    • Politics-State

    Snyder holds $800K cash advantage over Schauer in governor's race

    Lansing Gov. Rick Snyder has a campaign cash advantage over Democratic challenger Mark Schauer heading into the final nine weeks of the general election race.

    • 2:32 PM, Sep. 4, 2014
    • POLITICS+GOVERNMENT
    • Politics-State

    Snyder to answer questions Friday on WDET call-in show

    Lansing Gov. Rick Snyder may not end up sharing a debate stage with Democrat Mark Schauer this fall, but the Republican incumbent will answer questions from ...

  12. Michigan Democrats launch online ballot-application tool

    Detroit Democrats are launching a new tool they say will allow Michigan voters to apply online for absentee ballots in communities across the state.

    • 11:08 PM, Sep. 4, 2014
    • POLITICS+GOVERNMENT
    • Politics-State

    Ballot language approved for wolf hunting referendums

    Lansing The State Board of Canvassers approved the language Thursday for two Nov. 4 ballot referendums seeking to overturn laws that allow wolf hunting in Michigan.

  13. Michigan agrees to settle lawsuit over sex-abuse case

    Detroit The state has agreed to pay $850,000 to settle a lawsuit by a Detroit-area couple who were charged in a sex-abuse case involving their autistic ...

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