SW Michigan

9:13 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

Schuette Kicks Off Re-Election Campaign While Same-Sex Court Fight Continues

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Mark Totten of Kalamazoo is vying for the Democratic nomination for Attorney General. He has been critical of Schuette's actions in the same-sex marriage case
Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette kicked off his re-election bid Monday with a stop in Oakland County, an effort overshadowed by the raging legal debate over same-sex marriage. Schuette held his announcement for a second four-year term at the Oakland County Republican Party offices at Square Lake Road and Woodward Avenue, just a few miles from the county courthouse where Democrat county Clerk Lisa Brown issued some 142 same-sex marriage licenses Saturday.
9:04 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

Portage Superintendent Gets Good Marks in First Evaluation From Board

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School Board says Mark Bielang is off to a good start
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
PORTAGE, MI - Portage Public Schools Superintendent Mark Bielang got all As on his first evaluation from the school board. The Board of Education on Monday issued its first evaluation of Bielang, who started as Portage superintendent last August after several years as superintendent of Paw Paw schools.
7:23 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley Backs Proposal for Part-Time Legislature

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Making Michigan Legislature part-time would require amending Michigan's Constitution
LANSING, MI -- Republican Lt. Gov. Brian Calley this weekend voiced support for a petition drive and potential ballot proposal seeking to make Michigan's Legislature a part-time affair. Calley, in an email to supporters, said he intended to vote for the proposal if it makes the ballot and noted that he, Dave Agema and Justin Amash introduced their own part-time Legislature bill when all three served in the state House in 2009.
7:18 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

Snyder Side-Steps Questions on Gay Marriage at Event in New York

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Governor says he's "not spending time on the issue"
Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder said he will follow however a federal judge rules on the legality of same-sex marriages in his state, and insisted he has never taken a public position on the issue. Snyder made the comments at a Bloomberg View forum with reporters in Manhattan on Monday.
7:42 am
Mon March 24, 2014

Tax Battle with New Covert Plant Moves to Court, Millions of Dollars at Stake

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If Tax Tribunal ruling stands, local governments would owe plant's owners millions of dollars in back taxes
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
PAW PAW, MI -- The Michigan Tax Tribunal has issued its last decision in the case of New Covert Generating Co. vs. Covert Township with a final ruling that rolls back the plant's taxes by 70 percent.

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