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“The right to criticize government is also an obligation to know what you are taking about.” The quote is attributed to Lent Upson, the first executive director of what is now the Citizens Research Council. 

(MPRN-Lansing) Former state House Speaker Curtis Hertel has died at the age of 63. He is remembered by Democrats and Republicans as a leader willing to compromise to make government work. 


The state Legislature will kick off hearings on the Flint water crisis next week. The first hearing on Tuesday morning will focus on a report from the Michigan auditor general that looked into decisions that led to the crisis.

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Western Michigan University Political Science Professors John Clark and Peter Wielhouwer agree that Bernie Sanders’ win in Michigan’s Presidential Primary was surprising. But they say the nature of primary elections and difficulties in polling may explain why the Vermont Senator won despite Hillary Clinton’s large lead in pre-election polls. 

(MPRN-Undated) The Michigan Legislature has three new members after special elections on Tuesday.