Politics

LANSING, MI - Freshman state Rep. Cindy Gamrat, R-Plainwell, has been indefinitely removed from the Michigan House Republican caucus. Gamrat, a tea party favorite, allegedly broke caucus confidentiality rules by posting a comment on Facebook during an off-campus budget workshop on Wednesday afternoon. (MLive)

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(Lansing-MPRN) A group of 20- and 30-something conservative activists is in Michigan to meet with state Republican leaders. The goal of Young Conservatives for Freedom to Marry wants the party to adopt a change in its platform at the Republican National Convention in the summer of 2016. It wants the GOP to drop its opposition to same-sex marriage. 

LANSING, MI -- Michigan Proposal 1 will ask state residents to pay more to fix the state's crumbling roads, but some working poor may eventually see a modest tax break. The May 5 ballot measure, which seeks to raise the state sales tax and trigger a fuel tax increase, would also lead to expansion of the Michigan Earned Income Tax Credit, fully reversing a cut approved by Gov. Rick Snyder in 2011. (MLive)

WASHINGTON – Dr. Ben Carson, a renowned neurosurgeon who grew up in poverty in Detroit and a possible candidate for president in 2016, will return to the city early next month to make an announcement, his campaign office confirmed Monday. While the topic of the announcement was not revealed, it is likely linked to Carson's intentions regarding the Republican presidential nomination. Carson, 63, was the first high-profile Republican to formally enter the presidential process when he formed an exploratory committee in early March. (Detroit Free Press)

Detroit — Ohio Gov. John Kasich said Monday he’s not setting a timetable on when to decide whether to seek the Republican nomination for president. “I’m going to decide this when I want to decide it,” Kasich said at a Detroit Economic Club luncheon speech at Cobo Center. “I am seriously considering it.” (Detroit News)

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