State Government

LANSING — His website essentially has been taken down. His phone number goes straight to voice mail. And embattled state Sen. Virgil Smith isn't expected back to Lansing this week. The Detroit Democrat is facing three felonies and a misdemeanor in connection with a non-fatal shooting involving his ex-wife — specifically, her Mercedes —outside of his Detroit home more than a week ago. (Detroit Free Press)

A portion of the I-94 business loop in Battle Creek will be named for Detective LaVern Brann. Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder signed legislation Monday renaming the highway the Detective LaVern S. Brann Memorial Highway. (Battle Creek Enquirer)

Lansing — Smokers and drinkers paid more taxes last year than Michigan companies paid in net business income taxes — a new development that's likely to inflame a raging legislative debate about the fairness of the state's tax code. (Detroit News)


(MPRN-Lansing) State lawmakers are a step closer to giving Flint mayoral candidates another shot at getting on the primary ballot. A state Senate panel unanimously approved a one-time legislative fix on Thursday. 

Kevin Lavery, WKAR

Western Michigan University Political Science Professor Peter Wielhouwer says compromise is the nature of politics. But he says Republicans who have made a commitment not to raise taxes are "in a box" on the issue of road funding.