state government

7:44 pm
Sun July 28, 2013

Michigan at 20 year low for female lawmakers

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Women hold four seats in Michigan Senate, 28 in House
LANSING, MI -- When Gretchen Whitmer first earned a seat in the Michigan Senate, she joined 11 other women in the upper chamber. It was a historic high for the state, prompting a bipartisan celebration on the floor. Female lawmakers posed for a group photo. Republicans and Democrats exchanged high fives.
7:27 am
Wed July 17, 2013

Secretary of State says Michigan ready for online registration, no reason absentee voting

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Michigan law currently requires voters to give a "valid excuse" to get an absentee ballot
LANSING, MI -- If the legislature is willing, Secretary of State Ruth Johnson says Michigan is ready for online registration and no-reason absentee voting. Johnson, who joined MLive Media Group for a live chat Tuesday in our downtown Lansing hub, said that existing technology and security measures within her office could allow for expanded voter access without jeopardizing election integrity.
7:53 am
Tue July 16, 2013

"Right to work" questions surround state contract talks

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State Supreme Court has refused to weigh in on issue before it goes through lower courts
Before negotiators even approach a bargaining table later this summer, state officials and the unions that represent 36,000 state workers are still at odds over one key issue: Do Michigan's new right-to-work laws apply to civil service employees?
Immigration reform
7:31 am
Tue July 16, 2013

Congressman Fred Upton discusses immigration, student loans and more

File photo of cherry farmer Patrick McGuire of Atwood. He says the immigration controversy has caused a labor shortage
Credit The Associated Press

West Michigan Congressman Fred Upton says he expects the House to take up immigration reform in separate bills as opposed to comprehensive legislation. 

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2:33 pm
Mon July 15, 2013

Schauer: Gov. Snyder's leadership a failure

Democratic candidate for governor Mark Schauer
Credit WMUK

Former congressman and state lawmaker Mark Schauer says he decided to launch his campaign for governor because Republican Rick Snyder has not been the moderate governor that Michigan voters had hoped for. Schauer was interviewed Monday for the WMUK program WestSouthwest. The Battle Creek Democrat says on a number of issues, including taxing pension income and “right to work”, Snyder has catered to the right wing of the Republican Party.

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