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A look back at our most impactful Michigan government coverage of 2019

Dana Nessel, Michigan’s brash attorney general, plows through Lansing
A profile of the Democrat, who has turned her liberal politics into policy as attorney general.
She’s systematically reversed the state’s legal posture on abortion, the environment and LGBTQ rights set by her conservative predecessor Bill Schuette; joined other states in challenging Trump administration policies; thrown shade at the lawmaking skills of state Republicans, and, for good measure, taken on the Catholic church.

Michigan lawmakers award $10M for project benefiting former GOP chair
On the last day of the 2018 legislative session, Michigan’s Republican-dominated Legislature approved a $10 million grant to bring water and sewer lines to land owned by a company led by the former chairman of the Michigan Republican Party.

From pastor’s son to power broker, Lee Chatfield takes Lansing
Lee Chatfield became speaker of the House at 31. A look at Chatfield, who
grew up steeped in faith, service and small-government philosophy in a small town in northern Michigan.

Michigan secretary of state promised 30-minute waits. Lines are worse.
Jocelyn Benson took office promising to shorten lines at secretary of state branch offices. Instead, a Bridge Magazine investigation shows they grew longer during her first few months in office.

Meet the ex-drug cop who now helps regulate Michigan marijuana
Former Michigan State Police trooper Don Bailey served on a medical marijuana licensing board and became a lightning rod for its slow pace. The profile examines who some call a moral obstructionist who regulates an industry he wish didn’t exist.

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