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New rules for fracking disclosure in Michigan

New rules for fracking disclosure in Michigan

May 22, 2014 | Jacob Wheeler

Proposed rules require more testing around drilling sites and disclosure of the chemicals used by energy companies. Environmentalists call the rules a step forward, but not nearly enough to protect Michigan waters and public health.

Michigan gets serious about high cost of prisons

Michigan gets serious about high cost of prisons

April 15, 2014 | Ted Roelofs

Michigan prisons have increased seven-fold as a percentage of the state’s budget since 1980. Michigan also holds prisoners behind bars far longer than other states, a cost that conservatives say the state can no longer afford.

Judge haunted by 26-year-old conviction

Judge haunted by 26-year-old conviction

April 15, 2014 | Ted Roelofs

In 1988, Judge Norman Lippitt sentenced Karen Kantzler to life in prison for killing her husband, who she said was abusive. Lippitt never imagined she would actually spend her life behind bars.

Conservatives seek to lead on prison reform

Conservatives seek to lead on prison reform

April 15, 2014 | Ted Roelofs

Republicans are rethinking the wisdom of “tough-on-crime” formulas of the past, as they eye alternatives to incarceration.

Are Michigan’s restrictions on gay and abortion rights holding state back?

Are Michigan’s restrictions on gay and abortion rights holding state back?

March 6, 2014 | Chris Andrews

Recent restrictions on gay rights and abortion coverage in Michigan raise questions about whether these laws are stunting the state’s economic recovery, and making it more difficult to attract talent.

Gay and abortion rights laws at issue in Michigan

Gay and abortion rights laws at issue in Michigan

March 6, 2014 | Chris Andrews

Debate over gay and abortion rights has been percolating in the Michigan Legislature and courts for years. Here are some key issues and legislation that have framed the debate

What Michigan women want

What Michigan women want

March 6, 2014 | Chris Andrews

New restrictions on abortion ignite debate over state’s ability to attract women to Michigan jobs

Tom McMillin: Tea Party conservative, ACLU sympathizer

Tom McMillin: Tea Party conservative, ACLU sympathizer

February 20, 2014 | David Ashenfelter

Anti-tax. Anti-gay. Anti-Obamacare. That’s all you need to know about brash Tea Party favorite Tom McMillin. Or is it? A growing chorus of progressives are finding common bond with the Rochester Hills Republican.

What Tom McMillin wants

What Tom McMillin wants

February 20, 2014 | David Ashenfelter

The brash Republican hasn’t had much legislation signed into law, but it’s not for lack of effort. McMillin’s nearly 200 bills and resolutions span the political spectrum, from deeply conservative efforts to restrict abortion and gay rights, to strange-bedfellows alliances with the ACLU and progressive Democrats on civil liberties issues.

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