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Michigan Democrats stay quiet in lame duck. Some say it’s part of a plan.

December 11, 2018 | Riley Beggin, Lindsay VanHulle

Party activists want Gretchen Whitmer and other incoming Dems to lash out as Republicans seek to rein in their power. But party insiders urge patience as they try to limit damage and quietly seek vetoes from Gov. Snyder.

From Arkansas, a warning to Michigan on Medicaid work rules

December 11, 2018 | Ted Roelofs

The first state to put a Medicaid work mandate in place has purged 12,000 people from its rolls in just a few months. Would Michigan meet the same fate if its federal waiver is approved?

Hostility for the holidays: The lame history of Michigan's lame duck

December 10, 2018 | Ted Roelofs

Michigan is one of only eight states that put no end date on its annual legislative calendar.

Michigan Republicans advance bills on campaign finance, voting, education

December 6, 2018 | Lindsay VanHulle

Spoiler alert: Democrats aren’t happy

Michigan Senate GOP moves bills enacting Props 2 and 3, despite objections

December 5, 2018 | Lindsay VanHulle, Riley Beggin

Republicans say they are setting processes in place for a commission to oversee political redistricting, as well as reforms such as same-day voting. Proponents suspect an ulterior motive.

How divisive is Michigan lame duck? Dems and GOP can’t even agree on puppies

December 5, 2018 | Ron French

A bill working its way through the Legislature would stop local communities from banning the sale of puppies at pet stores – puppies that animal rights groups say sometimes come from puppy mills.

Michigan GOP moves bills that foes say will weaken incoming Democrats’ power

December 5, 2018 | Riley Beggin

Republican-introduced legislation would create a new bipartisan commission responsible for campaign finance regulation, removing the power from the Secretary of State’s office.

Michigan GOP to public unions: Recertify every two years or die

December 5, 2018 | Lindsay VanHulle

A fast-tracked bill pushed by Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof resembles a policy gaining steam by a conservative free-market group. Workers deserve choices, he says.

Michigan minimum wage, sick leave bills dismantled. Will Gov. Snyder sign?

December 4, 2018 | Lindsay VanHulle

The bills passed Tuesday in the House gut laws to raise Michigan’s minimum wage and require employers to offer paid sick leave. One prominent lawmaker says governor has promised to sign the bills.

Lame duck Michigan legislators aim to shape redistricting over protests

December 4, 2018 | Riley Beggin

Supporters of the group behind Michigan’s new redistricting commission are livid over a bill that would define political party affiliations for the new system.

On wild day, Michigan lawmakers move to give themselves lawsuit power

December 4, 2018 | Riley Beggin

Amid protests and a bomb scare, Republican lawmakers advance a bill to allow the Legislature to intervene in lawsuits.

Republican bills would snatch power over Michigan schools from Democrats

December 4, 2018 | Ron French

The legislation would create a new education commission that Gov. Snyder would largely fill as he exits office, and before Democrats take over the governor’s office and state board of education

Michigan House poised to dismantle Michigan sick leave, minimum wage laws

December 4, 2018 | Lindsay VanHulle

The House may vote as soon as Tuesday afternoon on bills that would largely gut citizen-pushed laws to raise Michigan’s minimum wage and require employers to offer paid sick leave. Gov. Rick Snyder hasn’t said if he will sign.

You can smoke pot in Michigan but not buy it. What you need to know.

December 4, 2018 | Riley Beggin

Thursday marks the first day adult Michiganders can legally smoke recreational marijuana. Where they’ll get it? That’s another story. Here are 9 things you need to know about the new law.

Group behind Michigan paid sick leave vows 2020 ballot drive if law gutted

December 3, 2018 | Lindsay VanHulle

The group that spearheaded the state’s new paid sick leave law says it believes the arrival of Democratic Gov.-elect Gretchen Whitmer — and her veto pen — in January will help its chances of making the ballot in 2020.

Drama in Michigan lame-duck: Good government reform or naked power grab?

November 30, 2018 | Lindsay VanHulle

A flurry of bills from the GOP is sparking accusations that they’re trying to maintain as much power as possible before Democrats take over top statewide offices in January.

This Michigan lawmaker is pushing a bill that will save his business $9,000

November 30, 2018 | Jim Malewitz

A state representative who also owns a convenience store is crusading to dump Michigan’s bottle deposit law. Michigan has no law preventing lawmakers from passing laws that directly benefit them.

Michigan gerrymandering trial on for February; court cites ‘profound’ bias

November 30, 2018 | Joel Kurth

Emails, election results are enough for three-judge federal panel to rule that a League of Women Voters lawsuit challenging Republican redistricting maps in Michigan can go to trial

Gerrymandering 101: How voters favor Dems, but GOP keeps Michigan Legislature

November 29, 2018 | Mike Wilkinson

An analysis of statewide House and Senate races shows how Michigan Republicans kept control of both the House and Senate in the Nov. 6 election, despite receiving less votes than Democratic candidates statewide.

These maps show how Michigan Republicans kept power despite blue wave

November 29, 2018 | Mike Wilkinson

Explore how gerrymandering helped GOP keep control of Michigan’s House and Senate, even though Democrats got more votes.

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