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GOP Gubernatorial Candidates Hold First Debate

Eight of the 10 candidates for the Republican gubernatorial nomination met for a debate in Oakland County last night. Frontrunner James Craig was not among them. He withdrew, citing a previous commitment. Donna Brandenburg was the other missing candidate.  The event remained relatively low key, with most of the criticism …

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Term Limits/Financial Disclosure Amendment Heads to November Ballot

Michigan voters will have a chance to relax the state’s strict legislative term limits in the November election. In a surprise move yesterday, both the state House and Senate passed resolutions that will allow the proposal to be placed on the ballot without the need for supporters to turn in …

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Statewide Tornado Alert Test Today

Michigan authorities will conduct a statewide tornado drill this afternoon. If all goes as planned, at 1:00 radio stations will air Emergency Alert System tones and messages. Community warning sirens will sound, and messages will be delivered to enabled cell phones. It’s just a test – part of Michigan’s Severe …

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SNAP Recipients to Get March Supplement

All Michigan families who are eligible for food assistance benefits will receive additional money again this month to help deal with the escalating cost of groceries. Payments of at least $95 per family will be made as separate deposits into recipients’ Bridge Card accounts. The additional assistance will help approximately …

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Whitmer Rejects Gas Tax Suspension, Income Tax Reduction Bills

Michigan’s road tax on gasoline sales will stay in place, at least for now. Governor Gretchen Whitmer on Friday promised to veto a bill passed by the Republican-controlled legislature that was designed to suspend the 27-cent-per-gallon levy for six months. However, the bill did not earn enough support in the …

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Michigan House strips governor’s ability to use emergency powers

The Michigan House joined the State Senate in acting on the Unlock Michigan initiative Wednesday. The legislature has the ability to take up any issue set to go before voters through the petition process, and it does not require the governor’s signature. The approval formally rescinds the 1945 Emergency Powers …

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Governor unveils “Vacc to Normal” plan

At a Thursday morning press conference, Governor Gretchen Whitmer offered several carrots to try and entice Michiganders to get vaccinated. For every threshold met, restrictions will be relaxed. If 55% of eligible adults get their first shot, two weeks later the state’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration will lift the …

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Michigan court rules Secretary of State violated law

Michigan Court of Claims Judge Christopher Murray rendered a decision that will not fully appease either side in the state’s most prominent lawsuit regarding the 2020 general election. Allegan County Clerk Robert Genetski and the Michigan GOP were seeking a full forensic audit of all absentee ballots to see if …

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First guilty plea in kidnapping plot filed

Ty Garbin pled guilty in Wednesday to charges of planning to kidnap Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer. He is the first to do so, among six men charged in the case. Garbin entered the plea in US federal court for the Western District of Michigan in Grand Rapids. It was accepted …

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Trade Group Says Indoor Restaurant Service Could Resume Soon

Indoor dining in Michigan restaurants could resume February 1st. The Michigan Licensed Beverage Association said yesterday that it expects Governor Gretchen Whitmer to confirm the date at a press conference today.  The announcement said the MLBA is disappointed that the indoor dining shutdown will remain in place for another half-month, …

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