March 19 2013
Tuesday, March 19 —Former Rep. Joan Bauer will not run for the state Senate in 2014, saying in a Facebook post on Tuesday afternoon that she wants to "explore other options and also want to spend...
March 18 2013
Tuesday, May 3 — If you're as mad as I am about Tuesday's millage going down in flames, don't waste your time lashing out at the 52.23 percent of Lansing voters who put a black mark through "no"...
March 13 2013
Friday, Aug. 3 — It was bound to only last so long. The friendly but competitive Democratic primary in the 69th House District turned chippy today when Sam Singh accused opponent Susan Schmidt of...
Feb. 6 2013
Ingham County Register of Deeds Curtis Hertel Jr., is positioning himself for a 2014 state Senate race to replace term-limited Sen. Gretchen Whitmer, D-East Lansing, multiple sources have confirmed
Jan. 23 2013
President Barack Obama last week laid out what were reportedly "the most expansive gun-control policies" in generations. In Lansing, state Rep. Andy Schor is preparing to introduce his own gun control...
Jan. 9 2013
Just when you thought Gov. Rick Snyder and the Republican-led Legislature's 2011 mojo petered out in 2012, out pops right to work, the phase-out of the Personal Property Tax, the long-sought regional transit...
Dec. 19 2012
It was midnight last Thursday, I think, when I got around to compiling a list of some 20 bills my MIRS team and I needed to track going into the last day of an already overly active lame duck in the Michigan...
Dec. 12 2012
Sorry, Democrats. Gov. Rick Snyder and his Republican elves in the legislature are leaving no presents under your tree this Christmas
Dec. 5 2012
Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero reaffirmed to me last week he's running for a third term next year, hoping to become the fifth chief executive in the city's history to serve more than 10 years
Nov. 21 2012
Organized labor took it on the chin on Election Day, and now it's getting ready for a legislative haymaker that could send the movement back in Michigan to the 1930s
Nov. 7 2012
The rise of Tim Greimel, who is expected to be named the Democrats' new leader in the state House of Representatives, has been nothing less than fascinating. Greimel, of Pontiac, a former Oakland County...
Oct. 24 2012
Lansing's four major television networks are seeing more than $5 million in revenue this campaign season. But it's not as much as the stations hoped — and not as much as it could have been
Oct. 10 2012
During Paul Ryan’s Rochester visit Monday, Republican U.S. Senate candidate Pete Hoekstra took the microphone to plead for money. He's got a new television commercial and not a lot of money to buy...
Oct. 3 2012
No campaign season is truly complete without the biennial "voter suppression/secure vote" scrum that Democrats and Republicans can't help but roll around, particularly when they smell a close election....
Sept. 19 2012
Medical marijuana advocates are tired of the Republican-led Legislature and Attorney General Bill Schuette chipping away at the 2008 voter-initiated law. Today they're planning on letting them know
Sept. 12 2012
This presents a real problem for Michigan Republicans because a loss of Romney enthusiasm in 2012 could be catastrophic. Proposal 2, the collective bargaining constitutional guarantee that would throw...
Sept. 5 2012
The sleepy 67th state House District is in slumber no more. Democrat House candidate Tom Cochran wound up and swung at Republican Jeff Oesterle where it hurt during the "City Pulse Newsmakers" program...
Aug. 31 2012
One state Supreme Court decision is the only thing standing in the way of a constitutional collective bargaining guarantee being officially tossed off the November ballot. You hear that giant swirling...
Aug. 29 2012
For all the noise Tea Party activists are making within the Republican Party these days, you'd think this hodge-podge collection of every spectrum of conservatism imaginable would be kicking butt at the...
Aug. 15 2012
This November we're getting potentially six constitutional amendments and one referendum because a few deep-pocketed entities see money to be made or, in the case of organized labor, higher membership...

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