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Schuette running against the past

Here's a scoop: We already know who's on the ballot next year. Even though you won't see their names in the voting booth. Election 2018 is a little more than a year away but we are looking forward to the past.

The disappearing independent voter

Are you persuadable? A persuadable voter, that is. The research says, probably not. There's new research by political scientists at Berkeley and Stanford that says voters in general election campaigns are largely unpersuaded by political ads. And a lot of political pros say this matches with their experience in recent years.

Republicans and Democrats find something to agree on in Lansing

It's not always gridlock and stalemate in Lansing. The left and right seem to have come together to solve a lingering controversy. But, can it last? A plan in the state Legislature that would hurry up getting rid of driver responsibility fees appears to be on a fast track in Lansing. These fees are surcharges tacked onto traffic fines. Lawmakers approved them in 2003 in order to fill what was then a big hole in the state budget.

Does Trump help or hurt Michigan Republicans?

Michigan Republicans have packed their bags - and their hangovers - and returned home after a weekend of politics and partying on Mackinac Island. There was a lot of celebrating over the GOP sweep in 2016, including President Trump winning Michigan, the first Republican to do so in 28 years.

S(c)huette and Trump

Apparently, President Donald Trump and Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette agree: Spelling counts in their "winning" strategy. Schuette announced this past week that he's running for Governor in 2018 and Trump tweeted, and then had to retweet, a message of support.

Trott announces retirement from US House of Representatives

Representative David Trott announced Monday morning that he will not seek reelection in 2018. The announcement comes after speculation by various pundits and the retirement of two other Republican congressmen last week.

Republican lawmakers could deliver rare rebuke to Gov. Snyder

It's been 15 years since Michigan lawmakers reversed a Governor's veto but it could happen again this week when the Legislature returns to Lansing from its summer recess. Some members of the GOP are getting a little fed up with their fellow Republican Governor Rick Snyder and they want to try and muster the two-thirds majority needed to override his veto of a bill they passed earlier this year. It was a pretty innocuous piece of legislation that accelerated tax breaks for car buyers who trade in

Candidates eyeing 2018 race for MI attorney general

Imagine a blind date without someone in the other chair. This week, we are on the political dating circuit, meeting some of Michigan's statewide hopefuls who will not appear on next year's August primary ballot. We're talking about ticket-building and why some candidates for statewide office aren't waiting until after next year's primaries to go public with their aspirations.

Can lawbreaking lawmakers keep their jobs?

Can a politician who breaks the law be forced to quit his job and be ordered not to run again? That question could interrupt the Michigan Supreme Court's summer recess.

Groups trying to ban fracking, legalize marijuana, and shut down Line 5 all face the same challenge

The Michigan Supreme Court this week said "not yet" to a group trying to stop fracking in Michigan . The group, The Committee to Ban Fracking in Michigan, is now on its third attempt to get a question on the ballot to ban the controversial process used to drill hard-to-reach pockets of natural gas.

Groups trying to ban fracking, legalize marijuana, and shut down Line 5 all face the same challenge

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