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Attorney General Schuette continues fight to end straight-ticket voting in Michigan

There is a saying in politics that three-quarters of what you do in a campaign doesn't matter — you just don't know which three quarters until after the campaign is over. That's because there are so many variables that can make a difference once the voting starts, so candidates, campaigns, and political parties do all they can to gain every marginal advantage.

Attorney General Schuette continues fight to end straight-ticket voting in Michigan

Republicans have a problem when talking about Michigan's economy

How much of a role will the state of Michigan's economy play in deciding your vote in November? Last week, the presidential candidates acted as if it might be a big deal as they both made stops in Michigan to deliver speeches on jobs and the economy. Michigan, and Detroit, in particular, remain economically emblematic. But there are two stories to tell and the candidates each packed a different one for the trip. The candidates brought very different impressions of how things are going here since the Great Recession, the bailout of the auto industry and manufacturing in general, and the Detroit bankruptcy. Republican nominee Donald Trump declared the American dream has "long ago vanished" in cities like Detroit. "It was like he was in a different place," retorted Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, and: "He is missing so much about what makes Michigan great!" Now, Trump was not all gloom and doom, and Clinton certainly acknowledged there are challenges and things that need to be fixed.

Trump and Clinton will both be in Michigan this week... but, why?

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are both coming to Michigan this week which begs the question: is Michigan in play come November?

2016's not over, but campaign for paid sick leave already eyeing 2018 ballot

After tomorrow's congressional and legislative primaries, just 97 days remain until Election Day 2016. Of course, it's never too early to look ahead to the 2018 elections and, at least one petition campaign is already making plans in that direction.

2016's not over, but campaign for paid sick leave already eyeing 2018 ballot

Gov. Snyder snubs Trump, but throws money to House GOP incumbents

Governor Rick Snyder says he's staying out of the presidential race this year, but he's not staying out of politics. This past week, Snyder's political operation picked more than a dozen Republicans to support in state races.

A botched roll-out for the new head of the scandal-plagued state Department of Environmental Quality

There's a new chief for the embattled state Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) but the effort to restore confidence to the agency that was a huge part of the Flint water crisis is off to a rocky start.

A botched roll-out for the new head of the scandal-plagued state Department of Environmental Quality

Michigan lawmakers set to meet at Capitol for fewest days in 14 years

The sultry days of summer are no break from politics. In fact, the state Legislature's summer recess is becoming a political wedge itself.

Michigan lawmakers set to meet at Capitol for fewest days in 14 years

Getting qualified school board candidates is next big step for Detroit schools overhaul

The latest re-invention of public schools in Detroit is underway with the state trying yet again to overhaul the district facing huge financial and academic difficulties. But it's still too early to declare victory. This new plan out of Lansing is without the support of legislative Democrats, the Detroit delegation and Mayor Mike Duggan. But it does return the Detroit public schools back to the control of a locally elected school board. This is coming after many state appointed emergency managers over seven years have tried but failed to turn around the district. This latest state plan is a taxpayer-funded bailout of the district but, remember, a lot of that debt was racked up while the district was being run by the state. So, now what's meant to happen is the old district will basically only be in existence to pay off millions and millions of dollars of debt. Using this state money from the bailout, a new Detroit Community Schools district will be created. And, as Governor Snyder says

Getting qualified school board candidates is next big step for Detroit schools overhaul

Group pushing for marijuana legalization in MI could have huge impact on future ballot campaigns

The group that's trying to legalize marijuana in Michigan is telling the state: See you in court. And the outcome of the challenge could have a huge impact on politics, law-making, and future elections in Michigan.

Group pushing for marijuana legalization in MI could have huge impact on future ballot campaigns

Gov. Snyder goes all Mick Jagger: You can't always get what you want...

Governor Rick Snyder is trying to make the best of it as a plan he endorsed to try and save the Detroit Public Schools is starting to look like it isn't going to happen. The Detroit Public Schools are in financial crisis. The district could go into default - bankruptcy is even an option - if the the state Legislature doesn't adopt a bailout plan this month. If that happens, it's possible tens of thousands of students in the city could be without a school to go to come fall. Snyder, like Governors John Engler (R) and Jennifer Granholm (D) before him, has become bogged down in the seemingly intractable dilemma of how to fix Detroit's schools. As the latest iteration of this newest debate on DPS plays out this week in Lansing, Snyder is confronted by the reality that the aforementioned "fix" is a lot less than what he and his metro-Detroit business allies were hoping for. Now, there is a plan that was adopted by the state Senate that Republicans and Democrats and Detroit Mayor Mike

Gov. Snyder goes all Mick Jagger: You can't always get what you want...

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