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In August of 2017, white supremacists and neo-Nazi groups violently attacked a rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.  There were numerous injuries and one death.  Since, armed protesters have invaded the Capitol building in Lansing and led an insurrection at the nation's Capitol.  Tonight, State Representative Felicia Brabec of Ann Arbor will moderate a discussion put forth by Integrity First for America, a non-partisan, non-profit civil rights organization supporting a lawsuit by a group of Charlottesville residents. 


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The Michigan State Capitol Commission adopted a rule Monday banning the open carry of guns at the Capitol.  There are exceptions for law enforcement officers and people with concealed pistol licenses.  We have more from Rick Pluta.


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The investigation is “ongoing” into an alleged plot by extremists that included plans to kidnap Governor Gretchen Whitmer.  That’s according to Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel and the FBI.  They announced Thursday that 13 men were charged with a variety of state and federal crimes.  Authorities say the men wanted to overthrow the state government and incite a civil war.  We have more from Rick Pluta.


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Eighteenth District State Senator Jeff Irwin of Ann Arbor was at the State Capitol Building in Lansing when he heard the news about Governor Gretchen Whitmer.  The FBI uncovered a plot by a militia group to kidnap and hold the governor hostage for treason.  

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There was another rally Thursday at the state Capitol to protest Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s continued use of emergency powers to slow the spread of COVID-19.  We have more from Rick Pluta.


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Governor Gretchen Whitmer says she has health and safety concerns about future protests at the state Capitol.  As we hear from Rick Pluta, the next known demonstration is supposed to happen Thursday.


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The Michigan State Capitol Commission has delayed a decision on whether to ban the open-carry of firearms in the building.  As we hear from Michigan Public Radio’s Rick Pluta, the commission called for further study first.


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Governor Gretchen Whitmer says protests at the state Capitol where demonstrators displayed Confederate flags and swastikas don’t represent most Michiganders.  She defended the state and her efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19 on national television.  We have more from Rick Pluta.


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Governor Gretchen Whitmer issued new executive orders Thursday to extend Michigan’s COVID-19 state of emergency for another four weeks.  That was after Republicans in the Legislature refused her request to extend the emergency through May 28th.  The Legislature’s Republican leaders say they are ready to go to court to block future use of the emergency powers the governor has exercised to address the coronavirus crisis.  We have more from Michigan Public Radio’s Rick Pluta.


State Senator Jeff Irwin

The Michigan state Legislature garnered national attention Thursday with reports that protesters with rifles faced off against security and some lawmakers hoping their voices would be heard opposing an extension of the Governor's emergency order in response to the current health pandemic.

After a long day on the state Senate floor, WEMU's Lisa Barry spoke with Washtenaw County state Senator Jeff Irwin to get his take on what happened Thursday at the state Capitol.


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Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s expanded stay-at-home order has passionate supporters and ardent critics.  It’s being challenged in federal court.  And foes of the order are planning a rally today at the state Capitol.  Their plan is to have a caravan of cars and trucks drive around the four blocks that surround the building.  That will allow them to register their objections without violating the order.  We have more from Michigan Public Radio’s Rick Pluta. 


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The Michigan Legislature will gavel in for its 100th session this week.  Lawmakers say they have one multi-billion dollar issue to tackle first.


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Michigan officially has a new governor.  Gretchen Whitmer was sworn in Tuesday on the Capitol steps. 


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Republicans in the state Legislature are trying to limit the powers of statewide offices that – come January – will flip to Democrats.  It's a strategy that's angered Democratic voters, and protestors have been flooding the state Capitol with chants like “We voted for blue, not for you.”. 


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A new campaign says it’s going to make the government pay attention to the struggles of poor people.  The Michigan Poor People’s Campaign launched on Monday at the state Capitol.


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Four years is too long to go without clean drinking water.  That was the message of a busload of Flint residents yesterday who marched in downtown Lansing. 


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Moms and other activists against gun violence gathered at the state Capitol Wednesday, and the participants want to reach as many lawmakers as possible.


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High schoolers, lawmakers, and concerned citizens held a rally at the state Capitol Thursday for changes to the state’s gun laws.


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Thousands of people flooded the state Capitol lawn Sunday.  The people gathered for the second annual Women’s March.


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Lansing’s lawmakers won’t return to the Capitol until next week.  But they’ve already got big plans for 2018.


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Local governments and police and firefighter unions are keeping a close eye on hearings to begin this week at the state Capitol.  GOP leaders are proposing more aggressive state oversight of local retirement funds. 


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Hundreds of police officers and firefighters converged Wednesday on the state Capitol.  They rallied to protect retirement benefits.


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A new face will grace the walls of the State Capitol


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A fight is brewing at the state Capitol over whether the Legislature should preempt local rules on expensive rental properties.  


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The state Legislature has returned to work and upon arrival discovered they would not be alone.


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There was a big rally at the state Capitol Wednesday to support improved mental health services and to oppose Governor Rick Snyder’s plan to overhaul how those services are paid for.


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Music, speeches, prayers and a candle-lighting ceremony that included 39 Jewish survivors were part of Michigan’s official commemoration of the Holocaust and the Armenian genocide.  The ceremony took place in the rotunda of the state Capitol. 


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It was “Eastern Michigan University Day” Tuesday at the state Capitol.


Nurses Rally On Capitol For Safe Patient Care Act

Mar 23, 2017
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Hundreds of nurses marched from the Lansing Center to the state Capitol Wednesday.  They want to urge the legislature to introduce a Safe Patient Care Act


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A group of gun control advocates was at the state Capitol to lobby against a proposal to allow people to carry concealed weapons without a permit. 


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