michigan

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Governor Gretchen Whitmer yesterday signed a $62.7 billion state budget as the new fiscal year begins today.  We have more from Rick Pluta.


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There has been much reaction to the Tuesday night presidential debate where Michigan was brought up several times.

 

WEMU's Lisa Barry talks with long-time political commentator and Eastern Michigan University professor of American politics Ed Sidlow about the role Michigan played in the debate and the upcoming presidential election.


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A federal lawsuit filed by two former Republican secretaries of state has joined the swirl of litigation surrounding absentee voting and the upcoming election.  We have more from Rick Pluta.


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Governor Gretchen Whitmer has extended the COVID-19 state of emergency through October 27th.  As we hear from Rick Pluta, the governor also issued four new executive orders.


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Governor Gretchen Whitmer says she will issue a declaration to extend Michigan’s COVID-19 state of emergency.   As Rick Pluta tells us, she will do that before the current state of emergency expires later this week.


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People will have more places to return cans and bottles as more restrictions on retailers are lifted in a couple weeks.  As we hear from Rick Pluta, the policy was announced Monday by the state treasury department.


Dana Nessel
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Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel says her office is ready to prosecute any efforts to illegally use intimidate or misinform voters for the November elections.  Rick Pluta has more.


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State budget director Chris Kolb and the Legislature’s Republican leaders say they’ve reached a preliminary budget deal.  We have more from Rick Pluta.


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Governor Gretchen Whitmer told a business group Wednesday that she can’t predict exactly how long her emergency measures will be required to address the COVID-19 crisis.  That was at roughly the same time those powers were being challenged in court.  We have more from Rick Pluta.


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Governor Gretchen Whitmer is blasting the Trump administration’s refusal to allow an additional Affordable Care Act enrollment period.  It would be for people who’ve lost other insurance coverage during the COVID-19 crisis.  We have more Rick Pluta.


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A state House committee will hold its first hearing today on bills to offer businesses more protections from COVID-19-related legal actions.  We have more from Rick Pluta.


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The Michigan Democratic and Republican parties held their state conventions this past weekend.  The parties finalized their tickets to appear on the statewide November ballot.  Rick Pluta reports.


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The state corrections officers union is calling for Michigan Corrections Department Director Heidi Washington to lose her job.  Rick Pluta reports.


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A state budget panel has determined that Michigan’s budget picture is bleak, but not as bad as the forecasts from earlier this year.  We have more from Rick Pluta.


Jocelyn Benson
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Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson says Tuesday’s primary elections were by and large a success.  But she says the November election will be a much bigger challenge.  We have more from Rick Pluta.


Ballot Box
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Don’t wait.  Drop off your ballot in person.  It’s too late to put it in the mail if you want it to be counted.  That’s the advice elections officials are giving voters in advance of Tuesday’s primaries.  It’s expected a record number of votes will be cast via absentee ballot.  Rick Pluta reports on how the 2020 primary is shaping up to be a unique experiment in the future of voting.


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Governor Gretchen Whitmer has signed an order that will allow Detroit’s casinos to re-open next week, but at a reduced capacity.  It could also force many bars and restaurants in northwest lower Michigan and the Upper Peninsula to shut down Friday.  We have more from Rick Pluta.


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Governor Gretchen Whitmer says she’s aware parents, students, and teachers are anxious for details on back-to-school plans.  But, as we hear from Rick Pluta, she says there’s still too much uncertainty about how the spread of COVID-19 might affect those plans.


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Today is the deadline for the Michigan Libertarian Party to submit its slate of candidates for the November ballot to state election officials.  As Rick Pluta tells us, the Libertarians held a nominating convention this past weekend in Gaylord.


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The state will hire a firm to study the possibility of changing some freeways in Michigan to toll roads.  We have more from Rick Pluta.


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The back and forth over the state’s desire to shut down Enbridge Energy’s Line 5 pipeline in the Straits of Mackinac continues in the courts and in the court of public opinion.  Michigan U.S. Senator Gary Peters joins WEMU’s David Fair and Lisa Wozniak of the Michigan League of Conservation Voters to discuss that and other environmental issues on "1st Friday Focus on the Environment." 


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Governor Gretchen Whitmer and the Legislature’s Republican leaders have reached a deal to address a shortfall in the current budget caused by COVID-19 and its impact on the state’s economy.  We have more from Rick Pluta.


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Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s administration has rolled out more police reform plans.  As we hear from Rick Pluta, the plans include a ban on chokeholds and requiring other officers to intervene where they see misconduct.


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A judge has ordered Enbridge Energy to shut down a set of twin pipelines that run through the Straits of Mackinac.  As we hear from Rick Pluta, that’s in response to a request filed by state Attorney General Dana Nessel


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The petition campaign to add LGBTQ protections to Michigan’s civil rights law was granted an extension to continue gathering signatures.  Rick Pluta reports the Wednesday ruling came from a state Court of Claims judge.


Dana Nessel
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Michigan joined 22 other states and the District of Columbia Wednesday in filing an environmental protection lawsuit.   As we hear from Rick Pluta, state Attorney General Dana Nessel wants to preserve fuel economy standards set during the Obama administration.


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A Michigan Court of Claims judge has ruled Governor Gretchen Whitmer has the power to declare consecutive states of emergency without waiting for the Legislature's approval. 

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Michigan lost more than a million jobs from March to April, largely due to COVID-19 related layoffs.  As we hear from Rick Pluta, that led to a record-setting 22.7% state unemployment rate.


Michigan Capitol
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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.


Gretchen Whitmer
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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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