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Members of the recall effort against Ann Arbor Councilman Jeff Hayner are gathering in Wheeler Park Saturday for the next phase of their campaign.

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The Michigan Bureau of Elections says a petition campaign to initiate a law to curtail the governor’s use of emergency powers has gathered the signatures it needs.  As Rick Pluta explains, the next step is to have that ratified by a state board.

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A letter and petition is being presented to Ann Arbor school officials asking for a date for in-person learning to resume in the ongoing pandemic.  WEMU's Lisa Barry spoke with one of the letter organizers, Dr. Kim Monroe, about the letter.


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A liberal advocacy group has taken an early step to put a proposed amendment to the state constitution on the ballot this year.  As we hear from Michigan Public Radio’s Rick Pluta. it would place new controls on lobbying state elected officials.


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Republican leaders in the Legislature say they are ready to adopt a petition-initiated bill to place new restrictions on abortion.  Rick Pluta tells us Republicans are looking to press the limits of the Roe versus Wade decision.


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A state elections board is going to work on new rules to govern petition drives that want to get issues before the Legislature or on an election ballot.  As we hear from Rick Pluta, the board’s job is complicated by legal challenges.


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Construction worker unions have asked the Michigan Supreme Court to put the brakes on sending a petition-initiated question to the Legislature.  The unions say the petition campaign broke the rules.  


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A union-led petition drive is launching today to protect the state’s prevailing wage law from a different petition drive.  This could lead to dueling ballot questions next November.


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The “Citizens for Ypsi” committee is trying to get the Water Street Debt Retirement Millage back on the ballot after voters turned away a similar tax issue last summer.  


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The monarch butterfly is one of the most iconic images in nature.  Yet, the species is not as strong in number as many believe.  In this week's "Issues of the Environment," WEMU's David Fair speaks to Nicole Muench, habitat and education coordinator for the National Wildlife Federation, about efforts to save the monarch butterfly from extinction.


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A petition to move the annual Ypsilanti Color Run out of some neighborhoods has started a strong debate online.