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As Republican politicians all over the country seek to undermine President Barack Obama's immigration executive order with open resentment and threats of legal action, Gov. Rick Snyder is taking a different tone.
The immigration system as it stands is holding back the economy, he said in a statement. And although he said securing the border and verifying legal status is important, Snyder stressed that encouragement for legal immigrants to stay and create jobs is the answer to helping the country better address the issue.
"We are proud of our rich heritage of immigration, and know that there are talented people who can help Michigan become stronger," Snyder said in a statement. "Immigrants are proven job-creators, and we should tap their entrepreneurial spirit to accelerate our recovery."
On that front at least, the President and the Governor seem to agree.
For the full article, see "Snyder Administration Sees Silver Lining In Obama Immigration Order", Inside Michigan Today, November 24, 2014
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The state of Michigan on Monday asked the U.S. Supreme Court to affirm the state’s gay marriage ban and urged the court to quickly take up the case of a Hazel Park couple.
In the state’s filing, a 32-page brief, attorneys say the legal argument on marriage comes down to voters.
“This case comes down to two words: Who decides,” according to the brief. “The history of our democracy demonstrates the wisdom of allowing the people to decide important issues at the ballot box, rather than ceding those decisions to unelected judges.”
For the full article, see Oralandar Brand-Williams, "Mich. asks Supreme Court to affirm gay marriage ban", Detroit News, November 24, 2014.
Down to 11 members, how does the Senate Democratic caucus keep their morale up and plan for the future? Is majority even a realistic possibility in 2018? Incoming Senate Minority Leader Jim Ananich gives his opinion (13:30).
Also, Tom Hickson of the Michigan Catholic Conference urges the Legislature to pass a new Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA). Why does his group think this is so urgent?
And MIRS Editor Kyle Melinn quickly runs down the Michigan Republican Party and Michigan Democratic Party chairs races.
A proposal to change how Michigan awards Electoral College votes has drawn criticism from Democrats and voting rights groups and, as one elections expert put it, could destroy Michigan voters' faith in the political system and make a "mockery" of the state.
Michigan currently awards all its electoral votes to the candidate who wins the state's popular vote -- as do all other states except Nebraska and Maine. But legislation introduced earlier this month would proportionally allocate Michigan's 16 electoral votes, based on how large a percentage of the popular vote a candidate receives. This may split electoral votes between the two candidates.
"[The plan] would likely bring national media scrutiny and mockery of Michigan’s 'strange' electoral procedures," Matt Grossmann, an associate professor of political science at Michigan State University, said in testimony during a House committee hearing on the bill last week.
In a state that has a Republican-controlled legislature but has chosen Democratic presidential candidates since 1992, the GOP would likely stand to benefit from the bill more than Democrats. "Right now, it just looks like a sort of transparent political effort by the Republicans that is being sold disingenuously," Grossmann told The Huffington Post.
The proposal, introduced by Michigan state Rep. Pete Lund (R-Shelby Township) on Nov. 13, would award the winner of the popular vote half the electoral votes and one additional vote. Then, for each 1.5 percent the winner earns above 50 percent of the popular vote, he or she would receive another electoral vote.
For the full article, see Kate Abbey-Lambertz,"Republicans Want To Alter Michigan's Electoral College. It's Not Going Over Well", Huffington Post, November 24, 2014.
Ernest Hemingway’s family cottage, “Windemere,” in Emmet County was added to the list of national historic landmarks. In 1899, Ernest Hemmingway’s father built the “Windemere” cottage in Emmet County. And it was here that the famous fiction writer spent nearly all the summers of his youth. It was here that he began his life-long passions of hunting and fishing. And most importantly, it was here that he wrote some of his first serious fiction. Hemmingway produced numerous volumes of short stories and some of the most significant novels of the modern era, including The Sun Also Rises (1926), A Farewell to Arms (1929), For Whom the Bell Tolls (1940), and The Old Man and the Sea (1952). “Windemere” was added to the list of national historic landmarks on November 24, 1968.
"Michigan Historical Calendar", courtesy of the Clarke Historical Library at Central Michigan University.
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