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Poll Gives Schauer First Lead In 14 Months
With the 2014 election some nine weeks away, a public opinion poll shows Democrat Mark Schauer slightly leading Governor Rick Snyder. The poll released Wednesday by the Lansing firm of EPIC/MRA shows Mr. Schauer supported by 45 percent of those asked, while Mr. Snyder is supported by 43 percent.
Wolf Hunt Law Won't Take Effect Until 2015; Season Could Halt This Year
After nearly two years of back-and-forth, it appears beginning in 2015 the Natural Resources Commission will be guaranteed the opportunity to grant a wolf hunting season after the House voted 65-43 on Wednesday to approve an initiated law that supersedes two anti-wolf hunting referenda on the November ballot although voters could still stop a hunt this year.
Republicans Accuse Schauer Of Campaign Finance Violation
Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mark Schauer violated state campaign finance laws when his campaign supported Democratic lieutenant gubernatorial candidate Lisa Brown's activities, the Michigan Republican Party charged Wednesday.
Audio Emerges Showing AFP Thinking Politics In Advertising
When Americans for Prosperity began the first of millions of dollars in advertising criticizing the Democratic U.S. Senate candidate, U.S. Rep. Gary Peters, it insisted, as it always does, that the ad was not about the election, but about education.
MacMaster Considering Write-In Bid For Senate
Rep. Greg MacMaster may run as a write-in candidate for the 37th Senate District after losing an extremely bitter Republican primary fight to Rep. Wayne Schmidt.
U.S. Court: Officials Had Right To Remove ‘Bible Believers' From Arab Festival
The free speech rights of several Christian activists were not violated when they were removed from a 2012 Arab International Festival in Dearborn that threatened to get violent, a divided 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel ruled Wednesday.
Banks To Lead Detroit Caucus Next Term
Beginning in 2015, Rep. Brian Banks will take over for Rep. Thomas Stallworth III as Detroit Caucus chair, as Mr. Stallworth did not seek re-election in the House to run for Senate, where he lost in the primary.
Environmental Group Pushes Storm Sewer Updates
With Lansing now joining the list of major cities where storm drains failing to keep up with heavy rains, Clean Water Action called Wednesday for the Legislature to set aside funds for improvements to the systems.
Appeals Court: Hearing On Mayor's Removal Of Rival Appropriate
A court hearing on a mayor's action to remove an individual who worked for the mayor's political opponent does not violate the separation of powers, the Court of Appeals ruled Wednesday in a case involving the mayor of Cadillac.
Reports Of Auditor General Doug Ringler
Michigan Women, Infant and Children Information System in the departments of Community Health and Technology, Management and Budget: follow up audit.
Source : Gongwer News Service : Michigan Report, Volume #53, Report 167, August 27, 2014. Full access requires a subscription or a visit to a subscribing library such as the Michigan State University Main Library.
The House this afternoon signed off on a measure that protects the possibility of an Upper Peninsula wolf hunt for the foreseeable future and takes the steam out of two referendums that aim to halt the hunts.
After about an hour of debate on the House floor, members voted 65-43 to give the final sign off on a citizen initiative that would protect the Legislature and Natural Resources Commission's (NRC) abilities to designate wolves and other animals as game species.
The House's vote today neuters the impact of two referendums, which challenged two previously passed wolf hunting protection laws. Both referendums will remain on the November ballots.
Debbie Munson Badini, spokesperson for the Department of Natural Resources, said if voters reject the previously passed laws on Election Day, the state would be prevented from having wolf hunts until the new initiative took effect 90 days after sine die. That puts the implementation of the citizens initiative at late March.
If the referendums failed, technically, Badini said the NRC could move toward allowing a wolf hunt.
For the full article, see "Wolf Hunt Protection Measure Clears Final Step", Inside MIRS Today, August 27, 2014.
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More than 60 people protested outside the Capitol Wednesday morning as the state House prepared to take up a controversial wolf-hunt law.
The Keep Michigan Wolves Protected campaign led the rally on the Capitol lawn, protesting a bill that would give control of what species can be hunted to the Natural Resources Commission, circumventing the wolf-protection group's ballot initiative to stop the hunt.
The House ultimately passed the Scientific Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act on Wednesday. The bill automatically becomes law because the Senate already approved it earlier this month.
Critics have compared the wolf-hunt law to other bills they say went around voters, including: The repeal and then replacement of the emergency manager law, the passage of a minimum wage hike to $9.25 an hour to stop a ballot initiative that would have raised it to $10.10 per hour, and a citizen-initiated bill to require women to buy a separate health coverage for abortions.
For the full article, see Justin A. Hinkley, "Amidst protests, House passes wolf hunt bill", Lansing State Journal, August 27, 2014.
As Michigan lawmakers continue to debate funding solutions for crumbling roads, the state House may move to allow golf carts on some of them.
House Bill 5045, introduced by Republican state Rep. Kevin Cotter of Mt. Pleasant, would allow licensed drivers to take golf carts on local streets in communities where elected officials give their blessing.
The state House is returning from summer recess for a session on Wednesday and is tentatively scheduled to take up the measure, which would only apply to cities, villages or townships with 30,000 or fewer residents.
For the full article, see Jonathan Oosting, "Golf carts on local roads up for vote today in Michigan House", MLive, August 27, 2014.
Native Americans are getting back to their roots on Friday, August 27, 2010 with a Detroit River Canoe Crossing to enforce the 1974 Jay Treaty Rights led by the American Indian Movement of Michigan. 200 canoes will journey across Detroit's, Belle Isle Island/Park to Windsor, Ontario, and back.
The River Crossing will be a kick off for the American Indian Movement of Michigan hosting of a Pow Wow in Lincoln Park, MI.
Source : Brita Brookes, "Michigan Asserts Sovereignty Rights in Canoe Crossing", Censored News, August 27, 2010.
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