Capitol Connection

Abigail Censky, WKAR politics & government reporter
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From the Statehouse to Capitol Hill, WKAR is committed to explaining how lawmakers decisions affect Michiganders. Look, read, and listen here for conversations with people across Michigan about what drives their vote. Politics and Government Reporter Abigail Censky will be talking to politicians, Michiganders and 2020 hopefuls to bring you the people behind Michigan politics.

Stories in this section also come from the MPRN Capitol Bureau Chief Rick Pluta, MPRN Capitol Correspondent Cheyna Roth and the Associated Press.

The Michigan Supreme Court
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The Michigan Supreme Court is considering the legality of Republican lawmakers' unprecedented maneuver to significantly scale back minimum wage increases and paid sick leave requirements that began as ballot drives.

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Gov. Gretchen Whitmer says state contracts worth at least $250,000 will need the approval of a board, a tighter threshold than the $500,000 floor set by her predecessor's administration last year.

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, presidential candidate
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New York Senator and Democratic 2020 hopeful Kirsten Gillibrand returned to Michigan Friday. She talked to activists in Bloomfield Hills, toured Flint with Mayor Karen Weaver, and ended the day with supporters in Lansing. WKAR’s Abigail Censky was with the Senator all day Friday and joined WKAR’s Morning Edition Host Mary Ellen Pitney to talk about Senator Gillibrand’s “Broken Promises” bus tour.


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The Michigan Supreme Court will hear arguments on Wednesday on a request for an advisory opinion. The issue revolves around how the state Legislature handled two measures that were headed for the ballot last year.


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Michigan's governor has signed legislation honoring the late Queen of Soul with a highway designation.

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Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has signed legislation to allocate $15 million to a low-interest loan program to help farmers who face financial losses because wet weather is making it hard to plant crops.

Justin Amash
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Rep. Justin Amash of Michigan has formally withdrawn from the House Republican conference, days after announcing he is leaving the GOP because he has become disenchanted with partisan politics and “frightened by what I see from it.”

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Authorities are investigating anti-U.S. government vandalism to the Michigan Capitol.

Michigan State Police
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Michigan state police have begun recording hate crimes against transgender and gender nonconforming individuals. 


Michigan's Supreme Court building.
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A state statute raises confusion about the legal age of consent for some crimes.  The Michigan Supreme Court wants clarification.


Justin Amash
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Rep. Justin Amash of Michigan, the only Republican in Congress to call for impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump, said Thursday he is leaving the GOP because he has become disenchanted with partisan politics and “frightened by what I see from it.”


Requirements for businesses that plan to sell marijuana to adults 21 and older are expected to be clearer under emergency rules released by the agency that regulates the selling and growing of pot in Michigan.

Michigan Capitol Building
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A state grant program is trying to get internet companies interested in offering high-speed services in rural Michigan. We have more from Capital Bureau Chief Rick Pluta.


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New legislation in the state house would prohibit public schools from asking students about their immigration status.


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Michigan schools will finalize their budgets Monday but without knowing how much money they’ll have to work with.


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