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.

Gretchen Whitmer
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Governor Gretchen Whitmer wants the state legislature to act in the wake of the mass shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio. 

Capitol building photo
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Michigan will continue to provide Medicaid coverage for sex reassignment surgeries and medications.

The primary for Lansing City Council candidates is Tuesday. Voters will be tasked with narrowing the field of candidates on the ballot before the general election in November.
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Tuesday is the primary election for the Lansing City Council. Eight challengers will face four incumbents for four seats. Lansing State Journal reporter Sarah Lehr covers the council and she joined WKAR’s politics reporter Abigail Censky to preview the election. 


Michigan lawmakers will return to session to pass a multibillion-dollar plan to resolve the deficit caused by the coronavirus shutdown — with a mix of spending cuts, a drawdown of the state’s savings and a big influx of federal rescue aid.
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Local governments have won a partial victory in the Michigan appeals court in a dispute over how state government gives tax dollars to communities.


Debbie Stabenow
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Sen. Debbie Stabenow said she would support House Democrats if they launch an impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump, becoming the latest Michigan Democrat to support such proceedings.

Michigan Capital
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Republican opponents of Michigan’s new independent redistricting commission are back in court.


Rainbow Flag
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Governor Gretchen Whitmer said her veto pen is ready if the Legislature sends her a bill that would outlaw flying the gay pride flag – or any other un-official flag -- at state offices. The bill was introduced after Whitmer flew the rainbow flag to commemorate Pride Week.


I-96, Highway, bridge
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The state Department of Transportation has just released a new 5-year plan to maintain and fix Michigan’s roads.


Natural hair
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Some Michigan lawmakers want to join New York and California in prohibiting discrimination based on hair.


Jocelyn Benson, Michigan's first Democratic secretary of state in more than 20 years gives her inaugural remarks.
WKAR

Michigan's top election official on Thursday released proposed application wording and eligibility guidelines for people wanting to serve on a new commission that will draw congressional and legislative districts instead of lawmakers.

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