Capitol Connection

Abigail Censky, WKAR politics & government reporter
Credit Lindsay Wilkinson Photography

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.

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.


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


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


Right to Life, abortion, petition drive
Cheyna Roth / MPRN

Michigan anti-abortion groups are launching their ballot drive to restrict a common second-trimester abortion procedure they say is "barbaric."


Two anti-abortion groups plan to begin to circulating petitions asking voters to restrict abortion in Michigan.
WKAR File Photo

Anti-abortion groups will soon be on sidewalks and at events around the state, asking voters to support measures that would restrict abortion in Michigan.


Michigan legislature
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Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Tuesday criticized the Republican-led Legislature for starting a "vacation" without a spending deal that includes a major influx of new tax revenue to fix Michigan's deteriorating roads and bridges.

Michigan flag
Reginald Hardwick / WKAR-MSU

A technology upgrade that’s supposed to help consumers threatens to shut down the system for keeping track of felons and sex offenders who’ve been released from prison. Electronic tethers that keep track of offenders could go dark at the end of the year. 


Gretchen Whitmer
Amanda Pinckney / WKAR-MSU

Governor Gretchen Whitmer has signed a spending bill worth more than 28 million dollars. The money will be distributed to a variety of areas. 


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