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.

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Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced Wednesday that Michigan will borrow $3.5 billion to rebuild the state’s deteriorating highways and bridges over five years, calling it a fiscally responsible move after the Republican-led Legislature rejected her proposed fuel tax hike.

A Lansing-area freeway.
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The Michigan Senate voted Tuesday to require that a study be done to assess the feasibility of tolls along the state’s highways, as lawmakers consider ways to boost spending on deteriorating infrastructure.

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Republican leaders in the Legislature say they are ready to adopt a petition-initiated bill to place new restrictions on abortion.

Both of Michigan’s Democratic Senators will have new jobs Tuesday. In addition to representing the people of Michigan, they’ll serve as jurors in the Senate impeachment trial of President Donald Trump.
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You can follow special coverage of the Senate impeachment trial on WKAR, here.

Both of Michigan’s Democratic Senators will have new jobs Tuesday. In addition to representing the people of Michigan, they’ll serve as jurors in the Senate impeachment trial of President Donald Trump.

For the third time in United States history Senators will deliberate whether or not to remove the president from office.

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There is a ray of good news as Gov. Gretchen Whitmer prepares to renew her push for major new spending to fix Michigan’s roads and bridges: Republican legislative leaders say addressing the funding is a priority for them, too.

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People could pick up prescriptions at Michigan pharmacies that are not staffed by an on-site pharmacist under a bill that cleared the Legislature on Wednesday and will go to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer for her signature.

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The public can bring laptops, tablets and phones into Michigan courthouses under a groundbreaking policy announced Wednesday by the state Supreme Court.

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A group launched a 2020 ballot initiative Tuesday to expand Michigan’s civil rights law to include anti-discrimination protections for LGBTQ people, a step that would put the issue to voters if the Republican-led Legislature does not pass the measure.

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President Donald Trump’s nominee to serve as the top federal prosecutor in Grand Rapids has been held up by Michigan’s two Democratic senators.

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An overhaul of Michigan’s auto insurance system topped the list of new laws in 2019.

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