Michigan politics

State Lawmakers and Governor Gretchen Whitmer are now forced to work together on Michigan's coronavirus repsonse after a state Supreme Court ruling upended the Governor's emergency powers.

Democratic Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s emergency powers were upended the first Friday in October when the Michigan Supreme Court declared a 1945 law unconstitutional. The ruling, which the state Supreme Court announced this week took immediate effect, sent the state government into a tailspin.

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A Michigan State Senate Republican says he still supports repealing Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s emergency powers. That’s despite his recent diagnosis for COVID-19.

Lawmakers returned to Lansing for the second time during the stay-at-home order to create an oversight committee into the state's COVID-19 response and vote on bills aimed at limiting the Governor's emergency powers.
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Legislators wore homemade masks and went through temperature screening before entering the Capitol for the second time under the stay-at-home order. Republican leaders from both chambers called lawmakers back to Lansing on short notice to vote on an oversight committee into the state’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic. 

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Along with the presidential primary on Tuesday, voters have a number of proposals to consider.

A pilot program at MSU could give students election day off, but it would mean the majority of students are not on campus over election day leaving questions about potential impact to voter turnout
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Michigan State University is considering implementing a fall break into its academic calender to give students time to vote. But, critics of the proposal believe that a fall break could lead to lower turnout at the polls in 2020.


Congresswoman Elissa Slotkin faced consituents for the first time Wednesday after announcing she now backs an impeachment inquiry.
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Hundreds of people crowded into a Grand Traverse Pie Company in East Lansing on Wednesday for Representative Elissa Slotkin’s (MI-08) first in-district public event since she announced she was joining calls for an impeachment inquiry last week.

Michigan House of Representatives

The Republican-led Michigan Legislature on Thursday gave final approval to a K-12 budget that would boost base per-student funding for most schools by $240, or 3%.

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Michigan banned the sale of flavored e-cigarettes on Wednesday, the latest state to act following hundreds of serious breathing issues in people using vaping devices that prompted a federal investigation.

Michigan House of Representatives
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Marijuana sold in stores would have to have labels warning pregnant women and breastfeeding mothers about the health risks for their fetuses and children under legislation passed Tuesday by the Michigan House.

Justin Amash, Hillary Scholten

The Democrat running to replace Michigan Rep. Justin Amash says she raised $100,000 in the first week since announcing her campaign.