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The campaign to add LGBTQ protections to Michigan’s civil rights law has appealed a court decision that stalled the petition drive. The Fair and Equal Michigan campaign filed its paperwork Monday with the state Court of Appeals.

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Buses throughout mid-Michigan are offering free rides to people voting in Tuesday’s election.


Many Michigan drivers now have more time before their licenses expire.

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Lansing’s election unit will be open this weekend with expanded hours for people who want to vote early.

Whitmer Visits Kalamazoo To Promote Affordable Housing Plan

Jul 28, 2021
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Governor Gretchen Whitmer was in Kalamazoo’s Edison neighborhood today promoting a proposal to increase low-income housing throughout the state. The governor says Michigan could add about 2,000 affordable rental units if it uses $100 million in federal COVID relief money, together with close to $400 million in private investment to pay for them.

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Updated July 28, 4 p.m. ET

The Lansing City Council may pull a question from November’s ballot asking voters whether they want to change local elections to a new system.

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With less than a week before the Aug. 3 election, incumbent Mayor Andy Schor has taken in nearly $290,000, outraising the other candidates for Lansing mayor by more than eight to one.

And in the race for Jackson mayor, City Council Member Laura Dwyer Schlecte is ahead of three other challengers with $9,572 donated to her campaign coffers.


Governor Gretchen Whitmer says she’s not about to announce new mask mandates in Michigan.

That’s despite new guidance from the CDC that people should mask up while indoors in areas that are COVID-19 hotspots.

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The Lansing City Council is setting aside $300,000 for a racial justice plan after a divided vote this week.

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Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed Senate Bill 27 in Ypsilanti on Monday. The bill appropriates $384.7 million dollars in supplemental money. Most of the money comes from federal COVID-19 relief, but $17 million comes from the state's general fund.