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  1. Food stamp cuts to hit Michigan, 3 other states

    Cuts to the nation's food stamp program enacted this year are only affecting four states, far from the sweeping overhaul that Republicans had pushed.

    • 2:26 PM, Sep. 17, 2014
    • ELECTIONS

    Snyder to hold series of town hall meetings ahead of election

    Lansing Gov. Rick Snyder plans to hold a series of town hall meetings across the state this fall, answering question from voters and his Democratic opponent Mark Schauer is invited to join him.

    • 12:11 PM, Sep. 17, 2014
    • ELECTIONS

    Land to launch debate talks with Peters

    Republican U.S. Senate candidate Terri Lynn Land has chosen an adviser to negotiate at least one televised debate with Democratic Congressman Gary Peters in a race that may help determine whether Democrats maintain control of the chamber.

  2. 148K Mich. families face 15% cuts in November to food aid

    Lansing About 148,000 low-income Michigan families will see 15 percent cuts in their food stamp assistance in November under the federal farm bill Congress passed and President Barack Obama signed into law in February.

  3. Political insider: Republican's tax issue an election season punching bag

    The Michigan Democratic Party has found its political punching bag this year, and his name is Rich Baird.

    • 10:38 AM, Sep. 17, 2014
    • POLITICS-STATE

    Michigan human services director to leave post after 4 years

    Maura Corrigan will retire as head of Michigan's Human Services Department at year's end, completing a four-year commitment she made when she took the job, a spokeswoman for Gov. Rick Snyder confirmed Tuesday.

    • 1:54 PM, Sep. 16, 2014
    • POLITICS-STATE

    Aramark prison food contract sparks debate in Michigan Legislature

    Lansing Gov. Rick Snyder faced new questions Tuesday about having a private company provide prison food following the arrest of an employee of contractor Aramark Correctional Services on suspicion of drug smuggling.

    • 4:00 PM, Sep. 16, 2014
    • AUTOS
    • AUTOS INSIDER

    U.S. working to fill NHTSA chief job quickly

    Washington U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said in a Detroit News interview the White House is getting closer to naming a new chief to run the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

    • 11:04 AM, Sep. 16, 2014
    • POLITICS+GOVERNMENT

    Bentivolio 'seriously considering' write-in campaign

    U.S. Rep. Kerry Bentivolio is 'seriously considering' a write-in campaign for Congress after suffering a huge double-digit loss in the GOP primary a month ago, he told Lansing newsletter MIRS.

    • 3:55 PM, Sep. 15, 2014
    • ELECTIONS

    Embattled Novi judge wins support from Oakland Co. officials

    Novi A veteran district judge criticized earlier this year for his handling of his docket continues to pick up re-election endorsements including bipartisan support from three countywide officials.

  4. Snyder orders flags lowered for late fire official

    Lansing Gov. Rick Snyder has ordered flags lowered in honor of a Kalkaska County fire official who died after responding to an emergency call.

    • 9:07 PM, Sep. 15, 2014
    • NATION-WORLD

    Some consumers risk losing health coverage

    Washington After failing to respond to multiple outreach attempts, more than 100,000 people could lose their federal marketplace health coverage on Sept.

    • 11:32 PM, Sep. 14, 2014
    • POLITICS-STATE

    Peters won't sell stock in oil company

    Southfield U.S. Rep. Gary Peters has no intention of selling stock in an oil company that produces a petroleum byproduct he has sought to regulate, despite criticism he's taking from Republicans in Michigan's U.S.

  5. Hillary Clinton in Iowa stirs 2016 speculation

    Indianola, Iowa With speculation on a White House run in overdrive, Hillary Rodham Clinton returned to Iowa Sunday to pay tribute to the state's retiring Democratic senator as anticipation builds over the possibility of another presidential campaign.

  6. Gov. Snyder as you've never heard him before

    The governor who ran four years ago as 'one tough nerd' suddenly sounds different. In his last two campaign commercials, Rick Snyder's voice is deeper.

    • 7:24 PM, Sep. 12, 2014
    • POLITICS-STATE

    State prisons chief canceled $98K fine against food service contractor Aramark

    Democratic gubernatorial challenger Mark Schauer charged Friday that the Snyder administration 'lied' by not willingly revealing a $98,000 fine was rescinded ...

    • 4:57 PM, Sep. 12, 2014
    • POLITICS-STATE

    Snyder signs tax fix bill to avert $1B hole in budget

    Lansing Gov. Rick Snyder signed into a law Friday a bill designed to close a loophole in Michigan's former business tax that could have made the state liable ...

  7. Land bets on no-show strategy

    Terri Lynn Land's no-show strategy for a U.S. Senate seat is a weird dare to Michigan voters: She's gambling you won't notice her near total disappearance from ...

  8. 'Six Californias' initiative fails for 2016 ballot

    Sacramento, Calif. A ballot initiative that would have asked voters to split California into six separate states failed to qualify for the ballot in 2016, ...

  9. Senate GOP raises $6M in August, spends twice that

    Washington Senate Republicans' campaign arm raised more than $6 million last month and spent more than twice that in an effort to claim the majority.

  10. Deportations down 20 percent, fewest since 2007

    Washington President Barack Obama has quietly slowed deportations by nearly 20 percent while delaying plans to act on his own potentially to shield millions ...

    • 12:07 PM, Sep. 12, 2014
    • POLITICS-NATIONAL

    Appeals court to decide on Wisconsin voter ID law

    Chicago Three Republican-appointed federal judges in Chicago have heard arguments about Wisconsin's voter ID law and whether it should be reinstated for the ...

  11. Justice Dept. seeks new tool against data fraud

    Washington Working to combat an increasingly lucrative crime that crosses national boundaries, Justice Department officials are pressing for a new law to ...

    • 10:44 AM, Sep. 11, 2014
    • POLITICS-STATE

    Portman says Michigan senate seat 'winnable' for GOP

    Washington Sen. Rob Portman, who is vice chairman of the party's U.S. campaign arm, says the Michigan Senate seat is still 'winnable' despite polls showing ...

    • 4:18 PM, Sep. 11, 2014
    • POLITICS-NATIONAL

    Dingell released from hospital, doing 'well'

    Washington Rep. John Dingell, the longest-serving member of Congress, was released Thursday from Henry Ford Hospital after he was admitted with an infection.

  12. Missouri enacts 72-hour abortion waiting period

    Jefferson City, Mo. Missouri women seeking abortions will face one of the nation's longest waiting periods, after state lawmakers overrode the governor's ...

  13. Missouri lawmakers expand gun rights in schools

    Jefferson City, Mo. Missouri lawmakers expanded the potential for teachers to bring guns to schools and for residents to openly carry firearms, in a vote ...

    • 3:25 PM, Sep. 10, 2014
    • POLITICS-STATE

    Michigan lawmakers pass measure to prevent $1B budget problem

    The Senate approved legislation today that repairs a loophole in Michigan's former business tax that could have created as much as a $1-billion budget problem ...

    • 11:39 PM, Sep. 10, 2014
    • POLITICS-STATE

    Bolger resists bills to protect gays, lesbians

    Democratic lawmakers introduced legislation Wednesday that would protect gays and lesbians from being fired because of their sexual orientation as new polling ...

  14. Political insider: Personal finances central issue in Mich. gubernatorial race

    On the campaign trail and in TV ads, Democrat Mark Schauer has railed on Republican Gov. Rick Snyder for delivering businesses a $1.8 billion tax cut, 'even if ...

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