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    • 12:22 AM, Jul. 31, 2014

    Ballot bid to phase out Michigan business tax raises questions

    Lansing Manufacturers and other businesses have raised more than $8 million for a statewide broadcast campaign urging voters to approve eliminating what they consider a burdensome tax.

  1. Vote for Proposal 1 not as easy as it appears

    What do you do when a ballot question requires a week's worth of study and analysis to understand — and still begs for a judgment call?

  2. Dearborn Heights to get elections monitor for August vote

    Dearborn Heights will have a state elections monitor for next month's election after claims of voter suppression and discrimination against Arab-Americans requesting absentee ballots while the city clerk is alerting authorities to possible voter fraud involving absentee ballots.

    • 12:09 AM, Jul. 31, 2014

    GOP candidates spar over tactics in campaign for 13th District seat

    Marty Knollenberg says he has the deepest local roots, Andrew 'Rocky' Raczkowski bills himself as a government outsider and Chuck Moss claims his legislative experience guarantees Oakland County residents the best return on their tax dollars.

  3. Political insider: Detroit's Duggan exerts influence outside city with endorsements

    Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan is becoming more aggressive in trying to expand his political influence.

    • 7:56 AM, Jul. 31, 2014

    Snyder, Ford to tout Michigan in D.C.

    Washington — Gov. Rick Snyder and two Michigan business leaders will be in the nation's Capitol to tout the Wolverine State as a state to grow and expand.

  4. Wisconsin Supreme Court upholds 2011 union law

    Madison, Wis. — The Wisconsin Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the 2011 law that effectively ended collective bargaining for most public workers, sparked massive protests and led to Republican Gov.

  5. U.S. Rep: Don't send Honduran children to Detroit, it's too dangerous

    An Iowa Republican in Congress argues the only place more dangerous than the Motor City is Honduras — drawing the ire of a Michigan member of Congress.

  6. New authority to oversee Detroit-Windsor bridge

    A six-member international authority will oversee the construction of a public bridge between Detroit and Windsor and a CEO was appointed to lead the bridge authority, officials announced Wednesday.

  7. Former IRS official called some Republicans 'crazies' in email

    Washington — A former IRS official at the center of the agency's tea party controversy referred to some right-wing Republicans as 'crazies' and more in emails released Wednesday.

    • 11:55 PM, Jul. 30, 2014

    Bentivolio hosts immigration forum 5 days before GOP primary

    U.S. Rep. Kerry Bentivolio is hosting a town hall meeting Thursday in Livonia on the immigration crisis along the nation's southern border — five days before the Republican primary that threatens his ability to remain in Congress.

    • 11:50 PM, Jul. 30, 2014

    Marijuana issues in Hazel Park, Oak Park top Oakland County ballot

    Voters in two Oakland County cities will decide Tuesday if possession of marijuana for personal use should be decriminalized within their borders.

  8. House approves VA health care overhaul

    Washington The House overwhelmingly approved a landmark bill Wednesday to help veterans avoid long waits for health care that have plagued the Veterans Affairs Department for years.

    • 11:53 PM, Jul. 29, 2014

    5th District Senate candidates squabble over experience, strategy

    A hotly contested Democratic primary for a state Senate seat encompassing Detroit's west side and surrounding suburbs has become mired in personal attacks and racial overtones.

    • 1:20 PM, Jul. 30, 2014

    Obama to GOP: 'Stop just hating all the time'

    Kansas City, Mo. — Pointing the finger at Republicans for congressional inaction, President Barack Obama chided lawmakers Wednesday for spending the waning ...

    • 7:21 AM, Jul. 30, 2014

    Poll: Americans cool to border-crossing children

    San Diego — Americans are wary of granting refugee status to children crossing the U.S. border to flee strife-torn countries in Central America, and most in an ...

    • 11:14 AM, Jul. 30, 2014

    Bernstein launching run for Michigan Supreme Court

    Lansing — Farmington Hills attorney Richard Bernstein said he will run for the Michigan Supreme Court as a Democrat in a series of Wednesday appearances that began in ...

  9. Terror threats at US chemical plants underestimated

    Washington — The government is underestimating the threat of a chemical attack on America's densely populated cities and has failed to inspect virtually all of ...

  10. Senate votes for reprieve for highly contested border bill

    Washington — A bill to deal with the immigration surge on the U.S.-Mexico border won a temporary reprieve in the Senate Wednesday as lawmakers maneuvered to ...

  11. Effort aims to block child migrants from being housed in Vassar

    Vassar — An opponent of a social services organization's proposal to house child immigrants from Central America in this community wants voters to have a say.

  12. Field of 5 Republicans, 3 Democrats battle for 43rd House District

    The race to fill the northern Oakland County seat of outgoing Republican state Rep. Gail Haines is an intense competition among five Republicans and three ...

  13. GOP-led House ready to OK lawsuit against Obama

    Washington — Republicans said they were determined to make President Barack Obama heed the Constitution as they began muscling legislation through the House on ...

  14. GOP blocks tax hike on firms moving overseas

    Washington — Republican senators blocked an election-year bill Wednesday to limit tax breaks for U.S. companies that move operations overseas.

    • 7:17 AM, Jul. 30, 2014

    Michigan to hold hearing on new standardized test

    Lansing — The public will get a chance to weigh in on what Michigan's next standardized test for students should look like.

    • 11:45 PM, Jul. 29, 2014

    Schauer rolls out jobs agenda, opposes raising fuel tax to fix roads

    Lansing Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mark Schauer said Tuesday he opposes any increase in the state's fuel taxes to fund road increases, drawing a distinction ...

  15. Dearborn Heights officials may seek oversight of primary amid discrimination claims

    Dearborn Heights — City leaders are considering seeking state or county oversight of next month's election after claims of voter suppression and discrimination ...

    • 12:06 AM, Jul. 29, 2014

    Familiar faces square off in Democratic primary for Peters' seat

    Three former and current Democratic elected officials are battling to replace U.S. Rep. Gary Peters of Bloomfield Township in the Aug. 5 primary, and they ...

  16. White House to honor Michigan blueberry producer

    Washington — A Paw Paw, Michigan, blueberry producer is among 15 'Champions of Change' for agriculture.

  17. Democrats have million-dollar day on impeachment talk

    Washington — House Democrats are cashing in on chatter about impeaching President Barack Obama, raising $1 million on Monday alone, their campaign chief said ...

  18. Potatoes for Michigan prison discarded after maggots found

    Munising — Officials discarded more than 4,000 pounds of potatoes at Alger Correctional Facility in Michigan's Upper Peninsula after maggots were found in a ...

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