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Detroit News Columnist Daniel Howes and Michigan Radio are partners in weekly essays examining what's hot in Michigan business and politics – and what it all means. This week, Howes says it’s now clear why Michigan State University’s interim president, John Engler, tapped an old Republican hand to head government relations for the university. They’ll need the help inside the Legislature, where outrage over its handling of the Larry Nassar sexual abuse scandal is driving lawmakers to put conditions on state appropriations for the university.

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