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Thursday, March 24,2011

Do these protests really make a difference?

by Kyle Melinn
Koopsen’s mind was made up. "Most of us are students. It’s hard to get by with money and everything, but at the end of the day people who have nothing have the right to speak," said the 19-year-old Western Michigan University student. "If this is the way we speak, by being arrested, I’m willing to speak that way.
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Wednesday, March 16,2011

Equal rights don't come with price tag

by Kyle Melinn
I understand Michigan has this crater-sized budget hole and everyone is getting nixed. I get it, I get it. That’s just the way it is.What I don’t understand is why conservative legislators are getting away with using these tough times as an excuse, again, to treat its public employees differently based on whom they sleep with.
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Wednesday, March 2,2011

No Labor Day for Michigan unions, either

by Kyle Melinn
Gov. Rick Snyder and the Republican-led Legislature aren’t talking about ending public employees’ collective bargaining rights like their GOP friends across the big pond. Instead, they’re setting so many little fires, labor unions are being forced to split up to put them all out.
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Wednesday, February 23,2011

Whitmer leading charge against Snyder budget

by Kyle Melinn
Her problems with Snyder’s budget: The elimination of the income tax exemption on pensions and the Earned Income Tax Credit, the $470-per-pupil cut to K-12 education, the 15 percent cut to universities, a $150 million cut to local governments, the $180 million in state employee concessions.
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Wednesday, February 16,2011

Warner sticks with 'good one'

by Kyle Melinn
Instead, Warner, 68, gave me what I asked for: Her sincere opinion on how Congress worked. Her most satisfying moment working for Rogers. And why, in her late ’50s, the long-time Greenville resident picked up and moved to Washington as a congressional staffer in 2001, a career choice typically reserved for wide-eyed 20-somethings fresh out of college.
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Wednesday, February 9,2011

It’s time police simmer down on pot

by Kyle Melinn
Didn’t nearly two-thirds of Michigan voters say two years ago that a limited amount of medical marijuana could be grown legally? That it’s high time police found more productive uses for their time than harassing someone growing a little weed in the backyard?
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Wednesday, January 26,2011

News flash: Dems like what Snyder is saying

by Kyle Melinn
Newly elected Sen. Rebekah Warren, D-Ann Arbor, the state’s most liberal state House member in 2010, praised Snyder for pledging $25 million to the Pure Michigan advertising campaign. The Detroit delegation was starry eyed about Snyder re-jimmying the emergency financial manager law and popping an urban renewal proposal.
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Wednesday, January 19,2011

Rick Jones: media whore

by Kyle Melinn
Over the holidays, the rest of the 147 state lawmakers’ minds were anywhere but on state politics. Jones had the stage to himself, and he took full advantage, making sure someone’s foot was firmly planted in Gov. Jennifer Granholm’s rear end on her way out the door.
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Wednesday, January 12,2011

Cars, a rut, tree limbs & the 'Sidewalk to Nowhere'

by Kyle Melinn
Maybe you forget your near-death experiences. I don’t forget mine. It happened on Waverly Road, exactly along that little stretch of road the city of Lansing and Lansing Township may lay this alleged $1.3 million "Sidewalk to Nowhere."
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Wednesday, January 5,2011

Liberals nervous over Rooney pick

by Kyle Melinn
Consider this: After the 2009-2010 session, there were 16 term-limited Republican senators who didn’t have another public office lined up after Dec. 31. There were five House Republicans in the same boat. Only one of them, former Sen. Patty Birkholz, has lined up anything under the new Snyder administration ' the Office of the Great Lakes.
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