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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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Wednesday, December 22,2010

Clarke a judge at last ' but for how long?

by Kyle Melinn
Here’s the situation: Krause’s current term is set to expire Jan. 1. She was elected in November to a new term, which begins at noon Jan. 1. Granholm appointed her to the Court of Appeals after she won reelection to the District Court, which created a vacancy.
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Wednesday, December 15,2010

Martinez highlights rumored names for Council

by Kyle Melinn
The big name is that of former state Rep. Lynne Martinez, who ran for mayor a few years back. Martinez was the state’s Children’s Ombudsman for a spell before becoming the executive director of the Greater Lansing Housing Coalition, a post she left last year.
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Wednesday, December 8,2010

Yorko's absences making her a political target?

by Kyle Melinn
Lansing City Councilwoman Jessica Yorko’s poor attendance at committee meetings is opening her up to political attacks from the unions.Yorko, who was elected in 2009 to represent the 4th Ward, missed half of her first 75 committee meetings.
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Wednesday, December 1,2010

Ever so slowly, ’fragile’ economy coming back

by Kyle Melinn
Some weeks, Rendon said he doesn’t take a paycheck so he can cover his employees’ pay and benefits. If the former Michigan Homebuilders Association president didn’t have some loyal repeat customers, he said he doesn’t know where his company would be..
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