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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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Wednesday, November 24,2010

Still a lot to do for Legislature

by Kyle Melinn
How can the Mike Bishop-led state Senate and the Andy Dillon-led state House seriously close up shop a month early on the claim that there’s nothing left to be done?If you had nothing on your list to start, it’s quite easy to finish it.
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Wednesday, November 17,2010

Some 'real' Dems to pick from

by Kyle Melinn
Liberals hate the pick, too. To them, it’s an empty overture. Snyder can claim bipartisanship, but only by tapping the most Republican Democrat in the state of Michigan. This guy could only pass budgets in the state House by teaming up with the entire Republican caucus, for crying out loud!.
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Wednesday, November 3,2010

Political future still bright for Virg

by Kyle Melinn
Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero's 2010 gubernatorial bid officially ended Tuesday night, but those who've followed Bernero's political career say it's unlikely that his political career has suffered any long-term damage, let alone ended."Past is prologue," as Bernero likes to say. And if that's the case with Bernero, he'll be back in the political arena soon, even though he ended up losing 59 percent to 39 percent to Republican Rick Snyder, with 76 percent of the vote counted.
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Wednesday, October 27,2010

Snyder, Bernero have their differences

by Kyle Melinn
Snyder, a Battle Creek native, didn’t have much support from GOP activists in the primary. No Right to Life. No chamber. Few elected officials. He dug into his healthy bank account for $6 million. Bought some slick TV ads from Hollywood. Created the loveable nerd schtick.
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Wednesday, October 27,2010

It’s experience vs. passion in secretary of state race

by Kyle Melinn
The 2010 secretary of state’s race has turned into a referendum on the Democratic nominee, a 33-year-old election attorney whom Democrats frame as a champion for voters’ rights. A Wayne State University professor, she wrote a book on being secretary of state and numerous articles on the elections process.
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Wednesday, October 27,2010

Leyton, Schuette lobby to be 'Top Cop'

by Kyle Melinn
Historically, attorney general campaigns in Michigan have revolved around law enforcement.The 2010 match-up between Democratic Genesee County Prosecutor David Leyton and former appellate judge Bill Schuette is not an exception. Both have taken pains to puff up their law enforcement credentials while thrashing the others’.
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Wednesday, October 27,2010

Young, Davis seek return to Supreme Court

by Kyle Melinn
In split cases, the vocal Young tends to side with hospitals, insurance companies and businesses at the expense of consumers, patients and accident victims on the argument that he’s interpreting the law as written, without adding meaning to the text. The decisions, his supporters argue, end up meaning lower costs for products.
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Wednesday, October 27,2010

Education board posts

by Kyle Melinn
The following are the major-party candidates seeking posts on the State Board of Education and the state’s three elected university boards.
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Wednesday, October 27,2010

Proposals would re-write Constitution, ban felons from office

by Kyle Melinn
There’s no same-sex marriage, stem-cell research and affirmative action. No out-ofstate financier is throwing a medical marijuana-like initiative into the mix. Nobody has any money, and those who do realize that most people do not and they’re not interested in talking about anything but jobs and the economy.
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