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Wednesday, January 23,2013

Gun limits

Schor seeks open carry ban in schools, other gun-free zones

by Kyle Melinn
President Barack Obama last week laid out what were reportedly "the most expansive gun-control policies" in generations. In Lansing, state Rep. Andy Schor is preparing to introduce his own gun control proposal that would tighten Michigan's rules for openly carrying guns.
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Wednesday, January 9,2013

10 issues to watch in '13

by Kyle Melinn
Just when you thought Gov. Rick Snyder and the Republican-led Legislature's 2011 mojo petered out in 2012, out pops right to work, the phase-out of the Personal Property Tax, the long-sought regional transit authority for southeast Michigan and new abortion restrictions.
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Wednesday, December 19,2012

GOP shooting itself in foot

by Kyle Melinn
It was midnight last Thursday, I think, when I got around to compiling a list of some 20 bills my MIRS team and I needed to track going into the last day of an already overly active lame duck in the Michigan Legislature.
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Wednesday, December 12,2012

Right to Work Just Part of Michigan's Big Turn Right

by Kyle Melinn
Sorry, Democrats. Gov. Rick Snyder and his Republican elves in the legislature are leaving no presents under your tree this Christmas.
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Wednesday, December 5,2012

It's Virg v. Who? in 2013

by Kyle Melinn
Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero reaffirmed to me last week he's running for a third term next year, hoping to become the fifth chief executive in the city's history to serve more than 10 years.
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Wednesday, November 21,2012

Here comes RTW

by Kyle Melinn
Organized labor took it on the chin on Election Day, and now it's getting ready for a legislative haymaker that could send the movement back in Michigan to the 1930s.
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Wednesday, November 7,2012

House D's avoid bloody battle

by Kyle Melinn
The rise of Tim Greimel, who is expected to be named the Democrats' new leader in the state House of Representatives, has been nothing less than fascinating. Greimel, of Pontiac, a former Oakland County commissioner who only joined the legislature in March, sealed the deal behind the scenes Saturday.
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Wednesday, October 24,2012

Lansing TV stations see $5M boost from political ads

by Kyle Melinn
Lansing's four major television networks are seeing more than $5 million in revenue this campaign season. But it's not as much as the stations hoped — and not as much as it could have been.
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Wednesday, October 10,2012

U.S. Senate race is over

by Kyle Melinn
During Paul Ryan’s Rochester visit Monday, Republican U.S. Senate candidate Pete Hoekstra took the microphone to plead for money. He's got a new television commercial and not a lot of money to buy up the shrinking TV ad time. Folks like his opponent, U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow, cherry-picked the good time blocks weeks ago.
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Wednesday, October 3,2012

Tis the season for voter suppression

by Kyle Melinn
No campaign season is truly complete without the biennial "voter suppression/secure vote" scrum that Democrats and Republicans can't help but roll around, particularly when they smell a close election. This year's version features Republican Secretary of State Ruth Johnson's unenforceable mandate that election workers ask every voter to fill out a special pre-ballot question about whether he or she is a U.S. citizen.
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