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Wednesday, June 13,2012

Seven proposals possible

by Kyle Melinn
1. The New Emergency Manager Repeal Law The public employee union, AFSCME, teamed up with Michigan Forward and others to repeal the state’s new emergency manager (EM) law, P.A. 4, which gives gubernatorial-appointed EMs the power to revoke a negotiated public employee union contract.
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Wednesday, June 6,2012

Union sets primaries against Dem commissioners

by Kyle Melinn
Commissioners Deb Nolan in the Okemos-based 12th, Brian McGrain in the East Lansing-based 10th and Carol Koenig in the East Lansing-based 9th all found themselves crossways with the Lansing Labor Council after at least three high-profile votes created a split within the commissioners’ otherwise congenial Democratic caucus.
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Wednesday, May 30,2012

Candidate cries foul over last-minute switch

by Kyle Melinn
Moments before the 4 p.m. May 15 candidate filing deadline, Kathy Rodgers filed instead to run against Mitchell for the Democratic nomination for supervisor. With nobody else filing to run for treasurer, Leo Rodgers put in for the spot.
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Wednesday, May 23,2012

Mulch ado about nothing?

by Kyle Melinn
Most of it ended up back in Mason at the drain commissioner’s office, where it was bagged and made available free through word of mouth to anyone who wanted it, Lindemann said. That’s how such waste has been handled for 40 years, he added.
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Wednesday, May 16,2012

Leeman, O'Dell join 68th sweepstakes

by Kyle Melinn
Without Leeman — and presumably O’Dell — Schor had a clear path to the Democratic nomination with Robinson and Copedge chopping up that 3rd Ward and African-American support. With both cutting into Schor’s support in eastern Lansing and the westside neighborhood, the race becomes more muddled.
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Wednesday, May 9,2012

Romney tries latest reinvention in Lansing

by Kyle Melinn
Last time we saw Mitt Romney, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee was hightailing out of Novi, having narrowly escaped what would have been an embarrassing primary election beating at the hands of Rick (who?) Santorum.
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Wednesday, May 2,2012

No shortage of interest in Manderfield, Jordon seats

by Kyle Melinn
This year is no exception. Ingham County Circuit Judge Paula Manderfield and East Lansing District Judge David Jordon are hanging up their robes for good, and a combined eight attorneys filed by the Tuesday deadline to seek their seats. The top two finishers for each race in the nonpartisan August primary will face off in the November primary.
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Wednesday, April 25,2012

An unconventional script

by Kyle Melinn
Lindemann is the 20-year incumbent running for a sixth term managing the county’s numerous drains. It’s a deceivingly powerful position that comes with the ability to blow up million-dollar developments or tax entire communities without a public vote.
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Wednesday, April 11,2012

Ingham judges keep Repubs on edge

by Kyle Melinn
The Ingham County Circuit Court is making its presence known these days by raising legal questions about the laws coming out of the Capitol this session. At least six times in the last seven weeks, the court has temporarily put the breaks on a Snyder-signed law.
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Wednesday, April 4,2012

Divided African American field emerging in 68th

by Kyle Melinn
While Robinson declined to talk about the race until next Thursday, the other two admitted the concern among some within the African-American community is real and that there are ongoing discussions about what should be done about it.
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