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Wednesday, October 12,2011

Same-sex benefits costing state all of $600,000

by Kyle Melinn
He’s aware of HB 4770, which passed the state House last month 64-44. It would ban the state or any other public employer from offering benefits to same-sex or opposite-sex live-in couples who are not married. The bill now sits in the Senate, where its passage in the Republican-controlled body is likely.
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Wednesday, September 28,2011

Snyder says no to red meat

by Kyle Melinn
I heard the same courtesy claps only hours earlier at a "welcome forum," where Snyder defended to a theater full of rightwingers why he favors taxing Internet purchases, creating a body mass index for children and building second bridge to compete with a private bridge to Canada ' oh, and why he’s not crazy about "Right To Work.
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Wednesday, September 14,2011

Solutions, not parking lot for Oliver Towers land

by Kyle Melinn
Why can’t I get excited about this pending land swap in which Davenport University gets that prime piece of land across the street from Lansing Community College in exchange for property a block down the river for the "boondoggle site" of the Michigan State Police?.
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Wednesday, September 7,2011

Warning: No jobs created by this column

by Kyle Melinn
A "job." It’s something about every adult needs to scratch out a living. It’s been retooled from rhetorical overuse into a cheap political hammer. It’s been used so many times by so many well-meaning politicians, it’s become a plastic shell that looks good when presented right, but has no functional use.
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Wednesday, August 31,2011

Republicans have recall eyes on Byrum

by Kyle Melinn
Since late spring, progressive types angry about the public school cuts and the anti-union stuff coming out of Republican-led Lansing have been passing around recall petitions. They want Gov. Rick Snyder out. They want at least 26 legislative lawmakers, too.
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Wednesday, August 31,2011

Clearly, recalls being used for political gain

by Kyle Melinn
Is anything about those four sentences unclear to you? It was for the Ingham County Elections Commission. They ruled last week that the wording was so unclear, it wasn’t fit to put on the top of Holt man Robert Walter’s recall petitions against both Whitmer and Byrum.
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Wednesday, August 24,2011

Robinson, Quinney leave door open for 68th

by Kyle Melinn
A pair of Lansing City Council members up for re-election this November are not flatly ruling out the possibility of running for the state House of Representatives next year.
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Wednesday, August 17,2011

The area's top 10 most interesting politicians

by Kyle Melinn
Back in 2005, Bridget and I traveled around Peru with a small group of other foreign travelers that included a grandmotherly English woman named “Paddy,” who took interest one day in learning that I covered politics.
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Wednesday, August 3,2011

Wood leads the field, setting stage for 4th term

by Kyle Melinn
Former 1st Ward Councilman Harold Leeman watched his political career swirl down the drain as he lost his third straight election in convincing fashion. His 295 votes was only eight better than young political neophyte Joe Manzella’s vote total..
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Wednesday, July 20,2011

Sorg to run for Byrum's seat

by Kyle Melinn
While Kelly Bernero’s hopes of being a state rep in 2012 have essentially vanished after her impaired-driving arrest in which pot was allegedly found in her car, Sorg still would have needed to leapfrog Ingham County Commissioner Andy Schor and one, if not two, sitting Lansing City Council members, Derrick Quinney and A’Lynne Robinson.
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