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Wednesday, June 8,2011

Tax amnesty program hits halfway total

by Kyle Melinn
The Republican-led House had suggested the idea back in 2006. At the time, it was yet another duct-tape-and-bailing-wire budget patch job. The thought was that if the Department of Treasury waived penalties for 60 days for anyone who owed a significant amount of back taxes, the state could raise about $25 million.
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Wednesday, June 1,2011

Early polls make for fun read

by Kyle Melinn
The year 2012 brings three open state representatives races with Democrats Joan Bauer, Mark Meadows and Barb Byrum all termed out on Dec. 31. And Grebner, the heart of Practical Political Consulting in East Lansing, is interested in what could happen in the Democratic Party primary in each of those seats.
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Wednesday, May 25,2011

County clerk race fills up

Bryanton weighs retirement, Byrum and Swope in the wings

by Kyle Melinn
Ingham County Clerk Mike Bryanton is leaning against running for another term in 2012, and there’s no shortage of interested candidates ' chief among them state Rep. Barb Byrum and Lansing City Clerk Chris Swope ' if he decides to hang it up after 17 years on the job.
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Wednesday, May 18,2011

Accident Fund: If we build it, can they come?

by Kyle Melinn
Like just about everyone else in town, downtown worker Judy Putnam was marveling at the gorgeous new Accident Fund headquarters the other day when she got the itch to peek inside.What’s the harm, right? It’s not the Sears Tower or the Empire State Building, but this is the closest thing we have to cool in Lansing. Surely they wouldn’t mind if someone wanted to see the lobby ...
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Wednesday, May 11,2011

Hewitt out, six others get in 1st Ward race

by Kyle Melinn
Councilman Eric Hewitt, the first-term member from the 1st Ward, opted against filing for re-election, creating a wide-open, six-person race that features a former councilman, a former state representative and several aggressive newcomers. The top two will face each other in November.
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Friday, April 29,2011

Ferguson puts chips on MSU over Greektown

by Kyle Melinn
The chairman of the Michigan State University Board of Trustees told the Michigan Gaming Control Board this week he is withdrawing his name from consideration for one of seven spots overseeing one of Detroit’s three casinos, a venture that would...
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Wednesday, April 13,2011

Snyder's plan may not create any jobs

by Kyle Melinn
On Tuesday, it was learned Snyder, Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville and House Speaker Jase Bolger agreed on a revamped way to get rid of the Michigan Business Tax by softening the impact of the "pension tax," but what will be pushed through the Legislature is still more than 90 percent Snyder’s original plan.
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Wednesday, April 6,2011

Second casino plan targets Lansing

by Kyle Melinn
Michigan is Yours! is the moniker being used by developer Tony Gray and Chief David Tomby, who tried four years ago to build a casino on top of Cobo Hall ' something he called the Xanadu Plan. Detroit radio host John Mason and music artist Morris Day also have signed on to this effort to collect 400,000 signatures by Oct.
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Wednesday, March 30,2011

Like father, like daughter?

Like father, like daughter? Young Bernero testing political waters

by Kyle Melinn
The name "Bernero" may be showing up again on another ballot near you. This time the first name accompanying the well-known surname won’t be "Virg." It would be Kelly.
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Thursday, March 24,2011

Do these protests really make a difference?

by Kyle Melinn
Koopsen’s mind was made up. "Most of us are students. It’s hard to get by with money and everything, but at the end of the day people who have nothing have the right to speak," said the 19-year-old Western Michigan University student. "If this is the way we speak, by being arrested, I’m willing to speak that way.
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