Minnesota and Michigan Mayors Signed Letter Asking for Continued Refugee Resettlement

Dozens of mayors from across the country recently issued a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to ask for continued refugee resettlement in their respective cities and townships.

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Michigan First State to Sue Opioid Distributors as Drug Dealers

Michigan became the first state in the nation to sue major opioid distributors as drug dealers because they “knowingly participated in the illegal distribution of the prescription opioids purchased by Michigan residents.”

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Gov. Whitmer Says It’s Unconstitutional for State to Help Nonpublic Schools Comply with State Laws

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said it’s “constitutionally prohibited” for the state to provide financial assistance to nonpublic schools in a recent legal brief.

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GOP Leaders Reject Whitmer’s Request to Pause Medicaid Work Requirements

Republican leaders in the Michigan Legislature announced Tuesday that they won’t comply with Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s request to pause work-related requirements for Michigan’s Medicaid expansion program.

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Gov. Whitmer ‘Looking Into’ Removing Wayne State Board Members Who Voted to Oust President

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is reportedly “looking into” removing members of the Wayne State University Board of Governors who voted to oust the school’s president because of his handling of a new free tuition pledge.

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Senate Majority Leader Says Gov. Whitmer Is ‘On the Bat S–t Crazy Spectrum’

Michigan Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey (R-Clarklake) recently told a group of College Republicans that his Democratic colleagues are “on the bat s–t crazy spectrum.”

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Michigan Budget Talks Stall Again Between Whitmer and GOP Leaders as They Remain Apart on Key Issues

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and Republican congressional leaders did not take any action after Thursday’s meeting to address issues around the almost $1 billion left out of Michigan’s final budget.

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Whitmer Signs Bill That Treats 17-Year-Olds Who Are Charged With a Crime as Juveniles Rather Than Adults

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer Thursday signed “Raise the Age” legislation that increased the age a person can be charged with a crime as an adult from 17 years old to 18 years old. A stipulation in the bill allows for 17-year-olds who are charged with crimes like rape or murder to be tried as adults.

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Michigan Republican House Reps Ask Whitmer to Reconsider Michigan Tuition Grant Budget Cut

Every Republican Michigan House of Representative member sent a signed letter to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer Tuesday asking her to reconsider vetoing funding for the Michigan Tuition Grant. This grant gives students up to $2,400 per year to attend one of Michigan’s independent colleges.

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Second Lawsuit Filed Against Michigan’s Flavored E-Cig Ban

by Bruce Walker   Close on the heels of a lawsuit challenging Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s statewide ban on flavored e-cigarette products by an Upper Peninsula shop owner, a second lawsuit was filed Friday by Grand Rapids-based Mister E-Liquid. The manufacturer of vaping products also operates several brick-and-mortar shops, which it…

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GOP Leaders Decline Whitmer’s Idea of Sending Her a Budget Proposal Before Attending a Weekend Conference

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer sent a letter to Michigan Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey and Speaker of the House Lee Chatfield Tuesday asking them to send a budget proposal before going to the Mackinac Republican Leadership Conference this weekend.

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Michigan’s Civil Rights Commission Has Voted to Fire Agustin Arbulu

Michigan’s Civil Rights Commission voted to fire Agustin Arbulu, the state’s civil rights director, in a five-to-two vote Tuesday after a seven-hour meeting. The commission’s board concluded that keeping Arbulu in his current position would go against its mission statement.

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Michigan’s Department of Civil Rights Director Takes Leave of Absence After Public Backlash

Agustin Arbulu, the director of Michigan’s Department of Civil Rights, is taking a leave of absence after Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and numerous elected officials called for his resignation. The length of Arbulu’s absence is unknown at this time.

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Michigan’s New Marijuana Laws: What Consumers, Business Owners Should Know

by Scott McClallen   The agency that regulates the marijuana market in Michigan has clarified rules to sell product legally to adult residents, making it easier for small businesses to enter the market. Michigan’s Marijuana Regulatory Agency said it plans to accept business applications through Nov. 1 and are required to…

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