Author Archives: Rick Pluta

“Prevailing wage” to be an issue before new Legislature

money-coinsIt’s looking like “prevailing wage” will be an issue in the Legislature’s new session. It deals with pay rates for construction workers on publicly funded projects. It’s an issue that divides Governor Rick Snyder and the Legislature’s Republican leaders.
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Young, Larsen remove themselves from recount case

ballotTwo state Supreme Court justices have removed themselves from decisions related to the stalled recount of presidential ballots in Michigan.

State Supreme Court Justices Robert Young and Joan Larsen took themselves off the case because both are on President-elect Donald Trump’s list of potential United States Supreme Court nominees. That still leaves a three-to-two Republican majority on the court.

The Trump campaign convinced a lower court to shut down the recount. Trump won Michigan in November.

Michigan’s high court is considering a motion filed by the campaign of Green Party candidate Jill Stein to restart the recount.

Mark Brewer is a Stein campaign attorney.

“I think it’s even worse to start the recount than not complete it because there’s going to be even more unanswered questions as a result of stopping the recount where we did.”

The deadline to wrap up the recount is Tuesday.

Stein campaign asks 2 GOP justices to withdraw from recount case

votedGreen Party presidential candidate Jill Stein’s campaign is asking two Michigan Supreme Court justices to refrain from making decisions on the legal challenge to the statewide ballot recount. That’s because they’ve been named by President-elect Donald Trump as potential nominees to the US Supreme Court.
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Michigan’s ballot recount is delayed until at least next week

Example of a voting machine in Michigan.

Example of a voting machine in Michigan.

Plans to move ahead with a ballot recount in Michigan are on hold. The state Republican Party and President-elect Donald Trump’s campaign have filed an objection to the recount request by Green Party nominee Jill Stein. A state elections board meets tomorrow morning to consider the objection.

Fred Woodhams is with state Bureau of Elections. Continue reading