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MI Supreme Court next stop for marijuana campaign

potThe campaign to legalize marijuana in Michigan is taking its case to the state Supreme Court. That’s after a Michigan Court of Claims judge rejected its bid to get on the November ballot. The M-I Legalize campaign wants state elections officials to count petition signatures gathered outside a 180-day window. The judge says the elections officials were following the rules when they rejected the signatures as too old.
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Schuette asks for full appeals court review of voting decision

billlschuetteState Attorney General Bill Schuette is asking every judge on the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals to review a voting rights decision. It says Michigan voters will be allowed to use a single mark on the ballot to support a political party’s entire slate of candidates.
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New DEQ chief says oil industry background won’t effort her job

deschutes RiverThe new director of the state Department of Environmental Quality says her background as an oil industry lobbyist won’t interfere with how she does her job.

Heidi Grether says her top priorities are restoring employee morale and public confidence in the DEQ after the Flint water crisis.

Grether says she’s not surprised by criticism of her appointment because she worked as an oil industry lobbyist. She says that experience gives her some perspective.

“But that doesn’t mean I necessarily think a certain way.”

Her work for BP included helping with the response to the Gulf oil spill.

Grether is still undecided on whether an Enbridge energy pipeline beneath the Straits of Mackinac needs to be shut down. She says her oil industry background won’t bias her on the question.

Schuette says appeal of voting decision in the works

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette.

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette.

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette has set the stage for the next step in the fight over straight-ticket voting. A federal judge last week blocked Republican efforts to stop voters from using a single mark on the ballot to support a political party’s entire slate of candidates.
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