Author Archives: Rick Pluta

Reservist says village discriminated against him for military service

6th Circuit Court of AppealsIt’s starting to look like a military reservist could get his day in court. He says authorities in the village of Vicksburg near Kalamazoo discriminated against him because of his military service.
The US Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled for David Eichaker (EYE’-ay-ker). He was an officer in the Vicksburg Police Department who sometimes served as the acting chief when his boss was away on military reserve duty.
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Contractors ask Legislature to preserve prevailing wage

construction genericA group of construction contractors and trade unions is pushing back against an effort at the state Capitol to repeal prevailing wage requirements on many publicly funded projects.

State and local prevailing wage rules require contractors to pay union-level wages on schools and other public building projects. A petition drive led by non-union builders has gathered signatures to put the question before the Legislature.
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GOP lawmaker wants to guarantee expulsions stick

CourserandGamratA Republican legislator is drafting a bill to ensure that state lawmakers who are expelled or quit remain out of office. But, it’s not clear if it’s possible to stop former Representatives Todd Courser or Cindy Gamrat from running for and winning their old jobs.
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Republicans dream of winning at Mackinac conference

logo-GOPMany Michigan Republicans spent the weekend on Mackinac Island, where they enjoyed fine dining and cocktail receptions, listened to the campaign pitches of five presidential candidates, and plotted the future of their party.

And it was done mostly without the rancor that’s marked other Republican gatherings in recent years.
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Gamrat files for her old House seat

GAMRAT_0115_DSC4054Expelled state Representative Cindy Gamrat has filed to run for her old House seat.

Gamrat joins a Republican field that’s already five people and is expected to attract more. No Democrats have filed to run in the predominantly GOP seat in Allegan County.

Gamrat was removed last week by a two-thirds vote of the House over her role in a sex-and-cover-up scandal. She says that decision was not fair to her voters.
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Snyder declares Michigan “Welcoming Week” to honor immigrants

Republicanlogo.svgThe immigration question is causing turmoil in the Republican presidential primary, but Governor Rick Snyder is standing by his staunchly pro-immigration position. Snyder has declared this “Welcoming Week” with a particular focus on honoring immigrants.
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