Category Archives: Federal Government

Obama says Flint children “will be fine”

President_Barack_ObamaPresident Obama was in Flint today (Wed.). He called the city’s drinking water crisis a man-made tragedy. But he also said anti-government crusades have discouraged critical investments in infrastructure.

Addressing a crowd of about a thousand people gathered in a high school gym, the president promised a sustained federal effort to help Flint recover

The president it will be years before all the water lines in the city are safe. In the mean time, he said, people should feel safe drinking tap water – as long as it’s filtered.

Snyder booed by Flint crowd at POTUS event

Snyder_courtesy_4Governor Rick Snyder took the stage to face an angry crowd in Flint today (Wed.). About a thousand people were gathered in a high school gymnasium to hear President Obama’s address in the city’s drinking water crisis. Many booed as the governor spoke for about two and a half minutes.
Governor Snyder is widely blamed in Flint for decisions that led to lead-tainted drinking water.
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Federal government attempting to keep Asian carp out of Great Lakes

The Federal government has given the Asian Carp Regional Coordinating Committee an increased budget, in an attempt to keep the invasive fish out of the Great Lakes.

But some scientists say it’s a battle the federal government simply cannot win.
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Indigenous people feel their concerns about pipelines fall on deaf ears

TranscanadaA Canadian oil company is suing the American government for denying the Keystone XL pipeline.

Aldo Seoane is the Co-founder of the Wicaheli League, and an advocate for indigenous peoples rights.

Seoane said while the legal issues are being handled in court, there is a voice going unheard.
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Two week multi-branch military training operation occurring in Northern Michigan

National Guard LogoDuring the first two weeks of April over a thousand soldiers from various military branches will descend on Northern Michigan for a joint training exercise.

Sergeant Jeremie Mead is the community relations specialist for Camp Grayling, where multiple parts of the exercise will take place.
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Poll: Majority of Michigan residents support recreational marijuana

pot53% of Michigan residents surveyed said they would vote yes if the legalization of recreational marijuana was on the November 2016 ballot.

That’s according to a poll conducted by the Michigan chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws.
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Michigan saw over 10 million dollars of campaign ads leading up to primary

This year in Michigan the Presidential Primary process was highly competitive on either side of the aisle. More money was spent on TV ads than any previous year.

For some, the spending paid off, for others it was a wasted effort.

Dominic Trimboli spoke with Craig Mauger, a political analyst from the Michigan Campaign Finance Network. Here’s a shortened version of their conversation.
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Oil company skips environmental assessment of century old pipelines

Plains PipelineTwo 98 year old oil pipelines under the St. Clair river may see an increased workload in the near future.

Plains All American Pipelines is attempting to get permission from the government to push crude oil through the lines.
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The plan behind John Kasich’s White House hopes

IMG_7691Presidential Candidate John Kasich visited Traverse City on Saturday ahead of Tuesday’s presidential primaries. During a press conference following the rally, Kasich spoke about his path to the Republican nomination.

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Bernie makes final pitch in Kalamazoo

Sanders0215-fotoAbout 3200 people turned out to hear Democratic primary candidate Bernie Sanders in Kalamazoo this morning. At the Wings Event Center, Sanders told the crowd that he’ll work to make things better for working people and students if he’s elected president. He drew cheers with proposals for a $15 minimum wage, free tuition at public universities and lower costs for prescription drugs. Sanders also called on the US to reinvest in its aging roads and water systems. He says the money to fix them could be raised by closing corporate tax loopholes.
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Congressional delegation makes stop in Flint

Setting up for the event at Grace Emmanuel Church in Flint

Setting up for the event at Grace Emmanuel Church in Flint

Today, A delegation of members of Congress went to Flint to listen to the grievances of local residents.

More than 100 people showed up to tell their stories, and attempt to be heard at the national level.

The overarching theme for the event, as Nancy Pelosi addressed a church full of Flint residents, was looking forward.
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