Author Archives: Rick Pluta

SCOTUS upholds Michigan affirmative action amendment

gavelThe US Supreme Court has upheld Michigan’s ban on race- and gender-conscious admissions policies at public universities.
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Supreme Court upholds Michigan ban on affirmative action

file000619663500The US Supreme Court has upheld Michigan’s ban on race and gender-based affirmative action that was approved by voters eight years ago.
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Peters files nominating petitions for US Senate


Congressman Gary Peters has filed petition signatures to put his name on the ballot. Peters is a Democrat running to succeed retiring US Senator Carl Levin. Peters’ support for the federal healthcare law has been an issue in the campaign. Peters says that’s OK with him.
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Bolger: Unions will have to put up cash to help settle Detroit bankruptcy

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Michigan Capital Building

The state House Republican leader says he expects unions to put up cash from their bank accounts as part of Detroit’s bankruptcy settlement.
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Schauer files 27,000 signatures to get name on ballot

Former Congressman Mark Schauer

Former Congressman Mark Schauer

Democrat Mark Schauer filed 27 thousand petition signatures Friday to put his name on the August primary ballot.
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Snyder files for reelection

RickSnyderGovernor Rick Snyder has filed 26 thousand petition signatures to put his name on the Republican primary ballot in August, and – if all goes as planned – make him a candidate for reelection in November.
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Michigan jobless rate drops to 7.5 percent


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Michigan’s unemployment rate dropped slightly last month to seven and a half percent.

It marks the seventh month in a row the rate has declined, and its lowest point since April of 2008.

The jobless rate is a little more than one percent below where it was a year ago, and outpaced the improvement in the national rate over the same period.

Over the past 12 months, employment grew in the manufacturing, high-tech, and hotel-and-restaurant sectors.

There were job losses in the government and financial sectors.

The overall drop in statistical unemployment in Michigan has been slowed somewhat by people re-joining the workforce to compete for jobs.

Also, when people who have stopped looking for work, as well as part-time workers who’d like to be full-time, are added the mix, Michigan’s rate of unemployment and under-employment is 15-point-two percent.

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Snyder sued for not recognizing same-sex marriages



The ACLU and eight same-sex couples have sued the state. As Michigan Public Radio’s Rick Pluta reports, they say Michigan has to recognize their marriages while a court decision is under appeal.
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Schuette asks for fast action marriage case

State Attorney General Bill Schuette has asked a federal appeals court to put the legal challenge to Michigan’s ban on same-sex marriage on a fast track. Schuette is defending Michigan’s ban.
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Speaker rolls out new roads plan

DSC07421In Lansing, Republicans have rolled out a new plan to pay for fixing and maintaining roads and bridges.
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