Author Archives: Rick Pluta

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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POTUS stumps in Michigan for minimum wage hike

President Obama was in Ann Arbor today to make the case for an increase in the minimum wage. The President told a crowd at the University of Michigan it’s a mistake to try to boost the economy with tax breaks for the wealthy.

“We believe our economy grows best not from the top down, but from the middle up and the bottom up. And we want to make sure that no matter where you’re born, what circumstances, how you started out, what you look like, what you’re last name is, who you love, it doesn’t matter. You can succeed. That’s what we believe.”

The President has proposed raising the federal minimum wage to 10 dollars and 10 cents. The President also endorsed a ballot drive in Michigan to increase the state minimum wage. Employer groups say an increase in the minimum wage would cost jobs, drive up prices, and slow the economic recovery.

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Lisa Brown to be Mark Schauer’s running mate


Democrat Mark Schauer will name Oakland County Clerk Lisa Brown as his running mate in his campaign for governor. An announcement is planned in Oakland County.

Lisa Brown comes from vote-rich Oakland County, fiercely contested territory for Republicans and Democrats. She’s a prodigious fundraiser. She is also a favorite of progressives. She challenged Michigan’s ban on same-sex marriage in court. And she opened county offices the Saturday after a judge struck down Michigan’s ban to allow hundreds of gay and lesbian couples to get married. As a state legislator, she was a fierce defender of abortion rights.

Multiple Democratic Party sources confirmed Brown is the choice, but there is no official word from the Schauer campaign. Under the Michigan Constitution, the choice for lieutenant governor candidate will have to be ratified by a party convention following the August primary. Schauer is challenging Republican Governor Rick Snyder.

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Judge dismisses lawsuit against Michigan petition circulator law

gavelA bill to let out-of-state residents gather petitions signatures is awaiting Governor Rick Snyder’s signature. Because of the bill, a federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed against the state.
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MI replies to Army corps invasive species report

fishingMichigan Attorney General Bill Schuette has filed the state’s response to the US Army Corps of Engineers invasive species report. Schuette says his biggest complaint is the report fails to outline an aggressive plan to stop Asian carp from reaching the Great Lakes.
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US Attorney General says will recognize MI same-sex marriages

same sex marriageThe federal government will recognize the marriages of 300 gay and lesbian couples performed last weekend in Michigan before more weddings were blocked by an appeals court. That means they will be able file joint federal tax returns and share federal government benefits.
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Congressional Democrats ask Holder to recognize MI gay marriages

same sex marriageSome congressional Democrats are putting pressure on Michigan to recognize more than 300 same-sex marriages performed last weekend. They sent a letter today asking US Attorney General Eric Holder to grant federal recognition of the marriages.
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Governor Snyder: State will recognize 300 same-sex marriages



Governor Rick Snyder says same-sex marriages performed over the weekend in Michigan are legal, but they cannot be officially recognized by the state.
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