Author Archives: Rick Pluta

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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Schuette: SCOTUS needs to resolve marriage question ASAP

gavelThe US Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals will not lift its order suspending the decision that struck down Michigan’s same-sex marriage ban. The court extended its stay on the ruling while the case is being litigated. But it did agree to an expedited schedule to hear the case. Read more

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Local officials ask US Attorney General to recognize MI same-sex marriages



US Attorney General Eric Holder has been asked to declare that the federal government will recognize same-sex marriages performed in Michigan over the weekend, even if the state won’t.
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Michigan same-sex marriage drama to play out this week

gavelMore than 300 newly married gay and lesbian couples in Michigan are watching to see what a federal appeals court might do this week.
Michigan Public Radio’s Rick Pluta reports, their marriages were performed this weekend before a federal appeals court called a halt to more same-sex weddings.
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Hearings to open on electricity deregulation



Hearings open this week at the state Capitol on a proposal to lift Michigan’s cap on electricity companies competing for customers. Michigan Public Radio’s Rick Pluta tells us a 2008 law says no more than 10 percent of the state’s electricity can be directly provided to consumers by an alternative to a region’s major utility.
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Snyder: Treat e-cigarettes like tobacco


Governor Rick Snyder says he wants electronic cigarettes to be regulated in Michigan as tobacco products. E-cigarettes deliver a dose of nicotine to users in a mist. There is a bill in the Legislature to ban e-cigarette sales to minors, but would not tax them like cigarettes or subject them to other tobacco-related regulations.
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Calley signs road funding bill

La Fonda Overcrossing being taken down during Highway 1 widening.A new mid-year state budget bill will spend 215 (m) million dollars on road construction and maintenance. We have more from Michigan Public Radio’s Rick Pluta.
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Budget will with roadwork money headed to Snyder

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The Legislature has approved a mid-year budget bill that includes $215 million for roads. It now goes to Governor Rick Snyder.
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Campaign to stop wolf hunt to turn in petitions



The campaign to stop wolf hunts in Michigan says it has more than enough petition signatures to get a referendum on the November ballot. This would be the second ballot challenge to a wolf hunt because the state’s first wolf hunting law was blocked by a petition challenge that will also go before voters in November.
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