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Democrats renew calls for legislative hearings on Flint water crisis

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Democrats in the state Legislature say lawmakers should get an opportunity to question people under oath about the Flint water crisis.

They’ve introduced a resolution that would give a state Senate panel subpoena power to investigate the situation. They say lawmakers have a duty to exercise their oversight powers to hold public officials accountable.


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Dems call on Snyder to push transparency measures ahead of State of the State

Gov Rick SnyderFlint’s water crisis is expected to be the focus of Governor Rick Snyder’s State of the State speech tonight.

Snyder will likely outline the next phase of his administration’s response to the crisis.

Michigan Democrats are calling for him to also back transparency measures that would – among other things – subject his office and lawmakers to public information requests.

“To clean up state government, and get to the bottom of the Flint water debacle and the other scandals plaguing this Republican-led government,” said Brandon Dillon.

Dillon chairs the Michigan Democratic Party. He’s also calling on the governor to release his e-mails related to Flint’s water crisis.

Bills would establish water as a “human right” in Michigan

bottled waterDemocrats in the state Legislature want to establish water as a “human right” under state law. It’s part of a package of bills meant to address tap water contamination and mass water shutoffs in cities like Flint and Detroit.
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Democrats hint at income tax ballot drive in 2016

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Some Democrats are hinting that a ballot campaign could be in the works to bring the graduated income tax to Michigan. State Representative Jim Townsend says he’d like to see a petition drive to put a question on the 2016 ballot to amend the state constitution. Continue reading

The balancing act: College and politics

Central-Michigan-University-seal.svgAs potential presidential candidates start to gear up for the 2016 election, both parties have made it clear they want to target young voters.

A population that can be challenging to reach. Continue reading