Tag Archives: Michigan

Michigan First State To Ban Flavored E-Cigarettes

The Washington Post reports: Michigan on Wednesday will become the first state in the nation to ban flavored e-cigarettes, a step the governor said was needed to protect young people from the potentially harmful effects of vaping. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D), in an interview, said the state health department found youth vaping constituted a public health emergency, prompting her to …

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MICHIGAN: Anti-Gay Former GOP State Rep Guilty Of Inventing Gay Hooker Story To Hide Adulterous Affair

You may recall this story providing days of mirth here on JMG way back in 2015. Lansing’s Fox News affiliate reports: A former Michigan lawmaker pleaded no contest Wednesday to a misdemeanor stemming from charges filed over a bizarre plot to hide his extramarital affair with another legislator. Todd Courser, a 47-year-old Republican from Silverwood who resigned from the state …

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MICHIGAN: City Council Candidate Wants To Keep Town “As White As Possible” Just Like Jesus Intended It To Be

The Port Huron Times Herald reports: Capitalizing on Marysville’s current momentum — from redeveloping the old Mighty Marysville property to improvements at city parks — quickly became a common theme for city election candidates during a forum Thursday night. But that thread was momentarily marred with shock following a racist statement from one City Council candidate in response to a …

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Michigan Cop Suspended After Black Prospective Home Buyer Finds KKK Memorabilia During His Visit [VIDEO]

Michigan Live reports: A Muskegon police officer has been placed on administrative leave while the city investigates an allegation that his home contains racist memorabilia. City Manager Frank Peterson said officer Charles Anderson, who is white, is on leave indefinitely pending the investigation. The memorabilia was discovered by an African-American Muskegon man who toured Anderson’s house, which is for sale. …

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Michigan GOP Rep Won’t Run In 2020 Due To “Vitriol”

Roll Call reports: Michigan Rep. Paul Mitchell won’t be running for a third term in 2020, saying he’s frustrated with how politics dominates policy in Congress. Elected to an open seat in 2016, Mitchell is the sophomore representative in GOP leadership. He represents the 10th District, a safe Republican seat that President Donald Trump carried by 32 points. “You look …

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POLL: Biden +11 Over Trump In Swing State Michigan

The Detroit Free Press reports: A new poll out Friday suggests more trouble for President Donald Trump’s reelection hopes in Michigan, with the survey showing him 11 percentage points behind former Vice President Joe Biden in a head-to-head race. The poll by EPIC-MRA of Lansing also suggests, for the second time since March, that a majority of Michiganders support replacing …

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Armed Nazis Appear At Detroit Pride Festival [VIDEO]

The Independent reports: In Detroit, an armed white supremacist group called the National Socialist Movement (NSM) descended on the annual Motor City Pride Festival, where they held placards, gave Nazi salutes and displayed armbands with swastikas. Photos from the event, which was attended by thousands of LGBT+ supporters, showed a group of around 10 neo-Nazis marching surrounded by police officers. …

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MICHIGAN: Amash Gets Standing Ovation, Accuses Pelosi Of Dragging Her Feet On Impeachment [VIDEO]

CBS News reports:  The only Republican in Congress to accuse President Trump of impeachable conduct faced voters in his Michigan district Tuesday, receiving a standing ovation from many who saluted his “courage” while sparring with some former supporters who faulted him for embracing a Democratic “smear attack” against Mr. Trump. During a two hour event that was originally scheduled to …

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Michigan GOP State Rep Charged With Soliciting Bribes Via Text Messages Says He Should Have Just Called

Michigan Live reports: State Rep. Larry Inman said he probably should have picked up the phone and called labor union representatives instead of sending texts that would later be part of a federal indictment alleging he solicited bribes. Inman, R-Traverse City, was indicted May 15 by federal prosecutors for attempted extortion, bribery and lying to an FBI agent. The indictment …

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MICHIGAN: Republican State Rep Indicted On Charge He Solicited Union Bribe On Vote For Wage Repeal Bill

The Detroit Free Press reports: A state representative has been indicted by a federal grand jury, accused of trying to sell his vote on a measure to repeal Michigan’s prevailing wage law. Rep. Larry Inman, R-Traverse City, was indicted Tuesday by a federal grand jury in Grand Rapids, court records show. House Speaker Lee Chatfield, R-Levering, called on Inman on …

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Michigan: Court Strikes Down Gerrymandered Districts

Roll Call reports: A three-judge panel on Thursday ruled that Michigan must use new congressional and legislative maps in 2020, potentially setting up a more favorable battlefield for House Democrats, who flipped two seats in the state last fall. The federal court invalidated portions of the existing maps, drawn by the GOP-controlled legislature in 2011, pointing to an unconstitutional partisan …

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MICHIGAN: Christian Adoption Agency Reverses After Settlement With State, Will Work With LGBT Parents

NBC News reports: A major faith-based foster care and adoption contractor for the state of Michigan said Monday it will place children in LGBTQ homes, reversing course following a recent legal settlement. Grand Rapids-based Bethany Christian Services is responsible for about 8 percent of Michigan’s more than 13,000 foster care and adoption cases involving children from troubled households. “We are …

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Junior Spawns “AOC Sucks” Chant At Michigan Rally

Mediaite reports: Before the President took the stage, his son, Donald Trump Jr. warmed up the crowd. During those remarks, he laid into Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and Democrats in general for being pushed by her to the left. “Think about the fact that every mainstream, leading Democratic contender is taking the advice of a freshman congresswoman who three weeks ago …

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Michigan Ends Funding For Anti-LGBT Adoption Groups

The Detroit Free Press reports: Michigan will no longer financially support adoption and foster care agencies that refuse to work with same-sex couples and LGBTQ individuals because of religious beliefs under the terms of a settlement of a lawsuit negotiated by Attorney General Dana Nessel. The settlement, which was announced Friday, sets up a battle with the Republican-led Legislature, which …

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GOP Leaders Of Michigan And North Carolina Offer To Host Trump’s SOTU At Their State Capitol Buildings

Mediaite reports: The GOP House Speakers of two states have invited President Donald Trump to give his State of the Union from their respective state capitols. “Due to the unavailability of the United States House of Representatives for your State of the Union address, I would like to extend to you an official invite to deliver your address in the …

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MICHIGAN: Dem Gov Bans Anti-LGBT Discrimination By State Contractors, Order Has No Religious Loopholes

The Associated Press reports: Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Monday signed a new directive to prohibit LGBT-based discrimination in state services or by state contractors, replacing a narrower order that her Republican predecessor issued days before he left office. Whitmer’s directive, like one signed by Gov. Rick Snyder in late December, says state contracts, grants and loans must include a …

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MICHIGAN: Lame Duck GOP Gov. Rick Snyder Makes It Harder For Activists To Put Proposals On Ballot

The Detroit Free Press reports: Republican Gov. Rick Snyder on Friday signed a law making it harder for groups to put proposals on the Michigan ballot, imposing a geographical-based requirement that could prevent them from gathering signatures for petitions mainly from the most populated areas. The move followed voters’ passage of three Democratic-backed proposals last month and Republicans’ unprecedented tactic …

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MICHIGAN: Legal Marijuana Use (But Not Sales) Begins

The Detroit Free Press reports: At 12:01 a.m. Thursday, Michigan turned green and became the 10th state in the nation to legalize marijuana for adult recreational use. But the old saying, “Smoke ’em if you got ’em,” carries many, many caveats. Marijuana won’t be commercially available for sale until state regulators draft rules and regulations for the recreational market. They …

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MICHIGAN: Republicans Gut Minimum Wage And Sick Leave Requirements In Lame Duck Session [VIDEO]

The Detroit Free Press reports: Amid a day of protests by hundreds of people across the Capitol on bills that change voter-approved ballot proposals and expand the authority of the Republican-controlled Legislature, the GOP voted to gut proposals to raise the minimum wage to $12 per hour and require employers to provide sick time for employees. Protesters filled the rotunda …

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MICHIGAN: Democrat Elissa Slotkin Flips House Seat

Called this morning. Detroit’s ABC affiliate reports: Republican incumbent Mike Bishop has conceded the race for Michigan’s 8th Congressional District to Democrat Elissa Slotkin. Slotkin, from Holly, previously worked in both the George W. Bush and Obama presidential administrations and unseated the two-term Republican. Bishop, who is from Rochester, served in both the State House and State Senate before being …

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