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Democrat withdraws from 4th Congressional District race, lends support to Alma practitioner

Democrat withdraws from 4th Congressional District race, lends support to Alma practitioner

Democrat John Barker dropped out of the 4th Congressional District race Monday to lend his support to Alma resident Jeff Holmes. Barker, a former Union Township supervisor, announced on his campaign’s Facebook page that he is ending his campaign to […]
Politics
Obama’s Ann Arbor speech highlights challenges for young Americans, divisions among parties

Obama’s Ann Arbor speech highlights challenges for young Americans, divisions among parties

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Matt Roughton is worried about how his children will be able to pay for college. Roughton, 52, was among dozens who gathered along East Hoover Avenue in Ann Arbor on Wednesday to watch President Barack Obama […]
Metro / Politics / Top Stories
Hundreds of attendees listen to President Barack Obama speak about minimum wage reform, Wednesday at the University of Michigan's Intramural Sports building in Ann Arbor.

Obama in Ann Arbor: $10.10 minimum wage a ‘no-brainer’

  ANN ARBOR, Mich. — President Barack Obama blasted congressional Republicans for opposing a minimum wage increase, Wednesday in Ann Arbor. Obama also urged voters to call their congressmen to get them to vote for the wage increase. “Nobody who […]
Metro / Politics
Obama to push for $10.10 minimum wage in Ann Arbor as debate heats up in Congress

Obama to push for $10.10 minimum wage in Ann Arbor as debate heats up in Congress

President Barack Obama is scheduled to speak at the University of Michigan at about 2:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Intramural Building to push for a raise in the federally-mandated minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10 per hour over the next […]
Politics
Camp to retire from Congress after 24 years

Camp to retire from Congress after 24 years

U.S. Rep. Dave Camp, R-Midland, the chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, announced Monday he will retire at the end of his current term. “This decision was reached after much consideration and discussion with my family,” Camp said […]
Isabella County / Metro / Politics / U.S./World
Same-sex marriages in Michigan will not be recognized during stay, students voice frustrations

Same-sex marriages in Michigan will not be recognized during stay, students voice frustrations

No same-sex couples were married in Isabella County on Saturday, while more than 300 were wedded statewide during a brief period in which it was legal. A voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage was overturned March 21in U.S. district court, in […]
Metro / Politics
House Bill 5184 intends to end energy monopoly in Michigan

House Bill 5184 intends to end energy monopoly in Michigan

Cheaper utility bills might be on the way for Michiganders as House Bill 5184 aims to end the duopoly of DTE Energy and Consumers Energy on the supply of energy in Michigan. The bill would effectively repeal a 2008 law, […]
Metro / Mount Pleasant / Politics / Student Government
CMU student pushes for campus polling location at city commission meeting

CMU student pushes for campus polling location at city commission meeting

An on-campus voting location could be a future reality for Central Michigan University students and staff. Rockford junior Brynn McDonnell, the Voices for Planned Parenthood Student Government Association representative, spoke to city commissioners during the public comment portion of Monday’s city commission meeting. […]
Metro / Politics
Plaintiffs to lift the ban on gay marriage, April DeBoer, background left, and her partner Jayne Rowse, stand outside Federal Court in Detroit, Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014 on a lunch break during their trial. (Mandi Wright/Detroit Free Press/MCT)

Same-sex marriage in Michigan left in legal limbo after weekend court orders

When Brighton senior William Joseph learned of Friday’s court order ruling Michigan’s ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional, it came as a welcomed surprise. “The decision makes sense,” Joseph said. “If you look at what’s happened in other states over the past […]
Politics

Student loan debt seen as ‘major’ issue for young people as elections approach

As the November midterm elections approach, student loan debt might be given a bigger spot on the national political stage. A December poll of Americans ages 18 to 24 conducted by the Harvard University Institute of Politics found 57 percent […]
Metro / Politics / U.S./World

‘Rape insurance bill’ sparks controversy over insurance plans funding abortions

Michigan residents who buy health insurance will now have to purchase separate policies or “riders” to cover most abortions. The Abortion Insurance Opt-Out Act, labeled by Democrats and other opponents of the law as the “rape insurance bill,” bars health […]
Isabella County / Metro / Politics
A car drives over potholes on E. Campus Drive on Sunday. A state plan for $100 million in extra road repair funding is in the House. (Adam Niemi | Assistant Photo Editor)

Michigan Senate OKs additional $100 million in road maintenance, bill awaits House approval

Approval of a Feb. 20 bill by the Michigan Senate will shift $100 million statewide to road agencies to help clear roads and fill potholes following a brutal winter. The supplemental appropriations bill passed 32-6 by the GOP-led Senate, with each […]


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