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Business backed organizations say two initiatives waiting for approval from the Board of State Canvassers should not be on the November ballot.

They’re challenging the initiatives to raise the state’s minimum wage and to require earned sick time for employees.

The challenges, in part, involve whether the petitions have enough valid signatures to be on the November ballot.

Londell Thomas is a campaign manager for MI Time to Care. That’s the group behind the earned sick time petition. He says the campaign is confident it has enough valid signatures.


The state Attorney General wants a judge to review every document Michigan State University says is protected by attorney-client privilege. This is part of an ongoing investigation by a special prosecutor into the university.

The judge could review thousands of documents.

The investigation involves how Michigan State University handled former M-S-U sports doctor, Larry Nassar. Nassar will spend decades in prison for sexually assaulting his patients.

The Michigan Supreme Court has weighed in on what kinds of evidence can be admitted in sexual assault cases.

The court says evidence of a minor’s previous virginity, and subsequent pregnancy and abortion can be used in a rape trial. In the Wayne County case, the defense tried to argue the evidence was not admissible, in part, because it’s evidence of her sexual conduct. Evidence of a victim’s sexual conduct is not allowed under Michigan’s Rape Shield Statute.

Michigan history will be made on August 7th. It’ll be the first time Libertarians are on Michigan’s primary ballot.

The two Libertarian candidates for governor will hold a debate tomorrow.

The Libertarian party got so many votes during the 20-16 presidential election that now it gets to be in the primary.

Bill Gelineau and John Tatar are each vying to be their party’s choice for governor.

Jamie Lewis organized the debate. He says usually people don’t know there are Libertarian candidates until just before the general election – and then it’s too late. 

   A group called Promote the Vote says it wants to improve Michigan residents’ access to the voting booth.

   The coalition submitted more than 400-thousand signatures to get a measure the 20-18 ballot.

Promote the Vote wants to allow for no reason absentee voting and let people register to vote on the day of an election.

   Its proposal also calls for an audit of election results to ensure their integrity.

The Michigan Supreme Court will consider whether a redistricting proposal can go on the November 20-18 ballot.

       Voters Not Politicians is the group behind the redistricting proposal. It says it’s confident the Michigan Supreme Court will decide that the ballot proposal meets all the requirements. The proposal would overhaul how the state draws its district lines – It would put a 13-member commission in charge of the job instead of the state Legislature.

Two Republican businessmen hope to face-off against incumbent U-S Senator Debbie Stabenow in the 20-18 election.

       WKAR-TV hosted a debate between John James and Sandy Pensler today.

       James and Pensler took shots at each other’s donation records and support of President Donald Trump. Both vied to be seen as the most experienced, conservative choice to take on long-time sitting senator Stabenow.

Governor Rick Snyder signed almost 150 bills over the last few weeks. These were bills passed by the state Legislature before it went on its summer break.

The new laws range from getting rid of out-of-date laws to license plates. And several bills involve how to drive. Starting in September, drivers will have to give bicyclists at least three feet of space while passing.

   Tanya Baker is a spokesperson for Snyder.

“This is really important to protect bicyclists and other vulnerable roadway users.”

A group suing the state says they aren’t getting court ordered documents from current and former state lawmakers.

The League of Women Voters of Michigan say the Legislature has unfairly drawn the state’s district lines.

The League says severe partisan gerrymandering of the state’s district lines has suppressed the voices of Democratic voters.

A lawsuit involving the state Attorney General and his emails could go to the Michigan Supreme Court.

   A liberal advocacy group filed an appeal to the Supreme Court to get access to some emails by Schuette and his staff.

Progress Michigan says Schuette and his staff used their private email accounts for state business, effectively hiding their contents.

A spokesperson for the attorney general called the lawsuit “politically motivated.”

Mark Brewer is an attorney for Progress Michigan. He says Schuette shouldn’t be able to conduct state business in secret.