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The Michigan attorney general's office says a member of its team investigating Flint's crisis with lead-tainted water has resigned after being arrested on suspicion of drunken driving.

The office of Attorney General Bill Schuette says Ellis Stafford was arrested Saturday night in Wayne County.

In a statement, Schuette thanked Stafford "for his efforts" on the Flint water investigation and says he's praying for Ellis and his family.

A spokeswoman for Schuette says Monday morning she doesn't know whether Stafford has a lawyer who could comment.

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Republican legislative leaders are asking Michigan's attorney general to issue an opinion on the state's authority to close persistently low-performing public schools in Detroit as soon as the end of this academic year.

The letter released Friday was written by Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof and House Speaker Kevin Cotter.

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Michigan voters will continue to have the option of using one mark on the ballot to support a political party’s entire slate of candidates in November.

The U.S. Supreme Court has denied Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette’s request to reverse two lower courts and allow a ban on straight-ticket voting to take effect.

Mark Brewer is one the attorneys who challenged Michigan’s ban on straight-ticket voting. He called it a victory for voters.

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A top Republican lawmaker says he's considering "all options" to challenge Gov. Rick Snyder's determination that no low-performing Detroit public schools can be closed by the state for three years.

Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof said Tuesday one option is asking Attorney General Bill Schuette for a legal opinion.

Snyder's office said last week he interprets the law creating a new, debt-free Detroit school district this summer to mean the State School Reform Office can't close any district school until 2019.

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A legal drama over Michigan’s November election ballot could land next on the steps of the United States Supreme Court.

A federal appeals court has denied Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette’s request for a review of the straight-ticket voting controversy.

Republicans in the Legislature adopted a bill signed into law by Governor Rick Snyder earlier this year law that banned the practice of allowing voters to support a political party’s entire slate of candidates with a single mark on the ballot.

Gov. Rick Snyder addresses Michigan’s comeback at the Republican state convention.
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Michigan Republicans were in Grand Rapids this past weekend to finalize their slate on the November ballot and fire up for the final weeks of the election season. 

With the theme of 'Protect our Comeback,' the GOP hoped to energize voters for the upcoming election.

Polls show Democrat Hillary Clinton leading Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump in Michigan, and GOP leaders fear that will affect other races on the ballot.

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The office of Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette says a Detroit-area charity with a mission of supporting firefighters and fire victims is closing after an investigation found it misled donors.

Schuette's office announced Thursday that Wyandotte-based Firefighters Support Services has agreed to dissolve within 60 days and its directors will pay $144,000 during the next three years.

Most will go to the American Red Cross' southeastern Michigan chapter for home fire relief.

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State Attorney General Bill Schuette is asking every judge on the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals to review a voting rights decision. It says Michigan voters will be allowed to use a single mark on the ballot to support a political party’s entire slate of candidates. 

The Republican attorney general has lost twice now in court in efforts to defend Michigan’s ban on straight-ticket voting.

Republicans are hoping it will give them an edge going into November elections where many GOP candidates could face a tough time.

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Michigan voters will still be able to vote for a political party’s entire slate of candidates with a single mark on the ballot, under a ruling Wednesday by a federal appeals court.

The appeals court upheld a lower court that said the state can’t ban the straight-ticket voting option from the November ballot.

The three-judge panel of the US Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals agreed it places an undue burden on voters in large cities with big minority populations and crowded polling places.

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette has spent $2 million so far in the criminal investigation into the Flint water crisis.

The spending records were obtained as the result of a freedom of information request by The Detroit News. It shows much of the money was spent on salaries, phones, computers, and other equipment for a team of 40 lawyers and investigators hired for the job.

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