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State Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey again stoked controversy today when he refused to back off from questioning whether the January 6th US Capitol riot was real.

The exchange between Shirkey and Lieutenant Governor Garlin Gilchrist was captured on an open mic on the Senate rostrum.

   Shirkey defended his sentiments in this audio. 

“I don’t, frankly, take back any of the points I was trying to make. Some of the words I chose I would do different.”

 

…he told Gilchrist, and:

   “I don’t back off very easily and sometimes I should.”

A state Senate bill has been introduced to ban the Confederate battle flag at the state Capitol.
 

The flag was prominently displayed at protests in Lansing and during the insurrection at the US Capitol. A Republican lawmaker wore a Confederate flag facemask during a Senate session.
            State Senator Sylvia Santana is a Democrat from Detroit. Her bill would forbid the display of the Confederate battle flag in the Capitol building and on the grounds.
            Santana says the flag is a form of hate speech.

Governor Gretchen Whitmer has asked for five million dollars to ban hire personnel and install metal detectors to enforce a ban on guns in the state Capitol. That’s after the Michigan State Capitol Commission adopted a ban on openly carrying gun into the building.

The open carry ban won’t apply to law enforcement or people with concealed pistol licenses. But there’s still no way to know whether people are carrying a concealed gun legally or illegally into the Capitol.

Michigan Capitol Building photo
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  Cars surrounded the Michigan capitol grounds for blocks as far as the eye could see Wednesday, with drivers laying on their horns. At least two-hundred people left their cars and clustered at the front of the capitol, not observing social distancing or wearing masks.

Shelly Vanderwerff, was recently laid from the greenhouse where she worked in Zeeland Michigan. She says she’s not upset that the Governor took action to slow the spread of COVID-19.

MI lawmakers propose protections for whistleblowers

Dec 23, 2019
Michigan capitol building
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  Michigan lawmakers across the aisle want to pass more protections for whistleblowers who risk losing their jobs for reporting wrongdoing.

Their efforts, however, could face pushback from the state’s Democratic governor who has argued similar proposals are unconstitutional.

The Detroit News reports Democratic state Sen. Jeff Irwin and Republican state Sen. Tom Barrett sponsored bills that would offer extra protections for whistleblowers.

Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer vetoed similar measures this year, saying they were unconstitutional.