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Michigan Senate Republicans have blocked Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's appointee to a commission that regulates hunting and fishing. Democrats say Thursday's mostly party-line vote rejecting Anna Mitterling of Mason to the Natural Resources Commission was done because the GOP opposes a different nominee to the commission who supports gun control. It marks the first time in nearly a decade that a governor's nominee was rejected by the Senate. Whitmer named Mitterling, a Lansing Community College adjunct biology professor, to the commission in December.

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The Michigan Supreme Court is considering the legality of Republican lawmakers' unprecedented maneuver to significantly scale back minimum wage increases and paid sick leave requirements that began as ballot drives.

Justices heard arguments Wednesday.

Solicitor General Fadwa Hammoud said the Legislature's 2018 strategy - known as adopt-and-amend - was "outright" unconstitutional and a "slap in the face to the people." A lawyer for the House and Senate said nothing in the state constitution prevents the tactic.

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Michigan's Republican-led House and Senate are suing to preserve a law that makes it harder to qualify proposals for the statewide ballot.

Two lawsuits filed Wednesday in the Court of Claims and state appeals court seek to force Democratic Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson to follow the law enacted in December. Democratic Attorney General Dana Nessel has said key parts are unconstitutional.

The law says no more than 15% of petition signatures can be counted from a single congressional district.

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Michigan's Legislature is in session for a likely marathon final day of voting, as majority Republicans race to pass bills before a Democrat becomes governor in January.

Among the major items under consideration Thursday is legislation that would toughen rules for citizen-initiated ballot drives. It follows voters' passage of Democratic-backed proposals last month and Republicans' unprecedented move to weaken minimum wage and paid sick time laws that began as ballot initiatives.

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George Nash is a historian of American conservatism and author of The Conservative Intellectual Movement in American since 1945.

Recently, Nash visited Grand Valley State University’s Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies explaining in his keynote address American Conservatism and Populism in the Age of Trump.

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In a statewide poll Michigan voters overwhelmingly support expanding overtime pay. 

Lansing-based EPIC-MRA recently surveyed 600 registered Michigan voters asking this question: There is a proposal under consideration for either Michigan’s Legislature or Michigan’s next governor that would guarantee time-and-a-half overtime pay for salaried workers who earn up to $47,000 per year when they work more than 40 hours per week. 275,000 Michigan residents would be guaranteed overtime pay if this proposal was adopted. Would you favor or oppose this proposal?

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The U.S. House has passed the $1.5 trillion Tax Cuts and Jobs Act in a re-vote. West Michigan Congressional leaders explained they’re “yes” votes through social media.

“Hey, everybody it’s Bill Huizenga coming live from my office in Washington D.C.”

Via Facebook Live the Zeeland Republican explained his vote for tax reform was the right thing to do for the country.

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Construction trade unions are launching a ballot drive to keep intact Michigan's law that requires better wages and benefits for workers on state-financed building projects.

The Republican-led Legislature could vote early next year to repeal the law, despite opposition from GOP Gov. Rick Snyder, who supports it as a way to promote in-demand jobs in the trades.

A group has turned in signatures for veto-proof initiated legislation.

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Concealed guns could be carried in schools, churches and other places they’re currently banned under bills adopted Wednesday by the state Senate. The bills were adopted on largely party-line votes.

Republicans used the chance to clean up a loophole in the law to largely eliminate public concealed gun-free zones.

Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof says he considers places such as schools, day cares and stadiums where people cannot currently legally carry a concealed pistol to be more dangerous.

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Two pivotal Republican lawmakers who had opposed GOP health care legislation are now prepared to support it after meeting with President Donald Trump.

Congressmen Fred Upton of Michigan and Billy Long of Missouri made their announcement to reporters at the White House after meeting with Trump Wednesday.

They said they will back the bill with inclusion of a new amendment Upton authored adding more money to protect people with pre-existing conditions.

Upton and Long both had announced their opposition earlier this week over the pre-existing conditions issue.

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