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  • Monday, April 27, 2015

Raising the sales tax: What voters should know »

"Michigan voters go to the polls May 5 to decide a statewide ballot proposal to raise the state sales tax from 6 cents on the dollar to 7 cents."

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Top 5 environmental issues facing Michigan »

"The following, in no particular order, could be the most important environmental issues facing Michigan in the next decade:"

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Flint-area legislators call for action by Florida officials following racial harassment claims »

"FLINT, MI -- Three Flint-area legislators are calling on the Florida State Legislature to take some action after claims of racial harassment by a group of students and chaperones at a hotel and restaurant in the Sunshine State."

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What High Court will weigh in same-sex marriage cases »

"The nine-member Supreme Court on Tuesday will hear arguments, set to run 21/2 hours, in highly anticipated cases about the right of same-sex couples to marry. The cases before the court come from Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee, all of which had their marriage bans upheld by the federal appeals court in Cincinnati in November. The court is expected to issue its landmark ruling in late June."

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Snyder downplays White House run 'speculation' — again »

"— Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder is headed to California on Monday to tout Michigan's economic turnaround, where he'll likely face more questions about whether he'll run for president."

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Congress should protect free and open Internet, keep government hands off -- Saginaw County Chamber »

"The Saginaw County Chamber of Commerce and the hundreds of businesses we represent in the region are deeply concerned about the recent decision by the Federal Communications Commission to place the free and open Internet under burdensome bureaucratic regulations."

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Judy Putnam: Proposal 1's strange bedfellows »

" Doug Pratt works for the Michigan Education Association. He's a Democrat. Rob Fowler heads the Small Business Association of Michigan. He's a Republican. When Fowler put up a pumpkin on his porch carved with an "R" for Romney in 2012, Pratt went home and carved one with an "O" for Obama."

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Sierra Club official: MDEQ, let us breathe downriver »

"Last month, lifelong River Rouge resident Ebony Elmore joined 250 others in standing up to corporate polluters at a Michigan Department of Environmental Quality hearing. “It’s not right to let big corporate polluters dirty our air for so long and threaten the health of our families,” she said. “We deserve safe air to breathe. This is a basic human right, and MDEQ isn’t protecting us.”"

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Kolar: If Prop 1 fails, there is no Plan B »

"May 5 and the special election for Proposition 1 is just around the corner. One of the comments I keep hearing about the proposal, though, is that we shouldn’t worry if it fails, because the Legislature will simply enact a “plan B” to fund roads."

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Editorial: Just say no to fracking petition »

"In a few weeks, signature gatherers will begin showing up in shopping mall parking lots and door-to-door in Michigan neighborhoods, trying to convince state citizens to cut themselves off from a cheap, plentiful and cleaner source of energy.

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