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Why some experts say Michigan's state and Congressional districts skew Republican »

"Every 10 years, states are tasked with redrawing the lines of state House, state Senate and Congressional districts to reflect changes in population based on U.S. Census data. "

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Future of bills allowing concealed carry without a license uncertain in Senate »

"LANSING, MI - State representatives including Rep. John Reilly, R-Oakland Twp., are urging the Senate to take up House-passed legislation to eliminate the requirement for concealed pistol licenses.  "

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Michigan increases Flint Water Crisis defendant budget by $4M »

"LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- The state of Michigan has authorized spending $4 million more to defend its environmental agency and current and former regulators against criminal charges and lawsuits related to Flint's water crisis."

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Flint residents back at risk of losing homes over unpaid water bills »

"FLINT, MI -- Approximately 8,000 Flint residents are back at risk of losing their homes over unpaid water bills after Flint's state-appointed financial board struck down a one-year moratorium on water liens."

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No payments yet for victims of meningitis outbreak »

"Washington — The Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office hasn’t paid any claims from the $40 million compensation fund set up last year for victims of the 2012 fungal meningitis outbreak, though it expects to begin processing applications soon, according to a letter sent this month to lawmakers."

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Make wise behavioral health plan »

"They often say the best predictor of future behavior is what we have done in the past. As the Legislature is examining how best to integrate physical health care with behavioral health care within the Medicaid/publicly-funded system, the current proposed language is pointing to the Medicaid Health Plans as the best solution. But this must be considered carefully."

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Labor Voices: New NAFTA for working families »

"The UAW has always been about a greater calling. We are more than just contracts and bargaining; we are also about lifting up our communities and fighting for fairness for all working men and women. The concerns of the UAW and the labor movement aren’t limited to those who carry a union card."

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Where's Teacher Shortage School Districts Claim? »

"For several years public school administrators and teacher unions assisted by voices in the mainstream media have promoted the idea that education reforms enacted under a Republican governor and legislature in recent years, plus low pay, has created a statewide teacher shortage."

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Why Does Michigan License Painters? »

"Michigan would join the vast majority of states in freeing prospective painters from needless government licensing requirements and fees if it passes proposed changes. That’s a good move, and would be another step towards right-sizing regulations."

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Gerrymandered political districts poison democracy »

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Don't hold your breath, but there's a chance the United States Supreme Court may strike down what has now become the single most flagrantly partisan, anti-democratic aspect of our politics:"

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