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  • 10-cent bag tax at Washtenaw County grocery stores approved

    06/03/2016 8:57:59 PM PDT · by Darren McCarty · 47 replies
    Mlive ^ | 6-2-2016 | Ryan Stanton
    ANN ARBOR, MI — If you don't bring your own reusable bags when you go grocery shopping, it could cost you. Washtenaw County commissioners voted 6-2 Wednesday night to approve a new carryout bag ordinance that imposes a 10-cent fee on consumers for every disposable bag they receive at retail grocery stores in the county. That includes both paper and plastic. The ordinance is intended to eliminate unnecessary waste and incentivize people to be more environmentally conscious. However, there's pending state legislation that could take away the county's ability to impose such regulations. Senate Bill 853 passed through the state...
  • Dad pulls kids out of Howell school so they don't have to share restroom with transgender classmate

    05/26/2016 4:51:19 PM PDT · by Darren McCarty · 46 replies
    WXYZ ^ | 5-26-2016
    It is a story that started when one dad asked his three sons who attend Southwest Elementary School in Howell a routine question: How was school today?“My son informed me there was a girl in the bathroom with him and the other kids in his class,” said Matt Stewart.He called the school. He asked why he wasn’t given warning that there was a transgender child in the school, why parents didn’t have a say on school policy, and what the options were to protect the privacy of his son.Stewart didn’t like the answers. He and his wife then decided to...
  • Rail on the brink (Detroit-Ann Arbor rail project)

    05/21/2016 7:40:43 AM PDT · by Darren McCarty · 24 replies
    SE Michigan Start UP ^ | 5-20-2016 | Patrick Dunn
    Ann Arborites often talk about the possibility of commuter rail service between Ann Arbor and Detroit in wistful tones, as if envisioning a beautiful pipe dream. But this November's election will make that vision a very real possibility. The Regional Transit Authority of Southeast Michigan (RTA) will put a millage proposal before voters in Washtenaw, Wayne, Macomb and Oakland counties this fall to fund its transit master plan for the region. In Washtenaw County, along with bus rapid transit service from Ann Arbor to Ypsilanti, that plan includes Detroit-to-Ann Arbor commuter rail making eight round trips a day at speeds...
  • Protestors rally at Planned Parenthoods, citing controversial videos

    08/22/2015 3:40:07 PM PDT · by Darren McCarty · 9 replies
    Michigan Public Radio ^ | 8-22-2015 | Kate Wells
    A woman in a minivan is not at all happy with Bethany Campbell’s massive poster, which shows the bloody detached head of a fetus and reads “Choice is Abortion.” “Little kids do not need to see that picture,” the minivan lady shouts over traffic noise at a busy intersection in Ann Arbor. “Yes, they do,” says Campbell, a blonde 25-year-old from Saline who says she’s worked as a nurse, and that while she’s been “pro-life my entire life,” this is her first time actually coming out to a protest against abortion. “For me, this is outside my comfort zone,” Campbell...
  • Michigan Reps Courser, Gamrat facing House probe over alleged relationship cover-up

    08/07/2015 8:45:22 AM PDT · by Darren McCarty · 10 replies
    Mlive ^ | 8-7-2016
    LANSING, MI — Michigan House Speaker Kevin Cotter is ordering an investigation into allegations that freshman state Reps. Todd Courser and Cindy Gamrat used their offices and staff in an apparent attempt to cover up a personal relationship. The Detroit News on Friday published raw and transcribed audio recorded by former House aide Ben Graham, who had worked for Courser until he was fired in July, when Gamrat also parted ways with a top aide. Courser, R-Lapeer, reportedly told Graham to send a fake and salacious email about himself to Republican operatives, alleging that the lawmaker had been caught having...
  • Snyder confirms Wayne County financial emergency

    07/22/2015 7:12:37 PM PDT · by Darren McCarty · 5 replies
    WDIV ^ | 7-22-2015
    Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder confirmed a state review team's finding that Wayne County is operating under a financial emergency. County leaders have until 5 p.m. July 29 to request a hearing on the governor's determination. Should a hearing be requested, it will be held at 10 a.m. July 30, in Lansing, before the state treasurer or his designee. Following the hearing (or if no hearing is requested by the county), the governor can either confirm or revoke his determination that a financial emergency exists. The Wayne County Commission then can choose one of four options to deal with this financial...
  • Michigan Democratic Party Chairman Lon Johnson resigning to run for Congress

    06/25/2015 1:17:14 PM PDT · by Darren McCarty · 9 replies
    Mlive ^ | 6-25-2015 | Jonathan Oosting
    LANSING, MI — Michigan Democratic Party Chairman Lon Johnson is stepping down from his post to run for Congress, setting up a potential showdown with incumbent Republican Rep. Dan Benishek. Johnson, who has submitted a letter of resignation to the MDP effective July 11, is expected to formally announce his candidacy for the 1st Congressional District this evening in the Upper Peninsula. State Rep. Brandon Dillon, D-Grand Rapids, is considered a likely candidate to succeed Johnson as party chair when the State Central Committee votes next month. Reports have also placed Oakland County Deputy Clerk Lavora Barnes in the mix....
  • Black bears chase tourists in FWP video

    05/09/2015 5:55:18 PM PDT · by Darren McCarty · 31 replies
    KECI ^ | 5-8-2015 | Will Wadley
    In a new video released by Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks, tourists at Yellowstone National Park learned the hard way why you should never approach a black bear sow with her cubs. The video was shot Wednesday night on Highway 212, southeast of Gardiner. FWP Information Officer Vivaca Crowser was driving home with a colleague that night after a meeting in Yellowstone when she saw what's known in Montana as a "bear jam." Dozens of tourists were pulled off on the side of the road for a close-up look of the sow and her three cubs. "People were just trying...
  • Ann Arbor voters talk school and road tax choices (Vote NO on Proposal 1 Statewide!)

    05/05/2015 5:26:36 AM PDT · by Darren McCarty · 25 replies
    Mlive ^ | 5-5-2015 | Ben Freed
    Ann Arbor area voters went to the polls Tuesday morning facing questions about the future of their roads and schools. Ann Arbor Public Schools officials have asked voters to approve a 10-year extension for the district's millage rate, which would raise an additional $33 million for area schools. The millage rate is scheduled to gradually fall off from its current 2.45-mill rate starting next year. If voters pass the ballot proposal it will stay at that rate for an additional decade. The district has said it would use the funds to purchase new classroom furniture, buses and instruments as well...
  • Former Senator fuels speculation over Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder: 'He's running' for president

    04/26/2015 2:19:03 PM PDT · by Darren McCarty · 37 replies
    Mlive ^ | 4-25-2015 | Jonathan Oosting
    LANSING, MI — Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder "is running" for president, according to a former U.S. Senator, whose comments at a Republican confab were quickly contradicted by a spokesman for the governor, who said he has not made any decisions of that kind. "I met with Rick Snyder yesterday," former Minnesota Sen. Norm Coleman told reporters on Saturday morning at the Republican Jewish Coalition's spring meeting, according to the Guardian and other publications. "He's running. He's running." Snyder was in Las Vegas this weekend to attend the RJC meeting as part of what his advisors are calling an economic tour....
  • Livingston County Republican Party comes out against Proposal 1 (Michigan)

    04/14/2015 8:06:47 PM PDT · by Darren McCarty · 11 replies
    WXYZ-TV ^ | 4-14-2015 | Dave LewAllen
    BRIGHTON, Mich. (WXYZ) - Is Proposal 1 the right solution for our crumbling roads? It has the support of Republicans in Lansing, but one local GOP group is breaking with their party on this vote. Three weeks from today, voters across the state will have the final say on Proposal 1. In the meantime, there's no shortage of opinions on this proposed "fix" for Michigan's crumbling roads. "I'm like everyone, I'm for getting the roads fixed and I don't want taxes to increase," says voter Jim Johnson. "I want it to go to what they actually are saying it's supposed...
  • Report: The SuperPAC running ads against Rand Paul has ties to “Bush World

    04/08/2015 11:49:27 AM PDT · by Darren McCarty · 24 replies
    Rare Politics ^ | 4-7-2015 | Kevin Boyd
    As Rare and other news outlets have reported, a SuperPAC has been running ads against Rand Paul tying his foreign policy positions to President Obama. A new report reveals who some of the people behind the ads are, and they have ties to one of the major Republican candidates likely to enter the presidential race. Matt Flynn of Breitbart News reports that the consultants who make up Foundation for a Secure and Prosperous America have extensive ties to the Bush family. Flynn reports that many of these people also have ties to Karl Rove and other GOP establishment figures. According...
  • Will commuter rail service between Ann Arbor and Howell require a new tax?

    04/01/2015 8:03:34 AM PDT · by Darren McCarty · 17 replies
    mlive ^ | 3-31-2015 | Ryan Stanton
    The Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority has wrapped up an initial round of public meetings as part of a feasibility study of north-south commuter rail between Ann Arbor and Howell, a project often referred to as WALLY. But after meetings in Brighton and Ann Arbor, and another one Monday night in Howell, questions still remain about how the service would be funded. Michael Benham, strategic planner for the AAATA, acknowledged it's possible that communities along the line could be asked to pay for the service through taxes, as fares alone wouldn't be enough to cover the costs. He said that...
  • (Rick) Snyder hints at White House bid

    03/26/2015 8:08:20 AM PDT · by Darren McCarty · 25 replies
    Detroit News | 3-26-2015 | David Shepardson Link only due to copyright rules
  • U.S. Rep. Candice Miller will not seek reelection in 2016

    03/05/2015 1:40:47 PM PST · by Darren McCarty · 38 replies
    WDIV ^ | 3-5-2015
    U.S. Rep. Candice Miller (R-Harrison Township) announced Thursday that she will not seek re-election in 2016. "I freely pass the baton to whomever my community chooses to serve as their next voice in the US House of Representatives," Miller said in a statement. "I pledge to support their choice to the very best of my ability, as I pledge to finish my term with a commitment to fulfill my duties and responsibilities to the best of my ability, as I swore in my oath of office."
  • Athens County sheriff found guilty of corruption, sent immediately to jail (Democrat)

    02/13/2015 3:17:14 PM PST · by Darren McCarty · 11 replies
    Columbus Dispatch ^ | 2-13-2015 | Mary Beth Lane
    ATHENS, Ohio — Suspended Athens County Sheriff Pat Kelly was led away in handcuffs yesterday after a jury found him guilty of 18 crimes, including engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity. Visiting Judge Patricia A. Cosgrove revoked Kelly’s bond. She said he needed to be incarcerated because he posed a flight risk and his conviction on the corrupt-activity charge, a first-degree felony, carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison. Kelly, 64, could face even more prison time if the judge orders the sentences for his convictions to run consecutively. Cosgrove set sentencing for March 20. Kelly’s conviction...
  • Democratic state Rep. Gretchen Driskell announces bid for 7th Congressional seat in 2016 (MI)

    02/09/2015 7:00:13 AM PST · by Darren McCarty · 5 replies
    Mlive ^ | 2-9-2015 | Will Forgrave
    JACKSON, MI - The first female mayor of Saline hopes to keep her streak going and become the first female representative in Michigan's 7th Congressional District, currently held by Republican incumbent Tim Walberg. Driskell, a Democrat in her second term representing the 52nd District in Michigan's House of Representatives, announced her candidacy Monday morning, Feb. 9. "I believe in helping neighbors in my district," the Saline resident said. "I hope to bring their concerns to Washington and work toward a better Michigan. I don't believe they're getting the representation they deserve."
  • Cursing near play area could be costly

    05/19/2014 2:59:28 PM PDT · by Darren McCarty · 34 replies
    Livingston Daily ^ | 5-19-2014 | Jim Totten
    Swear in downtown Brighton near the Imagination Station playground, and there’s a good chance you’ll be getting a ticket. Colin Andersen learned this lesson the hard way. Upset that his friend had been ticketed for skateboarding in downtown Brighton and told to leave, Andersen said he was simply venting when he said, “This is f------ bull----.” The 19-year-old Brighton resident was hanging out with his friends on a sunny April day in a parking lot next to the pavilion and Imagination Station; Andersen said he swore under his breath and no children heard him. However, a Brighton Police Department officer...
  • Teens charged in 'knock-out game' assault of teacher at Burton Wal-Mart

    05/03/2014 2:11:19 PM PDT · by Darren McCarty · 29 replies
    Mlive ^ | 5-2-2014 | David Harris
    BURTON, MI – Two 16-year-old Flint boys are facing assault charges after they allegedly punched a 52-year-old teacher from Otisville in the head while he shopped at Wal-Mart then posted video of the alleged attack online as part of the so-called "knock-out" game. The assault took place around 7 p.m. March 17 at the Wal-Mart on Court Street in Burton. The man was shopping alone when a teen ran up and punched the man while another teen filmed the attack with a cellphone, according to police. They then fled the scene. The victim, a teacher at an area school, suffered...
  • Traverse City man tried to kill girlfriend, who didn't like him going to strip club, prosecutor says

    04/24/2014 4:52:56 PM PDT · by Darren McCarty · 15 replies
    Mlive ^ | 4-24-2014 | John Agar
    GRAND TRAVERSE COUNTY, MI – A Traverse City man is accused of trying to strangle his girlfriend because she did not like him going to strip clubs, authorities said Thursday, April 24. Sean Jones, 30, has been charged with attempted murder and assault by strangulation, Grand Traverse County Prosecutor Bob Cooney said. "The allegation is that he was strangling her in an attempt to kill her,” Cooney told The Grand Rapids Press/ He said that Jones allegedly tried to kill her because of “her not wanting him to go to strip clubs.” Cooney said it was unclear what club Jones...
  • Michigan Political Points: Mark Schauer fires back, invites Republicans to read his plans

    04/19/2014 5:07:30 PM PDT · by Darren McCarty · 15 replies
    Mlive ^ | 4-19-2014 | Jonathan Oosting
    LANSING, MI -- Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Mark Schauer this week outlined his plan for K-12 schools, knocked Gov. Rick Snyder's education policies and fired back at Republicans who say he doesn't have a plan for… much of anything, really. Welcome back to Michigan Political Points, my weekly roundup of interesting news, views and YouTubes from the state Capitol and beyond. POLITICS AND PLANS: Schauer, asked about the Republican narrative that he has "no plan" for Michigan's future, called his education proposal "a concrete policy plan" and invited Republicans to read it. "They should have read my proposal to raise the...
  • Detroit student joins BAMN to lead protest against U-M admissions office

    04/16/2014 9:48:33 AM PDT · by Darren McCarty · 8 replies
    Fox 2 Detroit ^ | 4-16-2014
    ANN ARBOR, Mich. (WJBK) -- Detroit high school student Brooke Kimbrough, along with the pro-affirmative action group By Any Means Necessary, staged a protest Tuesday to demand more diversity at the University of Michigan. BAMN is demanding an immediate appeal on behalf of Kimbrough and Birmingham Seaholm student Daisha Martin. Both applied to the university school and were denied admission. Kimbrough, who is black, says she carries a 3.6 GPA, scored a 23 (out of 36) on the ACT test and is a leader of University Prep High School's winning debate team. Martin's is president of Seaholm's Black Student Union,...
  • Northern Michigan dam fails, section of U.S. 127 could flood

    04/15/2014 12:17:52 PM PDT · by Darren McCarty · 27 replies
    mlive ^ | 4-15-2014 | Andrew Krietz
    ROSCOMMON TOWNSHIP, MI — Flood water reportedly is moving quickly downstream toward Old 27 and U.S. 127 after a dam failed in the area. A flash flood warning is in effect for southwestern Roscommon County until 6 p.m. Tuesday following the breakage of the Wraco Lodge Dam. Shortly after noon, the National Weather Service reported water was just inches below a U.S. 127 bridge. There is the possibility of water overtopping the highway between mile markers 185 and 186. Motorists are advised to not drive over flooded roads. "The water is about a foot and a half from the top...
  • Black Bear Mauls Florida Woman, Drags Her Out of Garage

    04/13/2014 2:43:20 PM PDT · by Darren McCarty · 108 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 4-13-2014 | LIZ FIELDS
    The hunt is on today for a black bear who mauled a woman at her home in an upscale central Florida neighborhood, leaving her with injuries to her face, legs and torso and requiring her to get 40 stitches to the head. Terri Frana of Lake Mary, Fla., went to her garage Saturday evening to grab bicycles for her children to ride down to their neighbor's house when the attack happened, according to her husband, Frank Frana. As soon as the children left, Frana, 45, saw two bears in the driveway. She walked to the patio area where there were...
  • Deputies release sketch of man who assaulted woman in gay marriage hate crime

    04/02/2014 4:21:16 PM PDT · by Darren McCarty · 28 replies
    Mlive ^ | 4-2-2014 | Kyle Feldscher
    Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office deputies released a sketch of the man believed to have assaulted a woman who he called a gay slur in Ypsilanti Township. The Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office detective bureau is now investigating the assault of a woman who was targeted by her assailants because she is a lesbian. Sheriff’s office spokesman Derrick Jackson said detectives met the 28-year-old woman again Wednesday to further develop a suspect description. Jackson said the sketch will hopefully help identify the suspect. Snipped Sheriff’s office officials have said they have no reason to doubt the woman’s report and her injuries —...
  • Mark Schauer expected to announce Oakland County Clerk Lisa Brown as running mate in governor's race

    04/02/2014 4:15:28 PM PDT · by Darren McCarty · 9 replies
    Mlive ^ | 4-2-2014 | Khalil AlHajal
    <p>DETROIT, MI -- Candidate for governor Mark Schauer plans to announce his running mate in a series of news conferences Thursday.</p> <p>Two Lansing-based news services, Gongwer and MIRS, report that Schauer is expected to name Oakland County Clerk Lisa Brown as his candidate for lieutenant governor.</p>
  • Midland state senator announces run for U.S. Rep Dave Camp's seat

    04/01/2014 2:41:45 PM PDT · by Darren McCarty · 4 replies
    Mlive ^ | 4-1-2014 | Mark Tower
    MIDLAND, MI — Less than 24 hours after U.S. Rep. Dave Camp, R-Midland, announced he will not seek re-election in November, Midland's state senator announced he will run for Camp's seat. State Sen. John Moolenaar, R-Midland, issued a press release Tuesday afternoon, April 1, stating he will seek election to represent Michigan's 4th Congressional District. "I will be a strong conservative voice for the hard working families of mid and northern Michigan," Moolenaar said. "In Michigan I have fought against overreaching government policies that are killing jobs and overburdening individuals." Camp announced late in the day Monday, March 31, that...
  • Bishop in the GOP race to replace U.S. Rep. Mike Rogers

    03/31/2014 9:44:34 AM PDT · by Darren McCarty · 8 replies
    Oakland Press ^ | 3-31-2014 | Charles Crumm
    Republicans are jumping in quickly to replace retiring U.S. Rep. Mike Rogers, who announced Friday he’ll be leaving Congress at the end of the year to be a talk radio host. Mike Bishop, former majority leader in the Michigan Senate, confirmed Monday he’ll be in the running. And Rochester Hills Mayor Bryan K. Barnett has set up a page on the social media site Facebook to push his own candidacy. Bishop, an attorney and Rochester Republican, said via the social media platform Twitter that he’ll seek the seat. “Yes sir,” Bishop tweeted in response to a direct message Monday morning....
  • Overturning gay marriage ban would extend 'justice and equality,' says Episcopal bishop in Saginaw

    03/15/2014 12:08:09 PM PDT · by Darren McCarty · 13 replies
    Mlive ^ | 3-14-2014 | Andy Hoag
    SAGINAW, MI — As a federal judge weighs Michigan's gay marriage ban, the bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Eastern Michigan issued a statement supporting the overturn of the ban. Bishop Todd Ousley on Thursday, March 13, stated that ending the ban, which U.S. District Judge Bernard Friedman may do after hearing eight days of testimony during a trial for a Hazel Park couple's case against the state, would extend “justice and equality to all of God's children.” “My own experiences with same-sex couples and the experiences in communities and congregations across our diocese have show that there is holy...
  • 'Stand your ground' protest: Michigan activists look to repeal law through possible ballot proposal

    03/11/2014 3:26:58 PM PDT · by Darren McCarty · 26 replies
    Mlive ^ | 3-11-2014 | Jonathan Oosting
    LANSING, MI -- A group of two dozen activists rallied at the state Capitol on Tuesday, promising to launch a ballot campaign to repeal Michigan's "stand your ground" law if lawmakers fail to update it. The Rev. Charles Williams II, Detroit head of the National Action Network, said that the group supports 2nd amendment and self-defense rights but believes Michigan's law goes too far and does not encourage residents to "choose peace" when the option is available. "We're going to go to every community across the state of Michigan and we're going to get 'stand your ground' repealed right here...
  • Abortion 'rider' offered by 7 Michigan insurers as controversial law takes effect

    03/10/2014 1:23:14 PM PDT · by Darren McCarty · 2 replies
    Mlive ^ | 3-10-2014 | Jonathan Oosting
    LANSING, MI -- Michigan women will not have the choice to buy an individual abortion "rider" when the state's controversial insurance law takes effect Thursday, but some employers may choose to provide the coverage for less than a dollar a month. The law, initiated by a Right to Life Petition drive and approved by the Republican-led Legislature in early December, will prohibit insurance companies from selling policies that include abortion coverage as a standard feature. Instead, they can offer the coverage through an optional policy add-on, known as a rider. Seven insurers plan to offer riders for small and large-group...
  • Rep. Justin Amash slammed for abortion vote in GOP challenger's first $75K TV ad

    03/10/2014 1:20:05 PM PDT · by Darren McCarty · 21 replies
    Mlive ^ | 3-10-2014 | Andrew Krietz
    GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Businessman Brian Ellis unleashed his first television advertisement against U.S. Rep. Justin Amash, calling a single 2012 abortion vote "very wrong." The 30-second spot attacks Amash, R-Cascade Township, as being the only Michigan Republican voting against the 2012 Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act, which reportedly would have imprisoned doctors for performing abortions based solely on gender. The bill failed in the House with a vote of 246-168 in favor. It needed 276 yeas to pass. "Amash voted to allow gender selection abortions to continue," the ad states. "Right to Life called Amash's vote 'shameful' and 'pro-abortion.' They're right....
  • 'We're not bad people,' say open-carry advocates during march through Grand Rapids

    03/02/2014 4:34:45 PM PST · by Darren McCarty · 15 replies
    Mlive ^ | 3-2-2014 | Garrett Ellison
    GRAND RAPIDS, MI — If you were in the vicinity of Michigan Street and Fuller Avenue NE on Sunday around noon, chances are good you saw lots of people walking down the sidewalk carrying pistols strapped to their hips.That was the point, say a vocal group of gun owners who marched with openly visible pistols though Northeast Grand Rapids on Sunday, March 2, a year after a man who is now suing the city was detained by police for doing something similar.“We’re trying to take concealed weapons out of the closet and into the open,” said Ryan Adams, a regional...
  • Saginaw-area Democrats endorse Mark Schauer

    02/26/2014 3:26:16 PM PST · by Darren McCarty · 13 replies
    Mlive ^ | 2-24-2014 | Mark Tower
    SAGINAW, MI — A group of Saginaw County-area Democrats joined together at Saginaw's Savoy Bar and Grill to endorse Michigan gubernatorial candidate Mark Schauer. Michael Hanley, chairman of the Saginaw County Board of Commissioners, said he met Schauer in 1996 on the former congressman's first campaign for state representative. "I can't tell you what a strong leader Mark has been since the very beginning," said Hanley at the event Monday, Feb. 24. "He certainly has a great wealth of experience. One thing he has carried with him throughout that entire experience is a strong support for working people." Schauer pledged...
  • How they voted: 1 Michigan Republican voted for 'clean' debt ceiling bill (Dave Camp)

    02/12/2014 8:34:11 AM PST · by Darren McCarty · 7 replies
    Mlive ^ | 2-12-2014 | Fritz Klug
    The Republican-controlled U.S. House passed a bill to extend the nation's debt ceiling without any conditions until March 2015. The bill passed 221 to 201 on Tuesday, with only 28 Republicans voting yes and two Democrats voting no. Of those 28 Republicans, one was from Michigan: U.S. Rep Dave Camp, R-Midland. The vote comes after several years of political debate about raising the debt ceiling. Republicans have wanted to cut spending and not raise the amount of money the nation can borrow while Democrats have said it's important for the country's financial standing to continue to fund previously made obligations....
  • The Stealth War on Abortion

    01/18/2014 4:30:22 PM PST · by Darren McCarty · 30 replies
    Rolling Stone ^ | 1-15-2014 | Janet Reitman
    On the morning of December 11th, Gretchen Whitmer, the charismatic 42-year-old minority leader of the Michigan Senate, stood before her colleagues in the Statehouse in Lansing, and told them something she'd told almost no one before. "Over 20 years ago, I was a victim of rape," she said. "And thank God it didn't result in a pregnancy, because I can't imagine going through what I went through and then having to consider what to do about an unwanted pregnancy from an attacker."No one in the gallery said a word. Instead, with just hours to go before it broke for Christmas...
  • Report from NARAL Pro-Choice America Details State-by-State Status of Women’s Reproductive Rights

    01/18/2014 4:17:06 PM PST · by Darren McCarty · 12 replies
    New Report from NARAL Pro-Choice America Details State-by-State Status of Women’s Reproductive Rights in the U.S., Highlights Winning Agenda for 2014 In 2013, 24 States Passed 53 Anti-Choice Measures, Compared to 10 States that Enacted 16 Pro-Choice Measures WASHINGTON - January 14 - Today, NARAL Pro-Choice America and NARAL Pro-Choice America Foundation released the 23rd edition of Who Decides? The Status of Women’s Reproductive Rights in the United States. The report, published each year, provides individual letter grades on the status of women’s reproductive rights for all 50 states and provides a comprehensive view of choice-related legislation and court decisions...
  • Abortion rights advocates will not launch ballot drive to repeal controversial new insurance law

    01/13/2014 2:08:19 PM PST · by Darren McCarty · 6 replies
    Mlive ^ | 1-13-2013 | Jonathan Oosting
    Reproductive rights groups opposed to Michigan's new abortion insurance law will not seek to overturn it at the ballot box in 2014. The ACLU of Michigan, along with state chapters of Planned Parenthood and the National Organization of Women, had been considering a referendum to repeal the law, which prohibits insurers from covering most abortions unless a woman or her employer has purchased an additional rider in advance. "The timing is just not right for a referendum or initiative at this point," Rana Elmir, deputy director for the ACLU of Michigan, said Tuesday. "Our research indicates that there's a growing...
  • Children of rape offer support for Michigan abortion insurance bill: 'We are not exceptions'

    12/09/2013 7:57:36 AM PST · by Darren McCarty · 3 replies
    Mlive ^ | 12-3-2013 | Jonathan Oosting
    LANSING, MI -- A group of adults conceived through rape, as well as survivors of sexual assaults, gathered at the Michigan Capitol on Tuesday to offer support for a controversial bill that would require women to purchase a separate rider if they want abortion coverage in their health insurance plan. The bill, spearheaded by Right to Life of Michigan and now awaiting action in the state Legislature, does not include any exceptions to cover abortion in the case of rape, incest or general health of the mother. "No child deserves to be punished for the crimes of their father," said...
  • Florida Mother Upset by School's 'Fat Letter': Is BMI Bogus?

    10/07/2013 2:39:31 PM PDT · by Darren McCarty · 51 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 10-7-2013 | Sarah Weir
    A Florida mom received an unpleasant surprise in the mail recently. No, it wasn't an unexpected bill, it was a letter that said her 11-year-old daughter, Lily, was overweight. "Lily is tall, she's athletic, she's solid muscle, Kristen Grasso, told Fox 4 News." By no means is she overweight." The girl, a star on her middle school volleyball team, had her Body Mass Index (BMI) calculated as part of a health screening mandated by Florida law. While parents can opt out, Grasso, a mother of four who says she tries to encourage her children to be active and feeds them...
  • Chicago now murder capital of U.S., FBI says

    09/19/2013 11:39:16 AM PDT · by Darren McCarty · 17 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 9-19-2013 | Dylan Stableford
    Move over New York, the Second City is now the murder capital of America. According to new crime statistics released this week by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Chicago had more homicides in 2012 than any other city in the country. There were 500 murders in Chicago last year, the FBI said, surpassing New York City, which had 419. In 2011, there were 515 homicides in the Big Apple, compared with the 431 in Chicago. But as the Washington Post noted, residents of Chicago and New York were much less likely to be victims of a homicide than some Michigan...
  • Flint Mayor Dayne Walling in Washington, D.C., pushing for gun control

    09/19/2013 4:04:23 AM PDT · by Darren McCarty · 23 replies
    Mlive ^ | 9-19-2013 | Dominic Adams
    Flint Mayor Dayne Walling will join survivors of gun violence, victims’ families, other politicians, law enforcement, gun owners and faith leaders in Washington, D.C., on Thursday, Sept. 19. Walling will be there as a member of Mayors Against Illegal Guns during a news conference at 10:30 a.m. at the U.S. Capitol. “We’re asking lawmakers to support common sense gun safety – including universal background checks,” Walling told The Flint Journal. The “No More Names” tour has been in 25 states in the last 100 days, urging elected officials to reconsider bipartisan gun background check legislation that enjoys overwhelming public support...
  • Interactive map shows your odds of becoming a violent crime victim by Michigan city

    09/18/2013 11:44:18 AM PDT · by Darren McCarty · 14 replies
    Mlive ^ | 9-18 | Brad Devereux
    In 2012, residents of at least five Michigan cities had 50-to-1 odds or better of citizens becoming victims of violent crime, according to data released this week. The Saginaw News compiled a map of data released by the Federal Bureau of Investigations that shows the rate of violent crime in 2012 across reporting police agencies. Flint, Saginaw and Detroit were listed among the highest per capita violent crime rates in the country. Using FBI crime data and population estimates, in 2012, citizens had varying odds of becoming crime victims. Here's a look: Flint: 1 in 37 chance of being a...
  • Michigan backs NRA in Supreme Court challenge to prohibition on handgun sales for those under 21

    09/06/2013 12:46:58 PM PDT · by Darren McCarty · 16 replies
    Mlive ^ | 9-6-2013 | Mlive
    LANSING -- Attorney General Bill Schuette has joined 21 other state attorneys general in signing a "friend of the court" brief filed in support of a petition asking the U.S. Supreme Court to review gun laws which prohibit handgun sales to anyone under the age of 21. The petition was filed by the National Rifle Association in a suit against the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives which alleges federal gun laws preventing anyone younger than 21 from buying a handgun from a federally licensed dealer violate the Second Amendment. In the brief, filed by Alabama Attorney General...
  • Flint abortion clinic that made national news closes its doors

    09/04/2013 10:18:05 PM PDT · by Darren McCarty · 3 replies
    Mlive ^ | 9-4-2013 | Gary Ridley
    FLINT, MI -- A Flint abortion clinic that made national news after a Fenton Township woman claimed that she was held down by a doctor and forced to have an abortion at the facility has closed. The closure of the Feminine Health Care Clinic, 2032 S. Saginaw Road, leaves one free-standing abortion clinic in the Flint area, according to the leader of a Genesee County Right to Life group. A recorded phone message at the clinic says that the facility is closed until further notice. Appliances and furniture can still be seen inside the brick and metal building. A glass...
  • FACT SHEET: New Executive Actions to Reduce Gun Violence

    08/29/2013 9:10:39 AM PDT · by Darren McCarty · 25 replies
    Whitehouse ^ | 8-29-2013 | Obama Admin
    FACT SHEET: New Executive Actions to Reduce Gun Violence Today, the Obama administration announced two new common-sense executive actions to keep the most dangerous firearms out of the wrong hands and ban almost all re-imports of military surplus firearms to private entities. These executive actions build on the 23 executive actions that the Vice President recommended as part of the comprehensive gun violence reduction plan and the President unveiled on January 16, 2013. Even as Congress fails to act on common-sense proposals, like expanding criminal background checks and making gun trafficking a federal crime, the President and Vice President remain...
  • New Kettering University student club wants to carry concealed guns on Flint campus

    08/29/2013 9:02:55 AM PDT · by Darren McCarty · 16 replies
    mlive ^ | 8-29-2013 | Sarah Schuch
    FLINT, MI – Some Kettering University students want to start a conversation about allowing the carrying of concealed firearms on campus. And they've started a club to do it. Kettering Students for Concealed Carry became an official university club Aug. 1, and members are taking the opportunity to get students talking. "We believe that while college campuses are usually safer than other public places, we still think that anything can happen," said Kaity Huff, KSCC vice president. "Calling this a gun-free space won't stop a crazy person." The group of roughly 20 active members out of the almost 900 students...
  • 'Point 'em out, knock 'em out': Brutal game ends when assault victim fires his concealed handgun

    08/26/2013 10:45:56 AM PDT · by Darren McCarty · 152 replies
    Mlive ^ | 8-26-2013 | John Barnes
    The game was called "point 'em out, knock 'em out," and it was as random as it was brutal.The object: Target an innocent victim for no other reason than they are there, then sucker punch him or her.But on this day in Lansing, there would be no punch. The teen-age attacker had a stun gun. He did not know his would-be victim was carrying a legally concealed pistol. The teen lost the game................The 17-year-old in gym shorts approached his target. The 28-year-old Lansing man was waiting for his daughter at her school-bus stop at REO Road and Ballard Street.....The teen...
  • Tea party leader Wes Nakagiri wants to replace Republican Lt. Gov. Brian Calley in 2014

    08/26/2013 10:28:37 AM PDT · by Darren McCarty · 6 replies
    Mlive ^ | 8-26-2013 | Jonathan Oosting
    LANSING, MI -- Tea party leader Wes Nakagiri, a vocal critic of Michigan Lt. Gov. Brian Calley, is looking to replace him. The Hartland resident and founder of RetakeOurGov announced Monday morning that he has filed paperwork to form a candidate committee and will seek the Republican nomination for lieutenant governor in 2014. "I am running to bring a conservative voice to the current Lansing administration," he said in a release. "Having a grassroots conservative on the 2014 ticket will energize the base of the GOP to come out and work hard on its behalf. This energy and enthusiasm will...
  • Bear Attack in Wexford County (MI)

    08/16/2013 2:50:15 PM PDT · by Darren McCarty · 44 replies
    9 and 10 news ^ | 8-16-2014
    The 12 year old girl from Haring Township is in stable condition after undergoing surgery after a black bear attack. She suffered deep cuts in her thigh. Just after 9 PM, Abby Wetherell, was heading home from a cabin down a two-track, north of Cadillac, when she saw a black bear. She began to run, hoping to make it to a nearby house. The bear attacked and clawed her. Abby got to her feet and started running when the bear attacked her again. The girl shouted for help. A neighbor heard her and ran to her aid, calling out Abby's...