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Five Things We’re Reading

Nov 19, 2019

Below are some of the articles that the MLC lobby team has been reading this past week. We hope you find them as interesting and useful as we do. How to Generate Real News in Divided Societies – Recently, a group gathered to discuss the shift in journalism from an industry reliant on their reputation […]

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Last Week on the MLC Blog

Nov 18, 2019

In his latest blog post, MLC lobbyist Matt Sowash explored why people choose political-themed costumes for Halloween. Governor Gretchen Whitmer called for a special election to fill the vacant 34th House seat following the resignation of former State Representative Sheldon Neeley after he was elected Flint mayor. The Michigan Department of State released the 2020 […]

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Governor Calls Special Election for Open House Seat

Nov 15, 2019

Governor Gretchen Whitmer has called for a special election to fill the vacant 34th House seat following the resignation of former State Representative Sheldon Neeley (D-Flint) after he was elected Flint mayor. The special primary election will be held on January 7, 2020 and the special general election will be held on March 10, 2020. […]

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Presidential Primary Candidates List Released

Nov 15, 2019

This week the Michigan Department of State released the 2020 presidential primary candidates list. Under state law, the Secretary of State is required to issue a list of individuals “generally advocated by the national news media to be potential presidential candidates” for the Republican and Democratic parties for the presidential primary election. Following the release, […]

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Michigan Elections Director to Retire

Nov 15, 2019

Sally Williams, the Michigan Elections Director, has announced her retirement effective December 31. Ms. Williams has spent more than thirty-years working at the Department of State and has served in her current role since June 2017. She’s served in several roles throughout the department, including the Election Liaison Division director, assistant to the chief of […]

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Renewable Energy Systems Exempt from Property Taxes

Nov 15, 2019

Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed legislation that reinstates the property tax exemption for renewable energy systems that was previously in effect. The bills allow for the exemption from personal property taxes as long as the renewable energy system offsets all or a portion of the energy use for the property and produce less than 150 kilowatts. […]

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Looking Ahead to the Week of November 16 – 22, 2019

Nov 15, 2019

Neither the House or Senate or scheduled to hold session next week, as they are on their annual hunting break.

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Political Statements on Halloween?

Nov 13, 2019

A few weeks ago, neighborhoods were filled with kids dressed as superheroes, villains, and other colorful costumes. In my house, my daughter dressed up as queen Elsa, singing “let it go” at the top of her lungs down the neighborhood sidewalk, and my son was Olaf. (For those of you without young kids, those are […]

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