Whitmer, GOP lawmakers clash over environmental order

Business 02/09/19, 10:18

The first tussle between Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and the Republican-led Legislature isn't over how to fix roads, overhaul school funding or tackle high car insurance premiums.Instead, they're clashing over the environment — specifically how Michigan adopts regulations and permit requirements for businesses and citizens. It's also a fight over ...

Update: US flags lowered to half-staff for John Dingell

U.S. 02/08/19, 15:37

The Latest on the death of former U.S. Rep. John Dingell (all times local): 3:40 p.m. President Donald Trump has ordered flags lowered to half-staff in memory of former Rep. John Dingell. Trump's proclamation applies to flags at the White House, other public buildings and grounds, U.S. military posts and naval stations, and ...

APNewsBreak: Michigan governor revamps agency after Flint

U.S. 02/04/19, 11:01

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is restructuring the state agency that drew criticism for its handling of the Flint water crisis under former Gov. Rick Snyder.The Associated Press obtained details of Whitmer's plan to restructure the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality. The plan is expected to be formally released later Monday.The ...

Appeal curbs heat use by 10 percent in Michigan amid cold

Business 01/31/19, 16:55

Efforts to conserve heat in Michigan during the extreme cold reduced usage by 10 percent following a fire at a major natural gas facility, stabilizing Consumers Energy's ability to supply houses and other critical buildings, officials said Thursday.The utility, the state's largest supplier of natural gas, asked its 1.7 million ...

Update: Michigan declares emergency ahead of cold snap

U.S. 01/29/19, 08:24

The Latest on a major snowstorm and the expected frigid weather in the Midwest (all times local):7:25 a.m.Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has approved a state of emergency ahead of dangerously cold weather .Whitmer says the order will help address threats to public health and safety stemming from this week's cold ...

Governors: Let states give unemployment to federal workers

U.S. 01/18/19, 23:02

The Democratic governors of Michigan, New York and Washington on Friday asked the Trump administration to let states offer unemployment benefits to federal employees who are working without pay during the partial government shutdown that began nearly a month ago. Govs. Gretchen Whitmer, Andrew Cuomo and Jay Inslee said in a ...

Whitmer directs state employees to report health threats

Health 01/02/19, 16:07

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Wednesday directed state employees to immediately report any imminent threat to public health, moving quickly to tackle issues that led to the previous administration to be accused of causing Flint's water crisis and delaying action to clear it up.The Democrat issued her first executive directive a ...

Whitmer names much of Cabinet, including 9 department heads

Enviroment 12/27/18, 14:39

Democratic Gov.-elect Gretchen Whitmer on Thursday named much of her Cabinet, including officials who will be involved in two of her top priorities — cleaning up drinking water and improving roads.Liesl Eichler Clark, who worked in former Gov. Jennifer Granholm's administration before co-founding a policy consulting firm that helps businesses ...

Michigan GOP lawmakers pass bills before Dem governor starts

U.S. 12/21/18, 10:10

Michigan Republicans voted early Friday to toughen rules for ballot drives and to give themselves the authority to intervene in court cases, capping a contentious post-election legislative session that critics blasted as diluting the power of voters and incoming Democratic officeholders.The GOP-controlled Legislature sent the bills to Gov. Rick Snyder ...

Michigan governor signs bill allowing Great Lakes oil tunnel

U.S. 12/12/18, 16:43

Gov. Rick Snyder signed legislation Wednesday establishing a panel to oversee construction of an oil pipeline tunnel in the waterway linking Lakes Huron and Michigan, while opponents insisted the battle isn't over and could widen from the state Capitol to the courts.Snyder also appointed the three members of the new ...

Michigan Legislature OKs bill to limit tougher regulations

Business 12/11/18, 20:49

Democratic Gov.-elect Gretchen Whitmer and other future governors would have a tougher time adopting stricter environmental and other state regulations under a Republican-backed bill sent to Gov. Rick Snyder on Tuesday.He vetoed similar legislation in 2011, but this measure — unlike that one — includes an exception that would let ...

George Perles, citing health, resigns as MSU trustee

Sports 11/29/18, 12:19

George Perles has resigned as a member of Michigan State University's governing board after nearly 12 years, citing his age and health.Perles was a former Michigan State football coach and athletic director before winning election as a trustee in 2006. A Democrat, he was re-elected to an eight-year term in ...

Schuette, Whitmer clash in final debate before election

Enviroment 10/24/18, 23:21

Republican Bill Schuette and Democrat Gretchen Whitmer clashed often Wednesday in their final debate before the election of Michigan's next governor, as he warned against going "backward" with her "extreme" agenda and she blamed his "nasty rhetoric" for contributing to a political environment in which pipe bombs were mailed to ...

FACT CHECK: Larry Nassar claims abound in governor’s race

Sports 10/11/18, 16:36

Serial sexual abuser Larry Nassar is in prison, but that hasn't kept the former sports doctor from having a role in Michigan's race for governor.Democratic former county prosecutor Gretchen Whitmer and Republican state Attorney General Bill Schuette have sparred in recent weeks over their actions in the prosecution of Nassar, ...

Democratic ad accuses Schuette of ignoring Flint crisis

Enviroment 09/25/18, 18:54

Democrats launched a TV ad on Tuesday that accuses Republican gubernatorial candidate Bill Schuette of ignoring Flint residents' complaints about their water long before he opened an investigation into the city's lead contamination crisis.The 30-second ad , authorized by Schuette's opponent, Gretchen Whitmer, and funded by a Democratic Governors Association-backed ...

Michigan AG alleges opponent lied about Nassar probe

U.S. 09/24/18, 16:31

Michigan's attorney general alleged Monday that his opponent in the governor's race didn't tell the truth about her handling of the prosecution of serial sexual abuser Larry Nassar, accusing her of an "integrity gap" that disqualifies her for the state's top job.Republican Bill Schuette stepped up his criticism of Democrat ...

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