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McConnell: Paul’s absence possible challenge for GOP

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Congress adds bankruptcy judges in Eastern District

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Legislature votes to repeal Michigan’s keg tag law

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Legislature votes to repeal Michigan’s keg tag law


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McConnell: Awaiting Trump guidance on health care

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Bannon snubs Trump plea to back off

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$637M driver fee forgiveness plan on Senate fast track

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Medical pot shops plan gains more GOP support

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Stabenow expresses support for Senate e-filing bill
Washington — U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow supports a bill that would mandate that Senate candidates begin electronically filing campaign finance reports directly with the Federal Election Commission, a spokesman says. House and presidential candidates have been doing so for nearly 20 years, but most Senate campaign committees, including Stabenow’s, continue to file reports on paper only to the Secretary of the Senate, as required by law   Read More ...
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Republican businessman Sandy Pensler runs for Senate in Michigan
LANSING, Mich. - Detroit-area businessman Sandy Pensler is running for Michigan's U.S. Senate seat in 2018. The Republican, whose buyout firm owns manufacturing plants, said Monday he has hands-on, "real world" experience in private business that is "desperately needed" in the Senate. Third-term Democratic Sen. Debbie Stabenow is up for re-election next year. Pensler, of Grosse Pointe, is the fourth Republican to join the race   Read More ...
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White House open to striking health provision from bill
Washington — The White House says it’s willing to strike a health-care provision from Senate legislation to cut taxes and overhaul the tax code if the provision becomes an impediment to passing one of President Donald Trump’s top legislative priorities. The provision would repeal a requirement that everyone in the U.S. have health insurance or pay a fine, but has emerged as a major sticking point for Republican Sen   Read More ...
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Our Editorial: Just get it done, Congress
The biggest question in Washington over the next few weeks is whether Senate Republicans will hold up their end of the bargain in moving a tax reform package, or will the caucus fracture as it did with the failed Obamacare repeal. The package passed by the House last week offers broad-based tax relief to both individuals and businesses and will make the tax code fairer and more competitive   Read More ...
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Dingell groped by ‘historical figure’ in ’80s
Buy Photo. Washington — U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell on Friday recalled an incident decades ago when a “historical figure” groped her at a dinner event, and instances when a senator made unwanted advances toward her. Dingell, who did not name the individuals, said it was during her first year of marriage to Rep. John Dingell – whom she married in 1981 and later succeeded in Congress – that the historical figure’s “hand kept going up the leg, I took it off   Read More ...
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Rep. Fred Upton out of Senate race, will run for re-election
WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, announced this morning that he would run for re-election, ending speculation that he would run for the U.S. Senate. "I will not be a candidate for the U.S. Senate," Upton said in a statement. "There was a path, but today we are not choosing to follow it." He added: "We need focus and fortitude in Washington now more than ever   Read More ...
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Fred Upton opts against Senate run
Lansing — Michigan Congressman Fred Upton said Friday he will not run for U.S. Senate and will instead seek re-election to his current post, ending speculation the St. Joseph Republican would challenge incumbent Democratic Sen. Debbie Stabenow next year. “I will not be a candidate for the U.S. Senate,” Upton said in a statement. “There was a path, but today we are choosing not to follow it   Read More ...
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White House to submit $44B disaster request Friday
Washington — The White House is sending Congress a $44 billion disaster aid request Friday that will fall short of demands from hurricane-slammed Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico. Congressional aides briefed on the request required anonymity to discuss it in advance of its release. The request, President Donald Trump’s third since hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria slammed the Gulf Coast and Caribbean, would bring the total appropriated for hurricane relief this fall close to $100 billion   Read More ...
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New bill aims to shore up Teamsters pension plan
Washington — A bill introduced by Democrats in Congress on Thursday aims to help more than 30,000 Michigan current and retired Teamsters union members avoid pension cuts related to the distressed Central State Pension Plan. Financial problems have left the pension plan severely underfunded and could force cuts in pension payments to hundreds of thousands of retirees nationwide. Sponsors of the bill, including Reps   Read More ...
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Big House victory for GOP tax plan, but Senate fate unclear
Washington – Republicans rammed a $1.5 trillion overhaul of business and personal income taxes through the House Thursday, edging toward the code’s biggest rewrite in three decades and the first major legislative triumph for President Donald Trump and the GOP after 10 bumpy months of controlling government. The mostly party-line 227-205 vote masked more ominous problems in the Senate. There, a similar package received a politically awkward verdict from nonpartisan congressional analysts showing it would eventually produce higher taxes for low- and middle-income earners but deep reductions for those better off   Read More ...
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Arctic refuge drilling closer, Senate panel backs bill
Washington – Oil and gas drilling in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge moved closer Wednesday as a key Senate panel approved a bill to open the remote refuge to energy exploration. The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee approved the drilling measure, 13-10. Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia joined 12 Republicans to back the bill. Opening the remote refuge to oil and gas drilling is a longtime Republican priority that most Democrats fiercely oppose   Read More ...
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Roy Moore stands firm despite GOP pressure
Montgomery, Ala. — National Republicans, including one of the biggest voices in conservative media, are pressuring Alabama’s GOP to stop a defiant Roy Moore from persisting in his campaign for the Senate. Many are voicing hopes that President Donald Trump can use his clout to resolve a problem that Republicans say leaves them with no easy options. On the ground in Alabama, however, the fierce intraparty battle grew nastier Wednesday as the Dec   Read More ...
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GOP begin pushing tax cut bill through Congress
Washington – Republicans began pushing a broad tax cut for businesses and many individuals through the Senate Finance Committee on Wednesday, a measure complicated by a late addition — repeal of the Obama health care law’s requirement that Americans get insurance coverage. Erasing the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate provided Republicans with more money that they used to make some tax breaks for people modestly more generous   Read More ...
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Roy Moore losing GOP endorsements after new accusations
Washington — Roy Moore’s support from fellow Republicans is hemorrhaging after a second woman accused the Alabaman of groping her when she was a teenager in the late 1970s, the latest setback to his effort to win an open Senate seat that suddenly seems up for grabs. “I can tell you without hesitation this is absolutely false,” Moore said Monday at an abruptly called news conference in Gallant, Alabama, after the latest allegations were made   Read More ...
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Schuette: Senate can’t fund extra conservation projects
Buy Photo. Lansing – Attorney General Bill Schuette issued a stiff rebuke to the state Senate in an opinion released Monday after the chamber sidestepped a state trust fund board and unilaterally decided to finance conservation and recreation projects the board had not recommended. Schuette argued in his legal opinion that the Legislature does not have the authority to approve money for public recreation and conservation projects that weren’t previously recommended by a trust fund board charged in part with overseeing that funding by the Michigan Constitution   Read More ...
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Domestic violence victims get protections under bills in House, Senate
Domestic violence survivor Nicole Beverly of Ypsilanti Township plans to disappear with her children when her ex-husband gets out of prison in two months. He has been threatening to kill their children in front of her and then torture her to death. Junfu Han/Detroit Free Press. Buy Photo. LANSING – Victims of domestic violence would get protections under bills introduced last week by Democrats in the House of Representatives and Republicans in the Senate   Read More ...
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Column: Make Legislature transparent
What grade could be worse than an F in ethics? Republican leaders in the state House and Senate seem determined to find out with their fall legislative agenda. The Center for Public Integrity recently gave Michigan a failing grade on its corruptibility report card, ranking us dead last among all 50 states in terms of ethics and transparency. The report gave Michigan an F in 10 of 13 government operations it examined, including political financing and legislative accountability   Read More ...
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Chairman: House won’t nix property tax deduction
Washington — The chairman of the House’s tax-writing committee said Sunday that he’s confident that chamber won’t go along with the Senate’s proposal to eliminate the deduction for property taxes, setting up a major flashpoint as Republicans in the House and Senate aim to put a tax cut bill on President Donald Trump’s desk before Christmas. The GOP is moving urgently to push forward on the first rewrite of the U   Read More ...
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Former state lawmaker appointed to USDA post for Mich.
Traverse City — A former Republican state lawmaker has been appointed as the new state director of U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development in Michigan. The appointment of Jason Allen recently announced by President Donald Trump’s administration. Allen says in a statement that it’s an honor and he looks forward to working to “increase rural prosperity and enhance customer service through innovation and partnerships   Read More ...
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Calley shifts from ballot drive to prepare for a run for governor
Lt. Gov. Brian Calley explains why his petition to create a part-time Legislature doesn't list all sections os the state constitution that might be affected by the change. Paul Egan/Detroit Free Press. LANSING – Lt. Gov. Brian Calley handed over the leadership of his part-time Legislature ballot drive to conservative grassroots activists Friday, as he prepared for an expected 2018 campaign for governor   Read More ...
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Calley hands off part-time Legislature petition drive
Buy Photo. Lansing — Michigan Lt. Gov. Brian Calley is stepping aside from the part-time Legislature petition drive he helped launch five months ago as he continues to prepare for a likely run for governor. Calley said Friday that State Board of Education member Tom McMillin, a former state representative from Rochester Hills, will take over leadership of the petition drive that seeks to halve legislator pay and make their jobs part-time   Read More ...
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Senate GOP proposes to delay major corporate tax cut
Washington — Sweeping tax legislation from Senate Republicans includes a one-year delay in plans for a major corporate tax cut despite strident opposition from the White House and others in their own party. Their bill would leave the prized mortgage interest deduction untouched for homeowners in a concession to the powerful real estate lobby but would ignore a House compromise on the hot-button issue of state and local tax deductions   Read More ...
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Senate confirms Hoekstra as Dutch ambassador
The U.S. Senate on Thursday confirmed by a voice vote former U.S. Rep. Pete Hoekstra of Holland to be ambassador to the Netherlands. Hoekstra retired from Congress in 2011 after 18 years and last year co-chaired President Donald Trump's campaign in Michigan. Trump nominated him for the ambassadorship in July, and the Senate Foreign Relations Committee confirmed him last month. He is a former chairman of the House Intelligence Committee   Read More ...
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Mich. lawmakers back ballast water bill; Snyder opposes
Lansing — Michigan lawmakers have voted to weaken a policy that prohibits oceangoing cargo ships from releasing ballast water at state ports until it has been treated to kill invasive species, despite Gov. Rick Snyder’s opposition to the legislation. The Republican-led Senate gave final approval to the bill Thursday, on a mostly party-line 25-11 vote. The legislation would revise a 2005 law requiring saltwater vessels to use state-approved cleansing technology before discharging ballast water, which provides stability in rough seas   Read More ...
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Senate confirms Trump EPA nom with oil industry ties
Energy industry lawyer William Wehrum is Trump’s choice to oversee regulation of air pollution sources. His nomination was approved on a vote of 49 to 47 Thursday to serve as assistant administrator for air and radiation. Wehrum served at EPA during under President George W. Bush. Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine joined Democrats in voting against Wehrum’s nomination. Four senators didn’t vote   Read More ...
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Senate bill to unwrap with tax cuts
Washington — Amid intense political pressure to achieve results, Senate Republicans prepared to unveil sweeping tax legislation Thursday that would usher in billions in cuts for people and corporations and repeal the federal deduction for state and local taxes. On the other side of the Capitol, the House Republican tax-writing committee was pushing to approve its own measure after a days-long amendment session and last-minute changes by its primary author   Read More ...
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Trump officials meet GOP senators on tax bill
Washington — Top administration officials met privately with Republican senators Wednesday as Senate GOP tax writers put finishing touches on their high-stakes bill cutting levies on people and corporations and reshaping the federal tax code. A day before Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, planned to unveil the legislation, some of its most basic contours seemed set while others seemed in flux   Read More ...
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Senate OKs guns in schools, churches, preschools
Buy Photo. Lansing — Despite outcry from Democrats and school groups, people could carry concealed guns inside schools, bars, preschools, churches and other places where they’re currently prohibited under a plan the Senate approved Wednesday. The Republican-led Senate approved the bills in a series of 26-11 and 25-12 votes along party lines. Sen. Marty Knollenberg of Troy was the only Republican to vote no — on Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof’s bill to allow guns in gun-free zones   Read More ...
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Michigan Senate OKs concealed pistol carry in schools, churches, day care centers
LANSING — The Michigan Senate approved legislation Wednesday allowing the concealed carry of handguns in places that have traditionally been off limits to guns, such as schools, churches, day care centers, bars and stadiums. The three-bill package, which now moves to the state House, passed the Senate in 25-12 votes, over strong objections from Democrats, one day after it cleared a Senate committee   Read More ...
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Mich. Senate looks to allow concealed guns in schools
Lansing — The Republican-controlled Michigan Senate was poised Tuesday to begin passing legislation to let people with extra training carry guns inside churches, schools and other places now off limits. The bills were expected to be approved by a committee Tuesday, two days after a gunman killed 26 people at a Texas church. The full chamber planned to vote as early as Wednesday   Read More ...
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Official says Puerto Rico needs ‘unprecedented’ US help
Washington — Puerto Rico has suffered such extensive devastation from Hurricane Maria that its recovery will fail unless the island gets more help from the Trump administration and Congress, the head of a federal control board that oversees Puerto Rico’s finances said Tuesday. Natalie Jaresko, executive director of the federal control board, told Congress that the U.S. territory needs emergency and restoration funds “on an unprecedented scale” to restore housing, water and electric power   Read More ...
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House tax bill changes on child care benefits, credits
Washington — The House’s tax-writing committee has revised provisions on child care benefits and credits for working Americans in the Republican tax overhaul that President Donald Trump and the party are counting on to protect GOP majorities in next year’s elections. The House Ways and Means Committee started debating the proposed legislation on Monday with nearly eight hours of argument and accusations   Read More ...
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Michigan bill lets teachers carry concealed guns in schools
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Republican lawmakers are renewing their attempt to let gun owners carry their weapons inside Michigan schools, day care centers and other gun-free zones. Fast-tracked legislation up for a vote in a Senate committee Tuesday would allow concealed pistol license holders with extra training to carry in nine areas that are currently off limits. The full Republican-led Senate plans to vote Wednesday on the bill that is opposed by gun-control advocates and others   Read More ...
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Lawmakers question whether tax bill helps middle class
— House Republicans and Democrats bickered heatedly Monday over whether the GOP tax bill truly helps the middle class, as the Ways and Means Committee kicked off a marathon session to amend and vote on the far-reaching legislation President Donald Trump hopes to s. Republicans focused on findings by Congress’ nonpartisan Joint Committee on Taxation that the bill would lower taxes across all income levels over the next several years   Read More ...
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McConnell: Paul’s absence possible challenge for GOP
Louisville, Ky. — Sen. Rand Paul’s absence from the Senate while recovering from an assault in Kentucky creates another challenge for a slim Republican majority that’s caused heartburn for its lack of unity at times, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Monday. McConnell wished his fellow Kentuckian a speedy recovery from the attack Friday that left Paul with five broken ribs   Read More ...
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Senator accuses DeVos of breaking donation pledge
Washington — A Democratic senator is accusing Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’ husband of breaking a pledge she made that the couple would suspend political giving while DeVos is a member of President Donald Trump’s cabinet. Sen. Patty Murray, D-Washington, wrote to DeVos this week saying that her husband Dick’s political contributions this year were “in direct opposition to the commitment you made to me   Read More ...
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Panel sends genital mutilation bill to U.S. House
Buy Photo. Washington — The House Judiciary Committee on Thursday advanced to the full House a bill sponsored by Rep. Dave Trott, R-Birmingham, that would increase the maximum federal penalty for female genital mutilation from five years in prison to 15 years. The legislation comes as federal prosecutors pursue the nation's first case involving two Michigan physicians who allegedly performed the procedure on two 7-year-old girls   Read More ...
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Michigan Legislature seeks to call residents Michiganders for good
A few facts about Michigan's Upper Peninsula, which makes of about 30% of Michigan's land area but just about 3% of its population. By Brian Manzullo, DFP. Wochit. In the eyes of the state Legislature, Michigander is the official term for the residents of Michigan and they have a bill that passed unanimously in both the House and Senate this week to prove it   Read More ...
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Senate confirms Michigan’s Larsen for appeals court
Washington — The U.S. Senate voted Wednesday to confirm Michigan Supreme Court Justice Joan Larsen’s lifetime appointment to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit in a 60-38 vote. Sens. Debbie Stabenow of Lansing and Gary Peters of Bloomfield Township voted in favor of Larsen, breaking with the majority of their Democratic colleagues. “She’ll be a strong addition to that court and a benefit to our nation,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky said on the Senate floor, calling Larsen a “well-qualified” jurist with a record of independence and fairness   Read More ...
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Column: A better way to limit Legislature
Efforts are underway again to make the Legislature “part-time.” This time, they are led by Michigan Lt. Gov. Brian Calley, a whip-smart former state lawmaker who I count as a friend and outstanding public servant. I’ve been a registered lobbyist in Michigan for more than 25 years. I support limiting the number of session days our Legislature can meet. However, in my opinion, while Calley’s proposal may make good populist politics for him, it amounts to bad public policy   Read More ...
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