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Gov. Gretchen Whitmer - by Julia Pickett

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced special elections to fill vacancies in Senate District 8 and 28. The vacancy in Senate District 8 was caused by the election of Sen. Pete Lucido as the Macomb County Prosecutor. In addition, the Senate […]

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Michigan State Capitol - By Brian Charles Watson

The Bureau of Elections posted the Lobby Registration Act 2021 Reporting Thresholds. This changes every year in January to reflect the change in the consumer price index for Detroit. The threshold for a lobbyist compensating a lobbyist agent or other […]

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Michigan State Capitol - By Brian Charles Watson

Thursday’s legislative session was canceled and the Capitol in Lansing was closed due to an armed protest and death threats against Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. At the end of the Senate session on May 13, lawmakers simply adjourned until May 19 […]

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Michigan State Capitol - By Brian Charles Watson

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced today a special primary election will be held August 4. The purpose will be to fill the vacant seat in House District 4 of former State Rep. Isaac Robinson, who died March 29. The special election […]

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Michigan State Capitol - By Brian Charles Watson

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer issued Executive Order 2020-27 on March 29 suspending rules under Michigan election law for elections on May 5. Additionally, the Governor instructed local clerks, county clerks, and election administrators to immediately begin preparations to conduct the election […]

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Michigan State Capitol - By Brian Charles Watson

The Legislature adopted procedural changes this week in response to the coronavirus pandemic, following Gov. Whitmer’s declaration of a state emergency. The House and Senate will continue to meet for the next few weeks as needed. This will be at […]

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Michigan State Capitol - By Brian Charles Watson

Progress Michigan is seeking to amend the state constitution to Ban lobbyists and their clients from giving gifts, including meals, drinks, and trips, to public officials Require lobbyists and public officials to make a public record of their phone calls, […]

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Michigan State Capitol - By Brian Charles Watson

The Bureau of Elections posted the Lobby Registration Act 2020 Reporting Thresholds. Thresholds change every year in January to reflect the change in the consumer price index for Detroit. The registration threshold for a lobbyist agent or a lobbyist’s expenditure […]

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Michigan State Capitol - By Brian Charles Watson

Democrat Cynthia Neeley and Republican Adam Ford won the House District 34 special primaries held on January 7. Less than 7% of Flint’s 62,242 registered voters participated in the special election. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer called the election after Cynthia Neeley’s […]

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December 20, 2019  •  

Michigan Legislature Adjourns Sine Die

Michigan State Capitol - By Brian Charles Watson

The 100th Legislature adjourned sine die at noon on December 19 after more than 100 legislative days in session. During the session, lawmakers voted to pass a bill to revise the rules on the governor transferring funds appropriated by the […]

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Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson created a new state Election Security Commission along with recommendations to improve the integrity of Michigan’s elections. Included on the board of the Election Security Commission are the clerks of Kalamazoo, Wayne, and Ingham […]

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Gov. Rick Snyder announced special election dates for the vacant 68th House District seat. The primary election will be held on August 7 with the general election on November 6, lining up with the special election for U.S. Congress and […]

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Gov. Rick Snyder has called a special election to fill the vacancy for the 13th District of the U.S. House of Representatives. Rep. John Conyers resigned on December 6, 2017, amid sexual harassment allegations. The special general election will be […]

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Gov. Rick Snyder signed two campaign finance bills accounting for the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Citizens United into law on September 20, 2017. Senate Bill 335 excludes an independent expenditure from the definition of a contribution and defines independent […]

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