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Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley is moving closer to a formal announcement that he will run next year for the Republican nomination to succeed Governor Rick Snyder.

   Calley posted a video on his personal website that talks a little about his history and leadership style. He also appeared alongside Governor Snyder at a Macomb County business lunch, where he delivered what sounded an awful lot like a campaign speech.

   But Calley still stops short of declaring himself a candidate.

   “Oh, I’ll just have to say, stay tuned.”      

Governor Rick Snyder plans to take executive action on tougher standards for lead in drinking water in the face of foot-dragging by the Legislature.

The Legislature’s Republican leaders have been cool to Governor Snyder’s proposed new lead-in-water rules, which would be tougher than federal standards.


A Republican state lawmaker says Michigan should protect people’s internet privacy if the federal government won’t.

Congress and the Trump administration have acted to scrap a rule that would bar internet service providers from saving and selling people’s browsing histories.


There’s a new office overseeing Michigan’s medical marijuana program.

The new Bureau of Medical Marihuana Regulation will issue licenses to growers, distributors, retailers and patients under a new system. It was adopted last year by the Legislature and Governor Rick Snyder. It’s supposed to help clean up problems with the law that was enacted by voters nine years ago. The new agency will also collect licensing fees, and test medical marijuana to make sure it’s safe.

     Andrew Brisbo is the director of the new agency.


A left-leaning group has filed a lawsuit to find out how often Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette and his aides used private e-mail accounts to discuss public business.

The group Progress Michigan filed the lawsuit in the Michigan Court of Claims. That’s after the Republican attorney general refused a request for private e-mails, saying the messages don’t exist. But Progress Michigan says it has two dozen such messages in hand that it acquired through other channels. 

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The state departments of education and civil rights say principals and school administrators should have plans ready in case immigration authorities knock on their doors.

Agustin Arbulu is the director of the Michigan Department of Civil Rights. He says school officials should know their rights and responsibilities, and be ready to answer parents’ questions.

Immigration authorities say they don’t take enforcement actions in or around schools. But Arbulu says there’s a lot of anxiety right now, and some families need reassurance.


State Supreme Court Justice Robert Young plans to retire at the end of next month, if not sooner. His plan is to return to his former law firm.

Justice Young went from being an insurance attorney to a judge on the state Court of Appeals, and then to the Michigan Supreme Court, most of the time as part of a Republican majority. He was appointed to the Supreme Court in 1999 by Governor John Engler, and is now the senior justice.


Governor Rick Snyder says more needs to be done to curb the abuse of opioids and heroin in Michigan.

Governor Snyder says efforts to date have not succeeded in substantially containing the epidemic of opioid abuse.

   “Far too many lives have been either lost, damaged, injured in some fashion because of these drugs, and we need to do more in our state.”

   The governor says two thousand people a year in Michigan die from opioid or heroin overdoses.


Flint is closer to getting 120 million dollars to upgrade its water system as part of an infrastructure budget bill adopted by the state House.

The House agreed to spend 100  million dollars from the EPA and kick in another 20 million from the state. The money will be used to replace lead service lines and water mains and improve the city’s water treatment plant.

   State Representative Sheldon Neeley is from Flint. He says it’s true the city’s water now meets federal safe drinking water standards, but people don’t trust the water is safe.


Governor Rick Snyder is one of the Republicans who is not on board with the GOP plan in Congress to overhaul the Affordable Care Act.

Michigan is one of the state’s that expanded its Medicaid program under the ACA.

       Snyder is particularly concerned about how the congressional plan would affect Medicaid, especially the Healthy Michigan program that enrolled more than 650 thousand people who wouldn’t have coverage otherwise.

       Snyder says governors have tried to make their case, but have been ignored.