Rick Pluta


Two state lawmakers are reviewing their options after a judge ordered them to turn over e-mails and other communications related to a law that effectively barred Tesla from selling electric cars in Michigan.


A group marched on Governor Rick Snyder’s office today to call for faster work fixing Flint’s water system.

About 50 demonstrators delivered more than 11 hundred empty water bills with messages from Flint residents tucked inside.

Nayyirah Shariff is with the group Flint Rising. She says the demands include picking up the pace of replacing lead pipes, and a moratorium on city water bills until the work is done. Shariff says the process of replacing the water pipes should not take years.

“It has been, like, woefully inadequate and very slow.”

Enbridge Energy says it’s pressure testing the structural integrity of Line Five beneath the Straits of Mackinac. The company says the results appear to show the oil and gas pipeline does not pose a serious threat to the Great Lakes.

The company tested the first of two underwater pipes over the weekend.

Enbridge spokesman Ryan Duffy says the pipe was subjected to pressure several times more intense than what it’s exposed to on a normal day without a problem.

“The test confirms that the west strait segment of Line Five is fit for service.”

The Michigan Democratic Party owes half a million dollars in fines over problems related to bingo games used as political fundraisers. 

It’s one of the largest fines ever levied by the Federal Elections Commission.         

   The state Democratic Party ran bingo games for about 14 years to generate small donations, usually in cash. 

   The problems were found on the watch of then-party chair Lon Johnson. He says an internal review turned up several problems, including more than four million dollars in contributions that went unreported.


A state House committee has adopted a requirement that local officials help enforce federal immigration laws. The ban on “sanctuary cities” in Michigan passed on a party-line vote.

   Opponents of the bill filled the hearing room and spilled into an overflow area. The audience occasionally clapped and cheered as people testified in opposition to the “sanctuary cities” ban.

   Local officials like Ann Arbor Mayor Christopher Taylor say their police officers aren’t trained to do immigration work, and this bill also damages their efforts to attract immigrants.


Some Democrats in the Legislature are calling for a law that would allow authorities to seize the firearms of people who threaten to commit suicide or hurt others.

State Representative Robert Wittenberg  sponsored a bill that would allow a judge to issue an “extreme risk protection order.” He says society should not have to wait until someone is hurt or killed before authorities can act.


State lawmakers say they will look into reports the Michigan agency that handles child abuse and neglect cases fudged its numbers to make it appear it was complying with a court order.

The Lansing State Journal reported that some current and former employees of Michigan Child Protective Services say supervisors shuffled cases to employees who were out of the office on leave or vacation. That was to make it appear caseworkers were not overburdened.

   State Representative Joe Graves chairs the House Oversight Committee.


Dow Chemical faces more than 40 lawsuits related to dioxin contamination of property downriver from its Midland facility. Today , the Michigan Court of Appeals said those trials can go forward.

The appeals court rejected Dow’s attempt to have the lawsuits thrown out. This ruling deals with one of 43 lawsuits that are part of litigation going back more than a decade. But the precedent can be applied to the rest of the cases.


Michigan’s congressional delegation will visit the Soo locks tomorrow  after kicking off an effort to win money to upgrade them.

   It was a bipartisan group that gathered on Mackinac Island to announce their effort to get roughly a billion dollars for the project.

   Senator Debbie Stabenow says expanding and upgrading the locks should be a top national infrastructure priority.

   “There’s been no comprehensive improvement in the locks in over 50 years, and we are             concerned we are on borrowed time.”


Governor Rick Snyder is pushing the state House to adopt a controversial business incentive in hopes of luring more large employers to Michigan.

The incentive would be offered to a handful of businesses that pay high wages and hire hundreds or thousands of workers. It would allow the businesses to keep all or part of the income taxes those employees would pay the state.

   Snyder says the incentive would help close the deal on getting large employers to locate in Michigan.