Michigan

Federal judge strikes down Michigan’s same-sex marriage ban

DETROIT –  Michigan’s ban on gay marriage is unconstitutional, a federal judge said Friday as he struck down a law that was widely embraced by voters a decade ago — the latest in a recent…

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Michigan district baffled by union clause giving hiring preference to non-Christians

A Michigan school district’s written policy of giving hiring preference to non-Christians has been scrapped after more than 30 years, and officials say they have no idea how the clause – which they insist was…

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Amash up big in Club for Growth poll

Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.) has a commanding lead in his primary, according to a poll conducted by the Club for Growth, which is backing the congressman.
Amash has a 60 percent to 12 percent lead…

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Michigan GOP Senate hopeful reminds government is the ‘servant’

A Michigan Republican running for a U.S. Senate seat is likely striking a chord with tea party types who favor limited government, with a mantra that reminds government is a servant.
People are the master,…

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W.H. says Obama monitoring Detroit bankruptcy

President Barack Obama is monitoring Detroit’s municipal bankruptcy, a White House spokeswoman said Thursday, but has not committed any federal help for the beleaguered city.
“The president and members of the president’s senior team continue…

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MICH. BAN ON DOMESTIC PARTNER BENEFITS BLOCKED

DETROIT — A federal judge on Friday blocked Michigan’s ban on domestic partner benefits for employees who work for public schools or local governments, saying state lawmakers simply wanted to punish gays and lesbians.
U.S.…

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Michigan: Top House Republican Won’t Run for Senate

Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Mich., announced Friday that he will not run for retiring Democratic Sen. Carl Levin’s seat.
“After careful and thorough deliberation and long talks with my family, friends and supporters, I have determined…

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Michigan: Gary Peters Posts Strong Fundraising Ahead of Senate Race Decision

Rep. Gary Peters, D-Mich., reported the strongest first-quarter fundraising numbers of all of the federal candidates eyeing retiring Democratic Sen. Carl Levin’s seat.
Peters, who is considering a Senate bid, raised $373,000 and reported having…

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Michigan: Granholm Won’t Run for Open Senate Seat

Former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm announced Friday via Facebook that she will not run for retiring Sen. Carl Levin’s seat.
“Friends, thanks for all of the encouragement on the Michigan Senate seat, but I’m not…

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Michigan: Granholm, Romney Top Senate Field in New GOP Poll

Attorney Scott Romney and former Gov. Jennifer Granholm lead their respective party fields in the 2014 Michigan Senate race, according to a new automated survey from Harper Polling, a GOP firm.
Fifty-nine percent of Democrats…

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Michigan: Scott Romney Considering Senate Bid

Scott Romney, GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s brother, is looking at running for retiring Democratic Sen. Carl Levin’s seat, according to a Michigan GOP source with first-hand knowledge of his interest.
The Republican is a…

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Michigan: Levin Announces He Will Retire in ’14

Michigan Democratic Sen. Carl Levin announced Thursday that he will retire at the end of 2014.
The chairman of the Armed Services Committee, first elected in 1978, is the longest-serving senator in Michigan history and…

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Michigan: Amash Eyeing Senate Run?

Conservative Rep. Justin Amash, R-Mich., is considering a Senate run if Democratic Sen. Carl Levin retires, according to a report in National Review.
Amash has told local activists he’s intrigued by a statewide run, per…

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