Archives for October 2019

Group Float Term Limits Law

Changes could be coming to Michigan’s term limits law allowing legislators to serve just six years in the state House and eight years in the Senate.

The grassroots group Voters Not Politicians is working on a possible ballot proposal along with the Michigan Chamber of Commerce and the Republican leaders in the House and Senate. The concept would be to extend the term limits to a total of 20 years in either or both chambers of the Legislature. Organizers would need to turn in over 425-thousand petition signatures by July 6th to get it on the November ballot next year.

Grand Hotel Under Consideration for G7 Summit

World leaders could be headed to Mackinac Island in June.

A spokesperson for the Grand Hotel says that the landmark hotel was visited earlier this year by the group working on selecting the host site for the 2020 G7 Summit, which the U.S. is due to host. President Trump announced last week he was going to host the summit at his resort in Miami, but changed his mind over the weekend.

The VP in The U.P.

Vice President Mike Pence will be in the Upper Peninsula tomorrow…

Pence will be flying in to Menominee to facilitate a visit right across the border to Fincantieri Marinette Marine in Marinette, Wisconsin and the headquarters of Uline in suburban Milwaukee. At Uline, the Vice President is expected to make a speech calling for the ratification of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, which would replace NAFTA.

No Special Elections In 2020

No special elections in Michigan next year, because od gerrymandering…

The U.S. Supreme Court issued a ruling Monday dismissing the lawsuit filed by the League of Women Voters over the districts that were drawn by legislative Republicans after the 2010 census. Justices cited two previously ruled-upon cases in tossing out the Michigan lawsuit, saying partisan gerrymandering claims are beyond the jurisdiction of federal courts. Voters last fall approved a constitutional amendment taking the authority to draw districts away from state lawmakers and creating a citizen panel to handle the job.

Gas Prices up To Start The Week

Gas prices are on the rise to start the week…

Michigan’s average gas price stands at two-dollars-65-cents per gallon, which is up seven-cents from a week ago. Triple-A Michigan notes the price is 13-cents lower than this time last year.Traverse City continues its streak of the lowest prices in Michigan. Gas is two-56 per gallon on average there. Here in Ironwood and in Ontonagon the averahe is 2.79 a gallon according to GasBuddy.Com

Flags Lowered For Former Governor

Flags are flying at half-staff in Michigan through November 1st to honor former Governor Bill Milliken, who died on Friday at the age of 97.

Governor Whitmer ordered flags lowered for 14 days in recognition of the number of years Milliken served as governor from 1969 to 1983. A Republican, he crossed party lines in the past few decades to support Democratic Governor Jennifer Granholm. He was also a family friend of Governor Whitmer. Milliken took over as governor when then-Governor George Romney resigned to take a job in the administration of President Nixon.

A Lockdown At An Ironwood School

The students and staff at Ironwood’s Luther L. Wright K-12 School experienced a brief lockdown Thursday…

District Superintendent Travis Powell said school administration initiated the lockdown with the Ironwood Public Safety Department and other local law enforcement agencies at approximately 1 p.m. after it received concerns about a weapon possibly being in the building. Law enforcement cleared the building shortly after the concern was reported.

Whitmer Shocked By A Court Ruling

The Governor say’s she’s Shocked By a Legal Setback

Whitmer says the ruling by a judge to temporarily halt her ban on flavored vaping products was “kind of shocking.” Whitmer says the ban was put in place to protect the health of kids, and said the judge “undermined front-line expertise” on the issue. She is appealing to the Michigan Supreme Court, but says she doesn’t know when they might take it up.

Drug Take Back Day

All 30 Michigan State Police posts will be serving as disposal sites for the next National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on October 26.

The MSP is urging people to go through their prescriptions and safely get rid of anything that’s expired or they no longer take. Several pharmacy chains and local police departments around Michigan will also take discarded medications, with no questions asked. The state police sites will be taking the unwanted medicines from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. next Saturday.

Rasie The Age Passes In Michigan

Bills to have 17-year-olds charged with crimes tried in the juvenile system instead of automatically charged as adults are headed to Governor Whitmer for her signature.

The “Raise the Age” legislation had broad bipartisan support, with just three Republicans voting no in the Senate. The bills will also move inmates in adult prisons who are not yet 18 into separate areas away from adult prisoners. Those younger than 18 could still be charged as adults, depending on the severity of the crime.