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    A More Convenient Voting Experience for Michigan


    Senator Steven Bieda (D-25) introduced Senate Bill 61 late January 2015 to enable online voter registration in Michigan. The bill was referred to the committee on Elections and Government Reform on Jan. 29, 2015 but has yet to be heard in that committee. Following suit, State Representative Sarah Roberts (D-24) introduced House Bill 4288 early in March 2015. This bill mirrored the exact same piece of legislation with the exception of dates for implementation. This bill was referred to the Commit

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    Straight Ticket Voting: Valuable or Detrimental to Democracy?

    Voting is essential to the existence of democracy. It is one of the most cherished rights in the United States as it gives the American people the opportunity to be heard and directly influence the direction of the nation. At the end of 2015, less than a year before the 2016 Presidential Elections, the Michigan Legislature passed a bill that would change the state’s voting policy. Until recently, Michigan was one of only ten states that permitted voters to fill in either a “Republican” or “Democ

    Interview with Norm Saari, Chief of Staff for Michigan House Speaker


    Norm is the Chief of Staff for the Speaker of the Michigan House of Representatives, Kevin Cotter. 

    I’d like to start by learning more about your history. How did you get interested in Politics?r
    l, it wasn’t an interest in Politics as much as an interest in communication and public policy. It’s that old adage of “get involved with the process or shut up and stay on the sidelines and stop complaining about how someone else is doing their job!” I worked for consumer’s energy for 33 years, mos

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    Interview with Kevin Beard, Former East Lansing City Councilman


    What is your current professional title?
    I am currently working part time, but I suppose you could call me a Human Resources Consultant.

    Could you describe your background for me a little bit? This can be educational, professional, or otherwise.
    Well I worked for 34 years at General Motors. I was a member of the United Auto Workers during that time. I have my Masters degree from Michigan State in Human Resources and Labor Relations. In Lansing I worked with maintaining the UAW jobs bank for GM.
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