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    Term Limits: A Background and Update

    Casey Callahan


    The Overview
    Term limits are a political concept that dates back to the very beginning of our nation’s history. The founders feared a tyrannical ruler akin to the King of England would monopolize power in the United States. This fear of a ‘political ruler’ has permeated throughout our nation’s history ...

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    No-Reason Absentee Voting

    Domonique Clemons

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    Term Limit Reform

    Chris MacArthur

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    The Changes To The Michigan Economic Dev …

    Kyle Celebuski

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    Kyle Celebuski's interview with Michael …

    Kyle Celebuski

    Kyle Celebuski: I'm a student at Michigan State and I'm doing a project on the changes the MEDC has undergone during the Snyder Administration and I know that you are new and came in with the Snyder administration so I was wondering if you could tell me a little bit about ...

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    Americans Elect Comes to Michigan

    Kyle Celebuski

    Few have heard of the American's Elect party, but the organization has secured a spot on Michigan's ballot in the upcoming presidential election in 2012. Americans Elect, along with the Green Party, Reform Party, Libertarian Party, Socialist Party, and US Tax Payers Party are the minor parties who will have candidates ...

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    Michigan to Move to Part-Time Legislatur …

    Andrew Kuhlman

    A possible major change in Michigan’s legislature is currently being debated on in Michigan’s capitol. A group of mostly Republican Legislators is advocating a switch of the Michigan legislature from full-time to part-time.

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    The Michigan Administrative Procedure Ac …

    Andrew Kuhlman

    The Michigan Administrative Procedure Act, or MAPA, was established in 1969 and it is aimed at providing governmental transparency with regard to agency functioning and the policy making process as well as providing citizens the ability to be involved in policy making processes.

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    The Open Meetings Act and Freedom of Inf …

    Andrew Kuhlman

    “Dear Citizen,

    The ideal of a democratic government is too often thwarted by bureaucratic secrecy

    and unresponsive officials. Citizens frequently find it difficult to discover what deci-

    sions are being made and what facts lie behind those decisions. (The Open Meetings Act and Freedom of Information Act).

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    Con-Con Rejection

    Andrew Kuhlman

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    Reducing Legislator Pay: Performance-bas …

    Blake Baca

    A budget deficit is never wanted in any circumstance, whether it is a state's budget or a company's. Currently, Michigan is suffering from a budget deficit of nearly $920 million in the General Fund and School Aid Fund (Michigan.gov). There will always be controversy over the options of raising ...

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    Macomb Voters Approve New Government Sty …

    Blake Baca

    Macomb County has recently adopted a new government style that will result in fewer commissioners and an election of a powerful leader.  According to staff writer Steve Neavling, "Residents voted 60% to 40% in favor of an executive-style government similar to those in Oakland and Wayne counties, with 98.4% of the ...

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    Proposals to Cut Legislator Pay if they …

    Blake Baca

    State Senator Gretchen Whitmer has proposed a plan to hopefully strengthen the performance of legislators.  Her proposal involves a "plan to cut legislators' pay, do away with lifetime health benefits, link Capitol pay to performance and even require lawmakers to disclose their income and assets" (LSJ.com ).  Her policy was ...

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    Executive Merger of Department of Natura …

    Blake Baca

    "Governor Jennifer Granholm has signed an executive order that will combine the Department of Natural Resources and the Department of Environmental Quality into one" (WZZM 13 ).  The new department will be named the Department of Natural Resources and Environment.  Governor Granholm pointed out a few reasons why this is beneficial ...

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    Prison Sentencing Reforms

    Blake Baca

    The reduction of the Michigan Department of Corrections' budget as been a widely debated issue.  It has been stated that, "the Michigan Department of Corrections budget accounts for 20 percent or $2 billion of the state's General Fund dollars" (The Detroit News ).  With 20 percent of the budget going ...

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