Jake Neher

PAW PAW, MI (MPRN)--   The ACLU of Michigan wants a Michigan Walmart store to stop selling merchandise using the word “Redskins.” 

The organization sent a letter on Wednesday to Walmart CEO Doug McMillon. It says the store in Paw Paw, Michigan stocks items using the local high school’s mascot – the Redskins -- and requests that the store pull those items from shelves.

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   The speaker of the state House won’t support a proposal aimed at electing presidents based on the national popular vote.

There’s bipartisan support in the Legislature for Michigan to join a compact that 12 states have already joined called the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact. Once enough states have entered into the compact to decide a presidential election, those states would cast their Electoral College votes for the candidate who won the national popular vote.

DETROIT, MI (MPRN)--   A group of Michigan non-profits is concerned not all state residents will be counted on the upcoming 2020 census.

Those organizations are teaming up to make sure groups such as immigrants, homeless people, and minority children are fully counted.

Hassan Jaber is the executive director of ACCESS and a co-chair of the “2020 Nonprofits Count Campaign.” He says there’s a lot at stake for Michigan with this census.

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   Governor Rick Snyder is holding firm to his vow to stay in office amid growing calls for his resignation.  

Both Democratic presidential candidates called for Snyder to resign during their debate in Flint. It was the first time former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said he should step down over Flint’s water crisis.

The governor says that’s not going to happen.

“I’m not resigning, I’m going to solve this problem,” Snyder told reporters after an appearance in Detroit on Monday.

“I said I was sorry and I’m going to fix it.”

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   The top Democrat in the state House is calling on Governor Rick Snyder to resign. 

State House Minority Leader Tim Greimel (D-Auburn Hills) says he should step down “for his actions and inactions pertaining to the Flint water crisis.”

Greimel is the first high-ranking lawmaker to call on Snyder to step down since the scope of Flint’s water crisis became public and the state began action to resolve it. Snyder’s office voluntarily released emails recently that show top aides raised concerns months earlier.

Kasich, Sanders stump for MI primary votes

Feb 16, 2016
Jake Neher / MPRN

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   With the state’s March 8th primary fast approaching, presidential candidates are turning their attention to Michigan.

Senator Bernie Sanders had stops in Ypsilanti and Dearborn as part of his campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination. But first, Michigan Public Radio’s Rick Pluta was with Ohio Governor John Kasich when he stopped at Grand Valley State University outside Grand Rapids.

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   The state House could take up another emergency spending bill this week to help address the Flint water crisis. 

The state Senate has already unanimously approved the bill – which would set aside $30 million to help Flint with unpaid water bills.

The chair of the House Appropriations Committee says the panel will review the bill this week.

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   A bill meant to clarify what civic and school officials can tell residents about local ballot measures is moving forward in the state House. 

School districts and local governments have been bashing a new law that limits what they can say about local proposals 60 days ahead of an election. They’re calling it a “gag order.”

House Bill 5219 cleared a state House panel on Wednesday with new language meant to ease concerns from local leaders. It now says officials can give information – as long as it’s “factual and strictly neutral.”


LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   Governor Rick Snyder is asking the Obama Administration to change its mind and declare a major disaster in Flint.  

Snyder requested the declaration in order to free up $96 million in federal aid for Flint.

The Obama Administration said those declarations are used to address natural disasters such as floods or fires.

Snyder argues in a press release announcing the appeal that, “the situation in Flint is a disaster and in need of a federal declaration.”

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   Republican state lawmakers are looking into legislation meant to prevent teacher “sickouts” like the ones that closed about 60 Detroit schools on Monday. 

Teachers in the state’s largest district say it’s their only way to protest problems in the district – from state control to overcrowded classrooms - because teacher strikes are banned under state law.

“I couldn’t be any more disappointed,” said state Sen. Phil Pavlov (R – St. Clair Twp.), who chairs the Senate Education Committee.