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Cambensy discusses proposed COVID relief package

LANSING, MI-- State Representative Sara Cambensy hopes a COVID-19 relief package can be passed by the Legislature before Christmas. Governor Gretchen Whitmer is asking for $100 million for economic stimulus and to boost unemployment benefits. Cambensy says such relief is desperately needed, especially for businesses. “I think that’s where the majority of the money, you know, she wants to put it, is to give some relief to those small businesses again that are really hurting the most as we do a...

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LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   In a conspiracy-laden seven-hour hearing, Republican poll challengers and watchers testified in front of the Michigan Senate Oversight Committee on Tuesday.

Despite accusations, they did not provide evidence of widespread voter fraud.

Republican poll challengers and watchers alleged they were harassed and had evidence of fraud but offered no proof. And Republican lawmakers offered little pushback on debunked claims.

Most affidavits that were part of lawsuits have already been tossed out of Michigan courts.

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LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   Governor Gretchen Whitmer acknowledged Tuesday that it’s becoming more difficult to get people to follow mask, distance, and gathering guidelines to slow the spread of COVID-19.

That’s as her top health advisor warned that a new wave of infections is likely following Thanksgiving gatherings.

MADISON, WI (AP)--   Republicans are calling on the Democratic chairwoman of the Wisconsin Elections Commission to resign.

They expressed anger Tuesday that she finalized the state's presidential election results showing Democrat Joe Biden defeating President Donald Trump. Republican commissioner Dean Knudson called chair Ann Jacobs’ actions finalizing the election on Monday a “little dog and pony show” that violated the law. Knudson says the commission should have been involved.

MADISON, WI (AP)--   Wisconsin Assembly Republicans are backing a $100 million coronavirus relief package, about a fifth of what Democratic Gov. Tony Evers wants to spend on fighting the virus.

But it doesn’t appear Senate Republicans are on board, let alone Evers. The Legislature has not met since April, even as virus numbers have spiked in Wisconsin. Senate Republican Majority Leader Devin LeMahieu said Tuesday that Senate Republicans had “serious concerns” about new spending.

The back and forth came on the day that Wisconsin reported a new record-high number of deaths.

ESCANABA AND IRON MOUNTAIN, MI--   Michigan State Police are urging residents to “Stuff a Blue Goose” this holiday season for neighbors in need.

The Gladstone Post is partnering with the Salvation Army, Elmer’s County Market and U-Haul Moving and Storage Center to help provide meals. On Friday, December 11 between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Elmer’s will sell its traditional paper bags filled with nonperishable food. Residents can drop the bags off at the front of the store in the U-Haul trailer.

LANSING, MI--   State Representative Sara Cambensy hopes a COVID-19 relief package can be passed by the Legislature before Christmas. 

Governor Gretchen Whitmer is asking for $100 million for economic stimulus and to boost unemployment benefits. Cambensy says such relief is desperately needed, especially for businesses.

“I think that’s where the majority of the money, you know, she wants to put it, is to give some relief to those small businesses again that are really hurting the most as we do a semi shut-down, here.” 

The pandemic rages on. More than 180,000 people were diagnosed yesterday. States and cities are closing businesses. Nearly 800,000 people are applying for unemployment every week.

Despite all this, Congress has not passed an economic relief package since late April — and a set of vital relief measures helping millions of Americans avoid financial ruin and eviction are all set to expire this month.

City of Marquette Arts & Culture Center

Artists have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic in ways that threaten their livelihood, with cancellations of art fairs and holiday events pulling business away that they rely on. In the greater Marquette county area, there is an effort to help those artists.

The City of Marquette Arts & Culture Division presents “Handcrafted Holidays”, a free, interactive gift guide featuring over fifty local artists. This guide serves as a single source for online shoppers who want handmade gifts, high quality art, and to support their local economy. Artists are listed with links to their online shops to ensure easy, contactless shopping this holiday season.

Handcrafted Holidays includes a variety of art forms such as: fine art, music, literary art, home decor, photography, and more.  There is also an interactive map to local brick & mortar creative storefronts and frame shops.

We spoke with Tiina Morin, manager of the City of Marquette Arts & Culture Center about the guide, how to use it, and who it supports:


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