Critics of the bills have derided the legislation as state-sanctioned discrimination against same-sex and unmarried couples — especially because many of the faith-based agencies receive public funding from the state.
As the 2014 midterm elections draw closer, pollsters across the country will begin releasing masses of data and their predictions of who will control the House of Representatives, the Senate, and statehouses across the country. We’ll put those predictions in focus and provide a brief summary of key polls. Here’s our roundup from the week […]
Americans for Prosperity (AFP) — the right-wing 501(c)(4) “dark money” group backed by billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch — has singled out its latest target: Detroit, Michigan. Specifically, the group is mobilizing opposition to the proposed settlement reached in the Detroit municipal bankruptcy case. The settlement, which is the only promising compromise after months of negotiation, now faces […]
Today the Weekend Reader brings you Save Our Unions: Dispatches from a Movement in Distress, by labor journalist and union representative Steve Early. Early gives a voice to union workers who are losing funding and collective bargaining rights in the name of big business and elected leaders’ political gains. The decline of unions in the U.S. is a […]
By Todd Spangler and Kathleen Gray, Detroit Free Press WASHINGTON — U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said Friday that the federal government will recognize the marriages of some 300 same-sex couples in Michigan performed Saturday before a federal appeals court put a stay on such ceremonies in the state. In a statement Friday morning, Holder […]
By Kathleen Gray, Paul Egan and Tresa Baldas, Detroit Free Press LANSING, Michigan — It was the ultimate split decision when Governor Rick Snyder said Wednesday that the nearly 300 same-sex marriages performed on Saturday are legal but won’t be recognized by the state because of a stay put on the judicial decision that Michigan’s ban […]
By Kathleen Gray, Paul Egan and Tresa Baldas, Detroit Free Press LANSING, Mich. — It was the ultimate split decision when Gov. Rick Snyder said Wednesday that the nearly 300 same-sex marriages performed on Saturday are legal but won’t be recognized by the state because of a stay put on the judicial decision that Michigan’s ban […]
Yesterday, the Michigan Supreme Court agreed to a request from Gov. Rick Snyder to examine the legality of taxing public pensions: “Snyder is asking the seven justices to rule whether applying the personal income tax to the pension income of public retirees violates the state constitutional prohibition against impairing or diminishing a public pension benefit.” [mLive]