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PNS Daily Newscast - January 17, 2019 


Speaker Pelosi sends a message to Trump – No State of the Union in Congress while shutdown continues. Also on the Thursday rundown: federal employees in Michigan to rally against the shutdown. Plus a Green New Deal in New York raises the bar for clean energy.

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Public News Service - MI: Civic Engagement

A new executive order requires Michigan state employees to use official rather than personal email addresses, so the communications can be preserved for public record. (Almonroth/Wikimedia Commons)

LANSING, Mich. – Progressive clean-government groups are applauding new Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer for taking action on ethics reform right out of the gate. Whitmer issued two executive orders on Thursday. They require state employees to use official email addresses while at work, and to

Opponents say Michigan lawmakers violated constitutional separation of powers when voting on Thursday to give themselves power to intervene in decisions made by the incoming attorney general. (SAN906/Wikimedia Commons)

LANSING, Mich. – Citizens' groups are slamming the passage of a bill to give state lawmakers a say over legal decisions made by Michigan's next attorney general – and they want Governor Rick Snyder to veto it. The bill's supporters in the Republican-dominated legislature have said they

Groups rallying against big changes during the lame-duck legislative session made their point at a rally in front of the Michigan Chamber of Commerce on Monday. (Sam Inglot/Progress Michigan)

LANSING, Mich. — It may be cold outside, but the temperature is rising in Lansing as protesters say they don't want the Legislature to undercut the will of the voters, made clear during the election a month ago today. Groups including Good Jobs Now, We the People and the Sunrise Movement are

Groups supportive of the minimum wage claim it is unconstitutional to try to amend the bill during the end-of-year session. (One Fair Wage MI)

LANSING, Mich. - The group behind the campaign to raise the minimum wage in Michigan is meeting with lawmakers today to push back against efforts to water down the new law during the lame-duck session. Legislators passed a bill to gradually raise the minimum wage to $12 an hour, including for tippe

Supporters of Proposal 2 say they're now focused on a clean 2020 Census. (Voters Not Policitians)

LANSING, Mich. – Voters in Michigan did an end run around the Legislature this election, approving ballot measures on clean elections and legal marijuana, then they went on to force a change at the top, installing Gretchen Whitmer, a Democrat, as governor-elect. Lonnie Scott, executive direc

Supporters of Proposal 1 submitted 354,000 signatures to get it on the ballot. (Marijuana Policy Project)

LANSING, Mich. - With less than two weeks before the election, backers of Proposal 1 have released their first advertisement, hoping to convince voters to make Michigan the first state in the Midwest to legalize recreational marijuana. The commercial, from the group MI Legalize, argued that the mov

Former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger helped pass anti-gerrymandering rules in the Golden State, and will rally for similar reforms in Michigan on Saturday. (Nate Mandos)

EAST LANSING, Mich. – Actor and former California Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger will headline a rally on Saturday to promote Proposal 2, the anti-gerrymandering measure on the November ballot. Schwarzenegger, known for his starring role in "The Terminator" movies, will appear at Ann

Michigan voters have three Proposals to decide on the November ballot, including two that could impact future elections. (Tim Evanson/Flickr)

LANSING, Mich. — Election Day is just three weeks away, and with so much at stake, Michigan voters are encouraged to ensure they're fully prepared when they cast their ballots. For more than 100 years, Michiganders were able to vote “straight ticket,” choosing all the candidates

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