New bill could repeal Michigan’s 10 cent bottle deposit law

Duke Medema graduated from Michigan State this past May. From western New York, he came to MSU on an ROTC scholarship. But until his six year commitment starts in January, he needs to pass the time. He’s doing so, by working at Tom’s Party Store in East Lansing

“You got an army officer just sitting out hanging out just stacking bottles,” Medema said. “I love working here, I do, I love helping people, I love talking drinks, it’s almost like a little subculture.” He works the counter, selling products, but he sometimes has to do the dirty job.

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Critics say lame ducks make lame laws

Capital News Service

LANSING — Before the end of the year, Michigan lawmakers will take up some of the most controversial bills that would:

Delay the minimum wage hike of $12 per hour until 2030 instead of 2022. Exempt employers with less than 50 employees from having to provide paid sick leave. Make provisions to the anti-gerrymandering constitutional amendment that passed in November
Move oversight responsibilities on a proposed tunnel to house the Line 5 oil pipeline under the Straits of Mackinac
Bar state agencies from disclosing information about nonprofit supporters and donors. Remove regulations from 70,000 wetlands statewide. Alter same-day and automatic voting registration standards that passed in November.

Voters wanted for redistricting – in 2020

Capital News Service

LANSING– Want to determine the future of Michigan’s representation in Lansing and Washington? You have until June of 2020 to volunteer to serve on the state’s new redistricting commission that voters approved Nov. 6. The commission members will be selected randomly, said Elizabeth Battiste, an account executive at Martin Waymire, a public relations firm that represented the group that pushed for Proposal 2. Applications will be sent to 10,000 registered voters from diverse geographic and ethnic backgrounds.

Proposition 2 passes by wide margin

Proposition two, which would end the practice of gerrymandering in Michigan, passed by a 60 percent to 39 percent margin on Nov. 6. An organizer praised the group because it included people from multiple walks of life working toward a common goal.

MSU students campaign for midterm elections

With the 2018 midterm elections recently behind us, MSU students worked overtime the weekend before the election to encourage people to get out and vote. Members of the MSU College Republicans used the weekend to work the phones and to knock on doors as a last minute push to support their candidates and encourage people to vote. “We have a senate candidate up for election, all the state reps, all the state senators are up for election, governor, and a lot of other positions, so we think it’s really important to make sure people are going out and voting,” said Aleks Oslapas, Chair of MSU College Republicans. Midterm elections are known for having a lower voter turnout than presidential elections; the message to get out and vote was a strong one this year. “Again it all goes back to getting people to get out to vote.

Joe Biden makes an appearance in Lansing before election

The Democratic rally got started an hour and a half late, but local residents patiently awaited Former Vice President Joe Biden’s arrival. “It’s been a rough couple of months,” Biden said. “Folks, we’ve gotta turn this around”. Democrats Gretchen Whitmer and Elissa Slotkin were among the candidates attending the rally at Lansing Community College. “I am running because it is time for a new generations of leaders,” Slotkin said.

Crowds gather to see Obama before midterm election

When in downtown Detroit, you’d expect the Little Caesars Arena to be full of life. Instead, the huge crowd packed into Cass Technical High School just down the road. “We’re really excited so glad he came for this,” event go-er, Bridgette Huff, said. 

In the cold and in the rain, people waited. “This is the first time I am able to get out and see him,” rally attendee, Donna Penick, said. A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that she will never forget. 

The star of this show was President Barack Obama, who landed in Michigan to support its Democratic candidates like the Democratic Gubernatorial nominee Gretchen Whitmer and U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow. 

“We’re not gonna fix everything because of one election but, here’s what will happen, if you vote, things will get better,” President Obama said.

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