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VEHICLE THEFTS — Michigan vehicle thefts dropped from 50,000 in 2006 to less than 20,000 in 2017, according to a recent auditor general’s report.
Northern Michigan’s endangered songbird may soon be off the federal list of threatened and endangered species because of a remarkable conservation comeback. The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service is seeking public comments on its proposal to delist the species.
A new U.S. Forest Service study finds that tree cover in urban and community areas of Michigan and most other Great Lakes states on the decline. Reasons include climate change, extreme weather, invasive species, disease and development.
By WILLIAM THIEDE
Capital News Service
LANSING – In 2017, Republican lawmakers in Michigan raised more campaign funds from political action committees than Democrats. Contributions from the committees commonly called PACs hit over $2.8 million for the GOP in a non-election year, according to a Spartan Newsroom analysis of campaign finance records. Their Democratic counterparts raised nearly $1.4 million from PACs. PACs are a tool that businesses, labor unions and other interest groups use to raise money for candidates in hopes of influencing policy. While Republican lawmakers raised more from PACs, Democrats got a higher percentage of their total funding from PACs — nearly 61 percent of their total contributions came from those sources.
The National Rifle Association exerts its influence in Michigan legislative races primarily through so-called independent expenditures on behalf of favored candidates and against candidates it opposes.
Donald Trump spent $66 million of his own funds on his presidential campaign. Rick Snyder dug deep into his own pockets when first running for governor, as Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Shri Thanedar is now doing. The Legislature produced seven big self-funders who spent $10,000 or more in 2017.