Michigan House representatives speak at MSU

By Alexandra Donlin
MI First Election

When getting out to vote, Asian Pacific Americans often struggle with deciding who to vote or even how to vote. Asian Pacific Americans make up 6 percent of the U.S. population, but voter turnout is lower than any other racial group in the country. This could be because they are often underrepresented in government. On Feb. 27, the Asian Pacific American Studies Program at Michigan State University held an event called Activism, Politics, and Social Media Summit … Raising Asian American Voices.

Ann Arbor gun-control resolution sparks discussion in Meridian Township

By Lauren N. Shields
The Meridian Times

The first time Nick Johnston shot a gun was when he was 3 years old. By the age of 12, Johnston started to learn how to take guns apart and put them back together. At age 16, he was able to start making guns for himself. Johnston, now 24, has his concealed pistol license (CPL) and is the vice president of his grandfather’s company, Ultimate Firearms in Okemos. Following in his grandfather’s footsteps, he is also the owner of Johnston Firearms in Okemos as well as an Alaskan hunting guide.

Gerrymandering in Michigan, explained

By COLLIN KRIZMANICH
Capital News Service
LANSING — By all accounts, 2014 was a good election year for Republicans in Michigan. They increased their majority in the Michigan House of Representatives by three seats, now holding 63 to Democrats’ 47. Out of the 14 congressional races, Republicans won nine. You may assume Republicans across the state received substantially more votes than Democrats. However, that assumption would be wrong.

Insurance for Autism in Michigan

By Jacqlyn Burnett
Ingham Couny Chronicle staff writer

Autism awareness month seems to be fulfilling its purpose. Michigan and Alaska as of 2012 are now a part of the other 29 states to require insurance to offer treatment for autistic people. An event called Buddy Day enables an experience for Mason high school students to interact and become more aware of autism with the Heartwood students. Learn more about the Michigan autism spectrum disorder state plan and the autism insurance legislation.

Schor will hold first constituent coffee at Avenue Café

By Lia Kananipuamaeole Kamana
Ingham County Chronicle staff writer

This Saturday, Feb. 16, 9-10 a.m. Andy Schor, state representative for District 68, will hold his first “Coffee with Andy” at The Avenue Café in Lansing. “My community coffee gatherings will provide me with the opportunity to introduce attendees to my staff and to the services my office provides to the community, and will give me a chance to talk to residents about what’s going on at the Capitol,” said Schor. Coffee with the State Representative isn’t new in the Ingham County area according to Colleen Kelley, a worker at The Avenue Café. Schor’s predecessor, Joan Bauer, had her coffee hours at The Avenue Café and Kelley is happy to see Schor continuing the tradition.

Dems bouyed by House poll

By JON GASKELL
Capital News Service
LANSING — New polling suggests Democrats have a shot at retaking the House in November. The poll by North Carolina’s Public Policy Polling (PPP) shows Michigan voters prefer Democratic candidates by a 14-point margin, 48-34 percent. Republicans now hold a 63-46 majority in the House, with one vacancy. All seats are up for election in November. The survey of 560 voters, performed from Feb.