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MIRS provides comprehensive news and analysis of state government delivered in written reports detailing the activities of the House, Senate, Judicial and Executive branches of Michigan state government.

Michigan News And Capitol Report, Week Ending Fri., November 10, 2017

Bill To Dilute Ballast Discharge Law Flows Forward

On a 4-1 party-line vote Wednesday, the Senate Natural Resources Committee reported out HB 5095, a bill to put an end to Michigan's 10-year status of having the region's highest ballast water treatment standard for Great Lakes shipping.
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Poll: Duggan Beats Schuette 47-32%; Whitmer Up 41-40%

Democrat Mike DUGGAN only won re-election as Detroit's mayor Tuesday night and has vehemently stressed he's not interested in running for governor. However, Target Insyght polling conducted for MIRS over the last week shows Duggan beating Republican gubernatorial frontrunner Attorney General Bill SCHUETTE 47 to 32 percent, a 15-point margin, in a hypothetical matchup. 
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75% Of New Local Money Requests Approved

Of the 168 tax-related proposals on local ballots across the state, 76 percent of them asked for new or increased money from residents, or 128 measures, according to MIRS' review of the proposals.
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Gun Bills Exit Senate Chamber With Verbal Bangs

Adults with the proper license would be allowed to carry a concealed gun through almost all "gun free zones" -- schools, churches, and establishments that sell alcoholic drinks -- under a package the Senate passed Wednesday afternoon.
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MIRS Monday Podcast

New MIRS polling shows Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan strong in a general election match up with announced GOP gubernatorial candidate Attorney General Bill Schuette while former Senate Minority Leader Gretchen Whitmer remains in a strong lead in the race for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination.  This week MIRS sat down with Stu Sandler of Grand River Strategies for his take on the poll numbers and the state of the race. 
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