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Mich. Democratic Party releases footage it says came from GOP 'spies' targeting candidates

The Democratic Party on Tuesday released more footage it uncovered from a hidden camera scheme the Michigan Republican Party has been operating against state Democratic candidates. More

Dingell can't keep up — Kim who?

Kim Kardashian Evan Agostini/Invision/AP

Rep. John Dingell, meet Kim Kardashian. Kim who? Dingell, D-Dearborn, was perplexed Monday by a tweet from the federal Environmental Protection Agency. More

District 27 state representative candidate submits petitions to get pot initiatives on ballot

—A state representative hopeful said Tuesday he has delivered on his promise to get the marijuana issue on local ballots of his district by this fall. More

Conflicting health care law rulings could impact thousands in Michigan

President Barack Obama J. Scott Applewhite / AP

Conflicting rulings from two federal appeals cast doubt Tuesday over the future of President Barack Obama's health care law, especially for for many low- and middle-income people who bought policies, including more than 270,000 people in Michigan. More

Road funding a key issue for Oakland Dems in state House primary

 Daniel Mears / The Detroit News, file

A licensed medical marijuana caregiver, an investment adviser, an attorney, a union leader and an insurance agent are the Democrats competing for an Oakland County state House seat in the Aug. 5 primary. More

Land criticizes Peters over Chinese-made pencils

Washington — GOP Senate candidate Terri Lynn Land is launching a new campaign ad Tuesday that accuses her rival Rep. Gary Peters of being a 'roadblock' to Michigan. More

Boehner: No border money without policy changes

Washington — House Speaker John Boehner says the public won't support spending money on the border crisis unless Congress makes policy changes to return migrant kids home faster. More

Working-class whites lose voting dominance in Ohio

David Vernon, 18, takes a break while reading on his porch in Columbus, Ohio, on July 21, 2014. Both Republicans and Democrats are seeking voters like Vernon, a self-described moderate and an avid social media user who says he has seen a steady increase in tweets from both parties aimed at attracting younger African-American voters to get involved in political campaigns. AP

Columbus, Ohio — For the first time, working-class whites make up less than half of Ohio's eligible voters, part of a demographic shift in a key Midwestern swing state that is pushing political parties to widen their appeal beyond the once-dominant bloc. More

Gridlocked Congress has long to-do list, uncertain success

Washington — A gridlocked Congress failed to do the big things: overhauling the nation's immigration system, reforming the loophole-cluttered tax code and stiffening background checks on gun buyers. Now it's time to see whether it can just do the basics. More

Land returning to D.C. for fundraiser as money race heats up

— Michigan Senate candidate Terri Lynn Land is returning to Washington this week to hold another fundraiser with a GOP senator to raise money — just days after her rival raised money with a Democratic senator in Detroit. More

District 11 barbs fly for GOP primary

Kerry Bentivolio is portraying himself as the outsider. Max Ortiz / The Detroit News

U.S. Rep. Kerry Bentivolio is trying to show his 2012 election wasn't a fluke, although his Republican primary opponent has outspent him by a 20-1 margin in the past three months and is backed by most GOP power brokers in the Aug. 5 primary. More

Obama gives protection to gay, transgender workers

Surrounded by LGBT supporters, including Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe, third from right, President Barack Obama signs executive orders to protect LGBT employees from federal workplace discrimination in the East Room of the White House, July 21, 2014, in Washington. Jacquelyn Martin / AP

Washington — President Barack Obama on Monday gave employment protection to gay and transgender workers in the federal government and its contracting agencies, after being convinced by advocates of what he called the 'irrefutable rightness of your cause.' More

2 challenge district court judge in Novi

MacKenzie David Coates / The Detroit News

The race for a seat in Novi's 52-1 District Court is heating up as two challengers take on an incumbent judge whose behavior has recently come under fire. More

Bill Clinton won't 'jump the gun' on wife's plans

Former U.S. President Bill Clinton, right, and former head of the Rehabilitation and Reconstruction Agency for Aceh (BRR) Kuntoro Mangkusubroto wave at reporters during their visit to a tsunami evacuation facility in Banda Aceh, Indonesia, July 19, 2014. Clinton says he doesn't know if his wife, Hillary, is going to run for president. Heri Juanda / AP

Washington — Former President Bill Clinton says he doesn't know if his wife, Hillary, is going to run for president and said 'she hasn't asked me yet.' More

Peters: Kochs spending against his senatorial campaign to 'continue their polluting ways'

U.S. Rep. Gary Peters said Friday billionaire industrialists are spending millions of dollars to defeat his candidacy. David Coates / The Detroit News

U.S. Rep. Gary Peters said Friday billionaire industrialists Charles and David Koch are spending millions of dollars to defeat his candidacy for the U.S. to the Senate so they can resume polluting the Detroit River with petroleum byproduct runoff. More

Schauer: GOP spying incident shows momentum against Snyder

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mark Schauer said today the Michigan Republican Party's admitted use of hidden camera 'spyglasses' to secretly record a private fundraiser shows his campaign is gaining momentum against Gov. Rick Snyder. More

Flow of child immigrants at border slowing for now

Washington — The flood of children crossing the Mexican border illegally and without their parents has slowed down in recent weeks, two senior Obama administration officials said Friday. More

U.S. appeals court tosses Oklahoma gay marriage ban

Sharon Baldwin, left, and her partner Mary Bishop, plaintiffs challenging Oklahoma's gay marriage ban, leave court following a hearing at the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver on April 17. Brennan Linsley / AP

Oklahoma City — A federal appeals court ruled Friday that Oklahoma must allow gay couples to wed, prompting a fast, angry response from leaders of a state that has vehemently fought policy changes brought on from outside its borders. More

U.S. Rep. Conyers honored at WSU law school

Conyers Carlos Osorio / AP

U.S. Rep. John Conyers was honored Friday in a ceremony at Wayne State University Law School for his contribution to a collection honoring the legal history of African-Americans. More

Detroit Catholic leaders press Obama to halt deportation of children

The Most Rev. Jose Arturo Cepeda Escobedo, left, auxiliary bishop of the archdiocese, joins Marygrove College president David Fike and his wife, Sylvia Rosales-Fike, in pledging support for immigrants. Todd McInturf / The Detroit News

Detroit — Security was tight and emotions raw Thursday as Marygrove College officials and religious leaders publicly urged President Barack Obama and the nation to embrace the thousands of Central American children seeking refuge in the U.S. More

State judge legalizes gay marriage in Florida Keys

Miami — A judge legalized gay marriage in Florida's most gay-friendly county on Thursday, siding with same-sex couples in the Florida Keys who said the state's ban is discriminatory and makes them second-class citizens. More

District 7 House seat draws large, diverse field of Democrats

Wells Stallworth

Detroit — The wife of the outgoing state House member, a school board vice president, insurance agent and author are among the Democratic candidates vying to represent state House District 7 in the Aug. 5 primary election. More

In Michigan Democratic primary, candidate's GOP donation raises controversy

Smith Steve Perez / The Detroit News

In fiercely competitive state legislative primaries, nothing stings more than suggesting one's opponent has helped the enemy. More

Boehner ties emergency border funding to law change

Immigrants who have been caught crossing the border illegally are housed inside the McAllen Border Patrol Station in McAllen, Texas where they are processed on July 15, 2014. The White House is meeting growing resistance from both the left and the right as it pushes a multibillion-dollar emergency spending bill for the border. Rick Loomis / AP

Washington — Amid hardening positions by both political parties, House Speaker John Boehner said Thursday he's losing optimism that Democrats and Republicans can agree before their summer break on legislation to address the influx of young Central America More

Republicans rip handling of inquiry into IRS targeting of conservative groups

Cole J. Scott Applewhite / AP

Republicans chastised the Justice Department on Thursday for failing to share information with Congress about its investigation into the targeting of conservative groups by the Internal Revenue Service. Lawmakers called anew for a special prosecutor to look into the matter. More

Video: Republicans caught using spy glasses at Schauer campaign fundraiser

For the third time this year, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mark Schauer is accusing Republicans of attempting to spy on his campaign. More

Michigan lawmaker plans bill to reinstate fireworks ban

State Fire Inspector Brian Davis Brian Davis measures a firework display last month in Waterford Township. Clarence Tabb Jr / The Detroit News

A lawmaker is planning to introduce legislation this week that would reverse Michigan's decision to legalize louder, more powerful fireworks. More

Lawmaker introduces bills to regulate cellphone trackers in Michigan

Cellular tracking devices used by the Oakland County Sheriff's Office could come under state regulation if lawmakers pass two bills introduced Wednesday. More



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