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High court hopeful's abortion stance stirs up Mich. Democrats before convention

Murphy Michigan Courts Website

A decision by Court of Appeals Chief Judge William Murphy to run for the Michigan Supreme Court has stirred up opposition from pro-abortion rights forces ahead of this weekend's Democratic state convention. More

Michigan GOP braces for tea party showdown

Calley Dale G. Young / The Detroit News

Michigan Republicans are gearing up for a showdown at their state convention Saturday that could unite the GOP for the general election or embarrass Gov. Rick Snyder by exposing deep ideological divisions. More

Obama weighs immigration shift

— President Barack Obama is considering key changes in the nation's immigration system requested by tech, industry and powerful interest groups, in a move that could blunt Republicans' election-year criticism of the president's go-it-alone approach to imm More

Well-funded women may tilt Senate power

— The political tilt of the Senate during President Barack Obama's final two years in office is likely to hinge on a handful of female contenders in tight and costly races. More

Courts won't put Socialists on Michigan ballot

Detroit — A federal appeals court has turned down a request to place five Socialist Party candidates on the November ballot. More

DNC raises almost $9M in July, RNC to report soon

Washington — The Democratic National Committee says it raised almost $9 million in July and has more than $9.5 million ready for the final push toward November's elections. More

Virginia prepares for possibility of gay marriage

Norfolk, Va. — Virginia officials are preparing for the possibility that same-sex couples will be able to wed in the state Thursday by drafting a revised marriage license form for courthouse clerks to use as soon as they open their doors. More

Texas Gov. Perry formally enters not guilty plea

This image provided by the Austin Police Department shows Texas Gov. Rick Perry while being booked at the Blackwell-Thurman Criminal Justice Center in Austin, Texas, for two felony indictments of abuse of power on Aug. 19, 2014, in Austin, Texas. AP

Austin, Texas — Republican Texas Gov. Rick Perry has formally pleaded not guilty to criminal charges that he abused his office when he vetoed state funding for public corruption prosecutors. More

Land campaign makes issue of Peters' investment in pet coke company

Democratic Congressman Gary Peters is catching heat in Michigan's hotly contested U.S. Senate race for investing in a foreign energy company that produces petroleum coke, a coal-like substance he has denounced. More

Texas Gov. Perry assembles high-powered legal team; arraignment date set

Texas Gov. Rick Perry walks to an interview with Fox in downtown Austin on Aug. 18, 2014. Jay Janner / AP

Austin, Texas — Republican Texas Gov. Rick Perry says he is fighting a criminal indictment with the law on his side — not to mention a team of high-powered attorneys with formidable records in big cases. More

Obama: Iraq has regained control of Mosul dam

U.S. President Barack Obama gives a statement during a press conference in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House. Obama returned early from his vacation in Martha's Vineyard to hold meetings with his national security team and also with U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder in regards to the situation in Iraq and the continuing violence in Ferguson, Missouri. Win McNamee / Getty Images

President Barack Obama says the recapturing of Mosul dam in northern Iraq by Iraqi and Kurdish forces is a 'major step forward' in the battle against Islamic State militants. More

House Democrats' campaign arm has $57M banked, House GOP raises $48M

Washington — House Democrats' uphill effort to oust Republicans from their majority is sitting on a $56.7 million pile of cash heading into what is shaping up to be a costly fall election season, campaign officials said Monday. More

Texas Gov. Perry vows to fight criminal indictment

Texas Gov. Rick Perry speaks during a news conference on Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014, in Austin, Texas. Rodolfo Gonzalez / AP

Texas Gov. Rick Perry says he stands by his veto and called the indictment against him outrageous and an abuse of power. More

Lt. Gov. Calley urges Oakland County Republicans to allow tea party delegates

Lt. Gov. Calley

Lt. Gov. Brian Calley is urging his supporters not to challenge the state convention voting rights of a slate of tea party-backed delegates elected Thursday night during a raucous Oakland County Republican Party convention. More

Michigan, U.S. to partner to target disability fraud

Detroit — The state of Michigan and the federal government are partnering to launch a new unit to investigate and crack down on Social Security disability fraud. More

Amid increased security and party clashes, Oakland Co. GOP chooses delegates

John Heriznay salutes during the Pledge of Allegiance at the Oakland County convention Thursday. Elizabeth Conley / The Detroit News

Tea party activists dominated a portion of the Oakland County Republican Party's convention Thursday night, electing delegates for a state convention who could influence the nomination of Gov. Rick Snyder's running mate. More

Kildee says Snyder will find 'history will not treat you well' over marriage ban

Kildee

U.S. Rep. Dan Kildee recently compared Gov. Rick Snyder to segregationist George Wallace for the state's continued enforcement of a ban on same-sex marriage — despite multiple federal court rulings overturning bans in Michigan and other states. More

Legislation to continue to allow wolf hunting passes Michigan Senate

Michigan Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville, R-Monroe, talks with members of his caucus legislators pass a measure that would circumvent two anti-wolf hunting proposals on the November ballot and allow the continued hunting of the animals in the state. Dale G. Young / The Detroit News

The Michigan Senate passed petition-initiated legislation Wednesday that would circumvent two anti-wolf hunting proposals on the November ballot and allow the continued hunting of the animals in the state. More

Michigan congressional candidate Dave Trott selling stake in family law firm

Dave Trott Jose Juarez / Special to Detroit News

— Dave Trott is attempting to shed the 'foreclosure attorney' label slapped on him by opponents one week after winning a Republican congressional primary and smooth the way for potential victory in a GOP-leaning district. More

Kildee to Snyder: 'History will not treat you well' for enforcing same-sex marriage ban

U.S. Rep. Dan Kildee

U.S. Rep. Dan Kildee is comparing Gov. Rick Snyder to segregationist George Wallace for the state's continued enforcement of a ban on same-sex marriage — despite multiple federal court rulings overturning bans in Michigan and other states. More

2 Supreme Court incumbents each raise about $500K; Calley $220K

— Two conservative justices on the Michigan Supreme Court have each raised about $500,000 for their campaigns. More

Snyder on flooding: 'If we get more rain, we could get more problems'

Gov. Rick Snyder discusses Metro Detroit's flooding situation Tuesday. Charles V. Tines / The Detroit News

Gov. Rick Snyder interrupted an Upper Peninsula trip Tuesday to survey the flood devastation from a record rainfall in Metro Detroit, warning 'if we get more rain, we could get more problems.' More

National register of historic vehicles pushed during Dream Cruise week

Mark Gessler, left, looks over the 1957 Chrysler Imperial Crown sedan owned by Diran Yazejian of Bloomfield Hills. Yazejian's vehicle could be among the first to be listed on the National Register of Historic Vehicles. Charles V. Tines / The Detroit News

— Diran Yazejian has been the owner of a 'sweet rose' 1957 Chrysler Imperial Crown sedan for 20 years. He's now being offered a chance to preserve the classic car he loves so much for future generations of gearheads. More

Groups to EPA: Stop muzzling science advisers

Washington — Journalist and scientific organizations accused the Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday of attempting to muzzle its independent scientific advisers by directing them to funnel all outside requests for information through agency officia More

Minn. businessman wins GOP bid to challenge Franken for Senate

In a midterm year where which party controls the U.S. Senate will headline Election Day, businessman Mike McFadden swept to an easy victory Tuesday for the Republican Senate nomination in Minnesota. More

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