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Food stamp cuts to hit Michigan, 3 other states

Cuts to the nation's food stamp program enacted earlier this year are only affecting four states, far from the sweeping reform that Republicans had pushed, according to an Associated Press review. As a result, it's unclear if the law will realize the estimated $8.6 billion in savings over 10 years that the GOP had touted. David Goldman / AP

Cuts to the nation's food stamp program enacted this year are only affecting four states, far from the sweeping overhaul that Republicans had pushed. More

Snyder to hold series of town hall meetings ahead of election

Snyder, left, and Schauer

Gov. Rick Snyder plans to hold a series of town hall meetings across the state this fall, answering question from voters — and his Democratic opponent Mark Schauer is invited to join him. More

Land to launch debate talks with Peters

Terri Lynn Land and Gary Peters Detroit News file

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Terri Lynn Land has chosen an adviser to negotiate at least one televised debate with Democratic Congressman Gary Peters in a race that may help determine whether Democrats maintain control of the chamber. More

Michigan human services director to leave post after 4 years

Corrigan David Coates / The Detroit News

Maura Corrigan will retire as head of Michigan's Human Services Department at year's end, completing a four-year commitment she made when she took the job, a spokeswoman for Gov. Rick Snyder confirmed Tuesday. More

Aramark prison food contract sparks debate in Michigan Legislature

Monday's arrest of an Aramark worker suspected of smuggling heroin and other drugs to St. Louis inmates continues 'a pattern of incompetence that is putting the safety of prison guards and other workers ... at significant risk,' said Sen. Gretchen Whitmer, D-East Lansing, in a Senate speech. The Detroit News

— Gov. Rick Snyder faced new questions Tuesday about having a private company provide prison food following the arrest of an employee of contractor Aramark Correctional Services on suspicion of drug smuggling. More

Bentivolio 'seriously considering' write-in campaign

U.S. Rep. Kerry Bentivolio is 'seriously considering' a write-in campaign for Congress after suffering a huge double-digit loss in the GOP primary a month ago, he told Lansing newsletter MIRS. More

Embattled Novi judge wins support from Oakland Co. officials

MacKenzie David Coates / The Detroit News

A veteran district judge criticized earlier this year for his handling of his docket continues to pick up re-election endorsements including bipartisan support from three countywide officials. More

Snyder orders flags lowered for late fire official

Lansing — Gov. Rick Snyder has ordered flags lowered in honor of a Kalkaska County fire official who died after responding to an emergency call. More

Peters won't sell stock in oil company

Peters John T. Greilick / The Detroit News

— U.S. Rep. Gary Peters has no intention of selling stock in an oil company that produces a petroleum byproduct he has sought to regulate, despite criticism he's taking from Republicans in Michigan's U.S. More

Hillary Clinton in Iowa stirs 2016 speculation

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton Andrew Burton / Getty Images

Indianola, Iowa — With speculation on a White House run in overdrive, Hillary Rodham Clinton returned to Iowa Sunday to pay tribute to the state's retiring Democratic senator as anticipation builds over the possibility of another presidential campaign. More

Gov. Snyder as you've never heard him before

Gov. Rick Snyder has launched a new campaign ad that says Michigan's recovery will last for generations. YouTube

The governor who ran four years ago as 'one tough nerd' suddenly sounds different. In his last two campaign commercials, Rick Snyder's voice is deeper. More

State prisons chief canceled $98K fine against food service contractor Aramark

Democratic gubernatorial challenger Mark Schauer charged Friday that the Snyder administration 'lied' by not willingly revealing a $98,000 fine was rescinded against Aramark for problems with prison food service and ramped up his criticism of the $145 million contract. More

Snyder signs tax fix bill to avert $1B hole in budget

Lansing — Gov. Rick Snyder signed into a law Friday a bill designed to close a loophole in Michigan's former business tax that could have made the state liable for more than $1 billion in tax refunds to out-of-state corporations. More

'Six Californias' initiative fails for 2016 ballot

Sacramento, Calif. — A ballot initiative that would have asked voters to split California into six separate states failed to qualify for the ballot in 2016, the secretary of state's office reported Friday. More

Senate GOP raises $6M in August, spends twice that

Washington — Senate Republicans' campaign arm raised more than $6 million last month and spent more than twice that in an effort to claim the majority. More

Deportations down 20 percent, fewest since 2007

President Barack Obama, who has postponed until after Election Day his plan for executive actions that could shield millions of immigrants from deportation, is already on pace this year to deport the fewest number of immigrants since at least 2007, according to a new analysis of Homeland Security Department figures by The Associated Press. Jacquelyn Martin / AP

Washington — President Barack Obama has quietly slowed deportations by nearly 20 percent while delaying plans to act on his own potentially to shield millions of immigrants from expulsion. More

Appeals court to decide on Wisconsin voter ID law

A federal appeals panel was set to hear arguments Sept. 12, 2014, on whether an embattled Wisconsin law requiring voters to show photo identification at the polls should be reactivated in time for the November elections following a nearly three-year legal battle. Jeffrey Phelps / AP

Chicago — Three Republican-appointed federal judges in Chicago have heard arguments about Wisconsin's voter ID law and whether it should be reinstated for the November election. More

Justice Dept. seeks new tool against data fraud

Assistant Attorney General Leslie Caldwell speaks at the Justice Department's Health Care Fraud Training Conference at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) headquarters in Washington, Sept. 10, 2014. Working to combat an increasingly lucrative crime that crosses geographic boundaries, Justice Department officials are pressing for a new law to help them prosecute criminals overseas who traffic in stolen credit cards. Pablo Martinez Monsivais / AP

Washington — Working to combat an increasingly lucrative crime that crosses national boundaries, Justice Department officials are pressing for a new law to help them prosecute criminals overseas who traffic in stolen credit cards. More

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