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Tea party candidates file to challenge GOP incumbents, fill open seats

Oak Park City Clerk T. Edwin Norris counts the pages of the petitionssubmitted by Debra Young , of the Safer Michigan Coalition and Andrew Cissell. Clarence Tabb Jr / The Detroit News

— The expansion of the Medicaid health care program for the poor was expected to spark a tea party revolt against GOP legislators who voted for the change last year. More

Land's first TV ad denies she's 'waging war on women'

U.S. Senate candidate Terri Lynn Land Todd McInturf / The Detroit News

Republican candidate Terri Lynn Land unveiled her first campaign TV ad on Tuesday, rejecting a suggestion that she is 'waging a war on women.' More

Detroit among 15 cities Democrats considering for 2016 convention

— The Democratic National Committee invited Detroit and 14 other cities to apply to host its presidential convention in 2016. More

Critics blast EAA at Senate Democrats' hearing in Lansing

— The political debate over the future of Gov. Rick Snyder's school reform project continued to rage Tuesday in the Capitol as Senate Democrats held an unsanctioned hearing on the Education Achievement Authority. More

Ex-radio host joins race for Bentivolio's House seat as filing deadline for candidates passes

Former progressive radio host Nancy Skinner on Tuesday joined the crowded race to represent the 11th Congressional District.

— Former progressive radio host Nancy Skinner on Tuesday joined the crowded race to represent the 11th Congressional District. More

Justices uphold arrest on anonymous tip

Anonymous tipsters have more credibility under a closely divided Supreme Court decision Tuesday that upheld the tip-incited search of a California man's truck. More

U.S. weighs curbing deportations

Reviewing the U.S. deportation policy, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson is said to be weighing limiting deportations of immigrants living here illegally but without serious criminal records. The change could shield tens of thousands of immigrants now deported because of repeated violations such as disobeying a deportation order or missing a court date. Evan Vucci / AP

Washington — Tens of thousands of immigrants who are in the U.S. illegally but don't have serious criminal records could be shielded from deportation under a policy change being weighed by Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson. More

U.S. Treasury chief to visit Detroit

U.S. Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew Karen Bleier / Getty Images

U.S. Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew will make a two-day trip to Detroit this week, the latest high-profile visit by the Obama administration to the Motor City working to exit bankruptcy. More

Michigan's Congress hopefuls rush to join races

Michigan's five open Congressional seats out of 16 are the most since 1992. File photo

A flurry of candidates is gathering petition signatures to meet Tuesday's filing deadline for five open seats in Congress — a rare opportunity in Michigan for the politically ambitious. More

Land to launch first TV ad in Republican campaign for Senate

Republican Senate candidate Terri Lynn Land on Tuesday plans to air her first television ad of the campaign as a conservative group prepares another round of advertising against her likely Democratic opponent, U.S. Rep. Gary Peters. More

Secretary of State Ruth Johnson starts re-election bid

Ruth Johnson. Clarence Tabb, Jr. / The Detroit News

Waterford Township — Michigan Secretary of State Ruth Johnson is formally launching her campaign for a second four-year term. More

Road kill bill would make claiming animals simpler

Sen. Darwin Booher, R-Evart, is sponsoring a bill to simplify the road kill claiming process and allow more people to keep dead animals for food, bait or pelts. senatordarwinbooher.com

— Getting a drive-through meal could take on new meaning in Michigan if legislation is approved making it easier to take home road kill. More

Survey: Year after right-to-work issue, Snyder's approval rating rebounds

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder Todd McInturf / The Detroit News

Gov. Rick Snyder's approval rating among likely voters inched up this winter to the highest level since after he took office in early 2011, according to MSU's latest State of the State Survey released today. More

Trott launches first TV ad in bid against Rep. Bentivolio

Oakland County lawyer Dave Trott launched his first television ads in his 11th Congressional District campaign this week just as new fundraising figures show his growing advantage over Republican incumbent U.S. Rep. Kerry Bentivolio of Milford. More

U.S. delays review of Keystone XL pipeline

Washington — The State Department is giving federal agencies more time to review the Keystone XL pipeline before deciding whether to issue a permit. More

Time's dwindling for states to adopt health exchanges

Yvette Calderon, right, an In Person Counselor for President Barack Obama's new health care law, speaks with taxi driver David Bilewu, a 39-year-old Nigerian immigrant at a city office where Chicago taxi drivers go to renew their license. M. Spencer Green / AP

Chicago — For the more than 30 states that defaulted to the federal government under President Barack Obama's health care law, time may be running out to decide whether to create their own state-run insurance exchanges. More

Gov. Snyder turns in signatures for re-election bid

Gov. Rick Snyder Carlos Osorio / AP

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder has made his re-election bid official by turning in more than 26,000 signatures from all 83 counties to election officials. More

Obama: 8M signed up for health care

President Barack Obama during an unannounced appearance in the briefing room of the White House on Thursday. Jim Watson / AFP/Getty Images

— Eight million people have signed up for health care through new insurance exchanges and the proportion of younger applicants has increased, President Barack Obama said Thursday. More

UAW endorses Debbie Dingell for Congress

Debbie Dingle Max Ortiz / The Detroit News

The United Auto Workers endorsed Debbie Dingell for Congress in a Thursday announcement. More

Christian broadcaster wins health care injunction

Christian radio broadcaster James Dobson has won a temporary injunction preventing the federal government from requiring his ministry to include the morning-after pill and other emergency contraception in its health insurance. More

Political insider: Land turns Obama swipe on equal pay into a plea for campaign funds

A Republican Governors Association ad hits candidate Mark Schauer for supporting a fee. The problem? So did GOP governors and legislators. YouTube

The U.S. Senate campaign of Republican Terri Lynn Land last week wasted little time in practicing some political jujitsu against the Democrats. More

Late surge in health sign-ups brought in the young

Washington — State insurance commissioners say President Barack Obama had some good news during an hourlong meeting at the White House — a surge of younger people signed up for his health care plan as open enrollment season wound down. More

Obama praises Biden, but doesn't endorse for 2016

President Barack Obama, right, shakes hands with Vice President Joe Biden as Obama heads to Air Force One and Biden to Air Force Two as the two depart the 171st Air Refueling Wing at the Pennsylvania Air National Guard base in Coraopolis, Pa., on April 16, 2014. Keith Srakocic / AP

Washington — President Barack Obama is keeping to himself his favorite to succeed him in the White House. More

Beau Biden plans 2016 run for governor in Delaware

Dover, Del. — Vice President Joe Biden's eldest son, Beau Biden, says he won't seek re-election as Delaware attorney general this year but plans to run for governor in 2016. More

Homeland Security chief to visit Michigan to talk about customs plazas

Jeh Johnson. Charles Dharapak / AP

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson will visit Michigan in the coming weeks to talk about proposed customs plazas at high-volume trade crossings like the Detroit-Windsor and Port Huron-Sarnia borders, U.S. Rep Gary Peters' office said Wednesday. More

Schauer outlines education agenda but not funding plan

 Clarence Tabb Jr / The Detroit News

Lansing — Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mark Schauer and running mate Lisa Brown outlined universal preschool, standards for limiting class sizes and better state funding for higher education Wednesday as key education goals. More

Judge stays most of Ohio gay marriage ruling

Attorney Al Gerhardstein, left, stands with several same-sex couples at a news conference, April 4, 2014, in Cincinnati. Al Behrman / AP

Cincinnati — Ohio officials must immediately recognize the same-sex marriages of four couples who sued over the state's gay marriage ban, a federal judge said Wednesday, while staying the broader effects of his ruling to avoid 'premature celebration and c More

Federal judge overturns 6-week abortion ban in North Dakota

A federal judge on Wednesday overturned a North Dakota law banning abortions when a fetal heartbeat can be detected, as early as six weeks into pregnancy and before many women know they're pregnant. More

Schuette, lawyers disagree over gay marriage appeal path

Detroit — Attorneys who persuaded a judge to overturn Michigan's ban on gay marriage are opposing the state's request to have an entire appeals court take the case. More

Snyder gets agricultural endorsement

Michigan Farm Bureau President Wanye Wood presented Gov. Rick Snyder with a chore jacket with his name stitched on the chest at the end of the event on the Crumbaugh farm in rural Gratiot county near St. Louis on Tuesday where the bureau endorsed his bid for re-election. Dale G. Young / The Detroit News

— Gov. Rick Snyder picked up a re-election endorsement Tuesday from the Michigan Farm Bureau's political action committee at a press conference staged on a Gratiot County farm in the heart of staunchly Republican rural central Michigan. More

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