LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A group that wants to shut down twin oil pipelines beneath the Straits of Mackinac is taking steps to propose a ballot initiative to voters in 2018.
   The Board of State Canvassers on Wednesday approved the form of a petition submitted by Keep Our Lakes Great, a ballot committee created last week.
   The initiated legislation would terminate a 1953 easement for Enbridge Inc.'s Line 5 pipelines and require the company to no longer transport crude oil through them.

Spring 2017 Update from the Bonifas

Apr 27, 2017

Michigan Radio

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — State wildlife regulators are asking scientists for help in preventing chronic wasting disease from spreading among Michigan's whitetail deer.
   The Michigan Natural Resources Commission recently voted to form a team of experts to develop recommendations.
   Chronic wasting disease first turned up in the state's free-ranging deer two years ago.
   It's a contagious neurological disease affecting deer, elk and moose. It causes brain degeneration and eventually death.

DELTA COUNTY, MI - A Delta County toddler has been found safe after going missing for about 6-hours. According to WLUC-TV, 3-year old Landen Arthur Britton was found at around 5:30 yesterday (Tuesday) afternoon by friends and family. Officials said he was wet, but otherwise unharmed.

   Britton went missing around 11:15a.m. in the Ford River. His family was packing =up their car when their two dogs got out of the vehicles. The boy’s mother told him to get in the car, but instead, he wandered off when the adults were rounding up the dogs and bringing them back into the home.

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan has identified rural highways where the speed limit will rise to 75 mph as soon as next week.
     The state today (Wednesday) announced 600 miles where the limits will increase from 70 mph to 75 mph, and 900 miles where they will go from 55 mph to 65 mph.
     One of the first freeways to see 75 mph limits by mid-May includes Interstate 75 between Bay City and Sault Ste. Marie.

Rep. John Kivela - A Legislative Update

Apr 26, 2017

A conversation with upper Michigan's 109th District Representative regarding regional and state issues. Host: Walt Lindala. Media Guests: Mining Journal Reported Kelsie Thompson, Fox U.P. Anchor Justin Razavi.


DETROIT (AP) — Democratic gubernatorial candidate Abdul El-Sayed is starting to propose a progressive platform that includes making Michigan a "sanctuary state," providing universal preschool and offering publicly funded health insurance to any resident needing coverage.
   The ex-director of Detroit's health department unveiled parts of his platform Monday.
   Proposals include increasing funding for Michigan's environmental agency and ensuring all prisons and jails are publicly operated.

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan Senate is scheduled to vote to make it a state crime to intentionally point a laser at an aircraft.
  If a laser strikes a cockpit, it can temporarily blind the pilot.
  Legislation up for a vote Tuesday would make "lasing" an aircraft or a train a felony punishable by up to five years in prison and a $10,000 fine.
  It already is a federal crime to shine a laser at an aircraft. But state authorities want more freedom to investigate and prosecute a rising number of incidents instead of leaving it to federal authorities.

Vote Smart

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Republican Lt. Gov. Brian Calley is signaling his candidacy to be Michigan's next governor.
       Calley early Monday launched a website with a 1-minute online ad in which he talks about his daughter's autism and how the experience helped him to aid others. He also touts right-to-work and tax laws enacted by Republicans.
       He hints at an announcement May 30, which would coincide with the start of the Detroit Regional Chamber's annual policy conference on Mackinac Island for influential business, political and civic leaders.

Dwight Brady

MARQUETTE, MI - A Northern Michigan University professor is announcing his candidacy for the U.S. House of Representatives 1st Congressional District. Department of Communications and Performance Arts Professor Dwight Brady made his announcement this afternoon (Monday) at the Marquette County Courthouse.