Senator Patrick Colbeck

Rick Pluta / Michigan Public Radio Network

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   The four Republicans and three Democrats running for governor appeared together Thursday for the first time, and arguments about ethics and racism broke out at the forum.

The biggest flashpoint came when Republican state Senator Patrick Colbeck said one of the Democrats has connections to Muslim terrorist groups. Abdul El-Sayed fired back that other Republicans running should join him in condemning the allegation.

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   Tensions were high on the Senate floor Thursday when a lawmaker doubled down on claims that Muslim terrorist groups are trying to infiltrate the US.

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   A Republican candidate for governor has been kicked off of his Senate committees. 

Senator Patrick Colbeck (R-Canton) is known for being outspoken on conservative issues – even against his own party. He’s spoken out against Republican handling of the Medicaid expansion and the gas tax. Colbeck was already one of the few Republican Senators without a committee chairmanship.

Colbeck said he’ll continue to represent his district – it just might be a little harder now.

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan drivers would be able to buy a 'Choose Life' license plate under legislation that has passed the state Senate.
   The Senate approved a bill that would make the plate available for vehicle owners who would pay an extra $35, with proceeds going to the Choose Life Michigan Fund. The anti-abortion group Right to Life Michigan created the fund.
   Republican Sen. Patrick Colbeck says his bill tries to help fill the gap for mothers who have made the choice to affirm life.