It has been a minute since we caught up on Michigan’s political messes ahem, happenings. In addition to, we would have liked one more reason to make use of that duck head photograph above. It is pretty epic, amirite? So let’s bounce into the newest from Lansing. 

Power grabs

Michigan’s lame-duck legislature is pulling out all of the stops, shifting several bills that seem designed to strip power from incoming Democrats.The controversial issues affected embrace marijuana legalization, minimum wage, paid sick depart and anti-gerrymandering. Geez, even The Onion is taking jabs at us. 

Not quite caught up on it all? We’ve put together this list of the 14 most controversial bills and where they stand. At this point, Gov. Snyder has said he’ll sign at least one of those lame-duck bills. 

Plus: This letter from Democrats could mean real change in D.C.

Political sabotage? 

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Outgoing Republicans are sabotaging incoming Democrats. (Photo: Mike Thompson/Detroit Free Press)

Freep cartoonist, Mike Thompson compares the GOP’s last-minute power grab to political sabotage. He writes: 

Some white male Republican politicians love democracy — provided they’re in the majority. And when they’re not, they believe their white male privilege trumps majority rule and entitles them to still call the shots.

Read it all — and check out his political cartoon gallery here. 

The Pelosi Problem

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif. (Photo: J. Scott Applewhite, AP)

Will Nancy Pelosi hold onto her reign as speaker of the U.S. House? Michigan’s incoming freshman class of political leaders are grappling with where they stand on Pelosi. Here’s how our newest lawmakers are planning to solve their own Pelosi problem

Also read: Nessel’s team member has history of domestic violence accusations

Fighting Fireworks 

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These fireworks were on sale at a Macomb County fireworks shop on Friday, June 16, 2017. (Photo: Jennifer Dixon, Detroit Free Press)

We all know somebody that hates the loud boom of fireworks practically right outside their door. The baby is suddenly awake and crying, the dog is hiding in a corner and you want to curse out your neighbors. Not that we speak from experience. 

So would you be satisfied by a change in Michigan’s fireworks law that restricts the number of days those commercial grade fireworks can be shot off? Again, just asking for a friend. Here’s how a new bill could change fireworksin Michigan. 

Thanks for sticking around to the end, folks. 

Until next time, 

The Detroit Free Press politics team

 

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