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United Auto Workers members gathered outside Detroit’s Cobo Center Friday evening during the North American International Auto Show’s annual charity preview event.

They held a protest and candlelight vigil in solidarity with General Motors workers who face layoffs or relocation.

That’s because GM plans to close five U.S. plants this year, including two in Michigan: Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly, and Warren Transmission.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer rallied with union members before the event. She promised to “stand with” with them, saying workers had to give up a lot to keep GM afloat over the past ten years.

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Leaders of the state Legislature and Governor Gretchen Whitmer will hold their first “quadrant meeting” Wednesday.

Whitmer announced when she won the November election that she would like to hold regular meetings with the Speaker of the House, House Democratic Leader, Senate Majority Leader and Senate Democratic Leader. All members agreed.

The idea is to talk about issues and find ways to come to an agreement before bills hit Whitmer’s desk.

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The state of Michigan may soon allow closed medical marijuana dispensaries without a license to reopen.

More than half the state’s medical marijuana dispensaries were forced to close earlier this month because of licensing issues. The result of the closures has been a shortage of medical marijuana products.   Even licensed dispensaries have had problems stocking enough products to meet demand.

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Gov. Gretchen Whitmer says a sit-down meeting between her and General Motors CEO Mary Barra is "in the works."

GM’s plans to close five plants, including two in Michigan, attracted President Trump’s vocal displeasure, and an outcry from the leaders of affected cities.

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Since taking office on New Year’s Day, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has signed a series of executive directives including an order designed to help women get equal pay as state employees, and one to increase transparency in state government.

Nancy Kaffer is a columnist with the Detroit Free Press. She spoke to Michigan Radio’s Morning Edition host Doug Tribou about Whitmer’s first days in office. They also talked about the impact of dozens of communities that want to prohibit pot shops in their cities and townships now that recreational marijuana is legal.

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State lawmakers are beginning what may be a contentious 100th legislative session. 

Michigan Supreme Court Chief Justice Stephen was busy Wednesday morning asking state senators, “Do you solemnly swear that you will support the Constitution of the United States....” as they were sworn into office.

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Governor Gretchen Whitmer has signed an executive directive she says will help secure equal pay for equal work among state employees.

The directive prohibits state agencies and departments from asking about a potential employee's current or previous salaries until they give the applicant a conditional offer of employment that includes proposed compensation.

Judy Welch is the executive director for the West Michigan branch of Michigan Women Forward. She says this could help women who have historically been paid less.

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The Michigan Legislature will gavel in for its 100th session this week. Lawmakers say they have one multi-billion dollar issue to tackle first.

At the end of the first week of the session, economists and numbers wonks will gather at the Capitol to tell lawmakers how big the budget should be this year.

The layout for how Michigan will spend its money for the upcoming year will be one of the first big hurdles the new Legislature and governor have to work on.

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Governor Gretchen Whitmer closed out her first week in office by signing yet another executive directive. This is the 8th one she has signed this week.

The new directive is aimed at helping small businesses. It requires the state Department of Technology, Management, and Budget to work out a plan to increase the state’s contracts with and purchases from small businesses.

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Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed six more executive directives on Thursday. She says they're part of an effort to increase transparency and ethics in state government.

The new rules include a ban on using private emails for state business, a rule prohibiting any campaign activities during work hours or with taxpayer dollars, and a mandate that state employees report “irregularities” they see with public resources.

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Issues & Ale: The Changing of the Guard in State Goverment 
Mon, February 4, 6:30-8:00 PM
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We’ve sworn in our new governor and as the position shifts from red to blue, the state anticipates changes ahead. At our first Issues and Ale of 2019, we’ll be talking about Governor Whitmer’s first month in office and what Michiganders can expect from the new administration in its first year.

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Governor Gretchen Whitmer has issued her first executive directive as Michigan’s governor. The directive requires state department employees to report threats to public health, safety or welfare up the chain of command, and it requires those threats to be investigated.

“We thought this was an important way to lead on the first day. To tell state employees we listen to them, and public health is paramount to anyone’s ego, to anyone’s agenda, to any one department’s arena,” says Whitmer.

Crowd outside of the Lansing Capitol for Governor Gretchen Whitmer's inauguration.
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Today on Stateside, a breakdown of Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s New Year’s Day inaugural address and what to expect from the first few weeks of the new administration. Plus, how to arm children with the knowledge they need to recognize abuse and tell a trusted adult.

Listen to the full show above or find individual segments below. 

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Democrat Gretchen Whitmer has become Michigan's 49th governor.

The 47-year-old former state lawmaker from East Lansing took the oath of office Tuesday in a swearing-in ceremony outside the state Capitol building.

Whitmer, Michigan's second female governor, said Michigan's problems are not partisan ones.

She said potholes, clean water, great schools and better job skills "are not political," and she pledged to be a "governor for everyone."

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Governor-elect Gretchen Whitmer announced major cabinet appointments on Thursday. Whitmer calls this the second wave of appointments to her administration – which starts on January 1st.

Among the hires announced Thursday is a new director of the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality. Liesel Clark will lead the embattled department. It’s been criticized by environmentalists and business groups in the past.

The department has also had issues internally. Whitmer says there’s a lot to fix.

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Gov. Rick Snyder is moving into his final week on the job, but he’s still got a lot left to do.

Last week, the legislature sent the governor the last of more than 400 bills and resolutions passed during their lame duck session after the November election.

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The work of fixing Flint’s broken water system goes on, but the state panel created in the wake of the water crisis met for likely the last time Friday.

The Flint Water Interagency Coordinating Committee (FWICC) has spent the past few years discussing ways to solve Flint’s lead tainted water and other problems. 

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On the campaign trail, Governor-elect Whitmer promised she’d repeal Michigan’s right-to-work law, kill the so-called “retirement tax,” and revive the state’s Prevailing Wage Law.

All she’d need to make that happen is a Legislature controlled by her fellow Democrats. That ain’t happening because voters this week delivered divided government to Michigan. That dreamy, organized-labor wish list has pretty much no chance with Republicans controlling the state House and the Senate.

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Governor Rick Snyder spoke at the Detroit Economic Club on Friday afternoon following Tuesday’s election of Michigan’s next governor, Gretchen Whitmer.

Snyder began the event by reflecting on his time as governor, which began in 2011. He said he was proud of his accomplishments as governor, but urged the audience to keep working towards improving Michigan – and cautioned that people needed to cooperate in order to see positive change in the state.

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Today, Stateside speaks with Michigan’s new Governor-elect Gretchen Whitmer to discuss her top priorities when she takes office, the Line 5 pipeline, and her plans to work with the Republican leadership in the state Legislature. Plus, Tunde Olaniran, a Flint native and staple of the Detroit music scene, discusses his new album with us.

Democratic former Senate Minority Leader Gretchen Whitmer will be Michigan's next governor with a victory over Republican Attorney General Bill Schuette.

Whitmer will be the second woman elected as Michigan governor.

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Vice President Mike Pence appeared at two rallies in Michigan Monday on behalf of Republican candidates. In Waterford, he was the keynote speaker at a rally for congressional candidates Lena Epstein and Representative Mike Bishop (R-Rochester).

Pence put campaign matters aside at the beginning of his speech, and addressed Jewish Americans, in the wake of the murders of 11 people Saturday at a Pittsburgh synagogue.

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National news about violence is squeezing out news about local elections, with just a week before Michiganders go to the polls.  

But a top national Democratic Party official doesn’t see that as a problem.

Jay Inslee is the governor of Washington State and the chair of the Democratic Governors Association. He was in Michigan over the weekend to rally party volunteers ahead of the November 6th election.

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Gov. Rick Snyder is making an endorsement in one of Michigan’s most divisive contests.

The governor endorsed Lt. Gov. Brian Calley in the Republican primary.  But since the August primary, Snyder has refused to get involved in this year’s race for governor between Republican Bill Schuette and Democrat Gretchen Whitmer.

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Michigan’s major party candidates for governor are skirmishing over who would do a better job of protecting health care coverage.

Democratic candidate Gretchen Whitmer has been running a TV ad attacking Republican candidate Bill Schuette’s record on health care. In it, she accuses Schuette of supporting letting insurance companies who want to deny coverage for people with pre-existing conditions.

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Republican candidate for governor Bill Schuette says the state budget needs to be looked at from top to bottom to find more money for fixing roads and infrastructure in Michigan. But increasing taxes is out, flat out, as an option.

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The Michigan Republican Party released a pair of ads in recent days in support of gubernatorial candidate Bill Schuette, highlighting his role in the prosecution of serial sexual abuser Larry Nassar.

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Today on Stateside, we hear from Kalamazoo’s city manager about the response to protests over homelessness in the city. Plus, parents aren’t the only ones with long lists of school supplies to buy before the year starts—teachers are spending their own money on classroom essentials, too.

City manager addresses protests over homelessness in Kalamazoo

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This election year, Stateside is doing some quick interviews on one topic with the candidates running for governor. You can find all our coverage of the gubernatorial race here

Today, we’re talking about Medicaid work requirements and the future of the Healthy Michigan Plan, which is the state-run Medicaid expansion.

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