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Voters have spoken, but police have final say

Supporters of marijuana decriminalization proposals passed in five Michigan cities say the move is a symbolic step toward better regulation, but residents still might want to wait before lighting up, according to law enforcement officials. Ballot proposals expanding legal marijuana use beyond current state and federal laws earned voter approval by wide margins Nov. 6 in Detroit, Flint, Grand Rapids, Kalamaz ...

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Number of state wineries increase, some head for China

Significant growth in the wine-grape industry and wide availability of cherries have created a boost in Michigan wine production and its appearance in other states and even other countries. “The industry is growing fast — nine wineries were added to our list last year,” said Karel Bush, promotion specialist at the Michigan Grape and Wine Industry Council. ...

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‘Rising tide’ theory will no longer work for Obama 

NAACP President Benjamin Todd Jealous, a leader of the movement largely credited for the Black voter turnout in last week’s election, says the presidents’ “rising tide lifts all boats” theory will not be acceptable the next four years and that President Obama will be pressed for policies to specifically forge Black progress. ...

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Michigan tops country in cutting crime by ex-prisoners

Michigan is the nation’s leader in reducing the rate of new crime by ex-offenders, according to the Council of State Governments Justice Center’s National Reentry Resource Center. The center’s 2012 policy brief highlights states that show significant declines in their three-year recidivism rates. It is based on data that tracks individuals released from prison between 2005 and 2007. ...

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Funding shortage causes prison overcrowding

The Department of Justice will spend $6.6 billion this year to stack drug dealers, addicts, shooters and illegal immigrants like Lego blocks in prisons that are overcrowded, understaffed and barely safe, according to a recent report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO). The GAO report found that the Bureau of Prisons (BOP), the agency that runs the federal penitentiary system, operated at 39 perc ...

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Judge Shelia Johnson for Michigan Supreme Court

The current majority of four of the Michigan Supreme Court appears to have lost their “mask” of impartiality and have seemingly systematically succumbed to a political agenda that consistently resulted in rulings that have obliterated established rights of individuals in favor of corporations and insurance companies — in most cases without respect for established case precedent or the intent of the legislat ...

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Bridget Mary McCormack for Michigan Supreme Court

Bridget Mary McCormack is a candidate for the Michigan Supreme Court who deserves your vote. Nominated by the Michigan Democratic Party and endorsed by numerous Democratic clubs and local parties, she is running because she believes our judicial system should give everyone a fair shake. She aims to restore public confidence in the Michigan Supreme Court. ...

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A message from Michigan Supreme Court Candidate Judge Connie Marie Kelley

I am currently serving as a Wayne County Circuit Court Judge, having been elected in 2008. Before my election to the bench, I was a practicing attorney for 27 years. A large part of my practice included fighting for employees in wrongful termination cases, as well as cases involving discrimination in the workplace. I spent many years making sure employees were treated fairly in the workplace, in terms of wa ...

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