Bill Schuette http://michiganradio.org en Schuette asks for fast action on gay marriage case http://michiganradio.org/post/schuette-asks-fast-action-gay-marriage-case <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>State Attorney General Bill Schuette has asked a federal appeals court to put the legal challenge to Michigan’s ban on same-sex marriage on a fast track. Schuette is defending Michigan’s ban.</p><p></p><p>Schuette’s filed a motion with the US Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals to skip a hearing before a three judge panel and go directly to the entire 15-judge court. That could shave months, maybe as much as a year, off the appeals process. Schuette says the question needs to settled regardless of who wins in the end.&nbsp;</p><p></p> Sat, 05 Apr 2014 01:09:48 +0000 Rick Pluta 17109 at http://michiganradio.org Schuette asks for fast action on gay marriage case Man accused of using fake religious organization to run foreclosure rescue scam http://michiganradio.org/post/man-accused-using-fake-religious-organization-run-foreclosure-rescue-scam <p>Michigan’s Attorney General says a Detroit man defrauded more than 100 people in southeast Michigan with a fake mortgage rescue scam.</p><p>Bill Schuette says Anthony&nbsp;Carta ran the scam through a phony religious organization called Freedom by Faith Ministries.</p><p>Carta promised homeowners facing foreclosure he’d settle up with their mortgage lenders, for a fee. But he would pocket that money instead.</p><p>Carta is accused of stealing more than $300,000 this way. He’s being charged with conducting a criminal enterprise and two other felonies.</p> Fri, 04 Apr 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 17099 at http://michiganradio.org Man accused of using fake religious organization to run foreclosure rescue scam Michigan Attorney General Schuette launches reelection campaign http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-attorney-general-schuette-launches-reelection-campaign <p>Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette kicked off his reelection campaign today in his hometown of Midland.</p><p>In his speech, Schuette touted his record in office, including efforts to combat human trafficking and protect pensions.</p><p>“A record that’s strong and clear. It’s a record of being a voice for victims. A voice for the constitution and a voice for Michigan,” says Schuette. “It’s a long election and I’m going to win. I’m going to take my case to the citizens across the state of Michigan.”</p><p>Schuette didn’t directly address the controversy over same-sex marriage.</p> Mon, 24 Mar 2014 15:01:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 16945 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan Attorney General Schuette launches reelection campaign Bill Schuette enforcing popular regulations in an election year http://michiganradio.org/post/bill-schuette-enforcing-popular-regulations-election-year <p>There’s an old joke that says Republicans are the party in favor of local control, except when they aren’t, which is to say when local governments do something Republicans in the Legislature don’t like – for example, providing what they see as excessive health benefits to their employees.</p><p>Now it seems that the GOP is also the party which is aggressively in favor of the free market – except when it isn’t. And it is often convenient to be in favor of regulation in favor of the public interest in an election year.</p> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 13:36:14 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 16911 at http://michiganradio.org Bill Schuette enforcing popular regulations in an election year Who is Mark Totten and why is he hoping to unseat Bill Schuette? http://michiganradio.org/post/who-mark-totten-and-why-he-hoping-unseat-bill-schuette <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Few remember this today, but 24 years ago, </span><a href="http://michiganradio.org/term/bill-schuette" style="line-height: 1.5;">Bill Schuette</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, now Michigan’s Attorney General, gave up a safe seat in Congress in an attempt to defeat U.S. Senator Carl Levin.</span></p><p>Mark Totten was a 16-year-old kid growing up in Kalamazoo back then. Had he been able to, he would have voted for Schuette. His family was solidly Republican.</p><p>However, politics weren’t on Totten’s agenda then. As a teenager, his plan was to go to the seminary and become a Baptist minister. Totten went to a small Christian college in Ohio, but his views gradually started to change.</p><p>Making the world a better place continued to be important to him, but he realized the Republican Party didn’t represent his values. Totten became a Democrat, and then did something astonishing.</p><p> Wed, 19 Mar 2014 15:09:15 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 16895 at http://michiganradio.org Who is Mark Totten and why is he hoping to unseat Bill Schuette? Michigan's same-sex marriage trial has political implications for state's GOP http://michiganradio.org/post/michigans-same-sex-marriage-trial-has-political-implications-states-gop <p>We are one week, halfway through, the <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/lesbian-couples-challenge-michigans-ban-same-sex-marriage-starts-tomorrow">trial in federal court in Detroit</a> centering on the <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/meet-couple-challenging-michigans-gay-marriage-ban">challenge </a>to Michigan’s constitutional ban on same-sex marriage. The arguments are supposed to go on for another week, and then we’ll wait for the judge’s decision. But the case’s mere existence, the fact that it’s occurring, is having an effect on the political landscape in Michigan.</p><p>And, it should be noted that these hearings are not taking place within a vacuum. Just this week we saw two more gay marriage rulings. Texas’ ban on<a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/judge-strikes-down-texas-gay-marriage-ban-paving-way-for-shift-in-conservative-bastion/2014/02/26/201d6cd0-9f1f-11e3-9ba6-800d1192d08b_story.html"> same-sex marriage was struck down</a> and Kentucky was <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/02/27/283508733/federal-judge-rules-kentucky-must-recognize-gay-marriages">ordered to recognize same-sex marriages</a> performed in other states.</p><p>There is also another <a href="http://www.mlive.com/lansing-news/index.ssf/2014/02/gov_rick_snyder_asks_federal_j.html">federal case underway</a> here in Michigan that is challenging the state’s refusal to allow live-in partner benefits for public employees. It’s the mechanism that was created to allow same-sex couples to use their benefits to cover partners and children who would otherwise be denied coverage under Michigan’s marriage amendment, approved by voters in a statewide election 10 years ago. Fri, 28 Feb 2014 22:43:59 +0000 Zoe Clark & Rick Pluta 16667 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan's same-sex marriage trial has political implications for state's GOP Who will run Michigan if there's a zombie apocalypse? We have answers http://michiganradio.org/post/who-will-run-michigan-if-theres-zombie-apocalypse-we-have-answers <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The "<a href="http://nbcpolitics.nbcnews.com/_news/2014/01/28/22486061-and-the-designated-survivor-is">Designated Survivor</a>" is the person from the President’s Cabinet who sits out the big, official political gatherings – like the State of the Union speech, or a Presidential Inauguration.</span></p><p>That survivor would be there if something unthinkable happens. The government would still go on. Someone would be in charge.</p><p>So that got us thinking about Michigan: What does Michigan do if a catastrophe wipes out the top echelons of state government?</p><p><object height="344" width="425"><param name="movie" value="http://swf.tubechop.com/tubechop.swf?vurl=2trxVXbbl3k&amp;start=0&amp;end=9&amp;cid=1927736" /><embed allowfullscreen="true" height="344" src="http://swf.tubechop.com/tubechop.swf?vurl=2trxVXbbl3k&amp;start=0&amp;end=9&amp;cid=1927736" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="425"></embed></object></p><p>Does Michigan have a plan?</p><p>Well, yes! It’s the “<a href="http://www.legislature.mi.gov/(S(dzhtuzjdivllgb55cgpo0r45))/mileg.aspx?page=getObject&amp;objectName=mcl-Act-202-of-1959">Emergency Interim Executive Succession Act</a>.” Public Act 202 of 1959 reads:</p><blockquote><p>“If the Governor, Lieutenant Governor, the elected Secretary of State, the elected Attorney General, the President Pro Tempore of the Senate and Speaker of the House of representatives are not able or are unavailable to exercise the powers and discharge the duties of the governor because of a disaster, the available emergency interim successor highest in order of succession shall exercise the powers and discharge the duties of the office of governor.”</p></blockquote><p>In the case of the unthinkable – whether it’s zombies, or an attack on the state - if the entire line of succession is wiped out or incapacitated, there is still a plan for someone to be in charge. Fri, 31 Jan 2014 18:36:38 +0000 Zoe Clark & Rick Pluta 16260 at http://michiganradio.org Who will run Michigan if there's a zombie apocalypse? We have answers Claim deadline quickly approaching for Michigan residents affected by fungal meningitis outbreak http://michiganradio.org/post/claim-deadline-quickly-approaching-michigan-residents-affected-fungal-meningitis-outbreak <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Michigan was hit hard by the fungal meningitis outbreak, which stemmed from tainted steroids from the New England Compounding Center. According to the Center for Disease Control, 264 cases have been reported in the state – more than 100 more than any other state in the nation.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Victims and their families are urged to file claims for possible compensation through a $100 million victim compensation fund created by the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Massachusetts; however, time is running short. </span></p> Mon, 13 Jan 2014 17:47:48 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 15998 at http://michiganradio.org Claim deadline quickly approaching for Michigan residents affected by fungal meningitis outbreak Republican angst over gay rights in Michigan continues http://michiganradio.org/post/republican-angst-over-gay-rights-michigan-continues <p>The Republican angst over gay rights continues this week.</p><p>Driven and riven by the continuing commentary on the topic by Michigan’s Republican National Committeeman Dave Agema, in this case on AIDS and partner benefits. “Folks they want free medical because they’re dying between the ages of 30 and 44 years old… For me it’s a moral issue. It’s a biblical issue,” Agema told a local Republican holiday gathering last week in West Michigan (thanks to the <em>Herald Palladium</em> for <a href="http://www.heraldpalladium.com/news/local/gay-republican-slams-agema/article_bad05da7-59d5-58c1-b9c0-558ac7d2711b.html">audio of remarks</a>).</p><p>And, as <a href="http://michiganradio.org/term/dave-agema">they often do</a>, Agema’s comments have already gotten a lot of attention; inciting what has become a now-predictable ritual of condemnation from Democrats and Republicans. However, Republicans are complaining not so much about what Agema said but, instead, how he said it.</p><p>This is <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/would-rick-snyder-tap-dance-gay-wedding">not the first time</a> that Dave Agema has made comments like this. There is a history here. Agema has always made it plain he considers homosexuality to be nothing but a deviant lifestyle. His detractors say he’s a bigot. His supporters - and he certainly has them within the state Republican Party - say he’s a truth-teller. In fact, former state Representative Jack Hoogendyk, a prominent Tea Party leader, recently called him “a prophet.” Fri, 20 Dec 2013 19:09:45 +0000 Zoe Clark & Rick Pluta 15786 at http://michiganradio.org Republican angst over gay rights in Michigan continues Federal court lifts injunction blocking Lansing casino project http://michiganradio.org/post/federal-court-lifts-injunction-blocking-lansing-casino-project <p>A federal appeals court has lifted an injunction that was standing in the way of a casino in downtown Lansing.</p><p></p><p>The Sault Ste Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians wants to build a casino next to Lansing’s convention center.</p><p></p><p>Michigan’s Attorney General asked for and got a federal court to prevent the tribe from moving ahead with its plans. The attorney general says the tribe’s casino would violate agreements between the state and Michigan’s Native American tribes.</p><p></p> Wed, 18 Dec 2013 19:17:54 +0000 Steve Carmody 15751 at http://michiganradio.org Federal court lifts injunction blocking Lansing casino project Michigan Secretary of States calls for non-citizen voter investigation http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-secretary-states-calls-non-citizen-voter-investigation <p>LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Secretary of State Ruth Johnson says she's asked the state Attorney General's office to investigate 10 people who aren't U.S. citizens but have voted in past Michigan elections.</p><p><a href="http://bit.ly/1gK60nX">MLive</a> reports&nbsp;the letter to Bill Schuette&nbsp;calls for an "investigation, and if appropriate, prosecution."</p><p>The Secretary of State's office says the people are from Kent, Macomb, Oakland, Roscommon and Wayne counties. Names of those involved haven't been released, but Johnson's office says they voted in presidential and gubernatorial elections in the past decade.</p><p>Schuette spokeswoman Joy Yearout says they received the letter from Johnson and the referrals are under review.</p><p>The 10 people area some of 600 people who earlier were verified as not being U.S. citizens by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.</p><p> Fri, 06 Dec 2013 17:21:49 +0000 The Associated Press 15578 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan Secretary of States calls for non-citizen voter investigation Michigan Attorney General appeals order for parole hearings for teen offenders serving life in jail http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-attorney-general-appeals-order-parole-hearings-teen-offenders-serving-life-jail <p>Michigan’s Attorney General has decided to appeal a federal judge’s order that would require parole hearings for more than 300 <a href="http://www.propublica.org/article/despite-supreme-court-ruling-many-minors-may-stay-in-prison-for-life">juvenile offenders serving life sentences.</a></p><p>The U.S. Supreme Court ruled last year that sentencing juvenile offenders to automatic life without parole constituted “cruel and unusual” punishment.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 02 Dec 2013 19:20:34 +0000 Steve Carmody 15504 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan Attorney General appeals order for parole hearings for teen offenders serving life in jail Children who murder should get a chance at parole http://michiganradio.org/post/children-who-murder-should-get-chance-parole <p><strong>&nbsp;CORRECTION: The headline was changed to avoid an inadvertent pun. </strong></p><p></p><p>There are about 350 in Michigan who screwed up badly when they were teenagers. Most took part in murders. All are serving life without the possibility of parole.</p><p>Some of these young killers are probably vicious psychopaths who should never be allowed back into society. Others, however, were scared and stupid kids who, in some cases, did nothing except be there when an older friend, or, in a number of cases, a boyfriend, committed some terrible crime.</p><p>But they were all sentenced under Michigan law to life without the possibility of parole, and two years ago, you could have said, that was that. Except that isn’t the law anymore.</p><p>Seventeen months ago, the United States Supreme Court ruled that laws automatically requiring a life sentence without the possibility of parole for kids under 18 are unconstitutional.</p><p> Wed, 27 Nov 2013 13:34:42 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 15456 at http://michiganradio.org Children who murder should get a chance at parole Task force rolls out strategy to fight trafficking http://michiganradio.org/post/task-force-rolls-out-strategy-fight-trafficking <p>A state task force says a new approach is needed to address human trafficking in Michigan.</p><p>Among its recommendations: Minors who are sold for sex or cheap labor should not be charged with prostitution, delinquency or some other crime.</p><p>“A 15-year-old girl who is forced to have sex is a victim and not a criminal,” says state Attorney General Bill Schuette, who convened the commission. “Everyone needs to understand this.”</p><p>Advocates who participated say that means doing more than just changing laws.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">“How can we get them into that category of victim and out of that category of criminal?” says Bridgette Carr of the Human Trafficking Clinic at the University of Michigan. Thu, 07 Nov 2013 14:00:00 +0000 Rick Pluta 15172 at http://michiganradio.org Task force rolls out strategy to fight trafficking Michigan Attorney General to report future donors to his nonprofit fund http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-attorney-general-report-future-donors-his-nonprofit-fund <p><br />LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette has decided that future donors to his nonprofit "social welfare" fund should be disclosed to the public.<br /><br />The decision announced late Friday comes in the wake of Governor Rick Snyder's decision to dissolve his 501c4 fund and create a new one.<br /><br />Schuette's On Duty for Michigan fund has been able to legally accept unlimited amounts of money from anonymous donors. Fund board member Gary Gordon says the money has "reduced the burden on taxpayers" and improved the effectiveness of Schuette's office. Sat, 26 Oct 2013 18:35:00 +0000 The Associated Press 15008 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan Attorney General to report future donors to his nonprofit fund Hype surrounding same-sex marriage hearing lacked a reality check http://michiganradio.org/post/hype-surrounding-same-sex-marriage-hearing-lacked-reality-check <p>Prospective brides and grooms in same-sex relationships could not be blamed for feeling jilted this week – not by their partners, but by the Eastern U.S. District Court in Detroit.</p><p>They expected this would be their day - that <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/meet-bernard-friedman-federal-judge-who-decided-hear-challenge-gay-marriage-ban">Judge Bernard Friedman</a> would strike down Michigan’s <a href="http://michiganradio.org/term/same-sex-marriage">ban on same-sex marriage</a>, and they would be among the first gay and lesbian couples in Michigan to tie the knot.</p><p>Instead, disappointment. Anger. Tears, in some cases. Big expectations dashed because Judge Friedman did not uphold or strike down the amendment, which was approved by Michigan voters in 2004 by a pretty commanding majority. Fri, 18 Oct 2013 17:43:43 +0000 Rick Pluta & Zoe Clark 14901 at http://michiganradio.org Hype surrounding same-sex marriage hearing lacked a reality check What's going on with the affirmative action ban? http://michiganradio.org/post/whats-going-affirmative-action-ban <p>It&#39;s called Schuette v. Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action.</p><p>That&#39;s the case that has once again put Michigan in the spotlight of the U.S. Supreme Court.</p><p>Michigan&#39;s attorney general Bill Schuette was at the nation&#39;s highest court, defending the constitutionality of Proposal 2, which bans the use of affirmative action in admissions at public universities in Michigan, a constitutional amendment that passed by 58% of the state&#39;s voters in 2006.</p><p>Michigan Public Radio Network Lansing Bureau Chief, Rick Pluta has been covering today&#39;s arguments before the Supreme Court and he joined us today from Washington.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Tue, 15 Oct 2013 21:08:13 +0000 Stateside Staff 14863 at http://michiganradio.org What's going on with the affirmative action ban? In this morning's headlines: Regulating compound centers, mental health courts, recount fees http://michiganradio.org/post/mornings-headlines-regulating-compound-centers-mental-health-courts-recount-fees <p><strong>AG calls for state regulation for compounding centers</strong></p><p>"Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette is calling for tighter regulation of Michigan’s 470 compounding pharmacies. Compounding pharmacies mix customized medicines based on doctors’ prescriptions. A compounding pharmacy based in Massachusetts was responsible for the medication that caused a nationwide meningitis outbreak a year ago," Rick Pluta <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/michigans-attorney-general-calls-state-regulation-drug-compounding-centers">reports.</a></p><p><strong>Mental health courts legislation moves forward</strong></p><p>"Legislation meant to strengthen Michigan’s mental health courts system has cleared the state House. The alternative courts allow certain offenders with severe mental health issues to avoid jail time and have charges erased from public records. That’s if they participate in treatment programs under the supervision of a judge," Jake Neher<a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/state-house-oks-legislation-strengthen-mental-health-courts"> reports.</a></p><p><strong>House approves raising cost to request a recount</strong></p><p>"The Michigan House has voted to make candidates pay more to request a recount of ballots cast in an election. The legislation would increase to $25 the per-precinct deposit required to initiate a recount of votes in state or local elections. It now costs $10 per precinct," the Associated Press <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-house-votes-raise-cost-request-recount">reports.</a></p><p> Fri, 20 Sep 2013 11:01:58 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 14516 at http://michiganradio.org In this morning's headlines: Regulating compound centers, mental health courts, recount fees Michigan's Attorney General calls for state regulation of drug compounding centers http://michiganradio.org/post/michigans-attorney-general-calls-state-regulation-drug-compounding-centers <p style="margin-left:.5in;">Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette wants the state to regulate and inspect drug compounding centers like the one that produced the medication that caused a nationwide meningitis outbreak a year ago.</p><p style="margin-left:.5in;">At least 264 people were infected by an adulterated pain medication, and 19 died. Michigan suffered more casualties from the outbreak than any other state.</p> Thu, 19 Sep 2013 19:24:46 +0000 Rick Pluta 14507 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan's Attorney General calls for state regulation of drug compounding centers Tighter pharmacy rules planned after Michigan meningitis deaths http://michiganradio.org/post/tighter-pharmacy-rules-planned-after-michigan-meningitis-deaths <p>LANSING, Mich. (AP) - New legislation is being proposed to more closely regulate 470 compounding pharmacies in Michigan after a deadly outbreak of meningitis a year ago.<br><br>The infection of 264 Michigan residents, 17 who died, is blamed on contaminated steroids produced by a company in Massachusetts. But Michigan's attorney general, a top licensing official and a state senator say oversight of Michigan pharmacies should be strengthened to prevent such a tragedy from happening again.<br> Thu, 19 Sep 2013 14:42:40 +0000 The Associated Press 14498 at http://michiganradio.org Tighter pharmacy rules planned after Michigan meningitis deaths