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In 270 days – come Election Day 2014 – it’s not just candidates you’ll be voting for, there are likely to be plenty of ballot questions, too. And, much like 2012, when there were half a dozen ballot questions, we might just see a repeat of Ballot-o-palooza . Ballot questions can sometimes get people who might not be super-invested in voting for a candidate to actually get out and vote for a particular issue . For example, 2004, when a slew of anti-gay marriage ballot proposals may very well have helped George W. Bush win reelection. But it’s not easy to get ballot questions passed. Voters tend to shy away from passing new laws via ballot. In fact, if you don’t start out with more than a 60% approval of your question, the chances are you won’t win come Election Day. In 2012, $154 million dollars were spent on ballot questions and yet all six were defeated. Which raises the issue: Money spent on ballot questions is often money that would otherwise be spent on other campaigns. Thus, the decision to go to the ballot with a certain issue raises lots of questions: Is it the best use of money, personnel, volunteers? How will it affect turnout – that’s if it affects turnout at all. What will this year’s dynamic be? Well, look for news early next week on the minimum wage ballot drive that would initiate a law raising Michigan’s minimum wage to somewhere between $9 and $10 an hour.

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TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Michigan officials say most of the wolves killed in the recent Upper Peninsula hunt probably belonged to packs that have caused problems for people. Adam Bump of the state Department of Natural Resources tells The Associated Press that 17 of the 23 kills happened in locations within territories of packs with reputations for "conflicts" such as preying repeatedly on livestock. Bump says those locations typically were within five miles of a farm or other place where...

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Michigan’s top wildlife officials were briefed today on last year’s controversial wolf hunt. 23 wolves were killed during the seven-week hunt. That’s well below the target of 43 wolves. Adam Bump is the point man on wolves for the Department of Natural Resources. He delivered the briefing to the Michigan Natural Resources Commission. Bump says the DNR will take the next several months to evaluate how to improve future hunts. “Obviously, when you have a target harvest of 43 and an actual...

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It’s been a month since hunters took to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula to hunt wolves. So far, the wolves have been doing better than expected. Since the start of the hunt, only about 20 wolves have been killed. That's less than half of the 43 wolves state wildlife officials set as the goal to be killed in the hunt. The hunt ends December 31st. Adam Bump is the Department of Natural Resources’ point man on wolves. He admits he’s not sure why hunters have had more success bagging wolves in some...

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Beginning Wednesday, Michigan hunting groups will start collecting signatures on a petition to allow wolf hunting in the Upper Peninsula. Today, the Board of State Canvassers approved wording for the petition. The pro-hunt petition is intended to counter two petition drives by groups trying to protect the gray wolf. Since November 15 th , at least 17 wolves have been killed in the state’s first ever wolf hunt. “I would like to clarify that it doesn’t guarantee a wolf hunt,” says Drew...

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Anti abortion coverage proposal could move forward today "A proposal to require insurance companies to stop offering abortion coverage as part of basic health insurance plans takes a critical step today. Right to Life advocates want insurance companies to offer abortion coverage only as a separate rider to women. The Board of State Canvassers is expected to certify that the group collected enough signatures to put the proposal before the legislature," Steve Carmody reports. U.P. tribe and the state in U.S. Supreme Court over off-reservation casino "An Upper Peninsula Indian tribe will defend itself today before the United States Supreme Court against a lawsuit filed by the state of Michigan. The state is trying to stop the tribe from opening an off-reservation casino in the town of Vanderbilt in northern lower Michigan," Rick Pluta reports. Group to gather signatures to have wolf hunt next year "A pro-hunting coalition is launching a campaign to collect petition signatures seeking a possible third statewide vote next November on hunting wolves in Michigan. Their measure would let the Natural Resources Commission name game species, protecting Michigan's new wolf hunt. The state says that hunters had killed 17 wolves in the Upper Peninsula through Sunday morning," the Associated Press reports.

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There could soon be dueling petition drives on opposite sides of the debate over wolf hunting in Michigan. Next week, a coalition of Michigan hunting groups will ask the Board of State Canvassers to approve the wording of a petition for a new state law. “The wolf hunting debate alerted us to the need for this type of decision making process,” says Drew YoungeDyke. He’s with Citizens for Professional Wildlife Management. “But it’s not just about wolf hunting. It’s about wildlife management,”...

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Nov 26, 2013

As you probably know by now, Michigan last year declared wolves a game animal, and, for the first time in more than 40 years, is allowing hunters to shoot them in some parts of the Upper Peninsula. Hunting has become a controversial sport. But I don’t think I’ve seen any hunting issue as controversial as this year’s wolf hunt. Jill Fritz, the Michigan state director of the Humane Society of the United States, is the informal leader of the anti-hunting forces, but she isn‘t alone. Professor John Vucetich, for example, a forest and environmental expert at Michigan Technological University, says flatly, “There is no scientific evidence to suggest that wolves need to be hunted.” He added, “It’s not common sense to spend decades bringing the wolf back from the brink of extinction only to turn around and allow them to be killed for sport.”

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LANSING, Mich. (AP) - At least 10 wolves have been killed during Michigan's wolf hunt in the Upper Peninsula.

The state Department of Natural Resources updated the results Saturday. The wolf season started on Nov. 15 and runs through December, unless 43 are killed before the end of the year.

It's the first hunt in Michigan since the wolf was placed on the endangered species list nearly 40 years ago. A total of 1,200 people are licensed to participate with firearm,...

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460,000 without power A storm with winds up to 70 miles per hour and heavy rain knocked down trees and power lines across Michigan yesterday. 460,000 homes and businesses are without power. Consumers Energy says power should be restored by late Wednesday for most customers and by Thursday for those in isolated areas. Six wolves killed in hunt "Michigan’s controversial wolf hunt wrapped up its first weekend with just six wolves killed in the first three days. Michigan wildlife officials have set a goal of 43 wolves in this year’s hunt," Steve Carmody reports. Democratic gubernatorial candidate wants to raise minimum wage to $9.25 "Mark Schauer says he'll make raising the minimum wage a top priority as Michigan governor. The Democratic gubernatorial candidate is proposing to increase Michigan's minimum wage from $7.40 an hour to $9.25 per hour over three years," the Associated Press reports.

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Hunters have killed six wolves during the first three days of Michigan’s controversial wolf hunt in the Upper Peninsula. Unseasonably warm weather has played a part in the hunt so far. Debbie Munson-Badini is a spokeswoman with the Department of Natural Resources. She says snow in the forecast is good news for most hunters in the Upper Peninsula. “These animals, they already have their winter coats on, so they aren’t really active, running around when it’s in the 50’s,” says Munson-Badini, ...

DETROIT (AP) - The state reports that three gray wolves were killed in the first day of Michigan's wolf hunt.

Friday was the start of the wolf hunt, which is the first in the state since the animal was placed on the endangered species list nearly 40 years ago. A total of 1,200 people are licensed to participate in the hunt taking place in three Upper Peninsula zones.

Michigan is the sixth state to authorize wolf hunting following the removal of federal protections in...

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The season will run from Nov. 15 until Dec. 31 — unless 43 of the state’s estimated 658 wolves are killed before the end of December. That’s the limit set by Michigan’s Department of Natural Resources. But MDNR officials suggest that the odds will not be in the hunters’ favor. According to MLive’s John Barnes , the MDNR estimates “no more than 3 percent of wolf hunters will be successful.” If one of the state’s 1,200 registered hunters bags a wolf, they’re expected to call the DNR and report...

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Wolf hunt starts today Michigan's first wolf hunt in modern time starts today. "The hunt will take place in three specific zones of the Upper Peninsula. State wildlife officials hope hunters will kill 43 wolves during the hunt. There are an estimated 658 wolves in the U.P.," Steve Carmody reports. House clears anti-blight bill "Legislation meant to crack down on blight in several Michigan cities has cleared the state House. The bills would increase penalties for property owners who break blight laws that are already in place," Jake Neher reports. Senate votes to increase campaign funding limits "Republicans in the Michigan Senate have voted to boost donor limits to some types of political funds, and to allow the people who bankroll so-called “issue ads” to remain anonymous , " Rick Pluta reports

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Opponents of this month’s scheduled wolf hunt are preparing for Friday’s start of the hunt. The hunt will take place in three specific zones of the Upper Peninsula. State wildlife officials hope hunters will kill 43 wolves during the hunt. There are an estimated 658 wolves in the U.P. Jill Fritz is the state director of the Humane Society of the United States. “We’ll just continue to educate the public about this and make sure the people know that this entire wolf hunt that is happening is...

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People planning to take part in Michigan’s historic wolf hunt this year are likely to come home empty-handed. State wildlife officials say they designed the hunt expecting only around 4% of hunters to kill a wolf. “If we had any other game species, or deer hunting, or rabbit hunting, or squirrel hunting where you’d have 4% success rates, the hunters would be quite upset with us,” said Brian Roell, a wildlife biologist with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. “So I think some folks...

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Michigan wildlife officials are dismissing claims that bad information led to the state’s upcoming wolf hunt. Opponents of the hunt are asking Governor Rick Snyder to suspend it based on a recent MLive report . It raised questions about a number of alleged wolf encounters with humans, pets, and livestock in the U.P. This week, state Sen. Tom Casperson (R-Escanaba) apologized for using a story that turned out to be false while urging the federal government to remove protections for Michigan...

Here's the wolf story as it appeared in a 2011 resolution asking Congress to remove federal protections for wolves in the western Great Lakes region. Wolves appeared multiple times in the backyard of a day care center shortly after the children were allowed outside to play. Federal agents disposed of three wolves in that backyard because of the potential danger to the children MLive reporter John Barnes followed up on the story and it turned out not to be true. The story was born from a wolf...

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On yesterday's program, we spoke with MLive writer John Barnes about his series of stories this week on the upcoming managed-wolf hunt in the Upper Peninsula. The managed hunt is a first for Michigan. During the interview, John Barnes referred to a statement made by the MDNR's fur-bearer specialist, Adam Bump. In an interview last May with Michigan Radio's Steve Carmody, Bump told him about ways in which wolves were frightening residents of Ironwood, in the Upper Peninsula, but in speaking with John Barnes,Bump said he misspoke . Adam Bump joins us to explain just how that happened.

Voters in Detroit go to the polls tomorrow, and no matter who gets elected to be that city's next Mayor, crime will be one of the problems they'll have to tackle. On today's show, we looked past the city's financial struggles to curbing the violence in Detroit. And, we found out about a "flipped school" - one of the first in the nation. Students watch lectures at night and do homework during the day in class. And, a Grand Rapids park millage will take park funding out of the city's general fund. We spoke with one of the supports of the millage to find out why voters should consider it. Also, a Canadian photographer found beauty in the ruins of Detroit. He joined us to talk about his exhibit. First on the show, o ne of the most emotionally charged issues in Michigan in 2013 has been wolves. After teetering on the brink of extinction, the gray wolf population has rebounded so much so that earlier this year, Governor Rick Snyder signed a law that allows a first-ever state wolf hunt in the Upper Peninsula. That historic hunt begins November 15. Forty-three wolves can be shot in three UP zones where officials say they have the most problems. During the legislative debate on the wolf hunt, lawmakers from the UP spoke with passion about the "fear" their constituents had of the wolves, worrying for the safety of livestock, pets, even small children. Michigan Radio's Steve Carmody spoke with the point man on wolves for the DNR. Adam Bump told Steve that wolves had become very accustomed to life in Ironwood. "So you have wolves showing up in backyards, wolves showing up on porches, wolves staring at people through their sliding glass doors, while they're pounding on it, exhibiting no fear." But an MLive investigation into the historic wolf hunt raises some serious questions about the debate, about claims made by opponents, and about the DNR's Bump. John Barnes is reporting on this for MLive in a series called "Crying Wolf," and he joined us today.

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One of the most emotionally charged issues in Michigan in 2013 has been the wolf hunt. After teetering on the brink of extinction, the gray wolf population has rebounded so much so that earlier this year, Governor Rick Snyder signed a law that allows a first-ever state wolf hunt in the Upper Peninsula. That historic hunt begins November 15. Forty-three wolves can be killed in three zones in Michigan's Upper Peninsula where officials say they have the most problems. During the legislative debate on the wolf hunt, lawmakers from the U.P. spoke with passion about the "fear" their constituents had of the wolves, worrying for the safety of livestock, pets, even small children. Michigan Radio's Steve Carmody spoke with the point man on wolves for the DNR. Adam Bump told Steve that wolves had become very accustomed to life in Ironwood. "So you have wolves showing up in backyards, wolves showing up on porches, wolves staring at people through their sliding glass doors, while they're pounding on it, exhibiting no fear." But an MLive investigation into the historic wolf hunt raises some serious questions about the debate, about claims made by opponents, and about the DNR's Bump. John Barnes is reporting on this for MLive in a series called " Crying Wolf ," and he joined us today. Listen to the full interview above.

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John Barnes, a reporter at MLive, described the reasons given for characterizing the push for a hunt in that way. One falsehood he found was a quote given to Michigan Radio's Steve Carmody by a Michigan Department of Natural Resources official last May. Carmody wanted to know if the town of Ironwood, Michigan really was afraid of wolves , after State Senator Tom Casperson (R-Escanaba) said the town was "living in fear" of the wolves. Carmody spoke with Adam Bump, a Bear and Furbearer Speicialist with the MDNR. Here's what Bump said: Bump now says he misspoke . Michigan Radio tried to reach Bump for a comment, but he was not available to us. During an interview on today's Stateside , John Barnes said Bump was confused during the interview. "He was thinking about a separate incident that did not even occur in Michigan. It occurred in Denver. It had to do with a book he was reading, and he just tripped over his words, he says. And did not mean to infer that wolves are showing no fear of humans. In fact, we checked, and there's no such incident that has been recorded like that in the city of Ironwood. And Adam acknowledges that he made a mistake on that," said Barnes. One farmer, many wolf kill reports Barnes also writes about other problems with the argument for a hunt, including the fact that one farmer in Michigan's Upper Peninsula "accounted for more cattle killed and injured than all other farmers in the years the DNR reviewed."

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A new poll shows strong support for a wolf hunt in the Upper Peninsula. Michigans gray wolves have rebounded from near extinction in the U.P. Last winter, Michigans gray wolf population was estimated at 658. But as the wolf population has grown, so have the number of attacks on livestock and household pets. Next month, Michigan will hold a limited wolf hunt. The hunt will take place in three specific zones of the U.P. The zones have seen the most problems with wolves. In all, state wildlife...

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What a government shutdown could mean for Michigan If the federal government fails to come up with a budget deal by midnight, there will be a federal government shutdown. However, that wont have much of an immediate impact on Michigan. According to the Detroit Free Press, With only about 50,000 federal employees, Michigan isnt going to see an exodus of furloughed workers no matter what happens Tuesday. Wolf hunting licenses sold fast Licenses for Michigans first legal wolf hunt in many years nearly sold out on the first day they became available over the weekend, Rick Pluta reports. Oil and gas wells not inspected as much as state wants A new report shows almost 70 percent of actively producing oil and gas wells in Michigan are not being inspected as often as the state intends, Jake Neher reports.

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MARQUETTE, Mich. (AP) - Michigans first wolf hunt is turning out to be a hot ticket.

Officials say more than 1,000 licenses were sold Saturday, leaving just 100 by evening. The hunt starts Nov. 15 and runs through the end of the year.

The Natural Resources Commission is allowing 43 wolves to be killed in seven Upper Peninsula counties. Opponents hoping to stop future hunts are gathering petition signatures for a statewide vote.

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Beginning tomorrow, Michigan hunters will start laying down $100 for a license to hunt wolves in the Upper Peninsula this fall. State wildlife officials admit they dont know if the wolf hunt licenses will sell out. The licenses will be available for hunters as young as 10 years old and from out of state. 1,200 licenses are being sold for the wolf hunt which starts November 15. Its the first wolf hunt since the gray wolf rebounded from near extinction in the Upper Peninsula. But along with people buying wolf hunting licenses, there will be people working this weekend to protect the wolves. Jill Fritz is with Keep Michigan Wolves Protected. Her group is collecting signatures on a petition to put a challenge to the wolf hunt law on next years ballot. Were encountering an enthusiastic public everywhere we go. Whether were out in front of a library in Marquette or at ArtPrize in Grand Rapids, says Fritz. The Department of Natural Resources has set a goal of killing 43 wolves in this falls hunt. The hunt will take place in 3 separate zones in the Upper Peninsula. Supporters say the U.P.s growing wolf population is threatening livestock and household pets. Detractors complain the hunt will indiscriminately kill wolves and may make wolf attacks on livestock more common.

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Lawmakers to vote on Common Core After months of debate, lawmakers are poised to vote on whether Michigan should continue implementing more rigorous education standards known as Common Core . The House Education Committee today plans to consider a resolution letting the state put in place new uniform math and reading standards, the Associated Press reports. Bills move forward to allow faith-based agencies to refuse to process adoptions A state House panel has approved legislation to allow faith-based adoption agencies to refuse to place children with a family based on a religious objection. Instead, an agency would have to refer a qualified family to an adoption office that would handle the placement, Rick Pluta reports. Wolf hunt licenses on sale Saturday
Wolf hunting licenses go on sale Saturday. The wolf hunt season will span from Nov. 15- Dec. 31, or until 43 wolves are killed.

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State wildlife officials continue to prepare for this fall’s controversial wolf hunt in the Upper Peninsula. The hunt is set to begin in three zones in the U.P. in mid-November. Hunters will try to kill 43 wolves during the hunt. There are fewer than 700 adult wolves in the Upper Peninsula. Adam Bump is with the Department of Natural Resources. He says they are still working on the logistics for the hunt, including putting hunting licenses up for sale at the end of September. “I’ve heard...

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A new petition drive is being launched to stop Michigan from holding a wolf hunt. Last winter, more than a quarter million people signed petitions to put a ban on wolf hunting on the November, 2014 ballot. But, state lawmakers passed a second law circumventing the petition, opening the door for a wolf hunt this fall. Thus the need for a second referendum petition drive. Wayne Pacelle is the president of the Humane Society of the United States. He expects they will easily collect more than 200...

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Andy Dillion's campaign funds in disarray “Michigan election officials are declining to allow the closing of a fund from state Treasurer Andy Dillon's 2010 race for governor because of $105,000 that isn't properly accounted for. Dillon lost to Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero in the race for the Democratic nomination. The Detroit Free Press says that no one has made any claims of improper activity, but the Department of State normally requires campaign funds to have zero balances before they can be dissolved. Dillon spokesman Terry Stanton says the issues are technical and are being addressed by the campaign treasurers,” according to the Associated Press. Governor Snyder headed to the UP “Governor Rick Snyder is on a road trip in the western Upper Peninsula. The governor has several stops planned Monday and Tuesday, starting at Miner's Heritage Memorial Park in Ironwood where he will speak at the dedication of a trailhead. Snyder also will tour a mine in Wakefield before going to Houghton and Hancock. On Tuesday, he'll be in Copper Harbor and Negaunee,” the Associated Press reports. Wolf hunt petition drive joins three others The campaign to outlaw wolf hunts in the Upper Peninsula officially launches today with an event in Lansing. It joins three other petition drives already in the field. “Right to Life of Michigan wants to get around Governor Rick Snyder’s veto of a bill to require consumers to buy a separate insurance rider if they want abortion coverage. Environmental groups want to outlaw a controversial natural gas drilling method known as “fracking.” There is also a drive to end the Legislature’s practice of making some controversial legislation immune to referendum challenges,” Rick Pluta reports.

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