Michigan Report for Tuesday, April 22, 2014 Senate Report

House Dems, GOP Both Pleased With Candidates

With the filing deadline at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, both the House Republicans and Democrats said they were pleased with their candidates, with Republicans saying they are well-positioned to grow their majority but Democrats countering they are poised to take the majority.

The Democrats currently have 50 seats, 51 seats when counting Rep. John Olumba (I-Detroit). But, Mr. Olumba is running for the Senate so the Democrats should expect another Democrat to win the Detroit seat in the 3rd House District.

To gain the majority, to Democrats would need to gain five seats in a non-presidential year. While Republicans just have to keep 56 of the 59 seats they currently have.

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U.S. Supreme Court Holds Voters Could Bar Affirmative Action In U. Admissions

In a decision that appears, at least for now, to end the question of whether affirmative action on the basis of race is permissible for public university admissions in Michigan, the U.S. Supreme Court on a 6-2 vote upheld the state's prohibition on consideration of race in university admissions.

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Reaction: A Victory For Fairness And Constitution, Or Hurting Equality

Reactions to the U.S. Supreme Court decision upholding Michigan's constitutional ban on the use of affirmative action in university admissions ranged from outrage to triumphant, as the different sides split on whether the decision would ensure fairness, as well the rule of the Constitution, or make it more difficult for minorities to get access to higher education and full participation in U.S. life.

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Senate Panel Sends DCH Budget With HICA Fix, New GME Proposal To Full Committee

With the addition of $110 million to offset an expected deficit in the health insurance claims adjustment and with creation of a new structure to provide placements under the state's graduate medical education program, the Senate Community Health Appropriations Subcommittee reported the 2014-15 budget to the full panel.

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Landmark House GOP Primaries Set

A turning point primary season among Republicans running for the House is at hand with Tuesday's deadline to file for office confirming that tea party activists and traditional Republicans will confront each other across the state in primary races.

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