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Conversation and news about local officials, government and campaigns.
'It Just Feels Like Arbitrary Discrimination': Legally Married Lesbian Couple Told to Get Court Order for Name Changes

'It Just Feels Like Arbitrary Discrimination': Legally Married Lesbian Couple Told to Get Court Order for Name Changes

As courts settle the legality of same-sex marriage in Michigan, couples like Leslie Thompson and Cindy Norlin are caught in legal limbo.
Climate Change Bigger Threat Than Aging Infrastructure: City Officials

Climate Change Bigger Threat Than Aging Infrastructure: City Officials

Climate change has made “100 year floods” the new normal, officials say after devastating 2014 Flood.
Mich. Supreme Court Ruling Could Cost State $1.1 Billion

Mich. Supreme Court Ruling Could Cost State $1.1 Billion

A treasury and IBM dispute could cost Michigan over $1 billion plus interest after July 14 ruling.
6th Circuit's Marathon Gay Marriage Hearing Signals Historic Shift

6th Circuit's Marathon Gay Marriage Hearing Signals Historic Shift

Many observers think the issue is headed for a showdown before the U.S. Supreme Court – and there’s a surprising development in the GOP.
S&P Reaffirms Oakland County's AAA Bond rating

S&P Reaffirms Oakland County's AAA Bond rating

Standard & Poor's cites Oakland County's strong economy, management and financial policies.
‘Illegal’ Sentence Could Keep Michigan Man Behind Bars for Life

‘Illegal’ Sentence Could Keep Michigan Man Behind Bars for Life

When Leon Echols was convicted of second-degree murder in 1989, sentencing guidelines prescribed 10 to 25 years in prison. A tough-on-crime judge sentenced him to 75 to 150 years instead.
Inhale ‘Em If You’ve Got ‘Em? Nope, Birmingham Bans E-Cigarettes for Minors

Inhale ‘Em If You’ve Got ‘Em? Nope, Birmingham Bans E-Cigarettes for Minors

The Birmingham City Commission becomes one of the first cities – if not the first – in Michigan to ban e-cigarette use.
Should Libraries Be Gun-Free Zones? Patch Poll

Should Libraries Be Gun-Free Zones? Patch Poll

A Michigan library staff reportedly made a man who showed up at a library party with a holstered weapon so uncomfortable that he left. “Nothing in the law says they have the right to be co
Opponent Argues Medical Marijuana Growing Facility Will Make Birmingham a ‘Ghetto’

Opponent Argues Medical Marijuana Growing Facility Will Make Birmingham a ‘Ghetto’

The issue of medical marijuana plagues Birmingham as city residents address the Birmingham City Commission with their concerns.
Birmingham Residents’ Rezoning Questions Go Unanswered

Birmingham Residents’ Rezoning Questions Go Unanswered

Birmingham residents gathered for a meeting that never took place as a massive rezoning public hearing was postponed Monday.
Election Results: Birmingham Voters Send Clear Message on Library

Election Results: Birmingham Voters Send Clear Message on Library

A proposal to tear down two wings of Baldwin Library and rebuild the facility was hotly contested.
Birmingham Divided Over Tuesday's $21.5 Million Bond Issue: Find Your Polling Place

Birmingham Divided Over Tuesday's $21.5 Million Bond Issue: Find Your Polling Place

Supporters say libraries still play vital roles in communities, but some detractors say the timing isn't right for plan to build "Taj Mahal" of libraries.
Should Your State Legalize Pot?

Should Your State Legalize Pot?

With the economic benefits of legalized marijuana working for Colorado, is your state the next in line?
Supreme Court Upholds Michigan's Ban on Affirmative Action in College Admissions

Supreme Court Upholds Michigan's Ban on Affirmative Action in College Admissions

The case isn't about race, Justice Anthony Kennedy said, but about whether the state's voters can choose to prohibit consideration of racial preferences.
Ax to Fall on Beloved Birmingham ‘Climbing Tree’

Ax to Fall on Beloved Birmingham ‘Climbing Tree’

Disease has taken its toll on a tree that has been a favorite of Birmingham kids for years, and the City Commission has made the difficult decision that it must come down.
Tuesday, March 11, is the Day to Speak Out on Fracking in Oakland County

Tuesday, March 11, is the Day to Speak Out on Fracking in Oakland County

Fracking, the process used to force oil and natural gas out from deep underground, is the subject of an upcoming town hall meeting in Rochester Hills.
Pact with Chinese Holds Potential for Future Investment in Oakland County

Pact with Chinese Holds Potential for Future Investment in Oakland County

The relationship between Oakland County and Hai’an, China, officials has dveloped over the past two years.
Jarred by Potholes? You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet

Jarred by Potholes? You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet

So, what should you do if you encounter an axle-breaking pothole? You may be eligible for compensation from the state.
Nabbed After 8 Months on the Lam, Mortgage Fraud Kingpin Allegedly Attacks Prosecutor

Nabbed After 8 Months on the Lam, Mortgage Fraud Kingpin Allegedly Attacks Prosecutor

Ronnie Duke of Fenton was arrested Monday in Saline, eight months after he allegedly skipped bail on a loan fraud conviction.
Michigan’s Dingell, Longest Serving U.S. Congressman, Cites Partisan Gridlock in Retirement

Michigan’s Dingell, Longest Serving U.S. Congressman, Cites Partisan Gridlock in Retirement

The “dean of the House,” U.S. Rep. John Dingell touched landmark legislation during his more than 58 years in Congress, but decried "small-minded miserable behavior" during government sh