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Year in review: Top Detroit political stories of 2013, national issues

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As usual politics was a hot topic in Detroit during 2013. Here is a summary of the stories your Detroit political examiner followed this year that have a national touch to them.

Michigan healthcare costs to jump 95% under Obamacare: September 28, 2013 - The cost of healthcare under Obamacare, also known as the Affordable Healthcare Act, became available yesterday thanks to a calculator offered by the Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF). Figures provided by the White House to illustrate how much the act will...Continue

Governor Snyder will sign the Healthy Michigan plan into law: September 16, 2013 - It was announced this morning that Gov. Rick Snyder will sign into law the Healthy Michigan Act at 10 a.m. today. The signing will take place at Oakwood Hospital and Medical Center in Dearborn and will be available live...Continue

Gov. Snyder issues challenge to Washington, reassures Michiganders: October 2, 2013 - Gov. Rick Snyder issued a statement regarding the shutdown of the United States government via email and press release Tuesday night, the first day of the partial government shutdown. His goal was to inform citizens of the impact of the...Continue

Sequester impact on Michigan teachers put into perspective: March 3, 2013 - With sequester cuts now taking place the “scare tactics” still are running rampant. Teabonics this week reported that $31.1 million would be cut from teachers due to federal cuts required by sequester. However the federal government...Continue

Oakland County says budget is balanced through 2017: April 20, 2013 - The economy continues strong in Oakland County as evidenced by an announcement yesterday from County Executive L. Brooks Patterson’s Budget Task Force. According to their announcement the county’s financial position will allow for a balanced...Continue

Candice Miller announces change to House rule that prohibited holiday greetings: December 5, 2013 - Macomb County’s congresswoman Candice Miller worked with colleagues to overturn an anti-holiday rule established by congress nearly 40 years ago. Miller announced the successful rule change in a video message posted on You Tube yesterday. Miller is...Continue

Candice Miller cosponsors a bill to prohibit cell phone usage on planes: December 19, 2013 - Macomb County Congresswoman Candice Miller yesterday announced on Facebook she is cosponsoring a bill that will continue to prohibit the use of cell phones on airplanes during takeoff and flight. The bill, H. R. 3676, would outlaw cell phone calls...Continue

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