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Noteworthy News You May Have Missed This Week

WXYZ-TV 7 in Detroit — Interviews with six of seven candidates for governor.

Detroit Free Press — Poll shows Pete Hoekstra maintaining double-digit lead in the Republican gubernatorial primary and Andy Dillon winning with Democrats.

Detroit Free Press — 40 percent of Michigan voters, across party lines, support the Tea Party movement.

The Detroit News — The Michigan Education Association has decided to back Virg Bernero over Andy Dillon in the Democratic primary for governor.

Grand Rapids Press — A technicality stops the Hangar42 studio $10 million tax credit. The Mackinac Center, a critic of the film subsidy program, originally broke the story about this controversial tax credit and noted, "All but three legislators voted 'yes' to launch the film subsidy adventure back in 2008."

MLive — Gubernatorial candidate Sen. Tom George has pushed a series of bills to "pave the way" for a constitutional convention.

Two Guys Named Joe (podcast) — Political consultants Joe DiSano and Joe Munem discuss how valid statewide polls are and the political implications of elected officials attending the Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce policy conference on Mackinac Island.

Off the Record (video) — An update on the governor's race and how the oil spill is affecting Michigan politics. Guests joining host Tim Skubick are Peter Luke, Zach Gorchow, Jack Spencer and Bill Ballenger.

Carpe Diem — The fastest growing class of U.S. millionaires are government workers.

The Blog Prof — The mainstream media places the blame for Al and Tipper Gore's separation on George W. Bush.

Michigan Liberal — Polls show Virg Bernero and Rick Snyder on the rise, but "undecideds" still in the lead.

Health Care and Marriage? Over at Right Michigan, Tea Party leader Wendy Day argues that the federal health care bill is "an attack on marriage." Michigan Messenger isn't so sure.

Wall Street Journal — When the U.S. Congress hiked the minimum wage in 2007, it took away the exemption for American Samoa, raising their minimum wage by about $2 (it will eventually have to match that in the U.S. by 2015). As a result, several tuna canning operations, which account for about 80 percent of the overall economy, have either moved or been forced into massive layoffs. According to the Journal, the unemployment rate has more than tripled, to more than 30 percent. Worse, the remaining large tuna companies have said that they may be forced to close altogether if the minimum wage law isn't repealed.

Quote of the Week

"Why is that when BP screws up we make sure they pay every dime in damages, but if a bank, automobile company like GM, insurance company like AIG, or GSE like Fannie and Freddie screws up, we bail them out with taxpayer money?" -Captain Capitalism

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