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Michigan police group endorses in Detroit area congressional primary

The Police Officers Association of Michigan last week endorsed Democrat Michael Griffie in the primary race for the U.S. House in the new 13th District, which includes most of Detroit.

Griffie is running in a crowded 11-way Democratic primary that also includes John Conyers III, state Sen. Adam Hollier, attorney Portia Roberson and state Rep. Shri Thanedar. 

"As a member of Congress, I will partner with law enforcement to improve communication and build trust amongst community leaders and residents. I am confident that we can work together to foster and maintain relationships to make our communities more secure,” Griffie said.

The association is the largest police union in the state, representing over 12,000 law enforcement employees. 

Two lawmakers get bipartisan labels

An analysis by the nonpartisan Lugar Center and Georgetown University's McCourt School of Public Policy again rated Sen. Gary Peters and Rep. Elissa Slotkin as the most bipartisan lawmakers in the Michigan delegation for last year's session.

The Lugar index measures how often a lawmaker introduced bills that drew co-sponsors from across the aisle and how often they co-sponsored bills introduced by the other party.

Peters, D-Bloomfield Township, was ranked the fifth most bipartisan senator and U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Lansing, ranked 24th. 

Slotkin, D-Holly, was ranked the ninth most bipartisan member of the U.S. House. The next two Michigan lawmakers on the list were U.S. Reps. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph (36th) and Peter Meijer, R-Grand Rapids Township (44th). 

The lowest ranked lawmakers from Michigan on the list were U.S. Reps. Rashida Tlaib, D-Detroit, (382nd) and Brenda Lawrence, D-Southfield (328th).

House committees get shake-up

State Rep. Ryan Berman was removed from all of his committee assignments last week in a move that was made at his request and that will allow new House members to participate in the committee process, House leadership said Tuesday. 

Berman, R-Commerce Township, said he made the request to have "more time to concentrate on some special projects, and my own legislation." 

Both he and Rep. Matt Hall, who was removed from the Regulatory Reform Committee, said their removals freed up space for new representatives elected in special elections earlier this month to get a chance to participate in the committees. 

Berman's move also came after he lost a bid to become the Republican nominee for attorney general at the party's endorsement convention in Grand Rapids. 

Rep. Mike Harris, a Clarkston Republican elected to the House in the May 3 special election, received assignments to the energy, insurance and transportation committees.

Newly elected Rep. Terence Mekoski, R-Shelby Township, was added to the judiciary, local government and regulatory reform committees.

Newcomer Rep. Jeffrey Pepper, D-Dearborn, was assigned to committees addressing families, agriculture and administrative rules; newly elected Rep. Carol Glanville, D-Walker, who scored an election victory in a traditionally Republican district, will sit on the insurance and commerce committees.