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Skubick: Democrats Ready To Finalize State-Wide Ticket After Minimum Wage Denied

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LANSING, MI (WLNS) - It appears that Michigan voters will not get a chance to vote on a higher minimum wage this November and, some Michigan democrats are ready finalize "their" state-wide ticket for this year after a long delay.

6 News Capitol Correspondent Tim Skubick has the exclusive details on these breaking stories.

During the state board of canvassers session last week it looked like the $10.10 an hour minimum wage coalition would nail down a November ballot spot.

But at the 11th hour, the Michigan Restaurant association convinced the board, the petition drive did not have enough signatures.

The left two options:  Go to court to convince judges to place it on the ballot, or toss in the towel.

Although he will not confirm it, the coalition attorney mark brewer is recommending that they not go into the court as it appears there is no legal basis to fight this anymore.

Instead the coalition will declare the petition drive a success even though the higher wage will not be on the ballot.

The coalition argues had it not been for the petition drive the republican legislative leadership, on its own, would never have boosted the minimum wage to $9.25 an hour by 2018.

Staying on the political front, the democrats are poised to find opponents to take on republican Attorney General Bill Schuette and Secretary of State Ruth Johnson.

West Michigan lawyer Mark Totten will be the attorney general candidate. He’s been at it over a year.

Detroit attorney Godfrey Dillard will take on Ms. Johnson. He’s a newcomer to the political scene who last April announced he was running for attorney general, but party leaders are now urging him to run for secretary of state instead and his decision on that is expected later this week.

The statewide democrat ticket therefore has geographical and ethnic balance. It was the ethnic balance piece that was tough to nail down.
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