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November 9, 1990 | From Times Wire Services
Two days after narrowly defeating Democratic Gov. James J. Blanchard, Gov.-elect John Engler told the Legislature on Thursday that he plans to get married. Engler, 42, introduced his fiancee, Houston lawyer Michelle De Munbrun, to his colleagues. "For Michelle and me it's just a wonderful time," the Republican Senate majority leader said. The small, private wedding, scheduled Dec. 8 in San Antonio, will be the second for both. Neither has children.
October 15, 1991 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
An appeals court in Lansing, Mich., blocked a judge's order that the state resume paying about 83,000 welfare recipients. The Michigan Court of Appeals said it would review Circuit Judge James Giddings' earlier ruling that the state had not given adequate notice that the payments would be cut off Oct. 1. Giddings also found that disabled aid recipients were not told of an alternative program.
August 6, 1998 | Associated Press
Geoffrey Fieger, who campaigned with the flamboyant theatrics he used as retired pathologist Jack Kevorkian's lawyer, has won a narrow victory in the Democratic primary for governor of Michigan. Fieger renewed his attacks Wednesday on Gov. John Engler, calling him "a serious threat to the people and the infrastructure."
June 11, 1999 | Associated Press
A militia member accused of plotting to kill government officials and commit terrorist attacks in western Michigan was sentenced to 55 years in prison Thursday. Randy Graham, 42, had been convicted of conspiracy and of growing marijuana to bankroll the conspiracy. Prosecutors said he and two other members of a group called the North American Militia plotted to assassinate Gov. John Engler, Sen. Carl Levin and federal judges. They also allegedly schemed to blow up the federal building in Battle Creek and the Internal Revenue Service building in Portage.
June 28, 1995 | From a Times Staff Writer
In a blow to redevelopment efforts in this troubled city, Gov. John Engler said Tuesday that he would not approve off-reservation Native American casinos in Michigan. The decision is a disappointment to casino developers, who had proposed six casinos for downtown Detroit, and to Mayor Dennis Archer, who had pinned the city's economic development hopes in part on gaming. Engler, a Republican, said the negatives of casinos far outweighed the benefits such enterprises could bring.
March 14, 1998 | From Times Wire Reports
Dr. Jack Kevorkian helped a 66-year-old man with lung cancer kill himself, the 100th suicide he has assisted in. Waldo Herman died at his Detroit home in the presence of the retired pathologist, Kevorkian's attorney, Geoffrey Fieger, said. Herman died one day after the Michigan House of Representatives backed a bill that targets Kevorkian by banning assisted suicide. The bill makes assisted suicide a felony punishable by up to five years in prison and $10,000 in fines, or both.
October 26, 2011 | By Lisa Mascaro, Washington Bureau
"Super committee" Democrats proposed a "grand bargain" of spending cuts and new taxes to reduce deficits, picking up Wednesday where President Obama and House Speaker John A. Boehner broke off this summer, as the panel has four weeks left to strike a deal. The package, worth up to $3 trillion, was a first peek at what have been mostly closed-door deliberations. But it drew swift resistance from Republicans, who objected to the inclusion of new taxes. "I don't think it was seen as a serious offer," said a GOP aide familiar with the discussion, who was not authorized to speak on the record.
August 8, 1998 | From Associated Press
Oakland County officials said Thursday that Democratic gubernatorial nominee Geoffrey Fieger voted in a West Bloomfield Township precinct where he no longer lives. In his first try at public office, Fieger, best known as the lawyer for suicide doctor Jack Kevorkian, won Tuesday's primary with 41% of the vote in a three-way race. He faces two-term incumbent Gov. John Engler at the polls in November. "If anyone wants to claim I voted in the wrong place, they can go to hell," Fieger said.
February 1, 1999 | Reuters
Geoffrey Fieger, the controversial attorney who unsuccessfully ran for Michigan governor in November, intends to challenge Republican Sen. Spencer Abraham in 2000, the Detroit News reported Sunday. Fieger, 47, best known for defending assisted suicide campaigner Jack Kevorkian, told the paper that he had made up his mind to run against Abraham despite a lack of support from Democrats in his race for governor last year. "I am going to run," Fieger told the paper.
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