The two stories that most dominated Michigan politics in 2015 were – to a large extent - simultaneously resolved last week. Gov. Rick Snyder and the Republican-controlled House and Senate reached agreement on a $1.2 billion road funding package. On the same day the package passed, Todd Courser and Cindy Gamrat, the lawmakers forced out of the House over allegations connected to a sex scandal, lost reelection bids that could have led to them winning back their seats.
Politically-speaking last week’s events pulled two monkeys off the backs of House Republicans, who unlike Snyder and Senate members will be facing elections in 2016. Whether or not one likes the road funding deal; having gotten the issue off their plates is undoubtedly viewed as a big win by the House GOP.