News in Brief 9/12 – Grand Valley Lanthorn

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Codification of abortion rights in MI to appear in November ballot, according to MI Supreme Court rules

After a brief legal battle, the Michigan Supreme Court ruled Sept. 8 on whether to allow an abortion rights initiative to appear on November midterm ballots in the United States. State.

In a 5-2 decision, the Court ruled that the initiative, known as the Michigan Right to Reproductive Freedom Initiative, must be added to statewide ballots after filing the required number of signatures to be taken into account.

The Court was asked to settle the case after the Board of State Solicitors, in a deadlocked 2-2 vote along party lines, rejected the initiative that would ask voters to decide whether or not to add the right to abortion to the Michigan constitution.

The rejection came despite a recommendation from the state Office of Elections to allow his passage after verifying that he had collected more than 596,000 valid signatures – about 150,000 more than needed to qualify and be on the ballot. of voting.

With the Court’s ruling, Michigan is set to be a key flashpoint in the national abortion rights debate as voters in the state decide, after months of legal ambiguity, whether Michigan will allow the pursuit of abortion as a codified right.

Guest historian draws parallels between the Cold War and today’s ‘twilight struggles’

Hal Brands, Henry A. Kissinger Professor Emeritus of Global Affairs at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, addressed the Grand Valley State University community Sept. 8 and said he believes the United States United currently found itself in what it describes as “twilight struggles” with the Russian Federation and the People’s Republic of China.

As part of a series of lectures sponsored by GVSU’s Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies, Brands said the Cold War between the United States and the Soviet Union during the 20e century held priority and lessons for the modern era, as both China and Russia took steps to establish dominance in their respective regions.

The United States’ extensive network of economic and military alliances with nations around the world, Brand pointed out, makes the nation an unrivaled force against the ambitions of its main adversaries – even as concerns have grown in recent years about a decline of American hegemony on the world stage.

Gas prices in GV area rise as some US cities see prices below $3.00 a gallon

Gas prices in areas surrounding Grand Valley State University have risen again after a week-long decline and a summer of skyrocketing prices that, coupled with rising inflation, have crippled the economic power of consumers Americans.

According to a local database compiled by the national fuel price analysis organization GasBuddy, prices at gas stations within a 10-mile radius of GVSU’s Allendale campus ranged from $3.53 a gallon to $3.89 in the wee hours of the morning of September 11.

Prices in GVSU’s Ottawa County averaged $3.73 a gallon, with neighboring Kent County averaging $3.76.

The increase comes as the national trend of lower fuel prices continues, with several cities in the southern United States in recent days becoming the first to see gas prices again below $3.00 a day. gallon.

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