LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Early forecasts suggest that the political climate at the Michigan Capitol will be chilly when lawmakers return in January.
A slightly larger bloc of Democrats in the House won't be enough to overcome the majority Republicans in that chamber or the party's grip on the Senate and governor's office. But the minority party remains bitter about what came out of the rush of lawmaking at the end of 2012.
Republicans say the kept promises by repealing a business tax, replacing an emergency manager law and revoking a requirement that workers pay what amounts to union dues.
Democrats say the legislation was hasty and lacked voters' input. They say they'll keep reminding the electorate what -- and how -- decisions were made by the GOP.
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Michigan is governed as a republic, with three branches of government: executive, legislative and judicial. The state also allows direct participation of the electorate by initiative, referendum, recall, and ratification.