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Snyder Filling Positions in New Administration

Governor-elect Rick Snyder will announce key positions in his new administration later today in Ann Arbor, The Detroit Free Press reports. And, there's speculation that one of the positions may go to a familiar name in the state: Andy Dillon. Dillon is a Democrat and currently the Speaker of the state House of Representatives. He was also a candidate for Governor in the Democratic primary. Dillon lost the primary to Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero, who went on to lose the race for Governor to Snyder. Neither Snyder nor Dillon's camps would confirm the possible appointment.

Leadership Elections at the Capitol

Lawmakers will be in Lansing this week tofinalize their picks for their caucus leaders for the next legislative year. Last week, Democrats in the state Senate elected state-Senator Gretchen Whitmer as their Minority Leader. Republican Jase Bolger is expected to be elected as the House Republican Majority Leader. Senator Randy Richardville is likely to lead Senate Republicans. It's still unknown who will lead the Democratic caucus in the state House.

Briefing on Kalamazoo Oil Spill

The Environmental Protection Agency will hold a public briefing on the Kalamazoo River Oil Spill this evening. EPA officials will brief the public on the status of the clean-up, Steve Carmody reports. More than 800,000 gallons of oil spilled from a broken pipeline near Marshall last July. The pipeline, owned by Enbridge Energy, has now been repaired and oil is flowing again.

Zoe Clark is Michigan Public's Political Director. In this role, Clark guides coverage of the state Capitol, elections, and policy debates.