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Insight: How Republicans engineered a blow to Michigan's powerful unions

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Anti right-to-work protesters gather outside of Michigan's state capitol building in Lansing December 11, 2012. REUTERS/Rebecca Cook

Anti right-to-work protesters gather outside of Michigan's state capitol building in Lansing December 11, 2012. REUTERS/Rebecca Cook
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Michigan Governor Rick Snyder holds a news conference to talk about why he signed into law, in Lansing, Michigan in this file photo taken December 11, 2012. On Tuesday, Snyder signed into law bills co-sponsored by state Representative Patrick Colbeck that ban mandatory union membership, making Michigan the nation's 24th right-to-work state. REUTERS/Rebecca Cook/Files

Michigan Governor Rick Snyder holds a news conference to talk about why he signed into law, in Lansing, Michigan in this file photo taken December 11, 2012. On Tuesday, Snyder signed into law bills co-sponsored by state Representative Patrick Colbeck that ban mandatory union membership, making Michigan the nation's 24th right-to-work state. REUTERS/Rebecca Cook/Files
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Michigan Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville is seen in this photo taken in Lansing, Michigan December 11, 2012. Richardville was initially viewed as an obstacle to newly-passed Michigan right-to-work legislation because he represents a labor-friendly area. REUTERS/Bernie Woodall

Michigan Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville is seen in this photo taken in Lansing, Michigan December 11, 2012. Richardville was initially viewed as an obstacle to newly-passed Michigan right-to-work legislation because he represents a labor-friendly area. REUTERS/Bernie Woodall
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