Initiations into societies more than a century ago were often secret affairs kept guard by the organization. Historically, there are legends of outrageous initiation practices, some with serious consequences.
Republicans with bolstered majorities in the Legislature will commence a two-year session with the familiar routine of swearings-in, Gov. Rick Snyder's State of the State address and his budget proposal.
New Republican House Speaker Kevin Cotter initially doubted a proposed sales tax increase to fix Michigan's roads but says he's now fully behind the plan because not doing anything would lead to a bigger tax hike in the future.