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Final debate highlights candidates in 1st congressional district

file2941307482066The first Congressional District is one of the most competitive races in the state. Incumbent Republican Dan Benishek is retiring. That leaves a race between retired United States Marine Corps lieutenant general Republican Jack Bergman, former head of the Michigan Democratic party Lon Johnson, Green Party Candidate Ellis Boal, and Libertarian Diane Bostow.

On Friday Lake Superior State University in Sault Sainte Marie hosted a debate between Bergman, Johnson, and Boal.

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‘Security Clearance’ comment questioned at 1st congressional district debate

IMG_8730At the final debate between congressional candidates in Michigan’s first district, a comment on security clearance became a sticking point between Republican Jack Bergman and Democrat Lon Johnson.

Johnson alleged Bergman used security clearance for political expediency while Bergman said it helps him make a point.

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Lawmaker proposes a ban on “referendum-proofing”

Capital_Building_LansingA Democratic state lawmaker has called for closing a loophole that allows the Legislature to shield some controversial laws from ballot challenges.

The Michigan Constitution says spending bills can’t be challenged by a voter referendum.

In recent years, the Legislature’s Republican majorities have used spending provisions to make controversial laws like right-to-work and the emergency manager act referendum-proof. Continue reading

“Little House on the Prairie” actress running for Congress

Melissa Gilbert (Image provided by Melissa Gilbert for Congress)

Melissa Gilbert (Image provided by Melissa Gilbert for Congress)

Melissa Gilbert, who gained fame playing Laura Ingalls on TV’s Little House on the Prairie, says she’s running for a mid-Michigan congressional seat as a Democrat.
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As state House gets set to take up roads, Dem leader criticizes Senate plan

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Democrats in the state Legislature are criticizing Republican plans to boost road funding. That’s as the House gets set to take up the debate next week.

The state Senate approved a plan last week that would boost the gas tax by 15 cents a gallon over three years and shift $700 million from other areas of the budget. It also includes a possible rollback in the state income tax rate. Continue reading

Peters sees greater chance for bipartisanship as he enters Senate in minority

Congressman Gary Peters speaks with reporters at a restaurant in Rochester a day after Michigan voters elected him to the U.S. Senate.

Congressman Gary Peters speaks with reporters at a restaurant in Rochester a day after Michigan voters elected him to the U.S. Senate.

Democrat Gary Peters is optimistic he will be able to work with Senate Republicans to pass measures he has championed as a candidate. That’s despite the fact that he will be entering the U.S. Senate in the minority party after Republicans seized control in Tuesday’s election.
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