If you’ve tuned to local TV at any point in the last month, you’ve probably seen the election ads.
Millions of dollars have been spent so far on advertising in Michigan’s Governor and U.S. Senate races, and according to some political observers, there’s no end in sight.
A state elections panel has approved a second referendum on wolf hunting in Michigan for the November ballot.
Governor Rick Snyder has filed 26 thousand petition signatures to put his name on the Republican primary ballot in August, and – if all goes as planned – make him a candidate for reelection in November.
Attorney General Bill Schuette (R-Midland).
Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette kicked off his re-election campaign Monday in his hometown of Midland.
In his speech, Schuette touted his record in office, including efforts to combat human trafficking and protect pensions.
“A record that’s strong and clear,” Schuette said. “It’s a record of being a voice for victims. A voice for the constitution and a voice for Michigan.”
Schuette listed his efforts to fight human trafficking and protect pensions among his accomplishments during his first term.
“It’s a long election and I’m going to win,” he said. “I’m going to take my case to the citizens across the state of Michigan.”
Schuette did not directly mention his fight against same sex marriage or to curb access to medical marijuana in his speech to his supporters.
He told reporters afterward he would not shy away from the marriage issue.
A federal judge struck down Michigan’s gay marriage ban last week.
A federal appeals court put the decision on hold Saturday, after about 300 gay couples married.
Schuette expects the U.S. Supreme Court will have to decide the case.
Story produced by Steve Carmody of Michigan Radio.
Detroit Mayor-elect Mike Duggan.
Detroit mayor-elect Mike Duggan made his first visit to the state Capitol since he won last week’s election to run Michigan’s largest city.
Saugatuck and Douglas are located near Lake Michigan, southwest of Grand Rapids.
A majority of voters in the neighboring cities of Douglas and Saugatuck have rejected a proposal to merge.
Voters in three more Michigan cities approved ballot questions Tuesday decriminalizing small amounts of marijuana.
Ballot proposals in Lansing, Jackson and Ferndale each passed with more than 60 percent of the vote.
Voters in Royal Oak easily approved a local ordinance that protects people from discrimination based on sexual orientation. The final but-still-unofficial tally was 6,645 to 5,670, or 54-46 percent.
Royal Oak is the 30th Michigan community to adopt an LGBT anti-discrimination ordinance. Read more