Category Archives: Elections

Coalition pushes for marijuana decriminalization

With marijuana reforms sweeping the nation, several cities in the state of Michigan may soon be seeing some changes as well. Read more

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Lisa Brown announced as Schauer’s running mate in governor’s race

Dems0403-fotoMark Schauer has made it official. He has chosen Oakland County Clerk Lisa Brown to be his running mate in this year’s race for governor.
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Schuette announces re-election bid

Attorney General Bill Schuette (R-Midland).

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.

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Secretary of State launches pilot program

file0001255763054The Michigan Secretary of State has announced a new program to expand campaign finance reporting rules to smaller races. The program will give Michigan residents electronic access to campaign finance records for local candidates and ballot questions.
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Schauer: Raising minimum wage would be a top priority if elected governor

Former Congressman Mark Schauer

Former Congressman Mark Schauer

The likely Democratic candidate for governor in 2014 says raising Michigan’s minimum wage would be one of his top priorities in office, if elected.
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Duggan makes first Capitol visit as Detroit mayor-elect

Detroit Mayor-elect Mike Duggan.

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.
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Neighboring Saugatuck, Douglas vote down merger

Saugatuck and Douglas are located near Lake Michigan, southwest of Grand Rapids.

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.
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Three Michigan cities vote to decriminalize marijuana

file6311270526402Voters 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.
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LGBT rights ordinance upheld in Royal Oak

Royal OakVoters 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

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Mike Duggan elected Mayor of Detroit

Detroit Mayor-elect Mike Duggan.

Detroit Mayor-elect Mike Duggan.

Former Detroit Medical Center CEO Mike Duggan is the new mayor-elect of Detroit.

Duggan defeated Wayne County Sheriff Benny Napoleon with about 55 percent of the vote. Read more

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