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2018 midterm election

Michiganders head to the polls November 6.

Below you can find the best of Michigan Radio's election coverage, including interviews with candidates and break downs of the biggest issues.

Democratic former Senate Minority Leader Gretchen Whitmer will be Michigan's next governor with a victory over Republican Attorney General Bill Schuette.

Whitmer will be the second woman elected as Michigan governor.

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Update, November 7, 2018:

Michiganders passed Proposal 1, making recreational marijuana legal in the state, on November 6. Read our article about what the proposal will do below.

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There are two open seats on the Michigan Board of Education that will be voted on this midterm election. Eleven candidates are running for the seats, which have an 8-year term. Koby Levin of Chalkbeat Detroit has been covering this race. In a recent piece, he referred to it as a "the critical education race you’ve never heard of.”

U.S. Semator Debbie Stabenow
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Democratic Senator Debbie Stabenow was elected to the United States Senate in 2000. She now serves as the senior senator for Michigan. This November, she is running for reelection against Republican John James.  

Stabenow joined Stateside to talk about her reelection campaign and the current political climate in the United States, particularly in light of a recent shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue.

The second and final debate between the Republican and Democratic candidates for governor aired Wednesday night.

Former state Senate Minority leader, Democrat Gretchen Whitmer and state Attorney General, Republican Bill Schuette used the opportunity to reiterate their agendas for Michigan. They attacked each other’s records in their respective offices on issues like the environment and auto no fault insurance.

At times during the debate, the candidates also needled each other. Like when Whitmer accused Schuette of pivoting to the same talking points.

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Tom Leonard for Michigan

As part of Michigan Radio’s ongoing election coverage, Morning Edition and Stateside are featuring interviews with candidates hoping to be the next attorney general.

Republican candidate Tom Leonard is currently the speaker of the Michigan House of Representatives. He has also served in the Genesee County Prosecutor’s Office and as the state’s assistant attorney general.

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As part of Michigan Radio’s ongoing election coverage, on Thursday and Friday, Morning Edition and Stateside are featuring interviews with candidates running for state attorney general. 

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Update, November 7, 2018:

Michiganders passed Proposal 2 on November 6, drastically changing the way districts are drawn in the state. Read our article about what the proposal will do below.

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As we approach Election Day on November 6, Stateside is interviewing congressional candidates around the state about the issues most important to them.

Debbie Dingell is the incumbent Democrat in Michigan’s 12th Congressional District. She has represented the district since 2015.

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Michigan’s hard hitting race for Attorney General is moving into its final month.

TV ads have been running for weeks taking shots at both Democrat Dana Nessel and Republican Tom Leonard.

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Update, November 7, 2018:

Voting in Michigan is about to get much easier, after voters passed Proposal 3 on November 6. Read our article about what the proposal will do below.

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In November, Michigan voters will decide if they want to legalize recreational marijuana.

Supporters say the industry that develops should be an economic boost for rural Michigan.

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Michigan’s entrepreneurs are seeing dollar signs with the state’s vote in November to legalize recreational marijuana.

But many out-of-state interests are already moving in.

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Last week, the Michigan legislature adopted the minimum wage increase initiative, officially taking it off the November ballot. The legislature had previously adopted two other initiatives, paid sick leave and repealing the prevailing wage.

Now, only three proposals will appear on the November ballot, and the state elections board has finalized the language for all three. 

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Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gretchen Whitmer says literacy for Michigan's schoolchildren is a top priority.

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Between now and November's election, we’re having conversations with statewide candidates about a variety of issues. The first one we’re tackling with candidates is education.

Recently-released state test results show that literacy scores of Michigan schoolchildren have continued to decline. Only 44 % of kids from 3rd grade through 8th grade in the state reached proficiency in the literacy portion of the test. That means more than half failed.

Garlin Gilchrist II and Lisa Lyons
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Two weeks after the primary election, both the Republican and Democratic candidates for governor have chosen their running mates.

Republican Bill Schuette announced last week that former state Rep. Lisa Posthumus Lyons would join him on the ticket. And as of Monday, Democrat Gretchen Whitmer will run with Detroit political activist Garlin Gilchrist II.

Democratic candidate for governor, Gretchen Whitmer, chose her running mate today.

Detroiter Garlin Gilchrist will join Whitmer on the November ballot. Gilchrist is a former director of Innovation and Emerging Technology for the city of Detroit. He was also endorsed by progressive groups in a prior campaign for Detroit City Clerk.

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Attorney General Bill Schuette has chosen Lisa Posthumus Lyons as his running mate for the November election. Schuette is the Republican nominee for governor – he won about 50 percent of his party’s vote in the primary.

If Schuette is successful in the general election, Lyons will be the state’s next Lieutenant Governor.

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It’s Friday and that means it’s time to take a look at the week in politics with our favorite commentators.

Ken Sikkema is Senior Policy Fellow with Public Sector Consultants and the former Republican majority leader in the state Senate. Vicki Barnett is a former mayor of Farmington Hills and a former Democratic legislator.

On the agenda for today's roundup is the  results of Tuesday’s primary, and a look at how the winning candidates will choose their second-in-command.

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She made history in Michigan as the first Muslim woman to serve in the Michigan Legislature.

Now, Rashida Tlaib will become the first Muslim woman in Congress.

On Tuesday, August 7, Tlaib won the primary race to fill the 13th District seat, formerly held by U.S. Congressman John Conyers.

Tlaib joined Stateside to talk about her historic win and what she wants to accomplish. 

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Now that the primary elections have shaken out the winners and the losers, the victorious candidates are turning their attention to the November general election.

Which means it's already time to talk strategies, campaign messages, and running mates.

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The Michigan primary elections are exactly two weeks from today. 

Stateside is finishing up a second round of gubernatorial candidate interviews. Today, we turn to Democrat Gretchen Whitmer

Whitmer served in the state Legislature from 2001 to 2015, including four years as minority leader of the Michigan Senate. She joined Stateside’s Cynthia Canty to discuss her ability to talk across the aisle, education reform, and campaign donations. 

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As the August 7 primary election approaches, Stateside is checking back in with the state’s gubernatorial candidates. Bill Schuette is Michigan's current attorney general and a Republican candidate for governor, joined Lester Graham to discuss his record on environmental protection, his opposition to an anti-gerrymandering case before the Michigan Supreme Court, and his endorsement from President Trump.  

This year, Libertarians will join Republicans and Democrats with candidates on the August primary ballot in Michigan. This is something that doesn’t happen very often. In fact, the last time a third party qualified to hold a primary in Michigan was 1998.