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Election 2018

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The primaries are over, and we are officially into the general election season.

If you pulled a ballot in the August election, you might have noticed there were not two, but three, parties on the primary ballot this year: Republican, Democrat, and Libertarian.

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The big news in politics this week was the Republican gubernatorial nominee choosing a running mate.

Attorney General Bill Schuette announced that Kent County Clerk Lisa Posthumus-Lyons would be his lieutenant governor Monday.

To discuss that choice, and all things lieutenant governor, Stateside talked to our Friday political commentators.

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Attorney General Bill Schuette has chosen former state representative Lisa Posthumus Lyons as his running mate.

The announcement was made in Grand Rapids this morning. It was the first of three events for the GOP gubernatorial candidate.

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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 been 534 days since Abdul El-Sayed announced his candidacy for the governor of Michigan. It's been nearly a week since he finished second in the primary to Gretchen Whitmer.

As a candidate, El-Sayed rallied many younger, progressive voters with his promise to establish a single-payer healthcare system, and his refusal to take corporate money in an effort to keep dark money out of politics, among others.

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On August 7, Attorney General Bill Schuette won the four-way race to be the gubernatorial candidate for the Republicans.

The following day, there was a unity rally in Grand Rapids in an effort to bring the party together after a fractious primary race.

Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley, the leading opponent in the primary race, showed up to offer his endorsement. Schuette’s team declined his offer.

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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.

Rick Snyder
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Governor Rick Snyder is not endorsing a candidate for governor. Attorney General Bill Schuette won his party’s nomination after Tuesday’s primary. Schuette went up against Snyder’s own Lieutenant Governor, Brian Calley.

Snyder and Schuette have had a fraught relationship. Schuette is currently prosecuting several people in Snyder’s administration over the Flint Water Crisis, and Snyder backed Calley during the primary.

But now, Snyder says he’s just going to focus on being a governor.

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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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Bill Schuette won't say who he he'll pick as his running mate in the race for governor. 

But he wants you to believe it'll be a woman. 

"I can't tell you what her name is right now, I'm sorry," Schuette said in response to a reporter's question at an event Wednesday in Grand Rapids. 

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Michiganders flocked to the polls Tuesday in numbers that haven’t been matched in recent decades.

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A record-breaking number of voters turned out for Michigan's primary election Tuesday. And now, the ballots are in. 

Attorney General Bill Schuette bested Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley to become the GOP's candidate. On the Democrats' side, Gretchen Whitmer beat out newcomer Abdul El-Sayed.

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Republican Bill Schuette and Democrat Gretchen Whitmer will battle it out for the governor’s seat in November.  Libertarians also had a choice for governor on the primary ticket, for the first time in Michigan’s history.

State Senator Gretchen Whitmer

Gretchen Whitmer has won the Democratic nomination for Michigan governor, besting two competitors to advance to the November race to succeed term-limited Republican Gov. Rick Snyder.

Whitmer, a former legislative leader, defeated chemical-testing businessman Shri Thanedar and ex-Detroit health director Abdul El-Sayed in Tuesday's primary. She will face Attorney General Bill Schuette, who defeated Lt. Gov. Brian Calley, state Sen. Patrick Colbeck and Dr. Jim Hines in the GOP primary.

Attorney General Bill Schuette
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Attorney General Bill Schuette has won the Republican gubernatorial nomination.

In counties throughout the state, Schuette had large leads over Lt. Governor Brian Calley, Sen. Patrick Colbeck and Jim Hines.

Schuette, a former congressman, state lawmaker and appellate judge, was endorsed by President Donald Trump. He says he would cut the state income tax, like Trump reduced federal taxes.
 

It’s primary Election Day in Michigan.

The races for governor, Congress, and the state Legislature all saw tough and divisive battles among candidates on both sides of the aisle. 

To see how voting is going around the state, we talked to a few of the people on the front lines: county clerks.

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Michigan's primary election is tomorrow, and many voters are still undecided about who to support in the gubernatorial primary.

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On Tuesday, voters in Genesee County will decide whether tax dollars should help fund the Flint Cultural Center and other arts organizations.

The proposed millage would generate close to $9 million a year. Most of it would go to the crowns of Flint’s cultural institutions, including the Flint Institute of Arts, the Whiting Auditorium and the Sloan museum.

Museum executive director Todd Slisher says a declining donor base is creating a problem for the institutions that traditionally relied on private support.

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For the second time, voters in East Lansing are being asked to approve a city income tax.

The proposal on Tuesday’s ballot would create a one percent income tax for East Lansing residents and half a percent for non-residents who work in the city.

Gary Beaudoin is a spokesman for the YES campaign.   He says the money generated from the income tax will help East Lansing address its legacy labor costs and other issues.

Michigan Libertarians usually nominate their candidate for governor at a party convention. But this year, voters will choose the nominee. The Libertarian Party won enough votes in the 2016 elections to qualify as a major party, setting up its first-ever primary election for governor. Two candidates will be on the ballot Tuesday.

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The legal challenges are over for an anti-gerrymandering ballot proposal. In a 4 to 3 vote, the Michigan Supreme Court ruled that the question is cleared to appear on November’s ballot.

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It’s less than one week until primary day, and the 10 (that’s right, 10) candidates running to replace U.S. Rep. Dave Trott are in the final stretch of what has been a hectic primary race.

The 11th District, which kind of circles around the northwest edge of Wayne County, has a strange political history. Three of the district’s four last representatives were Republicans, and voters went for Mitt Romney and then Donald Trump in the last two elections. But voters also chose Barack Obama in 2008, by a higher margin than either Romney or Trump. The district also surrounds two Democratic strongholds: Wayne and Oakland counties.

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An initiative to change how Michigan draws its political boundaries is headed for the November ballot.

In a 4-3 ruling late Tuesday night, the Michigan Supreme Court rejected a lawsuit challenging a redistricting ballot proposal.

Gretchen Whitmer, Abdul El-Sayed, and Shri Thanedar
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The Michigan primary is fast approaching. Democrats and Republicans will head to the polls on August 7 to decide who they want to represent their party in the November governor’s race. Three Democratic candidates hope they’ll be chosen, and money – and the television ads it buys – has played an interesting role in the Democratic race so far.

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The Republican candidates for governor have been battling it out for months. There’s more money being spent on the Republican primary than in recent years – and it’s being used to help the candidates go after each other.


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Jackson County voters are being warned they could lose some of their county parks, unless voters OK a new millage on August 7th.  

Jackson County maintains 17 parks and a ten-mile-long scenic bike trail.   

But county Parks Director Jeff Hovarter says past budget cuts have reduced needed maintenance.

He says, without the $2 million a year the millage on the August ballot would provide, the alternative is “rightsizing our park system.”  Hovarter says that may involve closing some parks, selling others to developers or transferring parks to townships.

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New campaign finance reports suggest this year’s governor’s race may end up being the most expensive in Michigan history.

The August primary will select the Democratic, Republican and Libertarian party nominees for governor. 

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With just two weeks left before the August 7 primary, a top contender for the Republican nomination for governor is under fire over how often he shows up for the job he has now.

“On duty” is how Bill Schuette often refers to his tenure as Michigan attorney general.

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Michigan's primary election is Tuesday, and already this year's vote has garnered a lot of attention.

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With the August primaries just three weeks away, we continue to make the rounds of candidates running for statewide offices. 

We’ve spoken with Republican Tonya Schuitmaker who is running against Tom Leonard for their party’s nomination for attorney general. 

Now we turn to the Democratic party’s endorsed candidate Dana Nessel. 

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