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Lester Graham / Michigan Radio

The son of retiring Congressman Sander Levin won the Democratic nod to replace his father. Andy Levin defeated former state representative Ellen Lipton and Martin Brook.

“They were sharp. They had a strong message. They really made our campaign better,” Levin said after claiming victory.

Both his father, Sander Levin, and his uncle, former U.S. Senator Carl Levin gathered with supporters who were waiting for election results in the ninth Congressional district.

Rashida Tlaib for Congress / via Twitter

Former Michigan state Rep. Rashida Tlaib has won the Democratic nomination to run unopposed for the House seat long held by former Rep. John Conyers, and likely will become the first Muslim female elected to Congress.

No Republicans ran in Tuesday's District 13 primary race, meaning Tlaib is set to win the seat in November's election and begin serving a full two-year term in January.

Rebecca Williams / Michigan Radio

A Kalamazoo-area physician hopes to do something in November that no other Democrat has: unseat long-time Congressman Fred Upton.

Matt Longjohn easily defeated three other Democrats in Tuesday's primary in Michigan's Sixth Congressional District.

Health care was one of the issues Longjohn emphasized in his campaign. He points to his experience as the YMCA's national health officer.

Steve Carmody / Michigan Radio

Republican Lena Epstein declared victory Tuesday night in the 11th District Congressional race, before all the votes had been counted. After 1:00 am, with roughly 75 percent of the vote counted, Epstein had 30 percent of the vote in a five way race. Her nearest challenger was Rocky Raczkowski with 25 percent of the vote.

income tax
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The City of East Lansing’s income tax proposal was approved by voters in yesterday's primary.

Under the measure, East Lansing will impose an income tax rate of one percent for residents and a half-percent for non-residents who work in East Lansing.

This was the city’s second attempt at an income tax proposal. The previous attempt failed last November.

East Lansing Mayor Mark Meadows attributes the success to listening to what people wanted through polling.

Andy Levin
Andy Levin campaign

Andy Levin has succeeded in getting the Democratic nomination to replace his father, U.S. Rep. Sander Levin, in Congress after holding off two Democratic challengers in Tuesday's primary.

The heavily Democratic leanding district covers portions of Macomb and Oakland counties, so Tuesday's winner has a good chance of winning the seat in November. Levin declared victory with 73 percent of the vote counted, and a solid lead over opponents Ellen Lipton and Martin Brook.

polling place sign
Tony Brown / Michigan Radio

Ann Arbor Mayor Christopher Taylor defeated challenger Jack Eaton in the Democratic primary race for mayor Tuesday.

Taylor won with 59 percent of the vote.

Eaton is a city council member who has disagreed with the mayor about several development proposals.

Eaton's campaign also reached out to Republicans, asking them to support him in the race.

Elissa Slotkin
Cheyna Roth / MPRN

Democrat Elissa Slotkin will face Republican Rep. Mike Bishop in what is expected to be a competitive race for a Michigan congressional district that stretches between Lansing and the northern Detroit suburbs.

Slotkin - who had U.S. intelligence, national security and defense roles during the Obama and Bush administrations - beat Michigan State University professor Chris Smith in Tuesday's Democratic primary. The incumbent Bishop defeated business owner Lokesh Kumar in the GOP race.

A photo of John James
Courtesy Photo / johnjamesforsenate.com

Detroit-area businessman and Iraq War veteran John James has won the Republican nomination to run against Democratic Sen. Debbie Stabenow this fall.

James, a political newcomer endorsed by President Donald Trump, defeated Sandy Pensler in Tuesday's primary.

Stabenow is seeking a fourth Senate term and has easily fended off past challengers, but Trump's narrow 2016 victory in Michigan has the GOP hopeful it can flip the seat.

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
(courtesy Michigan Attorney General's office)

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.
 

Here are election results from the major races we are following. Polls close at 8 p.m., results are updated every five minutes.

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.

2018 primary ballot
Emma Winowiecki / Michigan Radio

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

Stateside 8.3.2018

Aug 3, 2018

Today on Stateside, a visiting exhibit uses quilts to highlight the plight of migrants who cross a dangerous desert landscape to reach the United States. Plus, this week's cocktail recipe mixes a Viking-evoking mead and a Detroit-made tequila - cheers! 

To hear individual segments, click here or see below: 

political yard signs
Scorpians and Centaurs / Flickr

Next Tuesday is primary election day in Michigan. That means come Wednesday, it’s time for general election campaigns.

But, how does a candidate actually win? What strategy will get them from primary winner to governor or attorney general or county drain commissioner?

Steve Carmody / Michigan Radio

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.

steve carmody / Michigan Radio

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.

a map of Michigan's 13th Congressional district
Federal Election Commission

Since longtime Detroit Congressman John Conyers stepped down in December in the wake of sexual harassment allegations, Michigan’s 13th District hasn’t had a representative in Congress.

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.

Stateside 8.1.2018

Aug 1, 2018

On today's Stateside, an opponent and advocate of an anti-gerrymandering ballot proposal react after the state Supreme Court clears the question for the November ballot. Plus, the first licensed female pilot was Michigan's own Harriet Quimby, who took her first flight in 1911.   

Both sides react after anti-gerrymandering question cleared for November ballot

woman signing petition
Courtesy of Voters Not Politicians

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.

Attorney General Bill Schuette
Courtesy of Bill Schuette

A progressive watchdog group says the state attorney general has misused his office for political gain – and it has the emails to prove it.

Progress Michigan released a batch of emails Wednesday. They’re part of an ongoing lawsuit the group filed against Schuette.

Candidates for the 11th District House of Representatives seat.
Michigan Radio

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.

Michigan's 14th congressional district
Public Domain

A proposal that seeks to end gerrymandering in the state will be on the ballot this November.

The Board of State Canvassers voted to add the question from the group Voters Not Politicians on June 20.

Gretchen Whitmer, Abdul El-Sayed, and Shri Thanedar
Facebook/Michigan Radio

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.

Brian Calley and Bill Schuette
michigan.gov

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.


steve carmody / Michigan Radio

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.

steve carmody / Michigan Radio

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. 

cover of the poisoned city
annaclark.net

 


As state officials continue to investigate the actions that caused the Flint water crisis, it is clear there were missteps made across all levels of government. 

To this date, 15 current and former government officials have been charged in connections to this disaster.

The Poisoned City: Flint’s Water and the American Urban Tragedy, by Detroit journalist Anna Clark, describes in great detail what happened, and who was responsible.

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