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Emma Winowiecki / Michigan Radio

The Wayne County Board of Canvassers heard what went wrong with the county’s election results website last Tuesday, as questions and concerns linger about problems with the Aug. 7 primary election.

Cheyna Roth / MPRN

A billionaire took his fight to impeach President Donald Trump to Lansing Monday. This time with a slightly new message.

Tom Steyer, a Democratic activist and hedge fund manager, launched his Need to Vote campaign – with 10 million dollars going toward the effort. The plan is from now until the general election in November, to get as many people to vote as possible. The goal is to elect enough people to national office across the US that are willing to impeach Trump that the president can be removed from office.

Abdul El-Sayed
Jodi Westrick / Michigan Radio

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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Detroit Water and Sewerage Department

UPDATED on 8/22/2018 at 10:25 am

On July 1, the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department completed its phase-in of a new drainage rate for residential properties.

The department expects to collect $153 million from the rate in 2019, roughly $30 million more than it will collect from water rates.


Detroit brought in new voting equipment for 2017 elections after rampant problems with 2016 vote.
Sarah Cwiek / Michigan Radio

The Wayne County Board of Canvassers wants to know what went wrong with the county’s election website during last week’s primary.

The board is expected to meet Monday with the CEO of ElectionSource, the Grand Rapids-based company that runs the county’s election results reporting website, to try and get answers.

Sarah Cwiek / Michigan Radio

A small crowd rallied in front of Detroit’s U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement office on Friday, calling on the agency to release Banny Doumbia.

Doumbia is an Ivory Coast native and Detroit father who has been in the U.S. for nearly 30 years. His family says he was detained without explanation after a routine ICE check-in last week.

Stateside 8.10.2018

Aug 10, 2018

On today's Stateside, Republican gubenatorial candidate Bill Schuette snubs an endorsement from Lt. Governor Brian Calley. Plus, Albert Kahn's legacy looms large in Michigan, but it also extended into the Soviet Union. 

To hear individual segments, click here or see below: 

Rick Snyder, Bill Schuette, Brian Calley headshots
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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.

Capitol Building in Lansing, MI
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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
Steve Carmody / Michigan Radio

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.

A SMART bus.
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A recount looks likely for a bus service millage renewal that just barely passed in Macomb County this week.

Voters in Wayne and Oakland counties overwhelmingly approved the millage to continue SMART bus service in metro Detroit. But according to unofficial election results, Macomb County voters approved it by just 23 votes.

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RASHIDA TLAIB FOR CONGRESS / VIA TWITTER

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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The Council on American-Islamic Relations Michigan is part of a lawsuit filed Wednesday challenging practices used to monitor passengers in U.S. airports.

The lawsuit aims to have the no-fly list, watch list, and the new 'Quiet Skies' program declared unconstitutional.

Dustin Dwyer / Michigan Radio

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. 

Detroit City Council

A split result between a special and regular election in Michigan’s 13th Congressional District has led to an odd and potentially sticky situation.

Detroit City Council President Brenda Jones won the special election fill out the rest of Congressman John Conyers’ term starting in November.

Stateside 8.8.2018

Aug 8, 2018

Today on Stateside, we recap Tuesday's primary elections and look forward to November. Plus, a new app turns the headache of Michigan roads into a game. 

To hear individual segments, click here or see below: 

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If the months leading up to Tuesday's primary election felt like a barrage of political ads, the following likely won't come as a surprise.

The Michigan Campaign Finance Network says around $23.6 million in political ads aired on broadcast television ahead of the state's primary. 

 

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Jodi Westrick / Michigan Radio

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

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Emma Winowiecki / Michigan Radio

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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Jodi Westrick / Michigan Radio

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.

Rashida Tlaib for Congress / via Twitter

Rashida Tlaib has declared victory in the 13th Congressional District race.

Tlaib faced off against five other Democrats in the primary that should be decisive in the heavily-Democratic district, where no Republicans are running for the U.S. House seat vacated by John Conyers.

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.

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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.

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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.

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