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In this morning's news...

The (One and Only?) Debate

Last night, in what was their only scheduled debate of the election season, Republican Rick Snyder and Democrat Virg Bernero faced off. Bernero, the Mayor of Lansing, spent most of the hour on the offensive as the aggressor. Snyder, an Ann Arbor businessman, often responded to the attacks, noting that he was, "proud of his record." Recent polls show Snyder ahead of Bernero by double digits. For an interesting perspective on the debate, head over to the Detroit Free Press, where one of the debate's moderators, Steven Henderson, has an interesting first person account of last night's debate.

Tea Partiers Rally at Capitol

A group of about 200 people turned out in Lansing yesterday for a Tea Party rally. As Rick Pluta reports, "organizers of the event were using the 10th day of the 10th month of 2010 to stage what was billed as a 10th Amendment rally opposed to federal healthcare reforms." Organizers had predicted thousands would show up at the Capitol. Many of the Republican candidates running for statewide offices were in attendance.

US and Canada to Jointly Study Asian Carp

The US and Canada are launching a project to study the Asian Carp. As Steve Carmody reports, "the 18 month joint study is intended to resolve different projections on the potential threat the Asian Carp represent to the Great Lakes." Earlier this year, a bighead carp was caught within a few miles of Lake Michigan.

Zoe Clark is Michigan Radio’s Political Director. In this role, Clark guides coverage of the state Capitol, elections, and policy debates.