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Michigan political parties return home, hold state conventions

The Republicans and Democrats have finished their national conventions, but now the party faithful have their state convention to attend.

Both major political parties are hosting state conventions in Michigan this weekend.

Republicans are meeting today and tomorrow in Grand Rapids, while the Democrats will meet in Lansing tomorrow and Sunday.

The conventions will formally nominate candidates for the Michigan Supreme Court, the State Board of Education and the governing boards for the University of Michigan, Michigan State University and Wayne State University.

Democrats held an endorsement convention earlier this year, so there probably won’t be any surprises this weekend.

But Republicans will have four candidates vying for the three Supreme Court seats up for election.

Incumbent justices Stephen Markman and Brian Zahra are up for nomination at the convention.

Court of Appeals Judge Jane Markey and Oakland Circuit Court Judge Colleen O’Brien are the other Republicans competing for the nominations.


Vincent Duffy has been news director at Michigan Radio since May 2007.
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