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Gov. Rick Snyder is making an endorsement in one of Michigan’s most divisive contests.

The governor endorsed Lt. Gov. Brian Calley in the Republican primary.  But since the August primary, Snyder has refused to get involved in this year’s race for governor between Republican Bill Schuette and Democrat Gretchen Whitmer.

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On today's Stateside, you've probably seen pictures of plastic pollution in the ocean forming giant islands or entrapping sea animals. But what happens when plastic gets into the Great Lakes? Plus, a Michigan chaplain pushing for prison reform in the 1930s wanted to enrich inmates lives with art. 

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Bill Gelineau

Bill Gelineau, Michigan’s Libertarian nominee for governor, says Michigan's education system needs to start focusing on the individual needs of students.

Michigan is currently ranked 35 out of 50 states when it comes to 4th grade students’ reading skills and other performance metrics. Only 44% of Michigan’s third graders passed the English Language Arts portion of the M-STEP standardized test this year.

Libertarian gubernatorial nominee announces running mate

Aug 23, 2018
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Michigan’s Libertarian Party gubernatorial candidate has chosen who he wants as lieutenant governor.

Nominee Bill Gelineau asked Angelique Chaiser Thomas to be his running mate earlier this week.

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Bill Gelineau

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.

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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Candidates for Michigan governor in next month’s primary are sharply divided, along party lines, when it comes to legalizing recreational marijuana.

In November, Michigan voters will not only decide who will be the state’s next governor, but also whether to legalize recreational marijuana.

If the candidates running to be governor are any indication, marijuana legalization may come down to largely party-line vote.

The four Republican candidates for governor oppose legal pot. While the three Democrats and two Libertarian candidates support it.

Bill Gelineau and John Tatar
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Infrastructure spending, legalizing marijuana, and education reform were all big talking points at Michigan’s first Libertarian gubernatorial debate in Grand Rapids last night.

The two candidates, Bill Gelineau and John Tatar, both expressed dissatisfaction with the two-party system. They agree it's done more to hurt Michigan than to help.

“Because up to now we’ve had the same old same old, and if you vote for the same two parties and expect a change that’s insanity,” Tatar said.

This year, Libertarians will join Republicans and Democrats with candidates on the August primary ballot in Michigan. This is something that doesn’t happen very often. In fact, the last time a third party qualified to hold a primary in Michigan was 1998.

Bill Gelineau
Bill Gelineau for Governor

The slate of candidates vying for attention in the state’s gubernatorial race, of course, extends beyond Republican and Democrat.

Bill Gelineau is seeking the Libertarian Party’s nomination. He joined Stateside today to talk about taxes, the Michigan Strategic Fund, marijuana, and more.