elections http://wkar.org en Eighth District candidates reflect GOP differences http://wkar.org/post/eighth-district-candidates-reflect-gop-differences <p></p><p></p><p>We’re down to fewer than six weeks before primary elections in Michigan. Michigan Public Radio Network Managing Editor <a href="http://www.mprn.org/staff_bios.html" target="_blank">Rick Pluta</a> updates <em>Current State</em> on some of the races and other stories.</p> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 18:30:13 +0000 Mark Bashore 55760 at http://wkar.org Eighth District candidates reflect GOP differences Ingham treasurer Schertzing joins 8th District race http://wkar.org/post/ingham-treasurer-schertzing-joins-8th-district-race <p>Tomorrow is the filing deadline for all potential political candidates to run in the August 5th primary election. Last month, 8th District Republican Congressman Mike Rogers&nbsp; shocked many of his constituents with news that he will not seek re-election. Mon, 21 Apr 2014 16:33:10 +0000 Kevin Lavery 52501 at http://wkar.org Ingham treasurer Schertzing joins 8th District race Ex-MUCC president to challenge Senator Rick Jones http://wkar.org/post/ex-mucc-president-challenge-senator-rick-jones <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A Clinton County school teacher has announced her candidacy for the Michigan Senate’s </span>24th<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> district. Democrat </span><a href="http://leveyforsenate.com/" style="line-height: 1.5;">Dawn Levey</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> says she would make education one of her top priorities. She says Michigan school kids are “suffering because of partisan politics."</span></p><p> Mon, 17 Feb 2014 18:24:34 +0000 Current State 49482 at http://wkar.org Ex-MUCC president to challenge Senator Rick Jones State Elections Director: Online registration, absentee balloting could be improved http://wkar.org/post/state-elections-director-online-registration-absentee-balloting-could-be-improved <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In his 2012 reelection speech, President Barack Obama vowed to make voting easier for millions of Americans. This came after reports that many had to wait in line for hours at polling places to cast their votes.</span></p><p> Mon, 10 Feb 2014 21:50:08 +0000 Current State 49157 at http://wkar.org State Elections Director: Online registration, absentee balloting could be improved State Rep. Lyons weighs in on campaign finance, education reforms http://wkar.org/post/state-rep-lyons-weighs-campaign-finance-education-reforms <p>With just a few days left in the 2013 legislative session, the Michigan House is working its way through a cluster of controversial proposals. One package of bills calls for significant education reforms, including a plan to hold back Michigan third graders who aren’t reading at that level.&nbsp; Another would impose a letter grading system on school districts statewide. Another addresses the regulation of so-called “issue ads.” Mon, 09 Dec 2013 17:02:08 +0000 Current State 46403 at http://wkar.org State Rep. Lyons weighs in on campaign finance, education reforms State senate bill protects 'dark money,' stirs debate http://wkar.org/post/state-senate-bill-protects-dark-money-stirs-debate <p></p><p></p><p>Last Thursday, Senate Republicans rushed through a bill that would alter campaign finance rules in Michigan. The changes include doubling the limits nearly across the board on campaign contributions. Mon, 18 Nov 2013 15:52:44 +0000 Current State 45464 at http://wkar.org State senate bill protects 'dark money,' stirs debate Staffing Ingham election polls a constant challenge http://wkar.org/post/staffing-ingham-election-polls-constant-challenge <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-71c12937-28e5-1335-e03e-5bad79ce1845"><span style="font-size: 16px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Voters are going to the polls in 77 of Michigan’s 83 counties today. &nbsp;Most are casting ballots for local mayoral and city council candidates as well as school-related issues.</span></span> Tue, 05 Nov 2013 18:08:06 +0000 Current State 44836 at http://wkar.org Staffing Ingham election polls a constant challenge Researcher explains intricacies of political polling http://wkar.org/post/researcher-explains-intricacies-political-polling <p dir="ltr" id="docs-internal-guid-1aa8c1f7-a2d0-ba5f-abb3-3aa002040de2" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">Much of the news coverage of American politics these days centers on the horse race results of polls. Who&rsquo;s ahead? Who&rsquo;s behind? Is this candidate or that issue trending up or down in popularity? But what does that sort of coverage really tell us? How can we be assured of the accuracy of a particular poll? And what has modern technology done to how this information is gathered and compiled?</span> Thu, 10 Oct 2013 16:39:46 +0000 Current State 43585 at http://wkar.org Researcher explains intricacies of political polling Lansing city council primary sends candidates to November ballot http://wkar.org/post/lansing-city-council-primary-sends-candidates-november-ballot <p>Voters have now determined who will be in November’s general election for the Lansing City Council.</p><p></p><p> Wed, 07 Aug 2013 19:38:00 +0000 Current State 40416 at http://wkar.org Lansing city council primary sends candidates to November ballot Lansing mayoral primary election check-in http://wkar.org/post/lansing-mayoral-primary-election-check <div><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Voters in Lansing will go to the polls tomorrow for a primary election that will narrow the field of candidates for mayor and the city council.</span> Mon, 05 Aug 2013 16:41:50 +0000 Current State 40197 at http://wkar.org Lansing mayoral primary election check-in Third party gubernatorial candidate Robin Sanders focuses on public safety http://wkar.org/post/third-party-gubernatorial-candidate-robin-sanders-focuses-public-safety <div></div><div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span>Many Michigan voters have begun anticipating a Gubernatorial contest next year between Republican incumbent <a href="http://www.michigan.gov/snyder">Rick Snyder</a> and Democratic challenger <a href="http://www.markschauer.com/">Mark Schauer</a>. Mon, 17 Jun 2013 17:50:24 +0000 Current State 37716 at http://wkar.org Third party gubernatorial candidate Robin Sanders focuses on public safety New State Representative Tom Cochran Outlines 2013 agenda http://wkar.org/post/new-state-representative-tom-cochran-outlines-2013-agenda <p><span id="internal-source-marker_0.8684753999537228" style="font-size:16px;font-family:Cambria;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">Mason Democrat <a href="http://www.votetomcochran.com/about_tom">Tom Cochran</a> prevailed in the 67th State House District race last November. &nbsp;In his freshman term, the former Lansing fire chief sits on the House Transportation and the Insurance committee.</span></p> Thu, 21 Feb 2013 21:07:29 +0000 Mark Bashore & Kevin Lavery 31538 at http://wkar.org New State Representative Tom Cochran Outlines 2013 agenda Snyder: Petition Reform A Priority After The Election http://wkar.org/post/snyder-petition-reform-priority-after-election <p>Governor Rick Snyder says he’d like to see some changes in the rules for how petition drives put proposals on the ballot. The governor is particularly critical of paying petition circulators for signatures.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p></p><p> Mon, 05 Nov 2012 23:31:01 +0000 Rick Pluta 26464 at http://wkar.org Snyder: Petition Reform A Priority After The Election Elections to be Held in 70 Mich. Counties Tuesday http://wkar.org/post/elections-be-held-70-mich-counties-tuesday <p>Communities and school districts in 70 counties will be holding local elections on Tuesday.</p> Mon, 07 May 2012 22:38:45 +0000 The Associated Press 16944 at http://wkar.org Elections to be Held in 70 Mich. Counties Tuesday