Politics & Government
11:39 am
Mon March 23, 2015

Lansing PAC teaches winning campaign strategies

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There’s been a lot of attention this year on the road funding proposal that will go before Michigan voters in a special election on May 5, but later this year, many political jurisdictions including the city of Lansing will hold primary elections in August and a general election in November. The Lansing Regional Chamber Political Action Committee is teaching techniques for candidates preparing to campaign. It’s a non-partisan group that endorses candidates with a pro-business, pro-economic development platform.

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Politics & Government
2:30 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

Eighth District candidates reflect GOP differences

Pluta says republican primary voters are being asked to make a choice between a classic 'bring home the bacon' legislator and a more ideological congressman.
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We’re down to fewer than six weeks before primary elections in Michigan. Michigan Public Radio Network Managing Editor Rick Pluta updates Current State on some of the races and other stories.

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Politics & Government
12:33 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

Ingham treasurer Schertzing joins 8th District race

Ingham County Treasurer Eric Schertzing has announced his candidacy for the 8th District.
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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  shocked many of his constituents with news that he will not seek re-election.

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Politics & Government
1:24 pm
Mon February 17, 2014

Ex-MUCC president to challenge Senator Rick Jones

Democratic candidate Dawn Levey
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A Clinton County school teacher has announced her candidacy for the Michigan Senate’s 24th district. Democrat Dawn Levey says she would make education one of her top priorities. She says Michigan school kids are “suffering because of partisan politics."

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Radio Made in Michigan
4:50 pm
Mon February 10, 2014

State Elections Director: Online registration, absentee balloting could be improved

Long lines during the 2012 Presidential election spurred President Barack Obama to look into ways to improve the voting experience.
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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.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:02 pm
Mon December 9, 2013

State Rep. Lyons weighs in on campaign finance, education reforms

Lisa Posthumus Lyons represents Michigan's 86th district.
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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.  Another would impose a letter grading system on school districts statewide. Another addresses the regulation of so-called “issue ads.”

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Radio Made in Michigan
10:52 am
Mon November 18, 2013

State senate bill protects 'dark money,' stirs debate

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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.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:08 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

Staffing Ingham election polls a constant challenge

Ingham County Clerk Barb Byrum says she has noticed an increase in younger people and families volunteering at the polls.
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Voters are going to the polls in 77 of Michigan’s 83 counties today.  Most are casting ballots for local mayoral and city council candidates as well as school-related issues.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:39 pm
Thu October 10, 2013

Researcher explains intricacies of political polling

Polling expert Paul Lavrakas says people are greatly interested in political polls, though they won't always admit it.
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Much of the news coverage of American politics these days centers on the horse race results of polls. Who’s ahead? Who’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?

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Radio Made in Michigan
3:38 pm
Wed August 7, 2013

Lansing city council primary sends candidates to November ballot

Voters advanced Lansing city council candidates to November's general election this week.
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Voters have now determined who will be in November’s general election for the Lansing City Council.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:41 pm
Mon August 5, 2013

Lansing mayoral primary election check-in

Lansing City Hall
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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.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:50 pm
Mon June 17, 2013

Third party gubernatorial candidate Robin Sanders focuses on public safety

With his experience in correctional services and mental health, Sanders said he is better qualified to address public safety issues.
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 Many Michigan voters have begun anticipating a Gubernatorial contest next year between Republican incumbent Rick Snyder and Democratic challenger Mark Schauer.  But a political neophyte from Southeast Michigan has also launched an effort at getting the state’s top job. Robin Sanders has spent close to 20 years as a corrections officer with the Michigan Department of Corrections, most of it specializing in mental health work.

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Politics & Government
4:07 pm
Thu February 21, 2013

New State Representative Tom Cochran Outlines 2013 agenda

Having been a House democrat for six weeks now, 67th District Representative Tom Cochran discusses what's going on in the Michigan Democratic party.
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Mason Democrat Tom Cochran prevailed in the 67th State House District race last November.  In his freshman term, the former Lansing fire chief sits on the House Transportation and the Insurance committee.

He shares his thoughts on state's road funding, the leadership of Michigan Democrats, and getting acclimated to the state capitol.

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6:31 pm
Mon November 5, 2012

Snyder: Petition Reform A Priority After The Election

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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.  

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6:38 pm
Mon May 7, 2012

Elections to be Held in 70 Mich. Counties Tuesday

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Communities and school districts in 70 counties will be holding local elections on Tuesday.

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