Election 2012

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Election 2012
12:00 am
Tue October 16, 2012

Dems Expected to Dominate Key Ingham County Races

In three weeks, voters will determine who will occupy 20 elected positions in Ingham County for the next two to four years.  Democrats are expected dominate the county-wide contests which include county clerk, treasurer and register of deeds. WKAR’s Mark Bashore sat down with Kyle Melinn--the editor of the Michigan Information and Research Service, MIRS--to take a closer look.

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6:45 pm
Fri October 12, 2012

$30 Million Poured into Ballot Proposal TV Ads Since August

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Interest groups are spending unprecedented amounts of money on TV ads supporting or opposing initiatives to amend the state constitution. That’s according to a report from the Michigan Campaign Finance Network.

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6:40 pm
Fri October 12, 2012

Ann Romney Campaigns in Michigan

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The wife of Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney has been making stops in Michigan Friday.

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6:16 pm
Fri October 12, 2012

Snyder: Bond Agencies Eyeing Ballot Initiatives

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Gov. Rick Snyder says bond rating agencies are keeping an eye on what happens with ballot proposals before Michigan voters next month.

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Election 2012
12:00 am
Thu October 11, 2012

VP Debate Live Chat from NPR | Oct. 11

Thursday's vice presidential debate live chat from NPR.

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9:34 am
Wed October 10, 2012

Unions Place Big Bet On 2012 Ballot

Unions are betting big on ballot proposals in Michigan this election. Voters in California and Alabama will also decide ballot questions dealing with unions, but neither of those measures is as sweeping as Michigan’s. It would enshrine collective bargaining rights in the state constitution. That could potentially reverse as many as 170 Michigan labor laws that limit union bargaining power and fundraising.

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12:00 am
Tue October 9, 2012

League of Women Voters Helps Public with Issues, Candidates

For close to a century, the League of Women Voters has aimed to inform voters objectively about political issues and candidates.  With the 2012 election now four weeks away, WKAR’s Mark Bashore checked in with the organization’s Michigan President, Susan Smith.

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7:55 pm
Mon October 8, 2012

Study: Michigan Ad Spending One-Sided for Presidential, Senate Races

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Michigan TV viewers are overwhelmed with ads from one side in both the presidential and U.S. Senate races. That’s according to a report released Monday by the Michigan Campaign Finance Network.

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Election 2012
6:16 pm
Wed October 3, 2012

MI First Election Coverage Launches with Debates

Over 200 MSU students collaborate to form the state's largest election team, as MI First Election covers the 2012 election beginning Wednesday night with the first presidential debate.

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Online and On-Air!
11:37 am
Wed October 3, 2012

WKAR Coverage of Election 2012

The "PBS NewsHour" team will anchor coverage Election 2012.

WKAR promises to bring you an extensive amount of Election 2012 coverage, using the resources of PBS, NPR, the WKAR Radio Newsroom and Off the Record on WKAR-TV.

Presidential Debates

The action continues tonight with the first presidential debate, moderated by PBS NewsHour's Jim Lehrer. The debate is televised at 9 p.m., and streamed live here at WKAR.org.

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Election 2012
10:05 am
Wed October 3, 2012

Follow Election Coverage on Twitter with the Best!

The "PBS NewsHour" team will anchor coverage Election 2012.

Get trusted, in-depth and independent election coverage with correspondents from PBS NewsHour, Washington Week, Frontline and more.

WKAR's Election 2012 coverage includes TV, radio, online, and social media.

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Election 2012
9:47 am
Wed October 3, 2012

Debate Live Chat from NPR

Wednesday's presidential debate live chat from NPR.

TV Made in Michigan
10:55 am
Fri September 28, 2012

Off the Record OVERTIME | Gene Clem Post-program Q&A | 9/28/12 | WKAR PBS

After the episode taping concludes, guest and panel continue to chat. Gene Clem from the West Michigan Tea Party Alliance with Ron Dzwonkowski, Zack Gorchow, Emily Lawler, and Tim Skubick.#OTRwkar 

TV Made in Michigan
9:29 am
Fri September 28, 2012

Off the Record | September 28, 2012

The panel discusses a possible re-do of the emergency manager law and will Mike Duggan run for Detroit mayor?

The guest is Gene Clem, from the West Michigan Tea Party.

Ron Dwonkowski, Zachary Gorchow and Emily Lawler join senior capitol correspondent Tim Skubick.

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NewsRoom
11:41 am
Thu September 20, 2012

Right Leaning Farm Bureau Endorses Stabenow

Michigan Republicans are doing without a key supporter in 2012.  The right-leaning Michigan Farm Bureau is endorsing Democrat Debbie Stabenow for another U.S. Senate term.

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TV Made in Michigan
11:05 am
Fri September 14, 2012

Off the Record | September 14, 2012

The panel discusses the new presidential poll and Jennifer Granholm's speech at Democratic National Convention.

The Guest is Roger Martin from Defend Michigan Democracy.

Rick Pluta, Chris Christoff and Bill Ballenger join senior capitol correspondent Tim Skubick.


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6:51 pm
Mon September 10, 2012

GOP Nominates Two for MSU Trustees

Michigan Republicans have nominated the party's two candidates for the Michigan State University board of trustees.

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6:35 pm
Thu September 6, 2012

Reimbursement To Be Sought for Special Primary

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Oakland County wants to be reimbursed for the $200,000 spent on a special primary to fill the final weeks of Thaddeus McCotter's term in the U.S. House.

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Election 2012
6:08 pm
Thu September 6, 2012

NPR Live Chat - Thu. Sept. 6

Thursday's convention live chat from NPR.

Election 2012
2:40 pm
Wed September 5, 2012

NPR Live Chat - Wed. Sept. 5

Wednesday's convention live chat from NPR.

Election 2012
9:41 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

Democratic National Convention September 4-6

WKAR-TV will cover the Democratic National Convention from 7 to 11:30 p.m. on September 4-6.

(Schedule subject to change, pending modifications in the convention schedule.)

WKAR-TV will air all key elements of the convention, including Michelle Obama's speech and the acceptance speech of President Barack Obama. The "PBS NewsHour" team will provide reporting and analysis throughout.

Election 2012
9:35 am
Tue September 4, 2012

NPR Live Chat - Tue. Sept. 4

Tuesday's convention live chat from NPR.

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10:11 am
Mon September 3, 2012

November Ballot Waiting on Word from State Supreme Court

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The Michigan Supreme Court is expected to rule early this week on which questions will appear on the November ballot. The court has to rule this week if the state is going to meet state and federal elections deadlines.

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6:20 pm
Fri August 31, 2012

Sen. Stabenow Offers to Debate Hoekstra Twice

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U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow says she will participate in two debates with Republican U.S. Senate candidate Pete Hoekstra.

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Election 2012
5:52 pm
Thu August 30, 2012

NPR Live Chat - Thu. Aug. 30

Thursday's convention live chat from NPR.

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8:47 pm
Wed August 29, 2012

NPR Live Chat - Wed. Aug. 29

Wednesday's convention live chat from NPR

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6:38 pm
Wed August 29, 2012

MI Supreme Court Hearing Will Zero in on Ballot Controversies

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The Michigan Supreme Court will hold a hearing Thursday on whether four questions should appear on the statewide November ballot.

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Election 2012
9:27 am
Tue August 28, 2012

NPR Live Chat - Tue. Aug. 28

Today's convention live chat from NPR News.

Election 2012
11:29 pm
Mon August 27, 2012

MAP: Electoral College Calculator

The latest electoral college projection from the Associated Press -- or explore your own predictions. From the PBS NewsHour Map Center.

Election 2012
11:08 pm
Mon August 27, 2012

MAP: Unemployment

Unemployment rates and change, U.S. and Michigan. From the PBS NewsHour Map Center.

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