Election 2012

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Election 2012
6:36 pm
Mon August 27, 2012

New Poll Show MI Voters Split Between Pres, Romney

Republicans are excited by the results of a new poll of likely voters in Michigan that shows a tie between President Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney.

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Election 2012
11:23 am
Mon August 27, 2012

UPDATE: Convention Coverage on WKAR-TV

The "PBS NewsHour" team will anchor coverage of the Republican and Democratic Conventions.

WKAR-TV will cover the Republican Convention from 8 to 11:30 on Tuesday and until 11 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday.

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6:17 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

Supreme Court Decision Helps Pro-Casino Campaign

Kevin Rosseel morgueFile

A group seeking to expand the number of casinos in Michigan has won a big victory at the state Supreme Court.

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NewsRoom
6:19 pm
Tue August 21, 2012

Snyder Tries to Scuttle Worker Rights Proposal

southerfried morgueFile

Gov. Rick Snyder and Attorney General Bill Schuette are trying to block a statewide ballot initiative aimed at protecting collective bargaining rights for workers.
 
Snyder and Schuette filed court papers on Monday that would scuttle the Protect Our Jobs ballot proposal. The plan would write collective bargaining rights into the Michigan Constitution by placing the issue before voters in the November general election.
 
An appeal was made after the Board of State Canvassers deadlocked 2-2 last week on the ballot proposal by sponsors of Protect Our Jobs.
 

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6:20 pm
Fri August 17, 2012

Pete Hoekstra Wants 6 Debates with Debbie Stabenow

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Republican U.S. Senate candidate Pete Hoekstra is calling for six debates with Democratic incumbent Debbie Stabenow.

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NewsRoom
6:21 pm
Wed August 15, 2012

Energy, Home Health Care Proposals OK'd for Ballot

The Board of State Canvassers has approved two ballot proposals for Michigan's Nov. 6 ballot.

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NewsRoom
4:41 pm
Mon August 13, 2012

Dems Want Protections for Military Voters

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A former candidate for Michigan Secretary of State is calling on the Snyder administration to reform election laws to make it easier for military personnel overseas to cast their vote.

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NewsRoom
6:32 pm
Fri August 10, 2012

Enviro Group: MSU Study Shows Economic Benefits of More Renewable

imma morgueFile

An environmental group says Michigan's economy would get a boost if it relied more on renewable energy sources.

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TV Made in Michigan
4:34 pm
Thu August 9, 2012

Off the Record | August 10, 2012

Correspondents Edition. The panel discusses Hoekstra's win in the primary, the confusion over a ballot checkbox, what we learned from the House races and the McCotter investigation ends.

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NewsRoom
1:07 am
Wed August 8, 2012

Election 2012: State House Districts

Andy Schor with supporter Nicole Armbruster of the Lansing Board of Education, at his rally at Gone Wired in Lansing.
Scott Pohl WKAR

In the Democratic primaries, voters nominated Tom Cochran for the 67th district, Andy Schor for the 68th and Sam Singh for the 69th.

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Election 2012
12:59 am
Wed August 8, 2012

Election 2012: Ingham County Commission Race

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There were a number of contested primaries for the Ingham County Board of Commissioners.

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Election 2012
12:54 am
Wed August 8, 2012

Election 2012: Mid-Michigan Roundup

Mid-Michigan voters approved several ballot items Tuesday and elected a local state representative to the bench.

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NewsRoom
6:22 pm
Tue August 7, 2012

It’s Primary Day in Michigan

It’s primary election day across Michigan.

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Election 2012
11:02 am
Tue August 7, 2012

2012 Primary Election Coverage

WKAR is watching the results of the Michigan primary election.  When the polls close tonight at 8 p.m., we’ll bring you all the results on the mid-Michigan political races and ballot questions that matter to you.  Check us out here at WKAR NewsRoom Election 2012 and follow or comment on twitter using #miprimary.  Then, listen to 90.5 FM WKAR Wednesday morning for a complete primary election rundown.

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12:00 am
Mon August 6, 2012

Election 2012: Incumbent Ingham County Commissioners Facing Primary Challenges

The Courthouse in Mason is the seat of Ingham County government.
WKAR file photo

Michigan voters go to the polls tomorrow to cast their votes in the state primary election.  WKAR has been bringing you reports on a number of Lansing area political races and ballot questions.

Today, we conclude our series with an examination of contested races for the Ingham County board of commissioners.

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NewsRoom
6:51 pm
Fri August 3, 2012

MI Supreme Court Orders Referendum Onto November Ballot

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The Michigan Supreme Court has ordered the referendum on the state’s emergency manager law onto the November ballot.           

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Election 2012
12:00 am
Fri August 3, 2012

Election 2012: Lansing Ballot Issues Focus on Council, Land Sales

Part of the ballot Lansing voters will see in Tuesday's primary election.
Courtesy WKAR

Michigan voters go to the polls on Tuesday to cast their votes in the state primary election.

WKAR's Melissa Benmark sat down recently with MLive.com Lansing bureau reporter Angela Wittrock.  They talked about  Lansing ballot proposals to sell the Waverly Golf Course, and to reduce the number of times the Lansing City Council meets each year.

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Election 2012
6:31 pm
Thu August 2, 2012

Senate GOP Candidates Tangle in TV Debate

Bill Richards WKAR

Three Republicans running for their party’s U.S. Senate nomination appeared together Thursday in their only televised debate of this primary season.

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TV Made in Michigan
4:34 pm
Thu August 2, 2012

GOP Senate Debate | Off the Record OVERTIME | 8/03/12

After the episode concludes taping, Pete Hoekstra, Clark Durant and Randy Hekman, continue the discussion with Tim Skubick. #OTRwkar

Election 2012
12:00 am
Thu August 2, 2012

Election 2012: Ingham County Residents To Decide Three Millage Proposals

The Ingham County Courthouse in Mason is the seat of county government. Voters will consider three millage proposals on August 7th.
WKAR file photo

Three funding proposals are going before voters in Ingham County next week. Two would renew existing millages, while a third would enact a small increase if approved.

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Election 2012
12:00 am
Wed August 1, 2012

Election 2012: Ingham County Drain Commissioner Race Swirls in Troubled Waters

The drain commissioner oversees all storm drains and manages rainwater runoff in Ingham County. County Commissioner Mark Grebner is challenging incumbent Pat Lindemann in the Aug. 7 primary.
Kevin Lavery WKAR

Michigan voters go to the polls Tuesday to cast their votes in the state primary election. In Ingham County, the most divisive contest is the race between Mark Grebner and Pat Lindemann for the office of Drain Commissioner.

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Election 2012
12:00 am
Tue July 31, 2012

Election 2012: After Dryer Reversal, Delhi Conservatives Press for More Change

Mark Bashore WKAR

All seven members of Delhi Township’s Board of Trustees are up for re-election this fall.  And in next Tuesday’s primary, voters have some pretty clear choices.

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Election 2012
12:00 am
Mon July 30, 2012

Election 2012: Dems Fight for Hotly Contested 68th House Seat

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The 68th state House district covers a large swath of the city of Lansing, plus parts of Ingham County and Lansing Township.  The current officeholder,  Democrat Joan Bauer, will vacate the seat this year.  Seven Democrats are vying for the nomination to represent this very diverse district.

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Election 2012 Special
3:25 pm
Thu July 26, 2012

U.S. Senate Candidates to Debate on 'Off the Record'

Tim Skubick
WKAR

The three Republican candidates running for Michigan’s U.S. Senate seat have agreed to do their one and only televised debate at WKAR-TV on Thursday, August 2, at 2 p.m.

Pete Hoekstra, Clark Durant and Randall Hekman have agreed to a single moderator, no-rules format in a program to be anchored by senior capitol correspondent Tim Skubick.

This special election-year edition of “Off the Record” will be broadcast by Michigan public television stations across the state as part of the “Off the Record” series.

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TV Made in Michigan
9:17 am
Thu July 26, 2012

Off the Record | July 27, 2012

The panel discusses the State Supreme Court hearing on the emergency manager law and the hearings on healthcare begin. The guest is Bridget Mary McCormack, Candidate for State Supreme Court.

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NewsRoom
6:20 pm
Tue July 24, 2012

Opponents Say Casino Question Should be Blocked from Ballot

Kevin Rosseel morgueFile

Opponents of a proposal to allow eight new casinos in Michigan will ask the state Court of Appeals to order the question off the November ballot.

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6:17 pm
Tue July 24, 2012

Hoekstra Files Charges over Super PAC's Reports

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Republican U.S. Senate candidate Pete Hoekstra's campaign has filed a complaint with the Federal Elections Commission over an independent political action committee that's running TV ads attacking him.

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NewsRoom
6:17 pm
Fri July 20, 2012

Snyder: Locals Should Not Expect State Funding to Help with Election Cost

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Governor Rick Snyder says local governments in the 11th congressional district should not expect the state to help cover the costs of a special primary to replace Congressman Thad McCotter. The cost is pegged at about $650,000.

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Election 2012
5:19 pm
Fri July 13, 2012

Trio Bids for GOP Nod in 69th House Race

Frank Lambert (left), Susan McGillicuddy and George Nastas III are competing in the Republican primary on Aug. 7 to represent Michigan's 69th House district. The district includes East Lansing, Meridian Township and part of Ingham County.
Kevin Lavery WKAR

Three candidates are competing for the Republican nomination to represent Michigan’s 69th state House district.  Last night, the trio appeared on a local government access TV show to debate the issues.

The GOP candidates for the 69th House district are Frank Lambert, a General Motors employee and part-time paralegal, George Nastas the Third, a 35-year Meridian Township resident, and current township supervisor Susan McGillicuddy.  The district encompasses Meridian Township, East Lansing and much of Ingham County.

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NewsRoom
6:26 pm
Thu July 12, 2012

Snyder Might Sign Voter ID Bill

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Governor Rick Snyder says he’s open to re-visiting three controversial elections bills he vetoed recently.

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