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NewsRoom
6:19 pm
Thu July 12, 2012

It Looks Like a Primary in The 11th Congressional District

Taxpayers might be able dodge the $650,000 cost of a special primary to fill the vacancy left by the resignation of Congressman Thad McCotter. But only if the election is cancelled due to a lack of candidates.

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NewsRoom
6:41 pm
Wed July 11, 2012

Business Groups Form “Vote No” Coalition

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A coalition of business groups will urge voters to say “no” to every question that appears on the November ballot.

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Election 2012
6:37 pm
Tue July 10, 2012

Special Election Called to Fill McCotter Seat

Michigan Lt. Gov. Brian Calley
WKAR file photo

Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley has called a special election to fill the vacancy created by the sudden resignation last week of Congressman Thad McCotter.

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Electin 2012
6:38 pm
Mon July 9, 2012

Four More Campaigns File Questions for November Ballot

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Monday was the deadline for ballot campaigns to turn in their petitions. A total of six questions and a referendum have filed to appear on the November ballot.

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Electino 2012
6:21 am
Mon July 9, 2012

Today Is Deadline For Filing Ballot Petitions

Michigan's State Capitol.
File photo WKAR

The deadline is here for ballot campaigns to submit petition signatures to get their questions in front of voters this fall. There could be half a dozen or more questions on the November ballot.

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TV Made in Michigan
8:38 am
Tue June 26, 2012

Off the Record | July 6, 2012

Blogger edition: The panel weighs in on the Presidential race in Michigan, Who will gain control of the house in Michigan, an update in the U.S. Senate race and ballot proposals.

Political bloggers Joe DiSano, Zack Stanton, Jack Spencer and Ray Hamman join senior capitol correspondent Tim Skubick.

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TV Made in Michigan
8:34 am
Tue June 26, 2012

Off the Record | June 29, 2012

Pollsters Edition. The panel discusses the presidential race in Michigan, how the Governor is doing, the U.S. Senate race and ballot proposals.

Pollsters Dennis Denno, Bernie Porn, Steve Mitchell and Paul King join senior capitol correspondent Tim Skubick.

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TV Made in Michigan
11:05 am
Fri June 22, 2012

Off the Record | June 22, 2012

Correspondents Edition. The panel discusses Mitt Romney's visit to Michigan, new ballot proposals are on the table, The "V" word controversy continues and the possibility of a white mayor in Detroit.

Kathy Barks Hoffman, Bill Ballenger, Kyle Melinn and Rick Pluta join senior capitol correspondent Tim Skubick.

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NewsRoom
6:36 pm
Thu June 21, 2012

Business Group Files Objection to Labor Ballot Drive

jdurham morgueFile

A coalition of business organizations has asked Secretary of State Ruth Johnson to block a measure from the November ballot.

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NewsRoom
6:51 pm
Wed June 20, 2012

Casino Drive Says It Has Enough Signatures

clarita morgueFile

A drive to allow eight new privately owned casinos in Michigan says it’s gathered more than enough signatures to qualify for the November ballot.

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NewsRoom
12:00 am
Wed June 20, 2012

Washington Post Online Project Includes MSU Journalism Student

Andrew Krietz of the MSU campus newspaper the State News is one of 12 young reporters covering the election for the Washington Post.
Courtesy Andrew Krietz

A Michigan State University journalism student is among a dozen college reporters around the country chosen for a Washington Post internet project.

Andrew Krietz is a senior from Portage, Michigan. In the fall, he’ll become editor in chief of the MSU campus newspaper, the State News.

This summer, along with an internship at the Muskegon Chronicle and MLive.com, Krietz is working on The 12, a series of blogs on the Tumblr website.

You can follow the project at the12.washingtonpost.com.

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Election 2012
12:00 am
Tue June 12, 2012

MSU Policy Pro Expects Divisive General Election

Courtesy Michigan State Univ Institute for Public Policy and Social Research

As the country inches closer to a presidential election, the ranks of the alienated American voter appear to be growing.   A survey last week by the Pew Center finds that 38-percent of those polled label themselves ‘independent,’ not  ‘Democrat’ or ‘Republican.’  That’s the largest number since the Great Depression. 

As part of our "Election 2012" coverage, WKAR's Mark Bashore spoke with a long-time Michigan policy insider about the study. 

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NewsRoom
6:24 pm
Mon June 11, 2012

Romney to Make Michigan Visit Next Week

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Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney will make a two-day campaign and fundraising swing through Michigan next week.

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TV Made in Michigan
11:33 am
Fri June 1, 2012

John Yob | Off the Record OVERTIME | 6/1/12

After the episode taping concludes, guest and panel continue to chat. Republican strategist John Yob, with Kathy Barks Hoffman, Susan Demas, Dave Murray and Tim Skubick. #OTRwkar

TV Made in Michigan
4:49 pm
Thu May 31, 2012

Off the Record | June 1, 2012

The panel discusses tax cuts, a signature issue for Representative Thad McCotter, and the state budget.

The guest is Republican strategist John Yob.

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NewsRoom
6:35 pm
Wed May 30, 2012

Formal Investigation into McCotter Petitions Will Wait

MI Congressman Thad McCotter
Courtesy photo

The formal investigation into possible petition fraud by Congressman Thaddeus McCotter’s reelection campaign will wait until after an elections board meets next week.

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TV Made in Michigan
10:29 am
Thu May 24, 2012

Off the Record | May 25, 2012

Correspondents Edition. The panel discusses the Tea Party, Roy Schmidt and the state police and the budget.

Alisha Green, Bill Ballenger, Chad Livengood and Rick Albin join senior capitol correspondent Tim Skubick

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NewsRoom
6:26 pm
Tue May 22, 2012

Mich. House to Vote on Election Law Changes

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Protesters have disrupted a meeting in which a Michigan House committee approved a series of proposed election law changes, including one that would require a voter to present a photo ID or birth certificate when registering to vote.

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TV Made in Michigan
9:50 am
Fri May 18, 2012

Off the Record | May 18, 2012

The panel discusses the state's recovery now in year three, a state lawmaker changing parties and Governor Snyder making more money.

The guest is James Ryan, a former Justice of the Michigan Supreme Court.

Rick Pluta, Zachary Gorchow and Kathy Barks Hoffman join senior capitol correspondent Tim Skubick.

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NewsRoom
6:23 pm
Tue May 15, 2012

GOP Senate Primary Could Be Crowded

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Four candidates have filed to run in Michigan’s Republican U.S. Senate primary.

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TV Made in Michigan
9:49 am
Wed May 9, 2012

Off the Record | May 11, 2012

The panel discusses Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney's visit to Lansing. The guest is Bruce Fealk from Michigan Rising, a group trying to recall Michigan Governor Rick Snyder. Kyle Melinn, Rick Pluta and Chris Christoff join senior capitol correspondent Tim Skubick.

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Election 2012
6:31 pm
Tue May 8, 2012

At LCC, Romney Says Recovery Taking Too Long Under Obama

Mark Bashore WKAR

Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney returned to Michigan on Tuesday to deliver an address at Lansing Community College.

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Election 2012
7:17 am
Mon May 7, 2012

Mitt Romney To Visit Lansing

Mitt Romney on the campaign trail.
Gage Skidmore flickr

Mitt Romney will make his first visit to Michigan this week since the state’s February presidential primary. The apparent Republican presidential nominee will deliver a speech in Lansing.

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Election 2012
6:29 pm
Thu April 26, 2012

Board of State Canvassers Deadlocks on Whether Referendum Goes to Ballot

jdurham morgueFile

The state Court of Appeals appears to be next stop for the petition campaign to reverse Michigan’s emergency manager law. 

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Election 2012
6:26 pm
Thu April 26, 2012

Michigan Voters Could Face Long Ballot This Fall

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Eight proposals may be on Michigan's November ballot, bringing a deluge of money and ads over issues ranging from protecting collective bargaining rights to requiring utilities to use more renewable energy.

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Election 2012
6:36 pm
Wed April 25, 2012

Elections Bureau: Referendum Drive Has Enough Signatures

jdurham morgueFile

State elections officials say the campaign to reverse Michigan’s emergency manager law appears to have gathered enough signatures to qualify for the November ballot.

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Election 2012
12:00 am
Tue April 24, 2012

Tension in Delhi as Solar Installation Vote Approaches

Delhi Township's Anaerobic Digester. A plan to build another 'green' waste facility is creating a dispute in the township.
Courtesy Delhi Township Public Works

Delhi Township voters will soon decide whether to move forward with a plan to build a cutting edge solar facility. 

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TV Made in Michigan
4:44 pm
Fri April 20, 2012

Off the Record | April 27, 2012 | #4144

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Michigan legislative leaders join Tim Skubick for this special edition. VIEW IT ONLINE NOW

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TV Made in Michigan
5:53 pm
Thu April 19, 2012

Off the Record | April 20, 2012 | #4143

Steve Linder, appearing on Off the Record with Tim Skubick.

Michigan's motorcycle helmet law is repealed, presidential race narrows in the state, and lawmakers return after spring break. The guest is Republican consultant and fundraiser Steve Linder.
Kathy Barks Hoffman, Bill Ballenger and Kyle Melinn join senior capitol correspondent Tim Skubick.

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Election 2012
5:18 am
Mon April 9, 2012

Snyder Foes To Launch Second Recall Attempt

A group that wants to oust Governor Rick Snyder will launch its second effort to collect enough signatures to put a recall question on the November ballot. It will go before an election commission Monday, looking for permission to let the petition drive go forward.

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