2018 Elections

Pat Miles
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Another Democrat entered the ring for Michigan’s Attorney General Thursday. 


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Voters might have the chance to decide a pair of workers’ rights questions next year.


Lisa Barry

A few days before they compete for the same Emmy award in Los Angeles, actresses Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin were in Ann Arbor trying to raise awareness and support for an upcoming ballot initiative.  It would gradually raise the minimum wage and phase out the two-tiered salary of workers who earn tips.

Both women have ties to the state. Their visit was organized by Restaurant Opportunities Centers United.

89.1 WEMU'S Lisa Barry sat down with the two co-stars at an Ann Arbor restaurant and talked before their free appearance on the University of Michigan campus.


Schuette Announces Run For Michigan Governor

Sep 13, 2017
Bill Schuette
State of Michigan / michigan.gov

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette wants a promotion. 

Michelle Deatrick
Washtenaw County / ewashtenaw.org

In a press conference Thursday,  Washtenaw County Commissioner Michelle Deatrick announced her candidacy for the Michigan State Senate.  She seeks to take State Senator Rebekah Warren's 18th District seat, who cannot run again due to term limits.  89.1 WEMU's Lisa Barry talks to Deatrick about her campaign.


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A new, Republican candidate has entered the ring to become the next Michigan Secretary of State. 


Board Of State Canvassers Approve Ballot Proposals

Aug 18, 2017
Ballot Box
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Several ballot proposals for Michigan’s 2018 election crossed a hurdle Thursday.


Cheyna Roth / MPRN

Civil-rights attorney Dana Nessel will run for state Attorney General


Ballot Box
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A grassroots group that wants to get an anti-gerrymandering proposal on the 2018 ballot is looking to make progress this week. 


Cannabis
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Marijuana legalization could be on the 2018 ballot.  But people in law enforcement have concerns about potential consequences.


Gretchen Driskell
Gretchen Driskell

The former mayor of Saline and two-term State Representative Gretchen Driskell formally announced Wednesday she is running for Congress again in 2018.  She's running for the 7th Congressional District seat against incumbent Tim Wahlberg.  89.1 WEMU'S Lisa Barry spoke to Driskell about her campaign announcement.


Cheyna Roth / MPRN

The 2018 election is still a ways away.  But that hasn’t stopped plenty of hopeful candidates from throwing their hats in the ring.


Rick Pluta / MPRN

A doctor from Saginaw Township is the first candidate for governor to file petition signatures to appear on the ballot next year. 


Brian Calley
State of Michigan / michigan.gov

The ballot campaign to adopt a part-time Legislature amendment in Michigan decided to skip getting its petition approved by a state elections board.  The leader of the campaign, Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley, says he’s comfortable fighting any challenges in court.


michigan capitol
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Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley is getting pushback for his big announcement earlier this week.  Calley says he’ll push for a ballot proposal that would make Michigan’s legislature part-time. 


Brian Calley
State of Michigan / michigan.gov

Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley is raising his profile ahead of an anticipated run for governor next year. 


Brian Calley
State of Michigan / michigan.gov

The job of state lawmaker would be part-time under a ballot campaign launched today by Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley


Petition
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Two more petition campaigns were given the go-ahead Thursday by a state elections panel to start collecting signatures, including one to legalize recreational marijuana in Michigan. 


Robert Young
Michigan Courts / courts.mi.gov

State Supreme Court Justice Robert Young plans to retire at the end of next month, if not sooner.  His plan is to return to his former law firm.


Abandoned Industrial Site
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The state is close to running out of money to clean thousands of abandoned, polluted properties all across Michigan.


Voting Machine
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A state board has approved spending as much as $82 million dollars over the next two years for new voting machines in every precinct in Michigan.