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State lawmakers are responding to complaints about a new elections law.  A state House panel approved a bill Wednesday meant to clarify the law.


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If you want to vote in the Michigan primary presidential election in March, you have until February 8th to register.

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Local leaders and school officials are challenging a new state elections law in federal court.


Voters in Ann Arbor's 2nd Ward head to the polls next Tuesday to elect either an incumbent or former ward representative. Independent Jane Lumm is seeking a third consecutive term on city council. She is challenged by Democrat Sally Hart Peterson who served on council from 2012 to 2014. We caught up with both to discuss their visions for Ann Arbor and allow them to tell you why they deserve your vote. 


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Next week, voters in Saline will see a twenty year bond proposal on the ballot from Saline Area Schools.  The funds are needed for school building improvements. 

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The district is asking voters to approve $67.5 million dollars.

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In less than a week, Scio Township voters will decide if they will approve a millage that would expand public bus service in that area. 


Ann Arbor's 5th Ward will have a new city council member next month.  Incumbent Mike Anglin will not appear on the November ballot after losing the primary election.  We spoke with the two candidates in the running.


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Milan city council members say badly maintained roads are one of voters biggest complaints. But are residents willing to pay more taxes to fix the problem?

 

 


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Doctor Ben Carson took his campaign for the Republican presidential nomination to Michigan, with stops in Jackson and Spring Arbor University.

Carson, who’s faced criticism for saying he would not support putting a devout Muslim in the White House, blamed “political correctness” for the blowback.

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Kevin Leeser filed and got approved for what's known as a "declaration of intent" of write-in candidacy. Leeser will run against candidate Chip Smith in Ann Arbor's 5th Ward city council general election in November.


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Voters have sent Incumbent Ann Arbor City Councilman Stephen Kunselman to defeat.   


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Voters in Ann Arbor's 5th Ward have decided to send Chip Smith  to city council. Smith beat the incumbent, Mike Anglin by more than 300 votes. 


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Ann Arbor City Council Incumbent, John "Jack" Eaton, cruises to a 4th Ward win in the primary.  


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It's another two year term representing the 1st Ward on Ann Arbor City Council   for Sabra Briere. 


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With all the ballots counted, the results came within hours of the polls closing Tuesday night. The incumbents in Ann Arbor's 3rd and 5th wards have lost their primary election races for the Ann Arbor City Council. The 3rd Ward's Stephen Kunselman has been defeated by Zachary Ackerman, and 5th Ward Councilman Mike Anglin has been ousted by Chip Smith. 1st Ward incumbent Sabra Briere will retain her seat as will 4th Ward Councilman, Jack Eaton.

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Voters in Ann Arbor head to the polls tomorrow for the city council primary elections. There are contested races in four of the city's five wards. However, the 2nd ward will be decided in November. Leading up to the race, the candidates have been addressing a number of issues including public safety, development, transportation and infrastructure. Here, we take a look at at the 1st and 4th ward races. 

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Voters in Ann Arbor head to the polls tomorrow for the city council primary elections. There are contested races in four of the city's five wards. However, the 2nd ward will be decided in November. Leading up to the race, the candidates have been addressing a number of issues including public safety, development, transportation and infrastructure. Here, we take a look at at the 3rd and 5th ward races.

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Voters said no Tuesday to Proposal One by a margin of almost four-to-one. But, as unhappy as people were with the ballot question, they’re still unhappy with the state of Michigan’s roads. So Governor Rick Snyder and lawmakers say they’ll go back to work on finding money for roads – and they will heed the lessons of Proposal One.

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Bills to expand access to medical marijuana in Michigan may be benefiting from efforts to legalize recreational marijuana in 2016.

At least three Michigan groups are already pursuing petition drives to legalize marijuana in 2016. 

Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont is running for president, he said Wednesday night. He will be challenging Hillary Clinton for the Democratic nomination, and the self-described "Democratic Socialist" will keep the pressure on Clinton to move to the left.

The state House is poised to vote Wednesday that would allow faith-based adoption agencies in Michigan to turn away couples based on a religious objection to their lifestyle

House Republicans rejected a number of amendments in preliminary debate on the legislation. They would have required agencies to put the best interests of children over religious concerns, and to state in advance who they would refuse to serve.  

Michigan’s film credits are a step closer to being eliminated by the state Legislature. A House panel approved a bill Wednesday that would end the program on October 1st.

The vote was largely party-line, with almost all Republicans voting in favor and most Democrats voting against. The legislation now heads to the House floor.

Governor Rick Snyder has signed a budget-cutting executive order, and presented a spending plan for the coming fiscal year. Schools, universities, and local governments were spared cuts as part the order to help clear away a deficit.


  Democratic state lawmakers are again hoping to allow no-reason absentee voting in Michigan.

Michigan Secretary of State Ruth Johnson has said recently that more people who have died or moved out of state must be removed from the state’s voter registration database before lawmakers will agree to stop putting conditions on who can vote absentee.

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