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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.

Michigan teens would be able to pre-register to vote under a proposal in Lansing.

The measure would allow 16 and 17 year olds to fill out their voter registration paperwork when they get their driver’s licenses. The state would mail their voter cards when they turn 18.

An economic study says the May ballot proposal to raise the state sales tax could also collectively cost Michigan taxpayers $100 million more in federal income taxes.

The ballot proposal would raise the state sales tax by a penny on the dollar.

Michigan teens would be able to pre-register to vote under a proposal in Lansing.

The measure would allow 16 and 17 year olds to fill out their voter registration paperwork when they get their driver’s licenses. The state would mail their voter cards when they turn 18.

“It’s another way of making government much more efficient,” said state Sen. Steve Bieda, D-Warren. “It saves people in lines at secretary of state offices. It saves more correspondence going to the secretary of state’s office. It makes it a much easier process.”

An economic study says the May ballot proposal to raise the state sales tax could also collectively cost Michigan taxpayers $100 million more in federal income taxes.

        

The ballot proposal would raise the state sales tax by a penny on the dollar.

ycschools.us

The Ypsilanti Community Schools Board of Education will have a much different look following Tuesday's election, and there are a couple of reasons for that.

For one, the board will be comprised exclusively of women.  The five men serving on the original board were not elected. 

And only two incumbents will be returning - Maria Sheler-Edwards and Dr. Celeste Hawkins. 

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Peters sees greater chance for bipartisanship as he enters Senate in minority

Democrat Gary Peters is optimistic he will be able to work with Senate Republicans to pass measures he has championed as a candidate. That's despite the fact that he will be entering the U.S. Senate in the minority party after Republicans seized control in Tuesday's election.

Peters believes he will get bipartisan support for some of his priorities. Those include opening up more loans for small businesses and helping people burdened with student loans.

All But 1 Of 10 Ypsilanti Charter Proposals Pass

Nov 5, 2014
Bob Eccles

Voters in Ypsilanti approved all but one of the proposed charter amendments on Tuesday's ballot.

 

Voters rejected a proposal to give city council the power to have ordinances take immediate effect with a two-thirds majority vote (Proposal E).   Nine other charter amendments passed.

debbiedingellforcongress.com

Newly elected Representative for the 12th District, Debbie Dingell, took some time this morning to answer questions submitted by WEMU listeners.

Listen in as she talks about what challenges she'll face as a freshman member of Congress, gives her thoughts on global warming and gun control and shares just how big John Dingell's shoes really are.


Here are the latest results as tabulated by the WEMU News department.  Winners highlighted in green.

Mobile users, click here to see full chart. 

Christine Stead and Donna Lasinski
Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

The Ann Arbor School Board will have two new faces in January as a result of yesterday's election.  It's unclear how this will impact the board moving forward.


Robb, Brown Elected To Ypsilanti City Council

Nov 5, 2014
Bob Eccles

Incumbent Brian Robb will continue to represent Ypsilanti's third ward on City Council.

 

Robb beat challenger Tyler Weston Tuesday, garnering 59 percent of the vote to Weston's 41 percent.

Nicole Brown will represent the first ward. 

She beat Sigrid Melvin in the race for the seat left open by incumbent Ricky Jefferson's decision not to seek re-election. 

Jefferson ran an unsuccessful campaign for Ypsilanti Community Schools Board of Education.

Whitmore Lake Annexation Defeat
Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

Whitmore Lake Public Schools officials need to consider other options to avoid falling into deficit.  Voters in that district approved annexation but residents in Ann Arbor Public Schools rejected the plan.


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Voters Tuesday chose to return just two of the incumbent Ypsilanti Community Schools Board of Education to the panel.

 

One of them was Maria Sheler-Edwards, who says the district needs to "stay the course."

“We put some great programs in place,” Sheler-Edwards says, “we have a balanced budget this year, and we need to make sure that we continue being financially responsible, bring up our achievement and stabilize our enrollment.”

John Hiefjte and Christopher Taylor
Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

Don’t expect any major changes in Ann Arbor city government after yesterday’s election. A few names may be changing but most of the policies are expected to remain the same.


Debbie Dingell
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Debbie Dingell is going to Washington, where she'll take her husband, John's 12 Congressional District seat.

Dingell defeated Republican Terry Bowman in Tuesday's election.

Speaking live Tuesday night on WEMU, Dingell said her priorities will be Michigan's priorities.

Edmonds Declares Victory In Ypsilanti Mayor Race

Nov 4, 2014
amandaformayor.com

Amanda Edmonds has given a victory speech to supporters at the Arbor Brewing Company Microbrewery.

The founder and Executive Director of Growing Hope is leading write-in challenger Steven Taylor by a wide margin in early un-official results. 

Edmonds says she told supporters she's looking forward to moving Ypsilanti forward.

The Associated Press is reporting that Democratic US Rep. Gary Peters has defeated former Michigan Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land for US Senate seat being vacated by the retiring Carl Levin.

The Detroit Free Press projects Republican Governor Rick Snyder will win re-election, defeating Democrat Mark Schauer.

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Ann Arbor Mayor John Hieftje sat down with Patrick Campion to discuss his 14 years in office, what led him to politics in the first place and what his plans are now that his time as Mayor is coming to an end.  

You thought that "I'm a Voter" app at the top of your Facebook newsfeed was just some cute flair, right?

Well, it actually makes a difference. No, really. Some serious scientists collaborated with Facebook in 2010 and found that the app added 340,000 additional voters that election cycle.

Here's how The New Republic explained the methodology:

The long election campaign season has come to an end, and the November 4th mid-term elections are behind us. WEMU is your source with the best local coverage on issues that matter to you, and we have provided you updates on all the elections and results right here.

Bob Eccles

Tuesday is election day, and Washtenaw County officials are getting ready for higher-than-usual turnout. About 48 percent of eligible voters are expected to participate this year.

That's two percent more than the last mid-term election.

Washtenaw County Director of Elections Ed Golembiewski says they're also expecting more voters to use absentee ballots than ever before.

Whitmore Lake Public Schools
Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

It's Decision time for Whitmore Lake Public Schools. Voters in Ann Arbor and Whitmore Lake tomorrow decide if the annexation plan moves forward.  Elected officials and those seeking office have mixed thoughts on the proposal.


Patricia Ashford Manley
manleyforschoolboard.com

Four of the seven seats on the Ann Arbor School Board will be decided by the results of next week's election.  Nine candidates are actively campaigning for the positions and I interviewed them all.  Patricia Ashford Manley is the focus of today's final report.


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