elections

Judges Gavel
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Next week, voters across Michigan, including here in Washtenaw County, will cast votes to decide a wide variety of judicial positions.  A legal expert says they may be some of the most difficult candidates to evaluate, but also are some of the most important votes.


Michigan Public Radio Network

MI GOP looks to energize conservatives ahead of election with Rand Paul visit

The Michigan Republican Party is trying to energize its conservative base ahead of next week's election. On Wednesday, Republicans brought in U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., to speak with GOP supporters and volunteers in and around Detroit.
    
During a rally in Livonia, Paul reiterated his belief that conservative principles would turn the city around.

Donna Lasinski
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Ann Arbor Public Schools voters have plenty of candidates to choose from as they fill four of the seven seats on the school board in next week's election.  While I am interviewing all nine candidates actively running, today's report is on Donna Lasinski.


Michigan Public Radio Network

Eleven more Michigan cities could legalize small amounts of pot on Nov. 4

On Election Day, eleven Michigan cities will consider legalizing small amounts of marijuana. That’s the largest number of municipalities to consider the question in a single election in Michigan.

Chuck Ream is the guy working to bring a pro-marijuana law to a city near you. He directs the Safer Michigan Coalition, which is organizing all of these local ballot campaigns. He expects this to be a banner year for the proposals despite not being able to actively promote them.

Hunter Van Valkenburgh
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The Ann Arbor School Board will have a new look after next month's election.  Ten Candidates are running for four seats on the board.  While I will be interviewing all of the candidates, Hunter Van Valkenburgh is the focus of today's report.


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Newspaper endorsement a ritual of the political season with the occasional surprise

One of the rituals of the political campaign season is the newspaper endorsement. This past weekend, the liberal-leaning editorial page of The Detroit Free Press - also the state's largest newspaper -- caused some head-scratching and tongue-wagging with its endorsement in the governor's race.

Jeffery Harrold
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The Ann Arbor School Board will have a new look after next month's election.  Ten Candidates are running for four seats on the board.  While I'm interviewing all of the candidates, Jeffery Harrold is the focus of today's report.


Don Wilkerson
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The Ann Arbor School Board will have a new look after next month's election.  Ten Candidates are running for four seats on the board.  While I will interview all of the candidates, Don Wilkerson is the focus of today's report.


Bob Eccles

Seniors could play an especially big role in upcoming election

Michiganders age 50 and over are expected to represent well over half of the voters that show up to the polls on November 4th.

That is pretty typical of a non-presidential election. But seniors and retirees are already playing an especially important role in this year's election.

Roland Zullo
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The Ann Arbor School Board will have a new look after next month's election.  Ten Candidates are running for four seats on the board.  While I will be interviewing all of the candidates, Roland Zullo is the focus of today's report.


Michigan Public Radio Network

Bill Clinton stumps for Michigan Democratic ticket in Flint

Another Clinton was in Michigan on Wednesday urging Democrats to show up to the polls on November 4th. Last week it was former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. This time it was her husband rallying Democrats to try to get out the vote.

"We don't win these races and we get this gridlock because too many people don't vote at midterm," said former President Bill Clinton in front of a crowd of hundreds of Democrats.

Jack Panitch
Jack Panitch

The Ann Arbor School Board will have a new look after next month's election.  Ten Candidates are running for four seats on the board.  While I will be interviewing all of the candidates, Jack Panitch is the focus of today's report.


Christine Stead
Christine Stead

The Ann Arbor School Board will have a new look after next month's election.  Ten Candidates are running for four seats on the board.  While I will be interviewing all of the candidates, incumbent trustee Christine Stead is the focus of today's report.


Bob Eccles

Ypsilanti voters will decide a total of 10 proposed amendments to the city charter on November 4th, and outgoing Mayor Paul Schreiber hopes they'll reject two of them.

   
Proposal I would give city council the power to remove appointees to board and commissions with a two-thirds majority vote. 

Mayor Schreiber says those decisions are best left to the Mayor.

Susan Baskett
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The Ann Arbor School Board will have a new look after next month's election.  Ten Candidates are running for four seats on the board.  While I will be interviewing all of the candidates, incumbent trustee Susan Baskett is the focus of today's report.


Bob Eccles

The union representing teachers and support staff in Ypsilanti Community Schools is out with its list of school board candidate endorsements.  Only one of them is an incumbent.

Ypsilanti Community Schools Education Association President Kelly Powers says the endorsed candidates have a "great vision for the future of our district."  She says they "also see some of the concerns that are there and will address them in an appropriate manner."

Bob Eccles

Voters will be choosing from among 18 candidates to fill seven seats on the Ypsilanti Community Schools Board of Education next month.  All but three of those candidates met some of the people whose votes they're courting Monday night at Ypsilanti Community High School.

   

Rather than having every candidate answer the same question, candidates took turns answering questions in small groups.

Michigan Public Radio Network

Schauer rallies seniors on heels of gubernatorial town hall

Democratic nominee for governor Mark Schauer rallied retirees a day after his first, and probably only, public joint appearance with Gov. Rick Snyder. He blasted Snyder's decision to end income tax exemptions for pension income.

Schauer spoke in front of a friendly crowd at a UAW center in Warren.

Michigan Public Radio Network

Jeb Bush makes campaign stops across Michigan for Snyder, Land

Former Florida governor and possible 2016 presidential candidate Jeb Bush campaigned for GOP candidates across Michigan on Monday.

Bush spoke in front of hundreds of Republicans in Troy to cap off his visit to Michigan. He urged GOP faithful to show up to the polls in November for U.S. Senate nominee Terri Lynn Land and Governor Rick Snyder.

Michigan Public Radio Network

Land and Peters agree: U.S. should consider travel ban to prevent Ebola outbreak

The Republican and Democratic candidates for Michigan’s open U.S. Senate seat both say they would consider banning travel to and from countries experiencing Ebola outbreaks.

The first case of Ebola in the U.S. was recently confirmed by health officials in Texas. The man had come into contact with the virus in Liberia before traveling to the U.S.

Bob Eccles / 89.1 WEMU News

The city of Ypsilanti will have a new Mayor in a little over a month, and it looks as though it'll be Amanda Edmonds.

 

The Executive Director of Growing Hope faces a write-in challenge next month, but she's been gearing up for the new job by studying up on city board and commissions and their vacancies. 

She would be appointing members as Mayor.

Ann Arbor Public Schools
Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

No one can be certain what direction the Ann Arbor Board of Education may take after the November Election. We do know there will be some new representation. There are 10- candidates seeking to fill four available school seats. An outgoing trustee  plans to pay close attention to the race.


Washtenaw County
Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

The results were in within hours of the polls closing Tuesday night, but the election process is far from over.


Ann Arbor
Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

Ann Arbor's next City Council is set after this week's Democratic Primary since winners face no opposition in November. Less than 17 percent of the city's registered voters participated in Tuesday's primary. One council member thinks switching to non-partisan elections will increase the number of residents participating in selecting Ann Arbor's elected officials.  


dingellforcongress.com

The wife of Congressman John Dingell wins by wide margin over Ypsilanti Attorney Raymond Mullins    

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