Elections

Elections
7:45 am
Fri June 19, 2015

Michigan lawmakers vote to end regular February elections

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Michigan lawmakers are moving to end regularly scheduled election dates in February. 

Bills that won final approval Thursday in the Senate would leave intact election dates in May, August and November. Michigan would still have presidential primary elections, which typically are held in February or March every four years.

The legislation goes to Gov. Rick Snyder for his signature.

Michigan consolidated elections into four dates starting in 2005.

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Elections
7:25 am
Fri June 5, 2015

Recall petition filed against Republic Township officials

REPUBLIC TOWNSHIP, MI--   A Republic Township man has filed a recall against three township officials.

Frederick Nannestad claims supervisor Gary Johnson hasn’t kept the municipality’s sewer system in good repair, nor does he have a system maintenance fund set up.  The recall petition also claims treasurer Kristina Koski and township clerk Marilyn Brancheau charged additional pay vouchers for meetings held during regular hours. 

Johnson denies the allegations.  He says money that will be spent on the recall could be better used elsewhere. 

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Elections
7:01 am
Wed May 27, 2015

Pot legalization group withdraws petition, will resubmit

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Organizers of a marijuana legalization drive in Michigan have withdrawn their petition and plan to submit new language later. 

The Michigan Cannabis Coalition informed the Board of State Canvassers of the move Tuesday. The group had been expected to have the form of its petition approved by the board.

The initiated legislation would require 252,000 valid voter signatures before going to the Republican-led Legislature. If lawmakers rejected the bill or took no action, it would receive a statewide vote in November 2016.

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Elections/Government
7:29 am
Thu May 7, 2015

Snyder, lawmakers sort through Proposal 1 wreckage

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   Voters said no Tuesday to Proposal One. The margin was almost four-to-one

against. 

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. As soon as they figure out what those lessons are.

We have more from Michigan Public Radio’s Rick Pluta.

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Elections
10:10 pm
Tue May 5, 2015

Proposal 1 defeated

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Governor Rick Snyder says Michigan voters have resoundingly defeated tax increases to pump $1.2 billion more a year into deteriorating roads.

Before all returns had been counted, Snyder said in a statement Tuesday night that the measure was dead.

The lawmaker-proposed constitutional amendment would have ended Michigan's status as one of the most frugal states in spending on infrastructure such as highways.

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