LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   Millionaire businessman Shri Thanedar has filed petition signatures with the state to appear on the August primary ballot as a Democratic candidate for governor. 

Thanedar reported turning in 30,000 signatures a day before the filing deadline.

Thanedar enjoys high name recognition as a result of a self-funded million-dollar TV ad campaign. He says that’s also starting to yield more individual campaign donations.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Michigan's elections bureau says enough signatures have been gathered for ballot initiatives to legalize marijuana for recreational use and repeal a law requiring higher wages on state construction projects. 

The Board of State Canvassers will meet Thursday to consider certifying the petitions after the bureau released staff reports Monday. If the bipartisan board agrees with the findings, the proposed legislation will go to the Republican-led Legislature.

If legislators do not act within 40 days, the proposals will get a statewide vote in November.

IRON MOUNTAIN, MI--   An Iron Mountain man is running for Michigan’s 38th Senate District. 

Republican Mike Carey says he hopes to bring his unique brand of Yooper conservatism to the place he calls home. He says his campaign will focus on issues such as school safety, fiscal responsibility, and promotion of the Upper Peninsula’s natural resources. Carey also believes excessive spending and regulation at all levels of government will starve communities.

Carey is running for the seat currently held by Tom Casperson. Casperson can’t run again due to term limits.


ESCANABA, MI--   The Delta County Election Commission will meet next month to consider the wording of a petition to recall Garden and Fairbanks Township officials. 

The petition targets Garden Township Supervisor Morgan Tatrow and Fairbanks Township Supervisor Ron Collins, Clerk Kathryn Denholm, and Trustee James Dalgord.

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley is the fourth Republican running for governor to file petition signatures to appear on the primary ballot. 

Calley says he wants to succeed Governor Rick Snyder, who cannot run again due to term limits.

Calley says he wants to continue the work started by Snyder over the past seven years. He says Snyder administration policies helped fuel Michigan’s recovery from the Great Recession, resulting in low unemployment and higher wages.

“We need to keep this comeback going,” he says.

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   The state says now is not the time to rule on whether a candidate for governor is eligible to run.  That could mean the question will wait until after Democratic voters make their choice in the primary. 

The state constitution says a candidate for governor must have been a registered voter in Michigan for at least four years before the election. Democratic hopeful Abdul El-Sayed voted in New York in 2012, and the question is whether that invalidated his Michigan voter registration until he re-registered here in 2016.

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   Former state Senate Democratic leader Gretchen Whitmer filed petition signatures Thursday to get her name on the primary ballot as a candidate for governor. 

Supporters cheered as they handed over to state elections officials boxes containing petitions to put Whitmer’s name on the ballot.

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   A state Attorney General candidate has filed a complaint against his opponent.

Democrat Pat Miles says fellow Democrat Dana Nessel violated the Michigan Campaign Finance Act.

“Michigan has some of the weakest campaign finance laws in the first place. And if you can’t even follow that law, then what kind of Attorney General would you be?” Miles said.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   The race to be Michigan Democrats' nominee for attorney general is a fight not only among a diverse field of candidates but also a reflection of pent-up tension within a party anxious to score victories amid Republican dominance at the ballot box. 

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Michigan is ramping up security for midterm elections, but experts aren't satisfied.

Michigan Secretary of State spokesman Fred Woodhams says the state will hand-count ballots in all precincts chosen in the post-election audit for the first time during the May and November races.

Cybersecurity experts aren't fully reassured, however. They say the state should instead promise to audit elections before certifying the results and codify these post-election procedures into state law.