Elections

MARQUETTE, MI--   Supporters of an initiative to legalize marijuana in Michigan gathered at the Superior Dome in Marquette over the weekend.  

Volunteers will work to get signatures from residents throughout the U.P. to put the MI Legalize initiative on the 2016 ballot.

Michigan lawmakers vote to end regular February elections

Jun 19, 2015

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.

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. 

Pot legalization group withdraws petition, will resubmit

May 27, 2015

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Organizers of a marijuana legalization drive in Michigan have withdrawn their petition and plan to submit new language later.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

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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