Election 2018

Michigan's attorney general alleged Monday that his opponent in the governor's race didn't tell the truth about her handling of the prosecution of serial sexual abuser Larry Nassar, accusing her of an "integrity gap" that disqualifies her for the state's top job.

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Former top-level state officials with the Snyder, Engler, and Milliken administrations are among a group of Republicans and independents publicly endorsing Democrat Gretchen Whitmer for governor.


Michigan gubernatorial candidates Bill Schuette and Gretchen Whitmer will hold two televised debates in October, both campaigns announced on Friday.


On this week's show: Michigan's Governors Race; Lawsuit alleging a 1992 sexual assault by Larry Nassar and cover-up; Political climate affecting international students at MSU; The Great American Read; "talking" sidewalks in Lansing; Archived interview with Dr. Lena Wen; the history of apples in America.


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Vice-President Mike Pence made his third appearance in Michigan in just over a month. He told a crowd the President Trump's economic policies are helping our state and he remembered Rich DeVos.

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Former Vice President Joe Biden was in Michigan Wednesday to help Democratic gubernatorial nominee Gretchen Whitmer raise funds for her campaign. 


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UPDATE 7:45 p.m.: The Supreme Court has rejected the appeal. Straight ticket option will not be available on November ballot.

There’s still a chance Michiganders could vote straight ticket on the November ballot. Capital correspondent Cheyna Roth reports a group trying to keep straight ticket voting has appealed to the U-S Supreme Court.


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America On the Line is a new Monday-Thursday call-in designed to bring Americans together for a national conversation during the lead-up to the midterm elections. The program comes to WKAR NewsTalk on Monday, September 10 at 10pm.

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The Republican-controlled Michigan Senate has adopted ballot initiatives that would increase the state's minimum wage and require paid sick leave.

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Michigan Republicans may use a new tactic to stymie a pair of ballot initiatives that would raise the minimum wage and require paid sick leave: adopt the laws themselves ahead of the November election, then change those measures later.

Democratic Sen. Debbie Stabenow and her Republican opponent, John James, have made plans for two televised debates before November's election, the first time Michigan voters will be able to watch a Senate debate in 10 years.

Michigan Republican Convention
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The Michigan Republican party has its ticket finalized for the November election. While multiple people called for unity, there is still some discontent within the party. 

Democrats Choose Two MSU Board of Trustees Nominees

Aug 26, 2018
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A woman who says she’s a survivor of a sexual assault that happened while she was a student at Michigan State University and a former prosecutor who became pregnant while studying at MSU are the two Democratic nominees for the MSU Board of Trustees.


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On Saturday, the GOP and Democratic Michigan conventions nominated candidates for three university boards and the State Board of Education. 

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The Ingham County Circuit Court Monday determined that there will not be a grand jury investigation into alleged wrongdoing by Bill Schuette. 


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