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Gubernatorial Democratic Candidates
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A former legislative leader with the establishment's backing is hoping to fend off two political newcomers who have staked out positions to her left in the race to be the Democratic nominee for Michigan governor.

Mike Pence
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Vice President Mike Pence will travel to Michigan to unify Republicans a day after next week's primary election.

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Michigan Libertarians usually nominate their candidate for governor at a party convention. But this year, voters will choose the nominee. The Libertarian Party won enough votes in the 2016 elections to qualify as a major party, setting up its first-ever primary election for governor.

Two candidates will be on the ballot Tuesday. Pat Batcheller tells us more about them.


 Michigan capitol building at sunset
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Corporate donations have become a central issue in the Michigan Democratic contest for governor as the three candidates try to woo progressive voters ahead of the Aug. 7 primary.

AG Bill Schuette
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Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette and his aides held a meeting in a state office to discuss the 2016 Republican National Convention, according to emails released Wednesday by a liberal group that alleges Schuette illegally used his public job to aid his political campaigns.

Ballot and Machine
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A federal judge in Detroit has told Michigan it can't eliminate straight-party voting.

City of Flint water tower
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A judge says a class-action lawsuit against Michigan and Flint officials stemming from the city's lead-contaminated water crisis can proceed but has dropped Gov. Rick Snyder and others from the case.

Michigan voters this fall will get to decide whether to change how their state's congressional and legislative districts are drawn, the state Supreme Court ruled late Tuesday.

President Trump is holding a news conference at the White House with Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte. Conte has been in the office for a few months. His approach to government in Italy has been compared to that of Donald Trump in the United States. Italy has recently hardened its approach to immigration, for instance, and challenged European Union partners. Trump, for his part, has expressed support for Conte, at one point tweeting that "the people of Italy got it right!" Watch the news conference live.

Marijuana
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As both parties continue pumping funds into the 2018 race, Michigan Democrats hope to cash in on another kind of green.

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The Michigan appeals court says a lawsuit can proceed in a dispute over the presence of a transgender person in the women's locker room at a Midland health club.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Abdul El-Sayed
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Abdul El-Sayed / Facebook

A New York congressional candidate who recently shocked the political establishment by beating a 10-term congressman in a primary is campaigning in Michigan for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Dr. Abdul El-Sayed.

Sandy Pensler and John James
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Michigan Republicans' uphill bid to grab hold of a U.S. Senate seat for just the second time in 40 years starts with an increasingly testy primary between two Detroit-area businessmen who are trading barbs over Donald Trump and their own business records.

John James
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President Donald Trump is endorsing John James in Michigan's Republican primary for U.S. Senate, tweeting that he rarely has seen such a "spectacular" candidate with "such great potential."

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The Board of State Canvassers has delayed a vote on a pair of ballot initiatives – over a timing issue. The meeting got contentious today. That’s because a group opposing proposals to increase the minimum wage and require earned sick time, said the board had to wait one more day to vote. 


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