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East Lansing City Hall
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The City of East Lansing’s income tax proposal has been approved by voters in the 2018 primary. WKAR’s Karel Vega has more.

A former national security advisor will take on the Republican incumbent in the race for the 8th Congressional District which runs from Lansing to Detroit. 


Detroit-area businessman and Iraq War veteran John James has won the Republican nomination to run against Democratic Sen. Debbie Stabenow this fall.

Republican Bill Schuette and Democrat Gretchen Whitmer will battle it out for the governor’s seat in November. Libertarians also had a choice for governor on the primary ticket, for the first time in Michigan’s history. 


Michigan Capitol
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UPDATED Wednesday at 12:00 p.m.: results for Michigan's governor, U.S. Senate and Congressional districts.

A "Vote Here" sign
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UPDATED Wednesday at 2:00 a.m.: results for the East Lansing income tax/property tax reduction proposal; Ingham county Justice millage (new jail, Sheriff’s offices, court facilities); Capital Area District Library Ballot Proposal. 

School Hallway
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A state law that allows tax dollars to go to private and parochial schools is making its way through the courts. The Michigan Court of Appeals heard arguments in the lawsuit against the state Tuesday.    


voting sign
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The big story for Michigan Primary 2018 may be the heavy turnout. 


Ex-Offenders Can Vote In Michigan

Aug 7, 2018
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A prison reform advocacy group says formerly incarcerated people do have the right to vote in Michigan.

A "Vote Here" sign
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Michiganders will head to the voting booths tomorrow for the state’s primary. This is when Democrats, Republicans and Libertarians will choose who they want to see represent their party in various races come November. 


The Michigan primary is fast approaching. Democrats and Republicans will head to the polls on August 7th to decide who they want to represent their party in the November governor’s race. Three democratic candidates hope they’ll be chosen, and money – and the television ads it buys – has played an interesting role in the Democratic race so far.


The Republican candidates for governor have been battling it out for months. There’s more money being spent on the Republican primary than recent years– and it’s being used to help the candidates go after each other. 


Gubernatorial Democratic Candidates
Gretchen Whitmer, Shri Thanedar and Abdul El-Sayed / Facebook

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.

voter ballot
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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.


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