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Voters will head to polling places on Tuesday to narrow the field of candidates in November. In some places, they’ll consider ballot proposals.

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Lansing Mayor Andy Schor has announce a reorganization of his office.

Elizabeth Warren, presidential candidate

2020 Democratic Presidential hopeful Senator Elizabeth Warren plans to make two campiagn stops in the Great Lakes State this week to connect with voters in a state that Trump won by only 10,704 votes in the 2016 General Election.

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Former State Representative and Senator Rick Jones reportedly is considering a run for the job he held before becoming a lawmaker: Sheriff in Eaton County.

Michigan Capital

A three-judge panel has ruled that Michigan's congressional and legislative maps are unconstitutionally gerrymandered, ordering the state legislature to redraw at least 34 districts for the 2020 election.

WKAR's Scott Pohl talks with capital correspondent Cheyna Roth about Thursday's decision, which also requires special state Senate elections to be held in 2020 instead of 2022 as scheduled.

Jocelyn Benson, Michigan's first Democratic secretary of state in more than 20 years gives her inaugural remarks.

Jocelyn Benson is Michigan’s first Democratic secretary of state in over 20 years. She’s taking office after  voters made sweeping changes in the 2018 midterms to how Michiganders will vote and how their districts will be drawn.

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One of the newcomers heading to Lansing in January is Senator-elect Mallory McMorrow. A Democrat, McMorrow won her first-ever bid for office, unseating Republican Marty Knollenberg in Oakland County’s 13th district.

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Jim Blanchard

For decades, NPR listeners have heard the political reporting and commentary of Cokie Roberts. Tonight, she’ll appear at the Governor Jim Blanchard Public Service Forum in the Wharton Center’s Pasant Theatre, starting at 7:30 p.m. Before the event, Cokie Roberts spent a few minutes with WKAR’s Scott Pohl.

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Michigan officials are expressing confidence in the security and accuracy of voting technology ahead of tomorrow’s election.

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In a Facebook post, Lansing city council president Carol Wood says she plans to run for another term as an at-large council member in 2019.


Michigan motorists would have to allow 3 feet of clearance while passing a bike on the road under legislation approved by the state Senate.

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The Michigan elections bureau is recommending certification of a ballot initiative that aims to end political gerrymandering by having an independent commission draw congressional and legislative districts instead of state lawmakers.

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Last week, the Ingham County Board of Commissioners appointed Dennis Louney to represent the county’s tenth district on Lansing’s east side. The vacancy had been created by the resignation of Brian McGrain, who now runs the economic development and planning department in the city of Lansing.

SPECIAL COVERAGE: State of the Union 2018

Jan 30, 2018
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TUE. JAN. 30 9pm-11pm NPR News and PBS NewsHour

President Trump delivers his State of the Union address to Congress. With Democratic Response.

Massachusetts Rep. Joe Kennedy III, seen as a rising political star with a famous last name, delivers the Democratic response to President Trump's State of the Union. Journalists across the NPR newsroom will be annotating those remarks, adding fact-checks and analysis in real time.