politics and government

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Courtesy photo / City of Jackson

The Jackson city council has approved the creation of a new city department and a new commission to address racial equity.


Chris Swope with primary election ballots
File Photo

The city of Lansing has received a grant of more than $440,000 for election-related upgrades.


Dana Watson, Aaron Stephens and Ron Bacon photo
Courtesy photo / City of East Lansing

Earlier this summer, two members of the East Lansing city council abruptly resigned during a meeting, when they lost a 3-to-2 vote to terminate the city attorney’s contract. The application process that followed resulted in two historic appointments for the city, marking the first time people of color comprised a majority on the council.

WKAR’s Scott Pohl talked with Dana Watson and Ron Bacon about joining the council.

Tom Barrett photo
Courtesy photo

A Michigan State Senate Republican says he still supports repealing Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s emergency powers. That’s despite his recent diagnosis for COVID-19.


Rotary Park photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR/MSU

Tuesday's primary election ballot includes several millage proposals that would continue funding for 9-1-1 emergency services and services for people over 60 in Ingham County, along with money for parks in Lansing. WKAR's Scott Pohl reports on the proposals.

East Lansing city hall sign photo
WKAR file photo

A list of 23 applicants for two vacancies on the East Lansing city council has been narrowed down to 13 people who will be interviewed.


The East Lansing city council has laid out a schedule for filling two vacancies created by resignations last week. Ruth Beier and Mark Meadows resigned during last week’s council meeting after a 3-to-2 vote to oust city attorney Tom Yeadon.

Two members of the East Lansing city council, including the mayor, have resigned over the termination of the city attorney.


Students voting at Brody Hall photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR/MSU

The Democratic presidential primary in Michigan today has boiled down to a race between former Vice President Joe Biden and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders.


Lansing polling place primary election day voter photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR/MSU

The presidential primary election in Michigan is today, and in Lansing, almost 10,000 early voting ballots had been turned in by last night.

City Clerk Chris Swope says about 6,500 more absentee ballots were issued this year compared to the primary election four years ago in Lansing.

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