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Wednesday, October 27,2010

State Legislature: Incumbent House Dems face stiff challenges

by Kyle Melinn
Rep. Barb Byrum, D-Onondaga, and Rep. Mark Meadows, D-East Lansing, are facing their toughest general election challenges to date from a pair of fiscal conservatives with local government experience. In Eaton County, Democrats are holding onto hopes they can steal an open seat that has trended away from Republicans the last two election cycles.
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Wednesday, October 27,2010

Feedback

by Readers
Theresa Abed and I are Eaton County Commissioners. She is a consensus builder. There is a divisiveness between the two parties and legislators need to listen to each other, resolve their issues, and come to consensus on issues. Abed has the experience and cooperative nature to get budgets done on time.
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Wednesday, October 27,2010

Virg Watch

Is the 'Mighty Mac' in Snyder's sights?

by Andy Balaskovitz
Wednesday, Oct. 27 — Democratic gubernatorial candidate Virg Bernero was in the northern regions Tuesday warning voters that if his Republican opponent Rick Snyder is elected, Snyder would privatize the Mackinac Bridge and give it a corporate name like the “McDonald’s Big Mac.”
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Wednesday, October 27,2010

Kids in the Hall

Just like that, Market Place is back on

by Andy Balaskovitz
Tuesday, Oct. 26 — In a swift afternoon at the 30th Circuit Court, Pat Gillespie got his brownfield plan approved for his $23 million Marketplace project after the City Council wrestled over it for weeks. So why did it happen so fast?
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Wednesday, October 27,2010

Approaching taxpayers

by Andy Balaskovitz
So now, 13 townships in Ingham County will have “special assessment” proposals on its ballots Nov. 2 that would finance police services: Alaiedon, Aurelius, Bunker Hill, Ingham, Leroy, Leslie, Locke, Onondaga, Stockbridge, Vevay, Wheatfield, White Oak and Williamstown.
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Wednesday, October 27,2010

Four local school board races

by Andy Balaskovitz
Mark Slabaugh, 53, is the third candidate. Slabaugh, who has a bachelor’s degree in energy management from Eastern Michigan University, is an energy engineer at Johnson Controls, a high-tech manufacturing company that invented the first electric thermostat.
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Wednesday, October 27,2010

Streamlining district court

by Andy Balaskovitz
Allen, who was appointed to the position by Gov. Jennifer Granholm in 2008, got his law degree from Wayne State University in 1983. He went on to be an assistant attorney general, deputy legal counsel for Granholm and the state “drug czar” for two-and-a-half years ' “All of that is a rich history,” Allen said during an Oct.
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Wednesday, October 27,2010

Enderle carries banner for Dems against Rogers

by Andy Balaskovitz
The first sentence on the “About Lance” website of Lance Enderle says: “I am not a politician; I am a teacher, and a citizen.” Enderle, a 41-year-old graduate of Lansing Eastern High School, happens to be running against one big name of a politician: Republican Mike Rogers.
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Wednesday, October 27,2010

Meet your Ingham County commissioner candidates

by Andy Balaskovitz
District 1 — Northwest and west Lansing, Lansing Township Neal Alan Barncard (R) Age: 51 | Occupation: Civil engineering technician | Barncard lost against incumbent Victor Celentino in the 2008 election, but was later appointed to a spot on the Environmental Affairs Commit...
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Wednesday, October 27,2010

Mudslinging in the 7th

On the campaign trail in the spirited 7th Congressional District

by Andy Balaskovitz
Republican Tim Walberg, who wants to win back the seat, paints Democratic incumbent Mark Schauer as a freespending liberal in cahoots with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and President Barack Obama and accuses Schauer of “smear and fear” campaign tactics.
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