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Wednesday, October 29,2014

Jones taps into new neighborhood

by Kyle Melinn
It only took a day for state Sen. Rick Jones, after learning that his newly gerrymandered 24th district included Shiawassee County, to begin meeting voters there. Whether it was the local Elks Lodge or the county´s Right to Life chapter, the Grand Ledge resident burned up Interstate 69 to Owosso so often, the Shiawassee County Chamber of Commerce website lists Jones as the county´s state senator … which isn´t even the case, yet. The redistricting lines signed into law three years ago technically take effect Jan. 1.
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Wednesday, October 29,2014

Byrnes gives Dems new hope in 7th

by Kyle Melinn
Another year, another contested election for U.S. Rep. Tim Walberg, whose underperformance in the Republican-leaning 7th Congressional District biennially gives Democrats visions of victory. After facing an underfunded and underwhelming Democrat in 2012, Walberg finds himself going against top-tier opponent Pam Byrnes, the former speaker pro tem of the Michigan House and a Washtenaw County commissioner.
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Wednesday, August 27,2014

Sumptuous summit

Michigan homeless conference to be held at Grand Traverse Resort and Spa

by Kyle Melinn
The Grand Traverse Resort and Spa probably isn´t the first place you´d look to find someone needing a roof over his or her head. Yet, in two weeks nearly 400 people whose job it is to dole out federal money and provide help for the homeless will be at the "four-season destination resort and meeting center" to bounce ideas off each other and coordinate services.
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Wednesday, July 30,2014

8th Congressional voters put in unexpected spot

by Kyle Melinn
It´s hard to believe Mike Rogers won´t be Lansing´s congressman next year. He surprised everyone by trading his House Intelligence Committee gavel for a national radio microphone, particularly those now in the best position to replace him.
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Wednesday, April 16,2014

The crazier, the better

Conservative McMillin is Democrats’ dream Republican candidate for 8th District seat

by Kyle Melinn
In a gubernatorial year with Republican incumbents on the ballot and the negative publicity surrounding Obamacare sucking wind out of the Democrats’ talking points, will conservatives breeze to victory in the open 8th Congressional District race?
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Thursday, November 21,2013

Whitmer withdraws name for LG, AG in ‘14

‘At this point in time, I have to spend a little more energy on the home front’

by Kyle Melinn
Thursday, Nov. 21 — Senate Minority Leader Gretchen Whitmer, D-East Lansing, said today she will not put her name on a statewide ticket in 2014, meaning a run for lieutenant governor or attorney general is out.
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Wednesday, June 5,2013

Nobody really thinks Rogers will run for Senate

by Kyle Melinn
The "Mike Rogers for U.S. Senate?" rumor wasn't circulating long before the Democrats in Washington picked up the phone and started gauging interest in possible 8th Congressional District candidates. Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero, Ingham County Clerk Barb Byrum and Ingham County Clerk Eric Schertzing were among those who piqued the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee's interest several weeks ago.
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Friday, May 17,2013

What can Dems pick up?

Michigan Democratic Party chairman puts 8th Congressional District in play

by Kyle Melinn
Friday, May 17 — The chairman of the Michigan Democratic Party considers the 8th Congressional District an “absolutely winnable race” for Democrats regardless of whether seven-term U.S. Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Howell, runs for the U.S. Senate in 2014 or is tapped to run the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
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Wednesday, April 17,2013

What's next for Whitmer?

Checking in with City Pulse readers' favorite politician: Grateful to serve and unsure of the future

by Kyle Melinn
About 13 years ago, 28-year-old Gretchen Whitmer knocked her first door in East Lansing and Meridian Township as a candidate for the 69th state House district. The eager first-time candidate had a law degree. She had a couple of years' experience as an attorney. She served on the staff of former House Speaker Curtis Hertel, Sr., father of Ingham County Register of Deeds Curtis Hertel, Jr.
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Wednesday, March 20,2013

Count on 'Bernero '13,' not 'Bernero '14'

by Kyle Melinn
We've heard this before, haven't we? Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero saying he will run for re-election and isn't interested in running for a higher office next year?
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