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Wednesday, May 6,2015

Prop 1 breakdown

Voters want special session on roads

by Kyle Melinn
Proposal 1, the broad-reaching ballot question Gov. Rick Snyder and legislative leaders birthed the week before Christmas to raise $1.288 billion in annual road funding dollars, blew a piston and died. With votes still being counted Tuesday night, they were running 78 percent opposed — the worst rejection of a constitutional amendment in almost 40 years.
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Wednesday, February 11,2015

Congressional race

Walberg gets a 2016 opponent... already

by Kyle Melinn
State Rep. Gretchen Driskell’s announcement that she’ll run against U.S. Rep. Tim Walberg in 2016 wasn´t lost this week in national Democratic circles. David Nir, who covers campaigns for the highly read progressive blog "The Daily Kos," lead off his daily update Tuesday with, "Good news for Democrats. Team Blue has landed one of its first legitimate recruits in the arduous battle to reclaim the House."
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Wednesday, December 3,2014

Bishop reviewing Lansing field office

by Kyle Melinn
U.S. Rep. Mike Rogers may be from Livingston County, but he kept a toehold in the Lansing area by locating his district office in the city, for several years on Michigan Avenue and later at 1000 W. St. Joseph. The plans of Rogers´ replacement in the 8th Congressional District are not as definite. Congressman-Elect Mike Bishop said last week he still hasn´t made up his mind where he wants to put the field office considering the district´s new geography.
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Wednesday, November 26,2014

Capitol View purchase

State moves forward with $70M bond for new Senate Building

by Kyle Melinn
The Michigan Strategic Fund Tuesday started the ball rolling on a plan to purchase most of the Capitol View Building, which is across Allegan Street from the Capitol, for new Senate office space.
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Tuesday, November 25,2014

New digs

State moves forward with $70M bond for new Senate office space

by Kyle Melinn
The Michigan Strategic Fund this morning started the ball rolling on a plan to purchase most of the Capitol View Building, which is across Allegan Street from the Capitol, for new Senate office space. The cost of purchasing all but the top two floors of the Capitol View is expected to be $51 million, but the Senate is asking the fund to sign off on $70 million in bonds to cover any unexpected future costs and prevent the state from having to go into the market twice, Secretary of the Senate Carol Viventi said after the meeting.
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Wednesday, November 19,2014

Up for the job

Who will fill the Ingham County register of deeds post?

by Kyle Melinn
Ingham County Register of Deeds Curtis Hertel Jr. hasn´t turned in his county office building keys yet, but there’s a lot of focus on who will take over his job. A few names have already surfaced as possibilities to succeed him — Lansing City Councilman Derrick Quinney, Ingham County Commissioner Carol Koenig, Ingham County commissioners Kara Hope and Randy Schafer, Lansing School Board member Nicole Armbruster and Ingham County Canvasser Alan Fox.
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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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