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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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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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