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Wednesday, September 1,2010

McNamara on MSU trustees' ballot, Nugent bounced

by Kyle Melinn
Believe it or not, the nominations that yielded the most combined consternation for both Republicans and Democrats at this week’s conventions weren’t the attorney general or the secretary of state picks. The Dems essentially made their nominations last spring.It wasn’t the Supreme Court, either. After the governor picked Appellate Judge Alton Davis to succeed Elizabeth Weaver, everything fell into place at both conventions.
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Wednesday, August 25,2010

Dem recruiting for Snyder

Sharon Ellis managed two successful campaigns against Bernero. Can she help the GOP do it again?

by Kyle Melinn
If you know Williamston political consultant Sharon Ellis, you know she’s a Democrat. She has no problem making that pretty clear.In fact, on her first day working for Republican gubernatorial candidate Rick Snyder, she announced to everybody in the room where her party loyalties lie. And she doesn’t bleed red.
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Wednesday, August 18,2010

Tea Party

by Kyle Melinn
It’s safe to say the Tea Party didn’t exactly take over Michigan politics during the August primary. Not even close.
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Wednesday, August 11,2010

Judicial candidate saw substance abuse first hand

by Kyle Melinn
At first, a younger Clinton Canady III probably didn’t think he had a problem.Maybe he was in the wrong place at the wrong time. A victim of bad luck.Even when he was arrested for drunk driving, it took the insistence of friends and family to drive him to the conclusion that he had a substance abuse problem. He needed help.
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Thursday, August 5,2010

Gubernatorial analysis

'One Tough Nerd' v. 'One Angry Mayor'

by Kyle Melinn
Snyder and Bernero. The two populist candidates rode a public wave of dissatisfaction with the state government establishment to get to the top of the ticket for their respective parties. But their similarities end right about there.
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Wednesday, July 28,2010

The GOP marathon

by Kyle Melinn
State Sen. Tom George became an official candidate on Jan. 27, 2009. U.S. Rep. Pete Hoekstra toyed with the race in January ’09, too, but waited two months before taking the plunge. Ann Arbor venture capitalist Rick Snyder had formed his exploratory committee the week prior.
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Wednesday, July 28,2010

Race for 7th

by Kyle Melinn
The three-candidate GOP field in the 7th Congressional District, which includes Delta Township and Eaton County, consists of Tim Walberg, Michigan’s most conservative member of Congress in 2007 and 2008; Brian Rooney, a former attorney for the...
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Wednesday, July 28,2010

9 seek to replace Jones

by Kyle Melinn
Whether it’s the so-called "Democratic Tsunami" of 2006, the Barack Obama Wave of Change in 2008 or voter-rich Delta Township/Grand Ledge’s changing demographics, Democrats see hope in this Eaton County seat. The county Board of Commissioners, for the first time in eons, has a Dem majority, after all.
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Wednesday, July 28,2010

Replacing Judge Giddings

by Kyle Melinn
James Giddings' departure from the Ingham County bench because he has reached the mandatory retirement age of 70 is opening up a rare vacancy on the 30th Circuit Court.
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Wednesday, July 21,2010

And the nominees are?

by Kyle Melinn
The Republican gubernatorial primary is a four-way free-for-all among U.S. Rep. Pete Hoekstra, Attorney General Mike Cox, businessman Rick Snyder and Oakland County Sherriff Mike Bouchard. All four have real strengths. All four have real problems, and the polling is bearing that out.
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