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Wednesday, October 10,2012

U.S. Senate race is over

by Kyle Melinn
During Paul Ryan’s Rochester visit Monday, Republican U.S. Senate candidate Pete Hoekstra took the microphone to plead for money. He's got a new television commercial and not a lot of money to buy up the shrinking TV ad time. Folks like his opponent, U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow, cherry-picked the good time blocks weeks ago.
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Wednesday, October 3,2012

Tis the season for voter suppression

by Kyle Melinn
No campaign season is truly complete without the biennial "voter suppression/secure vote" scrum that Democrats and Republicans can't help but roll around, particularly when they smell a close election. This year's version features Republican Secretary of State Ruth Johnson's unenforceable mandate that election workers ask every voter to fill out a special pre-ballot question about whether he or she is a U.S. citizen.
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Wednesday, September 19,2012

Advocates rally against medical marijuana changes

by Kyle Melinn
Medical marijuana advocates are tired of the Republican-led Legislature and Attorney General Bill Schuette chipping away at the 2008 voter-initiated law. Today they're planning on letting them know.
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Wednesday, September 12,2012

Romney trying to keep head up in Michigan

by Kyle Melinn
This presents a real problem for Michigan Republicans because a loss of Romney enthusiasm in 2012 could be catastrophic. Proposal 2, the collective bargaining constitutional guarantee that would throw in limbo every government reform Snyder and the Republicans have managed in the last 20 months, passes with a low GOP turnout.
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Wednesday, September 5,2012

Bolger/Schmidt scheme comes to 67th

by Kyle Melinn
The sleepy 67th state House District is in slumber no more. Democrat House candidate Tom Cochran wound up and swung at Republican Jeff Oesterle where it hurt during the "City Pulse Newsmakers" program this week, by tying his opponent to the intriguing investigation into the Republican House speaker and the shady filing day switch-a-roo in Grand Rapids.
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Friday, August 31,2012

Labor swings and misses on 'Protect Our Jobs'

by Kyle Melinn
One state Supreme Court decision is the only thing standing in the way of a constitutional collective bargaining guarantee being officially tossed off the November ballot. You hear that giant swirling sound?
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Wednesday, August 29,2012

Tea Party not connecting with mainstream

by Kyle Melinn
For all the noise Tea Party activists are making within the Republican Party these days, you'd think this hodge-podge collection of every spectrum of conservatism imaginable would be kicking butt at the ballot box.
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Wednesday, August 15,2012

Powerless people, special interest proposals

by Kyle Melinn
This November we're getting potentially six constitutional amendments and one referendum because a few deep-pocketed entities see money to be made or, in the case of organized labor, higher membership numbers to be gotten.
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Wednesday, August 1,2012

3 open House seats draws blue interest

by Kyle Melinn
Republicans have a 50/50 shot at claiming the long-sought south Lansing, rural Ingham County seat in the 67th. The numbers are stacked against them in the 69th, but they have a moderate candidate there. The Democratic base in the 68th is 73 percent, making a GOP victory there beyond slim.
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Wednesday, August 1,2012

Somebody wants to be the GOP U.S. Senate nominee … right?

by Kyle Melinn
But all four Republicans on the Aug. 7 ballot have made such head-scratching decisions, it seems this campaign has been more an exercise in how far the human nose can stretch into the Tea Party’s rear end than mounting a credible challenge to Stabenow.
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