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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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Wednesday, August 1,2012

Rogers challenged by two in GOP primary

by Kyle Melinn
Hetrick, 38, of Brighton, is a Lansing Grand River assembly plant employee who had worked at the Saturn plant in Spring Hill, Tenn. A Michigander since 2000, Hetrick says he was moved to run because of Congress' inability to get a handle on the country’s exploding debt crisis.
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Wednesday, July 18,2012

Singh, Schmidt race to photo finish in 69th

by Kyle Melinn
Early mornings, nights, weekends, I wrote candidate profiles and analyzed all 110 state House races taking place in the August primary and November general election. Not all 110 seats have competitive primaries. In fact, about only 40 do.
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Wednesday, July 11,2012

Calley foe Trebesh emerges in Clinton Co. House race

by Kyle Melinn
So when the local Republican Party poobahs came together for a special convention to pick a replacement for Calley, it came as little surprise when Trebesh couldnī\'t round up the necessary votes to win the nomination. He ended up dropping out, giving the race to Judy Emmons, who was since elected to the seat.
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Thursday, July 5,2012

Is Cochran serious about winning the 67th?

by Kyle Melinn
Among the Lansing types, Cochran is viewed as the frontrunner. The 67th House District is one of only two or three competitive open seats in the state this year, meaning Democrats must retain the district held by term-limited Rep. Barb Byrum to keep alive any slim hopes they have of regaining a majority.
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