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It was Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren — not Michigan — that hogged the spotlight of the first presidential debates. For Warren that may end up being a good thing. For Sanders, maybe not. more
If the stars align just right next November, Donald Trump could lose the popular vote by as much as five points and still win the White House, according to an analysis The New York Times’ Upshot blog published Friday. more
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It’s Mike Bishop, a Republican from Rochester. He's the former two-term House member, who was broomed out of office in 2018 by 13,098 votes at the hands of now U.S. Rep. Elissa Slotkin, D-Holly, as part of last year’s Blue and Pink waves. more
In the end, the Rev. Peter Yoshonis said Dylan Tarr’s death could only be summed up as “an unexplainable tragedy.” more
A local hosting a white supremacist website that inspired Charleston, South Carolina, mass murderer Dylan Roof has given its client 30 days to find a new home. more
Sparrow Health System has overcome a risk to its accreditation for its flagship hospital on Michigan Avenue after three months of limbo. more
If the road to the White House runs through Michigan — as national experts are saying it once again could — the Democratic debates in Detroit next week are part of the trip. more
Potter Park Zoo welcomed a new male red panda in hopes for successful breeding in 2020.  more
My deck is connected with nature and community. It offers a cool, nice place for me to reflect on everything and watch life go by. It’s amazing how these spaces become such a part of us. more
My favorite thing is our community garden and what we are starting to do with it. As things start to bloom and produce food, we are doing a summer of taking for the community. We have lettuce, strawberries, blueberries, herbs, tomatoes and sunflowers.  more
Meridian Township has two ballot measures before the voters this Aug. 6, including one that could boost service for its convenient Redi-Ride public transit service and a large bond measure to raise money for new streets and improved infrastructure. more
Lansing City Council hopeful Dan Ross said he knew his criminal background as a teenager would come out if he ran for public office. He said that was a reason he launched his long-shot write-in bid for an at-large position. more
Eight challengers — including a late arriving write-in candidate — will face off against four incumbents for seats on Lansing’s City Council in the Aug. 6 primary election. And each of them has voiced some big ideas. more
John Roos, the owner of Ann Arbor-based RoosRoast Coffee shop, thinks hard about what he can do to make his business stand out. Roos takes the quality of his coffee seriously. However, as an environmentally conscious person, he understands the impact coffee-making has on the planet and tries to find ways around that. more
In “How Democracies Die,” political scientists Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt argue that there are three strategies would-be authoritarians – from Juan Peron in Argentina, to Hugo Chavez in Venezuela, to Silvia Berlusconi in Italy, to Vladimir Putin in Russia – have employed in their efforts to consolidate power: capturing the referees, sidelining key players and changing the rules. more
A federal magistrate judge granted the ACLU of Michigan the authority to intervene on behalf of the Williamston High School Gay-Straight Alliance in their lawsuit with a fundamentalist Christian group, in a key legal victory for LGBTQ youth. more
Chased out of the Republican Party by President Donald Trump’s antics, the strict constitutionalist from Cascade Township is professing his reelection plans to the national media. If successful, he’d be the first Michigander in at least modern history to win a congressional seat as an independent. more
The Lansing Board of Water & Light broke ground June 3 on a new, $500 million dollar gas-fired plant, but unsuccessful opponents of the plant are hoping the BWL will at least consider scaling it down. more
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