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In a recent poll commissioned by Michigan NORML, which is the Michigan Chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, indicates a majority of state voters are in favor of legalizing marijuana.

Michigan Lt. Governor Calley enters gubernatorial race

Nov 28, 2017

Lt. Gov. Brian Calley will seek a promotion to governor next year. The Republican launched his long-expected candidacy Tuesday while vowing to continue an economic rebound that has resulted in the addition of more than a half million jobs in Michigan.

Calley touts the Michigan unemployment rate at a 17-year low this year and says the state leads the Midwest in job creation, ranks sixth nationally and is first in new manufacturing jobs. He told The Associated Press he is running to "continue the comeback" and to "make Michigan the most prosperous state in the nation."

In Tuesday's general election, voters in Wyoming approved a $79.5 million school improvement bond. Wyoming Public School District officials had argued before Tuesday’s vote that its schools were in desperate need of renovation. Now, Superintendent Dr. Thomas Reeder says, thanks to the voters, the bond will completely overhaul the district and bring it into the 21st. Century.

Voters in West Michigan headed to the polls yesterday to vote on a number of proposals in both Kent and Muskegon Counties. In the City of Grand Rapids, voters re-elected Commissioner Senita Lenear for a second term. Originally elected to the city commission in 2014, Lenear held off challenger Kent Boersema and maintained her seat on the City Commission.

Grand Rapids City Commissioner Senita Lenear celebrated with campaign volunteers Tuesday night on the city’s south side with pizza and cake, after learning voters had re-elected her for another term in the city’s 3rd ward.

“I am extremely thankful and grateful that the 3rd ward decided to allow me the opportunity to serve as their commissioner for another four years,” Lenear said. “I will not disappoint. I will continue to work hard for them. And I will continue to make sure that all aspects of the 3rd ward and our needs are met at city hall,” she said.

Grand Rapids Public Library officials are hoping voters pass a 20-year millage on Tuesday they say is desperately needed to help cover operating costs. Currently, a 20-year millage that went towards both renovating the downtown branch and library building maintenance is expiring in 2018. If passed next Tuesday, the new millage will help supplement a budget they library says its been operating on since 2006. However, the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce isn’t on board with the idea, as the chamber argues that the library isn’t being upfront about the new tax. 

3 questions with the Candidate: Ken Johnson

Oct 26, 2017

This November, voters in Muskegon will head to the polls and choose between four candidates running for two City Commission at Large seats. In anticipation of the election, this week, WGVU is profiling each candidate. 

Commissioner Ken Johnson is a lifelong resident of the City of Muskegon, and a graduate of George Washington University in Washington D.C.

Originally elected in 2013, Johnson is seeking re-election as Muskegon City Commissioner at Large, and WGVU asked him 3 questions.

3 questions with the Candidate: Dan Sybenga

Oct 26, 2017

This November, voters in Muskegon will head to the polls and choose between four candidates running for two City Commission at Large seats. This week, WGVU is profiling each candidate in anticipation of the election.

Dan Sybenga is the Dean of Academic Affairs at Muskegon Community College. Originally elected to the city commission 4 years ago, Sybenga is seeking re-election as City Commissioner at Large in Muskegon.

WGVU asked Sybenga three questions.

3 Questions with the Candidate: Kent Boersema

Oct 18, 2017

Grand Rapids voters will head to the polls this November as two candidates are running for City Commission in the 3rd Ward. In anticipation of the election, this week WGVU is highlighting those two candidates. Kent Boersema graduated from Grand Valley State University with a degree in political science and criminal justice. 

A lifelong resident of Grand Rapids, Boersema currently is the site supervisor for Securitas Security Services USA.

Boersema is running for City Commission in Grand Rapids 3rd Ward, and WGVU’s Daniel Boothe asked him 3 questions.

University of Michigan President Mark Schlissel found it "ironic" that students who voted for President Donald Trump felt shunned on campus after the 2016 election.

Schlissel also wrote last year that he was "torn" about recommending appointees for the new administration. He said, "I can't imagine lending one's name to a Trump administration."

The remarks were in emails released Wednesday by the Mackinac Center for Public Policy.

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