Michigan gubernatorial race

Lt. Governor Brian Calley, State of Michigan
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Two victims of former sports doctor Larry Nassar are praising Republican Lt. Gov. Brian Calley in a TV ad launched by his gubernatorial campaign. Calley last week signed legislation inspired by the Nassar scandal.

He also has joined calls for John Engler to no longer serve as interim president of Michigan State University due to emails Engler sent criticizing victims' lawyers and saying the first woman to go public with her accusations against Nassar - Rachael Denhollander - probably received a "kickback" from her attorney.

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The conservative group Americans for Prosperity is spending nearly $1.7 million on a TV ad criticizing Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gretchen Whitmer, saying she backed policies of former Gov. Jennifer Granholm and voted for tax increases as a legislator.

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gretchen Whitmer is proposing to provide preschool to all 4-year-olds, to triple the number of literacy coaches and to stop transferring school aid revenue to colleges.

The proposals are included in an education plan the former legislative leader outlined at a Lansing school Friday.

Whitmer says as governor, she would help increase teachers' pay after years of Republican control of state government, oppose the "hyper focus" on standardized testing and work to add more career counselors.

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Republican gubernatorial candidate Brian Calley has officially been endorsed by Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder.

Snyder made the announcement with the lieutenant governor Wednesday at a construction company in the Detroit suburb of Southfield.

Snyder says he wants to pass the baton to someone who can take Michigan "to an even higher level." He says he has looked forward to endorsing Calley ever since he asked him to be his running mate eight years ago.

Snyder cannot run a third time because of term limits.

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Gubernatorial candidate Gretchen Whitmer is being endorsed by Michigan's four Democrats in the U.S. House. Reps. Sander Levin, Dan Kildee, Brenda Lawrence and Debbie Dingell announced their endorsements Monday in Taylor, a Detroit suburb.

They say they need a partner in Lansing, and Whitmer - a former legislative leader - would help to fix crumbling roads, create good-paying jobs, protect people's health coverage and safeguard the Great Lakes.

Latest Epic-MRA poll: breaking down the numbers

Mar 2, 2018

  

Lansing-based EPIC-MRA released its February statewide survey of 600 voters who say they’ll likely head to the polls in the November 2018 election.

Of those 600 voters, 42-percent consider themselves Democrats, 39-percent identify Republican and 13-percent claimed to be Independent. The remaining 7-percent are undecided or categorized as “other/refused.”

The all were asked if they have a favorable or unfavorable opinion of prominent gubernatorial candidates.

Michigan voters will elect a new governor this year. As a lead up to the Republican primary the parties candidates are planning town hall forums. The first is planned for next week in Grand Rapids.

Republican gubernatorial candidates Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley, state Senator Patrick Colbeck and Dr. Jim Hines will take questions from voters next week in Grand Rapids.

It’s the first in a series of town hall forums planned for January and February.

Republican gubernatorial candidates Brian Calley and Patrick Colbeck plan to participate in a series of town hall forums where voters can ask questions.

Details on dates, locations and formats have yet to be worked out, but Calley - the lieutenant governor - said Monday he's envisioning one event per week for six weeks over January and February.

Colbeck, a state senator, says GOP candidate Dr. Jim Hines will also participate.

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In a December of poll, 37% of registered Michigan voters give President Donald Trump a positive job approval rating while 61% rate his performance as just fair or poor.

The numbers are revealed in Lansing-based EPIC-MRA’s most recent survey. The polling of 600 registered Michigan voters conducted in mid-December provides polar opposite views when it comes to the direction the country and the state are heading.

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Lt. Gov. Brian Calley is handing over leadership of his part-time Legislature ballot drive to conservative grassroots activists as he prepares for an expected 2018 campaign for governor.

Calley told The Associated Press on Friday that the Clean Michigan Government committee is halfway toward collecting the 315,000 valid signatures needed to make the ballot. The goal is to submit petitions in mid- to late-January.

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