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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.

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The Civil War came to an end more than 150 years ago. Today, communities are debating the preservation or removal of Civil War monuments.

Christy S. Coleman is CEO of the American Civil War Museum. As a guest of Grand Valley State University’s Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies and its Division of Inclusion and Equity, Coleman presented “How Shall We Remember?”

“Around this conversation, this debate, about confederate statuary in particular, part of the challenge is that we have to unpack when they’re put up and why?”

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State budget director Al Pscholka is resigning next month and will be replaced by Gov. Rick Snyder's strategy director John Walsh.

The Republican governor announced the change Friday, effective Feb. 28.

Pscholka, a former lawmaker who became budget director a year ago, says he wants to pursue unspecified opportunities in southwest Michigan to spend more time with his family. He will stay on to help finalize and release the next proposed budget in February.

Walsh will be the fourth budget director for Snyder, who has less than a year left in office.

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The majority of Michigan voters say fixing the state’s infrastructure is the number one problem lawmakers need to address. That is the finding in a recent poll conducted in December.

Fix MI State is a campaign organized by the Michigan Infrastructure & Transportation Association. It asked Lansing-based Epic-MRA to survey 600 registered Michigan voters asking what they think is the top problem facing the state?

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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A federal judge says some Michigan lawmakers must sit for interviews about a law that bans straight-party voting. The questions will be limited to what they might have said about their motives to people outside their offices.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Mona Majzoub says communications between lawmakers and their staff are protected.

The depositions are part of a lawsuit. Straight-party voting means making a single mark on a ballot to pick candidates of one party.

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The Legislature officially returns next week, and a top priority in Lansing will likely be the state’s tax code.

The new federal tax law caused a stir in Michigan. That’s because it could mean residents will lose some state exemptions and have to pay higher state taxes.

Governor Snyder wants to make sure the federal law doesn’t hurt the wallets of Michiganders.

Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley has been working on the issue. He says it doesn’t require a major fix, but it will have to be approved by the Legislature.

More than a year after her surprise election, the clerk in a Detroit-area county is defending herself against allegations that she didn't live at a house in Warren. In a court filing, Karen Spranger's attorney says she was poor in 2016 but still able to live at a house with no utilities. 

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Gov. Rick Snyder says the federal tax overhaul will cause residents' state income taxes to increase, and he's committed to ensuring taxpayers ultimately don't have to pay more.

The tax legislation, which President Donald Trump will sign, will eliminate the $4,050 personal exemption. That's an issue because Michigan lets people claim a $4,000 exemption for each exemption taken on their federal return.

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The U.S. House has passed the $1.5 trillion Tax Cuts and Jobs Act in a re-vote. West Michigan Congressional leaders explained they’re “yes” votes through social media.

“Hey, everybody it’s Bill Huizenga coming live from my office in Washington D.C.”

Via Facebook Live the Zeeland Republican explained his vote for tax reform was the right thing to do for the country.

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