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Michigan Representative John Conyers told a Michigan Radio station he is stepping down from his seat from Congress. Calling in from a hospital, the longest serving member of Congress made the comments on the Mildred Gaddis’ radio show Tuesday morning.

"I am retiring today and I want everyone to know how much I appreciate the support - incredible undiminished support I've received over the years," he said. 

Recently under fire over claims he sexual harassed former employees, Conyers maintained the accusations against him were false.

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 an effort to abolish gerrymandering, an all-volunteer group of activists has collected hundreds of thousands of voter signatures to overhaul redistricting in Michigan. Voters Not Politicians, a ballot committee opposed to the partisan gerrymandering of congressional and legislative districts, is preparing to turn in roughly 400,000 signatures to force a constitutional amendment on the 2018 ballot. 

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Yet another West Michigan State Representative is announcing a run for state Senate. It’s the seat currently held by the term-limited Senate Majority Leader, Arlan Meekhof.

Ottawa County State Representative Roger Victory is currently serving his third and final term in Michigan’s 88th House District. A term limited Republican, Victory is turning his attention to a run for a Michigan Senate seat where 26 of Michigan’s 38 Senators are term limited in 2018.

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Republican Rep. Fred Upton of Michigan has ruled out running for U.S. Senate next year.

Upton, of St. Joseph, has held southwestern Michigan's congressional seat for 30 years.

He said Friday there was "a path" to running, but he has chosen "not to follow it."

He instead will seek re-election to the House, saying "we need focus and fortitude in Washington now more than ever."

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President Donald Trump calls the House passage of the $1.5 trillion tax package "a big step" toward delivering on the Republican Party's promise of tax cuts by year's end.

Michigan’s U.S. Representatives voted along party lines. The U.S. House of Representatives passed the tax bill Thursday by a 227 to 205 margin. Thirteen Republicans voted against the package. None were from Michigan.

U.S. Representative Bill Huizenga of Zeeland explains the plan does three things.

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Republican State Representative Chris Afendoulis is turning his attention to the Michigan Senate announcing this week he’ll campaign for the 29th district seat.

“I like to think I have a good commonsense philosophy. I really try to find out all the facts before I make a decision and I think I’ve got a good temperament for the job. You need people with that kind of experience in the Senate in particular because there are less members.”

Michigan Democratic gubernatorial candidate Shri Thanedar has been sued and accused of fraud related to the sale of his majority stake in a chemical-testing company he founded in Ann Arbor. In a lawsuit filed in federal court Tuesday, Avomeen Holdings Inc. alleges Thanedar made fraudulent and misleading representations about the nature and amount of revenues and earnings - which led Avomeen to pay an inflated price. 

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State Attorney General Bill Schuette says the Legislature cannot fund projects from the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund that have not been recommended by the fund.

In an opinion released Monday and dated Nov. 3, Schuette also says lawmakers lack the authority to require the fund to spend a mandated amount of development funds on a specific type of development.

The opinion was issued in response to questions from a state senator and the director of the state Department of Natural Resources.

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Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley is stepping away from leading a petition drive to switch to a part-time Legislature. That further fuels speculation he’s getting ready to run for governor next year.

The petition drive is widely seen as an effort to boost a candidacy for governor. But in his announcement about the change in leadership, Calley dropped no hints on his future plans.

Running a ballot campaign while running for governor would present a host of legal and practical problems, however.

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