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Political candidates could ask for a recount only if they have a reasonable chance of winning under legislation advancing in Michigan. The House approved the bill 98-10 Wednesday.

It's a response to Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein's recount request last year, even though she won just 1 percent of the vote.

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The Republic of Palau is an island nation on the frontline of geopolitical tensions in the western Pacific Ocean. Its President is a Grand Valley State University graduate. While visiting with the World Affairs Council of Western Michigan, he spoke with WGVU about his country’s role in dealing with the North Korean nuclear threat.

“When you’re small the effects of a hydrogen bomb doesn’t sit too well with any island resident.”

3 questions with the Candidate: Alan Greene

Oct 27, 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. 

Alan Green attended Grand Rapids Community College and is 61 years of age. A lifelong Muskegon resident, Green is seeking public office for the first time this election, and WGVU asked him three questions.

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.

Liberal critics of Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette have cleared a procedural hurdle in a lawsuit seeking emails from the private accounts of key members of his staff. A group called Progress Michigan believes Schuette and 20 staffers for years used private email to discuss public business. The group filed a lawsuit after the attorney general's office responded to a public records request by saying it possessed only one record and it was exempt. 

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Michigan's unemployment benefits agency would assess smaller penalties on jobless workers who are found to have committed fraud under newly introduced bipartisan legislation.

The change is included in an eight-bill package unveiled by lawmakers Thursday.

The measures were drafted in response to the Unemployment Insurance Agency falsely accusing tens of thousands of beneficiaries of fraud. A new state law prohibits fraud determinations based solely on computer-identified discrepancies.

3 Questions with the Candidate: Senita Lenear

Oct 19, 2017

Grand Rapids voters will head to the polls this November as two candidates are running for City Commission in the city’s 3rd Ward. In anticipation of the election, this week WGVU is highlighting those two candidates.

Senita Lenear was first elected to the City Commission in 2014. Prior to the city commission, Lenear served for 6 years on the Grand Rapids Board of Education.

Having lived in the city’s 3rd Ward for over 30 years, she is currently seeking re-election as Commissioner of the city’s 3rd Ward, and WGVU asked Lenear 3 questions.

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The Michigan Senate has voted to forgive hundreds of millions of dollars in extra "responsibility" fees that have been assessed to 317,000 motorists for certain traffic offenses.

The legislation approved unanimously Thursday would also speed up the elimination of newly assessed fees.

Supporters say the state fees are excessive and prevent people from legally driving. The fees are levied in addition to fines motorists pay for infractions. They range from $100 to $2,000 for driving without insurance, accumulating too many points and other offenses.

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.

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