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State officials say any federal investigation will not turn up widespread vote fraud in Michigan, despite unsubstantiated accusations by President Trump that millions of people voted illegally.

President Trump says illegal voting kept him from winning the popular vote, but there’s no evidence of that. State officials – who are also Republicans – say that’s certainly not true in Michigan.

Secretary of State Ruth Johnson, the state’s top elections official, Michigan has done a very good job of clearing people who have died or moved from its voter files.

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Jan 25, 2017
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This Thursday, the Ford Museum presents, "The White House Vice Presidency:  The Path to Significance, Mondale to Biden.”  Joel Goldstein, the nation's premier scholar on the office of the Vice President, speaks at the event and joins us this morning.  

Grand Rapids Inauguration Day "watch party" reactions

Jan 20, 2017
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As President Donald Trump took the oath of office and was officially sworn in, watch parties across Grand Rapids took place to witness the ushering in of a new presidency. WGVU spoke with a number of people about their immediate reaction to President Trump's inauguration speech.

"We will make America great again!"

As President Donald Trump finished his inaugural speech, a large crowd at kent County GOP headquarters cheered on the new president, and most felt that the speech delivered a unifying message after months of division.

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Earlier this week U.S. Rep. Justin Amash held a town hall meeting in downtown Grand Rapids. Before the event, WGVU sat down with the Cascade Township Republican discussing President-elect Donald Trump's tweets and Russian relations.    

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The next Commander in Chief has made it standard operation using Twitter to get his message across. President-elect Donald Trump tweets at all hours and a number of them have been controversial. 

Earlier this week, one tweet struck a nerve with some members of Trump’s party. For one West Michigan Congressional leader it wasn’t that one tweet, it’s the non-stop tweeting in general. WGVU sat down with the man who authored the tweet heard ‘round the world.

“I just said, ‘Dude, just stop!’”

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Tuesday, January 17th and Wednesday, January 18th @ 9:00 PM on WGVU-HD, FRONTLINE premiers what it calls "a four-hour, two-night miniseries telling the inside story of the division and polarization in Washington that frustrated the Obama presidency and laid the groundwork for the election of a defiant outsider ."

WGVU talks with Jim Gilmore, Producer/Reporter "Divided States of America."

Betsy DeVos is widely expected to push for expanding school choice programs if confirmed as education secretary.

Such a move is certain to bring pushback from teachers unions.

Democrats and civil rights activists also are raising concerns about how her conservative Christian beliefs might impact minority and LGBT students.

A Senate committee begins considering her nomination Tuesday. Her financial questionnaire shows DeVos has donated to the political campaigns of at least four committee members.

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With a new session of Congress come new appointments. U.S. Representative Bill Huizenga has been elected to lead the Capital Markets Subcommittee and he’s also been elected to Co-Chair the Great Lakes Task Force.

WGVU spoke with the Zeeland Republican about his new roles.

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U.S. Representative Bill Huizenga has been elected to Co-Chair the Great Lakes Task Force.

WGVU with Congressman Huizenga about his new role.

As Co-Chair of the Great Lakes Task Force, U.S. Representative Bill Huizenga tells me he’s focused on Great Lakes protection including invasive species and proper economic and recreational usage.

“And that really boils down to, in a practical way, what are we doing with our harbors and our pier heads?”

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Governor Rick Snyder has just a few bills from last session left to consider. Among them is a bill that would allow landlords to include a provision in their leases preventing tenants from smoking or growing medical marijuana.

Bill sponsor Republican Senator Rick Jones said the legislation protects fellow tenants and landlords from smoke and damage to buildings. “No one needs to use medical marijuana in a smoking form,” he said. “If they have a prescription, they can use it in many other ways – edibles, creams, oils, and even vaporizers.”

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