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In Allegan County, incumbent Republican Mary Whiteford handily defeated Democrat John Andrysiak with 67 percent of the vote. Whiteford won a Special Election win earlier this year filling the rest of Cindy Gamrat’s term expiring at the end of this year.

“From day one I had to be boots on the ground representing my district and do the job that I was first elected to do. So, I’m just so relieved and honored that I was re-elected so that I can serve an entire term of two years and just keep working hard.”

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Republican Rep. Roger Victory has won his third term serving Michigan’s 88th House District. The Hudsonville resident won with three quarters of the vote defeating Democratic challenger Kim Nagy 75 to 25 percent.

Victory tells us he has more work to do in Lansing.

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Tim Meyer (D-Grand Haven)

Democrat Tim Meyer is a small business owner with locations in Holland and Grand Haven. He’s been twice appointed to the Grand Haven Central Business District Development Authority board and worked in national and local campaigns. This is the second time he’s sought political office. This time Meyer is making a run for Michigan’s 89th House district seat in Lansing.

Q: Why politics?

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Incumbent - Rep. Winnie Brinks (D-Grand Rapids) 

Four candidates are running for state house in Michigan’s 76th district. The incumbent is Democrat Winnie Brinks. The Calvin College graduate who has worked in schools and nonprofits is seeking a second term in office.

Q: Why politics?

A: “For me it’s because I believe the people of Grand Rapids deserve honest, hardworking leaders who will speak up for them in Lansing.”

Q: Under what dire circumstance or government necessity would you be willing to support a tax increase?

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Welcome to Decision 2016: The U.S. House of Representatives debate among candidates in Michigan’s 3rd Congressional District.

Candidates participating in this debate are:

Justin Amash (R-Cascade Township)

Douglas Smith (D-Belmont)

Ted Gerrard (UST-Grand Rapids)

This congressional debate was recorded October 27th before a live audience inside the studios of the Meijer Public Broadcast Center at Grand Valley State University.

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Welcome to Decision 2016:The U.S. House of Representatives Candidate Forum. This is an opportunity for voters to hear directly from the candidates. Today we turn our attention to the U.S. House of Representatives race in Michigan’s 2nd Congressional District.

The candidates interviewed are:

U.S. Rep. Bill Huizenga, (R-Zeeland)

Matthew Brady, (G-Holland)

Erwin Haas, (L-Kentwood)

Dennis Murphy, (D-Grandville)

Ronald Graeser, (UST-Fremont)

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Welcome to Decision 2016: The U.S. House of Representatives Candidate Forum. This is an opportunity for voters to hear directly from the candidates. Today we turn our attention to the U.S. House of Representatives race in Michigan’s 6th Congressional District. 

We interview candidates:

U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, (R-Saint Joseph)

Paul Clements, (D-Kalamazoo)

Lorence Wenke, (L-Kalamazoo)

This Forum was recorded Thursday, October 20th from the studios of the Meijer Public Broadcast Center at Grand Valley State University.

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It’s the final push for presidential candidates before Election Day on November 8th, and Michigan has not lost their attention.

Senator Tim Kaine will be in Michigan on Sunday. The Democratic Vice Presidential nominee will make two stops in the metro Detroit area, one in Warren and one in Taylor.

Kaine is expected to give a speech in front of over 500 union members and their families at the Warren event.

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Governor Rick Snyder took his veto pen to a plan adopted by the Legislature to change how the state raises money for the Medicaid program.

He was concerned the federal government would reject it. That would have put many millions of dollars in federal money for Medicaid at risk.

Business groups, in particular, have been frustrated with the current tax on health insurance claims. They say it drives up the cost of employee health coverage.

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Michigan veterans’ facilities are getting new reporting requirements.

Governor Rick Snyder signed a bill Wednesday that requires the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency, its successor agency, or the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (DMVA) to send reports to the governor and legislature four times a year.

The reports must examine issues like timeliness of medication distribution, how patient’s money is accounted for, and staffing levels. R

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