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Ballot language submitted to ease absentee voting rule

An effort is underway to allow Michigan voters to cast an absentee ballot for any or no reason. A coalition that includes civil libertarians and political activists filed ballot language Monday with the state. If approved, the next step would be a campaign to collect 316,000 signatures to get the issue on the fall ballot. The proposed amendment to Michigan’s …

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Michigan Rep. Fred Upton Declines To Run For Senate In 2018

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 …

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Tuesday election results

A ballot featuring four unchallenged incumbents was the only matter before Three Rivers voters Tuesday. Mayor Tom Lowry, and commissioners Janell Hart, Pat Dane and Norm Stutesman all will return to serve two-year terms. Final vote totals were: Lowry, 199; Dane, 207; Stutesman, 223; Hart, 218. The 61-year-old Lowry, owner of Lowry’s Books and More, has served as mayor 18 …

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Upton moves toward Senate run as GOP primary field grows

A two-man field of Republicans jockeying to challenge Sen. Debbie Stabenow in 2018 could soon double in size. Rep. Fred Upton, who has held southwestern Michigan’s congressional seat for 30 years, took more steps toward a Senate run at the GOP’s biennial leadership conference this weekend on Mackinac Island. While he has yet to make a final decision, numerous Republicans …

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Tuesday voting results

School officials in White Pigeon and Constantine can start planning a variety of projects, as voters in the two school systems approved proposals Tuesday. Meanwhile, a sinking-fund millage request sought by Sturgis Public Schools failed Tuesday, the second defeat in less than nine months. In White Pigeon, a funding source that generates nearly $5 million over its five-year life was …

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Miller will seek re-election next year

State Rep. Aaron Miller announced this week he will seek re-election to a third, two-year term in 2018. Though he was just re-elected in November to serve a term that began in January and concludes in December 2018, Miller said this week’s announcement ultimately lays to rest the possibility that he would vie for the seat of the 21st District …

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Miller chairs House Elections and Ethics Committee

State Rep. Aaron Miller, following his first meeting as chair of the House Elections and Ethics Committee, said he’s looking forward to working on policy over the next two years that brings even more integrity and efficiency to Michigan’s election system. Miller said elections play a critically important role in ensuring government is chosen by the people, and we should …

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Local man in Washington for inauguration

A Sturgis man who played a substantial role in Michigan’s endorsement of Donald Trump for president will be a part of the inauguration-related fanfare today in Washington. Rob Weitt served as one of the state’s 16 electors when Michigan’s Electoral College representatives a month ago confirmed the nomination of Trump for the nation’s top post. Weitt, 58, said the honor …

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Michigan recount over; Pennsylvania sets hearing

Michigan’s presidential recount was halted Wednesday after three days, assuring Republican Donald Trump’s victory in the state, when a federal judge said he’ll abide by a court ruling that found the Green Party candidate Jill Stein couldn’t seek another look at the vote. Meanwhile, the fate of Stein’s request for a recount in Pennsylvania must wait at least until a …

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President-elect Trump holds slim lead in Michigan

President-elect Donald Trump’s lead in Michigan is 10,704 votes over Democrat Hillary Clinton. The state Bureau of Elections said Wednesday that results certified by county canvassing boards show Trump ahead with about 4.8 million votes cast. The result still must be certified by the state at a meeting scheduled for Monday. If it stands, the two-tenths of a percentage point …

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