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Tax return: Gov. Snyder’s income, charitable giving steady

The personal federal tax return for Gov. Rick Snyder and his wife, Sue, shows they had just over $400,000 in income in 2015 and made charitable contributions of about $95,000. The Detroit Free Press reports the Republican governor itemized about $370,000 in deductions, leaving a taxable income of just under $25,000. The former venture capitalist and computer company executive paid …

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Judge blocks Michigan ban on ‘ballot selfies’ on Nov. 8

A judge has blocked Michigan law and policies that would prevent voters from taking photos of their ballot in the Nov. 8 election.  Joel Crookston of Portage sued in Grand Rapids federal court, saying his First Amendment right to free speech was violated. Judge Janet Neff issued a preliminary injunction Monday. State election officials had argued that the rules are …

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Miller will make appearances

State Rep. Aaron Miller is making four public appearances Thursday, including a location in St. Joseph County. Miller will be available to meet with constituents at Burr Oak Township Hall, 208 W. Front St., from 3 to 4:30 p.m. The second-year legislator will be at other locations in Cass County earlier in the day. He will be at the Baker’s …

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Upton receives recognition

Two national agencies that advocate for people in need of mental-health treatment recognized U.S. Rep. Fred Upton during a ceremony Monday in Centreville. The National Association of County Behavioral Health and Developmental Disability Directors, and the National Association for Rural Mental Health, awarded Upton their “Outstanding Legislative Leader” acknowledgment. It was presented by Liz O’Dell, chief executive officer of Community …

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Oswald defeats Marsh in primary

The closest political contest of the night in Tuesday’s primary election centered on the race for county clerk/register of deeds. Lindsay Oswald emerged the winner by just 303 votes to claim the four-year term over Fabius Township resident Melissa Marsh. Oswald, who lives in Lockport Township, received 2,807 votes to Marsh’s 2,504 for a 53 percent margin of victory to …

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County Commission – District 2

Mendon resident Kathy Pangle pulled off the upset of the night Tuesday in defeating incumbent Don Eaton to District 2 of the St. Joseph County Board of Commissioners. Tuesday’s primary election pitted Eaton, a six-year board member, against Pangle and Mendon resident Chad Behrends. Pangle’s 660 votes represented 60 percent of the votes cast in the five-township district that is …

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