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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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School board election results

Only one of two incumbents on the Three Rivers Community Schools Board of Education will return following the results of Tuesday’s vote. Mike Bosma will be joined by Anne Riopel, Julia Awe and top vote-getter Dan Ryan to four-year terms. Incumbent Carl Barth finished seventh in the eight-person race. Longtime Colon Community Schools board member Ernie Baker was a casualty …

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Results of various millage requests

Three Rivers will have 15 more years of street and sidewalk improvements, as a millage-renewal request was passed Tuesday. The 3.7 mills were up for renewal after their formation in 2002. The 3.7 mills generate about $800,000 annually and allow the city to maintain its 49 miles of streets and sidewalks. The measure was approved by nearly 70 percent of …

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County commission election results

Allen Balog won his fourth two-year term to the St. Joseph County Board of Commissioners in Tuesday’s general election. The Three Rivers resident and former mayor of Three Rivers will join John Dobberteen as the only two incumbents returning to the five-member board in January. Representing Flowerfield and Fabius townships, and the city of Three Rivers, the 60-year-old Balog fended …

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