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  1. Big gap in Peters, Land tax rates

    Lansing Democratic U.S. Senate hopeful Gary Peters and his wife paid an effective federal income tax rate of 18 percent in the last three years, a contrast to the less than 3 percent tax Republican opponent Terri Lynn Land paid on her income after sizable deductions.

    • 2:54 PM, Aug. 7, 2014
    • POLITICS+GOVERNMENT
    • Elections

    Schauer's running mate accused of failing to form candidate committee

    Lansing Lisa Brown has been campaigning to be Michigan's next lieutenant governor for four months without forming a candidate committee.

  2. Warren mayor plans lawsuit to block voter-approved Proposal 1

    Warren After voters handily passed Proposal 1 this week, Mayor James Fouts said he will legally challenge its implementation, saying he wants to protect the honesty and integrity of the ballot process.

    • 9:17 PM, Aug. 6, 2014
    • POLITICS+GOVERNMENT
    • Elections

    Big spending doesn't guarantee big results for some Mich. candidates

    The candidacies of two of Michigan's three self-funding millionaires went down in flames in Tuesday's congressional primaries, demonstrating that money doesn't always buy elections.

  3. Incompetence proves to be Ficano's undoing

    Incompetence has it limits, even in Wayne County. Just ask Executive Robert Ficano, who finished fifth in the Democratic primary won easily Tuesday by former Sheriff Warren Evans.

  4. Candidates might dispute notion that it helps to be female

    There's no official war on women, just a continuing snark campaign that's apparent even when women candidates run and win.

  5. 2011 scandal, subpoenas presaged Ficano's 1st election defeat in 30 years

    Detroit In the end, Robert Ficano stood in a corner, next to the bathroom, not ready to acknowledge his first election defeat in 30 years.

    • 9:20 PM, Aug. 6, 2014
    • POLITICS+GOVERNMENT
    • Elections

    Nation's eyes on Michigan this fall

    Lansing The nation's attention will turn to Michigan this fall as Democrats battle to capture a governorship and three key U.S. House seats, while Republicans try to take a U.S. Senate seat for the first time in 20 years.

  6. Political insider: Anonymous Internet ads attack Ficano ahead of vote

    A mystery remains about vicious attack ads in the aftermath of the highly contested race for Wayne County executive.

  7. Lawrence emerges as winner of Democratic primary for Gary Peters' seat

    In a race where confusion reigned on election night, Southfield Mayor Brenda Lawrence emerged Wednesday as the victor from a tight Democratic primary for U.S. Rep. Gary Peters' 14th District seat.

    • 5:09 PM, Aug. 6, 2014
    • POLITICS+GOVERNMENT
    • Elections

    Land ad criticizes Peters' immigration stance

    Washington Republicans and U.S. Senate GOP candidate Terri Lynn Land are trying to make immigration an issue in the race to replace retiring U.S. Sen. Carl Levin.

    • 4:36 PM, Aug. 6, 2014
    • POLITICS+GOVERNMENT
    • Elections

    Polls made Evans confident of Wayne County exec primary victory

    Detroit Wayne County Executive Democratic nominee Warren Evans on today said he knew he was the frontrunner early in the campaign because of polls his team conducted.

    • 2:19 PM, Aug. 6, 2014
    • POLITICS+GOVERNMENT
    • Elections

    Judge dismisses lawsuit over disputed absentee ballots in Dearborn Heights

    A Wayne County judge dismissed a lawsuit Wednesday that raised suspicions of election fraud involving hundreds of absentee ballots in Dearborn Heights.

  8. Michigan Democrats show unity after hard-fought primary

    Detroit Top Michigan Democrats on Wednesday sought to show they are unified for the fall general election against their Republican adversaries after some bruising and hard-fought Democratic primaries in Metro Detroit.

    • 3:24 PM, Aug. 6, 2014
    • POLITICS+GOVERNMENT
    • Elections

    Lawrence declares victory over Hobbs in tight race to replace Peters

    Southfield Mayor Brenda Lawrence has declared victory over state Rep. Rudy Hobbs in her bid to replace U.S. Rep. Gary Peters in the 14th Congressional District. ...

    • 9:29 AM, Aug. 6, 2014
    • POLITICS+GOVERNMENT
    • Elections

    Warren Evans gets nod; Ficano falls in Wayne Co. executive race

    Wayne County Executive Robert Ficano failed to win renomination Tuesday, as former County Sheriff Warren Evans took his party's primary with a comfortable win ...

  9. Bert Johnson keeps state Senate seat; Virgil Smith appears to

    In Wayne County, two Senate incumbents appear to have prevailed in Democratic races to retain their seats.

  10. Challenger Dave Trott defeats U.S. Rep. Kerry Bentivolio

    Detroit Birmingham attorney David Trott giving his victory speech tonight at the Troy Marriott hotel. August 5, 2014 Troy, Mi.(Clarence Tabb Jr./The Detroit News)

  11. Oak Park, Hazel Park decriminalize marijuana; Novi judge survives

    Voters in Hazel Park and Oak Park approved legalizing possession of marijuana for personal use Tuesday, while a controversial Novi district judge advanced to ...

  12. Knollenberg edges Raczkowski in GOP primary for state Senate seat

    Former state Rep. Marty Knollenberg of Troy has emerged as the winner of the state Senate's 13th District race in the Republican primary, defeating former ...

  13. Lucido narrowly captures 36th District House over Grot in Macomb

    A Shelby Township attorney has eked out a victory in the 36th District Michigan House of Representatives race in Macomb County.

    • 1:25 PM, Aug. 6, 2014
    • POLITICS+GOVERNMENT
    • Elections

    Wayne County school millage voted down

    It appears Wayne County narrowly voted down a countywide millage to raise $80 million a year for school districts. The margin was slim with 49.32 percent for ...

  14. Eastpointe, Mount Clemens pass millage hikes; Novak leads race to take on Hackel

    Eastpointe and Mount Clemens residents voted to support millage increases officials say could help the two cities avoid state intervention to balance their ...

  15. SMART millage OK'd in Oakland, Macomb and Wayne

    The SMART millage in Oakland, Macomb and Wayne counties enjoyed a resounding victory.

    • 6:14 PM, Aug. 6, 2014
    • POLITICS+GOVERNMENT
    • Elections

    Michigan voters pass Prop 1 to end personal property tax on business

    A statewide ballot proposition to end a long-time tax on manufacturing machinery and business equipment passed Tuesday night, handing Gov. Rick Snyder another ...

  16. John Conyers triumphs in Democratic primary

    U.S. Rep. John Conyers Jr. handily won the 13th Congressional District's Democratic primary Tuesday over challenger Horace Sheffield and is a step closer to ...

  17. Wayne County judge to hear request to block absentee ballots in Dearborn Heights

    A state Senate candidate wants a Wayne County judge to block absentee ballots in Dearborn Heights from being counted in today's primary election because of an ...

    • 12:46 AM, Aug. 6, 2014
    • POLITICS+GOVERNMENT
    • Elections

    Mike Bishop beats Tom McMillin in GOP primary for Rogers' seat

    Former state Senate Majority Leader Mike Bishop soundly defeated Rep. Tom McMillin in Tuesday's 8th Congressional District Republican primary.

    • 12:38 AM, Aug. 6, 2014
    • POLITICS+GOVERNMENT
    • Elections

    Amash holds off GOP challenger; Moolenaar wins in bid to replace Camp

    U.S. Rep. Justin Amash beat challenger Brian Ellis in a west Michigan congressional primary that symbolized the Republican establishment's attempt to rid ...

  18. Michigan primary voting closes on wet, stormy day

    The polls closed Tuesday as Michiganians showed up in low numbers, but it was unclear whether they matched or broke the 1990 record for the worst turnout.

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