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  1. Grand Rapids businessman Ellis puts up his own money to challenge Amash

    Grand Rapids-area businessman Brian Ellis has mounted a fierce Republican primary challenge against U.S. Rep. Justin Amash, portraying the maverick congressman's unpredictable voting pattern as 'bizarre' and out of touch with 3rd Congressional District voters.

  2. Arab-American group alleges discrimination over Dearborn Heights absentee ballots

    Dearborn Heights An advocacy group is asking state and federal authorities to investigate allegations that Dearborn Heights officials purposely prevented Arab-Americans from obtaining absentee ballots.

  3. Conyers ramps up as Sheffield presses on

    Detroit — U.S. Rep. John Conyers is campaigning more vigorously than normal for a 26th term, after a political scare a month ago nearly sidetracked his quest to be the first black dean of Congress.

  4. 14th District race packed with action, but there's little attention

    Michigan's 14th Congressional District is a test-tube baby, conceived by gerrymandering to favor Democrats. Misshapen and geographically bizarre, it wends its way from Pontiac to Farmington Hills to Grosse Pointe. Its midsection — in Southfield and a chunk of Detroit — swells like a boa constrictor after a hearty meal.

  5. Power of incumbency difficult to overcome

    Washington Congress is wildly unpopular. In fact, two-thirds of Americans want their House member booted. And the tea party is dogging longtime Republican lawmakers. So incumbents are sweating out this year's election, right?

  6. High spending, low turnouts mark primaries

    The midterm election primary season is drawing record-low voter turnout in some states, a sign perhaps, of widespread apathy in both parties ahead of November's elections.

  7. Democrat Schauer admits voting in '12 GOP presidential primary

    Lansing Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mark Schauer admitted today he voted Republican in Michigan's 2012 presidential primary, but declined to say whom he voted for.

  8. Court date set for challenge to Evans residency

    Detroit — Wayne County executive candidate Warren Evans has a Friday court date scheduled over a challenge to his residency.

  9. Officials say SMART buses' future rides on tax vote

    Detroit The regional bus service SMART is asking voters for a tax increase in three counties and warns that if the millage fails, so does the entire system.

  10. Democratic Party releases footage it says came from Mich. GOP 'spies' targeting candidates

    The Democratic Party on Tuesday released more footage it uncovered from a hidden camera scheme the Michigan Republican Party has been operating against state Democratic candidates.

  11. District 27 state representative candidate submits petitions to get pot initiatives on ballot

    Huntington Woods —A state representative hopeful said Tuesday he has delivered on his promise to get the marijuana issue on local ballots of his district by this fall.

  12. Evans announces pastor endorsements for Wayne executive race

    Detroit — Wayne County Executive candidate Warren Evans on Tuesday announced the endorsement of more than a dozen local pastors.

  13. Road funding a key issue for Oakland Dems in state House primary

    A licensed medical marijuana caregiver, an investment adviser, an attorney, a union leader and an insurance agent are the Democrats competing for an Oakland County state House seat in the Aug. 5 primary.

  14. Attacks by Land, Peters in Mich. Senate race focus on spending

    GOP Senate candidate Terri Lynn Land launched a new campaign ad Tuesday accusing her Democratic rival Rep. Gary Peters of being a 'roadblock' to Michigan.

    • 7:07 PM, Jul. 21, 2014
    • Elections

    Land returning to D.C. for fundraiser as money race heats up

    Washington — Michigan Senate candidate Terri Lynn Land is returning to Washington this week to hold another fundraiser with a GOP senator to raise money — just days after ...

    • 11:13 PM, Jul. 20, 2014
    • Elections

    District 11 barbs fly for GOP primary

    U.S. Rep. Kerry Bentivolio is trying to show his 2012 election wasn't a fluke, although his Republican primary opponent has outspent him by a 20-1 margin in ...

    • 10:17 PM, Jul. 20, 2014
    • Elections

    2 challenge district court judge in Novi

    The race for a seat in Novi's 52-1 District Court is heating up as two challengers take on an incumbent judge whose behavior has recently come under fire.

    • 4:20 PM, Jul. 18, 2014
    • Elections

    Peters: Kochs spending against his senatorial campaign to 'continue their polluting ways'

    Detroit U.S. Rep. Gary Peters said Friday billionaire industrialists Charles and David Koch are spending millions of dollars to defeat his candidacy for the U.S. to ...

  15. District 7 House seat draws large, diverse field of Democrats

    Detroit — The wife of the outgoing state House member, a school board vice president, insurance agent and author are among the Democratic candidates vying to ...

  16. Video: Republicans caught using spy glasses at Schauer campaign fundraiser

    For the third time this year, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mark Schauer is accusing Republicans of attempting to spy on his campaign.

    • 8:55 PM, Jul. 16, 2014
    • Elections

    VP Biden to hold event Thursday with Duggan at WCCCD

    Washington Vice President Joe Biden will tour a training program in Detroit with Mayor Mike Duggan on Thursday and hold a fundraiser for Michigan Democrats before he ...

    • 6:00 PM, Jul. 16, 2014
    • Elections

    Personal funds key for Michigan candidates' campaigns as primary nears

    Lansing — Michigan U.S. House candidates raised $7 million in the past three months with more than half of the total coming from political newcomers who dipped into ...

    • 12:05 AM, Jul. 16, 2014
    • Elections

    Visiting Dems to boost Peters

    Detroit U.S. Rep. Gary Peters' Senate campaign will get a national boost this week when 3,000 liberal and Democratic activists descend on Detroit for an annual forum ...

  17. Detroit to offer absentee ballot requests through smartphones

    City voters can now request an absentee ballot through their smartphones, an initiative called 'historic' by the Michigan Democratic Party Chairman Lon Johnson ...

  18. Clergyman, PAC endorse Ficano for Wayne County executive

    Detroit — Wayne County Executive Robert Ficano received the endorsement Tuesday of the Rev. Wendell Anthony and the Fannie Lou Hamer Political Action Committee.

    • 6:47 AM, Jul. 16, 2014
    • Elections

    Trott outspends Bentivolio 20 to 1 in House race

    Republican U.S. House challenger David Trott massively outspent Rep. Kerry Bentivolio, R-Milford, by more than 20 to 1 in the last three months — with just ...

    • 11:18 AM, Jul. 14, 2014
    • Elections

    GOP battle for Camp's Congress seat gets feisty

    Lansing The attacks have stepped up the battle for a solidly Republican U.S. House seat that will be all but decided in the Aug. 5 primary. The two top candidates, who ...

  19. Gregory faces challenges from 2 state reps in Michigan Senate race

    A Democratic state senator is facing a primary challenge from two term-limited state representatives for the seat that represents southeast Oakland County.

  20. For GOP, Oakland Co. official, newcomer square off in Michigan's 38th House District primary

    After nearly six years in office, Novi-area Republican state Rep. Hugh Crawford's run in Michigan's 38th House District will end, thanks to term limits.

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