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Just over two months since the midterm primary, election season is already heating up for 2020, as Monday, Grand Rapids Mayor Rosalynn Bliss launched her campaign for re-election.

It’s been over three years since Bliss took the oath of office, becoming the first female mayor in the city’s 167 year history.

Mayor Bliss issued this statement quote:

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Michigan's economy will keep growing but at a slower rate, resulting in stable tax revenue growth at a time new Gov. Gretchen Whitmer begins working to put her imprint on state spending.

That is among the takeaways from Friday's semiannual meeting where the state treasurer and legislative fiscal experts agreed to consensus economic and tax projections. The Democratic governor will use the numbers when drafting her first budget proposal, due to the Republican-led Legislature in March.

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President Donald Trump says it would be "very surprising" for him not to declare a national emergency if he can't make a deal with Democrats to pay for his promised U.S.-Mexico border wall.

WGVU spoke with a West Michigan Republican congressman about that option.

“I get the sense that the President is getting ready to declare an emergency and that will give him the cover that he believes he needs to support legislation that doesn’t provide him the funding that he’s asking for.”

That’s U.S. Representative Justin Amash.

John Meacham speaking at GVSU Eberhard Center

Presidential historian John Meacham, author of the recently released book “The Soul of America” visited Grand Valley State University in partnership with the Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies and the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation and Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum. Meacham explains the political rancor permeating American society is nothing new offering a way forward. 

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The Newaygo County Republican Party believes it is the first county GOP organization in the state to issue a resolution supporting President Donald Trump’s pledge to construct a southern border wall.

The Newaygo County Republican Party is led by a 17 member committee. During its executive committee meeting held January 3rd, it unanimously voted to support President Donald Trump and the construction of a $5.7 billion wall along the U.S./Mexico border and did so with the drafting of a resolution.

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EBW Electronics

Holland-based EBW Electronics employs 230 workers making automotive lighting circuit boards. The parts come from China and are assembled here. In a Sunday New York Times story the chairman of EBW had this to say about tariffs on Chinese made components, “It’s killing us.” In the Times story it was also stated the tariffs incentivize a company to move to either Canada or Mexico. 

Chairman Pat LaBlanc is a Republican and supporter of President Donald Trump. He spoke with WGVU about the media attention and realities facing his company.

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A newly-sworn in congresswoman from Michigan is continuing her call for President Donald Trump’s impeachment.

U.S. Representative Rashida Tlaib wrote in an Op-Ed published by the Detroit Free Press that the president is a “direct and serious threat to our country.”

Tlaib then used an expletive to describe Trump in a meeting with supporters during her first official day in Congress.

Tlaib vowed to oust the President in her campaign for Michigan’s 13th Congressional District.

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Governor Gretchen Whitmer says the state needs to do more work with small and geographically-disadvantaged businesses.

She signed an executive directive Friday. It requires the state Department of Technology, Management, and Budget to work with state agencies and small business organizations to come up with policies to increase purchases and contracts from those types of businesses.

Gretchen Whitmer

New Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is prohibiting the use of private email to conduct state business.

The Democrat's directive is among six she issued Thursday, two days after taking office. Her directive orders state department directors and agency heads to prohibit the use of private email for conducting state business within the executive branch. It also bars using state email for non-state activity or disposing state emails except in compliance with record retention schedules.

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Governor Gretchen Whitmer has issued her first executive directive as Michigan’s governor. The directive requires state department employees to report threats to public health, safety or welfare up the chain of command. And it requires those threats to be investigated.

Governor Whitmer signed the directive while flanked by employees of the Department of Environmental Quality. That’s a department that has faced reports of low morale and that came under the microscope in the wake of the Flint water crisis. Whitmer says this isn’t about just one department –