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Governor Rick Snyder
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A judge says a class-action lawsuit against Michigan and Flint officials stemming from the city's lead-contaminated water crisis can proceed but has dropped Gov. Rick Snyder and others from the case.

U.S. District Judge Judith Levy ruled Wednesday that the suit filed on behalf of residents and businesses didn't claim Snyder knew of risks when the city switched to Flint River water in 2014. The corrosive water caused lead to leach from old plumbing.

Others dismissed include former Department of Environmental Quality Director Dan Wyant and ex-Flint Mayor Dayne Walling.

Redistricting image
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Michigan voters this fall will get to decide whether to change how their state's congressional and legislative districts are drawn.

In a 4-3 ruling late Tuesday, the state Supreme Court rejected a challenge to an anti-gerrymandering ballot measure, meaning it will go to a statewide vote in November.

The constitutional amendment would entrust redistricting to an independent commission instead of the Legislature and governor.

It is a bid to stop partisan gerrymandering, the process of a political party drawing electoral maps to maintain or expand its hold on power.

Bernie Sanders speaks in Grand Rapids in October 2016.
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U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders will campaign in Michigan for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Abdul El-Sayed two days before the primary.

The Vermont senator is a self-described democratic socialist who narrowly beat Hillary Clinton in Michigan's 2016 presidential primary.

El-Sayed's campaign announced Tuesday that Sanders will speak at two rallies on Sunday, in Detroit and Ypsilanti.

Sanders endorsed El-Sayed last week.

Attorney's General Bill Schuette, State of Michigan
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WGVU’s Decision 2018 continues the countdown to the August 7th primary profiling the gubernatorial candidates. WGVU asks Republican Bill Schuette three questions.

Q: What is your plan for expanding the state’s economy?

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WGVU’s Decision 2018 continues its profiling of candidates running in Michigan’s Senate primary races. WGVU talks with the two Republicans running for Michigan’s 29th Senate district seat.

Republican Dan Oesch is a Wyoming, Michigan native. A specialist in hospital logistics has provided him with a greater understanding of the health care system and cutting expenses. He says the state must operate within a balanced budget and implement policies promoting growth of Michigan businesses and encouraging entrepreneurship. 

Brian Calley campaign photo
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WGVU’s Decision 2018 continues the countdown to the August 7th primary profiling the gubernatorial candidates. WGVU asks Republican Brian Calley three questions.

Q: What is your plan for expanding the state’s economy?

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Collene Lamonte is a former State Representative, having served in the Michigan House from 2013 to 2015. She says her campaign is focused on education and worker’s rights.

Bill Gelineau, Libertarian gubernatorial candidate
Libertarian Party of Michigan

WGVU’s Decision 2018 continues the countdown to the August 7th primary profiling the gubernatorial candidates. WGVU asks Libertarian Bill Gelineau three questions.

Q: What is your plan for expanding the state’s economy?

A: “Well, the most important thing is my Drop the Cap program which you can find on my website which is cometomichigan.org and that involves lowering the overall income level so that investment community will find Michigan attractive.”

Q: How would you improve the state’s educational outcomes?

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The results of a statewide poll asking Democratic and Republican primary voters which of the gubernatorial candidates they’d vote for have been released. WGVU breaks down the latest survey heading into Michigan’s August 7th primary.

Lansing-based EPIC-MRA recently surveyed more than 1,400 likely Michigan voters asking who they have “already voted for by absentee ballot, or intend to vote for on Election Day?”

John Tatar photo
Libertarian Party of Michigan

WGVU’s Decision 2018 continues the countdown to the August 7th primary profiling the gubernatorial candidates. WGVU asks Libertarian John Tatar three questions.

Q: What is your plan for expanding the state’s economy?

A: “I want to bring industry back to Michigan. We used to be the leading industry of the nation. We can bring technology back in. We can bring industry back in and that will bring jobs and that will expand the economy.”

Q: How would you improve the state’s educational outcomes?

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