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A candidate for the United States House of Representatives in Michigan’s 3rd district claims he’s getting squeezed out of the primary by incumbent Justin Amash. 

Republican Candidate Joe Farrington says the Amash campaign is behind a petition challenge sent to the State Board of Canvassers that challenges 362 of Farrington's nearly 1200 campaign petition signatures. A thousand valid signatures is required to appear on the primary ballot.   

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The Michigan elections bureau is recommending certification of a ballot initiative that aims to end political gerrymandering by having an independent commission draw congressional and legislative districts instead of state lawmakers.

In a report filed Tuesday, Michigan elections bureau staff estimated that 394,000 signatures submitted by Voters Not Politicians are valid. That's more than the 315,000 needed.

The Board of State Canvassers is scheduled to meet Thursday to consider the proposal.

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In a statewide poll Michigan voters overwhelmingly support expanding overtime pay. 

Lansing-based EPIC-MRA recently surveyed 600 registered Michigan voters asking this question: There is a proposal under consideration for either Michigan’s Legislature or Michigan’s next governor that would guarantee time-and-a-half overtime pay for salaried workers who earn up to $47,000 per year when they work more than 40 hours per week. 275,000 Michigan residents would be guaranteed overtime pay if this proposal was adopted. Would you favor or oppose this proposal?

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The sponsor of proposed Medicaid work requirements is dropping a provision that would have exempted recipients who live in Michigan counties with higher jobless rates, saying Gov. Rick Snyder's administration worries it would be an "administrative nightmare."

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A statewide poll asks Michigan voters which of the gubernatorial candidates are recognizable and appealing leading up to the November elections. 

Lansing-based EPIC-MRA recently surveyed 600 registered Michigan voters likely to vote in the upcoming November midterm election.

Survey respondents were asked if they have a favorable or unfavorable opinion of gubernatorial candidates. The pollster selected Republicans Brian Calley,

Brian Whiston, State Superintendent, Michigan Department of Education
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State Superintendent Brian Whiston, who led the Michigan Department of Education since 2015, has died. He was 56.

The department said Whiston died Monday evening at his home, surrounded by family. He had gone on long-term disability leave Friday after being treated for cancer since last fall.

State education board co-presidents Casandra Ulbrich and Richard Zeile issued a statement Tuesday calling Whiston a "wonderful person who devoted his life to serving others." They say his vision to make Michigan a top 10 education state will endure.

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A year after a state lawmaker's death, friends and family are gathering to raise money to support addiction treatment in the Upper Peninsula.

John Kivela, a Democrat from Marquette, killed himself after a drunken driving arrest in the Lansing area.

In 2015, he publicly said that he had struggled with alcoholism. An event to honor Kivela will be held Wednesday at Central United Methodist Church in Lansing. Lawmakers from both parties are expected to attend.

Great Lakes Recovery Centers Foundation will administer a fund in Kivela's name.

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The Michigan Senate has approved $56.6 billion budget plan that would provide the biggest increase in base aid for lower-funded school districts in a dozen years while slightly trimming a main fund that covers other state spending, largely due to a projected drop in public assistance caseloads.

The move Thursday sets the stage for further talks more than a week after the House OK'd its own plan. Gov. Rick Snyder and the Republican-led Legislature will work to finalize the next budget in June.

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Patty Birkholz, a former southwestern Michigan lawmaker known for environmental and Great Lakes advocacy, has died at 74. A spokesman and family statement say she died Thursday at an assisted living facility in Holland.

The statement says her death came "after a short battle with cancer." Birkholz served the state House from 1997-2002 and Senate from 2003-08.

The Republican had been a Saugatuck Township trustee and Allegan County treasurer.

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A statewide poll indicates there is a distinctive partisan divide when it comes to politics at the federal level. WGVU breaks down the latest voter survey.

Lansing-based EPIC-MRA recently surveyed 600 registered Michigan voters likely to vote in the 2018 midterm election. Survey respondents were asked if the country is headed in the right or wrong direction - 48% say “wrong track” while 37% believe it’s heading in the “right direction.”

President Donald Trump’s job approval rating was also polled with 41% awarding him positive marks and 57% give him a negative rating.

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