Cheyna Roth

   The November ballot continues to take shape. Today Michigan Democrats rounded out their part of the top of the ballot.

   Gubernatorial candidate Gretchen Whitmer announced her pick for lieutenant governor.

Garlin Gilchrist is a Detroit native with a background in social media strategy and community organization. He’s also the former Director of Innovation and Emerging Technology for the city of Detroit.

 

“I’m bringing a lot of experience to this opportunity to make sure we have a holistic sense of what government can do.”

Former state Representative Lisa Posthumus Lyons will be Bill Schuette’s running mate for the 20-18 gubernatorial election.

Lyons has been the Kent County Clerk since 20-16. Schuette says she brings a wealth of experience to the ticket.

“She comes from a family who has a history of service, which I admire greatly.”

The Ingham County judge who sentenced pedophile ex-sports doctor Larry Nassar will stay on the case -- for now.

   A chief judge denied Nassar’s request to have a different judge decide if he should be resentenced.

Nassar’s lawyers say Judge Rosemarie Aquilina was not fair and impartial. That she used harsh language against Nassar and was too compassionate toward his victims.

A Democratic billionaire stopped by Lansing to announce the launch of his 10 million dollar national campaign to get people to vote in the November midterms.

Tom Steyer launched the Need to Vote campaign. He says in Michigan the campaign will focus on three key swing districts and the governor’s race. Those swing districts include the 8th Congressional race. That seat has been held by Republican Mike Bishop since 20-15.

       Steyer says Michigan is a key state for flipping seats in Congress.

Time is running out for Michigan residents to weigh in on changes to the Healthy Michigan insurance plan.

The comment period ends Sunday.

This is the last chance Michigan residents have to try and shape the controversial law that requires able bodied people on the plan to work to get benefits. State officials are putting together the application to get a waiver from the federal government.

Lynn Sutfin is with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. She says it’s important for participants to give the state their input.

Private investors have a plan to bring one of the nation’s largest dairy processing facilities in the nation to Michigan.  

This means the state’s farmers will be able to cut back on transportation costs potentially starting in 20-20.

Governor Rick Snyder says the new processing plant will bring hundreds of jobs. He says Michigan has the second-most productive cows in the U-S – and we need a more cost-effective way to store all that milk instead of sending it out of state.

“This is a tremendous win for the dairy farmers in our state, for all of Michigan.”

An estimated 2 million people voted in yesterday’s primary election. Election officials say that turnout hasn’t been matched since at least the 1978.

High turnout could a signal boost in attendance for the general election in November – fewer people tend to vote in primaries than in general elections.

Fred Woodhams is a spokesperson for the Michigan Secretary of State. He says the number of contested primaries – including for governor – played a roll in getting people to the polls.

A state law that allows tax dollars to go to private and parochial schools is making its way through the courts.

The Michigan Court of Appeals heard arguments in the lawsuit against the state today.

Multiple public school organizations are suing the state. They say a 20-16 law to give five  million dollars to nonpublic schools over two years is unconstitutional.

That money was supposed to be distributed, but a judge froze the payments until the case is sorted out.

Daniel Korobkin is with the ACLU of Michigan.

  

Michiganders will head to the voting booths tomorrow for the state’s primary. This is when Democrats, Republicans and Libertarians will choose who they want to see represent their party in various races come November.

There could be a higher turnout this year than in the 20-14 primary.

Matt Grossmann directs the Institute for Public Policy and Social Research at Michigan State University. He says there could be greater turnout among Democrats this year because of President Donald Trump.

 

The judge who told Larry Nassar she signed his death warrant won’t step down from his appellate case. At Nassar’s sentencing, more than 100 women and girls said Nassar sexually assaulted them.

   Nassar wants to be resentenced.

   Nassar’s attorneys say Judge Rosemarie Aquilina made inappropriate comments during Nassar’s sentencing. They also argue that because of social media posts where she voiced support for survivors of Nassar, that she has a bias against him.

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