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Democrat Gretchen Whitmer is calling for the elimination of Michigan's "retirement tax" in a new TV ad airing in the governor's race.

The 30-second ad launched Wednesday is funded by a group affiliated with the Democratic Governors Association. In the ad, Whitmer criticizes her Republican opponent, Bill Schuette, for calling a 2011 overhaul that included a business tax cut and the taxation of retirement income "great news for Michigan taxpayers."

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WGVU’s Decision 2018 continues the countdown to the August 7th primary profiling the gubernatorial candidates. WGVU asks Democrat Gretchen Whitmer three questions.

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

A: “The first thing we’ve got to do is invest in ourselves. We’ve got to invest in infrastructure and jobs skills. That means better education for our kids and ensuring everyone has a path to a high wage skill.”

Q: What is your plan for improving the state’s educational outcomes?

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WGVU’s Decision 2018 continues the countdown to the August 7th primary profiling the gubernatorial candidates. WGVU asks Democrat Dr. Abdul El-Sayed three questions.

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

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WGVU’s Decision 2018 profiles the gubernatorial candidates. We begin our series asking Democrat Shri Thanedar three questions.

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

A: “I’m the only gubernatorial candidate that has created jobs. I’m a small business owner 26 years. I will stop the corporate welfare, not giving money to big corporations. Invest in small businesses. Create an entrepreneurial culture. We got to have a grand, great skill training program so that Michiganders can have skills to get tomorrow’s jobs.”

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Democrat Dana Knight ran in the 2016 General Election for Michigan House of Representatives in the 77th District. She lost to now state representative Tommy Brann. Knight is challenging again in the 77th District Democratic primary.

As the midterms draw national attention to Michigan, people are wondering if the battleground state that helped elect President Donald Trump two years ago will continue its Republican-trifecta streak. 

Michigan's state government has been single-party since 2011, with Republicans controlling the governor's seat, state Senate and state House.

Democrats hope 2018 will be the year they flip the 63-47 GOP majority in the state House and pierce the state Senate's 27-11 supermajority.

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The conservative group Americans for Prosperity is spending nearly $1.7 million on a TV ad criticizing Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gretchen Whitmer, saying she backed policies of former Gov. Jennifer Granholm and voted for tax increases as a legislator.

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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.

The sole Democrat vying to represent northern Michigan's 1st congressional district says he can prevail as a write-in candidate after a technical gaffe could keep him off the primary ballot.

Matt Morgan's campaign issued a release Monday saying the Michigan Bureau of Elections does not plan to recommend the Board of Canvassers certify his petition to qualify for the August primary. The announcement says Morgan's use of a post office box address on his nominating petition could invalidate his candidacy.

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In his new book Arthur Vandenberg: The Man in the Middle of the American Century, author Hank Meijer explores the life of the Grand Rapids republican who passed away nearly 70 years ago.

Meijer shares with readers Vandenberg's political savvy and his ability to forge foreign policy with democrats creating NATO and the United Nations.

What can today's political leaders learn from Senator Vandenberg? Meijer explains it's about bipartisan engagement and an openness to a large number of groups.

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