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A bipartisan coalition of state representatives are pushing legislation increasing transparency among political candidates and state officials.

Michigan has nationally ranked near the bottom among states when it comes to government transparency.

State Representatives David LaGrand, a Democrat from Grand Rapids, and Mark Huizenga, a Republican from Walker, are introducing an eight-bill package aimed at disclosing elected officials and political candidate personal finances and screening conflicts of interest.

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West Michigan’s U.S. House leaders offered statements on the Inauguration of President Joe Biden. U.S. Representative Peter Meijer congratulated President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris.

In a statement, the Grand Rapids Republican defended democracy and the peaceful transfer of power.

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State Rep. John Chirkun said Monday he had tested positive for the coronavirus, becoming at least the 10th member of the Legislature to be infected since the pandemic hit Michigan more than eight months ago.

Also, two people in the Senate notified the business office of their positive tests. It was not specified if they are senators, employees or interns. Neither was on site during the transmission period nor had close contact with anyone in the Senate.

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The race to fill the U.S. House seat in Michigan’s 3rd Congressional District is favoring Republican Peter Meijer.

Meijer holds double-digit leads over Democratic challenger Hillary Scholten in Michigan’s 3rd Congressional District representing portions of Barry, Kent, Calhoun, Ionia and Montcalm counties.

Still, Meijer explained, “It’s critical that we wait until the votes are counted. So, we have no declaration yet, but we are so proud of the outpouring of support that we’ve received from the community so far.”

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WGVU’s Decision 2020 candidate profiles continue with the U.S. House of Representatives race in Michigan’s 3rd Congressional District. Democrat Hillary Scholten and Republican Peter Meijer are the only candidates in the race filling the seat held by Independent, Justin Amash.

Grand Rapids' Democrat Hillary Scholten is a wife and mother of two sons and a Civil Rights lawyer. She tells me this was the time to take action after speaking with people who can’t afford their medications, are concerned about water quality and, in general, struggling to make ends meet.

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WGVU’s Decision 2020 profiles the candidates running for U.S. Representative in Michigan’s 2nd Congressional District. With cases of COVID-19 spiking, WGVU asks how they’d handle the pandemic?

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Democratic Sen. Gary Peters and Republican challenger John James have staked out differing stances on the fight over President Donald Trump's pending Supreme Court pick. Peters says given the stakes involved, "voters should have their voices heard" in the fall presidential election, and no nomination to succeed the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg should be made until the next presidential term begins.

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Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s quick ascension to the national stage — and onto Joe Biden’s list of potential running mates — has left Democrats excited about what her future may hold and thankful that she will continue to lead Michigan.

Two years ago, Whitmer was on her way to a resounding victory in the battleground state. A year ago, she was struggling to get legislative traction for her signature campaign promise of fixing the roads.

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Lansing-based EPIC-MRA has conducted a third poll leading up to the November presidential election.

In June, Michigan registered voters surveyed resulted in a 12-point lead for presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden over Republican incumbent, President Donald Trump. A second poll indicated a 16-point lead.

Now, a third poll conducted in late July surveying 600 registered Michigan voters, 40-percent by cell phone; 44-percent identified as a Democrat, 39-percent Republican, 14-percent Independent and 2-percent undecided.

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Gov. Gretchen Whitmer traveled to Delaware last weekend to meet with Joe Biden, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee’s first known in-person session with a potential running mate as he nears a decision.

Whitmer visited Biden Sunday, according to two high-ranking Michigan Democrats who spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the matter publicly. The first-term governor of the battleground state has long been on his short list of possible running mates.

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A recent state-wide poll indicates President Donald Trump is trailing presumptive Democratic challenger Joe Biden by double digits.

Lansing-based EPIC-MRA conducted the poll in late-May and early June surveying 600 registered Michigan voters, 40% by cell phone; 43% identified as a Democrat, 38% Republican an 11% Independent.

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U.S. Rep. Justin Amash says he’s jumping into the 2020 presidential election seeking the Libertarian Party nomination. The Cascade Township Independent representing Michigan’s 3rd Congressional District left the Republican party on the 4th of July last year. WGVU asked if that’s the day he decided to run as a third-party candidate?

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Democratic Sen. Gary Peters of Michigan said Tuesday he will vote to remove President Donald Trump from office, saying the facts show that he abused his power to pressure Ukraine to investigate his political rival Joe Biden.

Peters, who is seeking re-election to a second term this year, announced his decision a day before the Republican-led Senate is scheduled to vote on two impeachment articles.

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Democratic presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg is launching a new impeachment-focused television ad calling on the Senate to remove President Donald Trump from office. The ad will run in 27 states, including several with vulnerable Republican senators and a handful that vote on March 3, known as Super Tuesday. Bloomberg is skipping the early voting states and focusing his efforts on a strong showing in the delegate-rich states that come next.

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Eighteen Democrats and four Republicans, including President Donald Trump, are currently listed as candidates in Michigan's March primary.

Tuesday was the deadline for leaders of the state Democratic and Republican parties to add names to a list released Friday by Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson. They added no new candidates.

Dec. 13 is the deadline for those not listed to file more than 11,000 valid signatures to run.