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Michigan State University is planning to implement a fall break next school year, which will give students Election Day off. But some think the schedule change could undercut efforts to encourage student voting on campus. Classes would be canceled on Monday, Nov. 2, and Tuesday, Nov. 3, which is Election Day. Associated Students of Michigan State University, the university's student government organization, had advocated for the break to give students time to go back home to cast their votes, President Samuel Stanley said during the MSU Board of Trustees December meeting.

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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.

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Muskegon County voters turned down the idea last November by over 3000 votes, however, Emergency dispatch officials are asking the public to reconsider this May.

Essentially, the ballot proposal would increase a county resident’s monthly 911 surcharge by over 500 percent, from 42 cents to nearly $3 a month.

While that is a big jump, dispatch officials say the money is desperately needed to upgrade the call center from analog to digital. Officials say not doing so would become a safety issue in the years ahead.

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WGVU interviews candidates running in the Michigan Senate's 29th District; Republican Chris Afendoulis, Democrat Winnie Brinks, Libertarian Bob VanNoller and Working Class party candidate Louis Palus.

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In a recent poll commissioned by Michigan NORML, which is the Michigan Chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, indicates a majority of state voters are in favor of legalizing marijuana.

Michigan Lt. Governor Calley enters gubernatorial race

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Lt. Gov. Brian Calley will seek a promotion to governor next year. The Republican launched his long-expected candidacy Tuesday while vowing to continue an economic rebound that has resulted in the addition of more than a half million jobs in Michigan.

Calley touts the Michigan unemployment rate at a 17-year low this year and says the state leads the Midwest in job creation, ranks sixth nationally and is first in new manufacturing jobs. He told The Associated Press he is running to "continue the comeback" and to "make Michigan the most prosperous state in the nation."

In Tuesday's general election, voters in Wyoming approved a $79.5 million school improvement bond. Wyoming Public School District officials had argued before Tuesday’s vote that its schools were in desperate need of renovation. Now, Superintendent Dr. Thomas Reeder says, thanks to the voters, the bond will completely overhaul the district and bring it into the 21st. Century.

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Voters in West Michigan headed to the polls yesterday to vote on a number of proposals in both Kent and Muskegon Counties. In the City of Grand Rapids, voters re-elected Commissioner Senita Lenear for a second term. Originally elected to the city commission in 2014, Lenear held off challenger Kent Boersema and maintained her seat on the City Commission.

Grand Rapids City Commissioner Senita Lenear celebrated with campaign volunteers Tuesday night on the city’s south side with pizza and cake, after learning voters had re-elected her for another term in the city’s 3rd ward.

“I am extremely thankful and grateful that the 3rd ward decided to allow me the opportunity to serve as their commissioner for another four years,” Lenear said. “I will not disappoint. I will continue to work hard for them. And I will continue to make sure that all aspects of the 3rd ward and our needs are met at city hall,” she said.

Grand Rapids Public Library officials are hoping voters pass a 20-year millage on Tuesday they say is desperately needed to help cover operating costs. Currently, a 20-year millage that went towards both renovating the downtown branch and library building maintenance is expiring in 2018. If passed next Tuesday, the new millage will help supplement a budget they library says its been operating on since 2006. However, the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce isn’t on board with the idea, as the chamber argues that the library isn’t being upfront about the new tax. 

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