Gubernatorial race

A TV ad launched by a Democratic group accuses Republican gubernatorial candidate Bill Schuette of ignoring Flint residents' complaints about their water while serving as Michigan's attorney general. The ad began airing on broadcast and cable stations Tuesday. It's authorized by Democratic candidate Gretchen Whitmer and funded by Stronger Michigan, a group backed by the Democratic Governors Association.

Three candidates hoping to be the next Governor of Michigan squared off at the Democratic gubernatorial debate in Grand Rapids Wednesday evening.

Former state Senate minority leader Gretchen Whitmer, businessman Shri Thanedar and former Detroit Health Department Executive Director Dr. Abdul El-Sayed all met in Grand Rapids Wednesday evening. Straight out of the gates, all three candidates voiced their opposition to the country’s current immigration policies. 

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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,

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Lansing-based EPIC-MRA released its February statewide survey of 600 voters who say they’ll likely head to the polls in the November 2018 election.

Of those 600 voters, 42-percent consider themselves Democrats, 39-percent identify Republican and 13-percent claimed to be Independent. The remaining 7-percent are undecided or categorized as “other/refused.”

The all were asked if they have a favorable or unfavorable opinion of prominent gubernatorial candidates.

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Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gretchen Whitmer has forced her campaign manager to resign after learning he engaged in past "inappropriate behavior" in the workplace. Keenan Pontoni joined Whitmer's campaign in August, replacing a previous campaign manager.

In a statement Thursday, Whitmer says she received a credible report Wednesday that a number of years ago, Pontoni had "engaged in inappropriate behavior with people in the workplace and for that reason I have asked for and received his resignation effective immediately." P

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Conservative gubernatorial candidate Patrick Colbeck has enlisted former General Motors vice chairman Bob Lutz to help raise money for his campaign.

Colbeck announced Thursday that Lutz will be finance chairman, a month after Lutz endorsed his candidacy.

Lutz was GM's product guru and had a long career at all three Detroit automakers.

Michigan Democratic gubernatorial candidate Shri Thanedar has been sued and accused of fraud related to the sale of his majority stake in a chemical-testing company he founded in Ann Arbor. In a lawsuit filed in federal court Tuesday, Avomeen Holdings Inc. alleges Thanedar made fraudulent and misleading representations about the nature and amount of revenues and earnings - which led Avomeen to pay an inflated price. 

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Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley is stepping away from leading a petition drive to switch to a part-time Legislature. That further fuels speculation he’s getting ready to run for governor next year.

The petition drive is widely seen as an effort to boost a candidacy for governor. But in his announcement about the change in leadership, Calley dropped no hints on his future plans.

Running a ballot campaign while running for governor would present a host of legal and practical problems, however.

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Michigan’s gubernatorial candidates are travelling the state seeking support. With the election more than a year away democrat Gretchen Whitmer is visiting Allegan and Grand Rapids Saturday. WGVU spoke with Whitmer about her message.

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Michigan’s gubernatorial election is more than a year away, but the half-dozen or more candidates are traveling the state trying to earn your support. One of the democratic candidates visited Grand Rapids over the weekend.

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