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WGVU’s Decision 2018 Election Coverage continues as we profile those seeking public office this November. Today, we profile the two candidates running in Michigan’s 89th state house district. 

Incumbent and Republican Jim Lilly is a West Michigan native and commercial banker. Running for re-election as State Representative in Michigan’s 89th district, Lilly says, his track record in office has earned him another term.

Bill Schuette, the Republican candidate for governor, is responding to a video clip from 1989, saying he regrets telling a woman, "I will do anything you want." Schuette was a Michigan congressman at that time. Schuette was speaking to a woman ahead of an interview. 

The video shows Schuette being asked to move closer to a lamp. He responds by grinning, adjusting his tie and saying, "I will do anything you want. Some things I may not let you run the camera on."

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Political polarization is at its highest level in decades, with no real chance of slowing down. That’s according to a new study from Michigan State University.  Published this month in the Social Networks Journal, the study found that political polarization, or the division between Republicans and Democrats, is not only growing but so is the resentment that the two parties have for each other.

WGVU’s Daniel Boothe recently spoke with Dr. Zachary Neal. He’s an associate professor of psychology and global urban studies at Michigan State University and is the study’s author.

WGVU’s Decision 2018 Election Coverage continues as we profile those seeking public office this November. Today, we profile the two candidates running in Michigan’s 88th state house district.

Democrat Heidi Zuniga is a former educator and breast cancer survivor. If elected as the 88th District’s State House Representative, Zuniga says, she will fight in Lansing for safe and effective public schools, affordable healthcare for every resident, and a sustainable environment for future generations.

Voters in Kent County this November will consider a millage that would provide a dedicated source of funding for community-based early childhood programs. According to the Kent County Clerk’s office, the "Ready by Five Early Childhood Proposal" will ask voters to approve a new six-year millage that would raise nearly $6 million a year to provide early childhood development services to persons up to age 5 and their parents.

Approved for the ballot last June by the Kent County Board of Commissioners, the proposal is the brainchild of non-profit First Steps Kent. 

Democrat Gretchen Whitmer is proposing to raise Michigan's tobacco purchase age from 18 to 21. The gubernatorial candidate included the proposal in her health care plan that was released Wednesday. She says Michigan has a high tobacco usage rate and it is time for the state to join five other states that have increased the purchase age to 21. She says 95 percent of adult smokers started smoking before they turned 21. 

Political polarization is at its highest level in decades, with no real chance of slowing down. That’s according to a new study from Michigan State University.  Published Monday in the Social Networks Journal, the study found that political polarization, or the division between Republicans and Democrats, is not only growing but so is the resentment that the two parties have for each other.

Dr. Zachary Neal is an associate professor of psychology and global urban studies at Michigan State University and is the study’s author.

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Former President Barack Obama is endorsing Gretchen Whitmer for governor, Garlin Gilchrist for lieutenant governor and 19 other Michigan Democrats running for Congress or the Legislature.

The twenty-one candidates in the state are among 260 nationwide who won Obama's backing in his second wave of endorsements Monday.

Obama says Michigan's middle-class families "need a governor who knows how to get things done," crediting Whitmer's past work to raise the minimum wage and expand Medicaid.

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The three major candidates for Michigan attorney general have put criminals in prison during their law careers. But that's where the parallels end.

Democrat Dana Nessel is best known for fighting to overturn Michigan's ban on gay marriage. Tom Leonard, the Republican contender, is speaker of the House in Lansing. Chris Graveline is on the ballot as an independent.

Their goal is to become Michigan's next chief law enforcer with a staff of 281 attorneys.

An EPIC-MRA statewide poll of likely November 2018 voters has found that if the election were held today, 45 percent of those polled would vote for Democrat Gretchen Whitmer, while 37 percent would vote for Republican Bill Schuette.

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