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Steve Shoemaker (D-Caledonia)

Q: Why politics?

A: “Why not? Everything that takes place around us for the most part is impacted by political decisions whether it’s the condition of the roads, safety of our medications, the safety of our food, the public schools, housing, just everything almost is impacted by political decisions. I’ve sat on the sidelines far too long and watched things take place that I think were wrong coming out of Lansing. I don’t think they appreciate the will of the voters and I think they’re circumventing that most, most times, or a lot of times.”

Changes could be in store for Michigan’s veterans’ services. A House and Senate joint committee heard testimony Monday about a package of bills that would create a new Michigan Veterans’ Facility Authority.

The Authority would oversee new veteran facilities, and eventually, lawmakers hope, the entire Michigan Veteran Health System would go under the umbrella of the Authority.

The legislation comes after an audit of the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans last February revealed persistent issues like staffing shortages and not following through on abuse complaints.

A state GOP leader is being removed from her party position because she won’t support Republican nominee Donald Trump for president. Michigan Republican grassroots vice chair Wendy Lynn Day is the liaison between the party and the Tea Party movement.

Day was elected at a state party convention last year. She supported Senator Ted Cruz in the primary but has publicly said she can’t back Trump, whom she does not consider a true Republican.

Governor Rick Snyder
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Governor Rick Snyder is calling GOP Presidential nominee Donald Trump's comments 'disgusting,' and a west Michigan Congressman says Trump should call it quits.

Some Michigan Republicans, such as Lt. Gov. Brian Calley and U.S. Reps. Fred Upton and Cascade Township’s Justin Amash, say Donald Trump's candidacy should end.

Gov. Rick Snyder says the presidential election is a "huge mess" and Republican nominee Donald Trump's "revolting and disgusting" comments about women could pose challenges for Republicans on Michigan's ballot.

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One month ago Democratic Presidential nominee Hillary Clinton held a four percent lead over Republican Donald Trump in Michigan.

Now, with less than a month before voters head to the polls, Lansing-based Epic-MRA says Clinton has extended the lead to double-digits over the GOP nominee.

Epic-MRA polled 600 registered Michigan voters, 30-percent of those surveyed by cellphone, October 1st through the 3rd just days after the first Presidential debate.

File photo: Supporters wave campaign signs at an August Donald Trump rally in Dimondale, MI.
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An Oakland County rally brought Trump back to Michigan on Friday.

The rally was Trump’s fifth Michigan event, but his supporters showed no signs of slowing down.

Attendees stood in the rain for hours before Trump’s rally began. Some got there as early as 10:00 a.m. for a 5:00 p.m. event.

Trump appears to view Michigan as key to the road to the White House. And while Trump may want to be in the White House, he also continually brought up that he is a political outsider.

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Before his scheduled campaign rally in southeast Michigan, GOP Presidential nominee Donald Trump made a last minute stop in Grand Rapids. He visited Kent County GOP headquarters with former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, and then headed to the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum.

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Donald Trump is coming back to Michigan on Friday.

The Republican presidential nominee holds a rally at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi.

This marks Trump’s fifth visit to Michigan since he accepted the party’s nomination in July.

Trump has made two trips to Detroit, held a rally in Dimondale and visited a church and water treatment plant in Flint.

With one debate down and two to go, the election is in peak mode.

Matt Grossmann is a political science expert at Michigan State University.

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National pollsters are working feverishly to release data following Monday evening’s Presidential debate. A statewide survey taken last week commissioned by MIRS News, a political newsletter, prior to the debate, shows Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton with a five point lead. However, there are some variables that may make this a much tighter race down the stretch.

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Tuesday, September 27th @ 9 PM on WGVU-HD, FRONTLINE Premieres The Choice 2016 - The Dueling Stories of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump as They Compete for the Presidency.    

WGVU spoke with co-producer, Mike Wiser.

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