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The Oregon state director for Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump is shifting his efforts to Michigan.

Jacob Daniels, a Creswell attorney, tells the Bulletin that he moved to Michigan because Trump is bulking up staff in the most competitive states.

Trump made big promises on the campaign trail in Oregon, saying he was going to become the first Republican to win there since 1984.

He now appears to be withdrawing from the Pacific Northwest to focus on Colorado and swing states in the Midwest.

File photo: Supporters wave campaign signs at an August Donald Trump rally in Dimondale, MI.
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Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump is boosting his presence in Michigan. Michigan's campaign for Republican presidential nominee.

Donald Trump is expanding from one to seven senior staffers.

Dave Doyle is the Executive Vice President for Marketing Resource Group. He says this is a big commitment to Michigan and shows that the campaign sees Michigan as a battleground state.

“The important thing is the expansion of the staff,” he says. “They’ve basically gone from a one man operation to seven people. So that’s again pretty significant.”

Donald Trump speaks in Dimondale, Mich., on Friday, August 19.
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Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump paid another visit to Michigan Friday.

During his speech in Dimondale, Trump made a strong pitch to factory workers and especially African American voters saying, “What do you have to lose?”

Trump said Democrats and their presidential nominee Hillary Clinton take African American support for granted. He further blamed Detroit’s crime, poverty and unemployment on the Democratic leadership, including Clinton.

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State Attorney General Bill Schuette is asking every judge on the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals to review a voting rights decision. It says Michigan voters will be allowed to use a single mark on the ballot to support a political party’s entire slate of candidates. 

The Republican attorney general has lost twice now in court in efforts to defend Michigan’s ban on straight-ticket voting.

Republicans are hoping it will give them an edge going into November elections where many GOP candidates could face a tough time.

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Michigan voters will still be able to vote for a political party’s entire slate of candidates with a single mark on the ballot, under a ruling Wednesday by a federal appeals court.

The appeals court upheld a lower court that said the state can’t ban the straight-ticket voting option from the November ballot.

The three-judge panel of the US Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals agreed it places an undue burden on voters in large cities with big minority populations and crowded polling places.

A Michigan judge has dismissed a challenge to restrictions on how long ballot drive organizers have to collect voter signatures.

The Committee to Ban Fracking wants to use more than 200,000 already-gathered signatures to help qualify for the 2018 statewide ballot.

It sued to challenge the constitutionality of Michigan's 180-day time period for signature collecting.

Court of Claims Judge Stephen Borrello rejected the suit Monday, calling it "hypothetical."

Several contested state primary seats appear on west Michigan ballots on Tuesday.

Five Republican and two Democrat candidates will face off in Tuesday’s primary for Michigan’s 72nd District role.

The candidates include Noto’s Old World Italian owner Tony Noto, longtime Kentwood City Commissioner Robert Coughlin and former Kent County commissioner Bill Hirsch.

The 72nd seat is open due to legislative term limits. Current GOP Representative Ken Yonker completes his third and final term this year.

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Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette has taken the first step to appeal a court decision that lifted the state’s ban on voters using the straight-ticket option to vote for an entire party’s slate of candidates on the November ballot.

Schuette’s office filed a notice with the US Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals is in the works.

The state’s legal team is working on a motion to block the judge’s order in time to get ballots printed in the fashion that Republicans would prefer – without the straight-ticket option for voters.

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Michigan's elections board has deadlocked on whether to let ballot drive organizers more easily prove that voter signatures collected outside a six-month window should still count.

The Board of State Canvassers voted 2-2 Thursday on a proposal spurred by a group gathering signatures to legalize marijuana for recreational use. Democrats supported the change while Republicans opposed it.

Michigan lawmakers are pushing to require that all signatures for a statewide ballot initiative be collected within a six-month period.

The move could stymie pro-marijuana and anti-fracking activists from potentially receiving more time thanks to improved technology.

Legislation was approved along party lines by the Republican-controlled Senate.

It would mandate that a voter signature for a constitutional amendment or initiated bill not count if it's written more than 180 days before the petition is filed.

The bill is pending in the House.