Election News

$9.50 minimum wage approval sought from voters

8:58 AM, Feb 10, 2014

Backers of a minimum wage hike in Michigan say they'll ask voters to approve increasing the rate to $9.50 an hour and eventually bringing tipped employees to the same rate.

Schauer looking for running mate in gov race

7:55 AM, Jan 26, 2014

While Democrat Mark Schauer is busy putting his campaign plan into high gear for the upcoming race for governor, he's also quietly beginning the delicate task of choosing a running mate.

Minimum wage hike plays key role in 2014 election

4:13 PM, Jan 19, 2014

It was the first policy platform announced by Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mark Schauer, who is calling for a boost in the minimum wage to $9.25 an hour.

Snyder buying Super Bowl ads; Schauer seeks public funds

10:08 AM, Jan 8, 2014

In an early sign that the 2014 Michigan gubernatorial race could be a financial mismatch, incumbent Gov. Rick Snyder was purchasing TV ad time during the Super Bowl on Tuesday while Democratic challenger Mark Schauer confirmed he is seeking public funds to help finance his campaign into August.

Court won't hear appeal of Mich. Libertarian

9:54 AM, Dec 16, 2013

The Supreme Court won't hear an appeal over Michigan's sore loser law that kept Gary Johnson from appearing as a Libertarian presidential candidate on the state ballot after running in the Republican primary.

Campaign bills win final OK from legislature

1:01 PM, Dec 13, 2013

Michigan lawmakers have finished approving bills to double the maximum contributions to political candidates and block a plan to require disclosure of donors to certain kinds of election ads.

Group launches petition drive to protect wolf hunt

8:21 AM, Dec 3, 2013

A pro-hunting coalition got the go-ahead today to launch a petition drive that would circumvent two ballot proposals aimed at stopping gray wolf hunting in the Upper Peninsula.

State GOP split over disclosing ad funders

1:46 PM, Nov 14, 2013

Republican Ruth Johnson on Thursday proposed a rule to require sponsors of so-called "issue" ads to file reports with the state and meet current campaign finance requirements.

Pro-Dem super PACs outspend conservatives

10:48 AM, Nov 12, 2013

Driven by two billionaires and organized labor, liberal super PACs get to an early start. They are outspending conservative super PACs, but Republicans expect to catch up. 

Gov. Snyder unfazed by consolidation vote

9:03 AM, Nov 7, 2013

Despite the lopsided defeat in Saugatuck and Douglas, Gov. Rick Snyder, a proponent of consolidation of services in communities, was undeterred by the loss.

Election Results - November 5, 2013

12:52 PM, Nov 6, 2013

Grandville gets new mayor

10:44 AM, Nov 6, 2013

For the first time in 29 years, Grandville has a new mayor.

Saugatuck-Douglas merger fails

8:53 AM, Nov 6, 2013

The proposal failed 418 to 650 votes.

Grand Rapids parks proposal approved

12:01 AM, Nov 6, 2013

The measure was approved 60% to 40%, with 9,292 voting in favor and 6,180 against.

Kentwood mayoral race determined by 96 votes

11:56 PM, Nov 5, 2013

Stephen Kepley narrowly beat Sharon Brinks with 51% to 49% of the vote. Kepley earned 2,360 votes to Brinks' 2,264.