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2018 Elections

Michigan Supreme Court
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This week, the Michigan Supreme Court will hear arguments on a debate that started during a contentious and busy lame duck session last year.  Whether or not the state’s highest court will actually step in with a ruling remains to be seen.

As Cheyna Roth reports, the battle is over whether it was okay for the Republican-led Legislature to adopt and then quickly amend minimum wage and paid sick leave ballot initiatives.


Marijuana
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A state agency has issued its first official advice to help businesses that want to get into the marijuana business.  That’s after voters legalized marijuana in Michigan last November.  


Jan Salsberry
Sue Wooley / League of Women Voters of the Ann Arbor Area

In our bi-weekly conversation with the League of Women Voters of the Ann Arbor Area, 89.1 WEMU's Lisa Barry talks with Jan Salsberry, who co-founded a new league in Lenawee County.


Marijuana
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In November, Michigan voters approved Proposal 1.  It legalizes recreational use of marijuana.  Throughout the year, the state began licensing medical marijuana dispensaries.  It’s going to take some time, but in the not-so-distant future, Michigan will have a fully realized marijuana industry.  WEMU’s David Fair takes a look at the year in marijuana that was 2018 with an eye towards 2019.


League of Women Voters of the Ann Arbor Area
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This week on "In the Public Interest," Margaret Leary and Cheryl Depner from the League of Women Voters of the Ann Arbor Area do an election recap.  What was voter turnout, locally and nationally?  What happens next now that several statewide ballot proposals were approved? 

They talk with 89.1 WEMU's Lisa Barry about that and more.


Chris Kolb
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Post-election, there are changes in the make-up of the state legislature annd top-elected offices in Michigan. In Part 1 of Issues of the Environment, the Michigan League of Conservation Voters called the election outcomes "a win."  Are the sentiments of the Michigan Environmental Council the same? In Part 2, 89.1 WEMU's David Fair looks for the answer in a conversation with MEC President, Chris Kolb. 


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Proposal 1, which would legalize recreational marijuana, was approved by Michigan voters on Tuesday night.  WEMU's David Fair talks to MI Legalize board member Jamie Lowell about what to expect when the proposal goes into effect.


Alan Haber
Jorge Avellan / 89.1 WEMU

Ann Arbor voters approved Proposal A on Tuesday. It requires the city-owned "Library Lot"  be reserved for development of an urban park and civic center commons. Alan Haber is a member of  the Ann Arbor Committee for Community Commons and helped lead the petition drive that put Proposal A on the ballot. Haber joined 89.1 WEMU's David Fair to discus the win and what comes next.


Jen Eyer
Ann Arbor Votes / annarborvotes.org

Ann Arbor's Proposal A  won voter approval on Tuesday. It allows for creation of an urban park and civic center commons on the downtown 'Library Lot.'  Jen Eyer served as volunteer spokesperson for the  group, 'Voters for a Responsible Ann Arbor." That group sought to defeat Proposal A. So, what now? Eyer shares her thoughts in a conversation with 89.1 WEMU's David Fair. 


Elizabeth Nelson
Elizabeth Nelson

With a Tuesday night election win, Elizabeth Nelson will now represent the 4th Ward on Ann Arbor City Council.  She discusses with WEMU's David Fair how she wants to work with  with her colleagues in the term ahead. 


Debbie Dingell
State of Michigan / michigan.gov

Congresswoman Debbie Dingell has been won another term in the U.S. House of Representatives.  She will be joined by many other Democrats when the new term begins in January.  She offers her analysis of the concluded midterm election with WEMU's David Fair.


Rebekah Warren
State of Michigan / michigan.gov

Due to term limits, Michigan State Senator Rebekah Warren could not seek another term in office.  Instead, she ran for a seat in the Michigan House of Representatives--and was victorious.  Warren talks about her plans for her future in Lansing with WEMU's David Fair.


Jeff Irwin
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Former Ann Arbor State Representative Jeff Irwin chose to keep going with his duties in Lansing.  Now, is returning to Lansing. This time as a State Senator. Irwin discusses the outcome of the elction and moving forward representing 18th State Senagte district. 

 

Lisa Wozniak
Michigan League of Conservation Voters / michiganlcv.org

The midterm election will prove to be  "a win" for the environment. That according to the executive director of the Michigan League of Conservation Voters. In Part 1 of this week's "Issues of the Environment," Lisa Wozniak joined WEMU's David Fair to offer her thoughts on election results. 

 


Beth Bashert
Beth Bashert

Ypsilanti City Council member Beth Bashert will be the city's next mayor.  She joined WEMU's David Fair to talk about her plans for the city.


Beth Bashert
City of Ypsilanti

Beth Bashert will be the Mayor of Ypsilanti for the next four years.  Bashert won a five-way race on Tuesday against candidates without party affiliation, Anne Brown among them.  Brown had sought to run against Bashert in the August primary, but failed to turn in petition signatures in time to qualify for the ballot.  So, she launched an independent, write-in campaign.  The other candidates were Mickeila Tate, Adrienne Hirschfelder and Sheila McSpadden. Bashert will replace outgoing Mayor Amanda Edmonds who decided not to seek re-election after one term in office.

Gretchen Whitmer
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Gretchen Whitmer will be Michigan’s next Governor. The Democrat and her Lt. Governor partner, Garlin Gilchrist III, out-polled Republican Bill Schuette and Lisa Lyons Posthumous, taking 57 percent of the statewide vote. A majority of Washtenaw County voters picked the Whitmer ticket in the governor’s race. 

Whitmer will take over for Republican Governor Rick Snyder, who could not run for re-election because of term-limits. The former state legislator will be sworn into office in January.   

League of Women Voters of the Ann Arbor Area
Lisa Barry / 89.1 WEMU

This week on "In the Public Interest," 89.1 WEMU’s Lisa Barry is joined by Ann McKee and Al McCord of the League of Women Voters of the Ann Arbor Area talk about Proposal 1, which will be on the ballot on Tuesday.


Absentee Ballot
Mary Morgan / CivCity Initiative

Tomorrow is the day!  Residents will be heading out to the polls for the midterm election, and we've got some tips to prepare you.  Access your resources in this week's edition of "Civic Matters" with WEMU's David Fair and the CivCity Initiative's Mary Morgan.


Washtenaw County Parks & Rec
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Washtenaw County residents will have the opportunity to vote for an ongoing millage renewal to fund the parks and nature preserves in the county on November 6th.  89.1 WEMU's Lisa Barry reports on what the issue involves.


Vote
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Young voters could play a crucial role in Tuesday’s election results.  Here's what some groups are doing to get them to the polls.


Joe Biden
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Former Vice President Joe Biden held a rally in Lansing Thursday.  Biden was in town to stump for Democratic candidates.


Jorge Avellan / 89.1 WEMU

Passion and politics. Development versus preservation.  Controversy, divisiveness, and even litigation.  All of it surrounds a relatively small parcel of land in downtown Ann Arbor.  What happens next with the so-called “Library Lot” will be decided on November 6th.  89.1 WEMU’s Jorge Avellan has more on Ann Arbor’s Proposal A.


Money
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This year’s midterm election continues to break records in political spending.  Special interest groups are at an all-time high for election spending.  That’s according to data gathered by the watchdog group, Michigan Campaign Finance Network.


Candidate Info: Martin Church, Senate District 18

Oct 29, 2018

WEMU offered the opportunity for any candidate appearing on a ballot in Washtenaw County in the 2018 general election to submit a campaign message directly to our audience. Martin Church is running for Senate District 18 as an independent.  What follows are the audio and remarks the candidate wanted to share with you.


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The November general election is just over a week away, and there's still time to become more informed on what's on the ballot.  More information on Ann Arbor's Proposal A and getting a last-minute, absentee ballot are just some of topics discussed in this week's "Civic Matters" with WEMU's David Fair and the CivCity Initiative's Mary Morgan.


Ypsilanti District Library
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The local library has evolved into something much more than just a place to check out a book or peruse the Dewey Decimal System.  89.1 WEMU’s Lisa Barry reports on an upcoming library millage issue that will be before Ypsilanti voters on November 6th.


Candidate Info: Sherry A. Wells, State Board of Education

Oct 29, 2018

WEMU offered the opportunity for any candidate appearing on a ballot in Washtenaw County in the 2018 general election to submit a campaign message directly to our audience. Sherry A. Wells is running for the State Board of Education for the Green Party.  What follows are the audio and remarks the candidate wanted to share with you.


WEMU offered the opportunity for any candidate appearing on a ballot in Washtenaw County in the 2018 general election to submit a campaign message directly to our audience. Rebecca Lazarus is running for Ann Arbor Public School Board Trustee as a nonpartisan.  What follows are the audio and remarks the candidate wanted to share with you.

**WEMU was not provided with a transcript of these remarks.**

Website:  LazarusJohnsonCole.org

Facebook: facebook.com/lazarusjohnsoncole/

WEMU offered the opportunity for any candidate appearing on a ballot in Washtenaw County in the 2018 general election to submit a campaign message directly to our audience. Brianna Scott is running for Trustee of Michigan State University as a Democrat.  What follows are the audio and remarks the candidate wanted to share with you.

**WEMU was not provided with a transcript of these remarks.**

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