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The Michigan Democratic and Republican parties held their state conventions this past weekend.  The parties finalized their tickets to appear on the statewide November ballot.  Rick Pluta reports.

Debbie Stabenow
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Michigan US Senator Debbie Stabenow says Joe Biden's choice of Kamala Harris as his running mate is a win-win for Michigan.

WEMU's Lisa Barry spoke with the senator about Harris, whom she says is "smart, capable, and tough."

Washtenaw County

Washtenaw County voters will not see a public health and seniors millage proposal on the November ballot.  

Jocelyn Benson
State of Michigan /

Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson says Tuesday’s primary elections were by and large a success.  But she says the November election will be a much bigger challenge.  We have more from Rick Pluta.

Libertarian Party
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Today is the deadline for the Michigan Libertarian Party to submit its slate of candidates for the November ballot to state election officials.  As Rick Pluta tells us, the Libertarians held a nominating convention this past weekend in Gaylord.

City of Ann Arbor

Ann Arbor’s city council will discuss Monday night placing an affordable housing millage proposal on the November general election ballot.  

Washtenaw County

The Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners is considering adding a public health and seniors millage proposal on the November ballot.  

A new survey reveals that 77% of voters in Ann Arbor would support an affordable housing millage if it appeared on a local ballot.  

Julie Helber
Chelsea School District /

Election day is coming up, and this year's ballot features an $81 million bond proposal for the Chelsea school district.  WEMU's Lisa Barry speaks to Chelsea schools superintendent Dr. Julie Helber about what this proposal, if approved, will do for the district's infrastructure.

Ann Arbor Public Schools
Ann Arbor Public Schools /

Voters in the Ann Arbor public school district will  decide a one-billion dollar bond proposal on the November 5th ballot.  WEMU's Lisa Barry talks with district school superintendent Dr. Jeanice Swift about plans for the money and the financial impact on residents, if approved. 

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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.

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. 

jamie Lowell /

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 /

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 /

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 /

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. 


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
Washtenaw County /

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.

Theresa Thompson /

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.

November Election 2018: Ann Arbor's 'Proposal A'

Nov 2, 2018
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.

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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
Lisa Barry / 89.1 WEMU

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.

Ypsilanti Community Schools /

On November 6th, Ypsilanti Community Schools voters will decide a district request for funding through a new tax levy.  This is a “sinking fund” proposal.  It is somewhat different from an operating millage or bond issue request.  What’s the difference?  How would the Ypsilanti schools use the money, if approved?  89.1 WEMU’s Jorge Avellan went looking for those answers.

Chalkbeat /

The second and final debate between the Republican and Democratic candidates for governor aired last night.