Northern Michigan Elections & Government


Campaign Finance
11:09 am
Wed September 10, 2014

Candidates spend big in northern Michigan primary elections

Credit David Cassleman

Primary elections in northern Michigan were some of the most expensive races in the whole state this summer, according to a report from the Michigan Campaign Finance Network.

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8:10 am
Wed September 3, 2014

Think women have an advantage in politics? Think again.

Hillary Clinton speaks in Louisville.

Originally published on Tue September 2, 2014 5:00 pm

We'd like to believe that women, after all of these years, are treated equally in politics, but, as we know, that's not always the case.

A recent Detroit News column by writer Laura Berman has some examples of what she calls "a continuing snark campaign" that happens when women candidates run.

Berman’s column is titled "Candidate might dispute notion that it helps to be female." She talks about how women candidates are often subtly undermined.

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6:01 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

Judge disqualifies himself from Gomery case

Credit David Cassleman

Judge Thomas Power has disqualified himself from the Clarence Gomery trial.

Gomery – a former prosecutor for Leelanau County – is accused of trying to hire someone in July to kill attorney Christopher Cooke.

Judge Power made the decision at a motion hearing on Friday afternoon. Gomery's attorney filed the motion asking for a new judge because of Power's past involvement in a civil suit between Gomery and Cooke.

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6:33 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

Safe Harbor revises homeless shelter plan down to 90 beds

A coalition of churches now hopes to open a shelter in Traverse City with 90 beds sometime early in 2015. Safe Harbor submitted formal paperwork today.

City leaders recently approved new zoning rules that would allow a shelter of up to 100 beds. But some neighbors near this proposed shelter have complained that would be too large for the area.

Safe Harbor Chairman Peter Starkel says the group is responding to concerns.

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Election 2014
4:56 pm
Fri August 22, 2014

Peters asks Obama for answers on Iraq, defends health care law on Michigan Calling

Rick Pluta (left) talks with Congressman Gary Peters.

In a wide-ranging interview on Friday, Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate Gary Peters said he does not support sending ground troops to Iraq.

The militant group calling itself the Islamic State has taken control of large sections of Iraq. But the Michigan congressman says he’s not interested in sending troops back into the country to fight the group.

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