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Election 2014
8:52 am
Thu October 16, 2014

Northern Michigan candidate debates and forums

Interlochen Public Radio is co-sponsoring a number of debates over the next week for candidates in Northwest Lower Michigan seeking state and federal office. Candidates for the 101st and 104th State House districts, the 35th and 37th State Senate districts, and Michigan's 1st Congressional District will participate. For information about attending the live events, follow the links below. You can listen online (on this page) within 24 hours and they will also be broadcast at the times indicated on IPR News Radio.

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1st Congressional
11:45 am
Mon October 13, 2014

'Doc' Benishek, 'General' Cannon clash in race for Congress

Jerry Cannon (left) and Dan Benishek (right)

The race for northern Michigan’s U.S. House seat was one of the most closely contested elections in the state in 2012.

Republican Dan Benishek won reelection by less than half a percentage point. Once again he's facing strong competition as the November election approaches – this time from a retired Army National Guard general.

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Homelessness
5:21 pm
Mon October 6, 2014

Safe Harbor shelter proposal faces public hearing Tuesday

A controversial plan to build a homeless shelter off Eighth Street, near the troubled Traverse City business corridor, faces a critical Tuesday night. The Planning Commission will take public comment and possibly vote to move the proposal to the city commission.

Christie Minervini, fundraising chair for Safe Harbor of Grand Traverse Inc., says she’s been rallying supporters ahead of the meeting. But she worries some will stay home because of a confusing headline on the front page of the Traverse City Record-Eagle Monday.

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101st State House District
1:31 pm
Wed September 24, 2014

Stobie challenges Franz on GOP's school funding record

State Rep. Ray Franz, R-101st District
Credit David Cassleman

Politicians across Michigan are arguing about the Governor’s record on education as the November election approaches.

State Democrats say Republicans cut $1 billion from schools. But Republicans are defending their record on education.

This issue is a key one in the race for the state house district that spans from Ludington to Northport.

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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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