Northern Michigan Elections & Government


Northern Michigan Elections & Government
2:06 pm
Thu January 22, 2015

Northern Michigan's freshmen lawmakers learn the 'intricate stuff' of Lansing

Rep. Lee Chatfield and Rep. Triston Cole

A new session began for state lawmakers last week. 

The newest members of the state House of Representatives and Senate from northern Michigan are settling into new offices and hiring staff, among many other things.

Right now they’re learning about new jobs and about the challenges of getting anything done in Lansing.

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Traverse City government
10:25 am
Mon January 19, 2015

City considers 'Indigenous Peoples Day'

NOTE: An earlier version of this story incorrectly said Indigenous Peoples Day would "replace" Columbus Day. Columbus Day, a federal holiday, has never officially been recognized by Traverse City. We regret the error.

UPDATE (Jan. 20th, 11 a.m.): Traverse City Mayor Michael Estes has called for a postponement on voting to change Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples Day, due to the fact that two commissioners will be absent from tonight's meeting.

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Drug Enforcement
3:03 pm
Tue December 9, 2014

Funding shortfalls mean TNT wants local governments to pay more

Benzie County recently approved a millage to add a drug enforcement officer to the Traverse Narcotics Team.
Credit Linda Stephan

The Traverse Narcotics Team (TNT) is looking for more money from local governments to replace funding shortfalls.

Eight counties in northern Michigan, along with Traverse City, fund the drug taskforce. But TNT also gets money from federal grants and drug forfeitures.

Missaukee County sheriff Jim Bosscher says those sources are drying up.

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Election 2014
12:23 am
Wed November 5, 2014

Election Results - November 2014

A crowd at the Cambria Suites in Traverse City applauds Republican State Senate Candidate Wayne Schmidt (far left), who declared victory in his race over Democrat Phil Bellfy.
Credit Aaron Selbig

CORRECTION: Earlier copy stated Franz victory margin was less than one tenth of a percentage point when it is actually less than one percentage point. We apologize for the error.

UPDATE: 11/05 6:00 AM

Republican Ray Franz has won a third term in Lansing by less than one percent of the vote. Franz had about 320 more votes than Democrat Tom Stobie in the race for Michigan's 101st House District.

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104th State House District
2:05 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

Moderate vs. idealist in race for Grand Traverse County's state house seat

The race for Grand Traverse County’s state house seat is open for the first time since 2008.

So far the campaign has been a relatively polite affair, but the two candidates are appealing to voters in totally different ways.

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