Politics

Outmans bring renewed focus to Lansing

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Legislators have new committee assignments in minority party 

Upon being sworn into office earlier this month, both Sen. Rick Outman, R-Six Lakes, and his son, Rep. Pat Outman, R-Six Lakes, came to terms with the new reality that their political party is no longer in power in Lansing. 

With the Democratic party having secured a majority in both the Michigan House and Senate, whatever sense of influence and power the Outmans and their Republican colleagues may have had during their prior terms in office have now transferred over to the other side of the political aisle. 

Moolenaar talks with Daily News about new 2nd District, new Congress, energy, oil and IRS

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Rep. John Moolenaar wants all the constituents in his 20-county district to know that the U.S. Capitol is open to the public again.

The Capitol closed during the coronavirus pandemic and lawmaker security was heightened in the aftermath of the Jan. 6, 2022, riots over the counting of the 2020 Electoral College vote. Moolenaar and other lawmakers had to pass through metal detectors every time they entered chambers to cast a vote.

Ready for another term

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4 candidates file to run in Belvidere, Cato township recalls

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Candidates will take on incumbents in May election

Four candidates have filed to run against four incumbents in two recall elections in May in Belvidere and Cato townships.

Belvidere Township Supervisor John Anderson, a Republican, is facing a recall effort initiated by township resident Judith Spring after Anderson and his fellow township board members voted in April 2022 to approve a wind energy ordinance in that township.

‘We need to make our voices heard’

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Passionate local voters show up in force on Tuesday

With the sun yet to rise and temperatures at a chilly 32 degrees, Greenville resident Mary McKay didn’t mind waiting outside the doors of Faith Baptist Church on Tuesday morning. As a registered voter for the city’s 2nd precinct, McKay, 60, was eager to have her voice heard, standing at the front of about 15 voters who had lined up […]

All politics is local

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Montcalm, Ionia counties see high number of GOP precinct delegates, many new faces

A year ago, Kristie Walls didn’t even know what a precinct delegate is.

Now she’s not only a precinct delegate, but the new vice chairwoman of the Ionia County Republican Party.

Montcalm County GOP chairman resigns, endorses Dem for county commish

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The chairman of the Montcalm County Republican Party has resigned while also throwing his support behind a Democrat running for a seat on the Montcalm County Board of Commissioners.

Mike Williams, who is also the county sheriff and a Republican, resigned as the county’s GOP chairman on Sept. 13 after acting as chairman for nearly two years.

‘Big win for fair representation’

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Winfield Township solar ordinance goes down in flames while supporters of protective energy ordinances win big

Tuesday’s solar energy ordinance referendum vote wasn’t a referendum on wind energy, but it might as well have been.

Winfield Township voters overwhelmingly shot down a recently approved solar ordinance, 457 “no” votes to 185 “yes” votes, or 71% to 29%.