Voter turnout expected to be high in November

Mid-term elections historically have lower voter turnout than presidential election years but, this November 6th is expected to be different. Polls show this upcoming election is expected to have one of the highest voter turnout from young adults in decades. Meridian Township clerk, Brett Dreyfus, says one of the reasons is the candidates they were left to vote for in the November 2016 election. “Young people felt disenfranchised,” Dreyfus said. “Whether other people agree with that or not, young people were very dissatisfied with the choices presented to them during the November 2016 election.” 

Clerk Dreyfus thinks social media also plays a part.

Gretchen Driskell visits with MSU Democrats

Democratic congressional candidate, Gretchen Driskell, made a campaign stop on campus this week. Driskell is running against Michigan’s current congressman, Tim Walberg, in the 7th district. Walberg has been in office since 2011. Tuesday’s meet and greet with students was small and personal, which allowed plenty of time for questions. MSU isn’t in the 7th district, but Driskell said meeting college students and finding out what they care about is an important part of her campaign.

Whitmer reaches out to young voters at MSU

Democratic gubernatorial nominee Gretchen Whitmer spoke to the Michigan State University College Democrats at Wells Hall on Tuesday, Sept. 18, with running mate Garlin Gilchrist and the Democratic candidate for Michigan’s Eighth Congressional district, Elissa Slotkin.

New state fund aids veterans programs but not all counties will apply

County veteran services are poised to get an additional $2 million this year that could lead to more counties opening offices and counties with offices expanding their services. The new County Veteran Service Fund will give at least $25,000 to each county that fund veteran service programs or open new offices and that apply. But some counties have suggested that the paperwork is too demanding.

Commentary: The long and the short of it

When U.S. Rep. John Conyers resigned amid scandal last December, he’d served almost 53 years. The winner of this November’s election to fill the rest of his term will serve one of the shortest tenures in history through Dec. 31. Meanwhile, residents of the predominantly African-American and Democratic Detroit district will have lacked U.S. House representation for 11 months. In contrast, Gov. Snyder left a Republican-leaning suburban district without a representative for only four months.

East Lansing community votes on income tax

The City of East Lansing held its meeting for the 2018 East Lansing Income Tax Ballot Proposal on June 20 at the East Lansing Public Library. City Manager stressed the urgent need for this tax because of multiple financial difficulties the city is experiencing. Some community members expressed worries about the proposed tax, and city official highlighted the need for more community input and turnout at the voting booth. Voting for the policy begins Aug. 7.

Michigan lawmakers look to make schools safer with legislation

Over the past few months, Michigan lawmakers have been hard at work, even across the aisle, in an effort to make schools safer. In early June, a package containing seven bills focusing on school safety was passed in the Senate.  The bills target a wide range of topics, including inspecting new school buildings or renovations to existing buildings, developing emergency operations plans for every school and increasing funding to school resource officers and mental health counselors. Senate Bill 983, which was passed June 7, would require school districts to work with law enforcement to conduct a review of the school’s emergency operations plan.  Each school would have its own plan should a potentially dangerous event occur, including threats of school violence and attacks, bomb threats, fires, intruders and several others.