Joe Biden makes an appearance in Lansing before election

The Democratic rally got started an hour and a half late, but local residents patiently awaited Former Vice President Joe Biden’s arrival. “It’s been a rough couple of months,” Biden said. “Folks, we’ve gotta turn this around”. Democrats Gretchen Whitmer and Elissa Slotkin were among the candidates attending the rally at Lansing Community College. “I am running because it is time for a new generations of leaders,” Slotkin said.

Watch Focal Point: Special Election Coverage

On this special election episode of Focal Point News, we break down everything leading up one of the most anticipated midterm election in years. From campaign trails to ballot proposals, Focal Point dissects each candidate, their values and what they would bring to Michigan’s leadership. The state was star-studded the weeks leading up to the election with appearances from past and present government officials including Vice President Mike Pence and former President Barack Obama. Some of the proposals on the ballot this year revolved around gerrymandering, the legalization of recreational marijuana and easier voting registration. All this and more on this election edition of Focal Point News.

A long, rewarding day for election inspectors

The polls may open at 7 a.m., but for election inspectors, Election Day begins much earlier. East Lansing Precinct 2 Captain Bob Ulrich is the first to arrive, typically getting to Martin Luther Chapel around 5 a.m. His fellow poll workers come at 6 a.m. and stay until the final ballot is processed, well after 8 p.m. In between, they assisted way more voters than usual.

East Lansing City Council votes against medical marijuana dispensaries

Unlikely coalitions formed as the East Lansing City Council voted down an ordinance Tuesday night that would have allowed medical marijuana dispensaries within city limits. The ordinance, originally proposed in January, had been the subject of discussion and amendment throughout the year which culminated Tuesday night. The 10 members of the public who spoke all supported medical marijuana, but had concerns about the ordinance.

Watch Focal Point: Squirrel Hill synagogue attack brings EL together, the upcoming election keeps Michigan busy and more

On this week’s Focal Point News, the synagogue attack brought people all across the country together, including here in East Lansing. Plus, Bill Schuette and Gretchen Whitmer go head-to-head in the Governor’s race. Past government officials came to Michigan to try and bring home votes to their party. A big change coming to MSU fraternities with hopes of a better future. Also, some students raised hundred of dollars for a charity through a haunted house.

Local haunted house raises money for charity

What looked like a typical off-campus house from the outside was nothing but typical on the inside. MSU students turned their house on Gunson Street into a haunted house to raise money for charity. It took sixteen helpers to create this makeshift haunted house. It took them days to move furniture out and replaced it with an elaborately decorated house. “This is our haunted house we started it last year to raise money for the hurricane relief in Puerto Ricco and it was kind of a success so we decided to do it again this year,” Collin Tefft said.