With the Aug. 5 primary election quickly approaching, Thursday evening proved to be an informative event for more than 60 people who attended the “Meet the Candidates” event at the Sheridan VFW Post. Republican, Democratic and nonpartisan representatives from five races introduced themselves and their reasons for running throughout the two-hour event.
Today may be April Fool’s Day, but Dave Camp’s announcement yesterday was no joke.
The longtime congressman and chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee will not be pursuing re-election this year. He has served 24 years for the 4th Congressional District, which encompasses the central and northwest section of Michigan.
A union man has thrown his hat into the ring in a bid to unseat the State House representative for the 70th District. James Hoisington, D-Stanton, recently announced his intention to run against current State Rep. Rick Outman, R-Six Lakes, in November’s general election.
There have been so many changes to the tax code over the past decade that it is now 10 times the size of the Bible, but with none of the Good News. That factual statement usually gets a good laugh.
But what isn’t funny is the effect that constant tinkering with the tax code has had on the people who pay them, and on the economy.
Before Sen. Carl Levin leaves the United States Senate in his final term after more than 30 years of service as the longest-serving senator in Michigan’s history, he’ll be making at least one final local appearance. The Montcalm County Democrats will welcome Levin to the 8th annual Eleanor Roosevelt Dinner on Saturday, along with State House Rep. Brandon Dillon, D-Grand Rapids, to be a featured guest speaker at the fundraising event.
State Rep. Rick Outman, R-Six Lakes, took the ceremonial oath of office Wednesday as a state representative in the Michigan House. Lt. Gov. Brian Calley administered the ceremonial oath in the Capitol in Lansing. Outman is serving his second term and represents the 70th House District, which includes all of Montcalm County and part of Gratiot County.
New faces were in new chairs at Wednesday’s Montcalm County Board of Commissioners annual organizational meeting. Ron Blanding of Greenville, Ron Braman of Vestaburg and Steve DeWitt of Coral are the newest faces on the board, having been elected last year. Patrick Q. Carr of Lakeview was re-appointed by his colleagues as longtime chairman of the board, with Ron Retzloff of Crystal appointed vice chairman.
As Lynn Mason rallied at the state Capitol with fellow protesters earlier this month, she could feel the passion. The Belding woman was one of many to protest what has become commonly known as right-to-work legislation. Contrary to its name, the legislation actually addresses the right for workers to choose whether they want to join a union or pay fees that amount to union dues. The legislation prohibits “closed shops,” where workers have no choice but to join a union or pay those fees. The legislation does not apply to law enforcement employees or firefighters, who are covered under binding arbitration.
After winning an election and surviving a recount, the Eureka Township supervisor is taking a medical leave of absence. At Monday night’s Eureka Township Board meeting, Laura Shears recommended the board name Rodney Roy as interim supervisor and Marty Posekany as interim trustee and the board unanimously approved both recommendations, according to Roy.
More than 60 percent of registered voters in Ionia and Montcalm counties exercised their right to vote Tuesday. Ionia County had 62 percent voter turnout, while Montcalm County had more than 61 percent voter turnout (down just a few percentage points from the 2008 presidential election).