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Thursday, October 30,2014

Letter to the editor: East Lansing parking lot sales

Sale of parking lots good for East Lansing

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On the Nov. 4 East Lansing City ballot, voters can authorize the City to sell three small surface parking lots located on the west side of the downtown area. A “yes” vote on the ballot allows the City to sell the property for fair market value to a private developer for use in an approved, mixed-use development. A “yes” vote does not require the City to sell the property, it only permits a sale.
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Thursday, October 30,2014

Letter: Morgan is right vote for Lansing schools

Vote for Thomas Morgan for Lansing school board

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As a mother and Lansing resident, I know how important strong neighborhood schools are to our community — and that’s why I’m voting for Thomas Morgan for Lansing School Board on Nov. 4.
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Wednesday, October 29,2014

Residents, officials at odds over EL proposal

by City Pulse Staff
Distrust is at the heart of opposition to East Lansing’s Park District ballot proposal. “This is a referendum on whether we trust the people in government who for the last decade has been lying to us,” said city resident Eliot Singer. The proposal would allow City Council to sell downtown parking lots 4, 8 and 15 in what Mayor Nathan Triplett calls “an essential procedural step toward any project moving forward to revitalize the western entrance of East Lansing’s downtown.” It does not mandate their sale.
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Wednesday, October 29,2014

Jones taps into new neighborhood

by Kyle Melinn
It only took a day for state Sen. Rick Jones, after learning that his newly gerrymandered 24th district included Shiawassee County, to begin meeting voters there. Whether it was the local Elks Lodge or the county´s Right to Life chapter, the Grand Ledge resident burned up Interstate 69 to Owosso so often, the Shiawassee County Chamber of Commerce website lists Jones as the county´s state senator … which isn´t even the case, yet. The redistricting lines signed into law three years ago technically take effect Jan. 1.
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Wednesday, October 29,2014

Byrnes gives Dems new hope in 7th

by Kyle Melinn
Another year, another contested election for U.S. Rep. Tim Walberg, whose underperformance in the Republican-leaning 7th Congressional District biennially gives Democrats visions of victory. After facing an underfunded and underwhelming Democrat in 2012, Walberg finds himself going against top-tier opponent Pam Byrnes, the former speaker pro tem of the Michigan House and a Washtenaw County commissioner.
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Wednesday, October 29,2014

City Pulse election guide 2014: Endorsements

by City Pulse
FOR GOVERNOR:MARK SCHAUER As it turns out, Gov. Rick Snyder´s “reinvention of Michigan” schtick in 2010 meant relentlessly positive action for business interests. It would be one thing if the Michigan Chamber of Commerce´s agenda of Right to Work, corporate tax cuts, s...
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Wednesday, October 29,2014

Most Lansing-area Dem seats safe

Abed and Barrett battle in Eaton´s 70th House race

by City Pulse
All Michigan voters are picking their state representatives and senators Nov. 4, but the epicenter for competitive races locally is in Delta Township. Ingham County Register of Deeds Curtis Hertel, Jr., all but wrapped up the 23rd Senate District race last year when he cleared the field of any strong Democratic opposition. He does have a Republican opponent, Leslie hard rock guitarist Craig Whitehead.
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Wednesday, October 29,2014

The courage question

Why is Snyder afraid to lead on same-sex marriage?

by Mickey Hirten
Time and time again as he´s campaigned for re-election, Gov. Rick Snyder has been asked his view on same-sex marriage. Right idea, but it´s the wrong question. What we should ask the governor is why he lacks the courage to lead on the defining civil rights issue of this era.
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Wednesday, October 29,2014

Michigan wolf hunting referendum

Are wolves the villains or the victims and does hunting help?

by Belinda Thurston
The story behind the wolf hunting proposals on the Nov. 4 ballot could be a modern-day fairy tale – sometimes the wolf is the villain and sometimes the victim. Michigan´s voters may write the ending. It starts in 2012 when the Upper Peninsula wolf population was removed from the endangered species list after making a comeback from near extinction due to bounty hunters. New litters of puppies thrived and healthy packs developed in the remote wilderness.
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Wednesday, October 29,2014

Schertzing and Bishop battle

by Belinda Thurston
Short, fast and heavily funded. That’s how to describe the mad scramble that is the 8th Congressional seat race. And the outcome is anything but a given. The district, heavily Republican leaning, spans Ingham, Livingston and northern Oakland counties, including Rochester Hills. Yet, the newspaper endorsements are nodding to Eric Schertzing, the Democrat in the race, including the Detroit Free Press, Lansing State Journal and Livingston Daily Press & Argus (which usually endorses Republican).
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