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My Town: Your masterpiece could grace the walls of the U.S. Capitol

My Town: Your masterpiece could grace the walls of the U.S. Capitol

GRANDVILLE, Mich.—Congressman Bill Huizenga is looking for student artwork to adorn the U.S. Capitol.

Now through April 17, high school students from the Second District are encouraged to submit their entries in this year’s Congressional Art Competition.  Each student may only submit one entry to Congressman Huizenga’s office, located at 4555 Wilson Ave. SW in Grandville.

"The Congressional Art Competition is an excellent platform for young artists to challenge themselves and explore their artistic ability as well as their creativity,” said Huizenga. “Students from across West Michigan have impressed thousands of visitors to the U.S. Capitol with their artwork and I cannot wait to see what this year’s competition has in store.”

My Town Spring Lake: State representatives to meet with voters Feb. 6

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State Rep. Amanda Price will sponsor in-district office hours in Spring Lake on Friday, Feb. 6, to meet with local residents and discuss issues of interest or concern.

Price will be at the Spring Lake District Library, located at 123 E. Exchange St., from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Anyone is welcome to stop by as their schedules allow during that time, and appointments are not necessary.

Residents can contact Price at any time by calling toll-free (888) 238-1008 or by emailing amandaprice@house.mi.gov.

 

My Town: Thirteen local lawmakers post perfect voting record for 2014

My Town: Thirteen local lawmakers post perfect voting record for 2014

LANSING, Mich.—State Sen. Mark Jansen tops the list of West Michigan lawmakers who missed the most votes this year, according to the Missed Votes Report compiled by Jack McHugh, editor of MichiganVotes.org.

Jansen missed 46 votes between January and December of this year. The District 28 Republican represents a large portion of Kent County, including Ada, Algoma, Alpine, Cannon, Courtland, Grand Rapids and Plainfield townships, as well as East Grand Rapids, Rockford, Walker and Wyoming.

State Rep. Jon Bumstead, who represents Newaygo, Lake and Oceana counties, had the most missed votes among West Michigan lawmakers in the House, with 21 this year.  

Three senators and three representatives missed 50 or more votes this year.  The top offenders were Rep. John Olumba of Detroit, with 233 missed votes, and Sen. Bert Johnson of Detroit, with 187 missed votes.

Meet the 30th District Senate Candidates at SLDL

Meet the 30th District Senate Candidates at SLDL

Meet the 30th District Senate Candidates at SLDL

 

The public is invited to meet the candidates who are vying for the 30th District State Senate seat at Spring Lake District Library on Wed., Oct. 29, at 7:00 p.m.  Candidate Sarah Howard, (Dem) and incumbent Senator Arlan Meekhof (Rep) will respond to questions presented by the Grand Haven Area League of Women Voters. Following the question and answer period, attendees will have the opportunity to speak with the candidates on an individual basis.

 

Take advantage of this opportunity to learn where the candidates stand on matters that will impact the residents of the 30th District. The 30th District consists of all of Ottawa County, Sparta Township, and Grandville City in Kent County.

 

Political Pundit Susan Demas Speaks at SLDL

Political Pundit Susan Demas Speaks at SLDL

Political Pundit Susan Demas Speaks at SLDL

 

Political pundit Susan J. Demas shares her expertise about the upcoming election at Spring Lake District Library on Monday, Oct. 20 at 7:00 p.m.  Demas will discuss the candidates and issues facing voters this November. The event is free and the public is invited to attend.

 

Demas is a political columnist who provides news reports, analysis and opinions on local and national issues from a Michigan perspective. She currently serves as a political columnist for MLive.com and is the publisher and editor of Inside Michigan Politics. Demas regularly provides analysis for Off the Record and Michigan Radio.  She was recognized by both the Washington and Huffington Posts for her political tweets. She served as editor and analyst for Michigan Information & Research Service (MIRS) from 2007-2013.

 

Inside the August Primary: The close calls and votes cast

Inside the August Primary: The close calls and votes cast

LANSING, Mich.-- Fewer voters cast their ballots Tuesday than when Governor Rick Snyder was elected.

That's according to Fred Woodhams, spokesman for the Secretary of State's Office.  Woodhams says 1.3 million Michiganders visited the polls during the primary, accounting for approximately 20.3 percent of active voters. Active voters are defined by the Secretary of State as people who have voted within the last six years. Woodhams says approximately 17.9 percent of registered Michigan voters cast a ballot Tuesday, but that number may be skewed because people who have moved out of the state may still be registered to vote in Michigan.

My Town: Voters to decide key issues during Aug. 5 election

My Town: Voters to decide key issues during Aug. 5 election

Voters across West Michigan are expected to head to the polls Tuesday, Aug. 5 to decide some key issues and races.

Proposal 1 would alter Michigan’s tax infrastructure by eliminating equipment taxes for businesses that already pay taxes every year.  A portion of sales tax revenue that goes to the state treasury would be reallocated to local governments to cover the tax revenue loss.  Plainfield Township Superintendent Cameron Van Wyngarden says the ballot measure would make Michigan more economically competitive with other states.