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West Ottawa Public Schools Millage Renewal Results

West Ottawa Public Schools Millage Renewal Results

With 21 Precincts out of 21, the West Ottawa Schools Millage Renewal resulted with Yes - 5,087 votes to No -  2,852 votes.

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: 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.

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.

First Lady's lives on display as C-SPAN bus visits Hope College

First Lady's lives on display as C-SPAN bus visits Hope College

HOLLAND – The C-SPAN Bus will be at Hope College Thursday, September 5 as part of a Michigan colleges tour.

The bus will be in the parking lot across from the DeWitt Center,  located at 12th Street and Columbia Avenue in Holland, from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

Michigan Republican Party opens 10 new regional offices

Michigan Republican Party opens 10 new regional offices

The Michigan Republican Party is opening 10 new regional offices Monday, July 8.

Party Chairman Bobby Schostak says the new officers are part of the party’s new political strategy, establishing stronger relationships with neighbors and peers.  The new West Michigan officers are located at 725 Lake Michigan Drive NW in My Town Grand Rapids West, 513 E. 8th Street in My Town Holland and 6784B S. Westnedge Avenue in My Town Kalamazoo.

In addition to the new offices, the Michigan Republican Party hired 10 new regional field directors, four regional press secretaries and a statewide college campus coordinator.