Election 2018

 Democratic Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer waves after her speech outside the state Capitol building, Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2019 in Lansing, Mich. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
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For the first time since John Engler left office, Michigan has a governor with experience in the state Legislature. Michigan Public Radio Network reporter Cheyna Roth says Gretchen Whitmer knows “how things work within the Capitol Dome.” WDET reporter Jake Neher says Whitmer has been part of negotiations between the governor and lawmakers “to quote Hamilton, she was in the room where it happens.” Roth and Neher are the hosts of MichMash. A special one hour version of the program will examine the State of the State Tuesday, February 5th at 8:00p.m. on WMUK.

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Gretchen Whitmer spoke of bipartisanship during her inaugural address on New Year’s Day. Eight years ago, Rick Snyder also spoke of the parties coming together when he took office in 2011. WDET reporter Jake Neher says that’s usually how a new term starts, but he says it normally doesn’t take long before partisan bickering resumes. 

The Republican Snyder became governor at a time when the GOP held large majorities of the House and Senate. Republicans still have control of the Legislature although by slimmer margins in both chambers as Whitmer, a Democrat takes office. Michigan Public Radio Network reporter Cheyna Roth says that makes Whitmer’s call for bipartisanship “maybe not more sincere, but maybe a bit more necessary.” Neher and Roth host a special one hour MichMash on the State of the State. It will air Tuesday February 5th at 8:00p.m. on WMUK.

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Turnout for Tuesday’s election in Kalamazoo County increased dramatically over the last mid-term election four years ago. That resulted in more votes for Democrats on the ballot.

Prop 2 Passage Celebrated In Kalamazoo

Nov 7, 2018
Adam Rayes / WMUK

Kalamazoo-area supporters of the group Voters Not Politicians are celebrating Tuesday's passage of Proposal Two. It sets up a new, independent commission to draw political district lines.

Gretchen Whitmer Elected Governor Of Michigan

Nov 7, 2018
Al Goldis / The Associated Press

(MPRN-Detroit) Republicans’ eight-year run of complete control over state government has come to an end. Democratic former Senate Minority Leader, Gretchen Whitmer, beat Republican rival, Attorney General Bill Schuette in Tuesday’s election.