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Michigan Congressman Justin Amash says he won't be running for President this year. He made the announcement on Twitter Saturday three weeks after launching an exploratory committee to seek the Libertarian Presidential nomination. 

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Seven Democratic presidential candidates are debating Thursday night, the smallest group yet. The December debate, hosted by Politico and PBS NewsHour, is taking place at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. NPR reporters are providing live analysis of the candidates' remarks.

Kalamazoo Mayoral candidates (left to right) David Benac, David Anderson and Esteven Juarez spoke at a forum for candidates running for Kalamazoo Mayor. October 22nd, 2019
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Kalamazoo will have a new mayor in November. Bobby Hopewell is not running for re-election this fall after 12 years as Kalamazoo’s mayor. Three candidates, David Anderson, David Benac and Estevan Juarez participated in a forum on Tuesday October 22nd. It was sponsored by WMUK, Western Michigan University’s Institute of Government and Politics and WeVote, a WMU group dedicated to voter registration. (Advisory: on the discussion of marijuana one of the candidates utters a profanity twice. This happens for the first time about 36:45 into the forum). 

A forum for Kalamazoo City Commission candidates was held October 1, 2019 at Western Michigan University
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Candidates running for Kalamazoo City Commission answered questions on issues ranging from spraying for mosquitoes to prevent the spread of Eastern Equine Encephalitis to tax policy and pedestrian safety. Tuesday’s forum for city commission candidates was co-sponsored by WMUK, Western Michigan University’s Institute of Government and Politics and WMU WeVote.

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West Michigan Congressman Fred Upton says a “red flag law” probably would have prevented the mass shooting in Parkland, Florida in 2018. The St. Joseph Republican says other states have used red flag laws, and it should be implemented nationwide.