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Elections

Published March 9, 2016

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CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Clintondale Community Schools officials are ecstatic that two millages — a non-homestead millage replacement proposal and a non-homestead operating millage proposal — passed overwhelmingly March 8.

The millage replacement proposal was approved by 2,101 voters in eight Macomb County precincts, or 63.6 percent. The operating millage proposal was approved by 2,064 voters, or 62.9 percent.

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Published March 9, 2016

HARRISON TOWNSHIP — The 10-year non-homestead millage proposal in the L’Anse Creuse Public Schools district passed voter approval during the presidential primary on March 8.

The proposal passed with just over 70 percent of the vote, according to the unofficial results reported by the Macomb County Clerk’s Office.

“Were obviously thrilled,” said Superintendent Dr. Jackie Johnston. “We’re happy our community is supporting the district and more importantly the kids, programs and our staff.”

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Published March 9, 2016

HARRISON TOWNSHIP — Harrison Township firefighters are breathing a sigh of relief after learning their latest two-year millage increase request has passed voter approval.

During the March 8 presidential primary, the millage, which means a 1.083 mill increase for taxpayers, passed with 59 percent of the supporting vote, according to unofficial results.

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Published March 8, 2016

The majority of residents who voted today — and there were lots of them — cast ballots against a proposed charter amendment dictating the lane configuration of West Maple Road.

Failing by 61 percent  -- with 4,447 votes against --   the citizen-initiated proposal would’ve amended the Birmingham City Charter to prevent a reconfiguration of West Maple Road from anything besides four lanes.

Just short of 39 percent of the ballots, or 2,820, were cast in favor of the amendment.

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Published March 8, 2016

FRASER — As a wild and wacky ride plays out nationally in presidential politics, local voters had their chance impact the 2016 race Tuesday.

Polls opened at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m. for the Michigan presidential primary, which has 130 delegates up for grabs on the Democratic side, and 59 delegates on the Republican side.

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Published March 8, 2016

GROSSE POINTE WOODS — According to presidential hopeful John Kasich, economic growth and restrained spending are essentials to create a balanced budget.

“We need a constitutional amendment to require a balanced budget,” said the Republican Ohio governor when he visited University Liggett School in Grosse Pointe Woods for a Wayne County town hall meeting March 7, one day before the Michigan primary election.

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Published March 8, 2016

While headlines about Republican presidential candidates have mostly dominated the media as the country narrows down the field, St. Clair Shores residents are divided as to whether they love the fray or want the country to go another way.

“It’s been crazy,” said Dave Janisse, voting Tuesday morning at St. Clair Shores City Hall. “I particularly don’t like (Republican candidate) Ted Cruz ... although I’m not overly thrilled with anybody. I like to keep religion and politics separate and he has a problem with that.”

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Published March 6, 2016

WARREN — Nearly 3,000 people came to “Feel the Bern” March 5 at Macomb Community College’s Warren campus.

A mixed-age crowd poured into MCC’s Sports and Expo Center to see presidential Democratic candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, of Vermont, discuss his campaign initiatives.

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Published March 4, 2016

WARREN —  If the voters like what Mayor Jim Fouts is doing and if they find value in the work being done with tax money generated through two special millages, they may get an opportunity to show it when they head to the polls in August. 

Most of the members of the Warren City Council met for a special meeting on March 1, where they collectively approved a series of requests that could give residents the right to vote on three separate ballot questions this summer. 

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Published March 4, 2016

WARREN — Presidential hopeful Donald Trump laid it out on the line during a campaign rally March 4 inside the Macomb Community College Sports and Expo Center in Warren. 

One issue the Republican candidate addressed to an enthusiastic crowd of about 4,000 supporters was Michigan’s auto industry. He also touched on his personal disdain for how the United States does business with China and Mexico. 

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Published March 3, 2016

Hundreds showed up to cheer on Florida Sen. Marco Rubio at the Palazzo Grande March 2, the day after he won one out of 11 Super Tuesday contests.

Rubio took the stage a half hour late to the tune of AC/DC’s “Thunderstruck,” saying his team was not used to Michigan roads and he would keep his message brief because he was losing his voice and wished to save it for the GOP debate scheduled the next day.

The delay did not deter the crowd. They interrupted him several times to chant his first name.

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Published March 1, 2016

WARREN — Two weeks after Derek Miller left the Michigan House of Representatives to become the new Macomb County treasurer, Gov. Rick Snyder announced a special election to fill the ensuing vacancy in the Legislature.

If that sounds simple and straightforward, it isn’t.

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Published February 16, 2016

ROSEVILLE — Voters headed to the polls March 8 will have the chance to choose their preferred candidates in the Republican and Democratic parties’ presidential primaries, but Roseville residents also have a millage renewal to consider.

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Published January 27, 2016

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MOUNT CLEMENS — A group from the Macomb County Veteran Services Department presented information to the Macomb County Board of Commissioners Jan. 20 to show why it is seeking a millage increase proposal in this year’s election cycle.

According to a presentation given by Veteran Services Director Laura Rios, the department is eyeing a negative fund balance before the millage’s next renewal in 2018.

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Published January 11, 2016

HARPER WOODS — Taxpayers will be asked to support the Harper Woods Public Library with a millage renewal that will come to the polls this November.

At the Jan. 4 City Council meeting, the council voted unanimously on a resolution to place the millage renewal on the ballot during the Nov. 8 election.

The millage renewal is not a new tax. It is a renewal of the library millage that voters approved in 2010, which expires in 2017.

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Published January 6, 2016

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CLINTON TOWNSHIP/HARRISON TOWNSHIP/MACOMB TOWNSHIP — L’Anse Creuse Public Schools will be asking voters to renew a decades-old nonhomestead millage during the presidential primary in March.

According to Superintendent Jackie Johnston, the millage will not raise the taxes for the average homeowner. Locally, the non-homestead millage is an existing 18 mills levy on second homes, including vacation homes and rental homes, as well as on commercial and agricultural property.

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Published January 6, 2016

HARRISON TOWNSHIP — In March, voters will be asked to support a two-year millage increase of 1.083 mills that will provide taxpayer support for police, fire and general operations within Harrison Township.

The 8.20 millage rate ($8.20 per $1,000 of taxable value) funds the operation of the Harrison Township Fire Department, the Macomb County Sheriff’s contract and the general operating procedures in the township.

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Published December 2, 2015

SOUTHFIELD — It was standing room only in the council chambers as the city of Southfield welcomed its newly elected officials in an inauguration ceremony recently.

People spilled out into the lobby of City Hall to watch the ceremony on TV monitors Nov. 16.

WRCJ radio personality David Wagner hosted the ceremony, which included oaths of office, remarks from each newly elected official, and the election of council president from among the council members.

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Published November 18, 2015

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LANSING — During the Nov. 3 election that included races for many city, village and township decision-makers’ seats in Oakland and Macomb counties, only about 20 percent of registered voters cast their ballots across both counties, according to the respective county clerks’ offices.

Hoping to get a better turnout at the polls on election days, state Rep. Robert Wittenberg, D-Oak Park, introduced a resolution Nov. 3 that asks the U.S. Congress to make Election Day a national holiday. Such a move would give voters the day off from work and school.

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Published November 12, 2015

HARPER WOODS — Kenneth Poynter will serve another two years as Harper Woods mayor.

Poynter ran unopposed for the position in the general election held Nov. 3. According to the Wayne County Clerk’s Office, he received 1,497 votes at the polls.

Also on Election Day, incumbent Cheryl Costantino was re-elected to the City Council with 1,372 votes. Newcomer Tom Jenny received 1,146 votes, according to the Wayne County Clerk’s Office.

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