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City commissioner kicks off campaign for eighth term

City commissioner kicks off campaign for eighth term

A day after primaries for many West Michigan communities, a Kalamazoo city commissioner is kicking off his campaign for re-election.

Don Cooney is seeking an eighth term as a city commissioner.           

 “This is a challenging time especially for Michigan cities.  I have learned a lot through my many years on the city commission.  I look forward to using my experience and knowledge to help our City meet the challenges and continue on its path to excellence,” Cooney said earlier.

Cooney is social work professor at Western Michigan University and the associate director of the Lewis Walker Institute for Race and Ethnic Relations. He’ll formally kick-off his campaign at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday in Martin Luther King Jr. Park.

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.

Pothole Pocketbook Contest Names First Winner

Pothole Pocketbook Contest Names First Winner

 

First winner of the Pothole Pocketbook Contest receives $500 for pothole-related repairs

 

LANSING, Mich. – Nicole VanPutten of Kalamazoo is the first winner of the Pothole Pocketbook Contest and will receive $500 for pothole-related repairs to her vehicle, the Michigan Transportation Team (MTT) announced today. VanPutten submitted her $700 repair bill after her husband hit an unavoidable pothole on his way to work.

 

“My husband drives from Kalamazoo to East Lansing every day because he works at Michigan State University,” VanPutten said in her entry. “He [had] been avoiding the same hole, but it [had] been getting larger and larger. Finally, it was just too big and he hit it. It caused $700 in damage to our VW. The entire wheel had to be replaced ... and they had to keep our car for four days.”

 

Kzoo RESA Receives School Consolidation Grants from State

Kzoo RESA Receives School Consolidation Grants from State

 

 

School Consolidation Grants to Support

Efforts of Efficiency and Impact

                         

LANSING – The Michigan Department of Education (MDE) has awarded $10 million in state grants to local and intermediate school districts to help support the costs of district consolidations or a consolidation of services among school districts.

 

“To help develop more efficient operations of school districts, either entire district consolidations or a consolidation of their services is being recognized as a very effective strategy,” said State Superintendent Mike Flanagan.

NPR Reporter Talks About International Issues - Feb 2

NPR Reporter Talks About International Issues - Feb 2

KALAMAZOO--Western Michigan University is again partnering to present a timely talk on international issues in conjunction with the 2013 Great Decisions Discussion Series organized by the World Affairs Council of Western Michigan.

The discussion series is one of the largest foreign policy lecture programs in the nation and the state's only lecture series devoted to American foreign policy issues.

Locally, WMU will be offering a live lecture by National Public Radio correspondent Dina Temple-Raston at 11 a.m. Monday, Feb. 4, in the Fetzer Center's Putney Auditorium.

Environmental Organization Grades Local Lawmakers

Environmental Organization Grades Local Lawmakers

Find the grades for legislators in your district through The Sierra Club's full scorecard.  

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What you need before going to the polls

What you need before going to the polls

by Thom Myers
from WMU News


KALAMAZOO—Long lines are expected at polling places throughout the country Election Day, Nov. 6. To help speed the process, here are some things you'll need and need to know before going to the polls.

Check your sample ballot

Before you go to the polls, know where you are suppose to vote and how you plan to vote. Don't stand in line 20 minutes only to discover you're at the wrong location. It takes less than 30 seconds to find out online where you are supposed to vote and download a sample ballot for your precinct.

Decide how you're going to vote before you go to the polls.