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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.  

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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.

Northside Ministerial Alliance Political Forum

Northside Ministerial Alliance Political Forum

All Clergy, Community Leaders and the Public are invited to attend the Northside Ministerial Alliance Political Forum, “National Issues of Local Importance.” This event will be September 25, 2012 at 10AM at the Galilee Baptist Church in Kalamazoo, MI.

Please join us in hearing from our local government representatives: Al Heilman, the Chairman of the Republican Party of Kalamazoo County, Dave Pawloski, Chairman of the Democratic Party of Kalamazoo County, Dr. Charles Warfield, President of the Metropolitan Kalamazoo Branch of the NAACP, Rep. Sean McCann and his opponent Mike Perrin, Mary Balkema, Kalamazoo County Treasurer, and Carolyn Alford, Kalamazoo County Commissioner.

The purpose of this meeting is to give NMA members and the community an opportunity for a “Question and Answer” session.  We hope that this will give members a better understanding of the upcoming election.

KCRG event to discuss initiatives on the November ballot

Kalamazoo Citizens for Responsible Government (KCRG) will meet at 8:30 - 9:30 AM on Monday, September 10 at the Colonial Kitchen Pancake House (330 N. Drake Road). The meeting is free and all interested citizens are invited to attend. No reservation is necessary.

The speaker will be Robbie Rankey, a representative of Citizens Protecting Michigan's Constitution, a coalition of job makers, taxpayers, individuals, local chambers of commerce and other organizations committed to educating Michigan families about unprecedented attempts to overhaul the state's Constitution through new ballot initiatives.

This will be a good opportunity for us to learn about many of the initiatives that will be on the November ballot this year. So mark your calendar for Monday, September 10.

Crowley, Fuller Earn Endorsement of the Kalamazoo Regional Chamber PAC

Crowley, Fuller Earn Endorsement of the Kalamazoo Regional Chamber PAC

The Kalamazoo Regional Chamber Political Action Committee (PAC) endorses Pat Crowley for Drain Commissioner and Richard Fuller for Sherriff in this fall’s general election, Tuesday, November 6.

"The decision to endorse these two candidates is based on their history of well-run and fiscally responsible departments,” said Greg Dobson, Chamber PAC chair. “Pat Crowley has maintained a professionally managed Drain Department since elected in 2008. She champions the protection of our community resources and strives to balance development with common-sense policies and procedures. Her PhD in soil and water physics coupled with her management approach made Pat our choice.”

O'Brien invites officials, residents to upcoming tax policy town hall

O'Brien invites officials, residents to upcoming tax policy town hall

State Rep. Margaret O'Brien, R-Portage, will host an upcoming town hall event designed to answer questions and seek input on taxes and tax-related issues in our state.

The town hall takes place from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on Monday, June 11, at the Greater Kalamazoo Association of REALTORS located at 5830 Venture Park Drive in Kalamazoo.

O'Brien has invited State Rep. Jud Gilbert, R-Algonac, chair of the House Committee on Tax Policy.

"There have been many tax changes made in our state in the last two years and there are further tax proposals the Legislature is considering," O'Brien said. "As a key committee chair, Rep. Gilbert generously agreed to take time out of his schedule and join us. His expertise and perspective have proven to be a great resource for my colleagues and I.  I am grateful for his participation."

O'Brien said she anticipates many questions on the new tax relief proposals.