Lenear ready for GR commission meeting

Grand Rapids Third Ward City Commissioner Senita Lenear. (Jan. 6, 2014)
Video Senita Lenear, Grand Rapids' first female African-American commissioner, will take her seat for her first meeting Tuesday.

GR election task force suggests changes Video
Long lines frustrated Grand Rapids voters during the 2012 presidential election.

Ritsema picked to be Kzoo city manager
The Kalamazoo City Commission has chosen Jim Ritsema as its new city manager.

Abiade vs Gawron for Muskegon mayor Video
Zawdie Abiade will challenge incumbent Stephen Gawron in November to become the next Muskegon mayor.

Lenear wins 3rd ward commission seat
Former Grand Rapids Public Schools Board of Education member Senita Lenear is the new Grand Rapids City...

Brinks, Kepley remain in mayor race Video
In Kentwood, a field of five candidates for mayor has been narrowed down to two.

Brinks, Kepley remain in mayor race Video
In Kentwood, a field of five candidates for mayor has been narrowed down to two.

Three in the race for Muskegon mayor Video
Incumbent Muskegon Mayor Steve Gawron faces two primary challengers in the August 6 primary.

3 want GR Commission Third Ward seat Video
Three candidates want the opportunity to serve as a Grand Rapids third ward city commissioner.

Five want to be Kentwood's next mayor Video
The race for the top seat in Kentwood is wide open.
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U.S. Congressional News

Obamacare insurance switch 'not fair'
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House worker yells during vote, escorted…
A woman described by lawmakers and aides as a long-time House stenographer has been removed from the chamber during a vote…

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White House News

Obama seeks changes to NSA spy programs
President Barack Obama on Friday called for ending the government's control of phone data from hundreds of millions of Americans.

'Obamacare' scams already reported
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$100M federal grants to help Detroit
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