Utility gives movie tickets _ and popcorn _ during outage
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — No electricity? Go to the movies — for free.
Consumers Energy says 2,000 free movie tickets, along with soda and popcorn, are available Saturday and Sunday at five theaters in Grand Rapids and Muskegon. More than 70,000 customers still lacked power in western Michigan after an ice storm and other nasty weather. Some people might not get their lights on until Monday.
Calley takes job at Small Business Association of Michigan
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Former Lt. Gov. Brian Calley is joining the Small Business Association of Michigan, where he will serve as president and lead the group's lobbying and communications efforts.
The announcement was made Wednesday, a day after the Republican left office under term limits. Current SBAM President and CEO Rob Fowler will remain the Lansing-based organization's CEO.
Snyder appoints Calley, 6 top aides to university boards
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Rick Snyder has appointed seven current or former top administration officials to serve on university boards.
Lt. Gov. Brian Calley and lobbyist Dennis Muchmore, Snyder's former chief of staff, were named to Oakland University's board Friday. Senior adviser Richard Baird will join Eastern Michigan's board.
Groundbreaking held for Michigan law enforcement memorial
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Plans call for the Michigan Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Monument to be completed by next fall following a 14-year fundraising effort in support of its construction.
Snyder leaving for eighth investment mission to China
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Rick Snyder is leaving Friday for an eight-day investment mission to China, his eighth trip as governor to Michigan's third-largest export market.
He plans to meet with high-level government officials and business leaders on topics such as manufacturing, mobility technology, agriculture and tourism.
It will be the 29th foreign investment mission led by Snyder or Lt. Gov. Brian Calley.
The Latest: Pence appears at GOP rally in Grand Rapids
DETROIT (AP) — The Latest on Michigan's primary election (all times local):
Vice President Mike Pence has praised Michigan Republican gubernatorial nominee Bill Schuette (SHOO'-tee) and Senate nominee John James at a GOP "unity rally."
Pence to unify Republicans after Michigan primary
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence will travel to Michigan to unify Republicans a day after next week's primary election.
The state Republican Party's "unity rally" is scheduled for Wednesday at a hotel in downtown Grand Rapids.
Republican candidates are vying to advance in statewide races for governor and U.S. Senate.
Michigan Republican Party Chairman Ron Weiser said Friday that Pence will "rally our base, support our ticket" and help Republicans across the state to unite.
PARCHMENT, Mich. (AP) — Michigan officials say state agencies will be providing additional help for two communities near Kalamazoo dealing with chemical contamination of the public water system.
The governor's office said Sunday that a state of emergency had been declared for Kalamazoo County over the health concerns in Parchment and Cooper Township, where water test results announced Thursday revealed high levels substances known as PFAS.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Lt. Gov. Brian Calley on Tuesday increased his criticism of rival Republican gubernatorial candidate Bill Schuette, accusing him of not working much as attorney general the last 7½ years and instead focusing his time on running for governor.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The pivotal moment in Michigan's Republican fight for governor may have occurred long before any of the main contenders had even entered the race.
In the fall of 2016, after the release of old footage in which Donald Trump bragged about groping women, Lt. Gov. Brian Calley renounced his support for Trump and called for the GOP nominee's withdrawal from the presidential campaign.
DETROIT (AP) — Republicans running for Michigan governor on Thursday welcomed President Donald Trump's decision to halt his policy of separating migrant children from parents detained at the border and avoided criticizing him for imposing steel and aluminum tariffs that the home-state auto industry fears could hurt business and has sparked retaliatory Chinese tariffs affecting farmers.
DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Regional Chamber's political action committee is endorsing Republican Lt. Gov. Brian Calley and Democrat Gretchen Whitmer in their gubernatorial primary races.
The PAC said Thursday Calley is in the best position to "carry on the legacy and continuity" of term-limited Gov. Rick Snyder. The chamber says Whitmer, a former legislative leader, has a "proven track record" of convening leaders to solve tough problems.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A TV ad from Attorney General Bill Schuette's gubernatorial campaign criticizes rival Republican Brian Calley for attending Harvard University while serving as lieutenant governor — missing days he could have been presiding over the Michigan Senate.
The 30-second ad launched Tuesday will air on broadcast stations for nine days in Grand Rapids, Flint and Traverse City.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Two victims of former sports doctor Larry Nassar are praising Republican Lt. Gov. Brian Calley in a TV ad launched by his gubernatorial campaign.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Rick Snyder and top Michigan lawmakers are promising President Donald Trump the state will help pay to upgrade the Soo Locks if the federal government takes the lead.
Snyder and Lt. Gov. Brian Calley told Trump in a letter released Monday that Michigan is committing $50 million for a second lock to accommodate 1,000-foot freighters that haul iron ore and other bulk cargo between Lake Superior and the other Great Lakes.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Lt. Gov. Brian Calley on Tuesday signed two bills inspired by the Larry Nassar scandal, including one giving childhood sexual abuse victims more time to sue.
MACKINAC ISLAND, Mich. (AP) — Michigan's major-party gubernatorial candidates met Thursday night for their only joint debate, offering contrasting answers to questions about roads, education and other topics that fell largely along party lines two months before the August primary.
There were few sharp exchanges in a format that often saw two candidates from opposing parties responding to inquiries from the moderators.
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LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Republican gubernatorial candidate Bill Schuette on Thursday voluntarily issued a financial disclosure statement showing personal assets totaling more than $13 million — largely investments held in blind trusts or property he inherited in the U.S. Virgin Islands and Colorado.
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Republican Lt. Gov. Brian Calley lodged new accusations against gubernatorial rival Bill Schuette on Thursday, saying the attorney general was personally involved in the transfer of property in the U.S. Virgin Islands while all of his assets were supposed to be in a blind trust.
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — Four Republicans running for Michigan governor made their case to voters in their first debate Wednesday night, agreeing on policy points while clashing at times over President Donald Trump, Flint's water crisis and other issues.
The top two candidates — Attorney General Bill Schuette and Lt. Gov. Brian Calley — offered contrasting pitches in the hourlong debate that was organized by the state GOP and WOOD-TV in Grand Rapids.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Republican gubernatorial candidate Bill Schuette is featuring his support from President Donald Trump in a new TV ad.
The 30-second ad , which began running Wednesday on cable, shows Trump promoting Schuette during his weekend rally in Michigan. Trump calls Schuette a "really great friend of mine and a great attorney general" and the "next governor of Michigan."
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette said Friday his rival's criticism over the prosecution of top state officials for Flint's water crisis is "false" and a "desperate" attempt to shift the focus in the governor's race before President Donald Trump visits.
DETROIT (AP) — Three Democrats and three Republicans who are running for Michigan governor will participate in a debate at the Detroit Regional Chamber's annual policy conference on Mackinac Island.
The May 31 debate was announced Thursday. It will be hosted by the chamber's political action committee.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Lt. Gov. Brian Calley on Wednesday escalated his criticism of state Attorney General Bill Schuette's prosecution of top state officials for the Flint water crisis, calling it a "gross abuse of power" intended to aid Schuette's run for governor.
The comments from Calley, who also is seeking the Republican gubernatorial nomination, were the strongest to date from Gov. Rick Snyder's administration.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Latest on the criminal investigation of Flint's water crisis (all times local):
A Michigan sheriff says Lt. Gov. Brian Calley's criticism of Attorney General Bill Schuette over the prosecution of top state officials for the Flint water crisis is out of bounds.
Lansing — Former Oakland County economic development leader Matthew Gibb was asked to resign by Executive L. Brooks Patterson five days after allegedly yelling at an employee and being called a "bully" by another, according to documents obtained by The Detroit News.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Organizers of a ballot drive to make the Michigan Legislature a part-time body and slash lawmakers' pay say the effort is ending for now due to a lack of petition signatures.
Norm Kammeraad said Wednesday the Clean Michigan committee doesn't intend to file signatures with the Michigan Bureau of Elections and instead will keep names on file to contact supporters for another potential petition drive in 2019 or 2020.
Lansing — A conservative committee seeking to make Michigan's Legislature a part-time body is calling it quits for this year after failing to meet petition signature requirements to qualify for the fall ballot, a key organizer said.
A super political action committee supporting Attorney General Bill Schuette for governor this week began airing a new television attack ad linking Republican Lt. Gov. Brian Calley to an unpopular business tax adopted under Democratic former Gov. Jennifer Granholm.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A super PAC supporting Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette for governor is launching its first TV ad, one that criticizes rival Brian Calley for his role in crafting a business tax that was later scrapped.
Better Jobs Stronger Families' ad began airing Wednesday. The political action committee can raise unlimited amounts of money to independently support Schuette.
Less than a month remains in the Republican race to replace term-limited Gov. Rick Snyder before the filing deadline for candidates.
Livonia – Internet retail giant Amazon opened its doors Friday to officials and the media to get a look inside the company's new regional fulfillment center – the first to open in Michigan.
Lansing — The Republican gubernatorial primary battle is heating up on a television near you, with Gov. Rick Snyder touting Lt. Gov. Brian Calley in a new advertisement and Attorney General Bill Schuette blasting Calley in the first attack ad of the 2018 cycle.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A political action committee created by Gov. Rick Snyder is airing a TV ad to bolster Lt. Gov. Brian Calley's campaign for governor.
In the ad, which began running Friday, the term-limited Republican governor says Calley's been "invaluable to our comeback." Snyder touts moves such as cutting taxes, making Michigan a right-to-work state and turning around Detroit.
Schuette lands Chamber backing, launches first TV ads
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Republican gubernatorial candidate Bill Schuette landed a major business endorsement Thursday and announced his campaign's first TV ads — one that touts his support from President Donald Trump and another that criticizes GOP rival Brian Calley.
Lansing — The Michigan Chamber of Commerce on Thursday endorsed Attorney General Bill Schuette in the 2018 governor's race, boosting the term-limited attorney general's bid for the Republican nomination.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Latest on the Michigan governor's race (all times local):
State Attorney General Bill Schuette has secured the endorsement of the Michigan Chamber of Commerce in his campaign for governor.
The business group's president and CEO, Rich Studley, said Thursday that Schuette has an "independent track record of accomplishment." Studley says Schuette is "strongly positioned" to win both the GOP primary and the general election.
SOUTHFIELD, Mich. (AP) — Term-limited Gov. Rick Snyder on Wednesday officially endorsed his long-time lieutenant, Republican Brian Calley, in the governor's race — an expected move but one that will enable the governor to play a more active role raising money for Calley and publicly touting their economic record.
The Latest: Snyder says Calley can take Michigan higher
SOUTHFIELD, Mich. (AP) — The Latest on the Michigan governor's race (all times local):
Republican gubernatorial candidate Brian Calley has officially been endorsed by Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder.
Snyder made the announcement with the lieutenant governor Wednesday at a construction company in the Detroit suburb of Southfield. Snyder says he wants to pass the baton to someone who can take Michigan "to an even higher level."
Lansing — Gov. Rick Snyder is expected to endorse Lt. Gov. Brian Calley as his successor during a Wednesday afternoon press event, according to a source with knowledge of the decision.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Republican Lt. Gov. Brian Calley on Friday launched his gubernatorial campaign's first TV ad, in which he touts Michigan's economic gains this decade while saying the job is not finished.
Lansing — Republican Lt. Gov. Brian Calley on Friday launched his first television advertisement of the 2018 governor's race, with a narrator urging voters to "continue the comeback" by picking him to replace term-limited Gov. Rick Snyder.
Michigan gubernatorial candidates release tax returns
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Three more Michigan gubernatorial candidates have voluntarily released portions of their tax returns, saying the public deserves to know the information even though the state does not require candidates to disclose it.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Republican gubernatorial candidate Bill Schuette has submitted 26,000 voter signatures to qualify for the August primary, the same day Democratic rival Gretchen Whitmer secured another union endorsement.
Schuette, the state attorney general, is the third Republican to file petitions before April's deadline. He joins state Sen. Patrick Colbeck and Jim Hines, a Saginaw doctor.
Lt. Gov. Brian Calley is also running. Candidates need 15,000 valid signatures.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The state says emergency relief assistance may be available to low-income residents affected by flooding that began last month in parts of Michigan's Lower Peninsula.
Let me engage in a little prophesying. Lt. Gov. Brian Calley's recent proposal for unelected, unaccountable, independent counsels is not just a political stunt. It is partially baked idea that is not only self-interested but also at odds with the road map for governance that the Michigan Constitution lays out.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Republican gubernatorial candidate Brian Calley's campaign director declined a $150,000 contract to help Flint with economic development, acknowledging that the proposal had led to "critical attention" and saying doing both jobs would have been a detriment to Flint and himself.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Republican gubernatorial candidate Brian Calley's campaign director is turning down a $150,000 contract to help with Flint's economic development, saying doing both jobs would be a detriment to Flint and himself.
Brian Gibb declined the offer in a letter to Mayor Karen Weaver Wednesday, after the city council approved the contract Monday night.