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Politics & Government
11:24 pm
Tue May 7, 2013

Ananich wins 27th state senate seat

Senator-elect Jim Ananich (D-Flint) (file photo)
Steve Carmody/Mchigan Radio

Genesee County voters choose a familiar face to serve them in the state senate.

Tuesday, voters elected Democrat Jim Ananich in a special election to fill the vacant 27th district seat.

State Representative Jim Ananich was expected to win in the Democratic leaning 27th state senate district.

He defeated Republican Robert Daunt, the same man he defeated in last year’s State House race to represent Flint in Lansing.   

Ananich picked up 75% of the vote.  Daunt received more than 20% of the votes cast.       

Liberatrian Robert Nicholls and Green Party candidate Bobby Jones split the rest.

Ananich replaces former state senator John Gleason, who stepped down after winning the Genesee County clerk’s election last fall.

Ananich will finish out Gleason’s unexpired term, which ends in 2014.

Politics & Government
3:09 pm
Sun May 5, 2013

Michigan voters will be casting ballots on Tuesday

(file photo)
Steve Carmody/Michigan Radio

Michigan voters go to the polls on Tuesday.

School bond issues dominate the ballot in most of Michigan.

For example, Kalamazoo voters are being asked to decide on a $62 million bond request. If voters give their OK, the district would spend most of the money on maintaining city school buildings.

There are a few elected offices on the ballot of note.

In Genesee County, voters are picking a new state senator. Former senator John Gleason stepped down after winning the Genesee County clerk’s election last fall.

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Politics & Government
1:34 am
Wed March 13, 2013

May special election set for vacant state senate seat

Candidate Jim Ananich hugs his wife Andrea after winning Tuesday's Democratic primary. He'll face Robert Daunt in the May general election to serve out the unexpired term in the 27th state senate district seat.
Steve Carmody/Michigan Radio

State Representative Jim Ananich easily won Tuesday’s Democratic primary to fill a vacant state senate seat in the 27th district, which includes Flint.

Ananich collected 51% of the vote to defeat four other candidates in the Democratic primary. The 27th is a heavily Democratic district which likely means Tuesday’s primary win will mean Ananich will win the May special election. Still Ananich insists he won’t take his Republican opponent lightly.

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State Law
2:31 pm
Wed March 30, 2011

Two state lawmakers push to restore jobless benefits cuts

Two Democratic state lawmakers are preparing legislation that would restore unemployment benefits cuts recently signed into law by Governor Rick Snyder.  Snyder signed legislation to extend federal jobless benefits, but the bill also contained a provision shrinking state unemployment benefits from 26 to 20 weeks next year.  

Republicans lawmakers pushed for the jobless benefits cuts, saying it will reduce the burden on Michigan businesses, which pay into the state unemployment insurance pool. Jim Ananich is a state representative from Flint.   He’s introducing legislation to restore those benefits.  

“You know I’m hopeful that they will see the error of their ways and see that now is not a time to be taking money out of people’s pockets.”

Ananich hopes to introduce his bill next month.