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GRAND RAPIDS — Jill Biden, the former second lady and wife of Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, visited the Kids’ Food Basket in Grand Rapids on Tuesday morning to campaign in Michigan – a key swing state in November’s presidential election.

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina caps outdoor gatherings at 50 people to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus, but don’t tell that to President Donald Trump. He basked in a largely maskless crowd of several thousand supporters during a campaign rally in this critical state.

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WARREN (AP) — Joe Biden traveled to suburban Detroit on Wednesday to make a direct appeal to blue-collar workers who might have voted Republican four years ago but now regret it – attempting to rebuild the once fabled Democratic “blue wall” that crumbled and helped catapult Donald Trump to t…

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ATLANTA (AP) — Thousands of absentee ballots get rejected in every presidential election. This year, that problem could be much worse and potentially pivotal in hotly contested battleground states.

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BALTIMORE (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence forcefully defended law enforcement but made no mention of the Black Americans killed by police this year as he addressed Republican convention proceedings that unfolded amid new protests against racial injustice following the latest shooting.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — First lady Melania Trump portrayed her husband as an authentic, uncompromising leader in a Rose Garden address as President Donald Trump turned to family, farmers and the trappings of the presidency to boost his reelection chances on the second night of the scaled-down Repu…

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WASHINGTON (AP) — A rising generation of Republican stars offered an optimistic view of President Donald Trump's leadership but was undermined on the opening night of the GOP's scaled-back convention by speakers issuing dark warnings about the country's future and distorting the president's …

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Republicans gathered Monday to formally nominate President Donald Trump for reelection at a scaled-down convention kickoff in Charlotte that begins a weeklong effort to convince the American people that the president deserves a second term.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — Democrats formally nominated Joe Biden as their presidential candidate, with party elders, a new generation of politicians and voters in every state joining in an extraordinary, pandemic-cramped virtual convention to send him into the general election campaign in an a…

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NEW YORK (AP) — Michelle Obama delivered a passionate condemnation of President Donald Trump during the opening night of the Democratic National Convention, declaring him "in over his head" and warning that the nation's mounting crises would only get worse if he's reelected over Joe Biden.

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ATLANTA (AP) — The Democratic Party will convene, sort of, amid a pandemic that has upended the usual pomp-and-circumstance of presidential nominating conventions.

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WILMINGTON, Del. — Joe Biden named California Sen. Kamala Harris as his running mate on Tuesday, making history by selecting the first Black woman to compete on a major party's presidential ticket and acknowledging the vital role Black voters will play in his bid to defeat President Donald Trump.

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In the four months since Joe Biden effectively won the Democratic presidential nomination, he has focused on consolidating the party's divergent and often warring factions. As the closing stretch of the campaign nears, that effort will expand to include Republicans disaffected with President…

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A pair of local Democrats — Erik Nordman and Anita Brown — are facing off in the Aug. 4 primary, with the winner earning the right to challenge incumbent Jim Lilly, R-Park Township, for the 89th District house seat in the November general election. 

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WASHINGTON — The nonpartisan commission that sponsors the formal election year presidential debates announced Tuesday that an October debate that had been set for Michigan will now take place in Florida.

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FERRYSBURG — Flags flew, engines revved and “Born in the USA” occasionally blared from a boat’s speakers during an in-water rally organized Saturday by a Kent County group helping to kick off President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign.

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NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump's return to the campaign trail was designed to show strength and enthusiasm heading into the critical final months before an election that will decide whether he remains in the White House.

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WASHINGTON — The bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington, D.C., sharply criticized President Donald Trump for staging a visit to the historic St. John’s Church across from the White House, where he held up a Bible after authorities had cleared the area of peaceful protesters.

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WASHINGTON — The nation’s 133-year-old law for picking a president has a provision that has never been needed to settle a disputed election, since it deals with a situation that would only happen after a cascade of seemingly improbable events.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Michigan Rep. Justin Amash, a high-profile critic of President Donald Trump who quit the GOP and became an independent, announced Saturday he would not seek the Libertarian nomination for the White House, weeks after saying he was running because voters wanted an "alternati…

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An event organized to protest the lockdown of parking lots at Grand Haven State Park Saturday afternoon had more the appearance of a peaceful Trump rally, but that was only because the Biden side of the crowd didn’t show, said organizer Brandon Hall.

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Here’s how your local state lawmakers voted on legislation this past week:

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WASHINGTON — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi unveiled a more than $3 trillion coronavirus aid package Tuesday, providing nearly $1 trillion for states and cities, "hazard pay" for essential workers and a new round of cash payments to individuals.

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A former Grand Haven resident and political activist has announced a “family friendly” event to protest the parking lot closure at Grand Haven State Park on Saturday, May 16.

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LANSING — Guns cannot be banned from Michigan’s Capitol unless legislators change state law, an official who helps oversee the building said Wednesday, less than a week after some protesters armed with rifles shouted at lawmakers inside the Senate chamber.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump signed a $484 billion bill Friday to aid employers and hospitals under stress from the coronavirus pandemic that has killed more than 50,000 Americans and devastated broad swaths of the economy.

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LANSING (AP) — Republicans who control the Michigan Legislature said they will meet Friday to pass bills to rein in the emergency powers of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and create a committee to oversee the state's response to the coronavirus outbreak, a dramatic strike against the Democrat amid th…

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GRAND RAPIDS — Presidential hopeful Joe Biden made a campaign stop in Grand Rapids on Monday, a day ahead of the Michigan presidential primary.

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Several thousand people filled Calder Plaza in Grand Rapids Sunday afternoon for Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders’ appearance in advance of Tuesday’s presidential primary in Michigan.

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LANSING — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is backing Joe Biden for president days before the state’s Democratic primary, giving the former vice president another boost after his success on Super Tuesday.

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U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders and former Vice President Joe Biden, the two front-runners for the Democratic nomination for president, will bring their campaigns to Michigan this week ahead of the state’s primary election on Tuesday.

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NEW YORK (AP) — Billionaire Mike Bloomberg ended his bid for the Democratic presidential nomination on Wednesday and endorsed former Vice President Joe Biden. It was a stunning collapse for the former New York City mayor, who had his 2020 hopes on the Super Tuesday states and pumped more tha…

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Gary Peters on Tuesday urged the Trump administration to launch a centralized federal website, coronavirus.gov, to provide trusted information about the coronavirus outbreak.

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MINNEAPOLIS — The Rev. Doug Pagitt jumped on stage at his former Minneapolis church with a message that he and his entourage are repeating across the country: Evangelical voters, you can stay true to your Christian faith but not vote for President Donald Trump.