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Busy GR poll locations

Busy GR poll locations

City Clerk Lauri Parks is reporting long lines at most polling places in the city of Grand Rapids. At this time the average wait is 90 minutes. “This is an important election and a very complicated ballot,” stated Mayor George Heartwell. “I urge voters to be patient and to realize that they will likely have a wait no matter what time they get to the polls.”

Voters can reduce time in the voting booth by going to the polls prepared. The Secretary of State website http://www.michigan.gov/ allows you to pull up a sample ballot. Mark it at home and carry it with you into the voting booth.”

Heartwell assures voters that anyone in line at 8:00 PM, when the polls close, will be permitted to vote. “We recognize there are delays at many of the polling stations. Voters may be waiting to vote when the polls close at 8:00 PM. Everyone in line will get a chance to vote. No one will be disenfranchised.”

DecriminalizeGR Challenges ‘Misleading’ Claims Made By Forsyth and Belk

DecriminalizeGR Challenges ‘Misleading’ Claims Made By Forsyth and Belk

From: http://decriminalizegr.org

DecriminalizeGR, the citizen group sponsoring City Prop 2 that would decriminalize the simple use and possession of marijuana in Grand Rapids, is calling into question the recent claims made by Grand Rapids Police Department Chief Belk and Kent County Prosecutor Bill Forsyth.  DCGR solidly rejects Forsyth and Belk’s mischaracterizations of the proposal and asserts that GR Proposal 2 will save taxpayer dollars and keep our kids out of jail.

G-Sync: The Buzz on DCGR

G-Sync: The Buzz on DCGR

By Tommy Allen, Lifestyle Editor

Earlier this summer, I was invited to a fundraiser at The Pyramid Scheme to say a few words and then introduce a local musical act. It was all pretty standard fare, to be honest, so with my notes ready, I headed to the stage.

As I stood next to the band members tweaking their instruments, I surveyed the crowd. According to the fire marshal’s sign on the door, the room had a capacity of 420 and it appeared pretty full. As I attempted to focus on the room, I saw the faces beyond the stage lights.

I realized something quickly -- something I had never witnessed before. Quickly casting off my prepared speech, I looked up and then outward before delivering, “What’s up, Grand Rapids!?!” in my best call-to-attention voice.

A Conversation with Former Mayor Logie

A Conversation with Former Mayor Logie

J. Bennett Rylah

John H. Logie was the Mayor of Grand Rapids for a long time, from 1991-2003. That's longer than any other Mayor in the city's 154-year history, though present Mayor Heartwell may overtake the record if he wins another term. Logie is currently a counsel attorney at Warner, Norcross, and Judd, but remains passionate about the city.

Trevor Thomas for Congress Announces "Concert for Us All"

Trevor Thomas for Congress Announces "Concert for Us All"

West Michigan native and congressional candidate Trevor Thomas (MI-3), today announced a June 30th campaign event at Grand Rapids concert venue, the Pyramid Scheme. The "Concert For Us All" is open to all community members, with a focus on younger voters who are becoming more active in the political process. Event information and RSVP link is available via Facebook: goo.gl/6vXiy.

Cherry Street Health Services to develop health center in Wyoming

Cherry Street Health Services to develop health center in Wyoming

On June 20, 2012, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Secretary, Kathleen Sebelius, announced nearly $129 million in Health Center new access point funding. Sebelius made the announcement during a stop at Covenant Community Care, a health center located in Detroit. This Affordable Care Act funding will establish new health center sites to care for an additional 1.25 million people in communities across the country.

Cherry Street Health Services here in Kent County is one of six Michigan organizations that have been awarded funding, which will provide $566,667 annually, enabling them to develop a health center in Wyoming. “We are very appreciative of this major investment in expanding the ability of Health Centers to increase access to primary and preventive care in the City of Wyoming,” said Chris Shea, Chief Executive Officer of Cherry Street Health Services.

New voter identification cards are in the mail

New voter identification cards are in the mail

Every registered voter in the City of Grand Rapids will be receiving a new voter identification card by the end of June. The City Clerk's Office mailed 119,249 new voter ID cards today containing updated voter information due to the reapportionment and redistricting process. The district and precinct changes are effective for the upcoming Primary Election on August 7, 2012.

During the reapportionment process, the total number of precincts in Grand Rapids was decreased from 83 to 77 to continue to right-size our local precincts and administer cost effective and efficient elections. The boundaries, precinct numbers and polling locations of some precincts were changed. Additionally, the boundaries for several County Commissioner and State Legislative Districts have changed.