The Rapidian

Government & Politics

Election results yield victories for school bonds, elected officials

Submitted 11-04-2015 under NEWS

Voters in the area passed school bonding proposals in the Nov. 3 election, with one narrowly failing by 23 votes. The Democratic nominee for a Michigan House seat was selected, and several candidates were elected or reelected to office.


Mayor discusses Tuesday elections, other citizen questions on City Connection

Submitted 11-02-2015 under NONPROFITS

Mayor Heartwell answered questions from local citizens on topics such as police complaints, Nov. 3 elections, and advice for mayor-elect Rosalynn Bliss.


Democrats face off for Michigan House seat in special primary

Submitted 11-02-2015 under NEWS

Grand Rapids voters will choose between two Democratic candidates in a special primary on the Nov. 3 ballot. The winner will face the currently unopposed Republican candidate in the spring general election to fill a vacated Michigan House seat.


GR area incumbents face opposition in Nov. 3 elections

Submitted 11-02-2015 under NEWS

Several officials in East Grand Rapids, Kentwood and Walker will fight for reelection on the Nov. 3.


Two 3rd Ward community leaders race for City Commission seat

Submitted 10-29-2015 under NEWS

Voters have a choice between two 3rd Ward city commissioner candidates whose goals are aimed at economic opportunity, equitable housing and safety. The winner will replace term-limited Elias Lumpkins.


The Rapidian adds Advisory Council to support local writers

Submitted 10-27-2015 under PLACE-MATTERS

As we continue to grow and support local voices, it's important that we make sure that we're providing our community reporters with everything they need to share their news and stories well. Our Advisory Council is an important piece in taking good care of our reporters.


ACLU to bring conversation on police practices to Wealthy Theatre

Submitted 10-20-2015 under NONPROFITS

[FULL VIDEO OF EVENT] In an effort to better understand and defuse the potential for injustice at the hands of police in Grand Rapids, this panel discussion on October 28 brings together city, federal and community stakeholders to discuss the relationship between the police and the public.


Mayor answers questions from local citizens in City Connection

Submitted 10-12-2015 under NONPROFITS

Mayor Heartwell answered citizen questions, submittable by phone calls, emails, tweets or comments on the article, Monday at 5:00 p.m.


Local nonprofits, communities work to welcome Syrian refugees

Submitted 10-12-2015 under NEWS

As Syrian refugees arrive in the Grand Rapids area, local Syrian-Americans, along with Bethany Christian Services and other local nonprofits, are helping them build new lives, find work and connect with culture.


ATU, Grand Valley students protest Rapid bus changes

Submitted 10-12-2015 under OPINION

On Saturday, October 10, Rapid bus drivers and GVSU students marched downtown and flash mobbed Rosa Parks Circle in protest of recent Rapid bus changes.