The Rapidian

Government & Politics

Story Matters: W. Paul Mayhue calls out problems of racial discrimination with police leadership, trespassing

Submitted 07-31-2015 under NONPROFITS

After attending the mayoral debate at Wealthy Theatre, Mayhue sat down to talk with us about the problems with race in Grand Rapids that he's seen with policing and laws.

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Story Matters: Paris Lara looks for mayor that's well-rounded, authentic about social justice issues

Submitted 07-31-2015 under NONPROFITS

After attending the mayoral debate on July 30, Lara says he appreciates the diverse group of candidates, from those who don't have much political background or networks to those who have been working in politics in the area for a long time.

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Story Matters: Mary Alice Williams wishes for more "teeth" in local politics

Submitted 07-31-2015 under NONPROFITS

Mary Alice Williams attended MLive and WGVU's mayoral candidate debate on income inequality, and says she's looking most of all for integrity, a passion to serve and social justice concerns in Grand Rapids' next mayor.

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Candidates answer citizen questions on economy, talent retention, Airbnb, transportation

Submitted 07-31-2015 under NEWS

With just four days before local citizens vote for their choice in the next mayor, we have candidates answering questions from local citizens.

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Where are the votes?

Submitted 07-28-2015 under NEWS

With an average voting rate of 47.1 percent and August Primaries nearing, The Rapidian seeks out non-voters to ask, "why don't you vote?"

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Mayoral candidates answer citizen questions on their role as mayor, representing young voices, City finances

Submitted 07-28-2015 under NEWS

With just one week left until the Primaries, we’re bringing more questions from our local citizens that were sent to us on July 15 at the Mayoral Debate.

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Voting 101: Voting rates historically lower in primaries, for young people, black residents

Submitted 07-21-2015 under NEWS

Grand Rapids' upcoming August primary election may determine the next mayor of the city. With historically lower turnout rates in primaries, this means each vote carries more weight in determining outcomes.

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Mayoral debate at Wealthy Theatre brings standing room only crowds

Submitted 07-14-2015 under NONPROFITS

The event on Wednesday, July 15, had all four mayoral candidates answering questions about everything from race and civil liberties to backyard chickens. The full video of the event is available here.

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Mayor answers citizen questions live in July City Connection

Submitted 07-13-2015 under NONPROFITS

Monday, July 13 brought another edition of "City Connection," where Mayor Heartwell sits down to answer citizen questions live on GRTV and live-streaming on The Rapidian.

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Mayoral debate to combine citizen questions, co-moderator leadership

Submitted 07-07-2015 under NEWS

The Grand Rapids Community Media Center will host the mayoral debate at Wealthy Theater, giving citizens a chance to ask mayoral candidates questions directly. Four co-moderators will lead the discussion with an opening question for each topic.

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