Join us for Ballot Bash 2014!

BallotBashThe Center for Michigan is teaming up with MLive Media Group and Michigan Radio to bring voters a series of unique events this election season. Ballot Bash 2014 will give you the chance to watch live and in person as candidates for governor, attorney general, secretary of state and U.S. Senate answer questions from the MLive Media Group statewide editorial board. You'll also get to discuss issues that matter to you this election year with top political reporters, including Center for Michigan and Bridge staff, from the three partner organizations.

There will be three evening events — one each in Grand Rapids, Lansing, and Royal Oak. The format will be upbeat, with live music and refreshments. About 200 people are expected to attend each event, and the crowd will be a mix of readers, media representatives, and candidates and their guests.

The candidate schedule is as follows:

Oct. 6 – MLive/Grand Rapids Press hub, Grand Rapids
Gov. Rick Snyder (R)
U.S. Senate candidate Terri Lynn Land (R)
Attorney General Bill Schuette (R)
Secretary of State Ruth Johnson (R)

Oct. 9 – Midtown Brewing Company, Lansing
Gubernatorial candidate Mark Schauer (D)
Secretary of State candidate Godfrey Dillard (D)

Oct. 14 – Mark Ridley's Comedy Castle, Royal Oak
U.S. Senate candidate Gary Peters (D)
Attorney General candidate Mark Totten (D)

The events will be livestreamed and video archived. MLive Media Group will publish its endorsements for these races the week of Oct. 20.

Don’t wait—register today! Although the events are free, registration will be required to gain entry.

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Sat, 09/27/2014 - 7:30am
And where are the Libertarian, Green and Taxpayer candidates? Bridgemi, obedient to the authorities, but can't be said to be very liberal.
Tue, 09/30/2014 - 9:39am
Are there any worthy of a spot? Let's hear it... here. Thank you.
Will Tyler
Thu, 10/02/2014 - 11:38am
Yes, all candidates are "worthy" of being included by virtue of being on the ballot!
Herb Helzer
Sun, 09/28/2014 - 7:56am
You could call that "Also-Ran-a-Palooza!"
Christine Peterson
Sun, 09/28/2014 - 9:47am
I am sorry to see there is no event among the three thar will showcase ALL candidates. These three events seem slightly partisan. We do need to see candidates side by side and the chance to get to know them in order to reduce the effects of ads that can be misleading. Thanks to Bridge, mlive, and Michigan Radio.
Christine Peterson
Sun, 09/28/2014 - 10:33am
Make that totally partisan. This adds tp the polarization that gridlocks us. Nevertheless THANK YOU.
Tue, 09/30/2014 - 6:10pm
I wonder what the Bridge, MLive, and Michigan Radio would do if they knew how many more of us are neither Republicans nor Democrats than are either one. Presuming they care, of course. But then again, the latest polling at puts independents close to an absolute majority, in fact -- 47%. And that figure is typically higher in Michigan, since we don't have to register to vote by party. So maybe they *should* care. We are also a growing portion of their audience, after all. Well, maybe they'll pay attention if we stop giving in to the invitation to "lean" towards a lesser evil, vote for what we actually *want*, and elect someone different. It doesn't even have to be me . . . though I would appreciate your visiting my campaign's Facebook page to find out about me, since I haven't been invited by any of the "bashing partners" to participate in these bi-partisan events. (I've answered every candidate survey I've received, and you can read all my answers at the Facebook page.) John Anthony La Pietra 386 Boyer Court Marshall, MI 49068 269-781-9478 Green Party of Michigan Statewide Elections Co-ordinator Calhoun County Co-ordinator and 2014 candidate for Attorney General John Anthony La Pietra -- Attorney General for the People 386 Boyer Court Marshall, MI 49068 Facebook: jalp4thePeople Some of my e-mails are intended to include legal information provided in the course of a case -- or of deciding whether or not to take on a case. So their contents are private, and privileged, to the extent the law says they are. If you got this e-mail but weren't supposed to have gotten it, please let me know -- and then delete the contents from your computer. Thank you. I do not consent to collection, storage, or any other use of any of my e-mails (or any related metadata) by anyone to whom the e-mail is not directly addressed -- whether government agencies, corporations, or individuals.