By Brandon Hall
Here are the top 10 stories from the past year broke by West Michigan Politics, WMP readers knew about them before anyone else...
10. Rep. Bill Huizenga's 10 Year Old Campaign Finance Issues Handled After WMP Investigation+Complaint
Original WMP Story: Breaking: Rep. Huizenga's Super Shady State House Finance Issues Remain Unresolved 10 Years Later
9. WMP Spotlights "War On Homeschoolers"
Original WMP Story: WAR On HomeSchoolers: Pavlov Blasts Controversial New Legislation, Calls It Bullying
8. Meekhof Prop 1 Townhall Drama+Cover Up
WMP broke news of the townhall, opined it may get heated, broke news of the cancelation, and called out Meekhof for throwing Amanda Price under the bus...
Original WMP Story: After Tax Increase Flip-Flop And Ducking Constituents, Meekhof's Prop 1 Town Hall Meeting May Get Heated
7. Grand Haven Cross+Nativity Developments
WMP has been on top of this issue for over 16 months, since it started. Check out some of those stories HERE. And make no mistake, it's FAR from over!
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6. WMP Discovers Grand Haven Coast Guard Attacker's Identity
A WMP investigation revealed-before any other news outlet- Matthew Lawrence Krueger as the attacker who rammed his truck through Grand Haven's Coast Guard station while threatening to blow the building up...
Original WMP Story: Breaking: WMP Discovers Coast Guard Terror Attack Suspect Is Believed To Be Matthew Lawrence Krueger
5. Courser/Gamrat Aide Josh Cline Subscribed To "Ashley Madison"
This story was popular in the Detroit area, and even made international news! Evidently, sources tell WMP Cline's wife was told of his subscription (which he turned to during a marital spat) before the article and they have since moved on...
Original WMP Story: Breaking: Courser/Gamrat Staffer Had "Ashley Madison" Account
4. Courser Accused Himself Of Child Molestation In 2014 State House Race
Of note: Todd Courser, to the best of my knowledge, NEVER denied this report. Because he knows it is true! This was featured on John Oliver's HBO show, as well as many other places...
Original WMP Story: Breaking:Courser Accused HIMSELF Of Child Molestation To Help Win 2014 State House Race
Also in WXYZ, The Wonkette, Raw Story, Political Moll, and others...
3. Cotter Boots Cindy Gamrat From House GOP Caucus
Before the scandal with Todd Courser that rocked Lansing and made international headlines emerged, this seemed likely to be the biggest story of the year featuring Cindy Gamrat. WMP readers knew first...
2. MackiBrawl: Rubio Aide Beeson Attacks John Yob
Original WMP Story: Breaking: Mackinac DRAMA: Top Rubio Leader Tries To Hit John Yob In The Face After Trying To Whip Straw Poll Support
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>>>Detroit News: Paul official accuses Rubio aide of throwing punch
>>>Talking Points Memo: Rubio Staffer Allegedly Punches Rand Paul Aide In The Face At Michigan Bar
1. Courser/Gamrat Drama: Courser Sent False Flag Email To Hide Affair, Cotter+House GOP Leadership Have Known Since May...
WMP readers knew about the biggest scandal of the year in Michigan politics before just about anyone else...
Original story in early July: False Flag? Sources: Courser Sent Controversial Email+House GOP Leadership Knows, No Longer Attends Caucus Meetings
What followed is now well known. Chad Livengood investigated and blew the story wide open after obtaining audio tapes. Gamrat and Courser left, ran again, and were replaced... But questions linger. And Graham and Allard's lawsuit against the House may finally provide a lot of answers. Stay tuned...