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MACKINAC ISLAND, Mich. (WOOD) - The Republican Leadership Conference on Mackinac Island this past weekend was designed to kick off the 2014 election, in which every Michigan House and Senate seat as well as the state gubernatorial and a Michigan U.S. Senate seat will be up for grabs.
But Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, who was there, has longer-term plans.
Governors Scott Walker of Wisconsin and Bobby Jindal of Louisiana were on the island. So was Senator John Thune. But Paul created the most buzz by far.
The son of Libertarian-minded former U.S. Congressman Ron Paul has picked up where his dad left off, talking about a strong adherence to the Constitution and limited government.
He weighed in on the coming budget battle in Washington and numerous other issues, but finally said he was there for a bigger reason -- he's considering a run for president.
If Paul does run, he will no doubt have a lot of company.
Walker, Jinal, Thune and a half-dozen others could also be considering a run.
With an "open cycle" -- meaning that no incumbent will be running -- a lot of people from both major parties will at least flirt with the idea heading into 2016. That almost certainly means they will be coming to Michigan to test the waters.
A charity lodge where three people were killed back in September 2013 will likely never open again.
Kalamazoo Township Police are asking for your help in finding a 63-year-old man who told people back in November he was going off to die.
A camera mounted on a tow truck caught an example of a common incident Tuesday: a vehicle sliding off the road.