michigan republican party http://michiganradio.org en Agema admits 'errors in judgment,' but refuses to resign http://michiganradio.org/post/agema-admits-errors-judgment-refuses-resign <p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15.33px; line-height: 22px;">State and national GOP chairs have now called on Republican National Committeeman Dave </span>Agema<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15.33px; line-height: 22px;"> to resign his position.</span></p><p style="padding: 0px; border: 0px currentColor; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); line-height: 22px; font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15.33px; margin-bottom: 15px; vertical-align: baseline;">Agema&nbsp;stirred controversy after making anti-gay and anti-Muslim comments.</p><p style="padding: 0px; border: 0px currentColor; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); line-height: 22px; font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15.33px; margin-bottom: 15px; vertical-align: baseline;">Late Friday, Agema issued a statement acknowledging “errors in judgment,” but says he won’t resign.</p><p style="padding: 0px; border: 0px currentColor; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); line-height: 22px; font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15.33px; margin-bottom: 15px; vertical-align: baseline;">This has many people asking what Agema’s comments mean for Republicans – particularly for Muslim or gay members of the Republican Party.</p><p style="padding: 0px; border: 0px currentColor; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); line-height: 22px; font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15.33px; margin-bottom: 15px; vertical-align: baseline;">Joining us now is Joe Sylvester, chair of the Michigan Log Cabin Republicans. Log Cabin Republicans are people who work within the party to push for equal rights for gays and lesbians.</p><p> Mon, 27 Jan 2014 22:04:30 +0000 Stateside Staff 16194 at http://michiganradio.org Agema admits 'errors in judgment,' but refuses to resign 3 things that have Republicans calling for Dave Agema's resignation http://michiganradio.org/post/3-things-have-republicans-calling-dave-agemas-resignation <p>Dave Agema served from 2006 to 2012 as a state representative in the Michigan Legislature. He hit his term limit and moved on to other things in 2012.</p><p>Now he represents Michigan as a member of the Republican National Committee. M<span style="line-height: 1.5;">any Republicans wish he weren't.</span></p><p><a href="http://www.mlive.com/news/grand-rapids/index.ssf/2014/01/betsy_devos_dave_agema.html">Some are naming names</a> and calling for his ouster. Others aren’t calling him out by name but are “asking for more civility,” as&nbsp;MPRN’s Rick Pluta reported:</p> Tue, 21 Jan 2014 22:01:31 +0000 Mark Brush 16120 at http://michiganradio.org 3 things that have Republicans calling for Dave Agema's resignation Snyder renews call for 'civility' in MLK day address http://michiganradio.org/post/snyder-renews-call-civility-mlk-day-address <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">As a state Republican leader continues to roil his party with comments about gay people and Muslims, </span>Gov<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. Rick Snyder used a Martin Luther King Day speech to call for more public civility.</span></p><p>“It’s disappointing that I had to make that call because of comments made by people out in the public,” he told a Martin Luther King Day lunch in Lansing. “And that just shows we need to continue this journey in terms of looking at equality and justice.”</p> Mon, 20 Jan 2014 22:15:59 +0000 Rick Pluta 16104 at http://michiganradio.org Snyder renews call for 'civility' in MLK day address Immigration, school year changes and other highlights from Gov. Snyder's State of the State address http://michiganradio.org/post/immigration-school-year-changes-and-other-highlights-gov-snyders-state-state-address <link href='//cdn.knightlab.com/libs/soundcite/latest/css/player.css' rel='stylesheet' type='text/css'><script type='text/javascript' src='//connect.soundcloud.com/sdk.js'></script><script type='text/javascript' src='//cdn.knightlab.com/libs/soundcite/latest/js/soundcite.min.js'></script> <p>Gov. Rick Snyder put services for immigrants and seniors at the top of his to-do list for 2014 in his State of the State speech yesterday.</p><p>The governor also promised to extend pre-school to every child in the state that wants to attend, and trumpeted the state’s economic recovery as he prepares to seek a second term.</p><p><span class="soundcite" data-id="129992011" data-start="0" data-end="3421">"We are reinventing Michigan," Snyder said. "Michigan is the comeback state."</span></p><p>Snyder noted that hiring is up, and more people are looking for work — although Michigan still has one of the nation’s highest unemployment rates and many families living in poverty.</p><p>But the governor says things are getting better and the state’s improved budget position and the prospect of a revenue surplus is evidence of that. He said much of that money — more than a billion dollars over the next three years — should be used on infrastructure, investments, and savings. But he also said taxpayers should get some of it back.</p><p>“There’s going to be some opportunity for tax relief,” Snyder said.</p><p> Fri, 17 Jan 2014 15:39:16 +0000 Rick Pluta 16067 at http://michiganradio.org Immigration, school year changes and other highlights from Gov. Snyder's State of the State address What can we expect to hear in Gov. Snyder's State of the State address? http://michiganradio.org/post/what-can-we-expect-hear-gov-snyders-state-state-address <p>Gov. Rick Snyder delivers his fourth State of the State address tomorrow night. Zoe Clark and Rick Pluta, co-hosts of Michigan Radio’s <em>It’s Just Politics</em>, talk about what we can expect to hear in the governor’s address.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.&nbsp;</em></p><p> Wed, 15 Jan 2014 20:32:09 +0000 Stateside Staff 16037 at http://michiganradio.org What can we expect to hear in Gov. Snyder's State of the State address? Opponents to target Michigan abortion law in 2014 http://michiganradio.org/post/opponents-target-michigan-abortion-law-2014 <p>Incensed Democrats and abortion rights advocates are vowing that Republican lawmakers overreached so much with new restrictions on abortion coverage in Michigan's public and private health insurance plans that it'll cost them in next elections.</p> Sun, 15 Dec 2013 19:51:16 +0000 The Associated Press 15696 at http://michiganradio.org Opponents to target Michigan abortion law in 2014 Michigan Republican party doesn't address anti-gay comments http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-republican-party-doesnt-address-anti-gay-comments <p>LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Michigan Republicans have taken no official steps to rebuke the kinds of anti-gay comments made recently by GOP National Committee member Dave Agema.<br /><br />The party's meeting on Saturday in Lansing didn't deal with a measure proposed by western Michigan activist Jason Watts, submitted after the deadline for resolutions. It doesn't mention Agema but disavows the party of "demagogic rhetoric that is incendiary and unbecoming of civil discourse."<br /> Sun, 15 Dec 2013 04:31:50 +0000 The Associated Press 15694 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan Republican party doesn't address anti-gay comments The GOP’s Civil War http://michiganradio.org/post/gop-s-civil-war <div class="im"><div><br /><p>Everyone knows there&rsquo;s a war between the parties going on right now in Congress and in Washington, a war that has shut down the national parks and large parts of the federal government.</p><p>But there&rsquo;s also a war going on within the Republican Party, a war being fought on battlefields from Washington to Lansing to Canton and Grand Rapids. It&rsquo;s a war for the party&rsquo;s mind and soul.</p><p>Essentially, it&rsquo;s a war between the Tea Party Republicans and the party&rsquo;s more traditional conservatives, especially the business community. Right now, the Tea Party seems to be winning. For a while, that had the regular Republicans concerned. They know that if extremists are the face of the party, they can say goodbye to any hopes of recapturing the White House, and probably also the U.S. Senate.</p><p> Thu, 10 Oct 2013 13:57:38 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 14795 at http://michiganradio.org The GOP’s Civil War Week in Michigan politics: Medicaid, Governor Snyder, and the Tea Party http://michiganradio.org/post/week-michigan-politics-medicaid-governor-snyder-and-tea-party <p>This week in Michigan politics Christina Shockley and Jack Lessenberry discuss <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/next-step-medicaid-expansion-back-state-house">Medicaid expansion</a>, Governor Rick Snyder&#39;s <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/can-snydercalley-ticket-survive-medicaid-fight">political status</a>, and the <a href="http://michiganradio.org/term/wes-nakagori">Michigan Tea Party</a>.</p><p> Wed, 28 Aug 2013 13:57:39 +0000 Christina Shockley & Jack Lessenberry 14169 at http://michiganradio.org Week in Michigan politics: Medicaid, Governor Snyder, and the Tea Party Michigan Republican ignores history and dismisses compromise http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-republican-ignores-history-and-dismisses-compromise <p>Five months ago, Michigan Republicans nearly unseated their state chairman, Bobby Schostak, at their state convention.</p><p>Schostak is a successful fundraiser and commercial real estate developer. Until recently, he would have been seen as a hard-core conservative. But he wasn’t hard-core enough for 48 percent of the delegates to their annual state convention.</p><p>Those delegates voted for Todd Courser, an accountant and tax attorney from Lapeer. Courser lost that election, but if you saw the public affairs show Off The Record this weekend, it was clear he believes fervently in his own righteousness, and means for his troops to take over the GOP.</p><p> Tue, 20 Aug 2013 13:25:20 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 14062 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan Republican ignores history and dismisses compromise Politicians' capacity for embarassment http://michiganradio.org/post/politicians-capacity-embarassment <p></p><p>There’s an odd story you might have missed from the Upper Peninsula. A member of the Michigan Republican state central committee is facing major felony charges in Wisconsin.</p><p>Various press accounts quote police as saying Douglas Sedenquist of Escanaba was arrested five months ago after his wife notified police that he was supposedly stalking her with a high-powered rifle and making suicide threats. His wife left him last year; she said he was physically abusing their daughters.</p><p>Police in Green Bay, Wisconsin, where she now lives, arrested Sedenquist after, police say, he repeatedly refused their orders to put down the rifle or get out of his truck. Instead, he asked them to let him shoot himself. Eventually they were able to arrest him, and now he faces a variety of charges.</p><p>I have gone into this in some detail because I haven‘t yet told you the weirdest part about all this. Nobody, so far as I know, is demanding that he step down from his party leadership roles. Sedenquist, by the way, is also vice-chair of the Delta County GOP. Thu, 15 Aug 2013 13:26:27 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 13998 at http://michiganradio.org Politicians' capacity for embarassment Gov. Snyder's negotiation style in question http://michiganradio.org/post/gov-snyders-negotiation-style-question <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It’s Thursday, the day we talk Michigan politics with Susan </span>Demas<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, political analyst for Michigan Information and Research Service, and Ken </span>Sikkema<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, former Senate Majority Leader and senior policy fellow at Public Sector Consultants.</span></p><p>The state budget is on its way to Governor Snyder for his signature, while there is an investment of $65 million in early education, the Governor did not get three of his major priorities met. Medicaid expansion, transportation funding, and Common Core for K-12 education.</p><p>"He [Snyder] can't afford to sort of roll over all the time on the conservative agenda items, where he signs everything they want without getting them [conservatives] to agree to pass some of his high priority items," says Sikkema.&nbsp;</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Thu, 06 Jun 2013 21:29:00 +0000 Jennifer White 12931 at http://michiganradio.org Gov. Snyder's negotiation style in question Commentary: Struggle for a Party’s Soul http://michiganradio.org/post/commentary-struggle-party-s-soul <p>There were, in a way, two conferences taking place among the state’s business and political elite on Mackinac Island last week. One was a celebration of Michigan’s comeback from the darkest days of the great recession, and of the new business-friendly climate flourishing under Governor Rick Snyder.</p><p>Make no mistake about it: Richard Dale Snyder is the most business-oriented governor this state has had since World War II. That’s in large part because he is a businessman.</p><p>He speaks their language. During his closing remarks, the governor sounded like a motivational speaker sent out to fire up a sluggish sales force.&nbsp; “What’s the role of government?” he asked, answering, “Government exists to give you great customer service!”</p><p> Mon, 03 Jun 2013 13:47:27 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 12846 at http://michiganradio.org Commentary: Struggle for a Party’s Soul Trump to speak at Oakland County fundraiser http://michiganradio.org/post/trump-speak-oakland-county-fundraiser <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">“The Donald” is coming to Oakland County.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The real estate mogul and television star is scheduled to speak today at the </span><a href="https://www.oaklandgop.net/lincoln-dinner-registration" style="line-height: 1.5;">Lincoln Day Dinner</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> at the Suburban Collection Showcase convention center in Novi.</span></p><p>Lincoln Day is an annual fundraising event for state and county Republican Party organizations. Tickets to the meal start at $750.</p> Tue, 21 May 2013 15:32:48 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 12660 at http://michiganradio.org Trump to speak at Oakland County fundraiser Who will the Republicans put up for U.S. Senate? http://michiganradio.org/post/who-will-republicans-put-us-senate <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Who might be the Republicans' best hope of winning Michigan's Senate seat?<br><br>Republican strategist Dennis Lennox joined us today.</p><p>We asked him why a Republican hasn't jumped into the race yet and who their ideal candidate might be.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em> Tue, 07 May 2013 21:11:23 +0000 Stateside Staff 12456 at http://michiganradio.org Who will the Republicans put up for U.S. Senate? Michigan restriction on presidential candidates OK http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-restriction-presidential-candidates-ok <p>LANSING, Mich. (AP) - A federal appeals court has no problem with a Michigan law that bars a presidential candidate from running in the general election after losing in the primary for another political party.</p><p>The lawsuit was filed by the Libertarian Party after the secretary of state kept Gary Johnson off the ballot last fall. He'd lost earlier in 2012 as a candidate in Michigan's Republican Party primary.</p><p>A three-judge panel at the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati said Wednesday that Michigan's law is constitutional.</p><p>The ruling affirms an earlier decision by Detroit federal Judge Paul Borman. Wed, 01 May 2013 19:23:06 +0000 The Associated Press 12367 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan restriction on presidential candidates OK The latest on Snyder and the Republican party http://michiganradio.org/post/latest-snyder-and-republican-party <p></p><p>Let's talk relationships - political relationships.</p><p>Governor Snyder wants $1.2 billion a year for rebuilding of Michigan roads. He has also proposed increased gas taxes and vehicle registration fees, which haven't gone over well with state Republicans.</p><p>He's also said he wants to expand Medicaid using money from the federal government under provisions in the Affordable Care Act, which hasn't been warmly received by Republicans either.</p><p>So where does this rift leave the Republican party, and what does it say about Governor Snyder and his leadership style?</p><p> Thu, 11 Apr 2013 21:00:31 +0000 Stateside Staff 12099 at http://michiganradio.org The latest on Snyder and the Republican party Schostak re-elected as chairman of Michigan GOP http://michiganradio.org/post/schostak-re-elected-chairman-michigan-gop <p>LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Michigan Republicans are sticking with their party leader as the GOP tries to keep complete control of state government in 2014.<br><br>Bobby Schostak was narrowly re-elected chairman Saturday at Republicans' state convention in Lansing. He fended off a challenge from tea party enthusiast Todd Courser.<br><br>Schostak supporters credit him for helping the GOP maintain control of the state House and Supreme Court in 2012 despite President Barack Obama's and U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow's easy wins in Michigan. Schostak detractors say Republicans had a lousy year.<br> Sat, 23 Feb 2013 18:22:42 +0000 The Associated Press 11389 at http://michiganradio.org Schostak re-elected as chairman of Michigan GOP Michigan House Republicans release their 2013-2014 plan http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-house-republicans-release-their-2013-2014-plan <p>Earlier today, Michigan House Republicans announced their plan for&nbsp; the 2013-2014 legislative session.</p><p>They call their plan, "<span><em><a href="http://www.gophouse.com/Publications/999/ActionPlanWebVersion.pdf">Brighter Days Ahead: 2013-14 House Republican Action Plan for Hard-Working Michigan Taxpayers</a>.</em></span></p><p>Speaker of the House John Bolger (R-Marshall) said this in their <a href="http://www.gophouse.com/readarticle.asp?ID=9630&amp;District=63">press release</a> this morning:</p><blockquote><p><span>"We are once again presenting the people we serve with a detailed, common-sense approach to resolving challenges that Michigan's hard-working men and women are facing,"</span></p></blockquote><p>House Republicans say they plan on tackling the following issues: Wed, 30 Jan 2013 22:44:48 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 11024 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan House Republicans release their 2013-2014 plan States could make sweeping changes to Electoral College http://michiganradio.org/post/states-could-make-sweeping-changes-electoral-college <p>In his <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/commentary-rigging-presidential-elections#comment-774908454">commentary </a>this morning, Michigan Radio’s Jack Lessenberry pointed to what he is calling a Republican plan to rig presidential election results.</p><p>Currently, with the exception of Maine and Nebraska, all of a state’s Electoral College votes go to the presidential candidate who wins the popular vote in that state.</p> Tue, 22 Jan 2013 21:27:15 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 10890 at http://michiganradio.org States could make sweeping changes to Electoral College