state of the union http://michiganradio.org en President Obama will visit East Lansing next week http://michiganradio.org/post/president-obama-will-visit-east-lansing-next-week <p><a href="http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20140131/METRO08/301310129/1361/Obama-to-visit-East-Lansing-Friday-for-event-on-economy">President Obama</a> will pay his first visit to Michigan in 14 months.</p><p>The White House will release details next week on the president's scheduled <span class="aBn" data-term="goog_195910797" tabindex="0"><span class="aQJ">Friday</span></span> visit to East Lansing.</p> Sat, 01 Feb 2014 15:47:40 +0000 Rick Pluta 16269 at http://michiganradio.org President Obama will visit East Lansing next week Michigan's auto industry cited often in President Obama's State of the Union speech http://michiganradio.org/post/michigans-auto-industry-cited-often-president-obamas-state-union-speech <p>Michigan’s auto industry figured prominently in President Obama’s State of the Union speech last night.</p><p></p><p>He started by talking about a hard-working auto worker building fuel-efficient vehicles and helping America wean itself off foreign oil.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>The president then introduced the new CEO of General Motors, who was sitting with the First Lady. &nbsp;</p><p></p> Wed, 29 Jan 2014 11:25:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 16224 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan's auto industry cited often in President Obama's State of the Union speech Michigan congressmen split on the 'State of the Union' speech http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-congressmen-split-state-union-speech <p>Michigan’s congressional delegation had a mixed reaction to the president’s State of the Union address last night.</p><p>Democrat John Dingell says Congress is capable of acting on the president’s call for a higher minimum wage and restoring federal jobless benefits.</p><p>“Whether they will or not I don’t know because as you know, the Republicans run Congress,” Dingell said after the president’s speech.</p> Wed, 29 Jan 2014 11:24:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 16225 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan congressmen split on the 'State of the Union' speech What to watch for in tomorrow night's State of the Union address http://michiganradio.org/post/what-watch-tomorrow-nights-state-union-address <div><p>President Obama will deliver his State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress tomorrow night. It's the President's chance to throw down the gauntlet and outline his agenda for the year ahead.</p></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>What shall we watch for here in Michigan? What shall we expect?</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>We turn to Detroit Free Press Washington reporter Todd Spangler.</div><p> Mon, 27 Jan 2014 22:04:17 +0000 Stateside Staff 16197 at http://michiganradio.org What to watch for in tomorrow night's State of the Union address President to deliver State of the Union address Tuesday http://michiganradio.org/post/president-deliver-state-union-address-tuesday <p>President Barack Obama will issue a call for expanding economic opportunity in his State of the Union address. He'll press a divided Congress to help shrink the income gap between the rich and poor, while asserting that he will take action on his own if lawmakers don't.<br /> Sat, 25 Jan 2014 20:28:00 +0000 Steve Carmody & The Associated Press 16175 at http://michiganradio.org President to deliver State of the Union address Tuesday Stateside: Talking 'State of the Union' and 'State of the City' http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-talking-state-union-and-state-city <p>Lester Graham fills in for Cyndy. He talks the "State of the Union" and global warming with Donald Scavia,<b> </b>Donald Scavia is the Director of the University of Michigan Graham Environmental Sustainability Institute.</p><p>And he talks "State of the City" of Detroit with Daniel Howes of the Detroit News, and Michigan Radio political analyst Jack Lessenberry.</p><p>Click the audio above to hear their conversation. Wed, 13 Feb 2013 22:43:16 +0000 Stateside Staff 11225 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside: Talking 'State of the Union' and 'State of the City' Michigan's Congressional delegation responds to President Obama's address http://michiganradio.org/post/michigans-congressional-delegation-responds-president-obamas-address <p>Within minutes of <a href="http://michiganradio.org/term/barack-obama">President Obama</a> wrapping up his <a href="http://www.npr.org/2012/01/24/145786177/obamas-challenge-be-political-but-not-too-political">State of the Union address</a> last night, Michigan lawmakers were sending out their responses to the speech. And, not surprisingly, Democratic lawmakers tended to have good things to say; Republicans, not so much. Here&#39;s a roundup of what some of Michigan&#39;s lawmakers had to say:</p><p><strong>Democratic Senator Debbie Stabenow</strong>:</p><p>&ldquo;The most important issue facing Michigan right now is transforming our economy to create new jobs and improving economic security for middle-class families, and&nbsp;I was very glad to hear President Obama focus on these priorities. &nbsp;I was especially pleased that the President embraced the idea of a trade enforcement unit to help crackdown on countries who continue to violate trade laws to gain an anti-competitive advantage over our businesses and workers.&nbsp; I wrote the bill to create a trade enforcement unit years ago and I hope this gives the idea the momentum to become a reality this year.&quot; Wed, 25 Jan 2012 11:37:28 +0000 Zoe Clark 5926 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan's Congressional delegation responds to President Obama's address Obama's State of the Union guests, two from Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/obamas-state-union-guests-two-michigan <p>Two people from Michigan will be the guests of First Lady Michelle Obama at tonight&#39;s State of the Union address.</p><p>Holland resident Bryan Ritterby and Detroiter Alicia Boler-Davis.</p><p><strong>Alicia Boler-Davis</strong></p><p>Boler-Davis is the plant manager at GM&#39;s Orion Assembly and Pontiac Stamping. She oversees the production of the newly released Chevy Sonic - &quot;the first new small car program from GM to be manufactured in the U.S.,&quot; according to the White House.</p><p><span style="font-family: &quot;Book Antiqua&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;; color: windowtext;">When President Obama and President Lee of South Korea visited GM&#39;s facility, Boler-Davis led them on the tour. </span></p><p><span style="font-family: &quot;Book Antiqua&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;; color: windowtext;">Boler-Davis was </span>the first African American woman to be plant manager at a GM vehicle manufacturing plant, according to <a href="http://www.diversitycareers.com/articles/pro/11-augsep/managing_gm.htm">DiversityCareers.com</a>.</p><p><strong>Bryan Ritterby</strong></p><p>Ritterby describes himself as an &quot;Average Joe.&quot;</p><p>Someone who is not all that political, and who normally wouldn&#39;t watch a State of the Union address.</p><p>Tonight, he&#39;ll be watching with Boler-Davis from the balcony in the U.S. House of Representatives.</p><p>Garrett Ellison of the <a href="http://www.mlive.com/politics/index.ssf/2012/01/energetx_worker_invited_to_sta.html">Grand Rapids Press</a> writes about Ritterby&#39;s invitation from the White House:</p><blockquote><p>Bryan Ritterby&rsquo;s crazy week started on Saturday with a ring from Energetx Composities, where he works as a lab technician, telling him the White House might be calling.</p><p>Thus began a whirlwind adventure that culminates tonight when Ritterby, 58, of Holland, will be Michelle Obama&rsquo;s guest in the First Lady&rsquo;s box for the president&rsquo;s annual State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress.</p><p>&ldquo;For some crazy reason, they liked my story,&rdquo; said Ritterby, who has spent all day fielding calls from reporters in his hotel room at the luxurious St. Regis Hotel in downtown Washington D.C., a block and a half from the White House.</p><p>&ldquo;I&rsquo;m so nervous, I&rsquo;m leaning against the wall so my knees don&rsquo;t knock.&rdquo;</p></blockquote><p> Tue, 24 Jan 2012 20:21:32 +0000 Mark Brush 5917 at http://michiganradio.org Obama's State of the Union guests, two from Michigan President Obama to visit 5 states following State of the Union, Michigan included http://michiganradio.org/post/president-obama-visit-5-states-following-state-union-michigan-included <p>Tonight, we will hear about the &quot;State of the State&quot; from Governor Snyder, next week it&#39;s the &quot;State of the Union&quot; from President Obama.</p><p>After he delivers the State of the Union address next Tuesday night (January 24), Mr. Obama will travel&nbsp; around the country with his message.</p><p>One of those stops will include Detroit, Michigan.</p><p>From the Associated Press:</p><blockquote><p>The White House says President Barack Obama plans to travel to five states critical to his re-election campaign following next week&#39;s State of the Union address.</p><p>The president will discuss proposals from Tuesday&#39;s address in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and Phoenix on Wednesday, and in Las Vegas and Denver on Thursday. On Friday, Obama will make remarks in Detroit.</p><p>The five states are expected to be heavily contested by both Obama and his Republican challenger this year.</p><p>Obama won the Iowa caucuses in 2008, sending him on a path to the White House. Colorado, Nevada and Arizona are three Western states the president&#39;s campaign covets while Michigan is expected to get ample attention from Republicans after the economic recession hurt the state&#39;s manufacturing base.</p></blockquote><p> Wed, 18 Jan 2012 21:37:41 +0000 Mark Brush 5844 at http://michiganradio.org President Obama to visit 5 states following State of the Union, Michigan included What Michigan lawmakers are saying about the State of the Union address http://michiganradio.org/post/what-michigan-lawmakers-are-saying-about-state-union-address <p>President Barack Obama <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2011/01/25/remarks-president-barack-obama-state-union-address">gave this year's State of the Union address</a> last night to a joint session of the legislature. Members of Michigan's Congressional delegation were in attendance and many of them released statements quickly after the President finished his address.</p><p>Here's what a few lawmakers from Michigan thought about what the President had to say:</p><ul><li><a href="http://stabenow.senate.gov/">Democratic Senator Debbie Stabenow</a>: "I am pleased that the President focused on the most important issue for Michigan: helping our businesses grow and create jobs. As he said tonight, the way we do this is by out-innovating, out-building, and out-educating our competition. I am also happy he will continue to seek bipartisan action to address the budget deficit in a responsible way."</li></ul><ul><li><p><a href="http://upton.house.gov/">Republican Congressman Fred Upton</a>: <font face="Lucida Sans" size="1"><span style="font-size: 9pt; font-family: &quot;Lucida Sans&quot;;">“Yes, jobs and the economy should be our number one focus.&nbsp; No State has had a tougher time.&nbsp; We also know that Washington has not worked well together through the past number of years and the challenge for Congress was echoed in the President’s earlier statement as to ‘whether we can work together tomorrow.’&nbsp; Whether it’s fighting spending or helping our economy, we really have no choice but to roll up our sleeves and get to work.&nbsp; That will be my mission."</span></font></p></li><li><p><font face="Lucida Sans" size="1"><span style="font-size: 9pt; font-family: &quot;Lucida Sans&quot;;"><a href="http://dingell.house.gov/">Democratic Congressman John Dingell</a>: </span></font><span style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: &quot;Cambria&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;;">"President Obama called on us to find common ground for the future of this great Nation— we need to manufacture in America, educate in America, and invest in America. &nbsp;This country has a history of rising to immense challenges and far exceeding expectations set for us.&nbsp; We are a great country and not only can we continue to compete globally, but we simply must.&nbsp; This means we have to invest in the future and create an atmosphere where innovation and ingenuity flourish."</span></p></li><li><p><span style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: &quot;Cambria&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;;"><a href="http://candicemiller.house.gov/">Republican Congresswoman Candice Miller</a>: "</span>I sincerely hope the President understands we cannot continue to borrow and spend money because our current debt and level of spending is completely unsustainable and is limiting the opportunities for our children and grandchildren.&nbsp; It is also limiting our ability for job creation and economic growth. This past election was a historic pivot for our nation, where the voters demanded we chart a new course.&nbsp; It is time for both the President and the Congress to make clear that we heard the message.”</p></li><li><p><a href="http://levin.senate.gov/">Democratic Senator Carl Levin</a>: "The president gave a compelling and upbeat call to bipartisan action. His priorities were the right priorities, focusing on the economy and job creation, and on promoting innovation, new technologies and education as the path to achieving recovery and growth. I very much approve of his commitment to finish the mission in Iraq on schedule, and to begin the reduction of American troops in Afghanistan in July because I believe only a strengthened and enlarged Afghan army and police force can ensure success of our mission in Afghanistan by taking over responsibility for the security of their country." Wed, 26 Jan 2011 12:40:26 +0000 Zoe Clark 1012 at http://michiganradio.org What Michigan lawmakers are saying about the State of the Union address