john conyers http://michiganradio.org en Long-term Democrat challenged in Michigan's 13th Congressional primary race http://michiganradio.org/post/long-term-democrat-challenged-michigans-13th-congressional-primary-race <p></p><p>Primary elections in Michigan will be held on August 5. Voters in parts of Detroit and Wayne County will decide between two Democratic candidates in the 13<sup>th</sup> Congressional District. The incumbent is John Conyers Jr. The challenger is The Rev. Horace Sheffield III.</p><p>Before we start talking about 2014, let me take you back 50 years:</p><blockquote><p>“In your heart, you know he’s right. Vote for Barry Goldwater.”</p></blockquote><blockquote><p>“Vote for President Johnson on November 3<sup>rd</sup>. The stakes are too high for you to stay home.”</p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 09:00:00 +0000 Lester Graham 18519 at http://michiganradio.org Long-term Democrat challenged in Michigan's 13th Congressional primary race Civil rights groups want to meet with Detroit officials about water crisis http://michiganradio.org/post/civil-rights-groups-want-meet-detroit-officials-about-water-crisis <div align="left"><p><font face="Tahoma"><span style="font-size: 12pt;">Civil rights groups are asking to meet with Detroit officials about a controversial water shut-off campaign.</span></font></p><p><font face="Tahoma"><span style="font-size: 12pt;">The ACLU and the NAACP want to meet with Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan and Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr to find a “fair, humane, and meaningful review process,” which would include adequate notice and a hearing to determine whether individual water customers can’t or won’t pay their bills. </span></font></p> Sat, 19 Jul 2014 15:02:48 +0000 Lester Graham 18439 at http://michiganradio.org Civil rights groups want to meet with Detroit officials about water crisis Congressman appeals to Pres. Obama over Detroit water shutoffs http://michiganradio.org/post/congressman-appeals-pres-obama-over-detroit-water-shutoffs <p>DETROIT (AP) - Longtime Detroit Congressman John Conyers has sent letters to President Barack Obama and other officials requesting immediate action and relief regarding water shutoffs in the bankrupt city.</p><p></p> Sat, 28 Jun 2014 23:10:00 +0000 The Associated Press 18199 at http://michiganradio.org Congressman appeals to Pres. Obama over Detroit water shutoffs Ruling that puts Conyers on the ballot also a victory for Michigan ACLU http://michiganradio.org/post/ruling-puts-conyers-ballot-also-victory-michigan-aclu <p>The court ruling that <a href="http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20140530/POLITICS02/305300089/Mich-Secretary-State-won-t-appeal-judge-s-order-put-Conyers-ballot">put Detroit Congressman John Conyers back on the primary ballot</a> is also a victory for voting rights advocates.</p><p>A federal judge recently declared a Michigan law that required petition circulators to be registered voters unconstitutional.</p><p>Michigan Secretary of State Ruth Johnson’s office has now opted not to appeal.</p> Fri, 30 May 2014 23:00:17 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 17814 at http://michiganradio.org Ruling that puts Conyers on the ballot also a victory for Michigan ACLU Judge: Conyers will be on Aug. primary ballot http://michiganradio.org/post/judge-conyers-will-be-aug-primary-ballot <p>Veteran Congressman John Conyers’ name will appear on the August primary ballot. That’s the ruling of U.S. District Judge Matthew Leitman, who struck down Michigan’s requirement that only registered voters can circulate candidate nominating petitions.</p><p>Earlier today, Michigan Secretary of State Ruth Johnson ruled that a problem with petition circulators threatened to bring an end to Conyers’ almost 50-year congressional career. Judge Leitman quickly followed with a ruling that requiring petition circulators to be registered voters violates free speech rights, and is not consistent with other court decisions.&nbsp;</p><p>Also, Michigan does not have the same requirement for people who circulate petitions to put a question on the ballot.</p><p>Leitman issued an order that puts Conyers name into the Democratic primary, where he’ll face Detroit pastor Horace Sheffield.</p><p>If Conyers is reelected, the icon of the civil rights movement will be the dean of the House.</p><p> Fri, 23 May 2014 20:29:13 +0000 Rick Pluta 17739 at http://michiganradio.org Judge: Conyers will be on Aug. primary ballot Lawyers for Conyers argue to get back on ballot http://michiganradio.org/post/lawyers-conyers-argue-get-back-ballot <p>DETROIT -- A Detroit judge says he might make a decision&nbsp;Friday&nbsp;in a dispute over whether one of the country's longest-serving congressmen gets on the primary ballot.</p><p>Several nominating petitions turned in by U.S. Rep. John Conyers have been thrown out because people gathering signatures weren't registered voters or put a wrong registration address on the petition. The Detroit Democrat doesn't have enough signatures.</p><p>Conyers' lawyers asked federal Judge Matthew Leitman&nbsp;on Wednesday&nbsp;to throw out a Michigan law that puts restrictions on circulators. But the judge questioned why critics would claim the law is a burden when the campaign believed it had followed it.</p><p>Leitman says he might rule&nbsp;Friday. He first wants to see what state election officials say that day about Conyers' candidacy.</p><p>Conyers has been in Congress since 1965.</p><p> Wed, 21 May 2014 18:14:47 +0000 The Associated Press 17692 at http://michiganradio.org Lawyers for Conyers argue to get back on ballot State opposes Conyers in lawsuit over election http://michiganradio.org/post/state-opposes-conyers-lawsuit-over-election <p>DETROIT – The Michigan attorney general's office is urging a judge to stay on the sideline in the controversy over U.S. Rep. John Conyers' re-election campaign.</p><p>The Detroit Democrat has been barred from the August primary ballot because of problems with his petitions. He's appealing to the secretary of state's office and also asking a judge to throw out a law that sets rules for collecting signatures.</p> Tue, 20 May 2014 19:07:19 +0000 The Associated Press 17681 at http://michiganradio.org State opposes Conyers in lawsuit over election Conyers joins suit to get back on ballot http://michiganradio.org/post/conyers-joins-suit-get-back-ballot <p>DETROIT (AP) - Longtime Congressman John Conyers has joined a federal lawsuit taking aim at the requirement that petition collectors be registered voters.</p><p>Conyers joined the suit Thursday, two days after Wayne County Clerk Cathy Garrett determined he doesn't have enough signatures to appear on the Aug. 5 Democratic primary ballot.</p><p>The suit was filed against Garrett and Michigan Secretary of State Ruth Johnson by the ACLU on behalf of two petition circulators and others. The signatures they gathered weren't counted because they hadn't complied with state voter registration requirements.</p><p>Conyers first was elected to the House in 1964. He represents Michigan's&nbsp;13th&nbsp;district, including Detroit and several suburbs.</p><p>The ACLU also asked the court to order Garrett and Johnson to stop enforcing the law the group deems unconstitutional.</p><p>Johnson's office declined comment.</p><p> Thu, 15 May 2014 18:57:23 +0000 The Associated Press 17623 at http://michiganradio.org Conyers joins suit to get back on ballot Jack Lessenberry weighs in on the John Conyers ballot snafu http://michiganradio.org/post/jack-lessenberry-weighs-john-conyers-ballot-snafu <p></p><p>Congressman John Conyers turns 85 on Friday, but a petition-gathering snafu is likely not the birthday gift Conyers would have wished for.</p><p>He’ll be filing an appeal with the state after yesterday's announcement by Wayne County Clerk Cathy Garrett that Conyers did not have enough valid signatures on his nominating petitions to be on the August primary ballot.</p><p>Garrett says only 592 of the necessary 1,000 signatures are valid. Many signatures were disqualified because the people collecting the signatures were not registered voters. According to law, that voids the signatures they collected.</p><p>If his appeal to the state fails, Conyers is talking about mounting a write-in campaign for the primary.</p><p>All of this has those who have watched John Conyers since he was first elected to Congress in 1964 thinking about his "epic journey" through the decades, and what an ending to a career this could be.</p><p>Michigan Radio's political commentator Jack Lessenberry joined us today to talk about this.</p><p><em>*Listen to the interview above.</em></p><p> Thu, 15 May 2014 01:29:27 +0000 Stateside Staff 17606 at http://michiganradio.org Jack Lessenberry weighs in on the John Conyers ballot snafu Michigan congressman requests moratorium on foreclosures in Detroit http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-congressman-requests-moratorium-foreclosures-detroit <p align="LEFT">Congressman John Conyers is asking federal housing officials to issue a six-month moratorium on new foreclosures in Detroit.</p><p align="LEFT">The moratorium would only apply to home mortgages financed by Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac that were in good standing before the city filed for bankruptcy.</p><p align="LEFT">Conyers sent the request to the nation's new head of the Federal Housing Finance Agency, Melvin Watt.</p> Wed, 14 May 2014 21:28:28 +0000 Tracy Samilton 17607 at http://michiganradio.org Detroit's 'grand bargain', minimum wage, and Conyers make political headlines http://michiganradio.org/post/detroits-grand-bargain-minimum-wage-and-conyers-make-political-headlines <p></p><p>This <em>Week in Michigan Politics</em>, Jack Lessenberry and Christina Shockley discuss the<a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/orr-visits-lansing-looking-some-help"> grand bargain</a> for the Detroit bankruptcy,<a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/michigans-minimum-wage-bill-could-render-your-vote-null-and-void"> the debate over the minimum wage</a> and whether Detroit Congressman <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/conyers-primary-ballot">John Conyers </a>has a chance to continue his nearly 50 years in Congress.</p><p></p><p> Wed, 14 May 2014 13:11:33 +0000 Jack Lessenberry, Christina Shockley & Emily Fox 17594 at http://michiganradio.org Detroit's 'grand bargain', minimum wage, and Conyers make political headlines Report: Conyers "far short" of signatures needed to put him on the ballot http://michiganradio.org/post/report-conyers-far-short-signatures-needed-put-him-ballot <p>Longtime Congressman John Conyers is about 400 signatures short of what he needs to be on the August primary ballot.</p><p>The Detroit Democrat is seeking a 26<sup>th</sup> term in the U.S. House of Representatives, where he’s the second longest-serving member.</p><p>But Wayne County Clerk Cathy Garrett has now released a report that finds Conyers only got 592 valid petition signatures – far short of the 1,000 needed to get on the ballot.</p> Sat, 10 May 2014 00:03:34 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 17550 at http://michiganradio.org Report: Conyers "far short" of signatures needed to put him on the ballot Voters deserve the best choices possible for Congress http://michiganradio.org/post/voters-deserve-best-choices-possible-congress <p>Two years ago, voters in a suburban Detroit congressional district were stunned to learn that their congressman, Thaddeus McCotter, had failed to qualify for the primary election ballot.</p><p>Anyone running for Congress needs to submit 1,000 valid signatures to get on the ballot.</p><p>It turned out his staff had illegally and clumsily photocopied old petition signatures, instead of collecting new ones. McCotter not only retired, but abruptly quit before his term ended.</p><p>That left just one name on the GOP primary ballot: Kerry Bentivolio, known informally as “Krazy Kerry,” a reindeer farmer, Santa Claus impersonator, and failed high school teacher.</p><p>Bentivolio is now a congressman, and establishment Republicans are spending millions to try and dislodge him in this August’s primary.</p><p>Now it seems something similar has happened to John Conyers, a Democrat who has represented Detroit in Congress for half a century. Most of the signatures he submitted seem to have been collected by circulators who weren’t registered to vote.</p><p>One has a criminal record and is a wanted fugitive. It seems very likely that Conyers will not be on the ballot this year.</p><p>If so, it's possible&nbsp;that the only name on the Democratic primary ballot will be that of The Rev. Horace Sheffield, a longtime Detroit clergyman with a reputation of his own. Sheffield got his picture in the papers twice in February. Once when he announced for Congress, and once when he was booked on domestic violence charges. Fri, 09 May 2014 15:23:19 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 17542 at http://michiganradio.org Voters deserve the best choices possible for Congress Questions raised about Detroit city clerk's office after Conyers petitions snafu http://michiganradio.org/post/questions-raised-about-detroit-city-clerks-office-after-conyers-petitions-snafu <p>Long-time Detroit Congressman John Conyers’ trouble with ballot petitions is raising some serious questions about the Detroit City Clerk’s office.</p><p>Wayne County Clerk Cathy Garrett announced last week that <a href="http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20140502/POLITICS03/305020094">Conyers does not appear to have enough valid signatures to make the primary ballo</a>t.</p><p>That’s because two of his petition circulators registered to vote just last month. In Michigan, state law mandates that circulators be registered to vote at the time they gather signatures.</p> Mon, 05 May 2014 22:47:44 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 17485 at http://michiganradio.org Questions raised about Detroit city clerk's office after Conyers petitions snafu End of a career for Conyers? http://michiganradio.org/post/end-career-conyers <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">If you like irony, think about this. Sixty years ago, the president of General Motors was nominated to be Secretary of Defense.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Today, we remember only one thing about “Engine Charlie” Wilson – his famous quote: “I thought what was good for our country was good for General Motors, and vice versa.”&nbsp; Today, that would almost certainly have sunk his nomination.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Back then, it caused scarcely a ripple. Wilson died in 1961, and I wonder what he would say if he came back to life and learned that Chrysler was owned by the Italians, Ford was about to have a Jewish CEO and his beloved GM had not only gone bankrupt, it was now a much smaller company run by a woman. Oh yes, and by the way – the president of the United States is black.</span></p><p> Fri, 02 May 2014 16:14:04 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 17462 at http://michiganradio.org End of a career for Conyers? Conyers says he has enough signatures for ballot http://michiganradio.org/post/conyers-says-he-has-enough-signatures-ballot-0 <p>DETROIT – U.S. Rep. John Conyers says he has enough signatures for his name to appear on the August primary ballot despite a report that two circulators weren't registered voters when they gathered signatures.</p> Thu, 01 May 2014 00:45:54 +0000 The Associated Press 17435 at http://michiganradio.org The week in Michigan politics http://michiganradio.org/post/week-michigan-politics-54 <p>This <em>Week in Michigan Politics, </em>Michigan Radio's Jack Lessenberry and Emily Fox discuss how <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/congressman-john-conyers-nominating-petitions-challenged">Congressman John Conyers </a>might not be in the August primary because of a problem in nomination petitions, how the state is<a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-running-out-money-lend-schools-financial-distress"> running out of money </a>to give to struggling schools, and how <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/state-agriculture-commission-approves-backyard-livestock-rule">backyard farming</a> might become more difficult in the months ahead.</p> Wed, 30 Apr 2014 14:13:27 +0000 Jack Lessenberry & Emily Fox 17415 at http://michiganradio.org The week in Michigan politics Congressman John Conyers' nominating petitions challenged http://michiganradio.org/post/congressman-john-conyers-nominating-petitions-challenged <p>DETROIT (AP) - A rival's challenge to U.S. Rep John Conyers' nominating petitions could keep the veteran Detroit Democrat from seeking another term in Congress.</p> Tue, 29 Apr 2014 23:42:25 +0000 The Associated Press 17413 at http://michiganradio.org Congressman John Conyers' nominating petitions challenged We need to learn how to talk about the mental health of our aging representatives http://michiganradio.org/post/we-need-learn-how-talk-about-mental-health-our-aging-representatives <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Earlier this week, the newspapers and airwaves were full of tributes to John </span>Dingell<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, who announced this term would be his last.</span></p><p>Dingell, who turns 88 this summer, is the longest-serving Congressmen in history, and when I first met him, was one of the physically most powerful men in Congress.</p><p>Today, he is hard of hearing and frail, but nobody has ever said he wasn’t mentally able to do the job.</p><p>This hasn’t always been the case with long-serving congressmen. During his last campaign for the U.S. Senate at age 94, South Carolina’s Strom Thurmond spoke of the brave defenders of the Alamo, and added that they had held off “three thousand Russians.”</p><p>Thurmond’s handlers didn’t let him speak much in public after that. He won reelection, but spent most of his final term in Walter Reed Hospital, except when they brought him to the Senate to vote.</p><p>Nobody likes to talk about this, but there seems to have been a universal consensus that Dale Kildee, who decided not to run for reelection two years ago, needed to leave.</p><p>There’s a reason you haven’t seen him interviewed or commenting on issues since he left. He is, in fact, younger that John Dingell, but not all of us age at the same rate.</p><p>I know a woman in her 60s who no longer knows who her husband is. Thu, 27 Feb 2014 15:34:25 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 16635 at http://michiganradio.org We need to learn how to talk about the mental health of our aging representatives Willow Run Airport receives additional $12 million for runway renovations http://michiganradio.org/post/willow-run-airport-receives-additional-12-million-runway-renovations <p>The U.S. Department of Transportation is giving the Wayne County Airport Authority a $12 million federal grant to renovate a runway at the Willow Run Airport, according to <a href="http://www.levin.senate.gov/newsroom/press/release/levin-stabenow-dingell-and-conyers-announce-additional-12-million-grant-for-willow-run-airport">Congressmen John Dingell and John Conyers, Jr. and Senators Carl Levin and Debbie Stabenow</a>.</p><p>This is on top of the $9 million in federal funding awarded to the airport in July. This additional $12 million will go towards the repaving of runway 05R/23L.</p><p> Fri, 20 Sep 2013 18:27:33 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 14525 at http://michiganradio.org Willow Run Airport receives additional $12 million for runway renovations