john conyers http://michiganradio.org en 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 The farce of presidential impeachment http://michiganradio.org/post/farce-presidential-impeachment <p></p><p>I was a college student almost forty years ago when the U.S. House Judiciary Committee voted to impeach President Richard Nixon. I watched those proceedings and hung on every word.</p><p>Many, perhaps even most people did. I remember crowds clustered around television sets in department stores at particularly dramatic points in the testimony. When the members finally voted to recommend impeachment, many of them did in voices breaking with emotion. They knew this was an almost unimaginably huge step.</p><p>The congressmen knew that only one other President had been impeached in history – Andrew Johnson, more than a century before. They also knew that history had judged very harshly those congressmen and senators who supported removing that president, and praised those who managed to stop his conviction.</p><p>Impeachment, those congressmen knew, was the nuclear option in American constitutional democracy. In the end, President Nixon resigned before he could be impeached, convicted, and removed from office, as he surely would have been.</p><p>I thought that would be the only attempt at impeaching a president I would ever see, and I was, of course, wrong. Twenty-five years later, the house actually impeached President Clinton for what really amounted to lying about sex. The senate never came close to convicting him, and the entire episode was seen as low farce. Thu, 22 Aug 2013 13:19:09 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 14104 at http://michiganradio.org The farce of presidential impeachment Amash: government collecting phone records without probable cause is “outrageous” http://michiganradio.org/post/amash-government-collecting-phone-records-without-probable-cause-outrageous <p>Two Republican congressmen from West Michigan blasted the federal intelligence community for secretly collecting the phone records of millions Americans. Rep. Justin Amash (R-Grand Rapids) and Rep. Bill Huizenga (R-Holland) discussed the program during a luncheon in Grand Rapids today.</p><p>“I think it’s outrageous,” Amash said, “I think the American people are outraged about it and it has to stop.”</p> Fri, 07 Jun 2013 22:34:55 +0000 Lindsey Smith 12953 at http://michiganradio.org Amash: government collecting phone records without probable cause is “outrageous” At 'English-only' hearing, Rep. Conyers delivers his statement in Spanish http://michiganradio.org/post/english-only-hearing-rep-conyers-delivers-his-statement-spanish <p>It was a controversial hearing to begin with. Yesterday, a House subcommittee was looking into <a href="http://www.opencongress.org/bill/112-h997/show">a bill that would make English the official language</a> of the United States and require that government functions like naturalization ceremonies be conducted in English.</p><p>Democratic Rep. John Conyers of Michigan was not a fan, so he decided to deliver his opening statement in Spanish.</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ksEcOZTLvFw</p><p>First he thanked the chairman, then he proceeded to assail the measure.</p> Fri, 03 Aug 2012 16:44:02 +0000 NPR.org 8535 at http://michiganradio.org At 'English-only' hearing, Rep. Conyers delivers his statement in Spanish Commentary: Possibility of an upset http://michiganradio.org/post/commentary-possibility-upset <p>Congressional primary races are normally pretty boring, whenever an incumbent is on the ballot. Mostly they win almost automatically. The only exceptions tend to be cases when redistricting pits two incumbents against each other.</p><p>That&rsquo;s what is going on this year in the half-Detroit, half-suburban 14th District, where Democratic Congressmen Hansen Clarke and Gary Peters are going at it.</p><p>But there&rsquo;s another primary race this year that is just as dramatic &ndash; but which is happening mostly under the radar.</p> Fri, 06 Jul 2012 14:44:21 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 8166 at http://michiganradio.org Commentary: Possibility of an upset Endorsements come down in heated Detroit Congressional primaries http://michiganradio.org/post/endorsements-come-down-heated-detroit-congressional-primaries <p>An influential, Detroit-based Political Action Committee has <a href="http://www.freep.com/article/20120703/NEWS15/120703037/U-S-Rep-Hansen-Clarke-gains-endorsement-blasts-opponent-for-going-after-his-heritage">made its endorsements for the August primary elections</a>.</p><p>The Fannie Lou Hamer PAC is led by the Reverend Wendell Anthony, who also heads the Detroit branch of the NAACP.</p><p>Anthony decried the latest round of state and federal re-districting. He said it&rsquo;s diluted Detroit&rsquo;s voting power and caused &ldquo;political havoc&rdquo; in the city.</p> Wed, 04 Jul 2012 14:06:50 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 8140 at http://michiganradio.org Endorsements come down in heated Detroit Congressional primaries Union rally Monday for Rep. John Conyers http://michiganradio.org/post/union-rally-monday-rep-john-conyers <p>Union supporters of veteran<a href="http://conyers.house.gov/"> Congressman John Conyers</a> are holding a re-election rally Monday for the Detroit Democrat. The 82-year-old is seeking a 24th term in the House and faces several challengers in the Aug. 7 party primary.</p><p>The group Working Families for Southeast Michigan says its rally is set for 5-8 p.m. at the Michigan Conference-Teamsters hall in Detroit.<br /><br />Others in the Democratic race in the 13th District include state Sens. Glenn Anderson of Westland and Bert Johnson of Highland Park, and state Rep. Shanelle Jackson of Detroit.</p><p>Conyers is the second-most senior member of the House, dean of the Congressional Black Caucus and the ranking Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee.<br /><br />President Barack Obama endorsed Conyers in February. Sun, 13 May 2012 17:23:16 +0000 The Associated Press 7450 at http://michiganradio.org Union rally Monday for Rep. John Conyers Forum highlights opposition to emergency manager law http://michiganradio.org/post/forum-highlights-opposition-emergency-manager-law <p>Opponents of Michigan&rsquo;s emergency manager law called it illegal, unconstitutional, and anti-democratic at a public forum Tuesday night.</p><p>Detroit Congressman John Conyers hosted the often-passionate forum on the legality of Public Act 4 in Highland Park.</p><p>Conyers is the ranking Democrat on the House Judiciary committee. That committee&rsquo;s staff issued a report finding that Public Act 4 violates the contracts clause of the US Constitution, because it allows emergency managers to breach collective bargaining contracts.</p> Wed, 22 Feb 2012 04:59:24 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 6309 at http://michiganradio.org Forum highlights opposition to emergency manager law Sharpton, Conyers to protest Michigan emergency manager law http://michiganradio.org/post/sharpton-conyers-protest-michigan-emergency-manager-law <p>The Rev. Al Sharpton and U.S. Representative John Conyers will be among those who plan to march to Governor Rick Snyder&#39;s gated community this afternoon.</p><p>They&#39;re protesting Michigan&#39;s emergency manager law. They say the law is racially biased.</p><p>From Associated Press:</p><blockquote><p>The Rev. Al Sharpton, U.S. Rep. John Conyers and others say they plan a demonstration outside Gov. Rick Snyder&#39;s gated community against what they say is a racially biased law making easier for Michigan to take over financially struggling communities and school districts.</p><p>A rally is scheduled for 4-7 p.m. on Martin Luther King Monday at Parker Mill County Park, followed by a march to the community&#39;s gatehouse in Washtenaw County&#39;s Superior Township near Ann Arbor.</p><p>Snyder spokeswoman Sara Wurfel says the Republican governor supports citizens&#39; right to protest, calling it &quot;part of democracy in action.&quot;</p><p>Snyder denies the law is racially motivated.</p><p>Emergency managers are in place in Benton Harbor, Pontiac, Flint and Detroit&#39;s schools. Detroit&#39;s finances are under a review that could bring it under state control.</p></blockquote><p>The Michigan Public Radio Network&#39;s Laura Weber will be covering the event.</p><p>We&#39;ll post her updates later today. Mon, 16 Jan 2012 20:58:04 +0000 Mark Brush 5805 at http://michiganradio.org Sharpton, Conyers to protest Michigan emergency manager law Hundreds rally against possible Detroit takeover http://michiganradio.org/post/hundreds-rally-against-possible-detroit-takeover <p>Hundreds of people gathered at a Detroit church to voice their opposition to the possibility that the state could<br />take over the city&#39;s government.</p><p>Michigan Democratic Congressman John Conyers was among those at Monday&#39;s gathering at Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church. He told the crowd he would use his relationship with the White House to fight any attempt to appoint an emergency manager.</p><p>Last week, Gov. Rick Snyder announced members of a review team that will dig deeply into Detroit&#39;s finances.</p><p>The team&#39;s appointment comes after a preliminary review found that there was &quot;probable financial stress&quot; in Michigan&#39;s largest city.</p><p>Ultimately, Detroit could be appointed an emergency manager, which state and city officials have said they want to avoid.</p><p>Auditors say Detroit may run out of money as early as April. Tue, 03 Jan 2012 11:37:01 +0000 The Associated Press 5611 at http://michiganradio.org The fracas over Lowe's and TLC's "All-American Muslim," Conyers steps in http://michiganradio.org/post/fracas-over-lowes-and-tlcs-all-american-muslim-conyers-steps <p>Michigan Representative John Conyers (D-Dearborn) says Lowe&#39;s Companies, Inc. should &quot;unequivocally apologize&quot; after the company pulled its ads from the reality show &quot;All-American Muslim.&quot; Lowe&#39;s pulled the ads after it received pressure from the Florida Family Association.</p><p>TLC&#39;s reality show examines life as a Muslim American.</p><p>It follows the life of five Muslim-American families in Dearborn and &quot;the misconceptions and conflicts these families face outside and within their own community.&quot; The show&#39;s <a href="http://tlc.howstuffworks.com/tv/all-american-muslim">website </a>depicts the Islamic Center of America in Dearborn.</p><p>In a letter trying to get companies to pull their ads for the show, the Florida Family Association said the show is propaganda and is &quot;<a href="http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/all-american-muslim/0018896">attempting to manipulate Americans into ignoring the threat of jihad</a>.&quot; Tue, 13 Dec 2011 16:27:38 +0000 Mark Brush 5366 at http://michiganradio.org The fracas over Lowe's and TLC's "All-American Muslim," Conyers steps in Congressman John Conyers seeks review of Michigan’s emergency manager law http://michiganradio.org/post/congressman-john-conyers-seeks-review-michigan%E2%80%99s-emergency-manager-law <p>Gov. Rick Snyder&#39;s administration has placed the city of Flint under an Emergency Manager. Meanwhile, financial reviews are underway for the cities of Inkster and Detroit.</p><p>On December 1, Democratic Congressman John Conyers sent a letter to the Justice Department, requesting an immediate review of Michigan&rsquo;s emergency manager law, arguing that the law is unconstitutional.</p><p>Congressman Conyers spoke with Michigan Radio&#39;s Jennifer White. Tue, 06 Dec 2011 20:20:30 +0000 Jennifer White 5270 at http://michiganradio.org Congressman John Conyers seeks review of Michigan’s emergency manager law In this morning's news... http://michiganradio.org/post/mornings-news-207 <p><strong>&quot;Detroit needs to be run by Detroiters&quot;</strong></p><p>That&#39;s what Mayor Bing tweeted last night prior to his press conference with members of city council and other Detroit leaders. It was a show of unity against the threat of an impending state review of city finances.</p><p>The tweet continued, &quot;We know what needs to be done and we are ready to do it.&quot;</p><p>Mayor Bing and leaders were reacting to what Mayor Bing said was Governor Snyder&#39;s intent to launch a 30-day review of the city&#39;s finances this week (Snyder said those claims are inaccurate).</p><p>Bing is proposing layoffs and steep cuts to the city&#39;s budget. He and members of the city council have been battling over the cuts.</p><p><a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/detroit-leaders-show-united-front-vow-work-out-citys-fiscal-problems-their-own">Michigan Radio&#39;s Sarah Cwiek</a> reported on the press conference last night:</p><blockquote><p>Bing says it would be helpful if the state offered feedback on some of the city&rsquo;s proposals, and was more clear about its expectations.</p><p>&ldquo;I would appreciate if the state would come back and say what they don&rsquo;t like about our plan, or what they do like, or can they enhance it,&rdquo; Bing says. &ldquo;I think they&rsquo;ve got to be a party to this.&rdquo;</p><p>Bing also repeated calls for the state to pay Detroit $220 million it owes from a 1998 revenue sharing agreement. Governor Snyder and Republicans in the state legislature have been cool to the idea.</p></blockquote><p><strong>Conyers asks U.S. Attorney General for review of Michigan&#39;s EM law</strong></p><p>The threat of an emergency manager in Detroit led to a call for a review of Michigan&#39;s emergency manager law from U.S. Congressman John Conyers (D-Detroit). Conyers is asking U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to review the law.</p><p>The emergency manager law allows a state-appointed official to strip local officials of their power and to dissolve union contracts.</p><p>Jonathan Oosting of <a href="http://www.mlive.com/news/detroit/index.ssf/2011/12/conyers_calls_on_holder_to_rev.html">MLive.com</a> reported on the request from Conyers:</p><blockquote><p>Conyers asked Holder to consider two separate constitutional issues: Whether the law violates the Contract Clause by allowing EM&#39;s to terminate collective bargaining rights and whether is violates Article 4, Section 4 that provides for a republican form of government.<br /><br /> &quot;The Supreme Court has previously held that this clause guarantees the people the right to a democratically elected form of government,&quot; he wrote. &quot;It goes without saying that appointing an unelected manager in place of an elected mayor, city council and other public officials would be totally anithetical to the concept of democracy.&quot;</p></blockquote><p><strong>Faculty at CMU close to a new contract</strong></p><p>After a long battle over a new contract that included a strike on the first day of classes, Central Michigan University says it has has a tentative agreement on a new three-year contract with the CMU Faculty Association. The Associated Press reports &quot;the deal with the CMU Faculty Association was reached after a 14-hour negotiating session facilitated by a county judge. Details of the tentative agreement weren&#39;t released pending ratification.&quot; Fri, 02 Dec 2011 13:29:38 +0000 Mark Brush 5222 at http://michiganradio.org In this morning's news... State Senator Glenn Anderson takes on Congressman John Conyers for Congress next year http://michiganradio.org/post/state-senator-glenn-anderson-takes-congressman-john-conyers-congress-next-year <p><font color="#000000" face="Arial" id="role_document" size="2"><font size="4"><font size="4"><font size="4"><font size="4">State Senator Glenn Anderson of Westland likes to think of himself as a workhorse, not a show horse. In other words, as a guy more interested in getting it done than getting press attention.</font></font></font></font></font></p> Tue, 29 Nov 2011 15:40:47 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 5166 at http://michiganradio.org State Senator Glenn Anderson takes on Congressman John Conyers for Congress next year African-American Congressmen in Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/african-american-congressmen-michigan <p><font color="#000000" face="Arial" id="role_document" size="2"><font size="4"><font size="4"><font size="4"><font size="4">For most of our history, Michigan had no African Americans representing the state in Congress. That changed in nineteen fifty- four, when a young funeral director named Charles Diggs beat an incumbent white congressman, which was a sensation at the time.</font></font></font></font></font></p> Mon, 31 Oct 2011 15:43:42 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 4768 at http://michiganradio.org African-American Congressmen in Michigan John Conyers: Running for Congress http://michiganradio.org/post/john-conyers-running-congress <p><font color="#000000" face="Arial" id="role_document" size="2"><font size="4"><font size="4"><font size="4">When you talk to State Senator Bert Johnson about running for Congress next year, the first thing he&rsquo;ll tell you is that &ldquo;this is not about John Conyers,&rdquo; the man he&lsquo;s taking on in the Democratic primary next August.&nbsp; That&lsquo;s true, in a sense.</font></font></font></font></p> Wed, 26 Oct 2011 15:50:23 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 4719 at http://michiganradio.org John Conyers: Running for Congress Gary Peters, Gearing Up http://michiganradio.org/post/gary-peters-gearing <p>When Gary Peters runs for Congress next year, there&rsquo;s one vote he has no chance of getting.</p><p>His own. Thanks to redistricting, he lives just barely outside the district he plans to run in. Over coffee yesterday, he told me that his daughter will be a high school senior, and out of consideration for her, the family plans not to move until after she graduates.</p><p>There&rsquo;s nothing illegal about that. Congressmen don&rsquo;t have to live in their districts. But it highlights the general insanity of the redistricting process. Peters, who has served two terms in the House of Representatives,&nbsp;will be one of two candidates for Michigan&rsquo;s biggest, toughest and most exciting race for Congress next year.</p><p>But that race won&rsquo;t happen next November. Nor will Peters be facing a Republican. This battle will be fought out next summer, and settled by the August primary. There, the two youngest and most vibrant members of the Democratic delegation will be forced to try to end each other&rsquo;s career. Mon, 10 Oct 2011 15:01:55 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 4509 at http://michiganradio.org Gary Peters, Gearing Up US Rep. Peters, D-Mich., to run in new district http://michiganradio.org/post/us-rep-peters-d-mich-run-new-district <p>DETROIT (AP) - U.S. Rep. Gary Peters says he&#39;s seeking election in the newly drawn 14th District.</p><p>The Democrat from Oakland County&#39;s Bloomfield Township serves the 9th District. He made the announcement on Thursday. Peters says the new district &quot;bridges diverse communities,&quot; and he remains &quot;committed to ... bringing our communities together.&quot;</p><p>The districts were redrawn by the state Legislature and signed into law in August by Republican Gov. Rick Snyder.</p><p>The 14th District is held by veteran Democratic Rep. John Conyers. It stretches from Detroit to Pontiac and dips below Eight Mile Road. The thoroughfare has come to symbolize the boundary between Detroit and its suburbs, black from white.</p><p>The redrawing puts Peters and U.S. Rep. Sander Levin in the same district. Levin has said he will run in the 9th District. Thu, 08 Sep 2011 18:14:11 +0000 The Associated Press 4079 at http://michiganradio.org US Rep. Peters, D-Mich., to run in new district Conyers not saying if he's swapping seats with Clarke http://michiganradio.org/post/conyers-not-saying-if-hes-swapping-seats-clarke <p>U.S. Rep. <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/list/term/1484">John Conyers</a> is remaining mum on whether he&#39;ll run for re-election in the redrawn 13th District now that fellow Democratic incumbent Hansen Clarke<a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/odd-man-out"> says he&#39;ll run in Conyers&#39; new district</a>.</p><p>The two congressmen currently represent districts made up mostly of Detroit. Both were drastically redrawn by Republicans to add minority voters outside Detroit to make up for the city&#39;s shrinking population.</p><p>Democrats have said the new districts are examples of gerrymandering and are threatening to sue in federal court.</p><p>But Clarke spokeswoman Kim Bowman said Monday that Clarke had decided to switch districts rather than waiting. She says the 14th District includes more of the voters Clarke now represents.</p><p>Conyers&#39; office is declining comment on whether the 82-year-old will swap districts with the 54-year-old Clarke. Tue, 23 Aug 2011 11:04:39 +0000 The Associated Press 3871 at http://michiganradio.org Conyers not saying if he's swapping seats with Clarke