shutdown http://michiganradio.org en Lessenberry talks shutdown, same-sex marriage and affirmative action http://michiganradio.org/post/lessenberry-talks-shutdown-same-sex-marriage-and-affirmative-action <p>This week in Michigan politics, Christina Shockley and political analyst Jack Lessenberry discuss how Michiganders were<a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/keeping-tabs-how-shutdown-affecting-michigan"> affected </a>by the 16-day partial government shutdown, a federal judge&#39;s delay on a <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/gay-marriage-case-headed-trial">decision over same-sex marriage</a> in Michigan, and how the U.S. Supreme Court is looking at a Michigan <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-affirmative-action-ban-faces-supreme-court-scrutiny">affirmative action case.</a></p><p> Thu, 17 Oct 2013 12:20:06 +0000 Jack Lessenberry, Christina Shockley & Emily Fox 14872 at http://michiganradio.org Lessenberry talks shutdown, same-sex marriage and affirmative action Michigan cases linked to national salmonella outbreak http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-cases-linked-national-salmonella-outbreak <p>Michigan is among 18 states affected by <a href="http://Michigan is among 18 states affected by an outbreak of salmonella. 2 of the nearly 300 confirmed cases of salmonella are in Michigan. The outbreak has been traced to several California chicken producers. As it seems with many things these days, the federal government shutdown is involved. The Centers for Disease Control has had to recall furloughed workers to respond to the outbreak. A state health department spokeswoman says the CDC is no longer doing in-depth investigations or providing reports to state health departments. And, CDC employees in Michigan have been furloughed.">an outbreak of salmonella</a>.</p><p>Two of the nearly 300 confirmed cases of salmonella are in Michigan.</p><p>The outbreak has been traced to a California chicken producer, <a href="http://www.fosterfarms.com/notice/10072013/">Foster Farms</a>.</p><p> Wed, 09 Oct 2013 16:23:08 +0000 Steve Carmody 14783 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan cases linked to national salmonella outbreak Report: Michigan not hurting from government shutdown as much as other states http://michiganradio.org/post/report-michigan-not-hurting-government-shutdown-much-other-states <p>There&rsquo;s<a href="http://wallethub.com/edu/wallethub-shutdown-report-most-least-affected-states/1111/#methodology"> a new report</a> that may help explain why Michigan isn&rsquo;t feeling as big an impact from the federal government shutdown as other states.</p><p>Michigan ranks 41st on a new survey of how the shutdown affects the fifty states and the District of Columbia.</p><p>The survey is by WalletHub.com. John Kiernan is a senior analyst at WalletHub.</p> Tue, 08 Oct 2013 17:05:57 +0000 Steve Carmody 14763 at http://michiganradio.org New primary challenger to take on Rep. Justin Amash http://michiganradio.org/post/new-primary-challenger-take-rep-justin-amash <p><strong><strong>Updated 12p.m. </strong></strong></p><p>This morning,&nbsp; Grand Rapids businessman Brian Ellis told supporters he&rsquo;s challenging Congressman Justin Amash (R-Grand Rapids) because Amash &ldquo;has failed to advance a conservative agenda.&rdquo;</p><p>&ldquo;This race is about a district that expects and deserves to be represented by a true social and fiscal conservative&rdquo; Ellis said.</p><p>It only took thirty seconds for Ellis to mention his rival.</p><p>&ldquo;I&rsquo;m standing here today because I have very different views from Justin Amash,&rdquo; Ellis said.</p><p>It turns out Ellis and Amash have some similar views. They both are not fans of the new health care law, both think the federal government needs to get its spending under control, and they&rsquo;re both pro-life.</p><p>But Ellis says Amash doesn&rsquo;t vote like the principled conservative he claims to be.</p><p>&ldquo;Well anybody can say, like Justin, that he&rsquo;s conservative, but he has a voting record and it doesn&rsquo;t line up,&rdquo; Ellis explained to reporters after his announcement.</p><p>Ellis points to a few of times Amash voted &ldquo;present.&rdquo; One bill would&rsquo;ve defunded Planned Parenthood and another would&rsquo;ve backed the Keystone Pipeline. Ellis also pointed out that Amash voted against conservative budgets for the 2013 and 2014 fiscal years and against the Small Business Tax Cut Act.</p><p>Amash, as usual, defends his votes on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/repjustinamash/posts/372401122812611?comment_id=4130260">these and other bills on his Facebook page</a>.</p><p>Ellis says he&rsquo;d act on his conservative principles and would be a better collaborator in Washington than Amash.</p><p>&ldquo;I&rsquo;ve had to build consensus through the years in my time on the school board. I worked very hard at that. And so we were able to move forward even when we have differences of opinion and I&rsquo;m proud of that,&rdquo; Ellis said.</p><p>Ellis owns an investment firm and served on the East Grand Rapids school board for fourteen years.</p><p>East Grand Rapids schools Superintendent Sara Shubel says she came out to support Ellis as a friend.</p><p>Shubel says Amash doesn&rsquo;t seem to be able to get things done.</p><p>&ldquo;I do not see (Amash) as a collaborator and I do see Brian and I&rsquo;ve engaged with him for many years on multiple levels and he has the ability to compromise which is a very important skill that you&rsquo;re going to have to have in this position,&rdquo; Shubel said.</p><p>Shubel says Ellis is passionate about having quality public education for all students and understands what districts are struggling with.</p><p>Amash was not available to comment on this story.</p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 10pt; line-height: normal; font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;"><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 10pt; line-height: normal; font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;"><strong>Posted 10:45a.m. </strong></p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 10pt; line-height: normal; font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">An<font size="3"><font color="#000000"><font face="Calibri"> investment firm manager will challenge Congressman Justin Amash in the Republican primary next year.</font></font></font></p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 10pt; line-height: normal; font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;"><font size="3"><font color="#000000"><font face="Calibri">Brian Ellis announced his candidacy&nbsp;<span class="aBn" data-term="goog_1588402563" style="top: -2px; border-bottom-color: rgb(204, 204, 204); border-bottom-width: 1px; border-bottom-style: dashed; position: relative; z-index: 0;" tabindex="0"><span class="aQJ" style="top: 2px; position: relative; z-index: -1;">Tuesday</span></span>&nbsp;among supporters at a hotel in Grand Rapids.</font></font></font></p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 10pt; line-height: normal; font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;"><font size="3"><font color="#000000"><font face="Calibri">In a written statement, Ellis said Amash has &ldquo;turned back on conservative principles.&rdquo;</font></font></font></p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 10pt; line-height: normal; font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;"><font size="3"><font color="#000000"><font face="Calibri">&ldquo;Congressman Justin Amash has turned his back on our conservative principles by voting against the Paul Ryan Budget that would cut spending by $5 trillion, and against a 20% tax cut for small businesses,&rdquo; Brian Ellis said.</font></font></font></p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 10pt; line-height: normal; font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;"><font size="3"><font color="#000000"><font face="Calibri">&ldquo;Congressman Amash refused to vote in favor of the Keystone Pipeline and he even voted to allow our tax dollars to fund America&rsquo;s largest abortion provider.&rdquo;</font></font></font></p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 10pt; line-height: normal; font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">Ellis is president and founder of the investment firm&nbsp;<a href="http://brooktreecapital.com/about/">Brooktree Capital Management</a>, and has served on the East Grand Rapids Board of Education.</p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 10pt; line-height: normal; font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">In a piece<a href="http://www.mlive.com/opinion/grand-rapids/index.ssf/2013/06/brian_ellis_justin_amash_shoul.html"> Ellis wrote for MLive today</a>, he expanded on why he supports the expansion of the Keystone XL pipeline.</p><p> Tue, 08 Oct 2013 14:45:24 +0000 Lindsey Smith 14759 at http://michiganradio.org New primary challenger to take on Rep. Justin Amash Talking about the shutdown and Michigan, the Detroit mayors race and Belle Isle http://michiganradio.org/post/talking-about-shutdown-and-michigan-detroit-mayors-race-and-belle-isle <p>Each week, I review the news with political analyst Jack Lessenberry.</p><p>This week we discuss how the government <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/keeping-tabs-how-shutdown-affecting-michigan">shutdown will affect Michigan</a>, <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/duggan-receives-nod-detroit-mayor-firefighters-union">new endorsements</a> in the Detroit mayor&#39;s race, and the state agreement to <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/state-and-detroit-officials-strike-tentative-deal-lease-belle-isle">fund Belle Isle</a>.</p><p> Sat, 05 Oct 2013 12:30:00 +0000 Rina Miller 14724 at http://michiganradio.org Talking about the shutdown and Michigan, the Detroit mayors race and Belle Isle Here's how your legislator in Congress voted, and what they said, in shutdown battle http://michiganradio.org/post/heres-how-your-legislator-congress-voted-and-what-they-said-shutdown-battle <p>Republicans in Congress hope to &quot;defund or delay&quot; the Affordable Care Act by attaching language to a bill that would temporarily fund the federal government. If their &quot;continuing&nbsp;resolution&quot; budget is passed, it would end the shutdown.</p><p>Democrats won&#39;t go for it.</p><p>They say debate over the Affordable Care Act is settled. It was signed into law. The Supreme Court ruled on it. And there was a Presidential election in which it was debated. It&#39;s time to move on, they say.</p> Thu, 03 Oct 2013 19:50:48 +0000 Mark Brush & Michigan Radio Newsroom 14705 at http://michiganradio.org Here's how your legislator in Congress voted, and what they said, in shutdown battle How the shutdown can affect us all http://michiganradio.org/post/how-shutdown-can-affect-us-all <p>I knew someone once who received a diagnosis of terminal cancer. &nbsp;A few days later, after&nbsp;the initial shock, he told me that it was hard to believe, because he really didn&rsquo;t feel that bad. Seven months later, he was dead.</p><p>I thought of this yesterday while thinking about the government shutdown. Most of our lives haven&rsquo;t changed very much -- yet. We are starting to get used to this. We see the politicians squabbling on the news and are tempted to say, &ldquo;A plague on both their houses.&ldquo;</p><p>But to use a term borrowed from the long-ago Watergate scandal, the shutdown is a creeping cancer on not only government, but our lives. If Congressional leaders get in a room and solve it today or tomorrow, the long-term impact will be minimal. But the longer this goes on, the more it will rot the foundations of our society.&nbsp;</p><p>Michigan&rsquo;s budget director, John Nixon, is no screaming liberal. He is a Republican who came here from Utah. But two days ago, he made some observations that deserve attention. He told the Gongwer news service that if the shutdown lasts very long, it could throw the economy into a new recession. What he didn&rsquo;t have to mention was that we&rsquo;ve never fully recovered from the old one.</p><p> Thu, 03 Oct 2013 12:46:34 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 14701 at http://michiganradio.org How the shutdown can affect us all Michigan Rep. Amash listed as one of 20 'outflanking' House leaders http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-rep-amash-listed-one-20-outflanking-house-leaders <p>The last time the government was shut down in 1995-1996, it was clear where the leadership in the U.S. House of Representatives was coming from. Then-House Speaker Newt Gingrich led the &quot;Republican&nbsp;Revolution&quot; in a showdown against former President Bill Clinton.</p><p>Today, just who the flag bearers are for the House Republicans is much less clear.</p> Wed, 02 Oct 2013 15:48:58 +0000 Mark Brush 14687 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan Rep. Amash listed as one of 20 'outflanking' House leaders 8 Great 'Shutdown Pickup Lines' http://michiganradio.org/post/8-great-shutdown-pickup-lines When a government shutdown loomed in 2011, <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2011/04/08/135245909/some-see-a-funny-side-to-a-shutdown" target="_blank">the Twitterverse had some fun</a> with <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23govtshutdownpickuplines" target="_blank">#govtshutdownpickuplines</a>.<p>They're back!<p>Here are some of the better, slightly naughty ones we're seeing (we also also checked <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23shutdownpickuplines&src=hash" target="_blank">#shutdownpicklines</a>):<p>-- "<a href="https://twitter.com/lafnlab/status/385062284105498624" t Tue, 01 Oct 2013 21:09:08 +0000 Mark Memmott 14675 at http://michiganradio.org 8 Great 'Shutdown Pickup Lines' Stateside for Tuesday, October 1st, 2013 http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-tuesday-october-1st-2013 <div><p>It&#39;s October&nbsp;1st. The beginning of the new state and new federal fiscal years have come in with a bang.&nbsp;The news making headlines across the country: the partial government shutdown. The first federal shutdown in 17 years.</p><p>Democrats and Republicans in Washington D.C. were unable to compromise on a continuing resolution to fund the federal government.</p><p>But, what does this mean for you here in Michigan?</p> Tue, 01 Oct 2013 20:55:50 +0000 Stateside Staff 14673 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside for Tuesday, October 1st, 2013 Stabenow hopeful a new Farm Bill can pass, despite debate over possible government shutdown http://michiganradio.org/post/stabenow-hopeful-new-farm-bill-can-pass-despite-debate-over-possible-government-shutdown <p>Michigan Senator Debbie Stabenow is hopeful getting a deal on a new Farm Bill won't be derailed by a looming deadline to avoid a federal government shutdown.</p><p></p><p>The current Farm Bill’s mix of farm subsidies and low-income food programs expires at the end of September. The next day, unless a budget deal can be reached, the federal government may have to shut down.</p><p></p><p>Senator Stabenow hopes the focus on the shutdown will not delay passage of the Farm Bill.</p><p></p> Mon, 19 Aug 2013 20:07:29 +0000 Steve Carmody 14057 at http://michiganradio.org Stabenow hopeful a new Farm Bill can pass, despite debate over possible government shutdown How a shutdown would affect Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/how-shutdown-would-affect-michigan <p>A shutdown of the federal government seems more likely as leaders in Congress don&#39;t seem to have a clear handle on where their disagreements lie.</p><p>The <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2011/04/08/us/politics/08fiscal.html?_r=1&amp;hp">New York Times</a> outlined the disagreement... over their disagreements...</p><ul><li>Senate Majority Leader, Hary Reid (D-NV), said, &quot;the numbers are basically there, but I am not nearly as optimistic, and that&#39;s an understatement, as I was 11 hours ago. The only thing holding up an agreement is ideology.&quot;</li></ul><ul><li>And House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH)&nbsp; told reporters, &quot;there is no agreement on a number. I think we were closer to a number last night than we are this morning. We&#39;re going to have real spending cuts. I don&#39;t know what some people don&#39;t understand about this.&quot;</li></ul><p>So, a shutdown of the federal government is getting closer. Thu, 07 Apr 2011 18:52:14 +0000 Mark Brush 1961 at http://michiganradio.org How a shutdown would affect Michigan