jim ananich http://michiganradio.org en Ananich wins 27th state senate seat http://michiganradio.org/post/ananich-wins-27th-state-senate-seat <p>Genesee County voters choose a familiar face to serve them in the state senate.</p><p>Tuesday, voters elected Democrat Jim Ananich in a special election to fill the vacant 27th district seat.</p><p>State Representative Jim Ananich was expected to win in the Democratic leaning 27th state senate district.</p><p>He defeated Republican Robert Daunt, the same man he defeated in last year’s State House race to represent Flint in Lansing.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Ananich picked up 75% of the vote.&nbsp; Daunt received more than 20% of the votes cast.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Liberatrian Robert Nicholls and Green Party candidate Bobby Jones split the rest.</p><p>Ananich replaces former state senator John Gleason, who stepped down after winning the Genesee County clerk’s election last fall.</p><p>Ananich will finish out Gleason’s unexpired term, which ends in 2014. Wed, 08 May 2013 03:24:09 +0000 Steve Carmody 12466 at http://michiganradio.org Ananich wins 27th state senate seat Michigan voters will be casting ballots on Tuesday http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-voters-will-be-casting-ballots-tuesday <p>Michigan voters go to the polls on Tuesday.</p><p></p><p>School bond issues dominate the ballot in most of Michigan.</p><p></p><p>For example, Kalamazoo voters are being asked to decide on a $62 million bond request. If voters give their OK, the district would spend most of the money on maintaining city school buildings.</p><p></p><p>There are a few elected offices on the ballot of note.</p><p></p><p>In Genesee County, voters are picking a new state senator. Former senator John Gleason stepped down after winning the Genesee County clerk’s election last fall.</p><p></p> Sun, 05 May 2013 19:09:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 12399 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan voters will be casting ballots on Tuesday May special election set for vacant state senate seat http://michiganradio.org/post/may-special-election-set-vacant-state-senate-seat <p>State Representative Jim Ananich easily won Tuesday’s Democratic primary to fill a vacant state senate seat in the 27th district, which includes Flint.</p><p></p><p>Ananich collected 51% of the vote to defeat four other candidates in the Democratic primary. The 27<sup>th</sup> is a heavily Democratic district which likely means Tuesday’s primary win will mean Ananich will win the May special election. Still Ananich insists he won’t take his Republican opponent lightly.</p> Wed, 13 Mar 2013 05:34:05 +0000 Steve Carmody 11663 at http://michiganradio.org May special election set for vacant state senate seat Two state lawmakers push to restore jobless benefits cuts http://michiganradio.org/post/two-state-lawmakers-push-restore-jobless-benefits-cuts <p>Two Democratic state lawmakers are preparing legislation that would restore unemployment benefits cuts recently signed into law by Governor Rick Snyder.&nbsp; <a href="http://news.michiganradio.org/post/snyder-signs-unemployment-benefits-extension-law?nopop=1">Snyder signed legislation </a>to extend federal jobless benefits, but the bill also contained a provision <a href="http://news.michiganradio.org/term/extension">shrinking state unemployment benefits</a> from 26 to 20 weeks next year.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Republicans lawmakers pushed for the jobless benefits cuts, saying it will reduce the burden on Michigan businesses, which pay into the state unemployment insurance pool. <a href="http://049.housedems.com/">Jim Ananich</a> is a state representative from Flint.&nbsp;&nbsp; He&rsquo;s introducing legislation to restore those benefits.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><blockquote><p>&ldquo;You know I&rsquo;m hopeful that they will see the error of their ways and see that now is not a time to be taking money out of people&rsquo;s pockets.&rdquo;</p></blockquote><p>Ananich hopes to introduce his bill next month. Wed, 30 Mar 2011 18:31:21 +0000 Steve Carmody 1851 at http://michiganradio.org