Jocelyn Benson http://michiganradio.org en Should the Dean of Wayne State University run for congress? http://michiganradio.org/post/should-dean-wayne-state-university-run-congress <p></p><p>Today is Election Day in local communities all across Michigan. But politicians being politicians, many are already looking ahead to next year’s statewide and congressional elections.</p><p>For everyone in the game, deciding whether to run is a matter of weighing hope versus experience; ambition against common sense. Sometimes, long shots pay off. On paper, it made no sense for a freshman senator to run for President six years ago, and not just because there was a formidable front-runner.&nbsp;</p><p>The challenger was black. I thought his candidacy was hopeless. But as the world knows, I was gloriously wrong. However, back in 2000, Barack Obama was the one who was wrong. He challenged an incumbent congressman in a primary race. He lost by more than 2-1, drained his finances and strained his marriage for a time. Every situation is different.</p><p>But now, one of Michigan’s potentially biggest stars faces her own dilemma. Few have accomplished as much at a relatively early age as Jocelyn Benson. Barely 36 years old, she is already interim dean of Wayne State University law school. She has degrees from Wellesley, Oxford and Harvard Law. She has a stunning resume that includes stints working for the Southern Poverty Law Center, the NAACP, NPR and the revered federal appeals judge Damon Keith.&nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 05 Nov 2013 13:39:42 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 15132 at http://michiganradio.org Should the Dean of Wayne State University run for congress? Democratic candidate enters race for Michigan's 11th district http://michiganradio.org/post/democratic-candidate-enters-race-michigans-11th-district <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-27a6e1ec-eb9a-65da-25f4-c744a45ffb60"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; background-color: transparent; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">A former State Department official announced today he will begin his campaign for Congress in Michigan’s 11th District.</span></span></p> Thu, 24 Oct 2013 18:09:04 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 14980 at http://michiganradio.org Democratic candidate enters race for Michigan's 11th district Controversy surrounds the results of Detroit's mayoral primary http://michiganradio.org/post/controversy-surrounds-results-detroits-mayoral-primary <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">As you've likely heard by now, a state election panel will have to decide the official outcome of Detroit's mayoral primary. That's because Wayne County's election board refused to certify the election. It should be noted that the county election board acted on the very last day before the deadline to certify the election.</span></p><p>The controversy centers on some 20,000 write-in votes that may have been incorrectly marked by Detroit poll workers.</p><p>Former Detroit Medical Center CEO Mike Duggan appeared to win the primary handily over Wayne County Sheriff Benny Napoleon.</p><p>Despite running as a write-in candidate, Duggan won by about 16 points, according to unofficial results.</p><p>But if these almost 20,000 write-in votes get thrown out, the two winners would switch places, with&nbsp; Napoleon coming out on top, and former Detroit Medical Center Mike Duggan finishing second.</p><p>Whatever the outcome, Duggan and Napoleon will face off in November.</p><p>But this drama raises many concerns, including the ability of Detroit poll workers to do their jobs properly, whether there needs to be a recount, and whether---as suggested by Benny Napoleon--the U.S. Department of Justice needs to babysit the big November election.</p><p>Jocelyn Benson, interim dean of Wayne State University's law school and an expert in Michigan's constitutional and election law, joined us today to help us sort this all out.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Wed, 21 Aug 2013 21:53:12 +0000 Stateside Staff 14087 at http://michiganradio.org Controversy surrounds the results of Detroit's mayoral primary Reports of confusion, frustration over voter ID law after Tuesday primary http://michiganradio.org/post/reports-confusion-frustration-over-voter-id-law-after-tuesday-primary <p>Some Michigan voters were <a href="http://www.freep.com/article/20120807/NEWS15/120807087/citizenship-michigan-ballot">wrongly turned away from the polls last Tuesday</a> after refusing to affirm their US citizenship.</p><p>But some other voters&mdash;and an elections watchdog group&mdash;say they also encountered problems with misguided enforcement of the state&rsquo;s voter ID law.</p> Fri, 10 Aug 2012 23:02:11 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 8642 at http://michiganradio.org Fighting for a Future http://michiganradio.org/post/fighting-future <p>http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/michigan/local-michigan-964789.mp3</p><p>Here&rsquo;s something you may not have thought about: Who are the Michigan Democratic party&rsquo;s future leaders? The Republican landslide last fall eliminated a generation of politicians.</p><p>Today, the Democrats don&rsquo;t have a single statewide officeholder, other than some judges and school and university board members.&nbsp; Five of the six Democratic congressmen are elderly.</p> Fri, 22 Apr 2011 17:14:18 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 2186 at http://michiganradio.org Fighting for a Future