Campaign en Commentary: Changing the Rules <p>Kerry Bentivolio is resentful of the Republican establishment, and it&#39;s not hard to see why.&nbsp; Bentivolio is running for Congress in the newly redrawn 11th District, which includes a lot of prosperous suburban areas in Wayne and Oakland Counties.</p> Tue, 12 Jun 2012 14:00:00 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 7834 at Commentary: Changing the Rules Michigan's Best campaign expands <p>Some grocery store shelves are being filled with more Michigan-made products. Grand Rapids based <a href="">Spartan Stores</a> recently expanded its <a href="">Michigan&rsquo;s Best</a> program by stocking more Michigan products in more stores. Spartan Stores started the Michigan&rsquo;s Best campaign in 2009 to stimulate local businesses and farms. Alan Hartline is an executive at Spartan Stores. He says the campaign is great for Michigan.</p> Mon, 18 Jul 2011 16:16:46 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 3353 at Michigan's Best campaign expands Stabenow has $4M on hand for re-election race <p>A campaign finance document <a href="">U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow</a> is filing with the Federal Elections Commission shows the Michigan Democrat has $4 million in the bank for next year&#39;s re-election race. The Associated Press on Tuesday obtained a copy of Stabenow&#39;s July quarterly report. It&#39;s due to the FEC by Friday.</p><p>The report says Stabenow raised $1.46 million in the period that ran from April 1 to June 30 and has $4.08 million on hand in the run for her third term in the Senate.</p><p>Former Kent County Probate Judge <a href="">Randy Hekman</a> and Roscommon businessman Peter Konetchy are in the race on the GOP side. A number of high-profile Republicans have <a href="">decided against challenging Stabenow</a>. They include ex-U.S. Rep. Pete Hoekstra and former Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land. Wed, 13 Jul 2011 10:51:00 +0000 The Associated Press 3274 at Stabenow has $4M on hand for re-election race Bumstead for Romney <p></p><p><span style="font-size: medium;">If</span><span style="font-size:medium"> you paid attention to the news yesterday, you probably know that a tussle is still going on over redistricting in Lansing. You may have heard that the troubled Detroit school system wants to cut their employees&rsquo; pay ten percent and eliminated hundreds of jobs.</span></p> Fri, 24 Jun 2011 17:01:54 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 3015 at Bumstead for Romney Snyder to sign 'Pure Michigan' funding bill <p>Governor <a href="">Rick Snyder</a> is expected to sign a bill today that would extend the life of the state&#39;s &#39;Pure Michigan&#39; advertising campaign.</p><p>The measure allows for an <a href="">addition $10 million to fund the popular ads</a>. The Associated Press reports:</p><blockquote><p>That&#39;s double the previous amount and raises overall Pure Michigan funding for this budget year to $25 million, as Snyder requested.</p><p>It will be the third bill signed by the new Republican governor, who took office in January. He signed two agricultural bills Tuesday.</p><p>Pure Michigan campaigns promote the state&#39;s beaches, golf courses and other destinations to potential tourists. The extra $10 million will pay for regional campaigns targeting cities such as Chicago, Columbus, Cleveland and Indianapolis.</p></blockquote><p>The Governor is scheduled to sign the bill this afternoon at the Henry Ford museum in Dearborn. Thu, 10 Mar 2011 11:42:09 +0000 Zoe Clark 1578 at Snyder to sign 'Pure Michigan' funding bill 'Pure Michigan' funding bill introduced in state House <p>Republican state Representative <a href="">Wayne Schmidt</a> of Traverse City <a href=";District=104">introduced a bill</a> yesterday in the state House that would transfer $20 million into the state's <a href="">'Pure Michigan'</a> tourism ad campaign. That would be an increase from the $10 million that's currently planned. Fri, 28 Jan 2011 12:40:53 +0000 Zoe Clark 1055 at 'Pure Michigan' funding bill introduced in state House Possible GOP Presidential candidate visits MI <p>Indiana Congressman and possible 2012 presidential candidate <a href="">Mike Pence</a> visited the state yesterday. The Republican was in Michigan to deliver a speech at the <a href="">Detroit Economic Club</a>. The Club is a traditional stop for politicians considering a bid for the presidency.&nbsp;</p><p>Michigan Radio's Tracy Samilton <a href="">reports</a> that Pence used the speech to call for major tax reforms and said Democratic policies to stimulate the economy aren't working.</p><p>As The Detroit Free Press <a href="">reports:</a></p><div><blockquote><div style="overflow: hidden; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: transparent; text-align: left; text-decoration: none; border: medium none;">Pence's is one of about a dozen names that have surfaced as possible presidential candidates in 2012. He is the chairman of the Republican Conference Committee, the third ranking position among the GOP in Congress. Tue, 30 Nov 2010 14:14:44 +0000 Zoe Clark 400 at Possible GOP Presidential candidate visits MI It's Election Day <p><span class="article-content"><span>It&#39;s Election Day. <a href=",1607,7-127-1633_11619-123989--,00.html">Voters </a>in Michigan are set to choose many new candidates for top offices.<br /> <br /> Voters are set to choose a new governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of state and attorney general. Voters will also choose two state Supreme Court nominees. All of Michigan&#39;s fifteen U.S. Congressional seats are also up for election, as well as seats for the state Senate and House.<br /> Tue, 02 Nov 2010 11:09:09 +0000 Zoe Clark 219 at Countdown to Election Day <p>With one day to go before Election Day, the candidates running for Governor will <a href="">spend the day</a> traveling around the state getting out their campaign messages.&nbsp; Democratic nominee Virg Bernero will start his day in Detroit and end it in Lansing.&nbsp; Republican candidate Rick Sndyer will make stops in Portland and Ann Arbor.</p> Mon, 01 Nov 2010 13:47:57 +0000 Zoe Clark 211 at Countdown to Election Day Should Robert Jones have been running for the state Senate? <p>Democratic State Representative Robert Jones died on Sunday. Jones was running for a state Senate seat being vacated by the term-limited Republican Tom Geroge. Michigan Radio's Jack Lessenberry wonders, with Jones knowning that he was sick, if he should have been campaigning at all.</p> Tue, 19 Oct 2010 17:12:03 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 168 at Should Robert Jones have been running for the state Senate?