Justin Amash http://michiganradio.org en GOP establishment backs challenger in the 3rd district, but voters don’t seem to care http://michiganradio.org/post/gop-establishment-backs-challenger-3rd-district-voters-don-t-seem-care <p>The race to become the republican candidate for Michigan’s conservative 3<sup>rd</sup> congressional district is a flip of other races across the country. In this race, the tea party favorite is the incumbent, Congressman Justin Amash. So the primary has become a battle over who’s the true conservative and who can get things done in Washington.</p><p><strong>Amash’s independent streak: love it or hate it</strong></p><p>Congressman Justin Amash is more of a libertarian than your standard republican. He wants a smaller federal government. He’s buddies with Senators Ted Cruz and Rand Paul.</p> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Lindsey Smith 18538 at http://michiganradio.org GOP establishment backs challenger in the 3rd district, but voters don’t seem to care Someone give this guy a gold star: Congressman Amash marks 2,500 consecutive votes http://michiganradio.org/post/someone-give-guy-gold-star-congressman-amash-marks-2500-consecutive-votes <p></p><p>Michigan Congressman Justin Amash never gets sick. His car never breaks down and he doesn't take off work for doctor's appointments.<br /><br />OK, that’s probably an exaggeration.</p> Wed, 04 Jun 2014 21:20:24 +0000 Lindsey Smith 17869 at http://michiganradio.org Someone give this guy a gold star: Congressman Amash marks 2,500 consecutive votes Can the GOP maintain that Tea Party love and win mid-term elections? http://michiganradio.org/post/can-gop-maintain-tea-party-love-and-win-mid-term-elections <p>History suggests that this election year should be friendly to Republicans. That’s because Republicans are more likely to turn out in mid-term elections than Democrats, and the party out of the White House, especially in a president’s second term, tends to have an advantage. With about six and a half months to go before the November election, a lot of Republicans are harboring hopes that this is going to be a good year to be a Republican.</p><p>But here’s a question: Which kind of Republican is it best to be this year?</p><p>In Michigan -- just like nationally -- there’s some tension between the three threads of the GOP coalition. That’s the &nbsp;Establishment Republicans, the Tea Party, and the Liberty Movement.</p><p>We’ll get a better idea of how big this fight is (and if it’s a fight at all worth talking about) after this coming Tuesday’s filing deadline. We’ll see exactly where and how many Tea Partiers will “primary” an establishment Republican figure, and where the Republican establishment (and by that we mean chamber of commerce Republicans) will try to dislodge a Tea Partier from Congress or the Legislature. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 22:12:01 +0000 Rick Pluta & Zoe Clark 17285 at http://michiganradio.org Can the GOP maintain that Tea Party love and win mid-term elections? President to deliver State of the Union address Tuesday http://michiganradio.org/post/president-deliver-state-union-address-tuesday <p>President Barack Obama will issue a call for expanding economic opportunity in his State of the Union address. He'll press a divided Congress to help shrink the income gap between the rich and poor, while asserting that he will take action on his own if lawmakers don't.<br /> Sat, 25 Jan 2014 20:28:00 +0000 Steve Carmody & The Associated Press 16175 at http://michiganradio.org President to deliver State of the Union address Tuesday Michigan's congressional delegation divided on government shutdown/debt ceiling vote http://michiganradio.org/post/michigans-congressional-delegation-divided-government-shutdowndebt-ceiling-vote <p></p><p>Last night&rsquo;s vote to end the federal government shutdown and raise the debt ceiling divided Michigan&rsquo;s Republican congress.</p><p>The legislation reopens the government through Jan. 15<sup>th</sup> and permits the U.S. Treasury to borrow normally through Feb. 7<sup>th</sup> or perhaps a month longer.<br />&nbsp;</p><p>Congress faced a midnight deadline Thursday. That&#39;s when U.S. Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew had said the government would reach the current $16.7 trillion debt limit and could no longer borrow to meet its obligations.</p> Thu, 17 Oct 2013 03:41:48 +0000 Steve Carmody 14870 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan's congressional delegation divided on government shutdown/debt ceiling vote The GOP’s Civil War http://michiganradio.org/post/gop-s-civil-war <div class="im"><div><br /><p>Everyone knows there&rsquo;s a war between the parties going on right now in Congress and in Washington, a war that has shut down the national parks and large parts of the federal government.</p><p>But there&rsquo;s also a war going on within the Republican Party, a war being fought on battlefields from Washington to Lansing to Canton and Grand Rapids. It&rsquo;s a war for the party&rsquo;s mind and soul.</p><p>Essentially, it&rsquo;s a war between the Tea Party Republicans and the party&rsquo;s more traditional conservatives, especially the business community. Right now, the Tea Party seems to be winning. For a while, that had the regular Republicans concerned. They know that if extremists are the face of the party, they can say goodbye to any hopes of recapturing the White House, and probably also the U.S. Senate.</p><p> Thu, 10 Oct 2013 13:57:38 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 14795 at http://michiganradio.org The GOP’s Civil War 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 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 Why did Amash decide not to run for US Senate and what happens now? http://michiganradio.org/post/why-did-amash-decide-not-run-us-senate-and-what-happens-now <p>Usually we do a story when someone decides to run for office. Generally, it's not much news when a possible candidate decides against a run. But, in this case, today it is news. The headline: West Michigan Republican Congressman Justin Amash has decided he will not run for the open U.S. Senate in Michigan in 2014.</p><p>As of now, former Michigan Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land is the only declared Republican candidate.</p><p>Rick Pluta, Lansing Bureau Chief for the Michigan Public Radio Network joined us today.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Wed, 18 Sep 2013 20:39:52 +0000 Stateside Staff 14483 at http://michiganradio.org Why did Amash decide not to run for US Senate and what happens now? Stateside for Wednesday, September 18th, 2013 http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-wednesday-september-18th-2013 <p>More than 1,500 works of art, with more than 160 venues, and 47 countries represented. Those are just a few statistics of this year's ArtPrize in Grand Rapids opening today with some 400,000 expected visitors to the city. Michigan Radio's Lindsey Smith was on the scene, and we spoke to her as well as the new Executive Director of ArtPrize.</p><p>And, Congressman Justin Amash has decided not to run for U.S. senate. What does this decision mean for the rest of the candidates?</p><p>The University of Michigan announced earlier that they will now offer in-state tuition to undocumented students. We talked with Serena Davila, the executive director for Legislative Affairs for the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities, about what this means for the students.</p><p>Also, how well are health care systems in the U.S. working? A new report by the Commonwealth Fund gave us some answers.</p><p>And, the small town of Colon in southwest Michigan has been dubbed the “Magic Capital of the World.” We spoke with one resident to find out why that is.</p><p>First on the show,&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">our weekly check-in with Detroit News Business Columnist Daniel Howes.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">And, on the front-burner? The mediation talks between Detroit's Emergency Manager </span>Kevyn<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Orr and dozens and dozens of lawyers representing the city's creditors.</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span>Howes<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> joined us to tell us more about the mediation.</span></p><p> Wed, 18 Sep 2013 20:37:16 +0000 Stateside Staff 14487 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside for Wednesday, September 18th, 2013 In this morning's headlines: Hunting fees, US Senate race, Adrian wants to pay student loans http://michiganradio.org/post/mornings-headlines-hunting-fees-us-senate-race-adrian-wants-pay-student-loans <p><strong>Govenor signs hunting and fishing fee increase</strong></p><p>"Gov. Rick Snyder has signed into law Michigan's first hunting and fishing license fee increases in more than 15 years. The revamped fees will kick in March 1 and generate more revenue for wildlife, fisheries and habitat programs. A new "base" hunting license will cost $11 for in-state residents, with lower rates for youths and seniors," the Associated Press reports.</p><p><strong>Amash will not run for US Senate</strong></p><p>"West Michigan&nbsp; Republican congressman Justin Amash won't run for the US Senate seat opening with the retirement of Democrat Carl Levin. Former Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land is the only declared Republican candidate," the Associated Press reports.</p><p><strong>Adrian College plans to pay student loans if students don't get jobs</strong></p><p>"Adrian College is planning a new loan repayment program that offers to <a href="http://www.freep.com/article/20130918/NEWS06/309180024/adrian-college-loan-repayment-alma-college-student-loans-debt-college-affordability">pay all or part</a> of students' loans if they are unable to secure a well-paying job after graduation," the Associated Press reports.</p><p> Wed, 18 Sep 2013 12:18:48 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 14472 at http://michiganradio.org In this morning's headlines: Hunting fees, US Senate race, Adrian wants to pay student loans Amash declines to run for Michigan US Senate seat http://michiganradio.org/post/amash-declines-run-michigan-us-senate-seat <p>CASCADE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) - A Republican congressman from western Michigan has decided not to run for the U.S. Senate seat opening with the retirement of Democrat Carl Levin.<br><br>Justin Amash of Kent County's Cascade Township confirmed on Twitter Tuesday night that he won't run. The libertarian conservative has gained a higher profile in the House with a challenge to the National Security Agency's collection of Americans' phone records.<br><br>Amash's announcement further clears the way for former Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land to proceed with her campaign.<br> Wed, 18 Sep 2013 12:09:03 +0000 The Associated Press 14471 at http://michiganradio.org Amash declines to run for Michigan US Senate seat Michigan's congressional delegation remains divided on Syria after the president's speech http://michiganradio.org/post/michigans-congressional-delegation-remains-divided-syria-after-presidents-speech <p>The president’s speech last night on Syria is drawing mixed reactions from Michigan’s Congressional delegation.</p><p>Senator Carl Levin says the president “made a forceful and persuasive case” for confronting the Syrian government over its alleged use of chemical weapons against its own citizens.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee says Congress should approve a resolution authorizing the use of force against Syria as a way of supporting diplomatic efforts.</p> Wed, 11 Sep 2013 03:04:49 +0000 Steve Carmody 14368 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan's congressional delegation remains divided on Syria after the president's speech Michigan members of Congress look forward to Syria debate http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-members-congress-look-forward-syria-debate <p>Michigan’s congressional delegation is weighing in on the President’s call for congressional authorization for military action in Syria.</p><p></p><p>Michigan’s senior U.S. Senator says he’s glad the President is seeking congressional approval for a military strike against Syria.</p><p></p><p>In a written statement, Democratic Senator Carl Levin says “A congressional vote to authorize the use of force would strengthen the President’s decision to take military action.” Levin adds the President should also use this time to help the Syrian people “defend themselves”.</p><p></p> Sat, 31 Aug 2013 20:41:08 +0000 Steve Carmody 14222 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan members of Congress look forward to Syria debate Michigan Congressman says President Obama should consult Congress before a military strike on Syria http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-congressman-says-president-obama-should-consult-congress-military-strike-syria <p>West Michigan Congressman Justin Amash says he wants the House to go back into session to address potential military action against Syria.</p><p></p><p>A U.S. military strike is expected in the next few days in response to the Syrian government’s alleged use of chemical weapons against civilians.</p><p></p><p>Amash told a group at a Battle Creek coffee shop today that the president must consult with Congress first.</p><p></p><p>“If the president intends to use force, we expect to be called back into session,” says Amash, “We demand we be called back into session to have a vote.”</p><p></p> Wed, 28 Aug 2013 20:15:25 +0000 Steve Carmody 14180 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan Congressman says President Obama should consult Congress before a military strike on Syria In this morning's news: Medicaid bill, Detroit ballots, and Syrian conflict http://michiganradio.org/post/mornings-news-medicaid-bill-detroit-ballots-and-syrian-conflict <p><strong>State Senate passes Medicaid bill</strong></p><p>Yesterday, the Michigan state Senate passed a bill to expand Medicaid. &nbsp;The legislation is now headed for the state House. &nbsp;However, Michigan Radio&#39;s Jake Neher&nbsp;<a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/next-step-medicaid-expansion-back-state-house">reports</a> that the bill may be delayed because the Senate did not vote to put the bill into immediate effect.</p><p><strong>State will re-tabulate some Detroit ballots</strong></p><p>The state <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/state-elections-department-will-review-some-ballots-detroit-mayor">elections department will recount</a> some of the ballots from Detroit&#39;s mayoral primary. &nbsp;Michigan Radio&#39;s Sarah Cwiek&nbsp;reports that &quot;s<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">tate elections director Chris Thomas says they won&rsquo;t discount any votes because of how they were marked.&quot; &nbsp;Thomas says &quot;y</span><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">ou can&rsquo;t disenfranchise voters because election workers make a mistake, or don&rsquo;t do what they&rsquo;re supposed to do.&rdquo;</span></p><p><strong><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">Michigan congressmen request collaboration between President Obama and Congress on Syria</span></strong></p><p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">West Michigan Congressman Justin Amash and Upper Peninsula Representative Dan Benishek joined seventeen other representatives requesting that President Obama consult Congress before taking action against Syria. &nbsp;Many countries, including the U.S., are considering military action against Syria in light of recent chemical attacks against civilians. &nbsp;Michigan Radio&#39;s Steve Carmody <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/2-michigan-republicans-want-pres-obama-consult-congress-syria">reports</a> that</span><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">&nbsp;&quot;isolationists in Congress oppose another U.S. military intervention in the Middle East.&quot;</span></p><p> Wed, 28 Aug 2013 14:00:12 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 14170 at http://michiganradio.org In this morning's news: Medicaid bill, Detroit ballots, and Syrian conflict 2 Michigan Republicans want Pres. Obama to consult with Congress on Syria http://michiganradio.org/post/2-michigan-republicans-want-pres-obama-consult-congress-syria <p>Two Michigan Congressmen have signed a letter demanding the White House consult with Congress before taking military action against Syria.</p><p></p><p>West Michigan Congressman Justin Amash and Upper Peninsula Representative Dan Benishek joined 19 other Republicans and one Democrat lawmaker in sending a letter to the president.</p><p></p><p>They want President Obama to get an authorization from Congress before taking any military action against Syria.</p><p></p> Tue, 27 Aug 2013 20:54:22 +0000 Steve Carmody 14167 at http://michiganradio.org 2 Michigan Republicans want Pres. Obama to consult with Congress on Syria 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” Commentary: Land for Senate? http://michiganradio.org/post/commentary-land-senate <p>Ever since U.S. Senator Carl Levin announced three months ago that he wouldn't seek another term next year, most Michigan Republicans have been waiting for Godot.</p><p>Except in this case, Godot is Brighton area Congressmen Mike Rogers, who most GOP leaders felt would be their strongest candidate. Rogers has been unable or unwilling to decide, however, and it seems increasingly unlikely that he will run.</p><p>He has a safe seat in Congress and a powerful and prestigious position as chair of the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.</p><p>Giving all that up for a risky run for a seat in a state where Democrats usually win U.S. Senate contests might not seem that appealing. But I’ve never felt Rogers was the Republicans' strongest potential candidate. I think their best chance to win is the woman who announced her candidacy this week, Terri Lynn Land.</p><p> Wed, 05 Jun 2013 12:41:43 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 12886 at http://michiganradio.org Commentary: Land for Senate? Commentary: Peters runs for Senate http://michiganradio.org/post/commentary-peters-runs-senate <p></p><p>For many years, it was far more common for Democrats to have brawling, bruising primary fights than Republicans.</p><p>The Democratic Party, after all, was a coalition of sometimes very different factions – African-Americans and Jews; labor and ethnic groups; factory workers and elegant, highly educated liberals in places like Ann Arbor.</p><p>They often had little in common except the fact that they were all more opposed to the Republicans.</p><p>Republicans, on the other hand, were more homogenous, more like an extended family that was largely business-oriented, largely white Protestant, and didn’t like fighting in public.</p><p>They even used to have what they called the Eleventh Commandment: “Thou shalt not speak ill of another Republican.” Well, times have changed.</p><p> Thu, 02 May 2013 12:58:35 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 12377 at http://michiganradio.org Commentary: Peters runs for Senate