Tea Party http://michiganradio.org en White men coveted by Dems and GOP this November http://michiganradio.org/post/white-men-coveted-dems-and-gop-november <p>There was an interesting <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/03/us/politics/democrats-try-wooing-ones-who-got-away-white-men.html?_r=0">article</a> this week in <em>The New York Times</em> with a strong focus on politics in Michigan. It dealt with a particular aspect of the Democratic Party’s trouble winning in off-presidential years: the coveted white male voter. Yes, working class, high school-educated, married white men are wanted.</p><p>Republicans, in fact, have relied on dominance among white males to win elections for many, many years now. And a lot has been made of the fact that right now Republicans are facing big troubles winning over minority voters - African American, Hispanic - as well as immigrants and single women, a weakness that Democrats have been able to use.</p><p>But Democrats have been, for many years, losing the white male vote. Remember the Reagan Democrats? White, blue collar, many of them union members, with a strong presence in southeast Michigan and, over time, they stopped being Reagan Democrats and just became Republicans.</p><p>Exit polls from <em>The Washington Post</em> show President Obama <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/special/politics/2012-exit-polls/">lost white voters by 20 points</a> in 2012 to Mitt Romney, the largest losing margin among whites in 30 years. Now, of course, every election is different. We know not as many voters will cast a ballot in 2014 as 2012 because it’s a midyear election when the presidential race isn’t on top of the ballot which creates, in turn, less voter excitement. Fri, 07 Mar 2014 18:26:02 +0000 Zoe Clark & Rick Pluta 16765 at http://michiganradio.org White men coveted by Dems and GOP this November Michigan Tea Party leaders meet in Mt. Pleasant Saturday http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-tea-party-leaders-meet-mt-pleasant-saturday <p>Tea Party leaders from across Michigan will be gathering in Mount Pleasant on Saturday.</p><p>More than 300 Tea Party leaders are expected to be on hand for the conference.</p><p>Organizer Cindy Gamrat calls it a ‘Powwow’. She says it’s an opportunity to get together, network and share ideas with fellow ‘liberty lovers’.&nbsp;</p><p>Gamrat says the Tea Party movement in Michigan is moving beyond the emotional “ups and downs” tied to political wins and losses.</p><p>“It’s becoming a movement that’s becoming more proactive than reactive,” says Gamrat.</p> Fri, 18 Oct 2013 16:54:42 +0000 Steve Carmody 14897 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan Tea Party leaders meet in Mt. Pleasant Saturday 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 Polls suggest the federal government shutdown is hurting 3 Michigan congressmen's reelection hopes http://michiganradio.org/post/polls-suggest-federal-government-shutdown-hurting-3-michigan-congressmens-reelection-hopes <p>The reelection chances of three Michigan congressmen might be hurt by the federal government shutdown.</p><p>The poll numbers show Republican Congressmen <a href="http://s3.moveon.org/shutdownpolling/mi7results.pdf">Tim Walberg</a>, <a href="http://s3.moveon.org/shutdownpolling/mi11results.pdf">Kerry Bentivolio</a> and <a href="http://s3.moveon.org/shutdownpolling/mi1results.pdf">Dan Benishek</a> all trailing significantly behind a generic Democratic opponent.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 07 Oct 2013 19:57:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 14751 at http://michiganradio.org Polls suggest the federal government shutdown is hurting 3 Michigan congressmen's reelection hopes Sen. Carl Levin attacks the Tea Party: 'We weren’t shut down on 9/11' http://michiganradio.org/post/sen-carl-levin-attacks-tea-party-we-weren-t-shut-down-911 <p>Democratic Senator Carl Levin says House Republican leaders bowing to the Tea Party is the reason for the federal government shutdown.</p><p>Levin accuses the Tea Party of doing what the 9/11 terrorists could not: shut down the federal government.</p> Tue, 01 Oct 2013 17:18:21 +0000 Steve Carmody 14662 at http://michiganradio.org Sen. Carl Levin attacks the Tea Party: 'We weren’t shut down on 9/11' Michigan's governor all but declares re-election bid http://michiganradio.org/post/michigans-governor-all-declares-re-election-bid <p><br>MACKINAC ISLAND, Mich. (AP) - Michigan Governor Rick Snyder all but declared his re-election campaign Friday, telling Republicans they can be proud of his record even as he defended signing a key component of the federal health care law unpopular with his own party's base.<br><br>"We're going to keep going and we're going to reinvent our state," Snyder said to loud applause.</p> Sat, 21 Sep 2013 13:53:54 +0000 The Associated Press 14533 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan's governor all but declares re-election bid GOP-Tea Party battle becomes an uncivil war http://michiganradio.org/post/gop-tea-party-battle-becomes-uncivil-war <p>“Screw you as far as weak Republicans, dude… I said, ‘screw you’ as far as calling me a weak Republican.”</p><p>“Quote of the week” goes to state Senator Howard Walker in a throw-down at a Republican luncheon in northern Michigan. The “screw you” was directed at a Tea Partier giving grief to Walker over the recent expansion of Medicaid to the working poor in Michigan.</p><p>Senator Walker, liberated by the fact that he is not seeking reelection, spoke his mind - and the mind of many establishment Republicans - who are getting fed up with a Tea Party that says “no” to everything.</p><p>"No" to a new international bridge in Detroit.</p><p>"No" to the Common Core student measurement standards.</p><p>"No" to more transportation funding.</p><p>And, the list goes on. Fri, 20 Sep 2013 21:22:51 +0000 Zoe Clark & Rick Pluta 14530 at http://michiganradio.org GOP-Tea Party battle becomes an uncivil war Tea Party follies http://michiganradio.org/post/tea-party-follies <p></p><p>If you’ve been following politics, you know the Tea Party, or various people who say they represent the Tea Party, have had their sights on throwing Lt. Gov. Brian Calley off the Republican ticket next year.</p><p>Three years ago, Calley, now still only in his mid-30s, was seen as one of the more conservative members of the legislature. Conservatives were in fact happy when Rick Snyder chose him as lieutenant governor. Now, however, they want him off the ticket. Why? Because he’s supported Governor Rick Snyder’s policies.</p><p>Well, supporting the governor is what lieutenant governors are supposed to do, just as it is what vice-presidents do. Like presidents and vice-presidents, governors and lieutenant governors are elected on the same ticket. Governors, like presidents, traditionally get to pick their lieutenant governors. But there‘s been a move to force next year‘s GOP state convention to dump Calley.</p><p> Fri, 20 Sep 2013 12:26:14 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 14517 at http://michiganradio.org Tea Party follies Michigan's Medicaid expansion debate turns to when expansion occurs http://michiganradio.org/post/michigans-medicaid-expansion-debate-turns-when-expansion-occurs <p>LANSING, Mich. (AP) - The Michigan Senate's months-long debate over Medicaid expansion isn't over, even after the vote to provide health insurance to hundreds of thousands of low-income residents.<br><br>Republican senators on Tuesday will reconsider the issue of when the legislation should take effect. While the Senate passed the bill 20-18 in dramatic fashion this past week, it fell two votes short of giving it immediate effect.<br><br>For newly eligible people counting on the medical coverage next year, it means waiting until late March instead of qualifying as early as January 1st. Sun, 01 Sep 2013 19:08:00 +0000 The Associated Press 14225 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan's Medicaid expansion debate turns to when expansion occurs Weekly Political Roundup: Medicaid expansion passes, Tea Party goes after Lt. Gov. Calley http://michiganradio.org/post/weekly-political-roundup-medicaid-expansion-passes-tea-party-goes-after-lt-gov-calley <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It's our weekly review of Michigan politics with Susan </span>Demas<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, columnist for </span><a href="http://www.mlive.com/">MLIVE.</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"><a href="http://www.mlive.com/">com</a> and Ken </span>Sikkema<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, former senate majority leader and senior policy fellow at Public Sector Consultants.</span></p><p>We start with Medicaid, and while the expansion finally passed in the Senate the vote didn’t happen without a bit of drama and struggle.</p><p>"There was still an awful lot of controversy. There was some horse-trading involved with an issue Senator Tom Casperson, who represents the Upper Peninsula wanted, and that finally changed his vote. And, it was just a typical messy process which is what happens in the legislature," said Demas.</p><p>However, this isn’t the end of the story. The law passed without immediate effect. As it stands now, the law won’t go into effect until April. The Snyder administration says this will cost the state about $630 million in lost federal funds. Demas&nbsp;said there are still a lot of hurdles <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/next-step-medicaid-expansion-back-state-house">before Medicaid expansion goes into effect</a>.&nbsp;</p><p>Let's turn now to Lieutenant Governor Brian&nbsp;Calley.&nbsp; Tea Party activist, <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/tea-party-activist-challenge-michigans-lt-gov-republican-nomination">Wes&nbsp;Nakagiri&nbsp;says he plans to challenge the renomination of Calley</a>&nbsp;at the Republican convention next summer.&nbsp;Nakagiri&nbsp;says Governor Snyder needs a more conservative lieutenant governor to help the administration stay the conservative course. &nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">"If this Tea Party challenge to Brian </span>Calley<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> is successful at the convention, it gives the Democrats a huge issue during the fall general election campaign. They will use the argument that the Lieutenant Governor is far too conservative or radical for the Michigan electorate,"&nbsp;</span>Sikkema<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> said.</span></p><p><em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Click on the link above to hear the full interview.</span></em></p><p> Thu, 29 Aug 2013 20:27:00 +0000 Jennifer White & Mercedes Mejia 14192 at http://michiganradio.org Weekly Political Roundup: Medicaid expansion passes, Tea Party goes after Lt. Gov. Calley Week in Michigan politics: Medicaid, Governor Snyder, and the Tea Party http://michiganradio.org/post/week-michigan-politics-medicaid-governor-snyder-and-tea-party <p>This week in Michigan politics Christina Shockley and Jack Lessenberry discuss <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/next-step-medicaid-expansion-back-state-house">Medicaid expansion</a>, Governor Rick Snyder&#39;s <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/can-snydercalley-ticket-survive-medicaid-fight">political status</a>, and the <a href="http://michiganradio.org/term/wes-nakagori">Michigan Tea Party</a>.</p><p> Wed, 28 Aug 2013 13:57:39 +0000 Christina Shockley & Jack Lessenberry 14169 at http://michiganradio.org Week in Michigan politics: Medicaid, Governor Snyder, and the Tea Party Next step for Medicaid expansion is back to the state House http://michiganradio.org/post/next-step-medicaid-expansion-back-state-house <p>It’s now up to the state House to decide whether to send a bill to expand Medicaid in Michigan to Governor Rick Snyder’s desk.</p><p></p><p>That’s after the state Senate narrowly approved the bill yesterday. &nbsp;</p><p></p><p>But the Senate may have also delayed when the expansion could actually take effect.</p><p></p> Wed, 28 Aug 2013 09:43:50 +0000 Jake Neher 14168 at http://michiganradio.org Next step for Medicaid expansion is back to the state House 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 Can Snyder/Calley ticket survive the Medicaid fight? http://michiganradio.org/post/can-snydercalley-ticket-survive-medicaid-fight <p>Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley is trying to burnish his conservative credentials as the Snyder administration takes on the Tea Party in the Medicaid expansion fight.</p><p>“I’m a voice on the inside that comes from the right side of the political spectrum,” said Calley on the Michigan Public Television show “Off The Record.”</p><p>Calley is trying to erase the political target on his back. He has become the focal point of Tea Party rage over the push for expanding Medicaid to cover more working poor people and other centrist sins of the Snyder administration, deemed by many Tea Partiers as insufficiently conservative.&nbsp;</p><p>Now, the Tea Party doesn’t really harbor hopes of knocking down Governor Snyder with a primary challenge next year.&nbsp;But it does believe the Tea Party is a necessary element of any coalition to ensure a Republican victory next year, and it knows, that (even if Rick Snyder is pretty much guaranteed re-nomination in a primary election) Calley – or whomever the lieutenant governor candidate will be – has to be nominated at a state party convention. Sat, 24 Aug 2013 16:50:29 +0000 Rick Pluta & Zoe Clark 14128 at http://michiganradio.org Can Snyder/Calley ticket survive the Medicaid fight? The farce of presidential impeachment http://michiganradio.org/post/farce-presidential-impeachment <p></p><p>I was a college student almost forty years ago when the U.S. House Judiciary Committee voted to impeach President Richard Nixon. I watched those proceedings and hung on every word.</p><p>Many, perhaps even most people did. I remember crowds clustered around television sets in department stores at particularly dramatic points in the testimony. When the members finally voted to recommend impeachment, many of them did in voices breaking with emotion. They knew this was an almost unimaginably huge step.</p><p>The congressmen knew that only one other President had been impeached in history – Andrew Johnson, more than a century before. They also knew that history had judged very harshly those congressmen and senators who supported removing that president, and praised those who managed to stop his conviction.</p><p>Impeachment, those congressmen knew, was the nuclear option in American constitutional democracy. In the end, President Nixon resigned before he could be impeached, convicted, and removed from office, as he surely would have been.</p><p>I thought that would be the only attempt at impeaching a president I would ever see, and I was, of course, wrong. Twenty-five years later, the house actually impeached President Clinton for what really amounted to lying about sex. The senate never came close to convicting him, and the entire episode was seen as low farce. Thu, 22 Aug 2013 13:19:09 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 14104 at http://michiganradio.org The farce of presidential impeachment State Senate may vote next month on expanding Medicaid in Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/state-senate-may-vote-next-month-expanding-medicaid-michigan <p>There could be a vote in the state Senate in late August on a bill to extend Medicaid health coverage to thousands of un-insured working poor people.</p><p></p><p>That’s despite Governor Rick Snyder’s call for a vote earlier than that.</p><p></p><p>The governor has said waiting until late August could jeopardize the state’s ability to get federal approval, and then sign up people in time for coverage to begin when the new federal healthcare law takes effect in January.</p><p></p><p>The state House has already passed its version of a Medicaid bill.</p><p></p> Wed, 17 Jul 2013 22:36:09 +0000 Rick Pluta 13588 at http://michiganradio.org State Senate may vote next month on expanding Medicaid in Michigan The lunatic fringe opposes Common Core http://michiganradio.org/post/lessenberry-lunatic-fringe-opposes-common-core <p>America always has had strange outliers on the margins of our politics, from half-secret movements like the Know-Nothings to the left-wing crazies of the late 1960s. My eighth grade teacher referred to those on the farther shores of our politics as the “lunatic fringe.”</p><p>In more recent times, most of the nuts have been right-wing nuts. When I was young they opposed putting fluoride in the water, seeing that as a Communist plot. Indeed, they saw Communist plots everywhere. The head of the John Birch Society wrote a book claiming that President Dwight D. Eisenhower was an active agent of the Communist conspiracy. Asked about this once in Hillsdale, William F. Buckley Jr., said Eisenhower wasn’t a commie, but a golfer.</p><p>Well, classic communism is gone. Nobody talks about fluoride any more. But we still have a conspiracy-haunted fringe, and in Michigan today their latest cause is fighting what are called the Common Core Curriculum learning standards.</p><p> Wed, 17 Jul 2013 12:59:20 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 13572 at http://michiganradio.org The lunatic fringe opposes Common Core Gov. Snyder: Calls for special Medicaid session moot http://michiganradio.org/post/gov-snyder-calls-special-medicaid-session-moot <p>LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Michigan Governor Rick Snyder says a Democrat's call for him to convene an emergency legislative session to pressure the Senate to pass Medicaid expansion is moot for now.<br><br>The Republican governor says the Legislature has a session day scheduled on July 3rd.<br><br>Spokesman Ken Silfven said Friday that the Senate should "take care of business" on July 3rd. While the Senate technically will be in session that day and others, attendance won't be taken and no business will be voted on until August 27th.<br> Sat, 22 Jun 2013 13:43:00 +0000 The Associated Press 13200 at http://michiganradio.org Gov. Snyder: Calls for special Medicaid session moot Commentary: The week that was http://michiganradio.org/post/commentary-week-was-0 <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;When this week began, it looked as if the legislature and governor had finally found a compromise formula that would allow Medicaid to be expanded to nearly half a million poor Michiganders.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It also looked as if the race for the next mayor of Detroit would come down to a contest between Mike </span>Duggan<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, a man of many past political jobs, and Wayne County Sheriff Benny Napoleon.</span></p><p>But the week ended with the Medicaid compromise falling apart; Detroit Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr taking steps that probably moved the city closer to a bankruptcy filing, and with&nbsp; Duggan tossed off the ballot and out of the mayor’s race.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">On the plus side for Detroit, the </span>Ilitch<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> family announced that a long-rumored six hundred and fifty million dollar new hockey arena would be built on the edge of downtown.</span></p><p> Sat, 22 Jun 2013 13:00:00 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 13183 at http://michiganradio.org Commentary: The week that was