Barb Byrum en Outgoing Congressman Mike Rogers endorses candidate to replace him <p>Former state senate majority leader Mike Bishop picked up an endorsement today &nbsp;in his campaign to be Michigan’s next eighth district congressman.</p><p></p><p>The endorsement came from current eighth district congressman Mike Rogers.</p><p></p><p>Rogers surprised many when he announced last month he’s stepping down after serving seven terms in Congress.</p><p></p><p>Jack Lessenberry is Michigan Radio’s senior political analyst. He doesn’t see the Rogers endorsement playing a big role in race.</p><p></p><p>Lessenberry says what matters more is who else jumps in the race.</p><p></p> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 18:19:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 17131 at Outgoing Congressman Mike Rogers endorses candidate to replace him Politicos must do some fast thinking if they want Rogers’ seat <p>A political stunner slapped all of our political cheeks awake this morning, just like that <a href=";type=A010US0&amp;p=mukuly+culkin+face+slap+aftershave">scene with Macaulay Culkin</a> in Home Alone.</p><p>The news? Seven-term Republican Congressman <a href="">Mike Rogers </a>announced he is <a href="">retiring from Congress</a>. Retiring from Congress, but not the political circus. He is going to start a national radio show devoted to foreign policy and national defense, which is his bailiwick as the Chairman of the powerful House Intelligence Committee.</p><p>Rogers is also a well-known talking head. Last year, he <a href="">appeared more than any other elected official </a>on the Sunday morning news circuit. And he’s got the TV sound bites down, just <a href="">last week on Meet the Press</a>, saying Russian President Vladimir Putin, “goes to bed thinking of Peter the Great and wakes up thinking of Stalin.”</p><p>It’s not just how fond he seemed of Congress that is what makes Rogers’, who represents Lansing, Brighton, Howell and parts of Northern Oakland County, announcement so surprising, but his fondness in particular for the House of Representatives. In fact, there was speculation last year that the reason he didn’t jump into the race for Carl Levin’s<a href=""> open Senate seat </a>was because he enjoyed his job in the House so much. Fri, 28 Mar 2014 19:05:40 +0000 Zoe Clark & Rick Pluta 17019 at Politicos must do some fast thinking if they want Rogers’ seat 'Vaginagate': Group delivers signatures asking for GOP apology <p>LANSING, Mich. (AP) - A group upset over last month&#39;s silencing of a female Democratic lawmaker who said &quot;vagina&quot; during House debate about anti-abortion legislation and another who said &quot;vasectomy&quot; have delivered over 115,000 signatures asking for an apology.<br /><br />Members of the Progressive Change Campaign Committee and Democracy For America brought the signatures Wednesday morning to the office of House Speaker Jase Bolger.<br /><br />The signers want GOP leaders to make a public apology to state Reps. Lisa Brown and Barb Byrum after suspending their speaking privileges for one day.<br /><br />Bolger spokesman Ari Adler said Tuesday that he doesn&#39;t anticipate any apology is forthcoming. He says the pair &quot;violated the decorum of the House&quot; and &quot;were gaveled down for it.&quot;<br /><br />Several women&#39;s groups also planned a Wednesday rally at the Capitol to promote women&#39;s issues. Wed, 18 Jul 2012 16:25:58 +0000 The Associated Press 8331 at 'Vaginagate': Group delivers signatures asking for GOP apology Women Reps in Michigan barred from speaking, one for "vagina" mention <p><strong>Update 4:57 p.m.</strong></p><p><em>Here is the latest from Rick Pluta:</em></p><p>Two women serving in the state House have been barred from participating in floor debates for one day. The sanction is a punishment for things they said during a debate on anti-abortion legislation.</p><p>State Representatives Lisa Brown and Barb Byrum are both Democrats. Brown made a reference to her vagina in a floor statement.</p><p>&ldquo;I&rsquo;m flattered that you&rsquo;re all so interested in my vagina,&rdquo; she said, &ldquo;but &#39;no&#39; means &#39;no.&#39;&rdquo;</p><p>Byrum shouted at the presiding officer after she was not recognized to speak.&nbsp;</p><p>Ari Adler is the spokesman for the House Republican leadership.</p><p>&ldquo;It is the responsibility of every member who serves in the House of Representatives to maintain decorum on the House floor and when they do not do that, there can be actions because of that. And the action today is to not recognize either representative to speak on the House floor,&quot; he said.</p><p>Brown was speaking during a debate on anti-abortion bills, and has no apologies for what she said.</p><p>&ldquo;I used an anatomically correct word. I said &lsquo;vagina,&#39;&quot; she said.&nbsp; &quot;Can I not say &lsquo;elbow?&#39; I don&rsquo;t see what the difference is.&quot;</p><p>This is the first time in memory that lawmakers have been formally barred from participating in floor debates.</p><p><strong>Update 1:10 p.m.</strong></p><p>Watch footage of the Lisa Brown speech <a href=";v=SghMijpkrbs#t=1m55s">here</a>:</p><p>;v=SghMijpkrbs#</p><p><strong>12:32 p. m</strong>.</p><p>Two Democratic lawmakers say they have been barred from speaking during House debates.</p><p>The House Republican leadership confirms that state Representative Lisa Brown will not be recognized during debates as a sanction for mentioning her vagina during a debate on anti-abortion legislation.</p><p>State Representative Barb Byrum also says she has been barred from speaking in the future because of an outburst after she was not called on during the abortion debate.</p><p>A House Republican spokesman could not confirm whether that&#39;s true.</p><p> Thu, 14 Jun 2012 21:01:05 +0000 Rick Pluta & Michigan Radio Newsroom 7891 at Women Reps in Michigan barred from speaking, one for "vagina" mention Michigan State Police stop criminal plot against state lawmaker <p><span id="_oneup" style="font-size: 11px">A state prisons spokesman says a potential kidnapping or murder-for-hire threat from an inmate targeting a Michigan state lawmaker has been detected and stopped.</span></p><p><span id="_oneup" style="font-size: 11px">Authorities said Friday that the case remains under investigation and no charges have been filed. They say the plot was being developed by a prisoner in a state correctional facility who has since been isolated from other prisoners. It wasn&#39;t immediately known why the prisoner was targeting the lawmaker.</span></p> Sat, 24 Sep 2011 01:12:10 +0000 The Associated Press 4293 at Michigan State Police stop criminal plot against state lawmaker Time running out for recall drives against state lawmakers <p>Recall campaigns against the state&rsquo;s elected officials have until the end of the week&nbsp; to hand in petition signatures to be considered for the November ballot. There have been more than two dozen recall campaigns against Republican lawmakers, and just three against Democratic lawmakers.&nbsp;</p><p>Two of those lawmakers &ndash; State Senate Minority Leader Gretchen Whitmer and state Representative Barb Byrum &ndash; are in the clear after an elections panel in Ingham County rejected petitions language against them.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 01 Aug 2011 20:16:06 +0000 Laura Weber 3563 at Time running out for recall drives against state lawmakers Redistricting fight begins this week <p>The partisan battle over the state&rsquo;s new maps of congressional and legislative districts kicks off Tuesday at the state Capitol.</p><p>Republicans are likely to get their plans adopted. They control the House, the Senate and the governor&rsquo;s office. A legal challenge would probably be decided by the GOP controlled state Supreme Court.<br /><br />Democrats charge Republicans manipulated the lines to put two Democratic incumbents together in one district &ndash; and to shore up the GOP base for some vulnerable Republicans.</p> Mon, 20 Jun 2011 20:29:13 +0000 Rick Pluta 2968 at Redistricting fight begins this week