GOP en Michigan GOP elects Mitt Romney's niece to Republican National Committee <p>EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Michigan Republican officials have chosen the niece of GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney to replace Terri Lynn Land on the party's national committee.<br /><br />Ronna Romney McDaniel was elected Saturday morning during a meeting of the 113-member Michigan Republican Party State Central Committee. McDaniel is the daughter of Ronna Romney, who also served on the Republican National Committee.<br /> Sat, 15 Feb 2014 16:44:49 +0000 The Associated Press 16466 at Michigan GOP elects Mitt Romney's niece to Republican National Committee The GOP cares about Detroit, they are building new 'African-American Engagement Office' to prove it <p>The Republican Party wants Detroit to know it cares. The GOP is hoping to increase its presence in the city where Barack Obama grabbed 97.5% of the vote in 2012.</p><p>And, how is the GOP going to reach out to Detroiters?&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">By sending in Senator Rand Paul, tea party senator from Kentucky, to headline the opening of the new GOP outreach center, which is named "The African-American Engagement Office."</span></p><p>This has at least one Republican stalwart cringing.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Dennis Lennox, GOP strategist and columnist at the Morning Sun, joined us today.</span></p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Mon, 25 Nov 2013 22:01:18 +0000 Stateside Staff 15423 at The GOP cares about Detroit, they are building new 'African-American Engagement Office' to prove it In this morning's headlines: GOP poll, Fed shutdown could affect MI poor, university funding <p><strong>Calley wins straw poll to be Snyder's running mate again in 2014</strong></p><p>"Kentucky Senator Rand Paul won a presidential straw poll of Republicans attending a party conference this past weekend on Mackinac Island. New Jersey Governor Chris Christy came in second. Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley easily won the straw poll to be Governor Rick Snyder’s running mate again in 2014," Rick Pluta <a href="">reports.</a></p><p><strong>Government shutdown could affect Michigan's poor</strong></p><p>"A federal government shutdown could have a big effect in Michigan, especially for many of the state’s most vulnerable. John Nixon is Michigan’s state budget director. He says if the federal government does shut down starting October First the state will have trouble finding money to pay for food assistance Medicaid and other programs for the poor," Steve Carmody <a href="">reports</a></p><p><strong>14 Michigan universities to benefit as Wayne State forfeits state funding</strong></p><p>"Wayne State University's decision to raise tuition at a rate above a cap for performance funding set by the state Legislature is benefiting Michigan's other public universities. State Budget Director John Nixon formally notified the Detroit school earlier this month that it was forfeiting $534,700 in performance funding because of the 8.9 percent increase. The money has been divided among the state's other 14 public universities," the Associated Press reports.</p><p> Mon, 23 Sep 2013 11:03:11 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 14539 at In this morning's headlines: GOP poll, Fed shutdown could affect MI poor, university funding Commentary: Struggle for a Party’s Soul <p>There were, in a way, two conferences taking place among the state’s business and political elite on Mackinac Island last week. One was a celebration of Michigan’s comeback from the darkest days of the great recession, and of the new business-friendly climate flourishing under Governor Rick Snyder.</p><p>Make no mistake about it: Richard Dale Snyder is the most business-oriented governor this state has had since World War II. That’s in large part because he is a businessman.</p><p>He speaks their language. During his closing remarks, the governor sounded like a motivational speaker sent out to fire up a sluggish sales force.&nbsp; “What’s the role of government?” he asked, answering, “Government exists to give you great customer service!”</p><p> Mon, 03 Jun 2013 13:47:27 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 12846 at Commentary: Struggle for a Party’s Soul Romney's older brother interested in Levin seat <p>The older brother of presidential candidate Mitt Romney is interested in running for the Michigan Senate seat being vacated by Carl Levin in 2014.<br><br>A state GOP official said Friday that Scott Romney, 71, is exploring his options with potential supporters. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he wasn't authorized to speak publicly about specific candidates.<br><br>An attorney, Scott Romney lost the 1998 nomination for attorney general at the Michigan Republican Party's convention. One of his ex-wives, Ronna, ran for the Senate in 1996 but lost to Levin.<br> Sat, 09 Mar 2013 19:36:23 +0000 Associated Press 11615 at Schostak re-elected as chairman of Michigan GOP <p>LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Michigan Republicans are sticking with their party leader as the GOP tries to keep complete control of state government in 2014.<br><br>Bobby Schostak was narrowly re-elected chairman Saturday at Republicans' state convention in Lansing. He fended off a challenge from tea party enthusiast Todd Courser.<br><br>Schostak supporters credit him for helping the GOP maintain control of the state House and Supreme Court in 2012 despite President Barack Obama's and U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow's easy wins in Michigan. Schostak detractors say Republicans had a lousy year.<br> Sat, 23 Feb 2013 18:22:42 +0000 The Associated Press 11389 at Schostak re-elected as chairman of Michigan GOP Ann Romney gushes love for Michigan, praises Paul Ryan's debate performance <p>Ann Romney is making stops across Michigan Friday. The wife of Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney started early at conference center in Hudsonville, just outside of Grand Rapids.</p><p>Ann Romney has been doing a lot of campaigning for her husband. So she says she made one “special request” of planners; “Will you please send me to Michigan?”</p><p>Standing in front of a “Women for Mitt” banner, Ann Romney held up her hand, pointed to her hometown and confessed her love for the state.</p> Fri, 12 Oct 2012 15:27:17 +0000 Lindsey Smith 9465 at Ann Romney gushes love for Michigan, praises Paul Ryan's debate performance Commentary: Grand Jury Investigation <p>Yesterday should have been a day of ultimate triumph for Michigan Republicans. Mitt Romney became the first native Detroiter in history to be nominated for President of the United States.</p><p>His wife Ann, another native Michigander, gave a very moving&nbsp; nationally televised speech to the Republican National Convention, and celebration should have been the word of the day.</p> Wed, 29 Aug 2012 13:24:14 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 8863 at Commentary: Grand Jury Investigation Commentary: Michigan and the GOP convention <p><font color="#000000" face="Arial" size="2"><font size="4">If you watch much of the Republican National Convention this week, you’ll be in a tiny minority, even though the delegates are nominating a Michigan native with a famous name for President.</font></font></p> Mon, 27 Aug 2012 14:37:28 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 8825 at Commentary: Michigan and the GOP convention Another call for state to pay for special congressional primary <p>A new group is asking the state of Michigan to pick up the cost of a special election to fill the unexpired term of former Republican Congressman <a href="">Thaddeus McCotter.</a> Wed, 25 Jul 2012 05:01:01 +0000 Steve Carmody 8422 at Another call for state to pay for special congressional primary Snyder and GOP go from 'In a relationship' to 'It's complicated' <p>This week on<em> <a href="">It&#39;s Just Politics</a></em>: It&#39;s all about relationships. Specifically, the relationship between Gov. <a href="">Rick Snyder</a> and his fellow Republicans in the Legislature. And, the status on this one just went from &ldquo;in a relationship&rdquo; to &ldquo;it&rsquo;s complicated.&rdquo;</p><p><strong>A Gubernatorial Veto</strong></p><p>The Governor vetoed three bills this week &ndash; they were part of a Republican elections package, most of which he signed. The three vetoed bills would have required people applying to vote for the first time or for absentee ballots to check a box affirming they are U.S. citizens. Another would have required photo ID for an absentee ballot. And, the third would have required state training for people who want to register voters. The Governor said the bills that he vetoed were too confusing and might discourage people from voting when the should should be making it easy to vote.<br /><br /><strong>Lansing Democrats, Republicans Shocked</strong><br /><br /> By vetoing these bills, Snyder not only broke with legislative Republicans, but also with established Republican Party opinion on how elections should be conducted. It&#39;s a classic divide between Republicans and Democrats, conservatives versus liberals, and it reflects how each side thinks the other party games the system to pirate elections. Republicans are concerned with ballot security - making sure only people who are supposed to vote actually cast a ballot. Democrats are more concerned about ballot access - that as many people as possible are allowed to vote.</p><p><strong>Breaking Up is Hard To Do</strong></p><p>These recent vetoes have many political-watchers wondering: What does this mean for the relationship between Gov. Snyder and Republicans? Is the Governor standing on principle, or showing there is a price to be paid for blocking his plans for an international bridge, road funding, opposing him on immigration and health care. The joke around town used to be that when Governor Snyder said something was, <a href="">&quot;not on my agenda&rdquo;</a> that really meant: &quot;I&rsquo;ll sign it if you send it to me.&rdquo; Not so much any more. Fri, 06 Jul 2012 17:25:00 +0000 Zoe Clark & Rick Pluta 8171 at Snyder and GOP go from 'In a relationship' to 'It's complicated' Presidential candidate Mitt Romney finishes small town tour in Holland <p>&ldquo;This is a defining time for this country. That&rsquo;s a place where the president and I agree,&rdquo; the Republican Presidential candidate said in Holland Tuesday night. Thousands of Romney supporters in shorts and sandals rallied on the shore of Lake Michigan at Holland State Park.</p><p>Romney&rsquo;s 20-minute long speech focused on how important a strong American economy and military are to the rest of the world.</p><p>&ldquo;American strength is the best ally peace has ever known. We must strike for a strong America,&rdquo; Romney said.</p><p>Romney says the president&rsquo;s health care overhaul is hurting small businesses. He says the economy is being dragged down by uncertainty about the federal debt. He says he worries that the United States is headed on the same path as Greece.</p><p> Wed, 20 Jun 2012 05:49:19 +0000 Lindsey Smith 7949 at Presidential candidate Mitt Romney finishes small town tour in Holland 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 Who’s more conservative? Upton and Hoogendyk square off in debate in Kalamazoo <p>Congressman Fred Upton (R-St. Joseph) has been in office for 25-years. Former state representative Jack Hoogendyk challenged&nbsp;Upton in the republican primary in 2010 and lost.</p><p>The questions during the hour-long debate in Kalamazoo Sunday night were centered on 5 themes; economy, energy, health care, spending, and how to help the 6<sup>th&nbsp;</sup>Congressional district.</p><p>Around 130 people came to an auditorium on Western Michigan University&rsquo;s campus for the debate.</p> Mon, 11 Jun 2012 04:53:00 +0000 Lindsey Smith 7829 at Who’s more conservative? Upton and Hoogendyk square off in debate in Kalamazoo GOP presidential contender Mitt Romney coming to Lansing this week <p>Mitt Romney will make his first visit to Michigan this week since the state&rsquo;s February presidential primary. The apparent Republican presidential nominee will deliver a speech in Lansing.</p><p>Mitt Romney won a narrow victory over Rick Santorum in the Michigan Republican primary.</p><p>Romney will speak at Lansing Community College tomorrow afternoon. His speech is expected to focus on the economy, and he will say President Obama&rsquo;s policies have failed to sufficiently lift middle class families.</p> Mon, 07 May 2012 11:01:50 +0000 Rick Pluta 7362 at GOP presidential contender Mitt Romney coming to Lansing this week Senate candidates release fundraising numbers for first quarter of 2012 <p>Republican frontrunner, former Congressman Pete Hoekstra, <a href="">reports on his facebook page </a>he raised $700,000 in the first quarter of this year for his campaign against incumbent U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow.&nbsp; The Stabenow campaign claims in an email she raised twice as much, &ldquo;more than $1.5 million&rdquo;.</p><p><a href="">Inside Michigan Politics</a> Editor Bill Ballenger says whoever wins the primary is going to need a lot more money.</p> Tue, 17 Apr 2012 03:23:02 +0000 Lindsey Smith 7064 at Senate candidates release fundraising numbers for first quarter of 2012 Michigan Republicans give Romney 16 delegates, Santorum 14 <p><strong>Update 5:11 p.m.</strong> - <em>Santorum camp questions legitimacy of Michigan&#39;s Republican Party leadership</em> <em>after delegate flap</em></p><p>The Michigan Republican Party has awarded both of Michigan&rsquo;s statewide at-large delegates to the Republican national convention this coming summer to Mitt Romney.</p><p>The decision by the Michigan Republican Party&rsquo;s credentials committee was based on Romney&rsquo;s slim majority of the popular vote in Tuesday&rsquo;s primary.</p><p>But some people are crying foul. They say Rick Santorum&rsquo;s close runner-up finish entitles him to one of the at-large delegates. And they say the rules were changed at the last minute to benefit Romney.</p><p>Matt Frendeway, spokesman for the state Republican Party, says that&rsquo;s not true.</p><p>&ldquo;Even before Tuesday night&rsquo;s vote, this is exactly the way we intended to allocate the delegates. There&rsquo;s no backdoor deals, no smoke-filled rooms, as some people might allege,&rdquo; said Frendeway.</p><p>A spokesman for the Rick Santorum campaign says the decision calls into question the &ldquo;legitimacy&rdquo; of the state&rsquo;s Republican Party leadership.</p><p><strong>1:17 p.m.</strong></p><p>This just in from Rick Pluta, Michigan Public Radio Network&#39;s Lansing Bureau Chief:</p><blockquote><p>The <a href="">Michigan Republican Party</a> has awarded both the state&#39;s at-large national convention delegates to <a href="">Mitt Romney</a>, despite a close vote in Tuesday&#39;s primary.</p><p>A spokesman for top rival <a href="">Rick Santorum</a> says the decision by party leaders calls into questions the &quot;legitimacy&quot; of the Michigan Republican Party.</p><p>Former state Attorney General Mike Cox chairs the state GOP credentials committee and is a Romney supporter. But he tells the news service that the committee&#39;s decision is &quot;kind of like third world voting.&quot; Santorum and Romney evenly split the state&#39;s congressional districts -- and the delegates that go with them. That makes the delegate count 16 for Romney and 14 for Santorum.</p></blockquote><p>Late yesterday afternoon it looked as thought the<a href=""> delegates would be evenly split</a> - 15 to 15 - between Romney and Santorum. The official <a href="">voting totals from Tuesday&#39;s presidential primary</a> have not yet been certified by the Secretary of State. Thu, 01 Mar 2012 18:17:15 +0000 Rick Pluta & Zoe Clark 6449 at Last day on the campaign trail in Michigan <p>It&rsquo;s a busy day of campaigning in Michigan for three leading candidates for the Republican presidential nomination.</p><p>Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney spent&nbsp;today&nbsp;hopping from&nbsp;one rally to another in hopes of getting enough support to win Tuesday&rsquo;s presidential primary in his native state.</p><p>Hundreds of people jammed into a machine parts manufacturer&rsquo;s plant near Albion&nbsp;to hear Romney.</p> Mon, 27 Feb 2012 19:00:42 +0000 Steve Carmody 6386 at Last day on the campaign trail in Michigan Thousands show up at Ron Paul campaign stops in Michigan <p>Congressman Ron Paul is making stops in Detroit, Dearborn and Lansing Monday, a day before&nbsp;Michigan&rsquo;s presidential primary. Paul attracted more than 1,000 people at two separate campaign stops in Mt. Pleasant and a Grand Rapids suburb over the weekend.</p><p>People wearing &lsquo;Ron Paul revolution&rsquo; baseball caps and sweatshirts filled a banquet hall in Hudsonville to capacity Sunday. There Paul said the United States needs to end its involvement in foreign conflicts and privatize&nbsp;entitlement programs like&nbsp;Social Security. He also stressed the need for more civil freedom.</p><p>&ldquo;We&rsquo;ll never agree on how we want to use our freedoms. In a room like this there might be 50 different religious values and some with no religious values at all. But freedom answers the question because we don&rsquo;t impose ourselves on other people. You do what you want,&rdquo; Paul said. Mon, 27 Feb 2012 03:07:55 +0000 Lindsey Smith 6371 at Thousands show up at Ron Paul campaign stops in Michigan Elections officials unsure how many Michiganders will vote in Tuesday's GOP presidential primary <p>Predicting presidential primary turnout is a tricky business. You would think if anyone would have a good idea of what to expect it would be the Secretary of State&rsquo;s office, which oversees&nbsp;elections in Michigan.</p><p>&ldquo;We don&rsquo;t have a turnout estimate at this point,&quot; says&nbsp;Fred Woodhams,&nbsp;a spokesman for the Secretary of State&rsquo;s office, &quot;because it is a presidential primary and they do vary greatly from cycle to cycle.&rdquo;</p><p>Woodhams&nbsp;says August primaries generally bring in about 18 to 20 percent of eligible voters. But then again that&rsquo;s August. Adding to the uncertainty is a host of local issues which may, or may not, boost turnout.</p><p>Voters in parts of Oakland and Genesee Counties are electing people to vacant state house seats. There are also numerous school bond and other local issues on the ballot in communities around the state. Sun, 26 Feb 2012 19:01:01 +0000 Steve Carmody 6362 at Elections officials unsure how many Michiganders will vote in Tuesday's GOP presidential primary