Dan Benishek http://michiganradio.org en 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 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 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 For politicos, Election 2014 isn't so far away http://michiganradio.org/post/politicos-election-2014-isnt-so-far-away <p>Tuesday’s local primaries have come and gone. The November runoffs are set. But don’t think people, political people, aren’t looking ahead even further… to next year’s primaries and beyond. &nbsp;We have big statewide races for governor and an open U.S. Senate seat, and some big congressional races.</p><p>At this juncture, it still looks like Democrats are succeeding in their plan to avoid expensive, bitter primaries in their big, key races. In the “D” column, former Congressman Mark Schauer looks uncontested as the candidate to face Governor Rick Snyder. Congressman Gary Peters is in line to be the Senate nominee without a fight. And, this week, in northern Michigan, retired general and former Kalkaska County Sheriff Democrat Jerry Cannon announced his plans to challenge Republican Congressman Dan Benishek. The First Congressional District is one of the state’s very few true toss-up races and Democrats have big hopes to win it come 2014. In fact, the campaign arm of the House Democratic conference is already airing radio ads in northern Michigan. The First is considered winnable by the right pro-life, pro-Second Amendment, conservative Democrat. And, interestingly enough, Democrats think their chances in this seat will actually improve next year without President Barack Obama at the top of the ballot. Fri, 09 Aug 2013 17:44:57 +0000 Zoe Clark & Rick Pluta 13918 at http://michiganradio.org For politicos, Election 2014 isn't so far away A race in the top part of the state, Cannon to challenge U.S. Rep. Benishek in 2014 http://michiganradio.org/post/race-top-part-state-cannon-challenge-us-rep-benishek-2014 <p><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal;">&lt; If you live up here --</span></p><p></p><p><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal;">--- Rep. Dan Benishek&nbsp;(R) is the guy who speaks for you in Washington D.C. (along with your two Senators, of course).</span></p><p><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal;">The Associated Press reports today that a retired sheriff and former military officer is planning to challenge Benishek&nbsp;in 2014.</span></p><blockquote><p><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal;">D</span><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal;">emocrat Jerry Cannon&nbsp;</span><span class="aBn" data-term="goog_2005858564" style="border-bottom-width: 1px; border-bottom-style: dashed; border-bottom-color: rgb(204, 204, 204); position: relative; top: -2px; z-index: 0; font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal;" tabindex="0"><span class="aQJ" style="position: relative; top: 2px; z-index: -1;">on Tuesday</span></span><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal;">&nbsp;announced his campaign for the 1st District seat held by second-term Republican Rep. Dan Benishek.</span></p><p><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal;">Cannon says he's frustrated with Washington and says Benishek isn't creating jobs or working for the middle class. A message was left with Benishek, a surgeon from Crystal Falls who won an open seat in 2010 and defended it in a rematch last year.</span></p><p><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal;">Cannon is a Vietnam veteran who later joined the Michigan Army National Guard, serving from 1977 to 2012. He also was sheriff in Kalkaska County.</span></p><p><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal;">Cannon lives in Fife Lake with his wife. They have four children.</span></p></blockquote><p><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal;"><a href="http://www.mlive.com/politics/index.ssf/2013/08/retired_general_jerry_cannon_t.html">Fritz Klug reports for MLive</a> that Cannon will begin campaigning today:</span></p><blockquote><p><span style="color: rgb(54, 54, 54); font-family: Georgia, serif; font-size: 16px; line-height: 24px;">Cannon is expected to make campaign stops in Marquette and Traverse City today. The announcement comes a day after Democrats&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.freep.com/article/20130805/NEWS15/308050148/dan-benishek-democrats-radio" style="color: rgb(48, 92, 182); font-weight: bold; font-family: Georgia, serif; font-size: 16px; line-height: 24px;">launched radio ads attacking Benishek.</a></p></blockquote><p>In his last election, <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/michigan-1st-congressional-district-race-decided-mcdowell-concedes">Benishek narrowly beat his challenger in 2012</a>.</p><p> Tue, 06 Aug 2013 15:52:48 +0000 Mark Brush 13848 at http://michiganradio.org A race in the top part of the state, Cannon to challenge U.S. Rep. Benishek in 2014 Congress considering Sleeping Bear wilderness bill http://michiganradio.org/post/congress-considering-sleeping-bear-wilderness-bill <p style="margin-bottom: 13px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); line-height: 22px;" xmlns="http://www.w3.org/2005/Atom" xmlns:apcm="http://ap.org/schemas/03/2005/apcm" xmlns:apnm="http://ap.org/schemas/03/2005/apnm" xmlns:o="http://w3.org/ns/odrl/2/"><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. Thu, 25 Jul 2013 14:27:17 +0000 The Associated Press 13691 at http://michiganradio.org Congress considering Sleeping Bear wilderness bill Michigan 1st Congressional District race decided, McDowell concedes http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-1st-congressional-district-race-decided-mcdowell-concedes <p>It was a close race, but the votes have been counted and Democrat Gary McDowell conceded the 1st Congressional district race to incumbent Republican Congressman Dan Benishek.</p><p>McDowell conceded the election last night.</p><p><a href="http://miboecfr.nictusa.com/election/results/12GEN/06001000.html">By last count</a>, Benishek and McDowell were separated by less than 1 percent of the vote.</p> Mon, 12 Nov 2012 15:45:52 +0000 Mark Brush 9869 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan 1st Congressional District race decided, McDowell concedes In this morning's Michigan news headlines... http://michiganradio.org/post/mornings-michigan-news-headlines-107 <p><strong>I-96 shooting suspect expected to be arraigned on more charges today</strong></p><p>The 43 year old Wixom man was arraigned in Livingston Co. yesterday on several felony charges. Today, <a href="http://www.mlive.com/news/detroit/index.ssf/2012/11/i96_shooting_suspect_raulie_ca.html">MLive</a> reports Raulie Casteel is expected to face more charges in Oakland County:</p><blockquote><p>It's been confirmed that Raulie Casteel, the suspected I-96 corridor shooter, will be arraigned on additional charges in Oakland County's 52nd District Court in Wixom today.<br><br>Court officials said the hearing is tentatively scheduled for 1:30 p.m.</p></blockquote><p>MLive reports Casteel could face charge in all four counties the shootings took place in, and that federal officials are also considering charges because several shootings took place on an&nbsp; interstate highway.</p><p><strong>The race for Michigan's 1st Congressional District continues</strong></p><p>The latest tallies show that 2,328 votes separate incumbent Congressman Dan Benishek (R) and his challenger Gary McDowell (D). Less than 1 percent of the total votes cast.</p><p>The 1st Congressional District represents people in Michigan's U.P. and parts of the northern lower peninsula.</p><p>From Interlochen Public Radio's Linda Stephan:</p><blockquote><p>A spokesman for Gary McDowell (D) says the campaign will decide as soon as tonight whether to request a recount in the race for the 1st Congressional District. McDowell has not conceded the race – though incumbent Congressman Dan Benishek (R) has declared victory.</p><p>McDowell Campaign Manager Zack Knowling says the Democrat won’t concede until the official numbers are in from a state canvassing.<br><br>"This is a very close race and we believe we owe it to all the voters of northern Michigan to ensure every vote is counted," said Knowling.</p><p>There is no automatic recount for U.S. House races.&nbsp; If McDowell wants a recount, he’ll have to pay for it: $10 per precinct.</p></blockquote><p><strong>Michigan State House votes on leadership</strong></p><p>Representative Jase Bolger (R-Marshall) was narrowly re-elected last Tuesday and yesterday, members of the State House voted to keep him on as Speaker of the House for two more years.</p><p>Tim Greimel (D-Auburn Hills) will take over as state House minority leader in January. Former House Minority Leader Richard Hammel (D-Mount Morris Twsp.) will not return next year due to term limits. Fri, 09 Nov 2012 14:05:54 +0000 Mark Brush 9849 at http://michiganradio.org In this morning's Michigan news headlines... Michigan congressman will be in the spotlight at the Republican National Convention today http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-congressman-will-be-spotlight-republican-national-convention-today <p>A Michigan congressman in a tight re-election campaign will stand in the spotlight today at the Republican National Convention.</p><p></p><p>Republican Dan Benishek defeated Democrat Gary McDowell two years ago to win the congressional seat formerly held by Bart Stupak. &nbsp;&nbsp;The two will face off again in a rematch in November.</p><p></p> Tue, 28 Aug 2012 06:01:01 +0000 Steve Carmody 8843 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan congressman will be in the spotlight at the Republican National Convention today MI Congressmen Benishek, Clarke going on road http://michiganradio.org/post/mi-congressmen-benishek-clarke-going-road <p>U.S. Reps. Dan Benishek and Hansen Clarke of Michigan have announced plans to tour together in each other&#39;s districts. The joint tours will be focused on ways to promote job creation in northern Michigan and Detroit.</p><p>Both are freshmen in Congress.</p><p>Benishek is a Republican from Crystal Falls whose district encompasses parts of the northern Lower Peninsula and all of the Upper Peninsula. Clarke is a Democrat from Detroit, and his district includes a portion of his home city and a number of its suburban communities.</p><p>Benishek and Clarke&#39;s offices say the lawmakers are planning to embark on the first joint tour in the U.P. on July 29. Benishek then will travel with Clarke in Detroit on Aug. 12. Mon, 25 Jul 2011 11:11:10 +0000 The Associated Press 3445 at http://michiganradio.org