Mark Schauer http://michiganradio.org en Labor Day: End of Summer, Beginning of election campaign season http://michiganradio.org/post/labor-day-end-summer-beginning-election-campaign-season <p>Labor Day is the unofficial end of Summer.</p><p>For politicians, Labor Day is also seen as the unofficial beginning of the final campaign stretch toward the November election. &nbsp;&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">The election is little more than two months away. &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><p>Many Michigan politicians spent the Labor Day holiday walking in parades and shaking a lot of hands. &nbsp;&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;</span></p><p>For&nbsp;Democrats, the place to be Monday was in or around the annual Labor Day parade in Detroit.</p><p></p> Mon, 01 Sep 2014 22:05:23 +0000 Steve Carmody 18935 at http://michiganradio.org Labor Day: End of Summer, Beginning of election campaign season Airwaves heat up in race for Michigan governor http://michiganradio.org/post/airwaves-heat-race-michigan-governor <p>LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Political TV ads are set to escalate in the final two months of the race between Republican Gov. Rick Snyder and Democrat Mark Schauer. If the ads that have already run in the contest are any indication, themes will used time and again.</p><p></p><p><br />Some charges are inaccurate or lack context the public might find useful. Snyder never cut education funding by $1 billion in his first year. State-based K-12 funding has gone up every year of his term. But he did slash universities' funding and deprive the K-12 school fund of revenue through a business tax cut.</p> Sun, 31 Aug 2014 01:52:00 +0000 The Associated Press 18925 at http://michiganradio.org Airwaves heat up in race for Michigan governor Debates represent opportunity for candidates (and media)… to fail http://michiganradio.org/post/debates-represent-opportunity-candidates-and-media-fail <p>It seems it’s not possible for an election campaign season to glide by without a debate over debates -- the one-upsmanship between various campaigns about who’s more willing to throw themselves open for an adversarial Q and A rife with drama and wonkiness.</p><p>Historically, the most memorable moments of debates are the human ones -- Governor Sarah Palin in the 2008 Vice Presidential debate asking then- Senator Joe Biden, “Can I call you Joe?” or Governor Rick Perry’s famous, fatal stumble in the Republican presidential debate in 2012 at Oakland University, forcing an embarrassing “oops” after he forgot the three federal departments he’d eliminate.</p><p></p><p>The public says it wants debates. Candidates say they’re anxious to debate. But in Michigan, so far, in 2014, we haven’t seen any debates scheduled in either the race for U.S. Senate or governor.</p><p>Democratic Senate nominee Gary Peters is certainly trying to make hay over the absence of debates. It plays into the Democrats’ narrative that Republican Terri Lynn Land is unprepared for the job. Mark Schauer, Democratic nominee for governor, is also pushing to share a stage with Gov. Rick Snyder.</p><p> Sun, 24 Aug 2014 16:46:24 +0000 Rick Pluta & Zoe Clark 18838 at http://michiganradio.org Debates represent opportunity for candidates (and media)… to fail Truth Squad calls foul on Snyder statement, warns Schauer http://michiganradio.org/post/truth-squad-calls-foul-snyder-statement-warns-schauer <p>Bridge Magazine’s Truth Squad is reviewing the ads and claims in the race for governor between incumbent Rick Snyder and challenger Mark Schauer.</p><p>Democrat Mark Schauer is airing his first campaign <a href="http://bridgemi.com/2014/08/warning-on-guv-candidate-schauers-first-tv-ad/">TV ad</a> and the <a href="http://bridgemi.com/2014/08/warning-on-guv-candidate-schauers-first-tv-ad/">Truth Squad</a> has a couple of issues with it. First, there’s this statement:</p><blockquote><p>“Rick Snyder’s economy might work for the wealthy, but it’s not working for the rest of Michigan.”</p></blockquote><p>Now, that’s pretty standard political positioning, but Ron French with the Truth Squad says it’s unlikely, if not impossible, that only the wealthy are benefiting from the improvements in the Michigan economy since Rick Snyder took office.</p><p>“For one example, the unemployment rate has dropped from 11 percent to 7.5 percent. The Truth Squad questions whether it’s only the wealthy who have gotten jobs during that time,” French said. Fri, 22 Aug 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Lester Graham 18819 at http://michiganradio.org Truth Squad calls foul on Snyder statement, warns Schauer Debates in Michigan governor, US Senate races in doubt http://michiganradio.org/post/debates-michigan-governor-us-senate-races-doubt <p>LANSING – Michigan voters have viewed at least $20 million worth of political ads in competitive gubernatorial and U.S. Senate campaigns.</p><p></p> Sun, 17 Aug 2014 15:00:00 +0000 The Associated Press 18753 at http://michiganradio.org Debates in Michigan governor, US Senate races in doubt Everything is political, even natural disasters http://michiganradio.org/post/everything-political-even-natural-disasters <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span>Natural disasters, like the rain and floods that <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/snyder-declares-state-emergency-southeast-michigan-requests-federal-help">pounded metro Detroit this week</a>, present a unique challenge for chief executives like Governor Rick Snyder. Natural disasters are certainly not like the slow work of trying to mend an economy, for example.</p><p>With natural disasters, all of an administration’s emergency planning is stress tested in real-time with real-life consequences<strong>. </strong>Years ago<strong>, </strong>Governor John Engler said a big natural disaster is any governor’s worst nightmare.</p><p></p><p>And, like most things with government, there are political consequences to natural disasters. How, for example, the public measures the way a chief executive handles the situation.</p><p>Here in Michigan, with the November election just two and a half months away, this was an important week for Governor Snyder. Which is why, when the magnitude of what was happening in metro Detroit became clear, the governor cut short a trip to the Upper Peninsula - a trip that included a fundraising event in Marquette - and returned downstate to reassure people that he was aware and in charge.</p><p>His administration certainly did not want a repeat of last winter, when Snyder was excoriated for not, at first, being visible during a powerful ice storm that knocked out electricity to big swaths of the state. We should note as well, however, that the governor’s Democratic challenger, Mark Schauer, was also not particularly visible during that ice storm.</p><p>So, this week, Governor Snyder flew south by helicopter, surveyed the damage and talked to the media. It was this latter part of his trip - speaking on WJR’s The Frank Beckman Show - that the Governor tried for a little empathy. “I’ve been through a lot of things like that… We just recently had holes in our roof from storm damage to our lake house, in terms of, yeah, we have a vacation place, and I had a limb come down from holes in the roof, had water running through the place. Those experiences are not pleasant ones, and we had to take some trees down,” the Governor said, trying to go for the common touch, the ‘I feel your pain’ explanation.</p><p> Fri, 15 Aug 2014 18:13:45 +0000 Zoe Clark & Rick Pluta 18742 at http://michiganradio.org Everything is political, even natural disasters Snyder declares state of emergency in southeast Michigan, requests federal help http://michiganradio.org/post/snyder-declares-state-emergency-southeast-michigan-requests-federal-help <p>Governor Snyder <a href="http://www.freep.com/article/20140813/NEWS05/308130062/">declared parts of southeast Michigan a “disaster area” Wednesday</a> after this week’s widespread flooding.</p><p>The Governor issued an official declaration of disaster for Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties. In a statement accompanying it he called the flood damage in southeast Michigan “a disaster in every sense of the word.”</p> Thu, 14 Aug 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 18725 at http://michiganradio.org Snyder declares state of emergency in southeast Michigan, requests federal help The Snyder scandals http://michiganradio.org/post/snyder-scandals <div class="gmail_default" style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); line-height: normal; font-family: arial; font-size: small; display: inline;">&nbsp;</div><p></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); line-height: normal; font-family: arial; font-size: small;">Nobody can say Governor Rick Snyder vacillated, when it was learned last week that Scott </span>Woosley<span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); line-height: normal; font-family: arial; font-size: small;">, his appointed head of the Michigan State Housing Authority, had been racking up expense account charges fit for a European monarch.</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); line-height: normal; font-family: arial; font-size: small;">Well, figuratively speaking, that is. I can’t imagine even the last king of Albania paying twelve hundred dollars to have a stretch limo take him across Nebraska. And state officials did deny payment for a “dinner” that consisted only of three glasses of expensive rum.</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); line-height: normal; font-family: arial; font-size: small;">Enterprising Democratic Party activists used the Freedom of Information Act to ferret out this information. But within 24 hours after it hit the papers, Scott Woosley was unemployed.</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); line-height: normal; font-family: arial; font-size: small;">The governor didn’t move nearly so quickly when it came to the Aramark Correctional Services abuses. For weeks, there have been stories about maggots on the chow line and&nbsp;scores of Aramark employees fired or suspended for inappropriate behavior.&nbsp;</span></p><p></p><p> Mon, 11 Aug 2014 14:25:03 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 18681 at http://michiganradio.org The Snyder scandals Truth Squad rules a "flagrant foul" on outside ad in race for governor http://michiganradio.org/post/truth-squad-rules-flagrant-foul-outside-ad-race-governor <p>Several political campaigns during the primaries got very nasty. Things haven’t been quite so nasty in the governor’s race … yet.</p><p>Most of the ads we’ve seen about Gov.&nbsp;<a href="http://www.rickformichigan.com/">Rick Snyder</a> and challenger <a href="http://markschauer.com/">Mark Schauer</a> have not been ads the candidates bought. Outside groups produced them and aired them.</p><p>The <a href="http://democraticgovernors.org/#~oLIZcqblS5R94A">Democratic Governors Association</a> paid for an ad attacking Republican Gov. Snyder.</p> Fri, 08 Aug 2014 19:48:07 +0000 Lester Graham 18594 at http://michiganradio.org Truth Squad rules a "flagrant foul" on outside ad in race for governor Spying on candidates may be unsettling, but is it really such a bad thing? http://michiganradio.org/post/spying-candidates-may-be-unsettling-it-really-such-bad-thing <p>Cue the James Bond theme as we take up electoral espionage. We’re talking campaign black ops. Political spying.</p><p>We learned this week that Republicans here in Michigan sent two young operatives equipped with a tiny video camera in a pair of glasses to infiltrate a Mark Schauer for Governor campaign event -- looking for whatever they might find. And what did they get? Found out.</p><p>Our ace operatives bungled the job. Dropped the disc with the video where it was found by Democrats. Who, then, made it public, including their brief conversation with Dem lieutenant governor candidate Lisa Brown.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Republicans didn’t deny the operatives were theirs.</span></p><p>Democrats and the Schauer campaign cried foul calling it sneaky, dirty tricks. They got some newspaper headlines. Effective messaging helped along by the fact that it fit did neatly into a narrative courtesy of some missteps -- or what seemed to be missteps -- by Governor Rick Snyder’s campaign.</p><p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 16:11:06 +0000 Rick Pluta & Zoe Clark 18432 at http://michiganradio.org Spying on candidates may be unsettling, but is it really such a bad thing? Michigan Republican Party's tactics remind me of Watergate, because both were unnecessary http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-republican-partys-tactics-remind-me-watergate-because-both-were-unnecessary <p></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">Back in the </span>1960s<span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">, there was a hilarious TV sitcom called Get Smart, which portrayed the adventures of the world’s most inept spy.</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">Maxwell Smart was a bumbler who talked into his not-so-secret shoe telephone, carried around a device called the cone of silence, and never really had a clue as to what was going on.</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">Well, the Cold War is long over, but if he were around today, Smart would clearly have a future in politics.</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">This week, we learned that the Snyder re-election campaign has evidently revived some version of the classic department of dirty tricks, tactics made most famous by another Richard, the late President Nixon.</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">The Michigan Republican Party now admits it sent two staffers into a Mark Schauer fundraising event <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/michigans-campaign-governor-gets-weird-republicans-deploy-spyglasses">wearing high-tech hidden camera glasses</a>.</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">Democrats later got possession of the disc, apparently because the Republicans clumsily lost it. My understanding is that it shows the two paid staffers chowing down on appetizers and worrying that the people at the event were on to them.&nbsp;</span><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">They apparently made small talk with Lisa Brown, the Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor, but not </span>Schauer<span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">.</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">You might think Republicans would now be embarrassed.</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">But you’d be wrong.</span></p><p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 15:01:28 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 18410 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan Republican Party's tactics remind me of Watergate, because both were unnecessary Listen to the call-in show with Mark Schauer, Democratic candidate for Michigan governor http://michiganradio.org/post/listen-call-show-mark-schauer-democratic-candidate-michigan-governor <p>This morning, Democratic candidate for&nbsp;Michigan Governor&nbsp;Mark&nbsp;Schauer&nbsp;joined us on a statewide&nbsp;call-in show.</p><p>Here’s a shot of the team getting ready for the show in the WKAR studio:</p><p></p><p>Schauer answered questions about his plans for education, the city of Detroit, retiree pensions, road funding and more during the hour-long program.</p><p>If you missed it, you can listen to it here:</p><p></p><p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 18:52:27 +0000 Mark Brush 18350 at http://michiganradio.org Listen to the call-in show with Mark Schauer, Democratic candidate for Michigan governor Governor's race: where it stands now http://michiganradio.org/post/governors-race-where-it-stands-now <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Tomorr0w morning at 9:00 a.m. on Michigan Radio, it's your chance to ask questions of Mark </span>Schauer<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, the Democrat who wants to be your next governor.</span></p><p>Rick Pluta and Zoe Clark, co-hosts of Michigan Radio’s It’s Just Politics joined Stateside today to talk about where this race for governor stands right now.</p><p>Pluta&nbsp;discussed what issues Mark Schauer and Governor Snyder are focused now. &nbsp;He said the governor is focusing on the state's economic recovery and the fact that overall trend is improving. Schauer will likely focus on topics such as charter schools, and policies surrounding abortion coverage.&nbsp;</p><p>Clark added that the issue with the Schauer campaign is the lack of excitement to get out the vote among Democrats. Also, Pluta pointed out that Schauer still needed to work on public identification.</p><p>Check out our Facebook page for details on the number to call in tomorrow morning.</p><p><em>* Listen to the interview above.</em></p><p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 22:29:14 +0000 Stateside Staff 18336 at http://michiganradio.org Governor's race: where it stands now Weekly Political Roundup: Outside money targets campaign ads in Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/weekly-political-roundup-outside-money-targets-campaign-ads-michigan <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It’s Thursday, the day we talk Michigan politics with Susan </span>Demas<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, publisher of Inside Michigan Politics, 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><span style="line-height: 1.5;">We’re still about a month out from the primaries and four months out from the general election. Yet, the Michigan Campaign Finance Network this week reports that $18 million have already been spent in the Michigan gubernatorial and senate races. And such of this money is coming from outside groups.</span></p><p>Is it surprising that this much outside money is coming into Michigan so early or is this election politics as usual?</p><p> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 20:27:00 +0000 Jennifer White 18257 at http://michiganradio.org Weekly Political Roundup: Outside money targets campaign ads in Michigan Outside groups already spending big in Michigan's U.S. Senate and governor's races http://michiganradio.org/post/outside-groups-already-spending-big-michigans-us-senate-and-governors-races <p>Nearly $18 million has been spent so far this year on political TV ads in Michigan’s U. S. Senate and governor’s races. Most of the money has been coming from national Republican, Democratic, conservative and liberal groups.</p><p></p><p>Rich Robinson is the executive director of the Michigan Campaign Finance Network. He analyzed TV ad buys by political groups in a half dozen television markets in Michigan.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 17:40:27 +0000 Steve Carmody 18238 at http://michiganradio.org Outside groups already spending big in Michigan's U.S. Senate and governor's races Schauer says he’d push stricter regulations on charter schools as governor http://michiganradio.org/post/schauer-says-he-d-push-stricter-regulations-charter-schools-governor <p>Former Congressman Mark Schauer says he would put tougher regulations on charter schools if he’s elected governor. The Battle Creek Democrat says Gov. Rick Snyder has given bad charter operators a “free pass.”</p><p></p><p>“We need to write into law the oversight that was left out when Rick Snyder lifted the cap on the number of charter schools,” said Schauer. “It’s the Wild West right now, and these schools see kids with dollar signs on their foreheads.”</p><p></p> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 21:37:18 +0000 Jake Neher 18174 at http://michiganradio.org Schauer says he’d push stricter regulations on charter schools as governor Most voters still have no real idea who Mark Schauer is http://michiganradio.org/post/most-voters-still-have-no-real-idea-who-mark-schauer <p>Last weekend I crashed the Democrats’ annual Jefferson-Jackson Day dinner, the party’s traditional tribal reunion and fundraising event. Bill Clinton was the main speaker, and as usual, he delivered a riveting, hour-long tour de force. But what surprised me was the speech made by the designated Democratic candidate for governor, <a href="http://markschauer.com/" target="_blank">Mark Schauer.</a></p><p><br />Schauer is usually thought of as a good and decent man who nobody would call a spellbinding speaker. But he gave a strong, punchy and energetic speech in Detroit’s Cobo Hall Saturday night. He naturally attacked Snyder’s record. But Schauer mainly focused on his own program, what he would do if elected. And it was clear what the former congressman’s main themes will be. Tue, 29 Apr 2014 15:02:49 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 17394 at http://michiganradio.org Most voters still have no real idea who Mark Schauer is How today's political campaigns try to keep you from going to the polls http://michiganradio.org/post/how-todays-political-campaigns-try-keep-you-going-polls <p></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">Here’s something that has changed in politics in this country, and I think it is a very disturbing trend. Back in ancient times, like say the </span>1980s<span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">, campaigning was largely about persuading voters.</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">We took it for granted that modern voters made their minds up, as the saying went, “based on the man, not the&nbsp;</span><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">party.”</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">Everybody knew that there were diehard Democrats and rock-ribbed Republicans who would support their party’s candidates, no matter what, but they were seen as old-fashioned dinosaurs.</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">Well, things have changed. Dinosaurs are back. </span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">The parties are more sharply divided than they’ve been in my lifetime. Swing voters are an endangered species.</span></p><p> Thu, 24 Apr 2014 15:15:42 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 17347 at http://michiganradio.org How today's political campaigns try to keep you from going to the polls Schauer selects Lisa Brown as running mate; Camp decides against seeking re-election http://michiganradio.org/post/schauer-selects-lisa-brown-running-mate-camp-decides-against-seeking-re-election <p></p><p>Each week we take a look at what’s happening in Michigan politics with Susan Demas, publisher of Inside Michigan Politics, and Ken Sikkema, former Senate Majority Leader and Senior Policy Fellow at Public Sector Consultants.</p><p>Earlier today, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mark Schauer announced that Oakland County Clerk Lisa Brown will be his running mate for the upcoming 2014 election. Brown served two terms in the state House of Representatives and has served as the Oakland County Clerk since 2012, a position long held by Republicans.</p><p>Susan Demas indicates&nbsp;the selection of&nbsp;Brown will bolster the ticket because of her name recognition with voters in Southeast Michigan and she resonates well with female voters.&nbsp;</p><p>“Lisa Brown...gained a lot of attention in 2012 with the debate over the controversial abortion legislation, and was known for the ‘vagina-gate’ scandal when she was not allowed to speak on the floor.”</p><p>Meanwhile, a fourth member of Michigan’s congressional delegation&nbsp;announced&nbsp;he will not&nbsp;seek re-election. Rep. Dave Camp (R-Midland), the chair of the House Ways and Means Committee, will step down, along with Mike Rogers, Carl Levin and John Dingell.</p><p> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 20:41:00 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 17096 at http://michiganradio.org Schauer selects Lisa Brown as running mate; Camp decides against seeking re-election Mark Schauer announces Lisa Brown as his running mate http://michiganradio.org/post/mark-schauer-announces-lisa-brown-his-running-mate <p>Mark Schauer has made it official. He has chosen Oakland County Clerk Lisa Brown to be his running mate in this year’s race for governor.</p><p>Schauer, a former congressman from Battle Creek, is the likely Democratic challenger to Gov. Rick Snyder in November.</p> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 18:44:24 +0000 Jake Neher 17095 at http://michiganradio.org Mark Schauer announces Lisa Brown as his running mate