Mark Schauer http://michiganradio.org en 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 Talking about the politics behind Michigan's gubernatorial campaign http://michiganradio.org/post/talking-about-politics-behind-michigans-gubernatorial-campaign <p>Rick Pluta joined us to talk about the politics behind Gov. Snyder’s re-election bid, about Snyder’s Super Bowl ad, and about Snyder’s likely Democratic opponent Mark Schauer.</p><p>Rick Pluta is the Lansing Bureau Chief for the Michigan Public Radio Network and my co-host of It’s Just Politics.</p><p> Mon, 03 Feb 2014 13:55:03 +0000 Zoe Clark 16292 at http://michiganradio.org Talking about the politics behind Michigan's gubernatorial campaign Gov. Snyder will formally launch his reelection campaign next week http://michiganradio.org/post/gov-snyder-will-formally-launch-his-reelection-campaign-next-week <p>Governor Rick Snyder will formally launch his reelection bid <span data-term="goog_297924670" tabindex="0">Sunday</span> with a Super Bowl TV ad, followed by a six-stop announcement tour <span data-term="goog_297924671" tabindex="0">on Monday</span> and <span data-term="goog_297924672" tabindex="0">Tuesday</span> of next week.</p><p>The announcement is no surprise.</p><p>The Republican governor has made clear for quite some time his intentions to seek a second four-year term.</p> Fri, 31 Jan 2014 01:38:35 +0000 Rick Pluta 16255 at http://michiganradio.org Gov. Snyder will formally launch his reelection campaign next week GOP can’t control Agema while Dems confront the ‘Obama Quandary’ http://michiganradio.org/post/gop-can-t-control-agema-while-dems-confront-obama-quandary <p><em>Before we dive into this week's It's Just Politics, we gotta give a shout out to the Washington Post who named co-host Rick Pluta <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/govbeat/wp/2014/01/17/the-best-state-capitol-reporters-in-america/">one of Michigan's best state capitol reporters</a> in America.</em> <em>Cheers, Rick!</em></p><p>“We are reinventing Michigan,” said Gov. <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/immigration-school-year-changes-and-other-highlights-gov-snyders-state-state-address">Rick Snyder</a> in<a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/immigration-school-year-changes-and-other-highlights-gov-snyders-state-state-address"> last night's State of the State address</a>; an address that could (in a much-abbreviated form) double as a reelection campaign speech. It was filled with a lot of good news of revenue surpluses, money for early childhood and schools, etc.</p><p>A little something for everyone.</p><p>For conservatives -- who have not fully embraced this governor -- Snyder joined the call for a balanced budget amendment to the US Constitution. For moderates and independents, Snyder used the speech to try quell some of the controversy that’s being created within and about the Michigan Republican Party.</p><p>Here’s what he said: “Publicly tonight, I’d like to make a call to all citizens of Michigan, to ask us to have a greater degree of civility and respect towards others of different backgrounds and different views. The future of Michigan is dependent on having people understand that differences are a positive power, that we can find common ground and let’s work to bring Michiganders together, not divide us.” Fri, 17 Jan 2014 18:37:32 +0000 Rick Pluta & Zoe Clark 16072 at http://michiganradio.org GOP can’t control Agema while Dems confront the ‘Obama Quandary’ Immigration, school year changes and other highlights from Gov. Snyder's State of the State address http://michiganradio.org/post/immigration-school-year-changes-and-other-highlights-gov-snyders-state-state-address <link href='//cdn.knightlab.com/libs/soundcite/latest/css/player.css' rel='stylesheet' type='text/css'><script type='text/javascript' src='//connect.soundcloud.com/sdk.js'></script><script type='text/javascript' src='//cdn.knightlab.com/libs/soundcite/latest/js/soundcite.min.js'></script> <p>Gov. Rick Snyder put services for immigrants and seniors at the top of his to-do list for 2014 in his State of the State speech yesterday.</p><p>The governor also promised to extend pre-school to every child in the state that wants to attend, and trumpeted the state’s economic recovery as he prepares to seek a second term.</p><p><span class="soundcite" data-id="129992011" data-start="0" data-end="3421">"We are reinventing Michigan," Snyder said. "Michigan is the comeback state."</span></p><p>Snyder noted that hiring is up, and more people are looking for work — although Michigan still has one of the nation’s highest unemployment rates and many families living in poverty.</p><p>But the governor says things are getting better and the state’s improved budget position and the prospect of a revenue surplus is evidence of that. He said much of that money — more than a billion dollars over the next three years — should be used on infrastructure, investments, and savings. But he also said taxpayers should get some of it back.</p><p>“There’s going to be some opportunity for tax relief,” Snyder said.</p><p> Fri, 17 Jan 2014 15:39:16 +0000 Rick Pluta 16067 at http://michiganradio.org Immigration, school year changes and other highlights from Gov. Snyder's State of the State address Snyder and the appearance of political 'cronyism' http://michiganradio.org/post/snyder-and-appearance-political-cronyism <p>Control – the ability to command and direct events – is the elusive ambition of politicians. Politicians seek office promising to get things done or, in some rare cases, to stop something from getting done. But, mostly, they want to control their fates. We all want that, of course, but, it is not that simple.</p><p>Public life is complicated and messy.</p><p>Take, for example, <a href="http://michiganradio.org/term/rick-snyder">Gov. Snyder</a>. In just less than a week, Snyder will deliver his fourth State of the State address. He’ll wax on about the accomplishments of the last three years as he also proposes an agenda for this year and lays the groundwork for his reelection bid.</p><p>And, yes, we say his reelection bid. Though the governor has not yet announced he will seek reelection, as we’ve <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/actions-speak-louder-tough-nerd-s-words">talked about before</a> on <a href="http://michiganradio.org/programs/its-just-politics"><em>It’s Just Politics</em></a>, Snyder is certainly already <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/gop-tea-party-battle-becomes-uncivil-war">acting like a candidate</a>. The governor’s reelection campaign has already bought airtime, just like they did four years ago, on Super Bowl Sunday. (One more reason we know Snyder will run again: He’s said the Detroit Lions will be in the Super Bowl before he leaves office… yet another thing he can’t control.)</p><p>Going into the 2014 election, Gov. Snyder and other Republicans would like to be focused on good news like<a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-s-budget-surplus-more-money-more-problems-sure-it-beats-alternative"> revenue surpluses and balanced budgets</a>. But something always seems to get in the way. And, this week, that was the continuing drama surrounding former state Treasurer Andy Dillon’s personal and professional life. Sat, 11 Jan 2014 18:29:36 +0000 Zoe Clark & Rick Pluta 15974 at http://michiganradio.org Snyder and the appearance of political 'cronyism' Why you don't hear about some presidential candidates http://michiganradio.org/post/why-you-dont-hear-about-some-presidential-candidates <p></p><p>Two years ago, there were three truly national presidential candidates on the November ballot. Two were Barack Obama and Mitt Romney. But who was the third? Give up? It was Gary Johnson, the Libertarian candidate.</p><p>Like Obama and Romney, he was on almost every state ballot, except Oklahoma and, ironically, Michigan, where more than 7,000 people did write in his name. Part of the reason most of us don’t remember Johnson is because, in the end, President Obama got about 66 million votes. Romney got about 61 million. Gary Johnson got a little over a million and a quarter, or just under one percent.</p><p>Why did he do so poorly? Were his ideas that repellent? My guess is, not really.</p><p> Wed, 08 Jan 2014 13:40:47 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 15932 at http://michiganradio.org Why you don't hear about some presidential candidates PAC spending is expected to be a big part of the 2014 election year in Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/pac-spending-expected-be-big-part-2014-election-year-michigan <p>2014 will be a big election year in Michigan and spending by <a href="http://www.opensecrets.org/pacs/pacfaq.php">Political Action Committee</a>s is expected to be just as big.</p><p></p><p>Rich Robinson is the director of the <a href="http://www.mcfn.org/">Michigan Campaign Finance Network.</a></p><p></p> Sat, 04 Jan 2014 19:16:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 15878 at http://michiganradio.org PAC spending is expected to be a big part of the 2014 election year in Michigan Awkward: UAW official praises Democratic candidate for governor while the GOP incumbent listens http://michiganradio.org/post/awkward-uaw-official-praises-democratic-candidate-governor-while-gop-incumbent-listens <p>Today’s announcement that General Motors will spend $1.3 billion upgrading plants in Michigan proved to be a little awkward for one of the dignitaries on the dais.</p><p></p><p>It’s probably not a surprise that Governor Snyder got a few boos from union members in the audience, given that the first anniversary of the governor signing Right to Work into law was just last week.</p><p></p><p>Perhaps less expected, the Republican governor had to sit and listen as UAW regional director Norwood Jewell praised Snyder’s Democratic opponent in next year’s election.</p><p></p> Tue, 17 Dec 2013 02:50:48 +0000 Steve Carmody 15715 at http://michiganradio.org Awkward: UAW official praises Democratic candidate for governor while the GOP incumbent listens 'Blue State' project targets Snyder, other GOP governors in states Obama won http://michiganradio.org/post/blue-state-project-targets-snyder-other-gop-governors-states-obama-won <p>We’re into the 2013 winter holiday season, which means we’re just a few weeks away from 2014 and a new round of big statewide elections.</p><p>That includes Governor Rick Snyder’s reelection bid -- which isn’t quite “official” yet, despite an <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/actions-speak-louder-tough-nerd-s-words">active campaign committee, ads, and political consultants</a>.</p><p>Still, it’s good to be a Republican governor these days. The presidential race is in the rearview mirror, the economy’s ticking up slowly, and people are looking at Washington and seeing nothing but gridlock and dysfunction.</p><p>But Democrats still see opportunity for putting one of their own into the governor’s office in Michigan, as well as eight other states that President Obama carried in 2008 and 2012. <a href="http://www.politico.com/story/2013/12/obama-republican-governors-blue-states-2014-100549.html">Politico</a> says the Democratic Governors Association has secured a commitment from President Obama to fundraise, campaign, and provide material support to help pick up those states. Fri, 06 Dec 2013 18:44:44 +0000 Rick Pluta & Zoe Clark 15582 at http://michiganradio.org 'Blue State' project targets Snyder, other GOP governors in states Obama won