http://michiganradio.org en Should You Vote Tomorrow? http://michiganradio.org/post/should-you-vote-tomorrow <p><font color="#000000" face="Arial" id="role_document" size="2"><font size="4"><font size="4"><font size="4">Michigan&rsquo;s presidential primary is tomorrow, and the safest prediction one can make is this: Most of us won&rsquo;t vote in it.</font></font></font></font></p><p><font color="#000000" face="Arial" size="2"><font size="4"><font size="4"><font size="4">The primary four years ago drew barely 20 percent of eligible voters, and that&rsquo;s when both parties had a contested nomination. This year, only Republicans do.</font></font></font></font></p> Mon, 27 Feb 2012 16:22:56 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 6382 at http://michiganradio.org Should You Vote Tomorrow? Romney, Santorum battle for Michigan votes http://michiganradio.org/post/romney-santorum-battle-michigan-votes Along with Arizona, Michigan holds its Republican presidential primary Tuesday. If Rick Santorum beats native son Mitt Romney in Michigan, it could throw the race into turmoil. Mon, 27 Feb 2012 15:17:43 +0000 Ari Shapiro 6380 at http://michiganradio.org Auto Bailout Is Hot-Button Issue In Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/auto-bailout-hot-button-issue-michigan Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>General Motors made a record-breaking profit last year. And to date, taxpayers have recovered close to half the $50 billion federal investment in the company. So the auto bailout worked, right? Wrong, say Republican presidential candidates, who insist the bailout was a huge mistake.<p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>Michigan Radio's Tracy Samilton reports.<p>TRACY SAMILTON, BYLINE: Today, Bruce Hadden's looking forward to cashing a $7,000 bonus check from General Motors. Let's flash back, though, to late 2008. GM was broke. Mon, 27 Feb 2012 15:04:53 +0000 Tracy Samilton 6377 at http://michiganradio.org Romney name doesn't guarantee ballot magic In Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/romney-name-doesnt-guarantee-ballot-magic-michigan GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney plays up his Michigan roots when he talks to voters in the state where he grew up.<p>In 2008, Romney won the Republican presidential primary in Michigan. On the campaign trail, he likes to tell stories about his father, George, who was an iconic governor of Michigan in the 1960s:<p>"He said, 'It sure is great to be in Mount Clemens today,' even though he was in Mount Pleasant. Mon, 27 Feb 2012 11:21:31 +0000 Rick Pluta 6374 at http://michiganradio.org Thousands show up at Ron Paul campaign stops in Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/thousands-show-ron-paul-campaign-stops-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 http://michiganradio.org Thousands show up at Ron Paul campaign stops in Michigan Romney Tries To Connect With Mich. Tea Party Voters http://michiganradio.org/post/romney-tries-connect-mich-tea-party-voters Michigan holds its GOP primary next Tuesday, and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney spoke at a Tea Party rally in Milford Thursday night. That's a segment of the party that he's had a hard time winning over in previous states during this primary season. Fri, 24 Feb 2012 14:17:16 +0000 Don Gonyea 6355 at http://michiganradio.org In Michigan, Obama Team Builds On 2008 Foundation http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-obama-team-builds-2008-foundation Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>Now, when Mitt Romney speaks today at the Detroit Economic Club, he will be met by protesters and a banner that reads: Romney Said Let Detroit Go Bankrupt. Fri, 24 Feb 2012 12:09:50 +0000 Rick Pluta 6350 at http://michiganradio.org Five days to go before the Michigan presidential primary http://michiganradio.org/post/five-days-go-michigan-presidential-primary <p>We&#39;re down to five days, now. Five days before the state holds its <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-gets-some-lovin-republican-presidential-candidates">all-important presidential primary</a>, and two new polls show a tightening race between front-runners <a href="http://michiganradio.org/term/mitt-romney">Mitt Romney</a> and <a href="http://michiganradio.org/term/rick-santorum">Rick Santorum</a>.</p><p>&quot;An NBC News/Marist Poll released Wednesday shows 37 percent of 1,147 likely <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/taking-pure-politics-look-weeks-news">Michigan GOP primary voters</a> backing Romney, 35 percent Santorum and 13 percent Ron Paul. Eight percent support Newt Gingrich, and 4 percent are undecided,&quot; the Associated Press reports. And, &quot;a new EPIC-MRA poll of 400 likely voters shows Santorum with 37 percent, Romney 34 percent, Paul 10 percent and Gingrich 7 percent. Twelve percent were undecided,&quot; the AP notes.</p><p>The four Republican candidates<a href="http://www.cnn.com/2012/02/22/election/2012/arizona-debate/index.html?hpt=hp_c1"> debated last night</a> in Arizona, <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/itsallpolitics/2012/02/22/147271751/live-blog-the-republican-presidential-debate#more">possibly the last debate</a> of this 2012 primary.</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=17V2LlAFgEk</p><p>About 30 minutes into the debate, a subject close to many Michiganders hearts and pocketbooks - the auto bailout - was brought up.&nbsp; The AP reports:</p><blockquote><p>All of the GOP presidential candidates say they oppose President Barack Obama&#39;s decision to bail out failing automakers... Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul all say they&#39;d have refused giving government money to General Motors and Chrysler. Gingrich says it wouldn&#39;t have been a tough decision -- he says that other operations in the auto industry outside of Detroit were doing fine. Romney says that his own approach to the auto industry calling for a structured bankruptcy would have been better. He says that some of the money used in the bailout was wasted.</p><p>Paul says he opposes all bailouts and says just because a bailout was successful doesn&#39;t mean it should have been done.</p></blockquote><p>Just in case you&#39;re craving more post-debate analysis this morning, you can check out the stories below. And, is it just me, or is there a whole lotta fightin&#39; words in these headlines (&quot;duels,&quot; &quot;attacks,&quot; &quot;jabs,&quot; &quot;draws fire&quot;)!?</p><ul><li><em>Politico</em>: <a href="http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0212/73191.html">Rick Santorum on the defensive in Arizona debate</a></li><li><em>The New York Times</em>: <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/23/us/politics/cnn-arizona-republican-presidential-debate.html?_r=1&amp;hp">Romney duels with Santorum in Arizona debate</a></li><li><em>The Detroit News</em>: <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/23/us/politics/cnn-arizona-republican-presidential-debate.html?_r=1&amp;hp">Romney, Santorum go on attack in GOP debate</a></li><li>CNN.com: <a href="http://www.cnn.com/2012/02/22/election/2012/arizona-debate/index.html?hpt=hp_c1">Romney jabs at Santorum&#39;s record in CNN debate</a></li><li><em>Wall Street Journal</em>: <a href="http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970203918304577240070446419892.html?mod=WSJ_hp_LEFTTopStories">Santorum draws fire in fight for GOP lead Thu, 23 Feb 2012 13:15:00 +0000 Zoe Clark 6330 at http://michiganradio.org Five days to go before the Michigan presidential primary What if Romney Loses? http://michiganradio.org/post/what-if-romney-loses <p>Four years ago, Michigan politicians believed their presidential primary would be meaningful and influential. It was anything but. The state broke both parties&rsquo; rules by holding it too early.</p><p>Barack Obama&rsquo;s name was not on the ballot, and it was won by two candidates who ended up not winning their nominations.</p> Tue, 21 Feb 2012 15:30:51 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 6284 at http://michiganradio.org What if Romney Loses? Snyder Endorsing Romney http://michiganradio.org/post/snyder-endorsing-romney <p><font color="#000000" face="Arial" id="role_document" size="2"><font size="4"><font size="4"><font size="4"><font size="4">Last night we all learned that today would be the day when Governor Rick Snyder endorsed Mitt Romney for president.</font></font></font></font></font></p> Thu, 16 Feb 2012 16:25:59 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 6250 at http://michiganradio.org Snyder Endorsing Romney Presidential Primary, Democrats casting "crossover" vote? http://michiganradio.org/post/presidential-primary-democrats-casting-crossover-vote <p>Michigan&rsquo;s Presidential Primary is only two weeks away.</p><p>On February 28, Republicans and Democrats can go out and vote for their nominee for President. That&rsquo;s because Michigan is what you&rsquo;d call an &ldquo;open state.&rdquo; Once you get to the polls all you have to do is request either a Republican or Democrat ballot.</p><p><a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/michigan-gop-presidential-primary-ballot-lists-11-candidates">Eleven Republican presidential candidates </a>are on the ballot so far. President Barack Obama is the only Democrat.</p> Tue, 14 Feb 2012 21:08:38 +0000 Mercedes Mejia & Jennifer White 6214 at http://michiganradio.org Presidential Primary, Democrats casting "crossover" vote? Will Mitt Romney Lose? http://michiganradio.org/post/will-mitt-romney-lose <p><font color="#000000" face="Arial" id="role_document" size="2"><font size="4"><font size="4"><font size="4"><font size="4">The headlines were horrifying yesterday for Mitt Romney supporters. One new poll had Romney trailing Rick Santorum in Michigan, Romney&rsquo;s birthplace, by six points -- thirty-three to twenty-seven. The other poll was worse. It had Romney behind by fifteen points -- thirty-nine to twenty-four. Tue, 14 Feb 2012 16:20:19 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 6209 at http://michiganradio.org Will Mitt Romney Lose? Santorum’s three-state sweep means Michigan’s primary is relevant http://michiganradio.org/post/santorum%E2%80%99s-three-state-sweep-means-michigan%E2%80%99s-primary-relevant <p>Headlines across the country are proclaiming big news from last night&rsquo;s primary and caucuses in Missouri, Minnesota and Colorado. Headlines like <em><a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/santorum-poised-for-breakthrough-in-three-states-contests/2012/02/07/gIQAoE3bxQ_story.html?wprss=rss_politics">Santorum revives his campaign with wins </a></em>and <a href="http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2012/02/07/santorum-romney-gingrich-paul-colorado-minnesota-missouri-republican/"><em>Santorum&rsquo;s Sweep Shakes up Race</em></a> make it clear: Rick Santorum had a pretty darn good Tuesday night. The former U.S. Senator won <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/itsallpolitics/2012/02/07/146549336/minnesota-missouri-colorado-live-blog-and-results">all three states in play</a>.</p><p>Although, <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/itsallpolitics/2012/02/07/146549336/minnesota-missouri-colorado-live-blog-and-results">no delegates were assigned</a>, Santorum has something else: <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/forget-about-florida%E2%80%A6-what-about-michigan-primary">momentum</a>. &ldquo;Together, the three states voting Tuesday will eventually award 128 delegates. But Missouri was a &lsquo;beauty contest&rsquo; with no delegates at stake, while Minnesota and Colorado were nonbinding events with delegates to be chosen this spring. At stake Tuesday night was the prestige of winning. And Santorum nailed down three upsets to restore an air of viability to his candidacy,&rdquo; the Washington Post <a href="http://Headlines across the country are proclaiming big news from last night’s primary and caucuses in Missouri, Minnesota and Colorado. Headlines like, “Santorum revives his campaign with wins…,” and, “Santorum’s Sweep Shakes up Race” make it clear: Rick Santorum had a pretty darn good Tuesday night. The former U.S. Senator won all three states in play. Although, no delegates were assigned, Santorum has something else: momentum. “Together, the three states voting Tuesday will eventually award 128 delegates. But Missouri was a ‘beauty contest’ with no delegates at stake, while Minnesota and Colorado were nonbinding events with delegates to be chosen this spring. At stake Tuesday night was the prestige of winning. And Santorum nailed down three upsets to restore an air of viability to his candidacy,” the Washington Post explains. The Post continues: Santorum’s wins across the Midwest Tuesday could bestow new legitimacy on his insurgent efforts and boost his fundraising in the critical period before next month’s major contests. Santorum now appears to pose a more serious threat not only to Romney, but also to Gingrich, who had been positioning himself as the logical alternative to Romney. So, what, you ask, does all this mean for Michigan? Well, this: Michigan and Arizona hold the nation’s next primaries on February 28th (Maine holds a caucus this Saturday). That means the Republican candidates will begin to look to Michigan for their next win. For Santorum, he needs to continue the momentum before Super Tuesday on March 6th to be considered a serious threat to Romney. Romney, meanwhile, needs a win in Michigan to stop the momentum that was created last night for Santorum. Newt Gingrich will be hoping for a win in Michigan, although it’s unlikely after last night’s showing and Ron Paul will hope for a decent showing in the mitten-state. ">explains</a>. The Post continues:</p><blockquote><p>Santorum&rsquo;s wins across the Midwest Tuesday could bestow new legitimacy on his insurgent efforts and boost his fundraising in the critical period before nextmonth&rsquo;s major contests. Santorum now appears to pose a more serious threat not only to Romney, but also to Gingrich<u>,</u> who had been positioning himself as the logical alternative to Romney.</p><p>&nbsp;</p></blockquote><p> Wed, 08 Feb 2012 11:57:53 +0000 Zoe Clark 6138 at http://michiganradio.org Santorum’s three-state sweep means Michigan’s primary is relevant Snyder signs Feb. 28th GOP primary date http://michiganradio.org/post/snyder-signs-feb-28th-gop-primary-date <p>It&rsquo;s official: Michigan&rsquo;s 2012 Republican presidential primary will be held February 28<sup>th</sup>. After both the state House and Senate passed legislation designating the date, <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/term/rick-snyder">Governor Snyder</a> signed it into law yesterday. The date means Michigan will be one of the earliest states in the nation to hold a primary, but it also means it <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/state-gop-could-host-early-presidential-primary">could lose half of its nominating delegates</a> according to Republican National Committee <a href="http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-503544_162-20114094-503544.html">rules</a>. So, why all the fuss about the <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/term/presidential-primary">presidential primary</a> date? Political <a href="http://It’s official: Michigan’s 2012 Republican presidential primary will be held February 28th. After both the state House and Senate passed legislation designating the date, Governor Snyder signed it into law yesterday. The date means Michigan will be one of the earliest states in the nation to hold a primary, but it also means it could lose half of its nominating delegates according to Republican National Committee rules. So, why all the fuss about the date? Political explains: Both national parties are struggling to keep the national nominating schedule from imploding as state after state tries to move earlier than the next to have more say in picking the presidential nominee. Typically, the later the primary the less influence a state has in the nomination. Under rules set by both national parties, Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina are the only states allowed to hold primaries or caucuses in February and no other state can hold a nominating election prior to March 6, which is likely to be a &quot;Super Tuesday&quot; with multiple contests. As Political Analyst Jack Lessenberry explains, “Michigan, of course, wants to make a bigger splash, wants more attention, [but] it’s blunted because Mitt Romney is seen as Michigan’s favorite son and the Michigan primary is only important if Mitt Romney doesn’t win [the primary].” Meanwhile, Michigan Democrats aren't planning a presidential primary in 2012 as President Obama is believed to be the only Democratic candidate who would be on the ballot. Instead, they'll pick their 2012 presidential delegates at state meetings.">explains</a>:</p><blockquote><p>Both national parties are struggling to keep the national nominating schedule from imploding as state after state tries to move earlier than the next to have more say in picking the presidential nominee. Typically, the later the primary the less influence a state has in the nomination.</p><p>Under rules set by both national parties, Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina are the only states allowed to hold primaries or caucuses in February and no other state can hold a nominating election prior to March 6, which is likely to be a &quot;Super Tuesday&quot; with multiple contests.</p></blockquote><p>As Political Analyst Jack Lessenberry explains, &ldquo;Michigan, of course, wants to make a bigger splash, wants more attention, [but] it&rsquo;s blunted because <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/term/mitt-romney">Mitt Romney</a> is seen as Michigan&rsquo;s favorite son and the Michigan primary is only important if Mitt Romney doesn&rsquo;t win [the primary].&rdquo;</p><p>Meanwhile, Michigan Democrats aren&#39;t planning a presidential primary in 2012 as <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/list/term/1619">President Obama</a> is believed to be the only Democratic candidate who would be on the ballot. Instead, they&#39;ll pick their <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/ap-michigan-dems-say-no-presidential-primary-here-2012">2012 presidential delegates at state meetings</a>. Wed, 05 Oct 2011 11:48:57 +0000 Zoe Clark 4444 at http://michiganradio.org Snyder signs Feb. 28th GOP primary date When will state Republicans hold their presidential primary? http://michiganradio.org/post/when-will-state-republicans-hold-their-presidential-primary <p>A new bill introduced in the state Senate would let a three-member panel decide when to hold <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/list/term/3607">Michigan&#39;s Republican presidential primary</a> in 2012. The measure would, as the Associated Press reports,&quot;let a panel appointed by Gov. Rick Snyder, Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville and House Speaker Jase Bolger pick between February 28 and March 6,&quot; to hold the primary.</p><p>Under current state law, the primary is scheduled for February 28 but, the Republican National Committee has said it doesn&#39;t want states to hold their primaries that early. In fact, the RNC has said that states that choose to hold early primaries <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/state-gop-could-host-early-presidential-primary">could lose half of their delegates</a> at the party&#39;s nominating convention.</p><p>So, why all the fuss about an early date? Politico <a href="http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0711/58537.html">explains</a>:</p><blockquote><p>Both national parties are struggling to keep the national nominating schedule from imploding as state after state tries to move earlier than the next to have more say in picking the presidential nominee. Typically, the later the primary the less influence a state has in the nomination.</p><p>Under rules set by both national parties, Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina are the only states allowed to hold primaries or caucuses in February and no other state can hold a nominating election prior to March 6, which is likely to be a &quot;Super Tuesday&quot; with multiple contests.</p></blockquote><p>Earlier this month, Laura Weber <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/michigan-republican-leaders-push-early-primary">reported </a>that some Republican leaders in the state wanted to hold an early primary, despite the consequences:</p><blockquote><p>The chairman of the Michigan Republican Party, Robert Schostak, says he is not too concerned with being penalized for the decision, &quot;The penalties are somewhat unclear. They haven&rsquo;t been determined by the committee in finality. But if we would be penalized by losing delegates and we were trading that for relevancy, my sense is that the Legislature and the state committee that would be ultimately deciding on this are okay with it,&quot; Schostak said.</p></blockquote><p>One thing <em>is </em>known about the 2012 GOP primary in the state: it&#39;ll be a <a href="http://www.fairvote.org/open-and-closed-primaries">&#39;closed&#39; primary</a>. From the AP:</p><p> Thu, 25 Aug 2011 11:25:05 +0000 Zoe Clark 3909 at http://michiganradio.org When will state Republicans hold their presidential primary? The Week in State Politics http://michiganradio.org/post/week-state-politics-6 <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden "><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>Republican leaders in the state Senate say they will <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-republican-leaders-push-early-primary">push for a closed presidential primary</a> to take place in Michigan on February 28. That&rsquo;s one week earlier than the National Republican Party rules allow and penalties could include having the state&#39;s convention delegates stripped. In today&#39;s &quot;The Week in State Politics&quot; Michigan Radio&#39;s Political Analyst Jack Lessenberry takes a look at what a February 28 GOP primary would mean for the state and the presidential primary candidates.</p><p>http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/michigan/local-michigan-982204.mp3 Wed, 17 Aug 2011 12:09:50 +0000 Zoe Clark 3789 at http://michiganradio.org The Week in State Politics State GOP will hold closed presidential primary http://michiganradio.org/post/state-gop-will-hold-closed-presidential-primary <p>The Michigan Republican Party State Central Committee has decided the state GOP will use a closed presidential primary next year.</p><p>That means voters will have to declare a party preference to participate. If Michigan sticks with a February 28 election date, the state GOP could lose half its delegates to the national nominating convention for meeting earlier than party rules allow.</p><p>Michigan GOP leaders say the early influence is worth the risk. Michigan Democrats plan to hold closed caucuses May 5, and will likely withdraw from the primary election ballot.</p> Sat, 13 Aug 2011 20:30:08 +0000 Kyle Norris 3743 at http://michiganradio.org State GOP to decide this weekend on "closed" primary or caucus http://michiganradio.org/post/state-gop-decide-weekend-closed-primary-or-caucus <p>The Michigan Republican Party State Committee will decide this weekend whether to hold a <a href="http://www.fairvote.org/open-and-closed-primaries">&ldquo;closed&rdquo; primary</a> or <a href="http://www.pbs.org/newshour/vote2004/primaries/sr_primary_caucus.html">caucus</a> to choose the state&rsquo;s Republican nominee for the 2012 presidential election. Last month, the party&rsquo;s policy committee recommended a &ldquo;closed&rdquo; primary. From <a href="http://detnews.com/article/20110811/POLITICS02/108110373/1024/POLITICS03/State-GOP-panel-leans-toward-primary--not-caucus">the Detroit News</a>:</p><blockquote><p>Many Republicans from the party&#39;s conservative tea party wing, who support candidates such as Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota or Rep. Ron Paul of Texas, prefer a caucus &mdash; based on party meetings at the precinct level &mdash; to determine the presidential delegates and believe a primary favors frontrunner Mitt Romney, who appeals to a broader political spectrum.</p><p>But the prospect of holding a handful of recall elections for GOP and Democratic state lawmakers at the same time as a presidential primary expected to draw far more Republicans than Democrats is a recent development that&#39;s making the primary more attractive&hellip;</p><p>Still, the primary &mdash; paid for by taxpayers at an estimated cost of $10 million &mdash; will be &quot;closed&quot; in name only. Nothing would stop Democrats from requesting a Republican ballot and meddling in the GOP presidential selection process. That meddling could be significant if an effort to recall Republican Gov. Rick Snyder makes it to the Feb. 28 ballot.</p></blockquote><p>And, as Political Analyst <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/gop-primary-or-caucus-2012">Jack Lessenberry</a> notes, the state knows a thing or two about so-called meddling in presidential primaries. &ldquo;There would be the chance that Democrats and independents might show up in Michigan&rsquo;s GOP primary, &ldquo; Lessenberry explains. &ldquo;That happened in the year two thousand, when they helped John McCain give George W. Bush a whipping. If you have any kind of primary, stuff like that is pretty hard to prevent, since we have no party registration in Michigan. A Democrat can vote Republican or vice-versa, with no penalty. The alternative is some kind of closed convention, or caucus, but that limits public participation, which also could hurt the GOP, since primary campaigns help introduce the candidates to the voters.&rdquo; Thu, 11 Aug 2011 11:32:54 +0000 Zoe Clark 3699 at http://michiganradio.org State GOP to decide this weekend on "closed" primary or caucus AP: Michigan Dems say no presidential primary here in 2012 http://michiganradio.org/post/ap-michigan-dems-say-no-presidential-primary-here-2012 <p>There will be no presidential primaryelection for Michigan Democrats in 2012.</p><p>Chairman Mark Brewer said Wednesday that national convention delegates will be picked through party meetings around the state, starting next May.</p><p>President Barack Obama, a Democrat, is expected to run unopposed for a second term next year.</p><p>Brewer says Michigan Democrats will hold caucuses in May at approximately 200 locations. He says more than 200 people will be delegates or alternates at the national convention. Wed, 10 Aug 2011 18:12:40 +0000 The Associated Press 3686 at http://michiganradio.org