Clark Durant en In this morning's state news headlines. . . <p><strong>Brewer wants IRS to investigate Durant</strong></p> Tue, 31 Jul 2012 12:21:29 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 8489 at In this morning's state news headlines. . . Glenn out of GOP Senate race, throws support to Durant <p>Tea Party favorite Gary Glenn announced yesterday that he is bowing out of the Republican race for the U.S. Senate seat currently held by two-term Democrat Debbie Stabenow and that he&#39;ll throw his support behind Clark Durant. The Associated Press reports:</p> Fri, 20 Jul 2012 10:46:35 +0000 Zoe Clark 8369 at Glenn out of GOP Senate race, throws support to Durant MI GOP Senate primary could be crowded <p>Five candidates have filed to run in Michigan&rsquo;s Republican U.S. Senate primary. Yesterday was the deadline for candidates for most state and federal offices to submit their petitions to appear on the August primary ballot.</p><p>The campaign is already underway as the five GOP hopefuls appeal to prospective Republican primary voters. They&rsquo;re arguing over who is the most conservative and who presents the best chance for the GOP to unseat incumbent Democratic Senator <a href="">Debbie Stabenow</a>.</p><p>Retired judge Randy Hekman says he&rsquo;ll put his conservative credentials up against anyone else in the field.</p><p>&ldquo;We&rsquo;ve got 90 days to show who we are, how we differ from others, how we&rsquo;re going to fix our country, move ahead and win this thing,&quot; Hekman says.</p><p>Former congressman <a href="">Pete Hoekstra</a>, charter school CEO<a href=""> Clark Durant</a>, businessman Pete Kontechy, and <a href="">Gary Glenn</a> &ndash; co-author of Michigan&rsquo;s ban on same-sex marriage and civil unions &mdash; have also filed.</p><p>&ldquo;Jobs is going to be the Number One issue that I&rsquo;m going to be talking about, but then you&rsquo;ve also got some cultural issues. President Obama did me a favor last week when he came out and endorsed so-called homosexual marriage,&quot; Glenn says.</p><p>Their petition signatures still need to be officially counted and certified. Candidates also have until Friday to change their minds about putting their names on the ballot. Wed, 16 May 2012 11:51:16 +0000 Rick Pluta 7486 at MI GOP Senate primary could be crowded Filing deadline nears for Michigan's U.S. Senate candidates <div align="left">Tomorrow is the deadline for U-S Senate candidates in Michigan to file their petition signatures with the Secretary of State to get on the August primary ballot.</div><div align="left"><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Democratic incumbent <a href="">Debbie Stabenow</a> is seeking reelection. A large crowd of Republican candidates is expected to be on the primary ballot.</p><p>Former west Michigan Congressman <a href="">Pete Hoekstra</a> filed his petition signatures last month.</p><p>Republican candidate <a href="">Clark Durant</a> filed his petitions today. The charter schools advocate says Michigan voters are ready to reject career politicians.</p><p>&ldquo;People are tired of career politicians whether they be Republicans or Democrats,&rdquo; says Durant</p><p>Durant has been actively involved with Republican politics for three decades, including previous unsuccessful runs for U.S. Senate and the Michigan Supreme Court.</p><p> Mon, 14 May 2012 18:23:21 +0000 Steve Carmody 7461 at Filing deadline nears for Michigan's U.S. Senate candidates Senate candidates release fundraising numbers for first quarter of 2012 <p>Republican frontrunner, former Congressman Pete Hoekstra, <a href="">reports on his facebook page </a>he raised $700,000 in the first quarter of this year for his campaign against incumbent U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow.&nbsp; The Stabenow campaign claims in an email she raised twice as much, &ldquo;more than $1.5 million&rdquo;.</p><p><a href="">Inside Michigan Politics</a> Editor Bill Ballenger says whoever wins the primary is going to need a lot more money.</p> Tue, 17 Apr 2012 03:23:02 +0000 Lindsey Smith 7064 at Senate candidates release fundraising numbers for first quarter of 2012 Michigan Tea Party straw poll picks favorite Republican U.S. Senate candidate <p><span id="_oneup" style="font-size: 11px;">Many of Michigan&#39;s tea party activists are trying to rally behind one of at least eight Republicans running for the chance to unseat Democratic U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow.</span></p><p><span id="_oneup" style="font-size: 11px;">Gary Glenn of the American Family Association won a &quot;straw poll&quot; Saturday from representatives of more than 40 tea party groups joining under the name Michigan 4 Conservative Senate. The group wants to avoid dispersing clout in a field crowded with conservatives.</span></p> Sat, 25 Feb 2012 21:54:05 +0000 The Associated Press 6367 at Taking a "pure-politics" look at the week's news... <p>Rick Pluta and I have been talking state politics on Fridays and today we take a look at Michigan&#39;s <a href="">presidential primary</a>, former West Michigan Congressman Pete Hoekstra&#39;s <a href="">controversial TV ad</a>, and Governor Rick Snyder&#39;s <a href="">budget proposal</a>.</p><p><strong>Michigan Matters</strong></p><p>This was a <a href="">huge week for Rick Santorum</a> which, in turn, meant it was a big week for Michigan politicos. Michigan and Arizona hold the nation&rsquo;s <a href="">next primaries on February 28</a> (Maine holds a caucus tomorrow). That means the Republican candidates will be looking to Michigan for their next win. On Wednesday, Santorum told MSNBC that, &ldquo;we think Michigan is a great place for us to plant our flag and talk about jobs and manufacturing.&rdquo; For Santorum, his campaign needs to continue the momentum before Super Tuesday (on March 6) to be considered a serious threat to Romney. Romney, meanwhile, <a href="../../term/mitt-romney">needs a win in Michigan</a> to <em>stop</em> Santorum&#39;s momentum. Newt Gingrich will be hoping for a win in Michigan, although it&rsquo;s unlikely after Tuesday night&rsquo;s results, and Ron Paul will hope for a decent showing in the mitten state.</p><p>&ldquo;Will Romney win? That sure seems to be where the smart money goes. But are there opportunities to make sure it&rsquo;s not a [Romney] domination? That opportunity does seem to exist,&rdquo; Pluta explains. Pluta and I recently <a href="">explored what some of those opportunities are</a>.</p><p><strong>The Super Bowl ad that had many saying, &quot;huh?&quot;</strong></p><p>We couldn&rsquo;t talk about the week&rsquo;s political news without mentioning the controversy that continues over Republican Senatorial candidate Pete Hoekstra&rsquo;s <a href="">campaign ad that premiered last Sunday</a> in which an Asian woman speaks in broken English. The ad was called &ldquo;racially insensitive&rdquo; and &ldquo;xenophobic&rdquo; and it&rsquo;s even been parodied by the website Now, the Hoekstra campaign is out with <a href="">another ad</a>, this time it <a href="">doesn&rsquo;t mention China</a>. And, one of Hoekstra&rsquo;s opponents in the Republican Senatorial primary, Clark Durant, premiered an ad of his own. &ldquo;Durant saw an opportunity, decided not to wait to run his first ad of the campaign&hellip; and it&rsquo;s a lot more positive [than the Hoekstra ad] and&hellip; the subtle message is, &lsquo;we&rsquo;re better than this,&rsquo;&rdquo; Pluta notes.</p><p><strong>A kinder, gentler budget</strong></p><p>Finally, Pluta and I take a look at the politics behind the <a href="">budget proposal for fiscal year 2013</a> that was <a href="">unveiled by the Governor</a> yesterday at the state Capitol. Unlike last year, this year the budget is, &ldquo;very, very different&hellip; It is a much kinder, gentler budget.&rdquo; Fri, 10 Feb 2012 18:35:15 +0000 Zoe Clark 6181 at Taking a "pure-politics" look at the week's news... Who is Clark Durant? <p><font><font color="#000000" face="Arial" id="role_document" size="2"><font size="4">Clark Durant is a man of ideas who is far more knowledgeable about American history than most United States senators I&rsquo;ve met.</font></font></font></p><p><font><font color="#000000" face="Arial" size="2"><font size="4">His office is filled with portraits of George Washington and Abraham Lincoln, together with photos of a much younger Clark with Ronald Reagan and Sandra Day O&rsquo;Connor. He&rsquo;s fascinated by Washington, D.C.&nbsp;and absolutely hates its culture.</font></font></font></p><p><font><font color="#000000" face="Arial" size="2"><font size="4">This year, he&rsquo;s running hard for the United States Senate, because he thinks his country is in great danger of being destroyed by debt and spending with no thought for the consequences.</font></font></font></p><p><font><font color="#000000" face="Arial" size="2"><font size="4">And he believes that maybe, just maybe, he can do something to change that. &ldquo;If this were just about trying to be one more Republican senator, I wouldn&rsquo;t be doing this. I know I would be a freshman senator, bottom of the pack in seniority, at 63 years old.&quot;</font></font></font> Mon, 09 Jan 2012 16:54:01 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 5703 at Who is Clark Durant? Clark Durant to formally launch Senate bid <p>Former Michigan State Board of Education President Clark Durant says he will formally launch his bid for the U.S. Senate tomorrow in Detroit.</p><p>Durant is seeking the Republican nomination to face Democratic incumbent Debbie Stabenow (D-Michigan) on the November 2012 ballot.</p><p>Durant is a former president of the state Board of Education. He made a failed attempt to win his party&rsquo;s U.S. Senate nomination 20 years ago.</p><p>He also ran unsuccessfully for the state Supreme Court.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 22 Sep 2011 20:44:02 +0000 Rick Pluta 4268 at Clark Durant to formally launch Senate bid GOP candidates for U.S. senate try to stand out in crowd of six <p>Republican candidates hoping to unseat U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow in 2012 held an unofficial debate in West Michigan this week. The <a href="">Gerald R. Ford Republican Women&rsquo;s Club </a>hosted the event. The &ldquo;Ford Women&rdquo; of the club aren&rsquo;t set on which man will make the best candidate.</p> Wed, 14 Sep 2011 03:29:58 +0000 Lindsey Smith 4145 at GOP candidates for U.S. senate try to stand out in crowd of six Michigan Political Roundup <p><strong>13th District: Johnson Is In</strong></p><p>State Senator Bert Johnson just got into the race for Michigan&rsquo;s 13th Congressional District. Johnson made the announcement yesterday in Highland Park. Many political observers believe Johnson will face U.S. Rep. <a href="">John Conyers</a> in a Democratic primary for the seat. Though Rep. Conyers currently represents the state&rsquo;s 14th Congressional District, it&rsquo;s believed, <a href="">due to redistricting</a>, that he&rsquo;ll run in 2012 in the 13th District. U.S. Rep. <a href="">Hansen Clarke</a>, who currently represents the state&rsquo;s 13th District, announced earlier this month his intention to run in 2012 in the new 14th Congressional District.</p><p><strong>Miller Supports Hoekstra</strong></p><p>Michigan Republican Congresswoman<a href=""> Candice Miller</a> says she supports former West Michigan Congressman <a href="">Pete Hoesktra</a> in his bid to become the GOP challenger in the 2012 election against incumbent Senator Debbie Stabenow. Earlier this week, Governor <a href="">Rick Snyder</a> formally<a href=""> endorsed Hoekstra</a> as well. Hoekstra faces fellow Republicans <a href="">Clark Durant</a>, a Detroit charter school executive; Randy Hekman, a former Kent County Probate Judge; Gary Glenn, President of the American Family Association of Michigan; and businessman Pete Konetchy.</p><p><strong>Melton Steps Down</strong></p><p>Democratic State Representative <a href="">Tim Melton</a> of Pontiac is <a href="">stepping down from his seat</a> in the state legislature. Melton, who made the announcement yesterday, is taking a job in California with <a href="">StudentsFirst</a>, an education reform group lead by Michelle Rhee, former chancellor of the Washington D.C., public school system. When Democrats controlled the state House, Melton was chair of that chamber&rsquo;s Education Committee. Melton is the third state lawmaker in recent years to leave office early for another job. Melton says term limits could make leaving early a trend for state politicians. Wed, 31 Aug 2011 15:00:46 +0000 Zoe Clark 3977 at Michigan Political Roundup Snyder endorses Hoekstra <p><strong>Update 3:23</strong></p><p>Michigan Public Radio&#39;s Laura Weber covered today&#39;s announcement. She reports Hoekstra says he and Snyder became friends after running against each other in a &ldquo;hard-fought&rdquo; primary for Governor last year:</p><blockquote><p>&ldquo;Isn&rsquo;t it great that two people can go through a campaign, they can go through a primary, and at the end of that process they actually like each other, they actually have respect for each other, because they went through it in a way that the people of Michigan respected.&rdquo;</p></blockquote><p>Hoekstra said he does not think Snyder&rsquo;s sinking approval rating will have a negative impact on his campaign for Senate. In his remarks, the governor reciprocated Hoekstra&#39;s admiration. Snyder said the experience of gave him respect for Hoekstra:</p><blockquote><p><span style="line-height: 115%; font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;; font-size: 14pt; mso-fareast-font-family: Calibri; mso-fareast-theme-font: minor-latin; mso-ansi-language: EN-US; mso-fareast-language: EN-US; mso-bidi-language: AR-SA;">&quot;Being one of our senators is critically important to our state, so I felt it was appropriate to speak up on this. And it was so easy to speak up. This is a case where we have a compelling candidate.&rdquo; </span></p></blockquote><p><span style="line-height: 115%; font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;; font-size: 14pt; mso-fareast-font-family: Calibri; mso-fareast-theme-font: minor-latin; mso-ansi-language: EN-US; mso-fareast-language: EN-US; mso-bidi-language: AR-SA;"><strong>6:22 am</strong></span></p><p>Governor <a href="">Rick Snyder</a> has scheduled a press conference today to endorse former Congressman <a href="">Pete Hoekstra</a> in the race for the Republican U.S. Senate nomination. Michigan Radio was <a href="">first to report the endorsement</a> earlier this month.</p><p>Snyder and Hoekstra first got to know each other last year as rivals for the Republican nomination for governor. Snyder won, but people close to the governor say he walked away from the campaign with respect for Hoekstra. They say Snyder praised Hoekstra as a results-oriented congressman with a history of rising above partisan interests to get things done.</p><p>The endorsement will put the governor at odds with other Michigan Republican power players. Billionaire Betsy DeVos, Republican National Committeeman Saul Anuzis, and ex-Senator Spencer Abraham &ndash; all former GOP party chairs &ndash; <a href="">are backing</a> school choice advocate <a href="">Clark Durant</a>.</p><p>Former Judge Randy Hekman, anti-gay rights activist Gary Glenn, and Roscomman businessman Peter Konetchy are also vying for the nod to face incumbent Senator <a href="">Debbie Stabenow</a> next year. Mon, 29 Aug 2011 10:22:57 +0000 Rick Pluta & Laura Weber 3942 at Snyder endorses Hoekstra Tea Party Express rolling back to Michigan <p>The <a href="">Tea Party Express </a>will roll back into Michigan next week.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The conservative political activists hold rallies featuring fiery speeches and patriotic music.&nbsp; Previous visits have focused on health care reform and government spending. This time the focus will be on Democratic <a href="">U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow</a>.&nbsp;</p> Sat, 27 Aug 2011 20:01:30 +0000 Steve Carmody 3936 at Tea Party Express rolling back to Michigan Durant says Washington needs "ordinary citizens" <p style="margin-left:.5in;">The latest Republican candidate to challenge U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow says it&rsquo;s time for regular citizens &ndash; like him -- to get into politics.&nbsp; Clark Durant says he&rsquo;s running for office because he&rsquo;s tired of government getting in the way of citizens trying to build their dreams.</p><p style="margin-left:1.0in;">&quot;I tremble for my country,&quot; Durant says. &quot;Our government is overspending, has grown too fast and taxes too much. Ordinary people are having a hard time putting bread on the table and making ends meet, and our government is extravagant.&rdquo;</p><p style="margin-left:.5in;">Durant says there&rsquo;s a danger of inflation unless the U.S. stops expanding its money supply.</p><p style="margin-left:.5in;">The Grosse Pointe charter school executive has the endorsement of several influential Michigan Republican party officials. However, Gov. Snyder has thrown his support to former Cong. Pete Hoekstra. Fri, 19 Aug 2011 17:31:06 +0000 Rina Miller 3832 at Durant says Washington needs "ordinary citizens" Clark Durant enters Michigan Senate race <p>Another candidate has entered the race to unseat Democratic U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) - Clark Durant, a charter school executive in Detroit.</p><p>This from <a href="">Saul Anuzis</a>&#39; blog site (Anuzis is the chairman of the Michigan Republic Party):</p><blockquote><p>Today, Clark Durant filed the necessary paperwork to begin organizing a campaign for Michigan&rsquo;s United States Senate seat.</p><p>Durant filed Articles of Incorporation and a Statement of Candidacy for &ldquo;The American Way&mdash;Durant 2012.&rdquo; The formal announcement is expected after Labor Day.</p></blockquote><p>Durant&#39;s candidacy is backed by some prominent Republicans in the state.</p><p>Saul Anuzis, chairman of the Michigan Republican Party, Betsy Devos, former chairwoman of the MRP, and former Republican Senator Spence Abraham all have thrown their support behind Durant.</p><p>The Associate Press reports that Durant&#39;s candidacy will increase the chances for a hard fought Republican primary against presumptive front runner former Congressman Pete Hoekstra.</p><p>Here&#39;s a little more background on Durant from the AP:</p><blockquote><p>The Grosse Pointe resident is president of the New Common School Foundation in Detroit and helped found Cornerstone Schools. He last ran for U.S. Senate in 1990, narrowly losing the GOP primary.</p><p>The field of Republican Senate candidates also includes former Kent County Probate Judge Randy Hekman, Roscommon businessman Peter Konetchy and Midland resident Gary Glenn, president of the American Family Association of Michigan.</p></blockquote><p> Thu, 18 Aug 2011 21:10:37 +0000 Mark Brush 3818 at A Senate Surprise <p></p><p><font color="#000000" face="Arial" id="role_document" size="2"><font size="4"><font size="4"><font size="4">Well, yesterday was not a great day for Pete Hoekstra, the former congressman from Holland. Two days ago, he was seen as the all-but-certain Republican nominee for the U.S. Senate next year.</font></font></font></font></p><p><font color="#000000" face="Arial" size="2"><font size="4"><font size="4"><font size="4">With the nation&rsquo;s economic crisis continuing, and more and more voters worried about the future, there seemed to be a growing chance that incumbent Democratic Senator Debbie Stabenow may be vulnerable. Hoekstra, who got into the race last month after initially declining to run, thought he had a clear shot.</font></font></font></font></p><p><font color="#000000" face="Arial" size="2"><font size="4"><font size="4"><font size="4">There were a few minor candidates, but they lacked funding or name recognition. But then yesterday, three longtime Michigan GOP heavyweights staged a coup of sorts. Two former state party chairs, Betsy DeVos, wife of Amway heir Dick DeVos, and Saul Anuzis, joined former U.S. Senator Spencer Abraham in endorsing a candidate.&nbsp; And it wasn&rsquo;t Pete Hoekstra.</font></font></font></font></p><p><font color="#000000" face="Arial" size="2"><font size="4"><font size="4"><font size="4">Matter of fact, it wasn&rsquo;t even someone who is formally in the race yet, though that will quickly change. The Big Three came out strongly for Clark Durant, a Grosse Pointer who is the founder of Cornerstone Schools, a group of charter schools in Detroit.</font></font></font></font></p><p> Fri, 12 Aug 2011 14:28:57 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 3729 at A Senate Surprise High profile endorsments change things up in GOP Senate race <p>Well, this changes things. Since former West Michigan Congressman <a href="">Pete Hoekstra</a> announced he <a href="">would run for the Republican nomination</a> to try and unseat Democratic Senator <a href="">Debbie Stabenow</a> in 2012, he was considered by many to be the <a href="">GOP race&rsquo;s frontrunner</a>.</p><p>But, yesterday, three high-profile Republicans endorsed a candidate who isn&rsquo;t really even a candidate yet. Former Michigan Republican Party Chairman <a href="">Saul Anuzis</a> (who, at one point earlier this year, was thought to maybe <a href="">want to throw his hat into the Senatorial race</a> himself), former U.S. Senator Spence Abraham (who lost his Senate seat to Senator Stabenow in 2000), and ex-Michigan Republican Chairwomen Betsy DeVos have announced that they will back Clark Durant in the GOP race.</p><p>Durant, however, has not yet entered the race. From the Associated Press:</p><blockquote><p>Durant is a charter school executive. He tells The Associated Press he hasn&#39;t yet declared his candidacy, but the endorsement &quot;makes it so much easier to make that decision.&quot; Durant lost a Senate primary bid in 1990.</p></blockquote><p>Anuzis, Abraham, and DeVos announced their support for Durant in an <a href="">open-letter</a> posted on <a href="">Anuzis&#39; website</a>. An excerpt:</p><p> Fri, 12 Aug 2011 10:21:09 +0000 Zoe Clark 3715 at