senate race en Senate candidate Peters discloses investments <p>DETROIT (AP) - A Detroit-area congressman who is running for U.S. Senate has a deep investment portfolio of large-company stocks and municipal bonds.<br><br>U.S. Rep. Gary Peters says he had assets worth at least $970,000 and possibly as high as $3.9 million at the end of 2012. He's not required to be specific, only to put values in certain ranges. All members of Congress must file annual financial disclosure forms.<br><br>Peters, a Democrat from Oakland County, is running next year for the Senate seat held by Carl Levin, who is retiring.<br> Thu, 04 Jul 2013 13:21:42 +0000 The Associated Press 13381 at Senate candidate Peters discloses investments Terri Lynn Land joins the race for US Senate <p>Election 2014 is coming up, and the U.S. Senate seat will be open as Democratic Senator Carl Levin retires.</p><p>Michigan Congressman Gary Peters announced last month that he will run for the Democratic nomination, but there appeared to be some hesitation on the part of Republicans.</p><p>That is, until this week, when former Michigan Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land announced she will run as a Republican in the race.</p><p>Terri Lynn Land joined us in the studio today.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em> Wed, 05 Jun 2013 21:18:39 +0000 Stateside Staff 12898 at Terri Lynn Land joins the race for US Senate This week in Michigan politics: No Medicaid expansion, Terri Lynn Land, Hamtramck emergency <p>This week in Michigan politics, Kyle Norris and Jack Lessenberry talk about Republican opposition to <a href="">Medicaid expansion</a>, former Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land’s <a href="">candidacy </a>for the U.S. Senate, and the financial emergency in the city of <a href="">Hamtramck.</a></p><p> Wed, 05 Jun 2013 13:50:40 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 12887 at This week in Michigan politics: No Medicaid expansion, Terri Lynn Land, Hamtramck emergency Commentary: Land for Senate? <p>Ever since U.S. Senator Carl Levin announced three months ago that he wouldn't seek another term next year, most Michigan Republicans have been waiting for Godot.</p><p>Except in this case, Godot is Brighton area Congressmen Mike Rogers, who most GOP leaders felt would be their strongest candidate. Rogers has been unable or unwilling to decide, however, and it seems increasingly unlikely that he will run.</p><p>He has a safe seat in Congress and a powerful and prestigious position as chair of the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.</p><p>Giving all that up for a risky run for a seat in a state where Democrats usually win U.S. Senate contests might not seem that appealing. But I’ve never felt Rogers was the Republicans' strongest potential candidate. I think their best chance to win is the woman who announced her candidacy this week, Terri Lynn Land.</p><p> Wed, 05 Jun 2013 12:41:43 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 12886 at Commentary: Land for Senate? In this morning’s news: Hamtramck's financial emergency, Land's Senate bid, Indian mascot complaint <p><strong style="line-height: 1.5;">City of Hamtramck facing a financial emergency</strong></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Following a state review, Governor Snyder has confirmed that the city of </span>Hamtramck<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> faces a financial emergency.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">“In 2010, city officials asked to file for bankruptcy. And they asked for this state review, too — which found the city is still running continuous deficits, and can’t make pension payments on time…. The city could get an emergency manager. But </span>Hamtramck<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> officials potentially have other options, including a consent agreement or mediation,” <a href="">reports </a>Michigan Radio’s Sarah </span>Cwiek<span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><p><strong style="line-height: 1.5;">Terry Lynn Land to run for U.S. Senate</strong></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">“Former Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land is the first Republican to <a href="">announce she’s running</a> for Michigan’s open U.S. Senate seat. Land is also a Republican National Committeewoman. There could be other candidates waiting in the wings. But Land says the eventual Republican nominee will need the next two summers to raise money, and get out a winning message,” Rick </span>Pluta<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> reports.</span></p><p><strong style="line-height: 1.5;">Feds dismiss complaint against American Indian mascots</strong></p><p><strong style="line-height: 1.5;">“</strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The U.S. Department of Education has dismissed a complaint from the Michigan Department of Civil Rights over schools’ use of American Indian mascots. The civil rights department had argued that the images hurt Native American students’ academic performance, and create an unequal learning environment. But federal education officials say opponents of Indian mascots and logos need to prove that they create a hostile environment for Native American students,” Michigan Radio’s Sarah </span>Hulett<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> <a href="">reports.&nbsp;</a></span></p><p> Tue, 04 Jun 2013 11:01:21 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 12866 at In this morning’s news: Hamtramck's financial emergency, Land's Senate bid, Indian mascot complaint Commentary: Peters runs for Senate <p></p><p>For many years, it was far more common for Democrats to have brawling, bruising primary fights than Republicans.</p><p>The Democratic Party, after all, was a coalition of sometimes very different factions – African-Americans and Jews; labor and ethnic groups; factory workers and elegant, highly educated liberals in places like Ann Arbor.</p><p>They often had little in common except the fact that they were all more opposed to the Republicans.</p><p>Republicans, on the other hand, were more homogenous, more like an extended family that was largely business-oriented, largely white Protestant, and didn’t like fighting in public.</p><p>They even used to have what they called the Eleventh Commandment: “Thou shalt not speak ill of another Republican.” Well, times have changed.</p><p> Thu, 02 May 2013 12:58:35 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 12377 at Commentary: Peters runs for Senate In this morning’s news: welfare bills, ACLU suit in Grand Rapids, Peters running for Senate <p><strong>House passes welfare reform bills</strong></p><p>“The state House has passed bills to revoke welfare benefits based on drug use and persistent school absences. One bill would allow suspicion-based drug testing, which could lead to families losing their cash assistance ... Another measure would allow suspicion-based drug testing of welfare recipients ... The bill got bi-partisan support in the House,” Jake Neher reports.</p><p><strong>ACLU files suit against Grand Rapids police </strong></p><p>The American Civil Liberties Union has sued Grand Rapids authorities for routinely making unconstitutional arrests for trespassing on property of businesses open to the public.</p><p>“ACLU Attorney Miriam Aukerman says city police have long urged businesses to sign a ‘letter of intent to prosecute trespassers.’ Then, they use that letter as an excuse to arrest people they decide are trespassing on business properties,” Michigan Radio’s Tracy Samilton reports.</p><p><strong>Gary Peters officially announces run for Senate</strong></p><p>Three-term Democratic Congressman <a href="">Gary Peters</a> became the first major candidate to kick off a campaign for Michigan’s soon-to-be vacant U.S. Senate seat. The seat will be left empty after Senator Carl Levin steps down in 2014. Several Republican candidates are also considering running.</p><p> Thu, 02 May 2013 11:33:53 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 12376 at In this morning’s news: welfare bills, ACLU suit in Grand Rapids, Peters running for Senate The week in Michigan politics: Senate candidates, wolf hunt and wraparound school grants <p>This week in Michigan politics, Christina Shockley and Jack Lessenberry discuss <a href="">the race</a> for the Senate seat left vacant by Carl Levin, <a href="">legislation</a> that would allow a wolf hunt despite a petition against it, and Governor Snyder's <a href="">call </a>for businesses to become more directly involved in schools.<br> Wed, 01 May 2013 12:58:39 +0000 Jack Lessenberry, Christina Shockley & Emily Fox 12359 at The week in Michigan politics: Senate candidates, wolf hunt and wraparound school grants Republicans and Michigan Senate races (audio) <p>Historically, Republicans haven&rsquo;t fared particularly well in Michigan Senate races. They&rsquo;ve lost 10 out of 11 races in the last 40 years.</p><p></p><p>To give us a historical perspective we turn to Michigan Radio&rsquo;s political analyst Jack Lessenberry. He tells us why Michigan Republicans have had a tough time winning Senate races.</p> Fri, 12 Aug 2011 21:46:11 +0000 Jennifer White 3733 at Republicans and Michigan Senate races (audio)