Gary Peters 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? 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 Brenda Lawrence has done well for Southfield. Would she do the same if elected to Congress? http://michiganradio.org/post/brenda-lawrence-has-done-well-southfield-would-she-do-same-if-elected-congress <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">I discovered something bizarre when Brenda Lawrence first ran for mayor of Southfield 13 years ago.</span></p><p>Back then, Southfield, a suburban business center and bedroom community just north of Detroit, had just become a majority African-American city. Lawrence was challenging a white mayor who’d been in office almost 30 years.</p><p>When I talked to some of the 70,000 residents, I found white voters who were excited about her candidacy and who wanted to get rid of the longtime incumbent. But I talked to upwardly mobile black voters who emphatically did not want a black mayor.</p><p>They told me that every community that elects a black mayor soon became an impoverished ghetto. Lawrence vowed that wouldn’t happen. She won, and it hasn’t. She has been in office ever since.</p><p> Thu, 19 Jun 2014 21:24:39 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 18067 at http://michiganradio.org Brenda Lawrence has done well for Southfield. Would she do the same if elected to Congress? Terri Lynn Land shows she's not ready for prime time at Mackinac http://michiganradio.org/post/terri-lynn-land-shows-shes-not-ready-prime-time-mackinac <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce may not like to admit this, but their </span>Mackinac<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;Policy Conference’s official agenda is not the reason the vast majority of those who attend go to the island. Many who pay the steep registration fees of between $2,000 and $3,000 come for the incredible networking opportunities.</span></p><p>Mackinac in May is unique because for three days, you have virtually all the state’s top business and civic leaders and politicians in one building on an island without cars. They can’t easily run away; they have to talk to each other, and those beguiling possibilities attract hordes of media, too.</p><p>Yes, the conference spent a lot of money this year to bring in education and business experts like Jim Clifton and Joel Klein. But during their sessions, most of the businessmen seemed to be huddling with each other. And the media tend to focus its attention on politics, especially in an election year, and on the One Big Story of the day, in this case, Detroit.</p><p>This year’s conference was no exception. This has been something of a love fest for Gov. Rick Snyder, who is frankly adored by the vast majority of those here.</p><p>Though there is one protestor wearing a giant paper-mache Snyder head outside the hotel, inside, Snyder is viewed as a cross between a rock star and a conquering hero. His only competition in the charisma department came, perhaps surprisingly, from Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan.</p><p> Thu, 29 May 2014 15:21:52 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 17791 at http://michiganradio.org Terri Lynn Land shows she's not ready for prime time at Mackinac The future of Detroit's second bridge now hangs on the Obama administration http://michiganradio.org/post/future-detroits-second-bridge-now-hangs-obama-administration <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">So whatever happened to the New International Trade Crossing Bridge?</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">For years, an epic battle raged between those who knew we needed a new bridge across the Detroit River, and </span>Matty<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span>Moroun<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, the 86-year-old man who owned the 85-year-old Ambassador Bridge, the only game in town.</span></p><p>Moroun held up a new bridge for years, mostly by buying off Michigan legislators with bribes thinly described as campaign contributions, but that ended when Rick Snyder became governor.</p><p>Snyder found a way to bypass the lawmakers and conclude an agreement with Canada. That was almost two years ago, however, and ground has yet to be broken.</p><p>So what’s happening?</p><p>This time the culprit is not Matty Moroun, but, bizarrely, Barack Obama.</p><p>President Obama has been supportive of a new bridge. There was no difficulty gaining a presidential permit to build it. Money was not a problem, because our friends the Canadians are paying for almost all of it. They are advancing Michigan’s share of more than half a billion dollars, which we don’t have to pay back until the bridge is up and tolls are being collected.</p><p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 15:28:24 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 17278 at http://michiganradio.org The future of Detroit's second bridge now hangs on the Obama administration 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 Congressman Gary Peters on the government shutdown http://michiganradio.org/post/congressman-gary-peters-government-shutdown <p>It&rsquo;s day two of the government shutdown.</p><p>Democratic Congressman Gary Peters joined us today. He represents Michigan&#39;s 14th Congressional district. He&rsquo;s here to help those of us who are not on the ground in D.C. understand where things stand right now.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Wed, 02 Oct 2013 21:34:13 +0000 Stateside Staff 14692 at http://michiganradio.org Congressman Gary Peters on the government shutdown Stateside for Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013 http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-wednesday-october-2nd-2013 <p>Some thirty years after the County Jail Overcrowding Act was passed, Michigan is still dealing with overcrowding emergencies in jails across the state. On today&#39;s show: How do we fix the problem of jails filled to the brim? Do we reduce bonds? Increase rates of early release?</p><p>And, when it comes to scrap metal theft, anything goes, from manhole covers to copper Jesus statues. What can Michigan lawmakers do to crack down on these thefts?</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Also, Michigan writer&nbsp;Natalie Burg joined us to talk about her new book. It&#39;s a memoir of her experience living on a Swedish farm.</span></p><p>First on the show, i<span style="line-height: 1.5;">t&rsquo;s day two of the government shutdown.</span></p><p>Democratic Congressman Gary Peters joined us today. He represents Michigan&#39;s 14th Congressional district.&nbsp;</p><p>And former Congressman Joe Schwarz joined us to give us his perspective on the issue as well.</p><p> Wed, 02 Oct 2013 21:20:06 +0000 Stateside Staff 14695 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside for Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013 Michigan congressman from across the state, political aisle meet for “Startup America Day” http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-congressman-across-state-political-aisle-meet-startup-america-day <p>Three Michigan congressmen met with entrepreneurs in Grand Rapids for “Startup America Day” Thursday. It’s a chance for entrepreneurs to tell lawmakers how they can better support startup companies.</p><p>Congressman Gary Peters (D-Detroit) co-chairs the House Caucus on Innovation and Entrepreneurship.</p><p>“We’ve got to make sure that we’re creating an environment that entrepreneurs with a good idea have an opportunity to take that idea, capitalize on it and run as long and as hard as they can with it,” Peters said.</p> Thu, 29 Aug 2013 22:00:21 +0000 Lindsey Smith 14198 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan congressman from across the state, political aisle meet for “Startup America Day” Peters pushes for GAO to study pet coke "best practices" http://michiganradio.org/post/peters-pushes-gao-study-pet-coke-best-practices <p>Detroit Congressman Gary Peters w<a href="http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20130806/METRO01/308060057/1409/METRO/Pet-coke-concerns-remain-along-Detroit-River">ants the US Government Accountability Office to study petroleum coke.</a></p><p>Peters has asked the Congressional investigative office to examine what are “best practices” for handling the substance, a byproduct of refining Canadian tar sands oil.</p><p>Some petroleum coke is being stored openly at a site along the Detroit River near the Ambassador Bridge in Detroit.</p> Wed, 07 Aug 2013 02:10:31 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 13867 at http://michiganradio.org Peters pushes for GAO to study pet coke "best practices" In this morning's news: DIA appraisal, Michigan's Medical Marijuana Act, pet coke in Detroit http://michiganradio.org/post/mornings-news-dia-appraisal-michigans-medical-marijuana-act-pet-coke-detroit <p><strong>DIA is being appraised</strong></p><p>Christie's Appraisals, a New York-based International auction house, says it has agreed to <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/detroit-put-price-dia-windsor-tunnel-and-other-assets">appraise some city-owned pieces in the Detroit Institute of Arts</a>. Emergency manager Kevyn Orr has said the art valuations are a necessary part of the debt restructuring and don't "portent a sale of any asset."</p><p><strong style="line-height: 1.5;">Board meeting to discuss Michigan's Medical Marijuana Act</strong></p><p>A state panel will meet this afternoon to consider whether new health conditions should be covered under <a href="http://www.michigan.gov/lara/0,4601,7-154-35299_63294_63303_51869-202669--,00.html">Michigan’s Medical Marijuana Act</a>. A previous board already voted to allow patients suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and Parkinson’s disease to use medical pot, but those conditions were never officially added to the list of acceptable ailments. <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/advocate-says-bureaucratic-nonsense-holding-michigans-marijuana-law">Some advocates question</a> whether the new board risks the same fate because it doesn’t include proper representation from the medical community. The state says it’s working to fix the make-up of the panel, Michigan Public Radio's Jake Neher reports.</p><p><strong>Raising awareness of petroleum coke in Detroit</strong></p><p>A round table discussion is scheduled in Detroit this morning to raise awareness of <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/lots-unknowns-petroleum-coke-piles-along-detroit-river">petroleum coke piled and stored along the Detroit River</a>. <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/peters-uses-keystone-xl-vote-push-petroleum-coke-investigation">U.S. Representative Gary Peters </a>is expected to discuss his plans to ensure that such storage minimizes risk of dust and water contamination. The Bloomfield Township Democrat has introduced legislation calling for a federal study of health and environmental effects of open air storage of the material, known as pet coke, the Associated Press reports.</p><p> Tue, 06 Aug 2013 10:54:49 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 13843 at http://michiganradio.org In this morning's news: DIA appraisal, Michigan's Medical Marijuana Act, pet coke in Detroit Michigan Republican Dave Camp considers 2014 Senate run http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-republican-dave-camp-considers-2014-senate-run <p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">Michigan House Republican Dave Camp is considering a possible Senate run in 2014, <a href="http://www.politico.com/story/2013/07/dave-camp-michigan-senate-2014-94951.html">Politico’s John Bresnahan and Jake Sherman reported.</a></span><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;"><br><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">A Midland native, Camp serves as chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, an influential task force in charge of tax writing. Camp has been <a href="http://www.politico.com/story/2013/05/dave-camp-max-baucus-tax-code-91046.html">working across the aisle</a> with Senate Finance Chairman Max Baucus, (D-MT), on overhauling the tax code.</span><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;"><br><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">But Camp’s term-limited chairmanship is ending, and now Wa</span><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">shington -- and Michigan -- are buzzing with the possibility of a Senate run. From Politico:</span></p><blockquote><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">"I’m looking at it," Camp said. "It’s a big decision, and I’m going to look at it very carefully and thoughtfully."</span></p></blockquote><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">Politico also reported that the Michigan representative has met with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) to discuss the possibility of entering his hat into the senatorial ring.</span></p><p> Wed, 31 Jul 2013 15:20:00 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 13771 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan Republican Dave Camp considers 2014 Senate run Congressman Peters wants transportation projects to stay local http://michiganradio.org/post/congressman-peters-wants-transportation-projects-stay-local <p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">A half-dozen major transportation infrastructure projects are in the works for southeast Michigan, and Congressman Gary Peters wants to make sure local workers get the jobs that come along with them.</span><br><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;"><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">Peters convened a transportation jobs summit to push that objective Monday.</span><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;"><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;"><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">“If we’re bringing federal money into the state of Michigan, I want people from the state of Michigan working on those projects," said Peters. "And if the project is in the city of Detroit, then I want Detroiters working on those projects.”</span><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;"><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;"><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">Peters says those federal funds often come tied to thousands of local employment opportunities—but that doesn’t always work out.</span></p><p> Mon, 29 Jul 2013 19:03:46 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 13739 at http://michiganradio.org Congressman Peters wants transportation projects to stay local Senate candidate Peters discloses investments http://michiganradio.org/post/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 http://michiganradio.org Senate candidate Peters discloses investments This week in Michigan politics: Medicaid expansion, immigration reform, race for U.S. Senate seat http://michiganradio.org/post/week-michigan-politics-medicaid-expansion-immigration-reform-race-us-senate-seat <p>This week in Michigan politics, Jack Lessenberry and Kyle Norris discuss <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/whats-happening-medicaid-michigan">Medicaid expansion</a> in Michigan, <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/report-identifies-potential-economic-benefits-immigration-reform-michigan">immigration reform</a> and how it could affect struggling Michigan cities, and the race for Senator Carl Levin’s <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/commentary-land-senate">seat in the U.S. Senate</a>.</p><p> Wed, 12 Jun 2013 13:45:26 +0000 Jack Lessenberry, Kyle Norris & Michigan Radio Newsroom 13011 at http://michiganradio.org This week in Michigan politics: Medicaid expansion, immigration reform, race for U.S. Senate seat Growing outrage, and calls for action on Detroit pet coke piles http://michiganradio.org/post/growing-outrage-and-calls-action-detroit-pet-coke-piles <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Residents and business owners in Detroit are worried--and outraged--about petroleum coke piles growing on the city’s riverfront.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Here's what the piles look like from Fort Street in Southwest Detroit:</span></p><p></p><p>That byproduct of the oil refining process is being dumped in massive piles—now several blocks long and building stories high--along the Detroit River. It’s stored in the open, and wasn’t approved through any permitting process.</p> Wed, 29 May 2013 04:51:05 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 12780 at http://michiganradio.org Growing outrage, and calls for action on Detroit pet coke piles What's in store for the Michigan Republican Party in Election 2014 http://michiganradio.org/post/whats-store-michigan-republican-party-election-2014 <p>Focus is starting to turn to Election 2014 in Michigan.</p><p>Former Democratic Congressman Mark Schauer filed paperwork this morning to run against Governor Rick Snyder in 2014, assuming that the Governor does, in fact, decide to run for a second term.</p><p>And Democratic Congressman Gary Peters announced earlier this month that he’ll run for the U.S. Senate seat open in 2014 because of Carl Levin’s retirement.&nbsp;</p><p>So, it appears that the Democrats are beginning to get their ducks in a row, but what about Republicans?</p><p>Bobby Schostak, Chairman of the Michigan Republican Party, joined us today in the studio.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em> Tue, 28 May 2013 20:39:50 +0000 Stateside Staff 12763 at http://michiganradio.org What's in store for the Michigan Republican Party in Election 2014 Peters uses Keystone XL vote to push for petroleum coke investigation http://michiganradio.org/post/peters-uses-keystone-xl-vote-push-petroleum-coke-investigation <p>The U.S. House voted Wednesday to sidestep President Obama, and <a href="http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/05/23/usa-energy-keystone-idUSL2N0E32TR20130523">authorize the&nbsp;first leg&nbsp;of a controversial pipeline project carrying tar sands oil to the US from Canada.</a></p> Thu, 23 May 2013 01:06:37 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 12699 at http://michiganradio.org Peters uses Keystone XL vote to push for petroleum coke investigation Commentary: The Democrats' gamble http://michiganradio.org/post/commentary-democrats-gamble <p></p><p>How much do you know about Mark Schauer? Well, unless you are from Battle Creek, the answer is: Probably not nearly as much as you are going to know a year and a half from now. That’s because he is going to be the Democrats’ nominee for governor next year. That may surprise you.</p><p>Most normal humans aren’t thinking about next year’s elections. They are thinking about finally getting their lawn furniture out now that they are finally convinced it isn’t going to snow anymore.</p><p>But the Democrats are thinking about those elections. This has been a terrible last two years for them. They hate much of what Governor Rick Snyder and the Republican legislature has done, most of all, making this a right-to-work state.</p><p>They also hate the fact that they are utterly irrelevant in Lansing. The battles going on in state government these days are mainly between the Republican governor and his fellow Republicans who control both houses of the legislature.</p><p> Fri, 10 May 2013 12:41:26 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 12509 at http://michiganradio.org Commentary: The Democrats' gamble Talking with Congressman, and now Senate candidate, Gary Peters http://michiganradio.org/post/talking-congressman-and-now-senate-candidate-gary-peters <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It's been nearly two months since U.S. Senator Carl Levin (D-MI) announced he would not seek a seventh term.</span></p><p>That announcement sets up one of the biggest political questions in Michigan: who will take over his seat in 2014?</p><p>Last week , three-time Congressman Gary Peters announced he will run for Levin's seat. Democrats say Peters gives them a strong candidate.</p><p>Republicans say the Congressman has supported left-leaning policies that have become unpopular in Michigan.<br><br>Congressman, and now Senate candidate, Gary Peters joined us today.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em> Tue, 07 May 2013 21:14:47 +0000 Stateside Staff 12455 at http://michiganradio.org Talking with Congressman, and now Senate candidate, Gary Peters