republicans http://michiganradio.org en Candidates using deep pockets to bankroll Congressional campaigns http://michiganradio.org/post/candidates-using-deep-pockets-bankroll-congressional-campaigns <p>New data show Michigan congressional candidates are digging deep into their own pockets to pay for their campaigns.</p><p></p><p>A trio of businessmen running for Republican congressional nominations have dug the deepest, according to filings with the<a href="http://fec.gov/disclosurehs/HSState.do"> Federal Election Commission</a> this week.</p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 19:02:10 +0000 Steve Carmody 18398 at http://michiganradio.org Candidates using deep pockets to bankroll Congressional campaigns Report: Unmarried women could be critical voting bloc this fall in Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/report-unmarried-women-could-be-critical-voting-bloc-fall-michigan <p>A new report suggests unmarried women may be a critical swing vote in Michigan’s elections this fall.</p><p></p><p>The Voter Participation Center works to get more unmarried women, people of color, and young people to vote. But those groups tend to show the biggest voting&nbsp;dropoff in off-year elections.</p><p></p><p>Those also happen to be the voters Democrats need &nbsp;to win in this fall’s gubernatorial and congressional elections.</p><p></p> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 21:56:47 +0000 Steve Carmody 17140 at http://michiganradio.org Report: Unmarried women could be critical voting bloc this fall in Michigan Michigan Attorney General Schuette launches reelection campaign http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-attorney-general-schuette-launches-reelection-campaign <p>Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette kicked off his reelection campaign today in his hometown of Midland.</p><p>In his speech, Schuette touted his record in office, including efforts to combat human trafficking and protect pensions.</p><p>“A record that’s strong and clear. It’s a record of being a voice for victims. A voice for the constitution and a voice for Michigan,” says Schuette. “It’s a long election and I’m going to win. I’m going to take my case to the citizens across the state of Michigan.”</p><p>Schuette didn’t directly address the controversy over same-sex marriage.</p> Mon, 24 Mar 2014 15:01:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 16945 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan Attorney General Schuette launches reelection campaign Expansion of school turnaround district stalled http://michiganradio.org/post/expansion-school-turnaround-district-stalled <p>LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Despite a renewed push, expansion of a state turnaround entity for failing public schools beyond Detroit remains in trouble in the Legislature.<br /><br />Some majority Republicans say it's too early to know whether the 15-school Education Achievement Authority is working.<br /><br />Others contend a version of legislation floated this week doesn't guarantee a role for local intermediate school districts to run the worst schools instead. Critics also say there's no promise schools can return to their home districts once being improved.<br /> Sat, 15 Feb 2014 18:08:00 +0000 The Associated Press 16463 at http://michiganradio.org Expansion of school turnaround district stalled Farm bill faces critical vote today http://michiganradio.org/post/farm-bill-faces-critical-vote-today <p>The U.S. House of Representatives is expected to vote today on the long-delayed federal farm bill.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">U.S. Sen. Debbie </span>Stabenow<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> of Michigan was a key player in the long, drawn-out negotiations on the multi-billion dollar legislation.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">She’s the chairwoman of the U.S. Senate Agriculture committee.</span></p><p>Stabenow<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> says she’s glad to see the new farm bill will shift spending to insurance programs and away from direct subsidies to farmers.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">“For decades folks have been talking about eliminating direct payments. It’s never happened. And in this farm bill, we do that,” says </span>Stabenow<span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The farm bill also contains a compromise on federal food assistance programs.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The bill calls for a 1% cut in food assistance spending. That is more than Democrats wanted, but far less than Republicans wanted.</span></p><p> Wed, 29 Jan 2014 11:05:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 16213 at http://michiganradio.org Farm bill faces critical vote today Heat on Michigan GOP committeeman for gay, Muslim comments http://michiganradio.org/post/heat-michigan-gop-committeeman-gay-muslim-comments <p>LANSING, Mich. (AP) - As the Republican National Committee prepares for meetings in Washington this week, Gov. Rick Snyder and other party leaders in Michigan are criticizing repeated anti-gay and anti-Muslim remarks by Committeeman Dave Agema.<br /><br />The 64-year-old ex-state representative from western Michigan represents the state on the Republican party's national board.<br /><br />Snyder made a semi-veiled reference to Agema in Thursday's State of the State speech, calling for civil discourse in the public arena.<br /> Mon, 20 Jan 2014 03:13:00 +0000 The Associated Press 16088 at http://michiganradio.org Heat on Michigan GOP committeeman for gay, Muslim comments Budget experts predict an extra $1.1 billion in state government revenues over 3 years http://michiganradio.org/post/budget-experts-predict-extra-11-billion-state-government-revenues-over-3-years <p>LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Michigan legislative budget experts say state government is taking in hundreds of millions of dollars more than expected eight months ago.<br /><br /><a href="http://www.house.mi.gov/hfa/PDF/Revenue_Forecast/EconomicOutlook_Revenue_Estimates_Jan14.pdf">A report released Tuesday from the House Fiscal Agency</a> in Lansing estimates Michigan collected $433 million more than projected in the last budget year and will collect about $327 million more this year.<br /> Wed, 08 Jan 2014 00:53:31 +0000 The Associated Press 15926 at http://michiganradio.org Budget experts predict an extra $1.1 billion in state government revenues over 3 years 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 Michigan's congressional delegation divided on government shutdown/debt ceiling vote http://michiganradio.org/post/michigans-congressional-delegation-divided-government-shutdowndebt-ceiling-vote <p></p><p>Last night&rsquo;s vote to end the federal government shutdown and raise the debt ceiling divided Michigan&rsquo;s Republican congress.</p><p>The legislation reopens the government through Jan. 15<sup>th</sup> and permits the U.S. Treasury to borrow normally through Feb. 7<sup>th</sup> or perhaps a month longer.<br />&nbsp;</p><p>Congress faced a midnight deadline Thursday. That&#39;s when U.S. Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew had said the government would reach the current $16.7 trillion debt limit and could no longer borrow to meet its obligations.</p> Thu, 17 Oct 2013 03:41:48 +0000 Steve Carmody 14870 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan's congressional delegation divided on government shutdown/debt ceiling vote Polls suggest the federal government shutdown is hurting 3 Michigan congressmen's reelection hopes http://michiganradio.org/post/polls-suggest-federal-government-shutdown-hurting-3-michigan-congressmens-reelection-hopes <p>The reelection chances of three Michigan congressmen might be hurt by the federal government shutdown.</p><p>The poll numbers show Republican Congressmen <a href="http://s3.moveon.org/shutdownpolling/mi7results.pdf">Tim Walberg</a>, <a href="http://s3.moveon.org/shutdownpolling/mi11results.pdf">Kerry Bentivolio</a> and <a href="http://s3.moveon.org/shutdownpolling/mi1results.pdf">Dan Benishek</a> all trailing significantly behind a generic Democratic opponent.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 07 Oct 2013 19:57:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 14751 at http://michiganradio.org Polls suggest the federal government shutdown is hurting 3 Michigan congressmen's reelection hopes Sen. Carl Levin attacks the Tea Party: 'We weren’t shut down on 9/11' http://michiganradio.org/post/sen-carl-levin-attacks-tea-party-we-weren-t-shut-down-911 <p>Democratic Senator Carl Levin says House Republican leaders bowing to the Tea Party is the reason for the federal government shutdown.</p><p>Levin accuses the Tea Party of doing what the 9/11 terrorists could not: shut down the federal government.</p> Tue, 01 Oct 2013 17:18:21 +0000 Steve Carmody 14662 at http://michiganradio.org Sen. Carl Levin attacks the Tea Party: 'We weren’t shut down on 9/11' Hundreds of Republicans flock to Mackinac Island to prepare for Election 2014 http://michiganradio.org/post/hundreds-republicans-flock-mackinac-island-prepare-election-2014 <p>The co-hosts of <a href="http://michiganradio.org/programs/its-just-politics">It’s Just Politics</a> were hanging out with lots of Republicans this weekend - around 1,500, in case you were wondering.&nbsp;</p><p>Rick Pluta, Capitol Bureau Chief for the Michigan Public Radio Network and our own political junkie here at Michigan Radio, Zoe Clark j<span style="line-height: 1.5;">oined us today to talk about what they learned at the&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Mackinac</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;Republican Leadership Conference that took place over the weekend.</span></p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Mon, 23 Sep 2013 20:27:39 +0000 Stateside Staff 14548 at http://michiganradio.org Hundreds of Republicans flock to Mackinac Island to prepare for Election 2014 Michigan's governor all but declares re-election bid http://michiganradio.org/post/michigans-governor-all-declares-re-election-bid <p><br>MACKINAC ISLAND, Mich. (AP) - Michigan Governor Rick Snyder all but declared his re-election campaign Friday, telling Republicans they can be proud of his record even as he defended signing a key component of the federal health care law unpopular with his own party's base.<br><br>"We're going to keep going and we're going to reinvent our state," Snyder said to loud applause.</p> Sat, 21 Sep 2013 13:53:54 +0000 The Associated Press 14533 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan's governor all but declares re-election bid Michigan State University yanks professor from classroom after his anti-Republican rant goes viral http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-state-university-yanks-professor-classroom-after-his-anti-republican-rant-goes-viral <p>A Michigan State University professor has been pulled from the classroom, after a conservative group posted a video online that showed William Penn delivering an anti-Republican rant during a class.</p><p>Here's that video:</p><p><a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bUi0rUEc_wI">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bUi0rUEc_wI</a></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Penn teaches creative writing at </span>MSU<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, or at least he did until this week.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A student posted the video. Penn is seen during a classroom lecture repeatedly making derogatory remarks against Republicans.</span></p><p>In the video, Penn can be heard calling Republicans “racist” and saying they “raped this country.”&nbsp; The video has drawn the ire of conservatives.</p><p>Michigan State University released a statement saying Penn met with university officials and “acknowledged that some of his comments were inappropriate, disrespectful and offensive and may have negatively affected the learning environment.”</p><p>The statement goes on to say Penn’s teaching duties have been “reassigned.”&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 05 Sep 2013 18:32:22 +0000 Steve Carmody 14288 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan State University yanks professor from classroom after his anti-Republican rant goes viral Michigan lawmakers return to work in Lansing this week http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-lawmakers-return-work-lansing-week <p>The Labor Day weekend signals an end to summer, and this week the Legislature returns to a full-time schedule.</p><p></p><p>The first order of business is final votes on expanding Medicaid.</p><p></p><p>Legislative leaders hope to wrap up the controversial question of expanding Medicaid to thousands of working poor people. The Senate has to vote on whether the coverage will begin January first, and a House vote is needed to send the bill to Governor Rick Snyder.</p><p></p> Mon, 02 Sep 2013 14:31:20 +0000 Rick Pluta 14230 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan lawmakers return to work in Lansing this week Michigan's Medicaid expansion debate turns to when expansion occurs http://michiganradio.org/post/michigans-medicaid-expansion-debate-turns-when-expansion-occurs <p>LANSING, Mich. (AP) - The Michigan Senate's months-long debate over Medicaid expansion isn't over, even after the vote to provide health insurance to hundreds of thousands of low-income residents.<br><br>Republican senators on Tuesday will reconsider the issue of when the legislation should take effect. While the Senate passed the bill 20-18 in dramatic fashion this past week, it fell two votes short of giving it immediate effect.<br><br>For newly eligible people counting on the medical coverage next year, it means waiting until late March instead of qualifying as early as January 1st. Sun, 01 Sep 2013 19:08:00 +0000 The Associated Press 14225 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan's Medicaid expansion debate turns to when expansion occurs Michigan Congressman says President Obama should consult Congress before a military strike on Syria http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-congressman-says-president-obama-should-consult-congress-military-strike-syria <p>West Michigan Congressman Justin Amash says he wants the House to go back into session to address potential military action against Syria.</p><p></p><p>A U.S. military strike is expected in the next few days in response to the Syrian government’s alleged use of chemical weapons against civilians.</p><p></p><p>Amash told a group at a Battle Creek coffee shop today that the president must consult with Congress first.</p><p></p><p>“If the president intends to use force, we expect to be called back into session,” says Amash, “We demand we be called back into session to have a vote.”</p><p></p> Wed, 28 Aug 2013 20:15:25 +0000 Steve Carmody 14180 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan Congressman says President Obama should consult Congress before a military strike on Syria Next step for Medicaid expansion is back to the state House http://michiganradio.org/post/next-step-medicaid-expansion-back-state-house <p>It’s now up to the state House to decide whether to send a bill to expand Medicaid in Michigan to Governor Rick Snyder’s desk.</p><p></p><p>That’s after the state Senate narrowly approved the bill yesterday. &nbsp;</p><p></p><p>But the Senate may have also delayed when the expansion could actually take effect.</p><p></p> Wed, 28 Aug 2013 09:43:50 +0000 Jake Neher 14168 at http://michiganradio.org Next step for Medicaid expansion is back to the state House 2 Michigan Republicans want Pres. Obama to consult with Congress on Syria http://michiganradio.org/post/2-michigan-republicans-want-pres-obama-consult-congress-syria <p>Two Michigan Congressmen have signed a letter demanding the White House consult with Congress before taking military action against Syria.</p><p></p><p>West Michigan Congressman Justin Amash and Upper Peninsula Representative Dan Benishek joined 19 other Republicans and one Democrat lawmaker in sending a letter to the president.</p><p></p><p>They want President Obama to get an authorization from Congress before taking any military action against Syria.</p><p></p> Tue, 27 Aug 2013 20:54:22 +0000 Steve Carmody 14167 at http://michiganradio.org 2 Michigan Republicans want Pres. Obama to consult with Congress on Syria