U.S. Senate http://michiganradio.org en Why did Amash decide not to run for US Senate and what happens now? http://michiganradio.org/post/why-did-amash-decide-not-run-us-senate-and-what-happens-now <p>Usually we do a story when someone decides to run for office. Generally, it's not much news when a possible candidate decides against a run. But, in this case, today it is news. The headline: West Michigan Republican Congressman Justin Amash has decided he will not run for the open U.S. Senate in Michigan in 2014.</p><p>As of now, former Michigan Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land is the only declared Republican candidate.</p><p>Rick Pluta, Lansing Bureau Chief for the Michigan Public Radio Network joined us today.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Wed, 18 Sep 2013 20:39:52 +0000 Stateside Staff 14483 at http://michiganradio.org Why did Amash decide not to run for US Senate and what happens now? Stateside for Wednesday, September 18th, 2013 http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-wednesday-september-18th-2013 <p>More than 1,500 works of art, with more than 160 venues, and 47 countries represented. Those are just a few statistics of this year's ArtPrize in Grand Rapids opening today with some 400,000 expected visitors to the city. Michigan Radio's Lindsey Smith was on the scene, and we spoke to her as well as the new Executive Director of ArtPrize.</p><p>And, Congressman Justin Amash has decided not to run for U.S. senate. What does this decision mean for the rest of the candidates?</p><p>The University of Michigan announced earlier that they will now offer in-state tuition to undocumented students. We talked with Serena Davila, the executive director for Legislative Affairs for the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities, about what this means for the students.</p><p>Also, how well are health care systems in the U.S. working? A new report by the Commonwealth Fund gave us some answers.</p><p>And, the small town of Colon in southwest Michigan has been dubbed the “Magic Capital of the World.” We spoke with one resident to find out why that is.</p><p>First on the show,&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">our weekly check-in with Detroit News Business Columnist Daniel Howes.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">And, on the front-burner? The mediation talks between Detroit's Emergency Manager </span>Kevyn<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Orr and dozens and dozens of lawyers representing the city's creditors.</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span>Howes<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> joined us to tell us more about the mediation.</span></p><p> Wed, 18 Sep 2013 20:37:16 +0000 Stateside Staff 14487 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside for Wednesday, September 18th, 2013 Amash declines to run for Michigan US Senate seat http://michiganradio.org/post/amash-declines-run-michigan-us-senate-seat <p>CASCADE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) - A Republican congressman from western Michigan has decided not to run for the U.S. Senate seat opening with the retirement of Democrat Carl Levin.<br><br>Justin Amash of Kent County's Cascade Township confirmed on Twitter Tuesday night that he won't run. The libertarian conservative has gained a higher profile in the House with a challenge to the National Security Agency's collection of Americans' phone records.<br><br>Amash's announcement further clears the way for former Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land to proceed with her campaign.<br> Wed, 18 Sep 2013 12:09:03 +0000 The Associated Press 14471 at http://michiganradio.org Amash declines to run for Michigan US Senate seat 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 U.S. senators want to prevent a federal bailout of Detroit http://michiganradio.org/post/us-senators-want-prevent-federal-bailout-detroit <p>A group of Republican U.S. senators wants to prohibit the federal government from providing financial support to Detroit.</p> Thu, 25 Jul 2013 21:44:43 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 13702 at http://michiganradio.org U.S. senators want to prevent a federal bailout of Detroit 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 Michigan farmers waiting for Congress to pass a new Farm Bill http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-farmers-waiting-congress-pass-new-farm-bill-0 <p>Michigan farmers are waiting to see if Congress can reach a deal soon on a new Farm Bill.</p><p></p><p>The U.S. Senate passed its version of the nearly trillion dollar, five year Farm Bill on Monday. The U.S. House continues to work on its own version of the bill, which funds crop insurance and other programs for farmers, along with food assistance for the needy.</p><p></p><p>The Farm Bill has been stalled in Congress for more than a year. And that has made it difficult for Michigan farmers to plan for the future.</p><p></p> Wed, 12 Jun 2013 03:42:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 13008 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan farmers waiting for Congress to pass a new Farm Bill Commentary: Land for Senate? http://michiganradio.org/post/commentary-land-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 http://michiganradio.org Commentary: Land for Senate? In this morning's news: Medicaid expansion, race for US Senate seat, Lansing city budget http://michiganradio.org/post/mornings-news-medicaid-expansion-race-us-senate-seat-lansing-city-budget <p><strong>Governor urging legislature to expand Medicaid </strong></p><p>“Governor Rick Snyder is urging the Legislature to act on expanding Medicaid before the end of June and the beginning of the summer recess. The governor says the Medicaid expansion is a cost-saver for taxpayers, businesses, and hospitals because it would reduce expensive emergency visits by uninsured patients. Some Republicans are calling for time limits and benefit caps before they’ll consider the expansion. The governor says he’d like to wrap up the expansion in time to start enrolling new Medicaid patients in January,” Michigan Public Radio’s Rick Pluta reports.</p><p><strong>Terri Land expected to announce candidacy for Senator Carl Levin's seat</strong></p><p>“Former Michigan Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land is expected to announce today whether she intends to run for the U.S. Senate seat now held by Carl Levin. So far Democratic Congressman Gary Peters of Bloomfield Township is the only person who's announced his candidacy; Terri Land would be the first Republican candidate to formally step into the race. Land easily won two statewide elections serving as secretary of state from 2003 to 2011; before that she served as Kent County clerk,” Michigan Radio’s Lindsey Smith reports.</p><p><strong>Lansing city council will respond to mayor's vetoes</strong></p><p>The Lansing city council is expected to try to override the mayor’s budget vetoes tonight, but the council does not appear to have enough votes to do it. Six of the council's eight members would need to vote to override the vetoes, but as Michigan Radio’s Steve Carmody <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/lansing-city-council-scheduled-try-override-mayors-budget-vetoes-evening">reports</a>, “that appears unlikely.”&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p> Mon, 03 Jun 2013 10:57:49 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 12844 at http://michiganradio.org In this morning's news: Medicaid expansion, race for US Senate seat, Lansing city budget U.S. Gary Peters announces U.S. Senate bid http://michiganradio.org/post/us-gary-peters-announces-us-senate-bid <p>It's has been expected, and now it is official.</p><p>In an e-mail to supporters today, this logo was at the top: Wed, 01 May 2013 16:58:42 +0000 Mark Brush 12362 at http://michiganradio.org U.S. Gary Peters announces U.S. Senate bid Debbie Dingell decides against 2014 US Senate run http://michiganradio.org/post/debbie-dingell-decides-against-2014-us-senate-run <p>Democratic national committeewoman Debbie Dingell says she has decided not to run for the U.S. Senate seat that opened up with Carl Levin's impending retirement.</p> Sat, 20 Apr 2013 19:54:33 +0000 Associated Press 12225 at http://michiganradio.org Debbie Dingell decides against 2014 US Senate run Romney's older brother interested in Levin seat http://michiganradio.org/post/romneys-older-brother-interested-levin-seat <p>The older brother of presidential candidate Mitt Romney is interested in running for the Michigan Senate seat being vacated by Carl Levin in 2014.<br><br>A state GOP official said Friday that Scott Romney, 71, is exploring his options with potential supporters. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he wasn't authorized to speak publicly about specific candidates.<br><br>An attorney, Scott Romney lost the 1998 nomination for attorney general at the Michigan Republican Party's convention. One of his ex-wives, Ronna, ran for the Senate in 1996 but lost to Levin.<br> Sat, 09 Mar 2013 19:36:23 +0000 Associated Press 11615 at http://michiganradio.org This isn't another Levin retrospective... we're talking political implications of his retirement http://michiganradio.org/post/isnt-another-levin-retrospective-were-talking-political-implications-his-retirement <p>The political chattering class is busy today in Michigan talking about Senator Carl Levin – retiring after three decades in the US Senate. Politicos are remembering a long and distinguished career – a career, we should mention, that is certainly not yet over. Senator Levin still has another 20 months before the end of his term. But if we’re honest – really honest – this announcement kicks off the insider talk about who will run to replace him. Right now, that’s a delicate subject: sort of like talking about what’s in the will while you’re still at the funeral. But, the plotting has already begun… this is politics, after all.<br><br>It would be somewhat uncouth - slightly tacky - for anyone to publicly express interest in the seat this soon. But, let’s just say, anyone who has not taken themselves out is either in or thinking about it. On the Democratic side, we’ve got Congressman Gary Peters and Democratic National Committeewoman and southeast Michigan power broker Debbie Dingell. On the Republican side we’ve got Congressman Justin Amash, former Sectary of State Terri Lynn Land and Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley.</p><p>Calley, however, is in a bit of an awkward position if his name keeps getting mentioned.&nbsp; Attorney General Bill Schuette made sure he took his own name out of consideration very quickly. For his office, like lieutenant governor and secretary of state, the nomination is made at a party convention. If Schuette, Calley or Secretary of State Ruth Johnson keep popping up on people’s lists of possible Senate candidates, that invites an effort for other contenders for their jobs to organize a convention challenge – which is just a couple thousand people; something that’s do-able for a lot of people who might not have the wherewithal to organizer a primary campaign. So, some possible contenders really have to decide quickly: fish or cut bait. It may be an honor to be mentioned… but that doesn’t necessarily make it a good thing. Fri, 08 Mar 2013 20:31:43 +0000 Zoe Clark & Rick Pluta 11608 at http://michiganradio.org This isn't another Levin retrospective... we're talking political implications of his retirement Election: Michigan's U.S. Senate Race http://michiganradio.org/post/election-michigans-us-senate-race <p>Michigan voters will choose between two long time fixtures on the state political scene in next Tuesday’s U.S. Senate race. &nbsp;</p><p>The result may mark the end of one of those political careers.</p><p>Democrat Debbie Stabenow has spent the past twelve years in the U.S. Senate.&nbsp;</p><p>In that time, the Democratic incumbent has acquired a certain degree of political influence, for example as the chair of the Senate Agriculture committee, and a certain comfort when it comes to raising campaign donations.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 26 Oct 2012 05:01:01 +0000 Steve Carmody 9570 at http://michiganradio.org Election: Michigan's U.S. Senate Race Michigan Farm Bureau endorses Democrat Stabenow in U.S. Senate race http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-farm-bureau-endorses-democrat-stabenow-us-senate-race <p>The Michigan Farm Bureau is throwing its support behind Democratic incumbent Debbie Stabenow in this fall’s U.S. Senate race.</p><p></p><p>The endorsement is a bit of a surprise.</p><p></p><p>The Michigan Farm Bureau supported Stabenow’s Republican opponents in her two previous U.S. Senate races.&nbsp; &nbsp;But not this time.</p><p></p><p>The endorsement comes as Stabenow works on the 2012 Farm Bill, as chairwoman of the U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee.</p><p></p> Thu, 20 Sep 2012 16:03:25 +0000 Steve Carmody 9166 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan Farm Bureau endorses Democrat Stabenow in U.S. Senate race Michigan Republican leaders told not to focus solely on presidential race http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-republican-leaders-told-not-focus-solely-presidential-race <p>Michigan’s U.S. Senate race is getting attention from top Congressional GOP leaders at the Republican National Convention.</p><p></p><p>“It’s not just carrying it for Mitt Romney…we need a new senator from Michigan as well,” Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell told Michigan delegates this morning, “Because I would like to be setting the agenda in the Senate instead of (Democratic Senate Majority Leader) Harry Reid.”</p><p></p><p>McConnell told the delegates that Republican control of the U.S. Senate depends on Michigan.</p><p></p> Wed, 29 Aug 2012 15:14:25 +0000 Steve Carmody 8865 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan Republican leaders told not to focus solely on presidential race Stabenow using farm bill to woo Michigan growers http://michiganradio.org/post/stabenow-using-farm-bill-woo-michigan-growers <p>Michigan Senator Debbie Stabenow is up for reelection this November and is looking to prove her bona fides amongst the state&#39;s agriculturally-minded constituents.</p><p>According to a story from <a href="http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-06-13/senator-sweetens-farm-bill-for-michigan-growers-in-post-e.html">Bloomberg News</a>, incumbent lawmakers are struggling to find new ways to prove their worth to voters after Congress outlawed earmarks for home-state projects.</p><p>Stabenow, Bloomberg writes, is using a $969 billion national farm policy bill she wrote as head of the Senate Agriculture Committee to show Michigan voters ---especially food growers--- that she is working for them.</p><p>From Bloomberg News:</p><blockquote><p>[Stabenow] persuaded Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to let her bring up the legislation early so she could tout its expanded assistance to farmers -- including Michigan fruit growers, who have suffered crippling crop losses this spring.</p></blockquote><p>Unseasonably-fluctuating temperatures in March and April have been wreaking havoc on Michigan&#39;s tart cherry crop, a staple product for some northern parts of the state. <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/hard-freeze-hurts-michigan-cherry-crop">The Environment Report&#39;s Bob Allen reported in April </a>that Northwest Michigan saw a tart cherry crop loss of 50 percent to 70 percent this year. Other fruits like apples, peaches and plums were also hit hard.</p><p>Bloomberg News writes that &quot;cherries and other fruit crops damaged in Michigan would have more protections under the expanded insurance system in the farm bill,&quot; and Stabenow would like to make sure farmers know it.</p><p>According to Bloomberg, some growers are getting the message:</p><blockquote><p>Ben LaCross, a northern Michigan grower of cherries, apples and plums, told reporters last week that his farm would be in &ldquo;free fall&rdquo; without federal assistance, adding that Stabenow&rsquo;s measure would expand the tools available to help farmers cope with crop failures like the one this year.</p><p>&ldquo;Crop insurance will help keep family businesses like mine in business,&rdquo; LaCross said.</p></blockquote><p>The farm bill is being debated in the Senate.</p><p><em>-John Klein Wilson, Michigan Radio Newsroom</em> Wed, 13 Jun 2012 16:56:27 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 7869 at http://michiganradio.org Stabenow using farm bill to woo Michigan growers Snyder wants e-retailers to collect Michigan sales tax http://michiganradio.org/post/snyder-wants-e-retailers-collect-michigan-sales-tax <p>Michigan Governor Rick Snyder is appealing to lawmakers in Washington to make online retailers collect state sales tax.</p><p>Melissa Anders <a href="http://www.mlive.com/business/index.ssf/2012/05/gov_rick_snyder_wants_michigan.html#incart_river_default">from MLive.com</a> reports that Gov. Snyder sent a letter to U.S. Senate leaders this week expressing his support for the <a href="http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/z?c112:S.1832:">Marketplace Fairness Act</a>. The law would require companies doing business online to calculate sales tax based on customer location and collect the taxes on behalf of states.</p><p>Governor Snyder reportedly sees the law as &quot;a way to level the playing field between brick-and-mortar shops and online retailers like Amazon.com and Overstock.com,&quot; Anders writes.</p><p>In the letter, <a href="http://media.mlive.com/business_impact/other/Snyder%20Letter%20-%20Marketplace%20Fairness.pdf">Snyder also sights fiscal concerns</a>:</p><blockquote><p>&quot;The Michigan Department of Treasury estimates that total revenue lost to e-commerce and mail-order purchases will amount to $872 million during fiscal years 2012 and 2013...it is crucial that the state has the tools to fairly collect the revenue that it is owed. The Marketplace Fairness act would provide states with the authority to do just that.&quot;</p></blockquote><p>Michigan residents are already required to pay a &quot;use tax&quot; of 6 percent on their income tax returns for purchases made online. But it&#39;s difficult to enforce and few taxpayers heed the rule.</p><p><script language="JavaScript" src="http://w.sharethis.com/button/buttons.js"></script><script language="JavaScript">stLight.options({ publisher:'18355ba4-a04c-4a33-a76f-847aadfc0f80', onhover:false });</script><script language="JavaScript" src="http://www.micropoll.com/a/MicroPoll?id=2753256"></script><!-- END MICROPOLL JAVASCRIPT CODE --></p><p><em>-John Klein Wilson, Michigan Radio Newsroom</em></p><p> Fri, 11 May 2012 20:40:37 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 7439 at http://michiganradio.org Snyder wants e-retailers to collect Michigan sales tax Levin visits Afghanistan & Turkey http://michiganradio.org/post/levin-visits-afghanistan-turkey <p>The U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee says Chairman Carl Levin and member Jack Reed are visiting Afghanistan, Turkey and NATO headquarters in Belgium starting this weekend.<br /><br />The committee announced the trip Sunday by the two Democratic lawmakers. Levin is from Michigan and Reed is from Rhode Island.<br /> Sun, 29 Apr 2012 22:54:13 +0000 The Associated Press 7243 at http://michiganradio.org Senate candidates release fundraising numbers for first quarter of 2012 http://michiganradio.org/post/senate-candidates-release-fundraising-numbers-first-quarter-2012 <p>Republican frontrunner, former Congressman Pete Hoekstra, <a href="https://www.facebook.com/petehoekstra">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="http://www.insidemichiganpolitics.com/About.aspx">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 http://michiganradio.org Senate candidates release fundraising numbers for first quarter of 2012