political roundup http://michiganradio.org en Weighing in on the primary http://michiganradio.org/post/weighing-primary-0 <p>We are five days away from Michigan&rsquo;s Presidential Primary. It is next Tuesday, February 28<sup>th</sup>.</p><p>Michigan Radio&rsquo;s Jennifer White is joined by Susan Demas, political analyst for Michigan Information and Research Service, and Ken Sikkema, former Senate Majority Leader and Senior Policy Fellow at Public Sector Consultants, to discuss where the Republican presidential candidates stand today in the state.</p> Thu, 23 Feb 2012 20:07:29 +0000 Jennifer White, Zoe Clark & Michigan Radio Newsroom 6338 at http://michiganradio.org Weighing in on the primary Michigan Political Roundup http://michiganradio.org/post/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="http://www.michiganradio.org/list/term/1484">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="http://michiganradio.org/post/redistricting-michigan-new-political-maps-michigan-legislature">due to redistricting</a>, that he&rsquo;ll run in 2012 in the 13th District. U.S. Rep. <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/term/hansen-clarke">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="http://www.michiganradio.org/list/term/1574"> Candice Miller</a> says she supports former West Michigan Congressman <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/term/pete-hoekstra">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="http://www.michiganradio.org/term/rick-snyder">Rick Snyder</a> formally<a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/snyder-endorses-hoekstra"> endorsed Hoekstra</a> as well. Hoekstra faces fellow Republicans <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/list/term/3628">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="http://www.michiganradio.org/list/term/3144">Tim Melton</a> of Pontiac is <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/democrat-leaves-lansing-lobby-school-reforms">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="http://www.studentsfirst.org/">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 http://michiganradio.org Michigan Political Roundup