political http://michiganradio.org en Stateside: Auto industry's place in the debate http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-auto-industrys-place-debate <p>The auto industry continues to resonate throughout this year’s presidential election.</p><p>Cyndy Canty spoke with Michigan Radio’s political analyst Jack Lessenberry and Daniel Howes, business columnist for the Detroit News, about the auto industry’s role in last night’s presidential debate.</p><p>“It drives home the point how important the industrial Midwest is in this election,” said Howes.</p><p>Obama suggested last night that Mitt Romney called for Detroit’s bankruptcy.</p><p>This was a point of contention for Mr. Romney and, according to Howes, for good reason.</p> Tue, 23 Oct 2012 22:06:59 +0000 Stateside Staff 9580 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside: Auto industry's place in the debate Money talks: Often, it's negative. http://michiganradio.org/post/money-talks-often-its-negative <p>This election year has seen a huge increase in the amount of money being spent on political campaigns compared to previous years. A lot of that money is being spent on negative political ads on TV.</p><p>As Michigan&rsquo;s primary election gets closer, and the general election is only four months away, we&rsquo;re going to see more and more political TV ads. And the bulk of those ads are going to be negative ads.</p><p>&ldquo;I hear the negativity all the time. I&rsquo;m tired of it. Tell me what it is you want to do not what you think the other guy is going to do,&quot; said Troy Hemphill.</p><p>&ldquo;I don&rsquo;t like to listen to that. I want some positive information,&quot; Kiirsten Olson insisted.</p><p>&ldquo;Even when you think, &lsquo;I&rsquo;m not going to listen to negative ads, I&rsquo;m not going to listen to negative ads,&rsquo; and then one creeps inside your brain. And then it sticks,&rdquo; Shannon Rubago bemoaned.</p><p>Those are pretty typical responses of a couple of groups of people we talked to. We showed them a series of negative ads to see what their reactions would be.</p><p> Fri, 29 Jun 2012 11:00:00 +0000 Lester Graham 8078 at http://michiganradio.org Money talks: Often, it's negative. Out-of-State Political Money http://michiganradio.org/post/out-state-political-money <p>The campaigns for Michigan candidates for Congress drew a lot of money from out of state.&nbsp;</p><p>The price tag for the Congressional campaigns comes in at about $40 million.&nbsp; Rich Robinson is with the <a href="http://www.mcfn.org/">Michigan Campaign Finance Network</a>.&nbsp; He says the political parties in Washington, unions, and non-profits with anonymous contributors all chipped in.</p><blockquote><p>&ldquo;Of the $40 million, I&rsquo;m estimating $16.8 million of that came from outside sources.&rdquo;</p> Wed, 03 Nov 2010 19:39:44 +0000 Lester Graham 262 at http://michiganradio.org Out-of-State Political Money