michigan republican leadership conference http://michiganradio.org en Stateside for Monday, September 23rd, 2013 http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-monday-september-23rd-2013 <div><p>In a few weeks, a U.S. District judge will hold a hearing on a Michigan case that challenges the state's constitutional ban on gay marriage. On today's show: we explored the implications the case could have in Michigan and across the nation.</p></div><div>Also on today's show, Michigan wines are really making a name for themselves outside of the state. We talked to a connoisseur&nbsp;who isn't the least bit surprised by that news.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>And, according to a new report, lobbyist spending on free lunches for legislators has gone up. We spoke to Rich Robinson of the Michigan Campaign Finance Network to see what else they are spending on.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Also, The Mackinac Republican Leadership Conference was this past weekend. <a href="http://michiganradio.org/programs/its-just-politics"><em>It's Just Politics</em></a> co-hosts Rick Pluta and Zoe Clark joined us to talk about what happened there.</div><p> Mon, 23 Sep 2013 20:52:40 +0000 Stateside Staff 14550 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside for Monday, September 23rd, 2013 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 Weekly Political Roundup: Drug testing welfare recipients, Republican conference http://michiganradio.org/post/weekly-political-roundup-drug-testing-welfare-recipients-republican-conference <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It’s Thursday. The day we talk Michigan politics with Ken </span>Sikkema<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, former Senate Majority Leader and Senior Policy Fellow at Public Sector Consultants and Susan </span>Demas<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, columnist for </span><a href="http://www.mlive.com/">MLIVE.com</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">This week, a bill that would require welfare recipients to do some kind of community service in order to get cash assistance or a welfare check passed in the Senate. &nbsp;And another bill related to drug testing and welfare benefits cleared the state House Commerce Committee.</span></p><p>Then, the <a href="http://www.mackinac2013.org/">Mackinac Republican Leadership Conference</a> kicks off this weekend with nationally recognized guests including three potential presidential candidates set to speak there. They are Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin, Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky and Gov. Bobby Jindal of Louisiana.&nbsp;</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Thu, 19 Sep 2013 20:49:00 +0000 Jennifer White & Mercedes Mejia 14503 at http://michiganradio.org Weekly Political Roundup: Drug testing welfare recipients, Republican conference GOP candidates head to Mackinac Island http://michiganradio.org/post/gop-candidates-head-mackinac-island <p>On the heels of <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/itsallpolitics/2011/09/23/140727658/romney-ensures-perry-has-long-hard-night-at-orlando-gop-debate">last night&rsquo;s Republican presidential debate</a>, Texas Governor Rick Perry and Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney are heading to <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/term/mackinac-island">Mackinac Island</a>. The two GOP presidential candidates are scheduled to attend the <a href="http://migop.org/index.php/conference/information/">Michigan Republican Leadership Conference</a> this weekend.</p><p>As <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/people/rick-pluta?rel=author">Rick Pluta</a> tell us, it&rsquo;s a time for Republicans to brainstorm their policies and political messages:</p><blockquote><p>&quot;It&#39;s where half of the political culture is going to be. [They&#39;ll] be developing the platforms and messages that they&#39;re going to be coming back to us with next year...&nbsp; to try and make the case that it ought to be another Republican year.&quot;</p></blockquote><p>Pluta notes that fundraising also plays an important part at the conference:</p><blockquote><p>&quot;Conceivably its to network and to plot strategy but, it&#39;s on a resort island, and it&#39;s really for Republicans who have the money or the means to go up there so, as you can imagine, there&#39;s a lot of fundraising... as the individual GOP campaigns figure out how they&#39;re going to finance their efforts.&quot;</p></blockquote><p><a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/term/rick-snyder">Governor Snyder</a> will address the conference this evening. The events wrap up on Sunday. Fri, 23 Sep 2011 12:43:38 +0000 Zoe Clark 4274 at http://michiganradio.org GOP candidates head to Mackinac Island