Election 2014 http://michiganradio.org en Spying on candidates may be unsettling, but is it really such a bad thing? http://michiganradio.org/post/spying-candidates-may-be-unsettling-it-really-such-bad-thing <p>Cue the James Bond theme as we take up electoral espionage. We’re talking campaign black ops. Political spying.</p><p>We learned this week that Republicans here in Michigan sent two young operatives equipped with a tiny video camera in a pair of glasses to infiltrate a Mark Schauer for Governor campaign event -- looking for whatever they might find. And what did they get? Found out.</p><p>Our ace operatives bungled the job. Dropped the disc with the video where it was found by Democrats. Who, then, made it public, including their brief conversation with Dem lieutenant governor candidate Lisa Brown.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Republicans didn’t deny the operatives were theirs.</span></p><p>Democrats and the Schauer campaign cried foul calling it sneaky, dirty tricks. They got some newspaper headlines. Effective messaging helped along by the fact that it fit did neatly into a narrative courtesy of some missteps -- or what seemed to be missteps -- by Governor Rick Snyder’s campaign.</p><p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 16:11:06 +0000 Rick Pluta & Zoe Clark 18432 at http://michiganradio.org Spying on candidates may be unsettling, but is it really such a bad thing? Michigan Republican Party's tactics remind me of Watergate, because both were unnecessary http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-republican-partys-tactics-remind-me-watergate-because-both-were-unnecessary <p></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">Back in the </span>1960s<span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">, there was a hilarious TV sitcom called Get Smart, which portrayed the adventures of the world’s most inept spy.</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">Maxwell Smart was a bumbler who talked into his not-so-secret shoe telephone, carried around a device called the cone of silence, and never really had a clue as to what was going on.</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">Well, the Cold War is long over, but if he were around today, Smart would clearly have a future in politics.</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">This week, we learned that the Snyder re-election campaign has evidently revived some version of the classic department of dirty tricks, tactics made most famous by another Richard, the late President Nixon.</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">The Michigan Republican Party now admits it sent two staffers into a Mark Schauer fundraising event <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/michigans-campaign-governor-gets-weird-republicans-deploy-spyglasses">wearing high-tech hidden camera glasses</a>.</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">Democrats later got possession of the disc, apparently because the Republicans clumsily lost it. My understanding is that it shows the two paid staffers chowing down on appetizers and worrying that the people at the event were on to them.&nbsp;</span><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">They apparently made small talk with Lisa Brown, the Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor, but not </span>Schauer<span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">.</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">You might think Republicans would now be embarrassed.</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">But you’d be wrong.</span></p><p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 15:01:28 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 18410 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan Republican Party's tactics remind me of Watergate, because both were unnecessary Michigan's campaign for governor gets weird as Republicans deploy spyglasses http://michiganradio.org/post/michigans-campaign-governor-gets-weird-republicans-deploy-spyglasses <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">I guess we should expect it in our politics these days.</span></p><p>Recording technology is getting smaller and some recordings have been seen as game changers.</p><p><a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2012/12/story-behind-47-video?page=1">When David Corn of Mother Jones released</a> Mitt Romney's "47% video," the predictions came in:</p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 20:01:53 +0000 Mark Brush 18401 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan's campaign for governor gets weird as Republicans deploy spyglasses 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 Listen to the call-in show with Mark Schauer, Democratic candidate for Michigan governor http://michiganradio.org/post/listen-call-show-mark-schauer-democratic-candidate-michigan-governor <p>This morning, Democratic candidate for&nbsp;Michigan Governor&nbsp;Mark&nbsp;Schauer&nbsp;joined us on a statewide&nbsp;call-in show.</p><p>Here’s a shot of the team getting ready for the show in the WKAR studio:</p><p></p><p>Schauer answered questions about his plans for education, the city of Detroit, retiree pensions, road funding and more during the hour-long program.</p><p>If you missed it, you can listen to it here:</p><p></p><p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 18:52:27 +0000 Mark Brush 18350 at http://michiganradio.org Listen to the call-in show with Mark Schauer, Democratic candidate for Michigan governor Signed a petition to oppose Asian carp? You actually signed a petition to allow wolf hunting http://michiganradio.org/post/signed-petition-oppose-asian-carp-you-actually-signed-petition-allow-wolf-hunting <p><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; line-height: 1.15; white-space: pre-wrap;">This week, pretty much unnoticed, the deadline came and went for opponents to file challenges to petitions filed by the Citizens for Professional Wildlife Management campaign to initiate a law. This is part of the ongoing political battle over wolf hunting in the Upper Peninsula.</span></p><p></p><p><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; white-space: pre-wrap; line-height: 1.15;">The </span>CPWM<span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; white-space: pre-wrap; line-height: 1.15;"> petition drive would create a new version of the law to allow wolf hunting, and it would take future decisions on designating game animals and put it with the state Natural Resources Commission instead of the Legislature.</span></p><p><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; white-space: pre-wrap; line-height: 1.15;">Now, not everyone may recognize that petition campaign. But, if you signed a petition to oppose Asian carp in the Great Lakes, you signed a petition to allow wolf hunting in the UP. If you signed a petition to allow active duty military personnel to get free hunting and fishing licenses, you signed a petition to allow wolf hunting.</span></p><p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 18:05:28 +0000 Rick Pluta & Zoe Clark 18349 at http://michiganradio.org Signed a petition to oppose Asian carp? You actually signed a petition to allow wolf hunting What will get "millennials" into the voting booth? http://michiganradio.org/post/what-will-get-millennials-voting-booth <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The curtain is closing on baby boomers, as the so-called "millennial generation" is taking up a larger share of the electorate. This voting block surpasses seniors who are eligible to vote. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">But many </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">m</span>illennials<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> are not politically engaged.</span></p><p>“We feel that as one voice, as a younger person, we don’t have a lot of say in politics and I think that also drives their decision to remain out of the discussion as well,” said Connor Walby, a millennial and the campaign manager for State Rep. Frank Foster, R-Petoskey.</p><p>Walby also said the negative messages in politics that are seen on social media affect millennials' decision to vote as well.</p><p>“With our generation and having Twitter and Facebook, we are blasted with a lot of the 24 hour news cycle. And with that you also get a lot of the negative news coverage,” Walby said. &nbsp;“I think a lot of our generation is pretty sick and tired of some of the policies that have been put in place and they are just sick of the politicians and the political atmosphere in general.”</p><p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 15:48:15 +0000 Stateside Staff 18289 at http://michiganradio.org What will get "millennials" into the voting booth? Outside groups outspend Michigan candidates on campaign TV ads http://michiganradio.org/post/outside-groups-outspend-michigan-candidates-campaign-tv-ads <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A new report finds that for every dollar spent by a Michigan candidate in campaign ads, outside groups have spent $3.50.</span></p><p>Looking at it another way: of the $18 million spent on campaign TV ads over the first half of this year, outside groups paid for $14 million of that.</p><p>Rich Robinson, executive director of the campaign spending watchdog group Michigan Campaign Finance Network, talked about the consequences of outside money in Michigan political campaigns.</p><p> Fri, 04 Jul 2014 12:30:24 +0000 Stateside Staff 18264 at http://michiganradio.org Outside groups outspend Michigan candidates on campaign TV ads Weekly Political Roundup: Outside money targets campaign ads in Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/weekly-political-roundup-outside-money-targets-campaign-ads-michigan <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It’s Thursday, the day we talk Michigan politics with Susan </span>Demas<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, publisher of Inside Michigan Politics, and Ken </span>Sikkema<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, former Senate Majority Leader and Senior Policy Fellow at Public Sector Consultants.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">We’re still about a month out from the primaries and four months out from the general election. Yet, the Michigan Campaign Finance Network this week reports that $18 million have already been spent in the Michigan gubernatorial and senate races. And such of this money is coming from outside groups.</span></p><p>Is it surprising that this much outside money is coming into Michigan so early or is this election politics as usual?</p><p> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 20:27:00 +0000 Jennifer White 18257 at http://michiganradio.org Weekly Political Roundup: Outside money targets campaign ads in Michigan Outside groups already spending big in Michigan's U.S. Senate and governor's races http://michiganradio.org/post/outside-groups-already-spending-big-michigans-us-senate-and-governors-races <p>Nearly $18 million has been spent so far this year on political TV ads in Michigan’s U. S. Senate and governor’s races. Most of the money has been coming from national Republican, Democratic, conservative and liberal groups.</p><p></p><p>Rich Robinson is the executive director of the Michigan Campaign Finance Network. He analyzed TV ad buys by political groups in a half dozen television markets in Michigan.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 17:40:27 +0000 Steve Carmody 18238 at http://michiganradio.org Outside groups already spending big in Michigan's U.S. Senate and governor's races Here’s why the state Senate couldn’t pass road funding http://michiganradio.org/post/here-s-why-state-senate-couldn-t-pass-road-funding <p><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; background-color: transparent;">"Unfortunately, this is an issue that I would admit there are too much politics going on." </span><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; background-color: transparent;"> That was Gov. Rick Snyder last night, after it became clear that a major roads funding package was not going to get passed in the state Senate.</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; background-color: transparent;">"</span><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; background-color: transparent;">...If we were sitting at the kitchen table as a big family,” he continued, “and you looked at this issue, we would have solved this problem.”</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; background-color: transparent;">Sure. Or our big family would fight about who wrecked the roads in the first place and that it was your fault – you and your big truck – which is why we can’t have nice roads and don’t you know I have a primary and, by the way, I haven’t forgotten who wrecked the roads that you won’t fix because you should.</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; background-color: transparent;">But, we digress.</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; background-color: transparent;">There were a lot of reasons why this road-funding deal failed to come together, despite some recent instances of actual bipartisanship, like increasing the state’s minimum wage and the Detroit rescue package. But those were exceptions in this era of Republican hegemony in Lansing. Fri, 13 Jun 2014 17:34:37 +0000 Zoe Clark & Rick Pluta 17993 at http://michiganradio.org Here’s why the state Senate couldn’t pass road funding Why presidential politics could stall a deal in Lansing to fix our roads http://michiganradio.org/post/why-presidential-politics-could-stall-deal-lansing-fix-our-roads <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">With money to fix roads hanging in the balance, presidential politics could stand in the way of the new trend of bipartisan action on big, controversial issues.</span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">But, really, any notion that there’s a new era of bipartisanship at the state Capitol should be shelved, despite the Democratic and Republican coalitions in the Legislature that pushed through deals on increasing the minimum wage and the Detroit rescue package. And that’s because each was an anomaly that brought Democrats to the bargaining table in Republican-controlled Lansing. </span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">When you break down the Detroit votes, for example, you see two very different pictures in the House and in the Senate. In the House, almost all the Republicans voted for the rescue. A few Democrats were the holdouts. In the Senate, Democrats made up the difference as most Republicans</span><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:bold;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;"> </span><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">-- 16 out of 26 -- voted “no” on the main bills in the Detroit package.</span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">What this says is the parameters of each deal were different (even when we’re talking about the exact same legislation) depending on whether it’s the House or the Senate. &nbsp;For example, a larger proportion of the Republicans in the Senate have serious primaries. Fri, 06 Jun 2014 17:52:09 +0000 Zoe Clark & Rick Pluta 17894 at http://michiganradio.org Why presidential politics could stall a deal in Lansing to fix our roads Green Party of Michigan holds election this weekend http://michiganradio.org/post/green-party-michigan-holds-election-weekend <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It might be fair to say the Green Party in Michigan is a little like Rodney </span>Dangerfield: C<span style="line-height: 1.5;">an't get no respect.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">But the party is holding its nominating convention this weekend.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It's a reminder that we do have an alternative to the Democrat and Republican parties in the state.</span></p><p>Fred Vitale, chairperson for the Green Party of Michigan, joined us on Stateside today.</p><p>He explained what the Green Party platform is based on and how issues such as ecological wisdom and social justice should be the focus for the upcoming election season.</p><p>Vitale also talked about how the Green Party can realistically have an impact on politics in Michigan.</p><p>*<em style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">Listen to the full interview above.<br /> Thu, 05 Jun 2014 22:24:51 +0000 Stateside Staff 17886 at http://michiganradio.org Green Party of Michigan holds election this weekend Voters will get their say on Michigan's Personal Property Tax August 5 http://michiganradio.org/post/voters-will-get-their-say-michigans-personal-property-tax-august-5 <p>Michigan voters will have a chance to drive the final nail into the coffin of the state’s &nbsp;Personal Property tax this summer. The Board of State Canvassers today designated the PPT&nbsp;question as Proposal 1 on the August 5 ballot. It will be the only statewide question on the ballot. &nbsp;</p><p></p><p>Businesses pay the tax based on the value of their equipment and other assets. Many Michigan communities rely on the tax revenues to pay for basic city services.</p><p></p> Thu, 22 May 2014 21:34:33 +0000 Steve Carmody 17724 at http://michiganradio.org Voters will get their say on Michigan's Personal Property Tax August 5 Rumors of the demise of minimum wage petition drive are greatly exaggerated http://michiganradio.org/post/rumors-demise-minimum-wage-petition-drive-are-greatly-exaggerated <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">So now that the Michigan Senate has approved a new, higher minimum wage, with bipartisan support (14 Rs, 10 Ds) no less, this is practically a done deal. Right?</span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">Not so much.</span> <span id="docs-internal-guid-a850aade-0650-754c-0145-0e2550edd44f" style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">The </span><span style="font-size:16px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">headlines and stories that said it would “kill” the petition drive are speculative and premature.</span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">This Senate bill is – at the bottom of it all – an effort to pull the rug out from under the ballot drive to raise the Michigan minimum wage to $10.10 an hour. It's a cause beloved by Democrats and progressives.</span></p><p><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">So why then did 10 out of 12 Senate Democrats go along with it? Particularly after some had already blasted the proposal as a gimmick and too paltry – especially for workers earning the lower tipped wage?</span> Fri, 16 May 2014 18:38:35 +0000 Zoe Clark & Rick Pluta 17640 at http://michiganradio.org Rumors of the demise of minimum wage petition drive are greatly exaggerated A campaign to continue Michigan's controversial wolf hunt nears milestone http://michiganradio.org/post/campaign-continue-michigans-controversial-wolf-hunt-nears-milestone <p>Michigan hunters are in the final phases of collecting signatures on a statewide petition drive to allow the state’s controversial wolf hunt to continue.</p><p></p><p>Hunters killed 22 wolves in three specific zones in the Upper Peninsula last year. The hunt was the first after the gray wolf was removed from the endangered species list.</p><p></p> Sat, 10 May 2014 21:54:04 +0000 Steve Carmody 17552 at http://michiganradio.org A campaign to continue Michigan's controversial wolf hunt nears milestone Report: Conyers "far short" of signatures needed to put him on the ballot http://michiganradio.org/post/report-conyers-far-short-signatures-needed-put-him-ballot <p>Longtime Congressman John Conyers is about 400 signatures short of what he needs to be on the August primary ballot.</p><p>The Detroit Democrat is seeking a 26<sup>th</sup> term in the U.S. House of Representatives, where he’s the second longest-serving member.</p><p>But Wayne County Clerk Cathy Garrett has now released a report that finds Conyers only got 592 valid petition signatures – far short of the 1,000 needed to get on the ballot.</p> Sat, 10 May 2014 00:03:34 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 17550 at http://michiganradio.org Report: Conyers "far short" of signatures needed to put him on the ballot Center for Michigan creates citizen's agenda for 2014 elections http://michiganradio.org/post/center-michigan-creates-citizens-agenda-2014-elections <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">There are plenty of issues on the minds of Michigan voters as we look to the November elections: education, college, poverty, how to spend public dollars, our economy, our quality of life.&nbsp;</span></p><p><a href="http://thecenterformichigan.net/">The Center for Michigan</a> has been listening to what voters are saying. The result is <a href="http://thecenterformichigan.net/2014-citizens-agenda/">Michigan Speaks: The Citizen's Agenda</a> for the 2014 election.&nbsp;</p><p>It's being released today.</p><p>Here to tell us what the voters are thinking about and hoping for is Phil Power, founder of the Center for Michigan.&nbsp;</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.&nbsp;</em></p><p></p><p> Tue, 06 May 2014 20:02:30 +0000 Stateside Staff 17494 at http://michiganradio.org Center for Michigan creates citizen's agenda for 2014 elections GOP still has to manage and romance Tea Party as LG challenge fizzles http://michiganradio.org/post/gop-still-has-manage-and-romance-tea-party-lg-challenge-fizzles <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><strong>Update: 1:25 PM, Monday, May 5th, 2014</strong></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;">&nbsp;</p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-0c38d9df-cd69-cfe3-b106-620f8c24926d" style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">Well, blow the <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V8XTpCwicwE">“trumpet of shame”</a> on us. Right after we predicted here that the prospective challengers to Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley would fall short, Wes Nakagiri <a href="http://wesyes.com/index.php?option=com_acymailing&amp;ctrl=archive&amp;task=view&amp;mailid=47&amp;key=bf4b76aaaf6282c5c2fbefd97f33f583&amp;subid=6844-e837c7f09aa13ed1725fe8aa981bc310&amp;tmpl=component">goes and turns in 33 signatures</a> from the ranks of Michigan Republican State Central Committee to get his name placed in consideration at the party’s summer convention. The rules require at least three signatures from committee members in at least three congressional districts. It appears Nakagiri’s crossed his t’s and dotted his i’s, but the Michigan GOP’s policy committee still has to affirm the signatures. That could happen at its July meeting, if not sooner. Calley’s still the odds-on favorite to win re-nomination.</span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">---</span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;">&nbsp;</p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">We’ve talked quite a bit already about the friction within the Michigan Republican Party between the GOP establishment and its perpetually perturbed Tea Party wing. The Tea Party’s restless longings are coalescing lately around the possibility of toppling Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley from the ticket.</span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">It almost happened four years ago as many in the Tea Party deemed Republican nominee-for- governor Rick Snyder as insufficiently conservative, and tried to put one of their own on the ticket in place of One Tough Nerd’s choice, then-state Representative Calley. And when that effort failed (but not by much), they felt robbed. </span></p><p><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">“In politics, you know, they do whatever it takes! They scratch! They claw! They bite!” said one angry delegate to the 2010 GOP summer convention.</span><span style="background-color: transparent; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; line-height: 1.15;">Tea Partiers now harbor some hopes of pulling it off this year as a payback for the Medicaid expansion, Common Core, the autism insurance mandate and other Snyder administration initiatives.</span></p><p><span style="background-color: transparent; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; line-height: 1.5;">But Lieutenant </span>Gov<span style="background-color: transparent; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; line-height: 1.5;">.&nbsp;</span>Calley<span style="background-color: transparent; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; line-height: 1.5;"> seems to have warded off that challenge – for the moment.</span></p><p> Fri, 02 May 2014 18:29:36 +0000 Rick Pluta & Zoe Clark 17468 at http://michiganradio.org GOP still has to manage and romance Tea Party as LG challenge fizzles End of a career for Conyers? http://michiganradio.org/post/end-career-conyers <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">If you like irony, think about this. Sixty years ago, the president of General Motors was nominated to be Secretary of Defense.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Today, we remember only one thing about “Engine Charlie” Wilson – his famous quote: “I thought what was good for our country was good for General Motors, and vice versa.”&nbsp; Today, that would almost certainly have sunk his nomination.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Back then, it caused scarcely a ripple. Wilson died in 1961, and I wonder what he would say if he came back to life and learned that Chrysler was owned by the Italians, Ford was about to have a Jewish CEO and his beloved GM had not only gone bankrupt, it was now a much smaller company run by a woman. Oh yes, and by the way – the president of the United States is black.</span></p><p> Fri, 02 May 2014 16:14:04 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 17462 at http://michiganradio.org End of a career for Conyers?