brian calley en Lt. Gov. Calley’s future could be decided on the bottom of the August ballot <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">There are some big stakes in the primary elections less than two weeks away, and fierce fights over congressional and legislative nominations are getting a lot of attention.</span></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Not that it’s likely to boost what is usually anemic turnout in the primaries, and that’s despite the reality that most seats are so firmly partisan that the primary is actually the decisive election that really determines who goes to Lansing or Washington.</span></p><p>Like other politicos, we’ve paid a lot of attention to the face-off between the Republican establishment and the GOP’s Tea Party wing. And while that fight is playing out in some state House and Senate races, and some big Congressional races, it’s also playing out locally. Very locally.</p><p>We’re talking about the humble precinct delegate.</p><p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 17:45:22 +0000 Rick Pluta & Zoe Clark 18516 at Lt. Gov. Calley’s future could be decided on the bottom of the August ballot Despite waffling, Snyder did join call to add LGBT protections to state's civil rights law <p>This week at the annual Detroit Regional Chamber’s policy conference on Mackinac Island, Governor Snyder joined the chorus of people calling for an update to Michigan’s Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights act to include protections for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people… sort of.</p><p>There is a lot of spoon-feeding to the press here on the Island – a litany of press conferences and media scrums. And, yesterday, one of those press conferences was held by a group of business leaders who want LGBT protections rolled into the civil rights law.</p><p>Meanwhile, at almost the exact same time as these business leaders were making their announcement, the Governor was talking to us, telling us he thought the legislature ought to take the issue up.</p><p>But, did he actually endorse it? “I’m encouraging them to say there’s been a lot of dialog and discussion on this. It’s been healthy in the public and I think it could be an appropriate topic for the legislators to take up. I would appreciate that,” the Governor said. And, that statement is fairly typical of the multiple exchanges we had with the governor on this topic.</p><p> Fri, 30 May 2014 18:32:01 +0000 Zoe Clark & Rick Pluta 17810 at Despite waffling, Snyder did join call to add LGBT protections to state's civil rights law GOP still has to manage and romance Tea Party as 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="">“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=";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 GOP still has to manage and romance Tea Party as LG challenge fizzles White men coveted by Dems and GOP this November <p>There was an interesting <a href="">article</a> this week in <em>The New York Times</em> with a strong focus on politics in Michigan. It dealt with a particular aspect of the Democratic Party’s trouble winning in off-presidential years: the coveted white male voter. Yes, working class, high school-educated, married white men are wanted.</p><p>Republicans, in fact, have relied on dominance among white males to win elections for many, many years now. And a lot has been made of the fact that right now Republicans are facing big troubles winning over minority voters - African American, Hispanic - as well as immigrants and single women, a weakness that Democrats have been able to use.</p><p>But Democrats have been, for many years, losing the white male vote. Remember the Reagan Democrats? White, blue collar, many of them union members, with a strong presence in southeast Michigan and, over time, they stopped being Reagan Democrats and just became Republicans.</p><p>Exit polls from <em>The Washington Post</em> show President Obama <a href="">lost white voters by 20 points</a> in 2012 to Mitt Romney, the largest losing margin among whites in 30 years. Now, of course, every election is different. We know not as many voters will cast a ballot in 2014 as 2012 because it’s a midyear election when the presidential race isn’t on top of the ballot which creates, in turn, less voter excitement. Fri, 07 Mar 2014 18:26:02 +0000 Zoe Clark & Rick Pluta 16765 at White men coveted by Dems and GOP this November In this morning's headlines: GOP poll, Fed shutdown could affect MI poor, university funding <p><strong>Calley wins straw poll to be Snyder's running mate again in 2014</strong></p><p>"Kentucky Senator Rand Paul won a presidential straw poll of Republicans attending a party conference this past weekend on Mackinac Island. New Jersey Governor Chris Christy came in second. Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley easily won the straw poll to be Governor Rick Snyder’s running mate again in 2014," Rick Pluta <a href="">reports.</a></p><p><strong>Government shutdown could affect Michigan's poor</strong></p><p>"A federal government shutdown could have a big effect in Michigan, especially for many of the state’s most vulnerable. John Nixon is Michigan’s state budget director. He says if the federal government does shut down starting October First the state will have trouble finding money to pay for food assistance Medicaid and other programs for the poor," Steve Carmody <a href="">reports</a></p><p><strong>14 Michigan universities to benefit as Wayne State forfeits state funding</strong></p><p>"Wayne State University's decision to raise tuition at a rate above a cap for performance funding set by the state Legislature is benefiting Michigan's other public universities. State Budget Director John Nixon formally notified the Detroit school earlier this month that it was forfeiting $534,700 in performance funding because of the 8.9 percent increase. The money has been divided among the state's other 14 public universities," the Associated Press reports.</p><p> Mon, 23 Sep 2013 11:03:11 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 14539 at In this morning's headlines: GOP poll, Fed shutdown could affect MI poor, university funding GOP-Tea Party battle becomes an uncivil war <p>“Screw you as far as weak Republicans, dude… I said, ‘screw you’ as far as calling me a weak Republican.”</p><p>“Quote of the week” goes to state Senator Howard Walker in a throw-down at a Republican luncheon in northern Michigan. The “screw you” was directed at a Tea Partier giving grief to Walker over the recent expansion of Medicaid to the working poor in Michigan.</p><p>Senator Walker, liberated by the fact that he is not seeking reelection, spoke his mind - and the mind of many establishment Republicans - who are getting fed up with a Tea Party that says “no” to everything.</p><p>"No" to a new international bridge in Detroit.</p><p>"No" to the Common Core student measurement standards.</p><p>"No" to more transportation funding.</p><p>And, the list goes on. Fri, 20 Sep 2013 21:22:51 +0000 Zoe Clark & Rick Pluta 14530 at GOP-Tea Party battle becomes an uncivil war Tea Party follies <p></p><p>If you’ve been following politics, you know the Tea Party, or various people who say they represent the Tea Party, have had their sights on throwing Lt. Gov. Brian Calley off the Republican ticket next year.</p><p>Three years ago, Calley, now still only in his mid-30s, was seen as one of the more conservative members of the legislature. Conservatives were in fact happy when Rick Snyder chose him as lieutenant governor. Now, however, they want him off the ticket. Why? Because he’s supported Governor Rick Snyder’s policies.</p><p>Well, supporting the governor is what lieutenant governors are supposed to do, just as it is what vice-presidents do. Like presidents and vice-presidents, governors and lieutenant governors are elected on the same ticket. Governors, like presidents, traditionally get to pick their lieutenant governors. But there‘s been a move to force next year‘s GOP state convention to dump Calley.</p><p> Fri, 20 Sep 2013 12:26:14 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 14517 at Tea Party follies Tea Party looks to fight over every step of Medicaid expansion <p>"War." That was the <a href="">headline</a> on the conservative blog “Right Michigan” following the state Senate’s vote this week to approve the Medicaid expansion. The GOP right, the Tea Party, say this is a vote that will not be forgotten – political collusion with the loathed and dreaded Obamacare by eight Republicans who voted with Democrats to get it passed.<br><br>Make that nine Tea Party targets if you count Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley, who was not forced to but stood ready to cast a tie-breaking vote if it was needed to get the expansion passed.<br><br>Last week, we <a href="">outlined the political challenges facing Calley</a> and, since then, a Tea Party opponent emerged. <a href="">Wes Nakagiri</a> says he is putting together a campaign to oust and replace Calley next year at a Republican state convention.<br><br>Calley, meanwhile, has gone on counter-offense, adopting the vernacular of the Tea Party, and sending out communications heavily laden with words like “freedom,” “liberty,” and “conservative.” He is also touting the endorsement of Congressman Justin Amash, a favorite of the “liberty” wing of the Republican coalition.</p><p>All of this is an effort to begin to re-set the conversation after the Senate vote. But there is still more road to travel before the Medicaid expansion is complete. The state House must adopt the Senate version to get it to Governor Rick Snyder’s desk. &nbsp;The governor is actually delaying a trade-building mission to China and Japan to be on hand. (Remember, he <a href="">rushed back from Israel</a> after the Medicaid expansion stalled in the Senate earlier this summer.) It’s a good bet he’d like to sign the bill before joining the trade trip later in the week. Fri, 30 Aug 2013 17:28:51 +0000 Rick Pluta & Zoe Clark 14212 at Tea Party looks to fight over every step of Medicaid expansion Week in Michigan politics: Medicaid, Governor Snyder, and the Tea Party <p>This week in Michigan politics Christina Shockley and Jack Lessenberry discuss <a href="">Medicaid expansion</a>, Governor Rick Snyder&#39;s <a href="">political status</a>, and the <a href="">Michigan Tea Party</a>.</p><p> Wed, 28 Aug 2013 13:57:39 +0000 Christina Shockley & Jack Lessenberry 14169 at Week in Michigan politics: Medicaid, Governor Snyder, and the Tea Party Tea Party activist to challenge Michigan's Lt. Gov. for Republican nomination <p>Tea Party favorite Wes Nakagiri says he will challenge the re-nomination of Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley at a Republican convention next summer.</p><p></p><p>Tea Partiers have demonstrated their ability to dominate Michigan Republican conventions and cause heartburn for party leaders. Three years ago, they almost denied Rick Snyder his choice of Calley as a running mate after failing to stop Snyder from winning the Republican primary.</p><p></p> Mon, 26 Aug 2013 23:04:08 +0000 Rick Pluta 14144 at Tea Party activist to challenge Michigan's Lt. Gov. for Republican nomination Can Snyder/Calley ticket survive the Medicaid fight? <p>Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley is trying to burnish his conservative credentials as the Snyder administration takes on the Tea Party in the Medicaid expansion fight.</p><p>“I’m a voice on the inside that comes from the right side of the political spectrum,” said Calley on the Michigan Public Television show “Off The Record.”</p><p>Calley is trying to erase the political target on his back. He has become the focal point of Tea Party rage over the push for expanding Medicaid to cover more working poor people and other centrist sins of the Snyder administration, deemed by many Tea Partiers as insufficiently conservative.&nbsp;</p><p>Now, the Tea Party doesn’t really harbor hopes of knocking down Governor Snyder with a primary challenge next year.&nbsp;But it does believe the Tea Party is a necessary element of any coalition to ensure a Republican victory next year, and it knows, that (even if Rick Snyder is pretty much guaranteed re-nomination in a primary election) Calley – or whomever the lieutenant governor candidate will be – has to be nominated at a state party convention. Sat, 24 Aug 2013 16:50:29 +0000 Rick Pluta & Zoe Clark 14128 at Can Snyder/Calley ticket survive the Medicaid fight? Michigan's Lt. Gov to spend 2 days on Mexican trade trip <p>LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Michigan Lt. Gov. Brian Calley is planning to meet with government officials and business leaders during a two-day visit to Mexico.<br><br>Calley was expected to leave Sunday on the mission to strengthen trade relations and attract job-creating investments to Michigan.<br><br>He will meet Monday with Mexican government officials and visit the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City. Calley also will speak with Mexican-based auto supplier Rassini.<br> Sun, 05 May 2013 16:46:00 +0000 The Associated Press 12412 at Michigan's Lt. Gov to spend 2 days on Mexican trade trip Lt. Governor signs dozens of bills: Dead bodies, conservation corps, medical pot <p>It will soon be illegal in Michigan to discover a dead body and not report it.</p><p>It’s one of more than 50 bills signed this week by Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley.</p><p>Failing to report a corpse will be a misdemeanor, which can come with up to a year in jail and a $1,000 fine. It will be a felony to fail to report the body if the intention is to hide the death or its cause.</p><p>Republican state Senator Tonya Schuitmaker sponsored the bill.</p> Thu, 03 Jan 2013 22:22:10 +0000 Jake Neher 10613 at Lt. Governor signs dozens of bills: Dead bodies, conservation corps, medical pot Snyder administration proposes industrial tax phaseout <p>Governor Rick Snyder and Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley want the Legislature to enact a major tax overhaul before its current session ends in two or three weeks.</p><p>It would phase out Michigan’s tax on business and industrial equipment. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>It is widely agreed the tax discourages investment and is a particularly large burden on manufacturers.</p><p>The phase-out would take 10 years, with smaller businesses benefiting first.</p><p>Lieutenant Governor Calley said Michigan’s economy is still rooted in manufacturing.</p><p>“Eliminating this disincentive to invest will help improve our climate for job growth. Our whole state will benefit,” said Calley.</p><p>The holdup has come from local governments and school districts, which rely on that revenue.</p><p>David Lossing is the mayor of the city of Linden, near Flint, and president of the Michigan Municipal League. Lossing said there are still too many questions about this plan, and it could force many communities to cut services.</p><p>“We want to make 21st Century communities. We want to make these places where people want to live, want to shop, want to open a business, and so forth. If you throw us over the cliff, we’re not going to attract the businesses that we think we need to have to make us prosperous," said Lossing.</p><p>The plan would guarantee money for police, fire and other emergency services, but only if voters approve the plan in a statewide election. Other services could face cuts.</p><p>The state House Tax Policy Committee will hold a hearing on the proposal Wenesday. Tue, 27 Nov 2012 22:27:49 +0000 Rick Pluta 10089 at Snyder administration proposes industrial tax phaseout Calley: Ballot question would not stop bridge project <p>Lt. Gov. Brian Calley says a ballot proposal to require the public to vote on a new international bridge in Detroit won&rsquo;t stop the project. But he says it could put a halt to future infrastructure projects, including a badly needed upgrade to a rail tunnel in Detroit.</p><p>Calley says Governor Rick Snyder&rsquo;s deal with the Canadian government to build a new international bridge in Detroit pre-dates the ballot question. But he says there are other international crossings in Michigan.<br /><br />&ldquo;As we look at Sault Sainte Marie, we look at Port Huron, and we look at the rail tunnel where cargo goes back and forth between our nations, there will likely be a need for expanded transportation options all along our border, and all this does is limit that,&quot; he said.<br /><br />The amendment would require a statewide vote to use public resources on an international bridge or tunnel.</p><p><br />The ballot campaign is financed largely by the Ambassador Bridge company, which is trying to stop a competing span. A spokesman says it would not affect the privately owned Detroit rail tunnel, unless tax dollars were used for the upgrade.</p><p> Fri, 10 Aug 2012 20:23:13 +0000 Rick Pluta 8637 at Calley: Ballot question would not stop bridge project Governor's office calls special election to replace McCotter <p><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;; font-size: 12pt;">Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley has called a special election to fill the vacancy created by the sudden resignation last week of U.S.&nbsp;Rep.Thaddeus McCotter (R-Livonia). It is the latest twist in a bizarre series of events that began when McCotter failed to make the ballot because of faked petition signatures.<br />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p> Tue, 10 Jul 2012 20:34:25 +0000 Rick Pluta 8211 at Governor's office calls special election to replace McCotter Lt. Gov. Calley: I expect the owners of the Ambassador Bridge to continue the campaign of deceit <p>Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley is continuing to push for the need to secure an additional international border crossing between Detroit and Windsor, Ontario. The new bridge would directly connect Michigan&rsquo;s freeway system with that of its most important trading partner, Canada.</p><p>Calley says the Snyder administration will continue to plow ahead with &ldquo;the end-to-end border solution that Michigan manufacturing needs,&rdquo; despite some anticipated pushback.</p><p>&ldquo;We don&rsquo;t have a final determination of the plan as of yet, although we&rsquo;re zeroing in. I do expect that the owners of the Ambassador Bridge will continue the campaign of deceit and the campaign of lies on what the proposal actually is,&quot; Calley says. Tue, 05 Jun 2012 21:10:35 +0000 Zoe Clark & Jennifer White 7773 at Lt. Gov. Calley: I expect the owners of the Ambassador Bridge to continue the campaign of deceit Lt. Gov Calley: Individual tax cut could be part of business tax rollback <p>An election year tax cut could be in the offing for individual filers in Michigan.</p><p>State House Republican leaders want to bring that into the discussions on phasing out a tax on industrial equipment.</p><p>Democrats in Lansing have hammered Republicans with the complaint that tax reforms enacted over the past year and a half have all been directed at helping businesses, while many of the exemptions and deductions enjoyed by individual filers have been scrapped.</p><p>Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley says a tax rollback for individuals and families has not yet been put on the table, but he and Governor Rick Snyder are open to the idea if that&rsquo;s what the Legislature&rsquo;s GOP leadership wants.</p><p>Calley says he hopes a debate over reducing the income tax or some other tax cut for individuals does not slow down a tax rollback that would encourage more investment in manufacturing in Michigan. Mon, 14 May 2012 10:39:52 +0000 Rick Pluta 7451 at Lt. Gov Calley: Individual tax cut could be part of business tax rollback Michigan legislature prayer group <p>The Roman Catholic church says a newly formed prayer caucus in the Michigan Legislature that specifically endorses Judeo-Christian tradition should open itself to officials of &quot;any faith.&quot; About 30 lawmakers and Republican Lt. Gov. Brian Calley sang &quot;God Bless America&quot; and prayed at Wednesday&#39;s launch.<br /><br />The caucus says in its founding statement that it&#39;s &quot;a bipartisan body of believers of Scriptural Truth, adhering to established Judeo-Christian principles.&quot;<br /><br />The statement has drawn criticism from the Council on American-Islamic Relations based on what the group&#39;s state director Dawud Walid says is its &quot;exclusionary language.&quot;<br /><br />&nbsp;The Michigan Catholic Conference has weighed in as well, saying it hopes that &quot;elected officials of any faith are made to feel welcome.&quot; Caucus co-founder Rep. Ken Kurtz says anyone may join. Thu, 03 May 2012 15:33:15 +0000 The Associated Press 7320 at Michigan legislature prayer group Governor’s annual education summit to meet in East Lansing <p>State officials, teachers, school administrators and researchers will mingle today at a day-long education conference in East Lansing. This will be the 17<sup>th</sup> annual Governor&rsquo;s Education Summit.</p><p>Last year, Governor Rick Snyder called for an overhaul of education and how teachers do their jobs.</p><p>A lot of the sessions will focus on flexibility in classrooms and helping teachers and students meet new performance expectations. Also, strategies to create an education system that starts with pre-school and continues through college or job training.</p><p>Democrat John Austin is the president of the Michigan State Board of Education. He says Michigan needs to do a better job of making education past high school accessible and worthwhile.</p><p>&ldquo;We said everybody needs a post-secondary degree, not a high school degree, and we&rsquo;ve been dis-investing in our community colleges and our universities in this state for a dozen years,&quot; Austin says.</p><p>Republican Lt. Gov. Brian Calley will also address the conference on different strategies for improving Michigan schools. Mon, 23 Apr 2012 10:30:43 +0000 Rick Pluta 7144 at Governor’s annual education summit to meet in East Lansing