Republican national committee http://michiganradio.org en Michigan's Ronna Romney McDaniel named newest member of Republican National Committee http://michiganradio.org/post/michigans-ronna-romney-mcdaniel-named-newest-member-republican-national-committee <p>Over the weekend, Michigan Republicans chose a new member of the Republican National Committee to take the seat vacated when Terri Lynn Land stepped down to run for Carl Levin's Senate seat.&nbsp;</p><p>The new member is someone with quite a Michigan-centric political pedigree.</p><p>Ronna&nbsp;Romney McDaniel is Mitt Romney's niece, and the granddaughter of Michigan's 43rd governor, George Romney.&nbsp;</p><p>What does her election mean for Michigan's profile on the Republican National Committee?&nbsp;</p> Mon, 17 Feb 2014 20:46:28 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 16476 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan's Ronna Romney McDaniel named newest member of Republican National Committee Michigan GOP elects Mitt Romney's niece to Republican National Committee http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-gop-elects-mitt-romneys-niece-republican-national-committee <p>EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Michigan Republican officials have chosen the niece of GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney to replace Terri Lynn Land on the party's national committee.<br /><br />Ronna Romney McDaniel was elected Saturday morning during a meeting of the 113-member Michigan Republican Party State Central Committee. McDaniel is the daughter of Ronna Romney, who also served on the Republican National Committee.<br /> Sat, 15 Feb 2014 16:44:49 +0000 The Associated Press 16466 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan GOP elects Mitt Romney's niece to Republican National Committee GOP focusing on “brand management” http://michiganradio.org/post/gop-focusing-brand-management <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;">This week on</span><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:italic;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;"> <a href="http://michiganradio.org/programs/its-just-politics">It’s Just Politics</a></span><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight Fri, 14 Feb 2014 21:12:54 +0000 Zoe Clark & Rick Pluta 16459 at http://michiganradio.org GOP focusing on “brand management” Agema says he's staying http://michiganradio.org/post/agema-says-hes-staying <p>GRANDVILLE, Mich. (AP) - A Michigan member of the Republican National Committee says he's made mistakes but he's not quitting the party post.<br /><br />Dave Agema issued a statement Friday, hours after chairmen of the Michigan and national Republican Party urged him to step down.<br /><br />Last March, Agema posted an article on Facebook with an unsubstantiated claim that gays account for half the murders in large cities. He also came under fire from the Council on American-Islamic Relations for a Facebook posting this month questioning Muslims' commitment to charity.<br /> Sat, 25 Jan 2014 13:45:00 +0000 The Associated Press 16173 at http://michiganradio.org Agema says he's staying Stateside for Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014 http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-tuesday-jan-21-2014 <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Embattled Republican National Committeeman Dave&nbsp;Agema&nbsp;is hitting back at critics of his anti-gay and anti-Muslim web postings, saying he stands on the same issues he always has, "God, family and country."</span></p><p>In a Facebook post, the ex-state-Representative says people are feeding half-truths to the news media within the GOP and stirring up divisiveness.</p><p>He says he's wrongly being blamed for posting other people's comments and says it's an unfortunate and uncivil tactic to tarnish his reputation.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Rick&nbsp;Pluta, Lansing bureau chief for the Michigan Public Radio Network and co-host of It's Just Politics, joined us today.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Lawmakers in Lansing have begun holding hearings on which standardized tests Michigan students will begin taking next spring. Goodbye Michigan Educational Assessment Program (</span>MEAP<span style="line-height: 1.5;">), hello Smarter Balanced Assessment. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Opponents say it takes away local control, while those who favor it say it better predicts a student's comprehension. We found out more about this computer-based testing on today's show.</span></p><p>Then, we continued on the subject of schools and asked: Are zero-tolerance policies actually keeping kids out of trouble? A new study says not so much.</p><p>And, Michigan’s University Research Corridor is making huge contributions to the state economy. We spoke with Lou Anna Simon, president of Michigan State University, to learn more.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Finally, a new documentary explores Michigan’s history with the abolitionist movement and the Underground Railroad. &nbsp;</span></p><p> Tue, 21 Jan 2014 21:28:38 +0000 Stateside Staff 16118 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside for Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014 Dave Agema claims he was wrongly blamed for anti-gay and anti-Muslim comments http://michiganradio.org/post/dave-agema-claims-he-was-wrongly-blamed-anti-gay-and-anti-muslim-comments <p>Embattled Republican National Committeeman Dave Agema is hitting back at critics of his anti-gay and anti-Muslim Web postings, saying he stands on the same issues he always has: "God, family and country."</p><p>In a Facebook post, the former state representative says people are feeding half-truths to the news media within the GOP and stirring up divisiveness.</p><p>He says he's wrongly being blamed for posting other people's comments and says it's an unfortunate and uncivil tactic to tarnish his reputation.</p><p>Rick Pluta, Lansing bureau chief for the Michigan Public Radio Network and co-host of "It's Just Politics" &nbsp;joined us today.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Tue, 21 Jan 2014 21:12:29 +0000 Stateside Staff 16112 at http://michiganradio.org Dave Agema claims he was wrongly blamed for anti-gay and anti-Muslim comments Heat on Michigan GOP committeeman for gay, Muslim comments http://michiganradio.org/post/heat-michigan-gop-committeeman-gay-muslim-comments <p>LANSING, Mich. (AP) - As the Republican National Committee prepares for meetings in Washington this week, Gov. Rick Snyder and other party leaders in Michigan are criticizing repeated anti-gay and anti-Muslim remarks by Committeeman Dave Agema.<br /><br />The 64-year-old ex-state representative from western Michigan represents the state on the Republican party's national board.<br /><br />Snyder made a semi-veiled reference to Agema in Thursday's State of the State speech, calling for civil discourse in the public arena.<br /> Mon, 20 Jan 2014 03:13:00 +0000 The Associated Press 16088 at http://michiganradio.org Heat on Michigan GOP committeeman for gay, Muslim comments Vice President Snyder? http://michiganradio.org/post/vice-president-snyder <p>That&#39;s what one conservative analyst is saying today.</p><p>In a column for <a href="http://www2.tbo.com/news/opinion/2012/may/03/naopino1-no-room-at-embassy-for-florida-marco-ar-399224/">Tampa Bay Online</a>, Chris Ingram bases his prognostication on hotel room locations.</p><p>More specifically, hotel room locations for the Republican National Convention this August in Tampa Bay.</p><p>Ingram writes that Romney and Massachusetts got the best rooms for the convention... and Gov. Snyder and Michigan got the second best spot:</p><blockquote><p>But there is a reason Michigan got the second-best hotel assignment: Gov. Rick Snyder. My bet is he&#39;s Romney&#39;s man for vice president.</p></blockquote><p>What does hotel room location have to do with anything?</p><p>Ingram writes:</p><blockquote><p>Access to the convention site, proximity to the best restaurants and bars, being inside the security zone, and not having to ride a bus (a really big deal if you&#39;re a Republican) are almost as important as fighting over abortion and gays in the party&#39;s meaningless platform.</p></blockquote><p>Ingram notes Snyder&#39;s success at getting his pro-business agenda passed through the Michigan legislature, his background in private business, his credentials (an attorney with an MBA), and his appeal to moderates as more reasons Mitt Romney could pick Snyder as his running mate.</p><p>&quot;Too bad he doesn&#39;t speak fluent Spanish,&quot; Ingram writes.</p><p>So what are the odds? Who do you think Romney will pick? Thu, 03 May 2012 18:53:53 +0000 Mark Brush 7324 at http://michiganradio.org Vice President Snyder? Snyder signs Feb. 28th GOP primary date http://michiganradio.org/post/snyder-signs-feb-28th-gop-primary-date <p>It&rsquo;s official: Michigan&rsquo;s 2012 Republican presidential primary will be held February 28<sup>th</sup>. After both the state House and Senate passed legislation designating the date, <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/term/rick-snyder">Governor Snyder</a> signed it into law yesterday. The date means Michigan will be one of the earliest states in the nation to hold a primary, but it also means it <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/state-gop-could-host-early-presidential-primary">could lose half of its nominating delegates</a> according to Republican National Committee <a href="http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-503544_162-20114094-503544.html">rules</a>. So, why all the fuss about the <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/term/presidential-primary">presidential primary</a> date? Political <a href="http://It’s official: Michigan’s 2012 Republican presidential primary will be held February 28th. After both the state House and Senate passed legislation designating the date, Governor Snyder signed it into law yesterday. The date means Michigan will be one of the earliest states in the nation to hold a primary, but it also means it could lose half of its nominating delegates according to Republican National Committee rules. So, why all the fuss about the date? Political explains: Both national parties are struggling to keep the national nominating schedule from imploding as state after state tries to move earlier than the next to have more say in picking the presidential nominee. Typically, the later the primary the less influence a state has in the nomination. Under rules set by both national parties, Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina are the only states allowed to hold primaries or caucuses in February and no other state can hold a nominating election prior to March 6, which is likely to be a &quot;Super Tuesday&quot; with multiple contests. As Political Analyst Jack Lessenberry explains, “Michigan, of course, wants to make a bigger splash, wants more attention, [but] it’s blunted because Mitt Romney is seen as Michigan’s favorite son and the Michigan primary is only important if Mitt Romney doesn’t win [the primary].” Meanwhile, Michigan Democrats aren't planning a presidential primary in 2012 as President Obama is believed to be the only Democratic candidate who would be on the ballot. Instead, they'll pick their 2012 presidential delegates at state meetings.">explains</a>:</p><blockquote><p>Both national parties are struggling to keep the national nominating schedule from imploding as state after state tries to move earlier than the next to have more say in picking the presidential nominee. Typically, the later the primary the less influence a state has in the nomination.</p><p>Under rules set by both national parties, Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina are the only states allowed to hold primaries or caucuses in February and no other state can hold a nominating election prior to March 6, which is likely to be a &quot;Super Tuesday&quot; with multiple contests.</p></blockquote><p>As Political Analyst Jack Lessenberry explains, &ldquo;Michigan, of course, wants to make a bigger splash, wants more attention, [but] it&rsquo;s blunted because <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/term/mitt-romney">Mitt Romney</a> is seen as Michigan&rsquo;s favorite son and the Michigan primary is only important if Mitt Romney doesn&rsquo;t win [the primary].&rdquo;</p><p>Meanwhile, Michigan Democrats aren&#39;t planning a presidential primary in 2012 as <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/list/term/1619">President Obama</a> is believed to be the only Democratic candidate who would be on the ballot. Instead, they&#39;ll pick their <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/ap-michigan-dems-say-no-presidential-primary-here-2012">2012 presidential delegates at state meetings</a>. Wed, 05 Oct 2011 11:48:57 +0000 Zoe Clark 4444 at http://michiganradio.org Snyder signs Feb. 28th GOP primary date Elections begin this morning for RNC Chairmanship http://michiganradio.org/post/elections-begin-morning-rnc-chairmanship <p>Former <a href="http://migop.org/">Michigan Republican Party</a> Chairman <a href="http://www.thatssaulfolks.com/">Saul Anuzis</a> is in for a busy day today. Anuzis <a href="http://www.anuzisforchair.com/">is running</a> to become the next <a href="http://www.gop.com/">Chairman of the Republican National Committee</a>, a job currently held by <a href="http://www.gop.com/">Michael Steele</a>. The committee is holding the elections this morning outside of Washington, D.C.. The Detroit News <a href="http://detnews.com/article/20110114/POLITICS02/101140360/Michigan%E2%80%99s-Anuzis-to-learn-fate-today#ixzz1B0g0Avcv">reports</a> that:</p><blockquote><p>Anuzis is one of five candidates running. He lost his last bid to become chairman two years ago to Michael Steele, the former Maryland lieutenant governor whose tenure has been marked by questions of fiscal mismanagement. Steele is running again, though he's not expected to win.</p></blockquote><p>ABC News <a href="http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/rnc-chairman-michael-steeles-election-chances-weaken/story?id=12612633&amp;page=2">reports</a>:</p><blockquote><p>RNC officials said there was no way of knowing how long the voting will take. Friday's general session begins at 10:30 a.m. ET and the official meeting schedule lists 8 p.m. ET as the estimated end time. Whoever wins will inherit committee hobbled by financial difficulties, including debt in the range of $15 million or more.</p></blockquote><p>Anuzis <a href="http://www.michiganradionews.org/post/saul-anuzis-run-again-rnc-chairman">announced his campaign</a> last November when he sent a letter to the RNC membership. In the letter, Anuzis <a href="http://www.thatssaulfolks.com/2010/11/12/why-im-running-for-rnc-chairman/">explained why he decided to run</a>:</p><blockquote><p>This is an exciting time to be a Republican and, as leaders, we have an awesome task ahead of us. The American people have given us a second chance' and that opportunity brings with it huge responsibility and challenge. Now we turn our attention to 2012. America must elect a new President. It is that hope, that necessity, that challenge, that draws me to announce my candidacy for the Chairmanship of the Republican National Committee. Fri, 14 Jan 2011 12:12:58 +0000 Zoe Clark 885 at http://michiganradio.org Elections begin this morning for RNC Chairmanship Saul Anuzis to run (again) for RNC Chairman http://michiganradio.org/post/saul-anuzis-run-again-rnc-chairman <p><span class="article-content"><span><a href="http://www.thatssaulfolks.com/">Saul Anuzis</a> says he will run to become the Chairman of the <a href="http://www.gop.com/">Republican National Committee</a>. Anuzis is currently a member of the committee and the former Chairman of the Michigan Republican Party.</span></span></p><p><span class="article-content"><span>Anuzis was in the race to become Chairman last year but ended up loosing to current RNC Chairman and former Maryland Lt. Governor <a href="http://www.gop.com/index.php/chairman_steele/">Michael Steele</a>. </span></span></p><p><span class="article-content"><span>In a <a href="http://www.thatssaulfolks.com/">letter </a>to the RNC membership, Anuzis said:</span></span></p><blockquote><p><span class="article-content"><span>This is an exciting time to be a Republican and, as leaders, we have an awesome task ahead of us. The American people have given us a second chance' and that opportunity brings with it huge responsibility and challenge. Now we turn our attention to 2012. America must elect a new President. It is that hope, that necessity, that challenge, that draws me to announce my candidacy for the Chairmanship of the Republican National Committee.</span></span></p></blockquote><p><span class="article-content"><span>Steele has<a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/11/12/AR2010111201987.html"> not said </a>yet whether he will seek another term.</span></span></p><p>Here's a roundup of what other media outlets are reporting about whether or not Steele will decide to run and, if he does, whether he'll get elected:</p><ul><li><em>Politico</em>: <a href="http://www.politico.com/arena/">Michael Steele: Good or Bad for GOP</a></li><li><em>Slate</em>: <a href="http://www.slate.com/blogs/blogs/weigel/archive/2010/11/12/finally-a-challenge-to-steele.aspx">Finally, a Challenge to Steele</a></li><li><em>The Washington Post</em>: <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/11/12/AR2010111201987.html?hpid=topnews">Has Michael Steele Helped or Hurt the GOP</a></li></ul><p> Fri, 12 Nov 2010 13:51:16 +0000 Zoe Clark 313 at http://michiganradio.org Saul Anuzis to run (again) for RNC Chairman