saul anuzis en Commentary: Elephants at War <p>For many years, there was a big difference between the two major parties when it came to their internal affairs. Democrats often didn&rsquo;t get along behind closed doors and on convention floors.&nbsp; And they often didn&rsquo;t mind letting their disagreements show. Nor did their intra-party brawls usually seem to hurt them. That&rsquo;s because the Democrats were a collection of different interest groups who didn&rsquo;t necessarily like each other very much.</p> Wed, 23 May 2012 15:06:14 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 7579 at Commentary: Elephants at War In this morning's news... <p><strong>Subpoena&#39;s for Detroit International bridge hearings?</strong></p><p>State Senate hearings are scheduled to being this week over the controversial Detroit River international crossing. It&#39;s a bridge Governor Snyder and many others want built, but there have been many charges and counter-charges over the costs and the need for a second bridge crossing into Canada.</p><p>State Senator Mike Kowall (R-White Lake Township) is the chair of the Economic Development Committee.</p><p>Kowall says he will ask the state Senate for subpoena power, if he suspects anyone is not being truthful during the hearings.</p><p>From the <a href="|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE">Detroit Free Press</a>:</p><blockquote><p>If approved, Kowall would be empowered to compel sworn testimony -- meaning someone who lied could be charged with perjury -- about the various and contradictory claims being made about the proposed bridge and the Ambassador Bridge.</p></blockquote><p>Kowall counts himself as a skeptic of the need for a second bridge crossing, but promises fair hearings.</p><p><strong>Catholic Church to review liberal Sunday Mass for &quot;liturgical abuses&quot;</strong></p><p>A retired Catholic priest presided over a mass held yesterday in Cobo Center for around 1,500 to 2,000 progressive people who are seeking to reform the church (attendees want to give women and married men the ability to be ordained as priests, among other reforms).</p><p>From the <a href="">Detroit News</a>:</p><blockquote><p>The Archdiocese of Detroit is seeking a review of a Sunday Mass at a progressive Catholics&#39; group&#39;s conference to determine if there were &quot;serious liturgical abuses,&quot; church officials said Sunday.</p><p>&quot;Those abuses, along with several other concerns, will now be &mdash; and must be &mdash; reviewed by the Detroit archdiocese and, potentially, by the Vatican,&quot; spokesman Ned McGrath said.</p><p>The Rev. Robert Wurm, who presided over the Mass on Sunday at the American Catholic Conference at Cobo Center, had said he didn&#39;t believe the archdiocese would take action against him.</p><p>&quot;I felt good about this,&quot; said Wurm, 78, who conducted the nearly two-hour service.</p></blockquote><p><strong>Anuzis won&#39;t run for U.S. Senate</strong></p><p>Former state Republican Party chair Saul Anuzis is the latest potential Republican challenger to U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-Michigan) to announce they will not run for the seat in 2012. Former U.S. Representative Pete Hoekstra and former Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land both declined to run.</p><p>Anuzis announced his decision on his blog <a href="">That&#39;s Saul Folks</a>:</p><blockquote><p>After talking to hundreds if not over a thousand donors, activists and friends around the state I have decided NOT to run for the U.S. Senate in 2012...</p><p>Mine was a more personal decision. Unfortunately I have to work for a living:) I do not have the financial wherewithal to take a year off from working and run an aggressive, fulltime campaign.</p></blockquote><p>Anuzis said he&#39;s confident a strong Republican contender will step forward, saying he has &quot;personally encourage [sic] Frank Beckmann, Clark Durant and John McCulloch to run.&quot; Mon, 13 Jun 2011 13:11:49 +0000 Mark Brush 2853 at In this morning's news... A Stabenow/Anuzis matchup for MI Senate? <p>Former <a href="">Michigan Republican Party</a> chairman <a href="">Saul Anuzis</a> says he is considering a run against Michigan&#39;s Democratic Senator <a href="">Debbie Stabenow</a> in 2012.</p><p>Senator <span>Stabenow</span> was elected to a second term by Michigan voters in 2006. <span>Anuzis</span> said it could take weeks or a couple of months to decide whether or not to run.</p><p>Earlier this month, Anuzis <a href="">lost a bid</a> to chair the <a href="">National Republican Party</a> to Reince Priebus.</p><p>As the <a href="">reports</a>, Anuzis:</p><blockquote><p>...may face former Gov. John Engler, the former head of the National Association of Manufacturers, or former Rep. Pete Hoekstra (R-Mich.) or Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Mich.) in a primary contest. Tue, 25 Jan 2011 12:05:00 +0000 Zoe Clark 989 at A Stabenow/Anuzis matchup for MI Senate? Elections begin this morning for RNC Chairmanship <p>Former <a href="">Michigan Republican Party</a> Chairman <a href="">Saul Anuzis</a> is in for a busy day today. Anuzis <a href="">is running</a> to become the next <a href="">Chairman of the Republican National Committee</a>, a job currently held by <a href="">Michael Steele</a>. The committee is holding the elections this morning outside of Washington, D.C.. The Detroit News <a href="">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=";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="">announced his campaign</a> last November when he sent a letter to the RNC membership. In the letter, Anuzis <a href="">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 Elections begin this morning for RNC Chairmanship Saul Anuzis to run (again) for RNC Chairman <p><span class="article-content"><span><a href="">Saul Anuzis</a> says he will run to become the Chairman of the <a href="">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="">Michael Steele</a>. </span></span></p><p><span class="article-content"><span>In a <a href="">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=""> 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="">Michael Steele: Good or Bad for GOP</a></li><li><em>Slate</em>: <a href="">Finally, a Challenge to Steele</a></li><li><em>The Washington Post</em>: <a href="">Has Michael Steele Helped or Hurt the GOP</a></li></ul><p> Fri, 12 Nov 2010 13:51:16 +0000 Zoe Clark 313 at Saul Anuzis to run (again) for RNC Chairman