Ron Paul http://michiganradio.org en Commentary: Blocking Ron Paul out http://michiganradio.org/post/commentary-blocking-ron-paul-out <p>There’s an elderly lady in Royal Oak who has sharpened and repaired my razors and table knives for years.</p><p>She has spent her life in business for herself, and does excellent work. She also isn’t shy about expressing her political opinions. She now works out of her home, and since the campaign started, her home has been decorated with Ron Paul signs.</p> Thu, 30 Aug 2012 15:17:31 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 8884 at http://michiganradio.org Commentary: Blocking Ron Paul out At the RNC, a Michigan delegate questions if the Republican Party has room for Ron Paul supporters http://michiganradio.org/post/rnc-michigan-delegate-questions-if-republican-party-has-room-ron-paul-supporters <p>More than 100 thousand people voted for Ron Paul in Michigan’s Republican presidential primary in February.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; But after what happened yesterday at the Republican National Convention, it appears some of them may not be voting Republican in November. Wed, 29 Aug 2012 05:01:01 +0000 Steve Carmody 8859 at http://michiganradio.org At the RNC, a Michigan delegate questions if the Republican Party has room for Ron Paul supporters Ron Paul supporters unhappy with results of Michigan Republican Party Convention http://michiganradio.org/post/ron-paul-supporters-unhappy-results-michigan-republican-party-convention <p>The Michigan Republican Party holds its convention in Detroit today.</p><p>The state GOP is choosing delegates to the party&rsquo;s national convention in Tampa-Florida this summer.</p><p>Supporters of Ron Paul say they were denied delegates they deserved.</p><p>Paul failed to win a single committed delegate in Michigan&rsquo;s February 28th presidential primary. But Paul supporters hoped to lay claim to a large share of the state&rsquo;s officially uncommitted delegates. They got six out of 30 voting delegates headed to Tampa. But Paul supporter John Ettinger of Linden in Genesee County says they deserved more.</p><p>&quot;It was a completely rigged numbers game no matter what,&quot; says Ettinger.</p><p>Matt Frendeway is the Michigan Republican Party spokesman. He says Paul supporters simply failed to win enough delegates to the state convention to get what they want.</p><p>&ldquo;That&rsquo;s what campaigns are about,&quot; says Frendeway.</p><p>Frendeway says the party followed long-established rules for allocating national convention delegates. Most of Michigan&rsquo;s delegates went to Mitt Romney, who won the state&rsquo;s GOP primary. Sat, 19 May 2012 16:30:26 +0000 Rick Pluta 7539 at http://michiganradio.org Ron Paul supporters unhappy with results of Michigan Republican Party Convention Super Pacs spent big in Michigan's Republican presidential primary http://michiganradio.org/post/super-pacs-spent-big-michigans-republican-presidential-primary <p>A&nbsp;new report from the Michigan Campaign Finance&nbsp;Network&nbsp;shows&nbsp;Super Pacs outspent the candidates in Michigan&rsquo;s Republican&nbsp;president primary.</p><p>It should be no surprise that a lot of money was spent in the days and weeks leading up to Tuesday&rsquo;s Republican presidential primary. It&rsquo;s probably also not a surprise that much of the money was spent by third party groups.</p><p>Winner Mitt Romney&rsquo;s campaign spent one and a half million dollars on TV ads during the primary campaign. A pro-Romney Super Pac spent nearly two million dollars during the campaign.</p><p>Runner-up Rick Santorum spent just under a million dollars, while a pro-Santorum Super Pac spent over a million dollars.</p><p>Third place finisher Ron Paul spent less than 60 thousand dollars for TV ads in Michigan.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Paul&nbsp;had no&nbsp;support from&nbsp;Super Pacs.</p><p>&quot;Money prevailed in the end as it usually does,&quot; says Rich Robinson of the Michigan&nbsp;Campaign Finance Network.</p><p>Breaking down the numbers,&nbsp;Mitt Romney and his Super Pac spent about $8.45&nbsp;for each vote the former Massachusetts governor received in the primary.</p><p>Rick Santorum and his Super Pac spent about $5.81&nbsp;per primary vote in Michigan.</p><p>Third place finisher Ron Paul spent a relatively frugal&nbsp;48 cents per vote. Thu, 01 Mar 2012 21:31:31 +0000 Steve Carmody 6454 at http://michiganradio.org Super Pacs spent big in Michigan's Republican presidential primary Election Results: Michigan's Republican Presidential Primary http://michiganradio.org/post/election-results-michigans-republican-presidential-primary <p><strong><em>Mitt Romney has won the popular vote in Michigan. </em></strong></p><p><strong><em>Precincts Reporting - 96%</em></strong></p><ul><li><strong>41.0%&nbsp;&nbsp; Mitt Romney - 395,360 votes</strong></li><li><strong>37.9%&nbsp;&nbsp; Rick Santorum- 366,146 votes</strong></li><li><strong>11.6%&nbsp;&nbsp; Ron Paul - 112,232 votes</strong></li><li><strong>6.5%&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Newt Gingrich - 62,858 votes</strong></li></ul><p><a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/picking-winner-michigans-primary-not-simple-you-might-think">As we reported earlier</a>, Michigan&#39;s 30 delegates will be awarded by the popular vote (2 delegates), and for winning each of the 14 congressional districts (2 delegates for each district).</p><p>As of 11:55 this evening, the <a href="http://migopprimary.com/index.asp">Michigan Republican Party</a> is still determining the final delegate count.</p><p><strong>10:34 p.m.</strong></p><p>NPR has projected that Mitt Romney has won the popular vote in Michigan. The delegates for the 14 congressional districts in Michigan still remain to be tallied.</p><p><strong>10:13 p.m.</strong></p><p>Rick Santorum has taken the stage in Grand Rapids, saying they&#39;ve put up a good fight in his opponent&#39;s backyard.</p><p>&quot;The people of Michigan looked into the hearts of the candidates in Michigan... and all I have to say is, I love you back,&quot; said Santorum.</p><p><strong>10:05 p.m.</strong></p><p><a href="http://elections.nytimes.com/2012/primaries/results/live/2012-02-28">The New York Times</a> reports that &quot;Mitt Romney has received a larger share of the vote than in 2008 in 62 of the 76 Michigan counties to have reported at least some results so far.&quot;</p><p>A good sign for Mitt Romney.</p><p>More from Mark Memmott at NPR.org:</p><ul><li class="r0">From NPR&#39;s Don Gonyea: &quot;Santorum crowd&#39;s hope for knock-out punch in MI fading as incoming vote totals now trending wrong way for them.&quot; (<a href="http://twitter.com/#%21/DonGonyea/status/174688573612756992" target="_blank">link</a>) <span class="date">3 minutes ago</span></li><li class="r1">Here&#39;s how the AP is characterizing the race in Michigan: &quot;Mitt Romney ... is pulling ahead of Rick Santorum.&quot; <span class="date">4 minutes ago</span> Wed, 29 Feb 2012 04:55:00 +0000 Mark Brush 6417 at http://michiganradio.org Election Results: Michigan's Republican Presidential Primary After weeks of campaigning, Election Day is here http://michiganradio.org/post/after-weeks-campaigning-election-day-here <p><strong>Election Day is here</strong></p><p>After weeks of <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/huh-vote-santorum-actually-vote-gingrich-and-other-political-junkie-theories">counting down the days</a>, Michigan&#39;s <a href="http://michiganradio.org/term/presidential-primary">presidential primary</a> has arrived. Polls open this morning at 7 a.m. and Michigan voters will find eleven Republicans on the GOP presidential ballot and <a href="http://michiganradio.org/term/barack-obama">President Obama</a>, uncontested, on the Democratic ballot. Votes for President Obama won&#39;t really count in today&#39;s primary, as the state Democratic Party will hold a caucus on May 5th.</p><p><strong>Campaign finale</strong></p><p><a href="http://michiganradio.org/term/mitt-romney">Mitt Romney</a>, <a href="http://michiganradio.org/term/rick-santorum">Rick Santorum</a> and <a href="http://michiganradio.org/term/ron-paul">Ron Paul</a> were the three major GOP candidates who spent the most time campaigning across the state over the past few days (if you&#39;re wondering where Newt Gingrich has been, you can read more about some political theories for his absence <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/huh-vote-santorum-actually-vote-gingrich-and-other-political-junkie-theories">here</a>). Here are just a few of the stories that came out of the candidates&#39; campaign stops yesterday:</p><ul><li><a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/ron-paul-speaks-out-against-undeclared-wars-campaign-stop"><em>Ron Paul speaks out against undeclared wars at campaign stop</em></a></li><li><a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/santorum-makes-final-campaign-stops-michigan-today"><em>Santorum makes final campaign stops in Michigan</em></a></li><li><a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/last-day-campaign-trail-michigan"><em>Romney&#39;s last day on the campaign trail in Michigan</em></a></li></ul><p>And, Michigan Radio&#39;s political analyst Jack Lessenberry; Lansing Bureau Chief for the Michigan Public Radio Network Rick Pluta and I have been keeping an eye on the race:</p><ul><li><em><a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/michigan-gets-some-lovin-republican-presidential-candidates">Michigan gets some lovin&#39; from the Republican presidential candidates</a></em></li><li><em><a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/huh-vote-santorum-actually-vote-gingrich-and-other-political-junkie-theories">Huh? A vote for Santorum is actually a vote for Gingrich?</a></em></li><li><em><a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/should-you-vote-tomorrow">Should you vote tomorrow?</a></em></li><li><a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/michigan-primaries-fascinating-and-bizarre"><em>Michigan primaries, fascinating and bizarre</em></a></li></ul><p><strong>Voter turnout</strong></p><p>Election officials are, &quot;expecting between 15 percent and 20 percent of the state&#39;s registered voters to cast ballots in the presidential primary election. About 21 percent of the state&#39;s registered voters participated in Michigan&#39;s 2008 presidential primary, when Republicans had a contested race but Hillary Rodham Clinton was the only major Democratic candidate on the ballot,&quot; the Associated Press reports. Tue, 28 Feb 2012 11:28:06 +0000 Zoe Clark 6397 at http://michiganradio.org After weeks of campaigning, Election Day is here Ron Paul speaks out against undeclared wars at campaign stop http://michiganradio.org/post/ron-paul-speaks-out-against-undeclared-wars-campaign-stop <p>Republican presidential hopeful Ron Paul spoke out against undeclared wars in&nbsp;Iraq and Afghanistan, the Federal Reserve system and the federal war on drugs to a&nbsp;packed auditorium at Michigan State University this afternoon.</p><p>&quot;We still have enough freedom to wake this country up and change the direction, but it has to come from the people. It won&rsquo;t come top down. It has to come from the people because government reflects the values of the people, so if that&rsquo;s what you want and you speak and you do your job, Washington will change.&quot;</p><p>The Paul campaign says he has a good chance of picking up some delegates in&nbsp;Michigan&rsquo;s primary tomorrow.</p><p>Paul says Michigan and other states should have the right to enact medical&nbsp;marijuana laws without worrying about interference from the federal government.</p><p>The Obama administration has taken a hands-off policy on enforcing drug laws&nbsp;against most medical marijuana users.</p><p> Tue, 28 Feb 2012 01:01:40 +0000 Rick Pluta 6395 at http://michiganradio.org Ron Paul speaks out against undeclared wars at campaign stop Some Michigan Democrats hope to sway Republican primary http://michiganradio.org/post/some-michigan-democrats-hope-sway-republican-primary <p>Some Democrats hope they can play a decisive role in Michigan Republican presidential primary.<br /><br /> Robo-calls and e-mail blasts to Democrats are encouraging them to vote for Rick Santorum to help him beat Michigan native son Mitt Romney. Other party activists say Democrats should vote for Ron Paul.</p><p>David Doyle is a political consultant and former Michigan Republican chairman. He said it is possible for voters who are not Republicans to swing the primary results.<br /><br /> &ldquo;Well, as close as this primary appears to be, it may be decided by one or two points. Very few Democrats and independents could have an impact. The problem is, right now, the Democrats seem to be very divided.&rdquo;<br /><br /> But Doyle said that impact would be diluted if those voters split their votes among the Republican candidates.</p><p> Mon, 27 Feb 2012 22:01:15 +0000 Rick Pluta 6391 at http://michiganradio.org Some Michigan Democrats hope to sway Republican primary Last day on the campaign trail in Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/last-day-campaign-trail-michigan <p>It&rsquo;s a busy day of campaigning in Michigan for three leading candidates for the Republican presidential nomination.</p><p>Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney spent&nbsp;today&nbsp;hopping from&nbsp;one rally to another in hopes of getting enough support to win Tuesday&rsquo;s presidential primary in his native state.</p><p>Hundreds of people jammed into a machine parts manufacturer&rsquo;s plant near Albion&nbsp;to hear Romney.</p> Mon, 27 Feb 2012 19:00:42 +0000 Steve Carmody 6386 at http://michiganradio.org Last day on the campaign trail in Michigan Thousands show up at Ron Paul campaign stops in Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/thousands-show-ron-paul-campaign-stops-michigan <p>Congressman Ron Paul is making stops in Detroit, Dearborn and Lansing Monday, a day before&nbsp;Michigan&rsquo;s presidential primary. Paul attracted more than 1,000 people at two separate campaign stops in Mt. Pleasant and a Grand Rapids suburb over the weekend.</p><p>People wearing &lsquo;Ron Paul revolution&rsquo; baseball caps and sweatshirts filled a banquet hall in Hudsonville to capacity Sunday. There Paul said the United States needs to end its involvement in foreign conflicts and privatize&nbsp;entitlement programs like&nbsp;Social Security. He also stressed the need for more civil freedom.</p><p>&ldquo;We&rsquo;ll never agree on how we want to use our freedoms. In a room like this there might be 50 different religious values and some with no religious values at all. But freedom answers the question because we don&rsquo;t impose ourselves on other people. You do what you want,&rdquo; Paul said. Mon, 27 Feb 2012 03:07:55 +0000 Lindsey Smith 6371 at http://michiganradio.org Thousands show up at Ron Paul campaign stops in Michigan Elections officials unsure how many Michiganders will vote in Tuesday's GOP presidential primary http://michiganradio.org/post/elections-officials-unsure-how-many-michiganders-will-vote-tuesdays-gop-presidential-primary <p>Predicting presidential primary turnout is a tricky business. You would think if anyone would have a good idea of what to expect it would be the Secretary of State&rsquo;s office, which oversees&nbsp;elections in Michigan.</p><p>&ldquo;We don&rsquo;t have a turnout estimate at this point,&quot; says&nbsp;Fred Woodhams,&nbsp;a spokesman for the Secretary of State&rsquo;s office, &quot;because it is a presidential primary and they do vary greatly from cycle to cycle.&rdquo;</p><p>Woodhams&nbsp;says August primaries generally bring in about 18 to 20 percent of eligible voters. But then again that&rsquo;s August. Adding to the uncertainty is a host of local issues which may, or may not, boost turnout.</p><p>Voters in parts of Oakland and Genesee Counties are electing people to vacant state house seats. There are also numerous school bond and other local issues on the ballot in communities around the state. Sun, 26 Feb 2012 19:01:01 +0000 Steve Carmody 6362 at http://michiganradio.org Elections officials unsure how many Michiganders will vote in Tuesday's GOP presidential primary New poll shows Romney leading Santorum in Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/new-poll-shows-romney-leading-santorum-michigan <p>There&#39;s nothing like a good political pony race, and Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum are in a close one in Michigan.</p><p>Much has been made of Rick Santorum&#39;s lead in Michigan. How could an outsider be up on Michigan&#39;s native son?</p><p>Now a new poll shows Romney has closed the gap.</p><p>The Michigan Information and Research Service and the Mitchell Research Poll released new numbers this morning. It shows Romney leading Santorum 32 percent to 30 percent - well within the margin of error of +/- 4 percentage points.</p> Tue, 21 Feb 2012 18:59:25 +0000 Mark Brush 6302 at http://michiganradio.org New poll shows Romney leading Santorum in Michigan Rick Santorum tops new poll of likely Republican presidential primary voters http://michiganradio.org/post/rick-santorum-tops-new-poll-likely-republican-presidential-primary-voters <p><a href="http://www.ricksantorum.com/">Rick Santorum</a> is leading in a new poll of likely Republican presidential primary&nbsp;voters in Michigan. &nbsp;&nbsp;The primary is in two weeks.&nbsp;</p><p>A&nbsp;poll by <a href="http://www.publicpolicypolling.com/main/2012/02/santorum-moves-ahead-in-michigan.html">Public Policy Polling</a> finds 39% of likely primary voters (70% Republicans/30% Democrats&nbsp;and&nbsp;Independents) say they support the former Pennsylvania United States Senator.</p> Mon, 13 Feb 2012 17:01:06 +0000 Steve Carmody 6194 at http://michiganradio.org Rick Santorum tops new poll of likely Republican presidential primary voters