delegation en Democratic delegates optimistic to make Michigan a 'blue state' <p>Some Michigan delegates at the Democratic National Convention say the Republicans had their chance to bash President Obama. This week they believe they will hear why Barack Obama has earned a second term in the White House.</p><p>Smarting a bit after the criticism by Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan at the Republican National Convention, some Democratic delegates are anticipating President Obama’s response. Michigan delegates to the Democratic National Convention had some not so nice things to say about the Republican team that wants to take the White House.</p> Mon, 03 Sep 2012 21:27:12 +0000 Lester Graham 8921 at Democratic delegates optimistic to make Michigan a 'blue state' Last Word On Our Primary <p><font color="#000000" face="Arial" id="role_document" size="2"><font size="4"><font size="4"><font size="4">We now know just about everything there is to know about the presidential primary we held last week. The votes are in, the robocalls have stopped, and the candidates are gone, most, probably, for good. The nominees will be back after the national conventions.</font></font></font></font></p> Mon, 05 Mar 2012 16:32:40 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 6499 at Last Word On Our Primary Michigan Republicans give Romney 16 delegates, Santorum 14 <p><strong>Update 5:11 p.m.</strong> - <em>Santorum camp questions legitimacy of Michigan&#39;s Republican Party leadership</em> <em>after delegate flap</em></p><p>The Michigan Republican Party has awarded both of Michigan&rsquo;s statewide at-large delegates to the Republican national convention this coming summer to Mitt Romney.</p><p>The decision by the Michigan Republican Party&rsquo;s credentials committee was based on Romney&rsquo;s slim majority of the popular vote in Tuesday&rsquo;s primary.</p><p>But some people are crying foul. They say Rick Santorum&rsquo;s close runner-up finish entitles him to one of the at-large delegates. And they say the rules were changed at the last minute to benefit Romney.</p><p>Matt Frendeway, spokesman for the state Republican Party, says that&rsquo;s not true.</p><p>&ldquo;Even before Tuesday night&rsquo;s vote, this is exactly the way we intended to allocate the delegates. There&rsquo;s no backdoor deals, no smoke-filled rooms, as some people might allege,&rdquo; said Frendeway.</p><p>A spokesman for the Rick Santorum campaign says the decision calls into question the &ldquo;legitimacy&rdquo; of the state&rsquo;s Republican Party leadership.</p><p><strong>1:17 p.m.</strong></p><p>This just in from Rick Pluta, Michigan Public Radio Network&#39;s Lansing Bureau Chief:</p><blockquote><p>The <a href="">Michigan Republican Party</a> has awarded both the state&#39;s at-large national convention delegates to <a href="">Mitt Romney</a>, despite a close vote in Tuesday&#39;s primary.</p><p>A spokesman for top rival <a href="">Rick Santorum</a> says the decision by party leaders calls into questions the &quot;legitimacy&quot; of the Michigan Republican Party.</p><p>Former state Attorney General Mike Cox chairs the state GOP credentials committee and is a Romney supporter. But he tells the news service that the committee&#39;s decision is &quot;kind of like third world voting.&quot; Santorum and Romney evenly split the state&#39;s congressional districts -- and the delegates that go with them. That makes the delegate count 16 for Romney and 14 for Santorum.</p></blockquote><p>Late yesterday afternoon it looked as thought the<a href=""> delegates would be evenly split</a> - 15 to 15 - between Romney and Santorum. The official <a href="">voting totals from Tuesday&#39;s presidential primary</a> have not yet been certified by the Secretary of State. Thu, 01 Mar 2012 18:17:15 +0000 Rick Pluta & Zoe Clark 6449 at Michigan's freshmen in D.C. <p>It’s Freshmen Orientation today. Congressional freshmen, that is. As Bloomberg News <a href="">reports</a>:</p><blockquote><p>The 2011 U.S. House freshman class is in Washington for orientation as Congress today opens a lame-duck session to decide whether to extend billions of dollars in Bush-era income-tax cuts.</p></blockquote><p>Michigan has five new U.S. Representatives: Republicans <a href="">Dan Benishek</a> (1<sup>st</sup> District), <a href="">Bill Huizenga</a> (2<sup>nd</sup> District), <a href="">Justin Amash</a> (3<sup>rd</sup> District), <a href="">Tim Walberg</a> (7<sup>th</sup> District), and Democrat <a href="">Hansen Clarke</a> (13<sup>th</sup> District).&nbsp;</p><p>This will actually be Walberg’s 2<sup>nd</sup> orientation as he was first elected to represent the 7<sup>th</sup> District in 2006.&nbsp; He then lost the seat in 2008 to Democrat Mark Schauer but won it back on November 2<sup>nd</sup>.</p><p>The Detroit News <a href="">reports</a>:</p><blockquote><p>During the 112th Congress orientation, newly elected members learn the ropes in Washington, from legal issues and standards of conduct to understanding pay and benefits and setting up their offices. Newcomers will pose for a class photo on the Capitol lawn, attend receptions and pick their offices. Mon, 15 Nov 2010 16:11:47 +0000 Zoe Clark 322 at Michigan's freshmen in D.C.