michigan primary http://michiganradio.org en These three female candidates could be some of the most interesting leaders in Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/these-three-female-candidates-could-be-some-most-interesting-leaders-michigan <p></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">Unless you’ve been trapped in a coal mine, you may have noticed that this is an election year.</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">We’re less than two weeks from Michigan’s statewide primary. Once we get through that, we may have a few weeks before the airwaves are again dominated by commercials for various candidates for various offices.</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">I’ve been telling you about some of these, and I expect to be talking more about them before November.&nbsp;</span><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">But I was thinking that three of the most potentially interesting leaders in the state are not on the ballot this year.</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">They are all women, all young, charismatic, intelligent, competent and highly educated. They also all happen to be Democrats, but that is almost a coincidence.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">Republicans have some rising women leaders as well, two of whom, Lisa Posthumus Lyons and Tonya Schuitmaker, are running for reelection to the Legislature.</span></p><p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 15:05:23 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 18498 at http://michiganradio.org These three female candidates could be some of the most interesting leaders in Michigan The pros and cons of Bill Wild, one of the candidates for Wayne Co. executive http://michiganradio.org/post/pros-and-cons-bill-wild-one-candidates-wayne-co-executive <p></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">Westland sometimes is in national trivia contests because it was the first city ever named after a shopping mall.</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">Bill Wild, Westland’s mayor for the last seven years, has been much less well-known. Perhaps until recently, that is; he is now waging a serious campaign to be elected Wayne County executive.&nbsp;</span><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">That is, to win the Democratic primary August </span>5<span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">, which essentially guarantees victory in the November election.</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">Wild may still have more money and less name recognition than his four major rivals. But he is running second in some polls, and has one powerful argument.</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">“I’m the only candidate who actually has executive experience, who has run both a business and a government,” he told me a couple days ago, when I went to see him at his campaign headquarters on the east side of Detroit.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">That is somewhat true.</span></p><p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 19:50:54 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 18429 at http://michiganradio.org The pros and cons of Bill Wild, one of the candidates for Wayne Co. executive Monday is the deadline to register to vote in Michigan primary http://michiganradio.org/post/monday-deadline-register-vote-michigan-primary <p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">The deadline to register to vote in Michigan's primary is today.</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">On Aug.&nbsp;5, </span>Michiganders<span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;"> will vote in the party primaries for state House and Senate seats.</span></p> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 18226 at http://michiganradio.org Monday is the deadline to register to vote in Michigan primary Unmarried women voters may be crucial in the upcoming fall elections http://michiganradio.org/post/unmarried-women-voters-may-be-crucial-upcoming-fall-elections <p>As Michigan's August 5 primary and November election draw closer, there are some very tight races shaping up.</p><p>The Cook Political Report says four congressional Republicans are in tight races. Representatives Dan Benishek in the 1st, Tim Walberg in the 7th, Justin Amash in the 3rd and Kerry Bentivolio on the 11th districts are in very competitive races. Add to that the race to fill Democrat Carl Levin's Senate seat and the race for governor. All of these, according to Cook, are among the most competitive races in the country.</p><p>So who are the voters who could most influence the outcome of these races, depending upon whether they stay home or go to the polls?</p><p>For the answer we turned to Page Gardner, president of the non-profit and nonpartisan Voter Participation Center. She joined us today.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 20:10:41 +0000 Stateside Staff 17151 at http://michiganradio.org Unmarried women voters may be crucial in the upcoming fall elections Looking forward to the November election in Detroit http://michiganradio.org/post/looking-forward-november-election-detroit <p>What happened yesterday in Detroit was truly astounding on a number of levels. More than half of the voters ignored the fourteen mayoral candidates on the ballot, and wrote in a name.</p><p> Wed, 07 Aug 2013 12:40:49 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 13870 at http://michiganradio.org Looking forward to the November election in Detroit Legal voters refused ballots http://michiganradio.org/post/legal-voters-refused-ballots <p>UPDATE:</p><p>Reports of voters being turned away because they declined to check a box asking them to verify U.S. citizenship have been coming in from several areas of the state.</p><p>Michigan Radio first became aware of the situation when talking to Michigan Campaign Finance Network&#39;s Rich Robinson who said he was refused a ballot because he would not check the box. He refused because it is not legally required.&nbsp; Other media sources picked up on the story. (see <a href="http://www.freep.com/article/20120807/NEWS15/120807087/Citizenship-checkoff-Michigan-ballots-sows-confusion-hassles-voters">Free Press</a>)</p><p>Other political groups received calls from voters complaining they had been refused the right to vote after declining to check the citizenship box.</p><p>Chad Livengood with the Detroit News <a href="http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20120807/METRO/208070432#ixzz22tixKypk">reported</a>: Wed, 08 Aug 2012 01:14:25 +0000 Lester Graham 8580 at http://michiganradio.org Legal voters refused ballots One week after the MI primary, Santorum continues to dispute results http://michiganradio.org/post/one-week-after-mi-primary-santorum-continues-dispute-results <p>Though the state&#39;s primary was almost a week ago, the <a href="http://michiganradio.org/term/rick-santorum">Rick Santorum</a> campaign is continuing to <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/election-results-michigans-republican-presidential-primary">dispute the primary&#39;s results</a>. The campaign has taken their fight over the way the Michigan Republican Party <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-republicans-give-romney-16-delegates-santorum-14">apportioned two of the state&#39;s at-large delegates</a> to the Republican National Committee.</p><p>The campaign is also organizing a rally to be held later today in front of the Michigan Republican headquarters in Lansing. Santorum supporters will call on Michigan GOP leaders to reconsider their decision to award both the party&rsquo;s statewide delegates to <a href="http://michiganradio.org/term/mitt-romney">Mitt Romney</a>.</p><p>They say party leaders changed the rules to avoid awarding one apiece to Romney and Santorum, who ran a close second in<a href="http://michiganradio.org/term/presidential-primary"> last week&rsquo;s Michigan primary</a> and won half of the state&rsquo;s congressional districts.</p><p>Last week, after the committee <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-republicans-give-romney-16-delegates-santorum-14">voted in favor of giving the two at-large delegates to Romney</a>, Mike Cox, the state&#39;s former Attorney General - and Romney supporter - called the decision, &quot;kind of like third world voting.&quot;</p><p>A state Republican spokesman says that decision is now in the hands of the national GOP and calls the rally a needless distraction from the focus on helping Republicans win in November.</p><p>We took a closer look at the controversy over so-called &quot;dele-gate&quot; on Friday. You can take a listen at the link above. Mon, 05 Mar 2012 12:48:31 +0000 Rick Pluta & Zoe Clark 6494 at http://michiganradio.org One week after the MI primary, Santorum continues to dispute results