Republican National Convention http://michiganradio.org en Local reporters at national conventions are not a waste of money http://michiganradio.org/post/local-reporters-national-conventions-are-not-waste-money <P>I just spent about $5,000 at the two national political conventions.</P> <P>No, I wasn’t out wining and dining with the heavy hitters, and despite how much my critics would love to finally be able to prove my biases, I wasn’t handing out political contributions to candidates either.</P> <P>I spent the money to send Michigan Radio&nbsp;reporters to cover the Michigan delegation at each convention.</P> <P>When the Democratic National Convention wraps up tonight, roughly 15,000 journalists will file their last stories from the conventions and head home for the weekend. Thu, 06 Sep 2012 16:54:03 +0000 Vincent Duffy 8977 at http://michiganradio.org Local reporters at national conventions are not a waste of money Political conventions & Isaac http://michiganradio.org/post/political-conventions-isaac <p>America’s two largest political showcase events could be hampered in their efforts to get out their messages because of Hurricane Isaac.</p><p></p><p>The Republicans have left Tampa and the Democrats are rolling into Charlotte.</p><p></p><p>This weekend should be filled with nothing but talk about what Mitt Romney said about Barack Obama and what the Democratic President plans to say about his Republican challenger.</p><p></p><p>Instead, Hurricane Isaac threatens to dilute both parties finely crafted convention messaging.</p><p></p> Sun, 02 Sep 2012 20:01:01 +0000 Steve Carmody 8910 at http://michiganradio.org Political conventions & Isaac Romney campaign commits to Michigan "until the end" http://michiganradio.org/post/romney-campaign-commits-michigan-until-end <div align="left"><font face="Tahoma"><span style="font-size: 12pt;">The Romney campaign says it plans to actively campaign In Michigan “until the end”. </span></font></div><div align="left">&nbsp;</div><div align="left"><font face="Tahoma"><span style="font-size: 12pt;">But there is one major campaign component that Romney officials haven’t committed to yet. </span></font></div><div align="left">&nbsp;</div><div align="left"><font face="Tahoma"><span style="font-size: 12pt;">Four years ago, the John McCain campaign pulled out of Michigan a month before the presidential election. Sat, 01 Sep 2012 20:01:01 +0000 Steve Carmody 8909 at http://michiganradio.org Romney campaign commits to Michigan "until the end" Lobbyists leave GOP National Convention. Next stop, Democratic National Convention http://michiganradio.org/post/lobbyists-leave-gop-national-convention-next-stop-democratic-national-convention <p>The Republicans have wrapped up their convention in Tampa. Now hundreds of business people and lobbyists are boarding planes to join the Democrats in Charlotte for their national convention next week. Fri, 31 Aug 2012 07:00:11 +0000 Steve Carmody 8893 at http://michiganradio.org Lobbyists leave GOP National Convention. Next stop, Democratic National Convention Michigan's native son accepts the Republican presidential nomination http://michiganradio.org/post/michigans-native-son-accepts-republican-presidential-nomination <p>Michiganders who watched Mitt Romney accept the Republican presidential nomination last night in Tampa say they were impressed by the way he did it.</p><p></p><p>Mitt Romney dedicated much of his acceptance speech last night to doing something he doesn’t do often: talking about his personal life.</p><p></p><p>Romney talked about his parents, his marriage, his children and his personal motivations, both in business and in faith.</p><p></p><p>Ronna Romney-McDaniel is Mitt’s niece. &nbsp;She says she's glad voters are getting a chance to learn more about him as a person.</p><p></p> Fri, 31 Aug 2012 06:45:01 +0000 Steve Carmody 8892 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan's native son accepts the Republican presidential nomination On the final day of the Republican National Convention, Michigan leaders get their marching orders http://michiganradio.org/post/final-day-republican-national-convention-michigan-leaders-get-their-marching-orders <p>Michigan native son Mitt Romney accepts the GOP presidential nomination this evening at the Republican National Convention.</p><p></p><p>Meanwhile, Wisconsin’s controversial governor gave Michigan’s delegates their marching orders today for the fall presidential campaign.</p><p></p><p>Wisconsin governor Scott Walker thanked Michigan Republicans for helping him defeat a recall campaign earlier this year.</p><p></p><p>Walker then urged the delegates to work just as hard to win their state for Mitt Romney in November…</p><p></p> Thu, 30 Aug 2012 15:26:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 8885 at http://michiganradio.org On the final day of the Republican National Convention, Michigan leaders get their marching orders 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 Ryan sets the right "tone" for Michigan Republicans at the GOP national convention http://michiganradio.org/post/ryan-sets-right-tone-michigan-republicans-gop-national-convention <p>Michigan’s delegates say they left the Republican National Convention last night with extra enthusiasm.</p><p></p><p>They say vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan set the right ‘tone’ for the fall campaign in his acceptance speech.</p><p></p><p>Michigan’s delegates liked hearing Paul Ryan attacking the ‘Affordable Care Act’ and President Obama’s economic and spending policies.</p><p></p><p>Tom Stroup is a delegate from Northfield Township. &nbsp;&nbsp;He says the “tone” of Paul Ryan’s speech should connect with independent voters.</p><p></p> Thu, 30 Aug 2012 05:37:08 +0000 Steve Carmody 8881 at http://michiganradio.org Ryan sets the right "tone" for Michigan Republicans at the GOP national convention Michigan Republican leaders told not to focus solely on presidential race http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-republican-leaders-told-not-focus-solely-presidential-race <p>Michigan’s U.S. Senate race is getting attention from top Congressional GOP leaders at the Republican National Convention.</p><p></p><p>“It’s not just carrying it for Mitt Romney…we need a new senator from Michigan as well,” Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell told Michigan delegates this morning, “Because I would like to be setting the agenda in the Senate instead of (Democratic Senate Majority Leader) Harry Reid.”</p><p></p><p>McConnell told the delegates that Republican control of the U.S. Senate depends on Michigan.</p><p></p> Wed, 29 Aug 2012 15:14:25 +0000 Steve Carmody 8865 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan Republican leaders told not to focus solely on presidential race Republican women liked what Ann Romney had to say about her husband (but will it sway others?) http://michiganradio.org/post/republican-women-liked-what-ann-romney-had-say-about-her-husband-will-it-sway-others <p>Michigan's female delegates to the Republican National Convention not surprisingly give high marks to Ann Romney for <a href="http://www.npr.org/2012/08/28/160216442/transcript-ann-romneys-convention-speech">her speech</a> last night.</p><p></p><p>Now the focus shifts to her husband Mitt, to see if he can build support among women voters. Wed, 29 Aug 2012 05:03:41 +0000 Steve Carmody 8860 at http://michiganradio.org Republican women liked what Ann Romney had to say about her husband (but will it sway others?) Michigan GOP at the RNC convention http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-gop-rnc-convention <p>Michigan Radio's <em>All Things Considered </em>host, <a href="http://michiganradio.org/people/jennifer-white">Jennifer White</a> talks with reporter Steve Carmody. He's been covering the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida.</p><p>More than 100 Michigan delegates are at the GOP convention.&nbsp;Among the delegation is&nbsp;Governor Snyder and Attorney General Bill&nbsp;Schuette. Also in the mix are Republican Party members from around the state.</p><p>"The primary focus for a lot of the delegates is obviously, get Mitt Romney elected...but when you get away from the simple politics, the main thrust of what the delegates are most concerned about is jobs. They say, the economy and bringing more jobs to Michigan is their primary concern,"&nbsp;Carmody said.</p><p>The big question is whether Michigan could play a bigger role in the election than previously thought. Carmody said:</p><p>"The Republicans here insist that it is a swing state, and that it will play a pivotal role.&nbsp;Of course, others cite different polls that show that there is a much wider gap in Michigan than there are in other swing states."</p><p>For example, "Governor Chris Christie from New Jersey was talking to the Michigan delegation, and he said that Michigan is, as he described it, 'a state of consequence,' which means it is a swing state.&nbsp; That if Michigan does turn out and vote for Mitt Romney that would put Mitt Romney over the top as president. And he said it’s up to people in that room, the Michigan delegation, to make sure that they do get out the Republican vote.&nbsp; He said this morning that, you don’t want to wake up the next day and find out that Mitt Romney fell one percentage point short in Michigan and that cost him the election," said Carmody.</p><p> Tue, 28 Aug 2012 23:57:08 +0000 Mercedes Mejia 8858 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan GOP at the RNC convention Commentary: The Romneys http://michiganradio.org/post/commentary-romneys <p>I don’t claim to really know Mitt Romney, who is going to be nominated for president tonight at the Republican National Convention in Tampa. I did, however, interview him at length five years ago, the first time he ran for president.</p> Tue, 28 Aug 2012 16:21:41 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 8851 at http://michiganradio.org Commentary: The Romneys New Jersey's Republican governor says Michigan is a 'State of Consequence' in November's election http://michiganradio.org/post/new-jerseys-republican-governor-says-michigan-state-consequence-novembers-election <p>The man in the spotlight at the Republican National Convention tonight took his star power to the Michigan delegation this morning.</p><p></p><p>It’s a staple of every morning at national political conventions: the big name breakfast speaker. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;And there are few bigger than New Jersey Governor Chris Christie. &nbsp;&nbsp;The Garden State governor has a prime time slot tonight, delivering the convention’s keynote address.&nbsp;</p><p></p> Tue, 28 Aug 2012 15:42:51 +0000 Steve Carmody 8849 at http://michiganradio.org New Jersey's Republican governor says Michigan is a 'State of Consequence' in November's election Michigan congressman will be in the spotlight at the Republican National Convention today http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-congressman-will-be-spotlight-republican-national-convention-today <p>A Michigan congressman in a tight re-election campaign will stand in the spotlight today at the Republican National Convention.</p><p></p><p>Republican Dan Benishek defeated Democrat Gary McDowell two years ago to win the congressional seat formerly held by Bart Stupak. &nbsp;&nbsp;The two will face off again in a rematch in November.</p><p></p> Tue, 28 Aug 2012 06:01:01 +0000 Steve Carmody 8843 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan congressman will be in the spotlight at the Republican National Convention today A taste of home for Michiganders at the Republican National Convention http://michiganradio.org/post/taste-home-michiganders-republican-national-convention <p>Michigan delegates to the Republican National Convention can find a lot to eat in Tampa.</p><p></p><p>But at least one business, not too far from the convention center, hopes those delegates will also want a small taste of home.</p><p></p><p>Tampa is hardly short of great uniquely Floridian food choices, from Cuban sandwiches in Ybor City to beachside shacks where you can eat a variety of fish that were swimming in the Gulf of Mexico a few hours before.</p><p></p><p>But sometimes you just want a coney.</p><p></p> Tue, 28 Aug 2012 05:01:10 +0000 Steve Carmody 8844 at http://michiganradio.org A taste of home for Michiganders at the Republican National Convention Democratic Party joke not funny to Michigan Republicans at GOP national convention http://michiganradio.org/post/democratic-party-joke-not-funny-michigan-republicans-gop-national-convention <p>Political shenanigans are nothing new at national political conventions.</p><p></p><p>But Michigan Democrats are the ones having fun today at Mitt Romney’s expense.</p><p></p><p>It started, as many things at a national political conventions do, with a press release.</p><p></p><p>But this press release had the eye catching title “Michigan GOP to Hold “No One’s Ever Asked to See My Birth Certificate” party.&nbsp; &nbsp;The press release claimed the party was to show support for Mitt Romney, who raised the issue of President Obama’s birth certificate last Friday in Michigan.</p><p></p> Tue, 28 Aug 2012 00:51:40 +0000 Steve Carmody 8842 at http://michiganradio.org Democratic Party joke not funny to Michigan Republicans at GOP national convention Michigan Republicans cheer new poll that shows presidential race is tied in Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-republicans-cheer-new-poll-shows-presidential-race-tied-michigan <p>A new poll of likely Michigan voters shows Republican Mitt Romney has pulled even with President Barack Obama.&nbsp;&nbsp; That news was greeted with cheers today at the Republican National Convention.</p> Mon, 27 Aug 2012 15:51:15 +0000 Steve Carmody 8828 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan Republicans cheer new poll that shows presidential race is tied in Michigan Commentary: Michigan and the GOP convention http://michiganradio.org/post/commentary-michigan-and-gop-convention <p><font color="#000000" face="Arial" size="2"><font size="4">If you watch much of the Republican National Convention this week, you’ll be in a tiny minority, even though the delegates are nominating a Michigan native with a famous name for President.</font></font></p> Mon, 27 Aug 2012 14:37:28 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 8825 at http://michiganradio.org Commentary: Michigan and the GOP convention Michigan GOP chairman expects Republican National Convention will end on time http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-gop-chairman-expects-republican-national-convention-will-end-time <p>The chairman of Michigan’s Republican Party says he does not believe Tropical Storm Isaac will hamper the work that needs to get done at this week's national convention in Florida.</p><p></p><p>National party leaders canceled most events for the first day of the Republican National convention because of the threat of&nbsp; Isaac. &nbsp;&nbsp;They hope to get back on schedule tomorrow.</p><p></p><p>National Republican leaders are not ruling out the need to add an extra day to the schedule.</p><p></p> Mon, 27 Aug 2012 05:01:01 +0000 Steve Carmody 8823 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan GOP chairman expects Republican National Convention will end on time 'Snowbirds' getting the attention of Republicans in Michigan and Florida http://michiganradio.org/post/snowbirds-getting-attention-republicans-michigan-and-florida <p>Retirees are expected to play a pivotal role in this fall’s election.</p><p></p><p>Republican Party leaders in Michigan and Florida are particularly interested in one unique set of voters - the so-called Snowbirds.</p><p></p><p>Snowbird is the term used for northern retirees who spend the winters in Florida.</p><p></p> Mon, 27 Aug 2012 05:01:01 +0000 Steve Carmody 8822 at http://michiganradio.org 'Snowbirds' getting the attention of Republicans in Michigan and Florida