Pete Hoekstra en Hoekstra concedes, offers Stabenow help in solving nation's problems <p>Former Congressman Pete Hoekstra thanked his supporters in West Michigan before conceding defeat in the U.S. Senate race Tuesday night. The race between incumbent Senator Debbie Stabenow and Hoekstra was called early; before the presidential race.</p><p>Fans of the GOP at the Grand Rapids party were disappointed about Hoekstra's defeat, but still hopeful about Romney when he took the stage.</p><p>“As you have seen on the TV screens, we came up short tonight,” Hoekstra explained to the crowd of at least 300 people.</p> Wed, 07 Nov 2012 09:05:42 +0000 Lindsey Smith 9806 at Hoekstra concedes, offers Stabenow help in solving nation's problems Hoekstra says millions in green energy subsidies were wasted <p>Republican US Senate candidate Pete Hoekstra says there are alternatives to using government subsidies to encourage new energy industries and the jobs that go with them.</p><p>He said the proof is the business troubles facing two advanced battery companies with a presence in Michigan.</p><p>A123 filed for bankruptcy last week and LG Chem has furloughed its employees.</p><p>Hoekstra said that means millions of dollars in taxpayer subsidies were “wasted.” He said the subsidies also reward companies for working at applying for grants rather than their core business.</p> Fri, 26 Oct 2012 21:33:40 +0000 Rick Pluta 9649 at Hoekstra says millions in green energy subsidies were wasted Former Congressman Pete Hoekstra on "Michigan Calling" <p>This morning, former Congressman and U.S. Senate candidate Pete Hoekstra stopped by Michigan Radio's studios to talk with host Rick Pluta and callers from around the state.</p><p>Topics covered included energy policy, foreign policy in the Middle East, trade policy with China, and, of course, jobs.</p><p>You can listen to the conversation above.</p><p>Be sure to listen to <a href="">last week's conversation</a> with incumbent Debbie Stabenow.</p> Fri, 26 Oct 2012 17:31:13 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 9643 at Former Congressman Pete Hoekstra on "Michigan Calling" Election: Michigan's U.S. Senate Race <p>Michigan voters will choose between two long time fixtures on the state political scene in next Tuesday’s U.S. Senate race. &nbsp;</p><p>The result may mark the end of one of those political careers.</p><p>Democrat Debbie Stabenow has spent the past twelve years in the U.S. Senate.&nbsp;</p><p>In that time, the Democratic incumbent has acquired a certain degree of political influence, for example as the chair of the Senate Agriculture committee, and a certain comfort when it comes to raising campaign donations.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 26 Oct 2012 05:01:01 +0000 Steve Carmody 9570 at Election: Michigan's U.S. Senate Race Truth Squad: foul for Stabenow; flagrant foul for Hoekstra <p>After the presidential race, the top of the ballot in Michigan is the U.S. Senate race.&nbsp; <a href="">Michigan Watch</a> teamed up with the Center for Michigan’s <a href="">Truth Squad</a> to review recent ads produced by Republican Pete Hoekstra and Democratic incumbent Debbie Stabenow.</p> Fri, 19 Oct 2012 11:03:33 +0000 Lester Graham 9531 at Truth Squad: foul for Stabenow; flagrant foul for Hoekstra In this morning's Michigan news headlines. . . <p><strong>No more Senate candidate debates</strong></p><p>"It appears there will be no debate between Senator Debbie Stabenow and former Congressman Pete Hoekstra. Stabenow called off talks to schedule the debates, saying her opponent won't negotiate in good faith. Hoestra says Stabenow is afraid to debate him. Senate candidates usually hold at least two debates. One debate has traditionally been held at the Detroit Economic Club. Hoekstra says the sticking point was holding debates in a medium that lots of voters could see. Hoekstra says he wanted debates on major TV networks," Tracy Samilton reports.</p><p><strong>Meningitis cases continue to rise in Michigan</strong></p><p>"There’s been a big jump in the number of people in Michigan affected by that national fungal meningitis outbreak. The Centers for Disease Control says 39 people in Michigan have contracted fungal meningitis from tainted steroid injections. Just Wednesday there were only 28 confirmed cases in Michigan. Three Michigan women have died since receiving the injections which were intended to treat back pain," Steve Carmody <a href="">reports.</a></p><p><strong>Medical Marijuana discussed in Michigan Supreme Court</strong></p><p>"The Michigan Supreme Court will decide whether the state’s medical marijuana law allows dispensaries and growing cooperatives. The court heard arguments in two medical marijuana cases today Thursday. Prosecutors say patients have to either grow their own, or get it from a licensed caregiver. Prosecutors say patients have to either grow their own, or get it from a licensed caregiver. The operators of a marijuana dispensary are challenging the county’s decision to shut down their operation. A man who ran a growing cooperative is also trying to fend off a charge that he exceeded the 12-plant limit in the law. The court is expected to rule in coming months. In the meantime, the Legislature is also looking at adding some definition to the medical marijuana law that was approved by voters in 2008," Rick Pluta <a href="">reports. Fri, 12 Oct 2012 12:21:21 +0000 Emily Fox 9464 at In this morning's Michigan news headlines. . . The debate over debates continues between the Stabenow and Hoekstra campaigns <p>This week we saw the debate showdown between President Obama and former Governor Mitt Romney. Political pundits are talking non-stop about how Romney pulled off a campaign reversal. Debates can be game changers. And, then, there are the Michigan debates, or lack thereof. We have a statewide race that pits incumbent Democratic Senator Debbie Stabenow against former Republican Congressman Pete Hoekstra. They’ve both agreed to debates. They just haven’t agreed to the <strong>same</strong> debates.</p><p><strong>It’s a debate… about debates</strong></p><p>Hoekstra has the most to gain by debating. It’s why he’s pushing for more than just the two that he and Stabenow have agreed upon – at least in concept. One of those two debates, to take place at the Detroit Economic Club, isn’t really a debate but more of a joint appearance. As the incumbent with what appears to be a very comfortable lead, &nbsp;Stabenow has the most to lose. Certainly we saw an example of that Wednesday night: the perils of a debate to a front-runner. So, it raises the question, if Stabenow has very little to gain from a Senatorial debate, why hasn’t Hoekstra agreed to dates for the two appearances both campaigns have accepted. Holding out certainly hasn’t seemed to help the Hoekstra campaign.</p><p><strong>Foreign affairs</strong></p><p>If you’re the Hoekstra campaign and you can’t get your opponent to debate and you’re looking for something that changes the conversation, pulls you out of a rut, what better than to take a few days to travel… to the Middle East; Israel to be exact. This past weekend Hoekstra flew to Tel Aviv in an effort to turn the conversation to a topic where he is taken seriously: foreign policy. When Hoekstra was in Congress he chaired the House Intelligence Committee and had a security clearance.</p><p>However, when Hoekstra returned from the trip and was asked about the officials with whom he met, he said he couldn’t say. He says this was because the trip was not State Department-approved and in order to get officials in Israel to speak with him, he had to promise them their anonymity. Fri, 05 Oct 2012 18:43:21 +0000 Zoe Clark & Rick Pluta 9386 at The debate over debates continues between the Stabenow and Hoekstra campaigns Commentary: The forgotten campaign <p>Well, by now there have been a zillion analyses of last night’s debate, most of which agree challenger Mitt Romney came on stronger than a curiously laid-back President Obama.</p><p>There’s not much I can add to that except perspective. I have seen every presidential debate since they became a permanent part of our political landscape back in 1976.</p> Thu, 04 Oct 2012 12:45:05 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 9358 at Commentary: The forgotten campaign Hoekstra trying to get traction in Senate race with foreign policy <p>Former Congressman Pete Hoekstra is trying to make foreign policy a bigger issue in Michigan’s U.S. Senate race.<br><br>Jobs and the economy seem to be tops in voters’ minds, and Hoekstra says he does not expect that to change.<br><br>But the Republican nominee says the recent turmoil in the Middle East should make President Obama’s handling of foreign affairs an issue.<br><br>Hoekstra says that’s why he staged a quick visit to Israel over the weekend to meet with unnamed academics and government officials.<br><br>Hoekstra chaired the House Intelligence Committee as a member of Congress.<br><br>He says incumbent Senator Debbie Stabenow endorses the President’s foreign and energy policies.<br><br>“She’s continuing to send a signal that says, We’re going to rely on a part of the world that right now we’re screwing up. It’s going to be less stable. It’s going to be more anti-American, and that’s where we’re going to get our energy from,” says Hoekstra.<br><br>Stabenow says she thinks the President is doing a good job, and her campaign will continue to focus on jobs and fair trade.<br><br>She supports the use of more renewable energy resources. Wed, 03 Oct 2012 14:34:34 +0000 Rick Pluta 9343 at Hoekstra trying to get traction in Senate race with foreign policy Candidate reunites 'West Wing' cast, but will going viral help campaign? <p>Why would a political campaign want to release an online video that’s part of a genre best known for piano-playing cats?</p><p>Why would it risk handing over control of its message to the unruly masses of YouTube and Facebook commenters?</p><p>Well, this very article is one reason.</p><p>The campaign viral video relies on big names, controversy, or just downright strange content (see Carly Fiorina's <a href="">"Demon Sheep"</a>) to garner the attention of social media users. If all goes well, media outlets will pick up the story.</p> Thu, 20 Sep 2012 19:33:33 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 9170 at Candidate reunites 'West Wing' cast, but will going viral help campaign? Michigan Farm Bureau endorses Democrat Stabenow in U.S. Senate race <p>The Michigan Farm Bureau is throwing its support behind Democratic incumbent Debbie Stabenow in this fall’s U.S. Senate race.</p><p></p><p>The endorsement is a bit of a surprise.</p><p></p><p>The Michigan Farm Bureau supported Stabenow’s Republican opponents in her two previous U.S. Senate races.&nbsp; &nbsp;But not this time.</p><p></p><p>The endorsement comes as Stabenow works on the 2012 Farm Bill, as chairwoman of the U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee.</p><p></p> Thu, 20 Sep 2012 16:03:25 +0000 Steve Carmody 9166 at Michigan Farm Bureau endorses Democrat Stabenow in U.S. Senate race Obama, Stabenow remain on top in new Michigan poll <p>A recent <a href="">poll</a> of likely voters by Lansing-based Marketing Resource Group has President Barack Obama and Senator Debbie Stabenow maintaining slim leads in Michigan.</p><p>MLive has the <a href="">story:</a></p> Wed, 19 Sep 2012 17:35:44 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 9155 at Obama, Stabenow remain on top in new Michigan poll Stabenow agrees to debate Hoekstra twice <p>U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow says she will participate in two debates with Republican U.S. Senate candidate Pete Hoekstra.<br><br>Stabenow made the announcement this afternoon. Hoekstra has been calling for six debates with the two-term Democrat from Lansing.<br><br>Details have not been finalized, but the Associated Press reports Stabenow has accepted debate invitations from the Detroit Economic Club and Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids.</p> Fri, 31 Aug 2012 20:48:29 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 8906 at Stabenow agrees to debate Hoekstra twice Michigan Republican leaders told not to focus solely on 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 Michigan Republican leaders told not to focus solely on presidential race Romney's choice of Paul Ryan has some Republican lawmakers going off-message <p>This week, it’s a trickle down edition of<a href=""><em> It’s Just Politics</em></a>. Trickle down: as in how Mitt Romney’s selection of Paul Ryan as his running mate will play down on the rest of the November ballot.</p><p>Wisconsin Republican Congressman Paul Ryan is best-known as the author of a controversial budget plan. And, it’s that plan that’s really been driving most political conversations this week which means Paul Ryan is not only Mitt Romney’s running mate, but is on the ticket with every Republican running this year, including Michigan lawmakers.</p><p>We’ve seen the Democratic messaging about how the Ryan plan will &nbsp;end Medicare, "as we know it." In fact, even Romney has said the Ryan budget plan is not his budget plan, but every Republican is, at least, being asked where they stand on it. So, while it may create some problems for congressional candidates – say, a Republican like Dan Benishek in northern Michigan, where there are a lot of seniors, it also allows them to talk about the need for “entitlement reform.”</p><p><strong>Speaking of Entitlement Reform…<br> </strong><br> This week a <a href="">memo </a>was obtained by the online news site <a href="">Politico </a>that outlines the new nomenclature that is to be used by Republican candidates when talking about the Ryan budget and federal spending. So, out with “entitlement reform,” “privatization,” and the phrase: “every option is on the table.” Instead, the Republican Congressional Campaign Committee suggests these words: “strengthen,” “secure,” “preserve,” “protect.”</p><p><strong>Closer to Home</strong></p><p>This messaging fits pretty snugly into the campaign narratives that we’ve seen already in Michigan. In congressional races, they’ll talk about Medicare, Social Security, and the nation's debt. In state House races, the issues will be on a parallel track, framed around the unpopular pension tax, funding for schools and roads and what Republicans in Lansing will say were tough, but responsible, decisions to get the state’s budget house in order.</p><p>Meanwhile, in the U.S. Senate race, Republicans have been trying for months to make an issue out of the fact that Senate Democrats – including incumbent Debbie Stabenow – still have not approved a permanent federal budget. GOP Senate nominee Pete Hoesktra is trying to hang her with the nickname “Debbie Spends-A-Lot.”</p><p>The Hoekstra campaign therefore was no doubt prepped and ready for that “adult conversation” about federal spending going into this week, when it was hit with a blast from the past. A Democratic operative made <a href=""> aware of an interview that Hoekstra had done</a> on WAAM in Ann Arbor in which he comes out against the 17<sup>th</sup> Amendment – the direct popular election of U.S. Senators. “The direct election of U.S. Senators made the U.S. Senate act and behave like the House of Representatives. &nbsp;The end result has led to an erosion of states’ rights,” Hokestra explains. Fri, 17 Aug 2012 17:31:12 +0000 Zoe Clark & Rick Pluta 8714 at Romney's choice of Paul Ryan has some Republican lawmakers going off-message Kent County GOP rallies around Hoekstra, Amash, and R-turned-D Roy Schmidt <p>Now that the primary is over, Kent County Republicans are working to get more people to rally behind their nominees.</p><p>Even Democrat-turned-Republican State Representative Roy Schmidt Schmidt was among the GOP nominees at a unity rally in Grand Rapids Wednesday night.</p><p>He narrowly defeated a write-in candidate who decided to challenge Schmidt in the wake of a criminal investigation into Schmidt&#39;s party switch. No charges were brought in the case. However, the Secretary of State&#39;s office is still investigating allegations Schmidt violated campaign finance laws.</p> Thu, 09 Aug 2012 03:34:14 +0000 Lindsey Smith 8609 at Kent County GOP rallies around Hoekstra, Amash, and R-turned-D Roy Schmidt Hoekstra's conservatism at issue in Michigan primary <p>LANSING, Mich. (AP) - After representing Michigan&#39;s most conservative congressional district for nearly two decades, Pete Hoekstra contends his Republican opponents &quot;are totally off base&quot; in trying to convince voters they&#39;re farther to the right.</p><p>Yet that was a familiar refrain during the Holland Republican&#39;s unsuccessful primary bid for governor in 2010, and he&#39;s hearing it again as the presumed GOP favorite in the race to unseat Democratic U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow.</p><p>Charter school foundation executive Clark Durant of Grosse Pointe and former Kent County Judge Randy Hekman of Grand Rapids have criticized Hoekstra for voting to approve federal loans to troubled banks and raise the federal debt limit while in Congress.</p><p>Hoekstra has raised more money than his opponents and says he has a strong statewide campaign organization that should help him win. Fri, 27 Jul 2012 14:38:41 +0000 The Associated Press 8460 at Hoekstra's conservatism at issue in Michigan primary Glenn out of GOP Senate race, throws support to Durant <p>Tea Party favorite Gary Glenn announced yesterday that he is bowing out of the Republican race for the U.S. Senate seat currently held by two-term Democrat Debbie Stabenow and that he&#39;ll throw his support behind Clark Durant. The Associated Press reports:</p> Fri, 20 Jul 2012 10:46:35 +0000 Zoe Clark 8369 at Glenn out of GOP Senate race, throws support to Durant Michigan Tea Party members hope to build on their "victory" in Wisconsin <p>Tea Party activists say they are encouraged by the results of this week&rsquo;s recall election in Wisconsin. &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; They say Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker&#39;s victory will also bring change to Michigan. Wed, 06 Jun 2012 21:00:47 +0000 Steve Carmody 7785 at Michigan Tea Party members hope to build on their "victory" in Wisconsin Hoekstra defending idea of federal office to avert "birther" controversies <p>Former Michigan Congressman Pete Hoekstra said he called for a federal agency to check the qualifications of presidential candidates because he wants to avert future &ldquo;birther&rdquo; controversies.</p><p>MPRN&#39;s Rick Pluta reports:</p><blockquote><p>Hoekstra has been slammed for re-igniting the debate among Republicans over President Obama&rsquo;s citizenship at a Tea Party meeting last month.</p><p>Hoekstra said he was responding to a question he&rsquo;s grown tired of answering.<br /><br />&ldquo;This is an absolutely ludicrous discussion to be having four years after we&rsquo;ve had a presidential discussion. It&rsquo;s an absolute waste of time and energy.&rdquo;</p></blockquote><p>Here&#39;s the video of the event where Hoekstra proposed the &quot;three-person&quot; federal office to oversee whether candidates are eligible for running for president of the United States:</p><p></p><p>And here&#39;s Hoekstra, under heated questioning from CNN&#39;s Brooke Baldwin, defending his proposal for this federal office:&nbsp;&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Video</a> Thu, 31 May 2012 16:27:30 +0000 Mark Brush 7692 at Hoekstra defending idea of federal office to avert "birther" controversies