Paul Ryan en Ann Romney gushes love for Michigan, praises Paul Ryan's debate performance <p>Ann Romney is making stops across Michigan Friday. The wife of Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney started early at conference center in Hudsonville, just outside of Grand Rapids.</p><p>Ann Romney has been doing a lot of campaigning for her husband. So she says she made one “special request” of planners; “Will you please send me to Michigan?”</p><p>Standing in front of a “Women for Mitt” banner, Ann Romney held up her hand, pointed to her hometown and confessed her love for the state.</p> Fri, 12 Oct 2012 15:27:17 +0000 Lindsey Smith 9465 at Ann Romney gushes love for Michigan, praises Paul Ryan's debate performance VP candidate Paul Ryan scheduled to appear at Oakland University 'victory rally' <p>Paul Ryan will be at Oakland University in Rochester tonight as the Romney campaign refocuses its attention on Michigan.</p><p>This comes after fundraising visits to Midland and Novi from Chris Christie on Saturday night.</p><p>As MLive reports, the vice presidential candidate will be introduced by Kid Rock at what the campaign is calling a “victory rally.”</p><p>From <a href="">MLive</a>:</p> Mon, 08 Oct 2012 19:00:56 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 9417 at VP candidate Paul Ryan scheduled to appear at Oakland University 'victory rally' In this morning's Michigan news headlines. . . <p><strong>Romney campaign in Michigan this week</strong></p><p>"Mitt Romney's campaign is showing Michigan some love this week. Romney's running mate Paul Ryan holds a rally at Oakland University tonight. That follows Saturday's appearance by Republican New Jersey Governor Chris Christie in suburban Detroit. And this Friday, Mitt Romney's wife, Ann, will stop in Grand Rapids," Tracy Samilton reports.</p><p><strong>Voter registration deadline is tomorrow</strong></p><p>The last day to register to vote in the Nov. 6 election is tomorrow. According to Michigan Secretary of State's <a href=",4670,7-127-1640_9150-287348--,00.html">website. </a></p><blockquote><p>"Voters may register by mail, at their county, city or township clerk's office, or by visiting any Secretary of State office. The mail-in form is available at <a href=",4670,7-127-1633---,00.html"></a>. First-time voters who register by mail must vote in person in their first election, unless they hand-deliver the application to their local clerk, are 60 years old or older, are disabled or are eligible to vote under the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act. To check their registration status, residents may visit the Michigan Voter Information Center at <a href=",1607,7-127-1633-49313--,00.html"></a>. On the website, residents can view a sample ballot, find their polling location, learn about absentee voting, get information on Michigan's voter ID laws and view contact information for their local clerk."</p><p></p></blockquote><p><strong>Twenty cases of meningitis in Michigan</strong></p><p>"At least 20 cases of meningitis have been confirmed in Michigan, including two deaths. The meningitis outbreak has been linked to a steroid produced by a specialty pharmacy in Massachusetts. The steroid has been recalled," the AP reports.</p><p> Mon, 08 Oct 2012 11:03:53 +0000 Emily Fox 9405 at In this morning's Michigan news headlines. . . Ryan sets the right "tone" for Michigan Republicans at the 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 Ryan sets the right "tone" for Michigan Republicans at the GOP national convention Romney makes gaffe -- after mocking Obama gaffes <p align="LEFT">Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and his running mate Paul Ryan appeared before a crowd of nearly 10,000&nbsp;in Commerce, Michigan&nbsp;on Friday.</p><p align="LEFT">But an off-script comment garnered most of the media attention.</p><p align="LEFT">The rally was held at Long Family Orchard Farm and Cider Mill.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 24 Aug 2012 21:28:54 +0000 Tracy Samilton 8813 at Romney makes gaffe -- after mocking Obama gaffes Crowd in Commerce Township waiting for Romney team <p>Supporters are gathering in Commerce Township, Michigan waiting to hear from Mitt Romney and his running mate Rep. Paul Ryan. They're scheduled to address the crowd around noon.</p><p>More from the <a href="">Detroit News</a>:</p><blockquote><p>Even before doors were to open at 9:30 a.m., roughly 100 people turned out an hour early at the cider mill as security from Oakland County Sheriff's Department and others were sweeping the area with metal detectors and dogs.</p> Fri, 24 Aug 2012 15:07:58 +0000 Mark Brush 8797 at Crowd in Commerce Township waiting for Romney team Biden, Romney, Ryan campaign in Michigan this week <p>Vice President Joe Biden, presidential hopeful Mitt Romney and his running mate, Paul Ryan, will all make campaign stops in southeast <a href="">Michigan</a> this week.</p><p>Vice President Joe Biden made an afternoon stop in Detroit today, where he held what the Obama Campaign called a grassroots event at Renaissance High School.</p><p>Olympic Gold Medalist Claressa Shields introduced Biden to a packed crown in the school's atrium.</p> Wed, 22 Aug 2012 20:28:12 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 8770 at Biden, Romney, Ryan campaign in Michigan this week 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