dnc http://michiganradio.org en Michigan political parties return home, hold state conventions http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-political-parties-return-home-hold-state-conventions <p style="margin-left:0mm; margin-right:0mm; text-indent:0mm; margin-top:0.00mm; margin-bottom:3.52mm;line-height: 115%; "><font face="Times New Roman" size="4"><span style=" font-size:14pt">The Republicans and Democrats have finished their national conventions, but now the party faithful have their state convention to attend.</span></font></p> Sat, 08 Sep 2012 00:02:35 +0000 Vincent Duffy 9001 at http://michiganradio.org Former MI governor rallies Democrats http://michiganradio.org/post/former-mi-governor-rallies-democrats <p>Former Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm spoke at the Democratic National Convention last night. She got the crowd on its feet and social media abuzz.&nbsp;</p><p>The former Governor argued that no one helped Michigan when the auto industry collapsed.</p><p>“Almost nobody had the guts to help us. Not the banks. Not the private investors. And not Bain Capital. But, in 2009 the cavalry arrived and our new president, Barack Obama, came in.”</p><p>The speech just grew more intense from there.</p> Fri, 07 Sep 2012 05:14:17 +0000 Lester Graham 8988 at http://michiganradio.org Former MI governor rallies Democrats Stateside: Speaking with Lester Graham from the DNC in Charlotte http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-speaking-lester-graham-dnc-charlotte <p>Tonight brings the emotional high point of the Democratic National Convention - the speech from President Barack Obama.<br><br>All week long, Michigan Radio's Lester Graham has been in North Carolina. He's been covering the convention and the Michigan delegation.</p><p>Governor Snyder talked about Republican hopes of turning Michigan to a red state. But the&nbsp; Democrats in Charlotte will likely have something to say about that.<br><br>Graham tells us the delegates in Charlotte are optimistic, but they know they have some work to do to get people to the polls in November.</p> Thu, 06 Sep 2012 18:40:08 +0000 Stateside Staff 8979 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside: Speaking with Lester Graham from the DNC in Charlotte Power company exec asks Democrats not to support 25 x 25 http://michiganradio.org/post/power-company-exec-asks-democrats-not-support-25-x-25 <p>DTE Energy CEO Gerard Anderson asked Michigan delegates to the Democratic National Convention to oppose a state constitutional amendment increasing the use of renewable energy. The proposed so-called 25 by 25 amendment would mandate 25 percent of electricity come from renewable sources such as wind, solar, or bio-fuels by the year 2025. It will appear on the ballot in November.</p><p>Anderson says he’s not opposed to increasing the use of renewable energy, but it should be done through the legislature, not by amending the constitution.</p> Wed, 05 Sep 2012 17:05:51 +0000 Lester Graham 8957 at http://michiganradio.org Union leader urges Democrats to work to win http://michiganradio.org/post/union-leader-urges-democrats-work-win <p>Delegates here have heard from Dow Chemical Company, DTE, the AFL-CIO, various Democratic Party officials and Bob King. King is the President of the United Auto Workers and in Michigan, that carries weight.</p><p>He told them Michigan delegates that the platform approved by the Republicans at their convention calls for restricting labor’s right to bargain.</p><p>“The baby step in my mind is that they’d pass a national ‘Right to Work.’ They want to do much more than that. They want to take away the right from workers to bargain on conditions at work, their pensions, their healthcare.”</p> Wed, 05 Sep 2012 16:55:41 +0000 Lester Graham 8955 at http://michiganradio.org Union leader urges Democrats to work to win The week in Michigan politics http://michiganradio.org/post/week-michigan-politics-15 <p>This week Christina Shockley talked with Jack Lessenberry about the focus of the auto bailout at the Democratic National Convention, the teacher retirement benefit bill that has been heating up in Lansing, and the special primary taking place Wednesday in southeast Michigan.</p> Wed, 05 Sep 2012 12:52:33 +0000 Jack Lessenberry & Christina Shockley 8945 at http://michiganradio.org The week in Michigan politics In this morning's Michigan news headlines. . . http://michiganradio.org/post/mornings-michigan-news-headlines-65 <p><strong>Teachers challenge retirement bills</strong></p><p>"The first day of classes was also the day Governor Rick Snyder approved some big changes to how teachers and other public school employees will save for retirement. The new law will require teachers to pay more for retirement benefits. New employees will no longer get retirement health care coverage, but a savings account to help them buy insurance. Teachers unions are already in court to challenge the law.&nbsp; A judge in Ingham County struck down part of the law within a few hours of the governor signing it. Judge Rosemary Aquilina said retired teachers deserve more time to choose whether they will pay more for their existing benefits, or choose reduced benefits. The new law gave them a month and a half to make their decision," Rick Pluta reports.</p><p><strong>Special primary election today in southeast Michigan</strong></p><p>"Five Detroit-area Republican candidates are competing for the chance to serve the final weeks of former U.S. Rep. Thaddeus McCotter's term in Congress. A special GOP primary election is being held Wednesday to pick a candidate to face Belleville Democrat David Curson in the Nov. 6 special general election. The winner of that race will serve only from mid-November until the end of the year. A separate contest on the Nov. 6 ballot will decide who fills the seat for the next two years. Republican ex-teacher Kerry Bentivolio faces Democratic Canton Township Trustee Syed Taj in that race. McCotter resigned this summer during an investigation of irregularities in the nominating petitions that kept the Livonia Republican from seeking re-election. Three former aides are charged with scheming to submit false signatures," according to the AP.</p><p><strong>UAW president to address the DNC tonight</strong></p><p>"United Auto Workers says union President Bob King is scheduled to address the Democratic National Convention. The Detroit-based union says King will speak this evening during the event in Charlotte, N.C. The UAW says 89 of its members are delegates to the convention," according to the AP.<br>&nbsp; Wed, 05 Sep 2012 12:29:05 +0000 Emily Fox 8944 at http://michiganradio.org In this morning's Michigan news headlines. . . Avoiding complacency among Democratic rank and file http://michiganradio.org/post/avoiding-complacency-among-democratic-rank-and-file <p>Leading Michigan Democrats are in Charlotte, North Carolina for the Democratic National Convention.<br>They all say Michigan will go for Obama on election day.</p><p>This is a partisan crowd. So, of course, they're going to say the President will be re-elected. But these Democrats also know that recent polls show Mr. Obama and Republican nominee and native son Mitt Romney are in a dead heat in Michigan.</p><p>Former Governor James Blanchard says Democrats must work hard if they want their man back in the White House.</p> Tue, 04 Sep 2012 20:16:11 +0000 Lester Graham 8937 at http://michiganradio.org Avoiding complacency among Democratic rank and file Get out and vote, say Democrats, Michigan a battle ground state http://michiganradio.org/post/get-out-and-vote-say-democrats-michigan-battle-ground-state <p>Michigan delegates are at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina this week. Michigan Radio’s Lester Graham is covering the event, and gave us his impressions about this year’s convention.</p><p>Graham said there’s some concern about whether there is enough enthusiasm to get the vote out for President Obama this year, as opposed to four years ago.</p><p>“Michigan Democrats seem to be convinced that if they can get the vote out, they’ll be doing fine, that Michigan will be a blue state again, and that Barack Obama will be re-elected as President,” he said.</p> Tue, 04 Sep 2012 19:10:22 +0000 Mercedes Mejia & Jennifer White 8933 at http://michiganradio.org Get out and vote, say Democrats, Michigan a battle ground state Michigan Democrats say they're ready to compare last four years http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-democrats-say-theyre-ready-compare-last-four-years <p>Michigan Democrats say they welcome the question of whether President Obama’s record leaves Americans better off than they were four years ago.</p><p>Democrats get down to the business of explaining their case to re-elect Barack Obama today. Michigan delegates say Republican Mitt Romney’s plan for economic recovery is no different than President George Bush’s.</p><p>U.S. Senator Carl Levin says the contrast is that simple.</p> Tue, 04 Sep 2012 14:19:21 +0000 Lester Graham 8925 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan Democrats say they're ready to compare last four years Democratic delegates optimistic to make Michigan a 'blue state' http://michiganradio.org/post/democratic-delegates-optimistic-make-michigan-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 http://michiganradio.org Democratic delegates optimistic to make Michigan a 'blue state' Access to vote for military http://michiganradio.org/post/access-vote-military <p>This election year, the right to vote and access to the ballot have been hot topics this election year in states across the nation. But one group of sometimes disenfranchised voters is getting attention.</p><p>Last week, an <a href="http://www2.tbo.com/news/opinion/2012/aug/12/vwopino2-stop-disenfranchising-military-voters-ar-460795/">op-ed</a> piece hit many newspapers across the nation, including the Tampa Bay area. It was written by Hans von Spakovsky. He was in the George W. Bush administration and is now with the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank.</p> Mon, 03 Sep 2012 19:48:29 +0000 Lester Graham 8919 at http://michiganradio.org Access to vote for military Democratic chair rallies Michigan delegates http://michiganradio.org/post/democratic-chair-rallies-michigan-delegates <p>Democratic party leaders are rallying the troops on the first full day of the Democratic National Convention.</p><p>Not all the Michigan delegates have arrived at the convention because of Labor Day events back home. But a few delegates gathered today to hear from their party’s leader, Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz. Recent polls show President Obama and Republican nominee Mitt Romney running neck and neck in Michigan. Wasserman Schultz told the Michigan delegates they have work ahead of them.</p> Mon, 03 Sep 2012 14:49:29 +0000 Lester Graham 8918 at http://michiganradio.org Democratic chair rallies Michigan delegates Causes: In the streets and in Democratic convention http://michiganradio.org/post/causes-streets-and-democratic-convention <p>Delegates to the Democratic National Convention are gathering in Charlotte, North Carolina to nominate Barack Obama for a second term as president. Others are in Charlotte trying to build political momentum for a cause.</p><p>Yesterday the streets of downtown Charlotte were filled with protestors.</p><p>(Sound of drums and chanting) "Education not deportation!"</p> Mon, 03 Sep 2012 10:13:00 +0000 Lester Graham 8917 at http://michiganradio.org Causes: In the streets and in Democratic convention 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