special primary http://michiganradio.org en The week in review http://michiganradio.org/post/week-review-0 <p>Rina Miller talks with Michigan Radio's political analyst Jack Lessenberry this week about the ballot proposals that were approved, the results of the special primary in Michigan's 11th congressional district and what happens now, and the medical marijuana debate in the Grand Rapids suburb of Wyoming.</p> Sat, 08 Sep 2012 13:00:00 +0000 Rina Miller & Jack Lessenberry 8992 at http://michiganradio.org 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. . . Another call for state to pay for special congressional primary http://michiganradio.org/post/another-call-state-pay-special-congressional-primary <p>A new group is asking the state of Michigan to pick up the cost of a special election to fill the unexpired term of former Republican Congressman <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thaddeus_McCotter">Thaddeus McCotter.</a> Wed, 25 Jul 2012 05:01:01 +0000 Steve Carmody 8422 at http://michiganradio.org Another call for state to pay for special congressional primary