michigan governor http://michiganradio.org en Outside groups already spending big in Michigan's U.S. Senate and governor's races http://michiganradio.org/post/outside-groups-already-spending-big-michigans-us-senate-and-governors-races <p>Nearly $18 million has been spent so far this year on political TV ads in Michigan’s U. S. Senate and governor’s races. Most of the money has been coming from national Republican, Democratic, conservative and liberal groups.</p><p></p><p>Rich Robinson is the executive director of the Michigan Campaign Finance Network. He analyzed TV ad buys by political groups in a half dozen television markets in Michigan.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 17:40:27 +0000 Steve Carmody 18238 at http://michiganradio.org Outside groups already spending big in Michigan's U.S. Senate and governor's races Michigan Senate votes to use tobacco taxes for Capitol and governor's mansion http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-senate-votes-use-tobacco-taxes-capitol-and-governors-mansion <div><p>LANSING&nbsp;– Yearly funding for building maintenance on the Michigan Capitol and the governor's Lansing residence has passed the state Senate.</p><p>The legislation unanimously approved Wednesday would redistribute revenue from taxes on cigarettes. It allocates $3 million to the Capitol fund and between $50,000 and $200,000 to the official residence.</p><p>The money comes from the state's general fund and would be adjusted for inflation each year.</p> Wed, 30 Apr 2014 18:24:00 +0000 The Associated Press 17420 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan Senate votes to use tobacco taxes for Capitol and governor's mansion Michigan's governor declares energy emergency http://michiganradio.org/post/michigans-governor-declares-energy-emergency <div align="left"><p>Gov. Rick Snyder has declared an energy emergency in the state due to a temporary heating oil and propane shortage.</p><p></p><p>The shortage was caused by a huge spike in demand due to the extreme cold and heavy snowfalls that delayed deliveries.</p><p></p><p>The governor's order suspends regulations on how many hours and how many consecutive days the fuel delivery drivers can work.</p><p></p><p>The order will in effect until January 31st unless the Governor rescinds it earlier.</p></div><p></p> Sat, 11 Jan 2014 21:46:10 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 15978 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan's governor declares energy emergency Governor Snyder could benefit from incumbent advantage in 2014 election http://michiganradio.org/post/governor-snyder-could-benefit-incumbent-advantage-2014-election <p>Last weekend I went to a dinner party on Mackinac Island at the home of a longtime state office holder, who is a Democrat.&nbsp; Nearly all guests were dyed-in-the-wool Democrats, and they began discussing next year’s race for governor.</p><p>They agreed that Governor Rick Snyder, whose policies they all loathed, was almost certain to be defeated next year.</p><p>I didn’t say anything, till someone asked. “The election is a long way away” I said, “but if I had to bet, I would say there is a seventy percent chance Snyder will be reelected.”</p><p> Mon, 08 Jul 2013 12:45:06 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 13411 at http://michiganradio.org Governor Snyder could benefit from incumbent advantage in 2014 election Commentary: Our Next Governor? http://michiganradio.org/post/commentary-our-next-governor <p>Over the last half-century, whenever an incumbent Michigan governor has run for re-election, the opposing party has almost always chosen an opponent in a difficult and expensive primary.</p><p>Those battles have used up most of their cash, and given the opposition plenty of ammunition. Partly as a result, every incumbent governor running for a second term has been reelected.</p><p>New Democratic state chair Lon Johnson says it is time to learn from this. He's helped persuade his party to come together around statewide candidates more than a year before the election. Things can always change, but as of now Democrats have settled on former Battle Creek congressman Mark Schauer for governor. It would be difficult to exaggerate how much Democrats would like to beat Rick Snyder. They intensely dislike most of what he has done or tried to do, from taxing pensions to attacking unions.</p><p> Mon, 24 Jun 2013 12:53:53 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 13204 at http://michiganradio.org Commentary: Our Next Governor? Commentary: Remember Virg Bernero? http://michiganradio.org/post/commentary-remember-virg-bernero <p>Everyone knows, of course, that Rick Snyder was elected governor three years ago. And by now it is safe to say that everyone has an opinion about him. Some think he is saving the state.</p><p>Others are vowing to do everything they can to prevent him from winning a second term. But stop for a minute.</p><p>Do you remember who Snyder defeated to be elected governor in the first place? Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero, the&nbsp;Democratic nominee in what was an impossible year for his party.</p><p> Tue, 18 Jun 2013 13:22:54 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 13102 at http://michiganradio.org Commentary: Remember Virg Bernero?