us senate http://michiganradio.org en Weekly Political Roundup: Outside money targets campaign ads in Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/weekly-political-roundup-outside-money-targets-campaign-ads-michigan <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It’s Thursday, the day we talk Michigan politics with Susan </span>Demas<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, publisher of Inside Michigan Politics, and Ken </span>Sikkema<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, former Senate Majority Leader and Senior Policy Fellow at Public Sector Consultants.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">We’re still about a month out from the primaries and four months out from the general election. Yet, the Michigan Campaign Finance Network this week reports that $18 million have already been spent in the Michigan gubernatorial and senate races. And such of this money is coming from outside groups.</span></p><p>Is it surprising that this much outside money is coming into Michigan so early or is this election politics as usual?</p><p> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 20:27:00 +0000 Jennifer White 18257 at http://michiganradio.org Weekly Political Roundup: Outside money targets campaign ads in Michigan 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 Stabenow: Republican opposition to minimum wage hike 'unacceptable' http://michiganradio.org/post/stabenow-republican-opposition-minimum-wage-hike-unacceptable <p>Michigan Democrat Debbie Stabenow is criticizing her Republican Senate colleagues for <a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=308211000">blocking a vote on increasing the federal minimum wage.</a></p><p></p><p>The bill would have gradually increased the current $7.25 an hour to $10.10.</p><p>Democrats say it would have helped millions of low-income families.</p><p></p><p>Stabenow says GOP opposition to the wage hike and to legislation to require equal pay for women is "unacceptable".</p><p></p><p></p> Wed, 30 Apr 2014 21:59:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 17429 at http://michiganradio.org Stabenow: Republican opposition to minimum wage hike 'unacceptable' Senate candidate Peters discloses investments http://michiganradio.org/post/senate-candidate-peters-discloses-investments <p>DETROIT (AP) - A Detroit-area congressman who is running for U.S. Senate has a deep investment portfolio of large-company stocks and municipal bonds.<br><br>U.S. Rep. Gary Peters says he had assets worth at least $970,000 and possibly as high as $3.9 million at the end of 2012. He's not required to be specific, only to put values in certain ranges. All members of Congress must file annual financial disclosure forms.<br><br>Peters, a Democrat from Oakland County, is running next year for the Senate seat held by Carl Levin, who is retiring.<br> Thu, 04 Jul 2013 13:21:42 +0000 The Associated Press 13381 at http://michiganradio.org Senate candidate Peters discloses investments