republican http://michiganradio.org en 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' Agema admits 'errors in judgment,' but refuses to resign http://michiganradio.org/post/agema-admits-errors-judgment-refuses-resign <p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15.33px; line-height: 22px;">State and national GOP chairs have now called on Republican National Committeeman Dave </span>Agema<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15.33px; line-height: 22px;"> to resign his position.</span></p><p style="padding: 0px; border: 0px currentColor; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); line-height: 22px; font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15.33px; margin-bottom: 15px; vertical-align: baseline;">Agema&nbsp;stirred controversy after making anti-gay and anti-Muslim comments.</p><p style="padding: 0px; border: 0px currentColor; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); line-height: 22px; font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15.33px; margin-bottom: 15px; vertical-align: baseline;">Late Friday, Agema issued a statement acknowledging “errors in judgment,” but says he won’t resign.</p><p style="padding: 0px; border: 0px currentColor; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); line-height: 22px; font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15.33px; margin-bottom: 15px; vertical-align: baseline;">This has many people asking what Agema’s comments mean for Republicans – particularly for Muslim or gay members of the Republican Party.</p><p style="padding: 0px; border: 0px currentColor; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); line-height: 22px; font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15.33px; margin-bottom: 15px; vertical-align: baseline;">Joining us now is Joe Sylvester, chair of the Michigan Log Cabin Republicans. Log Cabin Republicans are people who work within the party to push for equal rights for gays and lesbians.</p><p> Mon, 27 Jan 2014 22:04:30 +0000 Stateside Staff 16194 at http://michiganradio.org Agema admits 'errors in judgment,' but refuses to resign Can Democrats win the Michigan House? http://michiganradio.org/post/can-democrats-win-michigan-house <p>The last three years haven’t been great ones to be in the legislature – if you are a Democrat. Republicans are in control, and they’ve rammed through bills whose passage would have been unimaginable five years ago. Right to work, for example.</p><p>Two years ago, Democrats hoped to win control of the state House of Representatives, to gain some leverage. They did gain five seats, thanks in part to a large turnout and President Obama winning Michigan by nearly half a million votes. But they still fell short, thanks in part to redistricting. More than 400,000 more votes were cast for Democrats, but gerrymandering meant when the dust had settled, Republicans had 59, Democrats, 51. Mon, 27 Jan 2014 16:52:58 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 16189 at http://michiganradio.org Can Democrats win the Michigan House? Michigan road funding talks still at standstill http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-road-funding-talks-still-standstill <p>LANSING, Mich. (AP) - High-level talks over fixing Michigan's deteriorating roads are at a standstill.<br><br>Republican and Democratic leaders can't agree much on how to even proceed.<br><br>Feeling burned by passage of a right-to-work law, Democrats won't consider tax increases without public assurances that Gov. Rick Snyder will veto other legislation. Democrats want a repeal of a law guaranteeing better wages on government construction projects taken off the table, along with talk of dividing the state's electoral votes proportionally.<br> Sat, 11 May 2013 17:58:00 +0000 The Associated Press 12529 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan road funding talks still at standstill Legislation proposed to block communities from keeping funds for Detroit Zoo and DIA http://michiganradio.org/post/legislation-proposed-block-communities-keeping-funds-detroit-zoo-and-dia <p>The Detroit Zoo and the Detroit Institute of Arts are supposed to get a cut of taxes collected from the greater metro region.</p><p>But dozens of cities and townships have been holding out, thanks to tax loopholes.</p><p>Republican Representative Eileen Kowall says the people of Metro Detroit voted to send these taxes to the zoo and the DIA. Thu, 14 Mar 2013 20:12:22 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 11705 at http://michiganradio.org Legislation proposed to block communities from keeping funds for Detroit Zoo and DIA Abortion language that sunk Blue Cross overhaul reintroduced http://michiganradio.org/post/abortion-language-sunk-blue-cross-overhaul-reintroduced <p>State lawmakers have re-introduced legislation that would limit the ability of insurance companies to cover abortions.</p><p>The measure would only allow insurers to cover elective abortions through optional rider plans.</p><p>Republican state Senator Mark Jansen says many people do not want that kind of coverage automatically included in their plans.</p><p>“If I’m an employee, and this is the big issue nationally, why should I be paying for something that seems to be something that many of us morally disagree with?”</p><p>The measure was included in legislation last year that sought to overhaul Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan.</p><p>Governor Rick Snyder vetoed that bill because he thought the abortion language went too far. He said it’s not the state’s job to decide what kinds of plans insurance companies can offer.</p><p>The Blue Cross legislation has also been reintroduced without the abortion language. It passed unanimously in the state Senate last week. Tue, 05 Feb 2013 21:41:18 +0000 Jake Neher 11104 at http://michiganradio.org Abortion language that sunk Blue Cross overhaul reintroduced Election: Michigan's U.S. Senate Race http://michiganradio.org/post/election-michigans-us-senate-race <p>Michigan voters will choose between two long time fixtures on the state political scene in next Tuesday’s U.S. Senate race. &nbsp;</p><p>The result may mark the end of one of those political careers.</p><p>Democrat Debbie Stabenow has spent the past twelve years in the U.S. Senate.&nbsp;</p><p>In that time, the Democratic incumbent has acquired a certain degree of political influence, for example as the chair of the Senate Agriculture committee, and a certain comfort when it comes to raising campaign donations.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 26 Oct 2012 05:01:01 +0000 Steve Carmody 9570 at http://michiganradio.org Election: Michigan's U.S. Senate Race Catholic nuns bringing anti-budget cutting message to Michigan this week http://michiganradio.org/post/catholic-nuns-bringing-anti-budget-cutting-message-michigan-week <p>Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney isn&rsquo;t the only one with a bus tour passing through Michigan this week.</p><p>A group of Catholic nuns will be touring the state to criticize <a href="http://paulryan.house.gov/Issues/Issue/?IssueID=56750">Republican plans to cut federal spending</a>. Mon, 18 Jun 2012 05:01:01 +0000 Steve Carmody 7914 at http://michiganradio.org Catholic nuns bringing anti-budget cutting message to Michigan this week Commentary: The Politics of Abortion http://michiganradio.org/post/commentary-politics-abortion <p><font color="#000000" face="Arial" id="role_document" size="2"><font size="4"><font size="4"><font size="4">Here&rsquo;s something that occurred to me yesterday, when the Michigan House of Representatives passed what is really an anti-abortion bill. Consider probably the two most controversial U.S. Supreme Court decisions in modern history.</font></font></font></font></p> Thu, 14 Jun 2012 15:08:11 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 7887 at http://michiganradio.org Commentary: The Politics of Abortion Commentary: Changing the Rules http://michiganradio.org/post/commentary-changing-rules <p>Kerry Bentivolio is resentful of the Republican establishment, and it&#39;s not hard to see why.&nbsp; Bentivolio is running for Congress in the newly redrawn 11th District, which includes a lot of prosperous suburban areas in Wayne and Oakland Counties.</p> Tue, 12 Jun 2012 14:00:00 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 7834 at http://michiganradio.org Commentary: Changing the Rules Who’s more conservative? Upton and Hoogendyk square off in debate in Kalamazoo http://michiganradio.org/post/who-s-more-conservative-upton-and-hoogendyk-square-debate-kalamazoo <p>Congressman Fred Upton (R-St. Joseph) has been in office for 25-years. Former state representative Jack Hoogendyk challenged&nbsp;Upton in the republican primary in 2010 and lost.</p><p>The questions during the hour-long debate in Kalamazoo Sunday night were centered on 5 themes; economy, energy, health care, spending, and how to help the 6<sup>th&nbsp;</sup>Congressional district.</p><p>Around 130 people came to an auditorium on Western Michigan University&rsquo;s campus for the debate.</p> Mon, 11 Jun 2012 04:53:00 +0000 Lindsey Smith 7829 at http://michiganradio.org Who’s more conservative? Upton and Hoogendyk square off in debate in Kalamazoo Michigan Tea Party groups meet this weekend to pick their choice for Republican US Senate race http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-tea-party-groups-meet-weekend-pick-their-choice-republican-us-senate-race <p><span style="color: rgb(2, 37, 163); font-family: &quot;Helvetica&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 10.5pt; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-ansi-language: EN-US; mso-fareast-language: EN-US; mso-bidi-language: AR-SA;"><span style="color: rgb(2, 37, 163); font-family: &quot;Helvetica&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 10.5pt; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-ansi-language: EN-US; mso-fareast-language: EN-US; mso-bidi-language: AR-SA;"><u><font color="#0000ff">Tea Party activists from across Michigan will gather this weekend&nbsp;to pick a consensus candidate for U.S. Senate.</font></u></span></span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(2, 37, 163); font-family: &quot;Helvetica&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 10.5pt; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-ansi-language: EN-US; mso-fareast-language: EN-US; mso-bidi-language: AR-SA;"><span style="color: rgb(2, 37, 163); font-family: &quot;Helvetica&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 10.5pt; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-ansi-language: EN-US; mso-fareast-language: EN-US; mso-bidi-language: AR-SA;"><u><font color="#0000ff">A crowded field of Republicans are on the August primary ballot.&nbsp;&nbsp; The winner&nbsp;will face incumbent Democrat Debbie Stabenow in the November general election.</font></u></span></span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(2, 37, 163); font-family: &quot;Helvetica&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 10.5pt; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-ansi-language: EN-US; mso-fareast-language: EN-US; mso-bidi-language: AR-SA;"><span style="color: rgb(2, 37, 163); font-family: &quot;Helvetica&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 10.5pt; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-ansi-language: EN-US; mso-fareast-language: EN-US; mso-bidi-language: AR-SA;"><u><font color="#0000ff">Cindy Gamrat&nbsp;is the organizer of <a href="http://www.michigan4conservativesenate.com/">Saturday&rsquo;s convention</a> in Mt. Pleasant.&nbsp;&nbsp;She says they hope to pick a candidate to support now&nbsp;in hopes it will help Tea&nbsp;Party members to organize to defeat Senator Stabenow.&nbsp;</font></u></span></span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(2, 37, 163); font-family: &quot;Helvetica&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 10.5pt; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-ansi-language: EN-US; mso-fareast-language: EN-US; mso-bidi-language: AR-SA;"><span style="color: rgb(2, 37, 163); font-family: &quot;Helvetica&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 10.5pt; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-ansi-language: EN-US; mso-fareast-language: EN-US; mso-bidi-language: AR-SA;"><u><font color="#0000ff">&quot;If we wait to really get behind a&nbsp;candidate after the primary, we only have a few months,&quot; says Gamrat, &quot;That doesn&rsquo;t give you much time to put an effective ground, grassroots campaign together.&rdquo;&nbsp;</font></u></span></span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(2, 37, 163); font-family: &quot;Helvetica&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 10.5pt; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-ansi-language: EN-US; mso-fareast-language: EN-US; mso-bidi-language: AR-SA;"><span style="color: rgb(2, 37, 163); font-family: &quot;Helvetica&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 10.5pt; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-ansi-language: EN-US; mso-fareast-language: EN-US; mso-bidi-language: AR-SA;"><u><font color="#0000ff">Gamrat says the straw poll results will not be binding on Michigan&rsquo;s Tea Party members to follow, but she hopes it will be enough to convince some candidates&nbsp;to drop out&nbsp;of the race.&nbsp;</font></u></span></span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(2, 37, 163); font-family: &quot;Helvetica&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 10.5pt;"><span style="color: rgb(2, 37, 163); font-family: &quot;Helvetica&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 10.5pt;"><u><font color="#0000ff">Gamrat says the group also hopes to hear from candidates in next week&rsquo;s&nbsp;Republican president primary at their convention this weekend. </font></u></span></span> Wed, 22 Feb 2012 19:01:01 +0000 Steve Carmody 6285 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan Tea Party groups meet this weekend to pick their choice for Republican US Senate race Endorsements: A Political Paradox http://michiganradio.org/post/endorsements-political-paradox <p>Now that the Florida primary is over, we&rsquo;re bound to see increasing media attention on Michigan. We&rsquo;re the next big state to hold a primary election, though not till the end of the month.</p><p>Native son Mitt Romney is heavily favored, but the fact that Newt Gingrich badly needs a win somewhere means we may see a fair amount of campaigning here.</p> Thu, 02 Feb 2012 15:49:04 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 6065 at http://michiganradio.org Endorsements: A Political Paradox Hoogendyk challenges Upton…again http://michiganradio.org/post/hoogendyk-challenges-upton%E2%80%A6again <p><strong>Updated 5:09p.m.</strong></p> Tue, 17 Jan 2012 22:43:34 +0000 Lindsey Smith 5821 at http://michiganradio.org Hoogendyk challenges Upton…again Michigan Supreme Court says Scott recall election will not be cancelled or postponed http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-supreme-court-says-scott-recall-election-will-not-be-cancelled-or-postponed <p>The Michigan Supreme Court says it will not stop or postpone a recall election targeting a state lawmaker.&nbsp;&nbsp;Today&rsquo;s&nbsp;decision clears the way for the November 8 vote.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Republican Paul Scott (R-Grand Blanc) has spent much of the past month trying to convince the courts to stop next month&rsquo;s recall election.</p><p>With less than two weeks to go before the November 8 vote, the Michigan Supreme Court appears to have had the final word on Scott&rsquo;s request and that word is &lsquo;no&rsquo;.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Scott&rsquo;s been arguing that there was a problem with the way recall petition signatures were collected and that there&rsquo;s been so much confusion around whether the vote would take place,&nbsp;that it would be better to cancel or postpone the recall election.&nbsp;</p><p>But in its order, the state supreme court expresses the hope that <em>&ldquo;officials charged with administering the election in Genesee County will ensure the fullest participation in the electoral process of all citizens.&rdquo;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</em></p><p>The Michigan Education Association is behind the Scott recall campaign, targeting Scott for his support for cuts in state education spending and anti-union legislation. Wed, 26 Oct 2011 19:14:49 +0000 Steve Carmody 4704 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan Supreme Court says Scott recall election will not be cancelled or postponed Mitt Romney shows strength (and maybe weakness) in latest poll of Michigan Republicans http://michiganradio.org/post/mitt-romney-shows-strength-and-maybe-weakness-latest-poll-michigan-republicans <p>The latest state poll of likely voters has mixed news for one Republican presidential contender with Michigan roots and downright bad news for another.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Tue, 23 Aug 2011 21:22:34 +0000 Steve Carmody 3886 at http://michiganradio.org Mitt Romney shows strength (and maybe weakness) in latest poll of Michigan Republicans Thaddeus McCotter to announce candidacy Saturday http://michiganradio.org/post/thaddeus-mccotter-announce-candidacy-saturday <p>The Associated Press is reporting that Michigan Rep. Thaddeus McCotter will announce his candidacy in the Republican presidential primary on Saturday.</p><p>From the article:</p><blockquote><p>The congressman from the Detroit suburb of Livonia confirmed Friday on WJR-AM he&#39;ll make a formal announcement about his candidacy on Saturday.</p><p>The 45-year-old McCotter is a lawyer and served as a state senator, Wayne County commissioner and Schoolcraft Community College trustee before entering the U.S. House in 2003.</p> Fri, 01 Jul 2011 18:29:26 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 3122 at http://michiganradio.org Thaddeus McCotter to announce candidacy Saturday Recall language against State Senator John Proos not clear enough...for now http://michiganradio.org/post/recall-language-against-state-senator-john-proos-not-clear-enoughfor-now <p>Lyn Earwood, who submitted the petition, says she will tweak the language to make it more clear and resubmit for approval soon.</p><p>The language was nearly identical to a recall petition Kent County officials approved this morning against State Senator Mark Jansen.</p><p>Both petitions stated opposition to the republican senator&#39;s support of the new tax structure that cuts taxes for most Michigan businesses and taxes income from public pensions.</p> Mon, 20 Jun 2011 16:49:59 +0000 Lindsey Smith 2961 at http://michiganradio.org Recall language against State Senator John Proos not clear enough...for now Recall effort against State Sen. Mark Jansen moves forward http://michiganradio.org/post/recall-effort-against-state-sen-mark-jansen-moves-forward <p>Add State Senator Mark Jansen to the growing list of republican lawmakers in Michigan facing a recall effort.</p><p>Kent County election officials approved the recall language this morning. Now volunteers can begin collecting signatures. They&rsquo;d need 26,611 voter signatures to get the recall on the ballot.</p><p>Jansen says he&rsquo;s taking the challenge seriously and is prepared to run a reelection campaign if he has to.</p> Mon, 20 Jun 2011 13:58:05 +0000 Lindsey Smith 2958 at http://michiganradio.org Recall effort against State Sen. Mark Jansen moves forward Congressmen from opposite sides of MI, political aisle, make friends http://michiganradio.org/post/congressmen-opposite-sides-mi-political-aisle-make-friends <p>A republican congressman from West Michigan and a democrat from Detroit held a joint town hall meeting today Saturday in Grand Rapids. The two freshmen lawmakers have bonded in the nation&rsquo;s capitol and want to show people some politicians do get along.</p><p><a href="http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/michigan/local-michigan-969930.mp3"><u>http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/michigan/local-michigan-969930.mp3</u></a></p><p><a href="http://amash.house.gov/">Congressman Justin Amash</a> is a tea party favorite from West Michigan. <a href="http://hansenclarke.house.gov/">Congressman Hansen Clarke </a>is a democrat from Detroit.&nbsp;&nbsp; Sat, 21 May 2011 19:02:43 +0000 Lindsey Smith 2602 at http://michiganradio.org Congressmen from opposite sides of MI, political aisle, make friends