recall en The week in Michigan politics: Affirmative action and GM <p></p><p></p><p>This <em>Week in Michigan Politics, </em>Jack Lessenberry and Christina Shockley discuss the U.S. Supreme Court decision on <a href="">affirmative action</a>, and the latest <a href="">reactions</a> by GM after the fallout from recalls for ignition switch problems.</p><p></p><p> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 13:06:08 +0000 Jack Lessenberry, Christina Shockley & Emily Fox 17324 at The week in Michigan politics: Affirmative action and GM The week in review <p> This <em>Week in Review</em>, Rina Miller and Jack Lessenberry discuss <a href="">the latest with the Detroit bankruptcy</a>, the continuing <a href="">controversies over the General Motors recall</a>, and the money problems involving the charter school system running <a href="">Muskegon Heights schools</a>.</p><p> Sat, 12 Apr 2014 12:57:00 +0000 Jack Lessenberry & Rina Miller 17206 at The week in review Despite recall, Cobalts, HHRs are selling - and at a higher price <p align="LEFT">A recall crisis at General Motors hasn't slowed sales of Cobalts, HHR's and other cars with a defective ignition switch.</p><p align="LEFT">In fact, the cars are selling for more than they did just a month or two ago.</p><p align="LEFT">Alec Gutierrez of Kelly Blue Book says used car prices go up in the spring.</p><p align="LEFT">"So, it's a matter of a rising tide lifting all boats," he says.</p> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 00:09:34 +0000 Tracy Samilton 17123 at Despite recall, Cobalts, HHRs are selling - and at a higher price GM adding 824,000 vehicles to ignition recall <p>DETROIT (AP) - General Motors is adding 824,000 small cars to its ongoing recall tied to defective ignition switches.<br /><br />The company will add vehicles from the 2008-2011 model years to a recall that initially covered cars only through the 2007 model year.<br /><br />The Chevrolet Cobalt, Chevrolet HHR, Pontiac G5, Pontiac Solstice, Saturn Ion and Saturn Sky are all involved in the recall.<br /><br />GM says around 5,000 of the faulty switches were used for repairs on 2008-2011 model year cars. GM says it's expanding the recall to make sure it finds all the switches.<br /> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 22:12:32 +0000 The Associated Press 17022 at GM adding 824,000 vehicles to ignition recall GM chief prepares to testify before Congress on recalls <p>Members of Congress will have tough questions for the new CEO of General Motors.</p><p></p><p>Mary Barra is expected to testify in front of the Energy and Commerce Committee next month.</p><p></p><p>Barra has only been on the job as CEO for three months. Now she’s facing scrutiny for how the automaker handled or mishandled a major safety recall affecting more than 1.5 million cars.</p><p></p><p>U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow says she’s confident in Barra’s leadership.</p><p></p> Sat, 22 Mar 2014 19:33:00 +0000 Lindsey Smith & The Associated Press 16938 at GM chief prepares to testify before Congress on recalls Another big recall, this time it's Toyota <p>(AP)&nbsp;Toyota is recalling 880,584 RAV4 SUVs and Lexus HS 250h sedans in the U.S. and Canada because a repair announced last year may not have solved a safety problem.</p><p>RAV4s from the 2006 through 2011 model years and 2010 Lexus HS250hs are involved.</p><p>Toyota says if rear suspension nuts aren't tightened properly after a wheel alignment, the arms can rust and separate from the vehicle, increasing the risk of a crash.</p><p>At least nine crashes and three injuries are related to the problem.</p> Tue, 10 Sep 2013 14:02:44 +0000 Associated Press 14350 at Another big recall, this time it's Toyota Chrysler says 'no' to NHTSA recall in rare move <p align="LEFT">In a rare move, Chrysler is saying "no" to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on a recall.</p><p align="LEFT">The agency wants the Detroit automaker to recall 2.7 million vehicles.</p><p align="LEFT">NHTSA claims a defect increases the risk of fire in rear crashes involving Jeep Grand Cherokees built in the 1993 to 2004 model years&nbsp; and in Jeep Liberties&nbsp;built in the 2002 to 2007 model years.</p><p align="LEFT"><font face="Times New Roman">Chrysler says the agency's reasoning is deeply flawed and the vehicles are safe.</font></p> Tue, 04 Jun 2013 21:11:30 +0000 Tracy Samilton 12882 at Chrysler says 'no' to NHTSA recall in rare move E. coli outbreak and food recall includes Michigan <p>Two people from Michigan are among those sickened in a nationwide E. coli outbreak.</p><p></p><p>The E. coli outbreak has sickened 24 people in 15 states, including the two in Michigan.</p><p></p><p>The contamination has been traced to Farm Rich frozen food products including mini pizza slices, mini quesadillas with cheese and chicken, philly cheese steaks</p><p>with cheese, and mozzarella bites. The recalled products were sold at Kroger, Spartan Stores and other chain supermarkets.</p><p></p> Mon, 01 Apr 2013 18:32:58 +0000 Steve Carmody 11957 at E. coli outbreak and food recall includes Michigan With new recalls, Ford's having a rough week <p></p><p>Ford is issuing yet another recall, the company&rsquo;s third in about two weeks. This time, it&rsquo;s for older model Escapes.</p><p>Gas pedals in the SUV can get stuck when they&rsquo;re pushed close to the floor. That&rsquo;s only for the 2001 through 2004 models with 3 liter, V6 engines. Complaints involve 13 crashes and one death.</p> Thu, 26 Jul 2012 22:00:02 +0000 Kate Wells 8457 at With new recalls, Ford's having a rough week Group announces it is ending its effort to recall Governor Snyder <p>In an early Thursday morning press release, Michigan Rising says it&#39;s ending its effort to recall Republican Governor <a href="">Rick Snyder</a>. From the release:</p><p>&quot;It has become abundantly clear that Michigan Rising was not going accomplish its goal of recalling Governor Snyder.&nbsp; The results in Wisconsin crystalized how difficult a task it is to recall a sitting governor, even when the unions and the Democratic Party play a significant role in the effort.&nbsp; To quote the words of Senator Ted Kennedy, `The work goes on.&nbsp; The cause endures.&nbsp; The hope still lives and the dream shall never die,&acute;&quot; said Communications Director Bruce Fealk.</p><p>The recall effort was well short of its benchmark to have 200,000 petition signatures by June 1.&quot; Thu, 07 Jun 2012 10:58:02 +0000 Zoe Clark 7790 at Group announces it is ending its effort to recall Governor Snyder Language of recall petition against Rick Snyder approved <p>The Washtenaw County Elections Commission has approved the language on a recall petition &nbsp;against Governor Snyder, by a two to one vote.</p><p>The commission member who opposed the language argued that the first sentence on the petition is unclear.&nbsp;</p><p>The sentence reads, &ldquo;Governor Snyder has abused the children of Michigan.&rdquo;&nbsp;&nbsp;The petition then lists things like cuts to school funding and food aid.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Tue, 10 Apr 2012 19:39:44 +0000 Tracy Samilton 6988 at Hurdle today for group trying to recall Michigan's governor <p>A group that wants to oust Governor Rick Snyder will launch its second effort to collect enough signatures to put a recall question on the November ballot.</p><p>It will go before an election commission this afternoon&nbsp;looking for permission to let the petition drive go forward.</p><p>The group Michigan Rising gathered half a&nbsp;million signatures last year, but that was well short of the 800 thousand names of registered voters needed to put a recall question on the ballot.</p><p>The group will ask an elections panel in Washtenaw County &ndash; where the governor lives &ndash; to approve its petition. By law, the panel may only rule on whether the petition clearly states the reasons for the recall.</p><p>Michigan Rising cites the state&rsquo;s emergency manager law and cuts to school funding as the reasons to recall the governor. If the petition is approved, the recall campaign will have six months to gather signatures.</p><p>Governor Snyder&rsquo;s spokesman says he is focused on his on his job and expects this recall effort &ndash; like the one before it &ndash; will fail because people will see he is making tough-but-necessary choices. Mon, 09 Apr 2012 10:04:27 +0000 Rick Pluta 6956 at Hurdle today for group trying to recall Michigan's governor Ford recalling Focuses for wiper problem <div><p><span id="_oneup" style="font-size: 11px">DETROIT (AP) &mdash; Ford is recalling more than 140,000 Focus compact cars because the passenger side windshield wiper can fail.</span></p><p><span id="_oneup" style="font-size: 11px">Federal Safety regulators say a seal in the wiper motor wiring may be missing. Water can get inside and cause the wiper to stop working, increasing the risk of a crash. Ford Motor Co. says there haven&#39;t been any crashes or injuries from the problem.</span></p> Sat, 07 Apr 2012 15:19:45 +0000 The Associated Press 6947 at Ford recalling Focuses for wiper problem Political Roundup: Moving forward after the Paul Scott recall <p></p><p>What does Republican Paul Scott&#39;s recall mean for Michigan politics and around the nation?</p><p>Ken Sikkema, former Senate Majority Leader and senior policy fellow at Public Sector Consultants, and Susan Demas, political analyst for Michigan Information and Research Service joined Michigan Radio&#39;s Jennifer White to talk about the aftermath.</p><p>The Michigan Education Association put a lot of money behind the recall effort, but the margin for the vote was very slim.</p><p><em>&ldquo;If you look at the money spent the pro-Scott forces like the Michigan Republican Party and the state chamber of commerce actually out spent the MEA 2 to 1,&rdquo;</em> said Demas.</p><p>According to Sikkema, Michigan is not alone when it comes to voter&#39;s discontent with Republican lawmakers.</p><p>He said, <em>&ldquo;Ohio you saw a rejection of the collective bargaining reform championed by Governor Kasich. Arizona the state senator who introduced the very controversial immigration bill was recalled. So, there&rsquo;s a larger national context here where there&rsquo;s a real question whether Republicans are over reaching. &rdquo;</em></p><p> Thu, 10 Nov 2011 21:23:06 +0000 Mercedes Mejia & Jennifer White 4934 at Political Roundup: Moving forward after the Paul Scott recall Consequences of the Paul Scott recall: "I'll give you something to cry about" <p>There&rsquo;s a story in my family, that my mom tells, and it goes something like this: when my mom and her siblings were little, and they would start to cry, my Grandpa would look at them and say, <em>&ldquo;Why are you crying? I&rsquo;ll give you something to cry about.&rdquo;</em> Now, I&rsquo;m pretty sure he was joking. In fact, I don&rsquo;t think he ever laid a hand on anyone in his life.</p><p>Now, I&#39;m sure you&#39;re wondering, <span style="font-style: italic;">w</span><em>hat</em> does this story have anything to do with anything newsworthy in Michigan. Stay with me, I&#39;ll explain:</p><p>On Tuesday, voters in Michigan&rsquo;s Genesee County <a href="">recalled Republican state Representative Paul Scott</a>. The recall was largely waged and funded by the <a href="">Michigan Education Association</a> (MEA). The powerful teacher&rsquo;s union went after Scott because of his position as chairman of the House Education Committee. In that role, he supported new teacher tenure laws and cuts to <a href="">state education funding</a>. So, on <a href="">Election Day</a>, the MEA &ldquo;won&rdquo; &ndash; they got their guy recalled.</p><p>But, there&rsquo;s a catch. With Scott gone, Republican Speaker of the House <a href="">Jase Bolger</a> got to choose a <em>new</em> chairman for the House Education Committee. Thu, 10 Nov 2011 18:44:05 +0000 Zoe Clark 4936 at Consequences of the Paul Scott recall: "I'll give you something to cry about" Paul Scott Recall: The Aftermath <p><font color="#000000" face="Arial" id="role_document" size="2"><font size="4"><font size="4"><font size="4"><font size="4">There&rsquo;s an old saying I&rsquo;m sure we&rsquo;ve all heard: Be careful what you wish for, because you might get it.&nbsp; I think that&rsquo;s where we are now, two days after State Representative Paul Scott was recalled.</font></font></font></font></font></p> Thu, 10 Nov 2011 16:33:45 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 4929 at Paul Scott Recall: The Aftermath Republican recall target wants to move election to February's GOP presidential primary <p>We may hear as early as today&nbsp;whether a recall election targeting a state Republican lawmaker will be rescheduled from next month to next year.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>State Representative Paul Scott asked the Michigan Supreme Court to order a vote on recalling him from office moved from November 8<sup>th </sup>to next February.&nbsp;</p><p>Next month&rsquo;s recall has been bouncing around the courts this month as Scott has tried to get the entire recall election cancelled.&nbsp;&nbsp; A judge did issue a temporary injunction stopping the vote only to be overruled by the Michigan Supreme Court.&nbsp;&nbsp; In its decision, the high court ruled that judge&#39;s order cancelling the November recall created &lsquo;practical problems&rsquo;,&nbsp; like what to do with absentee ballots that had already been mailed.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Scott&rsquo;s attorney is now arguing that the Supreme Court&rsquo;s own ruling is adding to the confusion.&nbsp;</p><p>The recall campaign says Scott only wants to reschedule the recall vote to February, so it can be held on the same ballot as the Republican presidential primary.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>A spokesman for&nbsp;state House Republicans insists the February date was only proposed since it&rsquo;s the next regularly scheduled election. Tue, 25 Oct 2011 05:01:01 +0000 Steve Carmody 4682 at Republican recall target wants to move election to February's GOP presidential primary Michigan Supreme Court asked to allow recall election to take place <p>The Michigan Supreme Court is being asked to stay a lower court ruling and allow Genesee County voters to decide if they want to recall State Representative Paul Scott.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Last week, a judge issued a temporary injunction halting next month&rsquo;s recall vote.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Bobbie Walton is with the recall campaign.&nbsp; She&rsquo;s optimistic that the state supreme court will allow the vote to go forward.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Wed, 19 Oct 2011 12:59:01 +0000 Steve Carmody 4630 at Michigan Supreme Court asked to allow recall election to take place Judge issues temporary injunction stopping Rep. Paul Scott recall <p>A judge in Ingham County has issued a temporary injunction which stops a recall effort against <a href="">State Representative Paul Scott.&nbsp;</a>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Republican Paul Scott was targeted for recall by the Michigan Education Association. Scott is a supporter of cutting K-12 education funding and legislation which targets teachers unions.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 13 Oct 2011 15:56:12 +0000 Steve Carmody 4576 at Judge issues temporary injunction stopping Rep. Paul Scott recall Another Michigan lawmaker facing a recall effort <p>Organizers are expected to begin collecting signatures to recall State Representative Brandon Dillon of Grand Rapids. A panel of Kent County officials approved the recall language Tuesday. That&rsquo;s despite the fact that the claim laid out in the petition is untrue.</p><p>The petition claims Dillon voted against a bill aimed at investigating unemployment fraud. Dillon voted against one of the amendments, but voted for the actual bill.</p> Tue, 27 Sep 2011 20:12:53 +0000 Lindsey Smith 4327 at Another Michigan lawmaker facing a recall effort