mike rogers http://michiganradio.org en Can the GOP maintain that Tea Party love and win mid-term elections? http://michiganradio.org/post/can-gop-maintain-tea-party-love-and-win-mid-term-elections <p>History suggests that this election year should be friendly to Republicans. That’s because Republicans are more likely to turn out in mid-term elections than Democrats, and the party out of the White House, especially in a president’s second term, tends to have an advantage. With about six and a half months to go before the November election, a lot of Republicans are harboring hopes that this is going to be a good year to be a Republican.</p><p>But here’s a question: Which kind of Republican is it best to be this year?</p><p>In Michigan -- just like nationally -- there’s some tension between the three threads of the GOP coalition. That’s the &nbsp;Establishment Republicans, the Tea Party, and the Liberty Movement.</p><p>We’ll get a better idea of how big this fight is (and if it’s a fight at all worth talking about) after this coming Tuesday’s filing deadline. We’ll see exactly where and how many Tea Partiers will “primary” an establishment Republican figure, and where the Republican establishment (and by that we mean chamber of commerce Republicans) will try to dislodge a Tea Partier from Congress or the Legislature. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 22:12:01 +0000 Rick Pluta & Zoe Clark 17285 at http://michiganradio.org Can the GOP maintain that Tea Party love and win mid-term elections? With Michigan members of Congress hitting the exit, replacements scramble for money http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-members-congress-hitting-exit-replacements-scramble-money <p>Congressmen don’t stay on the job forever, though it sometimes seems like it.</p><p>This year will be the last for Sen. Carl Levin, D-Michigan, first elected in 1978, and Rep. John Dingell, D-Michigan, the all-time longevity champ, who has represented a Detroit-area district since 1955.</p><p>Their retirements, while momentous, weren’t very surprising. Indeed, Carl Levin announced that he wouldn’t run for re-election more than a year ago. Far more shocking was the sudden decision by two mid-Michigan Republican Congressmen to bow out.</p><p>Both Rep. Dave Camp, R-Michigan, and Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Michigan, had safe seats, a fair amount of seniority, and are youngish men by congressional standards. Yet within the last few days, both said they wouldn’t run for re-election.</p><p>That set off something of a mad scramble.</p><p> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 14:34:20 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 17143 at http://michiganradio.org With Michigan members of Congress hitting the exit, replacements scramble for money Outgoing Congressman Mike Rogers endorses candidate to replace him http://michiganradio.org/post/outgoing-congressman-mike-rogers-endorses-candidate-replace-him <p>Former state senate majority leader Mike Bishop picked up an endorsement today &nbsp;in his campaign to be Michigan’s next eighth district congressman.</p><p></p><p>The endorsement came from current eighth district congressman Mike Rogers.</p><p></p><p>Rogers surprised many when he announced last month he’s stepping down after serving seven terms in Congress.</p><p></p><p>Jack Lessenberry is Michigan Radio’s senior political analyst. He doesn’t see the Rogers endorsement playing a big role in race.</p><p></p><p>Lessenberry says what matters more is who else jumps in the race.</p><p></p> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 18:19:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 17131 at http://michiganradio.org Outgoing Congressman Mike Rogers endorses candidate to replace him Schauer selects Lisa Brown as running mate; Camp decides against seeking re-election http://michiganradio.org/post/schauer-selects-lisa-brown-running-mate-camp-decides-against-seeking-re-election <p></p><p>Each week we take a look at what’s happening in Michigan politics with Susan Demas, publisher of Inside Michigan Politics, and Ken Sikkema, former Senate Majority Leader and Senior Policy Fellow at Public Sector Consultants.</p><p>Earlier today, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mark Schauer announced that Oakland County Clerk Lisa Brown will be his running mate for the upcoming 2014 election. Brown served two terms in the state House of Representatives and has served as the Oakland County Clerk since 2012, a position long held by Republicans.</p><p>Susan Demas indicates&nbsp;the selection of&nbsp;Brown will bolster the ticket because of her name recognition with voters in Southeast Michigan and she resonates well with female voters.&nbsp;</p><p>“Lisa Brown...gained a lot of attention in 2012 with the debate over the controversial abortion legislation, and was known for the ‘vagina-gate’ scandal when she was not allowed to speak on the floor.”</p><p>Meanwhile, a fourth member of Michigan’s congressional delegation&nbsp;announced&nbsp;he will not&nbsp;seek re-election. Rep. Dave Camp (R-Midland), the chair of the House Ways and Means Committee, will step down, along with Mike Rogers, Carl Levin and John Dingell.</p><p> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 20:41:00 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 17096 at http://michiganradio.org Schauer selects Lisa Brown as running mate; Camp decides against seeking re-election Politicos must do some fast thinking if they want Rogers’ seat http://michiganradio.org/post/politicos-must-do-some-fast-thinking-if-they-want-rogers-seat <p>A political stunner slapped all of our political cheeks awake this morning, just like that <a href="http://search.yahoo.com/search?fr=mcafee&amp;type=A010US0&amp;p=mukuly+culkin+face+slap+aftershave">scene with Macaulay Culkin</a> in Home Alone.</p><p>The news? Seven-term Republican Congressman <a href="http://michiganradio.org/term/mike-rogers">Mike Rogers </a>announced he is <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/us-rep-mike-rogers-wont-seek-re-election">retiring from Congress</a>. Retiring from Congress, but not the political circus. He is going to start a national radio show devoted to foreign policy and national defense, which is his bailiwick as the Chairman of the powerful House Intelligence Committee.</p><p>Rogers is also a well-known talking head. Last year, he <a href="http://www.politico.com/story/2013/12/mike-rogers-sunday-shows-101603.html">appeared more than any other elected official </a>on the Sunday morning news circuit. And he’s got the TV sound bites down, just <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bkx7NWPH1TQ">last week on Meet the Press</a>, saying Russian President Vladimir Putin, “goes to bed thinking of Peter the Great and wakes up thinking of Stalin.”</p><p>It’s not just how fond he seemed of Congress that is what makes Rogers’, who represents Lansing, Brighton, Howell and parts of Northern Oakland County, announcement so surprising, but his fondness in particular for the House of Representatives. In fact, there was speculation last year that the reason he didn’t jump into the race for Carl Levin’s<a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/isnt-another-levin-retrospective-were-talking-political-implications-his-retirement"> open Senate seat </a>was because he enjoyed his job in the House so much. Fri, 28 Mar 2014 19:05:40 +0000 Zoe Clark & Rick Pluta 17019 at http://michiganradio.org Politicos must do some fast thinking if they want Rogers’ seat US Rep. Mike Rogers won't seek re-election http://michiganradio.org/post/us-rep-mike-rogers-wont-seek-re-election <p>DETROIT – Seven-term Republican Congressman Mike Rogers of Michigan says he won't seek re-election.<br /><br />The chairman of the House Intelligence Committee announced his plans on Friday morning during an interview on Detroit radio station WJR-AM. He says he'll serve out the end of his term and plans to start a national radio program.<br /><br />Last year, Rogers had said he would not run for the U.S. Senate in Michigan this year, saying the best way for him to make a difference in Washington is staying in the House.<br /> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 11:05:38 +0000 The Associated Press 17014 at http://michiganradio.org US Rep. Mike Rogers won't seek re-election Michigan's congressional delegation supports U.S. sanctions on Russia over Crimea http://michiganradio.org/post/michigans-congressional-delegation-supports-us-sanctions-russia-over-crimea <p>Members of Michigan’s congressional delegation are hopeful that U.S. and European Union sanctions will put enough pressure on Russia to change what’s been happening in <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/03/16/290525623/crimeans-vote-on-splitting-from-ukraine-to-join-russia">Crimea.</a></p> Mon, 17 Mar 2014 17:15:32 +0000 Steve Carmody & The Associated Press 16877 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan's congressional delegation supports U.S. sanctions on Russia over Crimea A Michigan congressman is raising safety concerns about next month's Winter Olympics http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-congressman-raising-safety-concerns-about-next-months-winter-olympics <p>Members of Congress, including one from Michigan, say they have serious concerns about Americans' safety at next month's Olympics in Russia, and they want Moscow to cooperate more on security.<br /><br />Russian President Vladimir Putin has promised his country will do all it can to ensure a safe Olympics.<br /><br />The State Department has advised Americans planning to go that they should keep vigilant about security because of potential terrorist threats, crime and uncertain medical care.<br /> Mon, 20 Jan 2014 02:27:00 +0000 The Associated Press 16089 at http://michiganradio.org A Michigan congressman is raising safety concerns about next month's Winter Olympics Levin, Rogers: Washington dysfunction reflects "fundamental rift" http://michiganradio.org/post/levin-rogers-washington-dysfunction-reflects-fundamental-rift <p>Two Michigan Congressmen say Washington has some serious problems—and things aren’t likely to get better any time soon.</p><p>Democrat Sander Levin and Republican Mike Rogers talked about the current state of national politics at the Detroit Economic Club Monday.</p><p>Rogers said stark ideological divides and constant pressure from “third party outside political groups” to toe a hard line amount to “a recipe for bad governance in the next few years.”</p><p>But Rogers said it isn’t just Congress. He thinks there’s a “fundamental rift in America today.”</p> Tue, 05 Nov 2013 03:28:52 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 15130 at http://michiganradio.org Levin, Rogers: Washington dysfunction reflects "fundamental rift" Michigan's congressional delegation divided on government shutdown/debt ceiling vote http://michiganradio.org/post/michigans-congressional-delegation-divided-government-shutdowndebt-ceiling-vote <p></p><p>Last night&rsquo;s vote to end the federal government shutdown and raise the debt ceiling divided Michigan&rsquo;s Republican congress.</p><p>The legislation reopens the government through Jan. 15<sup>th</sup> and permits the U.S. Treasury to borrow normally through Feb. 7<sup>th</sup> or perhaps a month longer.<br />&nbsp;</p><p>Congress faced a midnight deadline Thursday. That&#39;s when U.S. Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew had said the government would reach the current $16.7 trillion debt limit and could no longer borrow to meet its obligations.</p> Thu, 17 Oct 2013 03:41:48 +0000 Steve Carmody 14870 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan's congressional delegation divided on government shutdown/debt ceiling vote What you should know about shopping for health care online in Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/what-you-should-know-about-shopping-health-care-online-michigan <p>Today is the first day people can shop for health care plans at <a href="http://www.healthcare.gov/">healthcare.gov</a>.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">There are 73 health plans available on the exchange. These plans were approved by the federal and state governments.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Over the next six months, residents can enroll in the program. More from the Associated Press:</span></p> Tue, 01 Oct 2013 16:34:27 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 14659 at http://michiganradio.org What you should know about shopping for health care online in Michigan Michigan congressman defends US spying agencies http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-congressman-defends-us-spying-agencies <p>The Michigan congressman who heads the House Intelligence committee won't comment on new complaints about alleged U.S. spying.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>France and Germany are angry at reports the U.S. bugged the offices of the European Union.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The allegations are tied to the recent leaks from a former National Security Agency staffer.</p><p></p><p>Brighton Congressman Mike Rogers chairs the House Intelligence committee.&nbsp;&nbsp; He says he cannot comment on “any ongoing operation," but he defends the collection of military and other intelligence overseas.</p> Mon, 01 Jul 2013 19:50:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 13319 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan congressman defends US spying agencies Campaign trails wait as candidates get social http://michiganradio.org/post/campaign-trails-wait-candidates-get-social <p>This week on <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/topic/its-just-politics"><em>It's Just Politics</em></a>, it's all about the art of the campaign announcement.</p><p>This morning Congressman<a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/term/mike-rogers"> Mike Rogers</a> surprised no one when he told the world, or, at least, the state of Michigan, that he <a href="http://www.freep.com/article/20130614/NEWS06/306140068/mike-rogers-brighton-senate-u-s-house-of-representatives">will not be a candidate</a> to fill the U.S. Senate vacancy created by the <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/isnt-another-levin-retrospective-were-talking-political-implications-his-retirement">retirement of Carl Levin</a> in 2014. Rogers says he has too much on his plate as the chair of the House Intelligence Committee. And, there’s truth to that: Syria, Iran, and North Korea, not to mention the renewed scrutiny over how the U.S. gathers intelligence. &nbsp;A very competitive U.S. doesn’t fit well with those big responsibilities.</p><p>We should point out Mike Rogers could not do that job if he didn’t live in the safely Republican 8th Congressional District, nicely drawn for him courtesy of the Michigan Legislature’s GOP majorities. Rogers hasn’t had a tough race since his first congressional race in 2000. That race against Democrat Dianne Byrum a dozen years ago was one of the closest in the country. But that’s not a problem for Rogers anymore. He probably has this seat for as long as he wants it.</p><p>Rogers let us know his plans via e-mail, which is how it’s done these days. Earlier this month, Republican Terri Lynn Land announced her U.S. Senate plans (<a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/terri-lynn-land-joins-race-us-senate">she’s in</a>) on Twitter. And, former-Michigan Congressman Mark Schauer <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/stateside-thursday-may-30th-2013">did the same thing</a>; filed his papers to run for Governor as a Democrat and, then, Tweeted it. Fri, 14 Jun 2013 18:22:12 +0000 Zoe Clark & Rick Pluta 13061 at http://michiganradio.org Campaign trails wait as candidates get social This week in Michigan politics: Medicaid expansion, immigration reform, race for U.S. Senate seat http://michiganradio.org/post/week-michigan-politics-medicaid-expansion-immigration-reform-race-us-senate-seat <p>This week in Michigan politics, Jack Lessenberry and Kyle Norris discuss <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/whats-happening-medicaid-michigan">Medicaid expansion</a> in Michigan, <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/report-identifies-potential-economic-benefits-immigration-reform-michigan">immigration reform</a> and how it could affect struggling Michigan cities, and the race for Senator Carl Levin’s <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/commentary-land-senate">seat in the U.S. Senate</a>.</p><p> Wed, 12 Jun 2013 13:45:26 +0000 Jack Lessenberry, Kyle Norris & Michigan Radio Newsroom 13011 at http://michiganradio.org This week in Michigan politics: Medicaid expansion, immigration reform, race for U.S. Senate seat Commentary: Land for Senate? http://michiganradio.org/post/commentary-land-senate <p>Ever since U.S. Senator Carl Levin announced three months ago that he wouldn't seek another term next year, most Michigan Republicans have been waiting for Godot.</p><p>Except in this case, Godot is Brighton area Congressmen Mike Rogers, who most GOP leaders felt would be their strongest candidate. Rogers has been unable or unwilling to decide, however, and it seems increasingly unlikely that he will run.</p><p>He has a safe seat in Congress and a powerful and prestigious position as chair of the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.</p><p>Giving all that up for a risky run for a seat in a state where Democrats usually win U.S. Senate contests might not seem that appealing. But I’ve never felt Rogers was the Republicans' strongest potential candidate. I think their best chance to win is the woman who announced her candidacy this week, Terri Lynn Land.</p><p> Wed, 05 Jun 2013 12:41:43 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 12886 at http://michiganradio.org Commentary: Land for Senate? The week in Michigan politics: Merit Curriculum, Buena Vista, Rogers and FBI, flooding disaster http://michiganradio.org/post/week-michigan-politics-merit-curriculum-buena-vista-rogers-and-fbi-flooding-disaster <p>This week in Michigan politics, Christina Shockley and Jack Lessenberry discuss possible changes to the Michigan Merit Curriculum, finances and teacher layoffs at <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-school-district-out-money-closes-doors-today">Buena Vista </a>schools, the possibility of Michigan Representative Mike Rogers being the <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/fbi-agents-want-michigan-congressman-be-bureau-director">next FBI director,</a> and Governor Rick Snyder's declaring that nearly a quarter of Michigan is in a state of<a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/snyder-declares-flood-related-emergency-19-counties"> disaster </a>from flooding.</p><p> Wed, 08 May 2013 12:20:13 +0000 Jack Lessenberry, Christina Shockley & Emily Fox 12468 at http://michiganradio.org The week in Michigan politics: Merit Curriculum, Buena Vista, Rogers and FBI, flooding disaster In this morning's news: MI Rep might join FBI, Palisades leaks into Lake MI, Detroit showing promise http://michiganradio.org/post/mornings-news-mi-rep-might-join-fbi-palisades-leaks-lake-mi-detroit-showing-promise <p><strong>Michigan Rep. Mike Rogers candidate for FBI director</strong></p><p>A group representing FBI agents and retirees says it wants Michigan Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Brighton) to be the <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/fbi-agents-want-michigan-congressman-be-bureau-director">next FBI director</a>. Rogers worked as an FBI agent before being elected to the Michigan Senate. He was later elected to Congress.</p><p><strong>Seventy-nine gallons of radioactive water in Lake Michigan</strong></p><p>The Palisades Nuclear Plant shut down yesterday after a release of slightly radioactive water into Lake Michigan.&nbsp; Seventy-nine gallons drained into Lake Michigan near South Haven on Saturday.</p><p>"The agency does not know exactly how radioactive the water was, but based on general knowledge of where the water came from there is no risk to public safety," <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/palisades-shutdown-comes-after-assumed-unplanned-release-radioactive-water-lake-michigan">reports</a> Michigan Radio's Lindsey Smith.</p><p><strong>U.S. Education Secretary finds promise in Detroit</strong></p><p>Yesterday U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan and Governor Rick Snyder visited public schools in Detroit and a school in the state’s Education Achievement Authority. The EAA is a controversial entity meant to turn around some of the state’s worst public schools.</p><p>"US Education Secretary Arne Duncan says he’s “very encouraged” by improvements he’s seen in Detroit schools."&nbsp; <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/us-education-secretary-snyder-tour-eaa-and-dps-schools">reports</a> Michigan Radio's Jake Neher.</p><p> Tue, 07 May 2013 11:27:36 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 12442 at http://michiganradio.org In this morning's news: MI Rep might join FBI, Palisades leaks into Lake MI, Detroit showing promise FBI agents want Michigan congressman to be bureau director http://michiganradio.org/post/fbi-agents-want-michigan-congressman-be-bureau-director <p>WASHINGTON (AP) - A group representing FBI agents and retirees says it wants President Barack Obama to make Michigan Rep. Mike Rogers the next FBI director.<br><br>The Brighton Republican worked as an FBI agent before being elected to the Michigan Senate and later to Congress. Rogers is considering whether to run for the U.S. Senate seat opening with Democrat Carl Levin's retirement.<br><br>The FBI Agents Association on Monday endorsed Rogers to replace FBI Director Robert Mueller, whose 10-year term was extended by Congress for 2 years and ends in September.<br> Tue, 07 May 2013 01:23:30 +0000 The Associated Press 12440 at http://michiganradio.org FBI agents want Michigan congressman to be bureau director Commentary: Peters runs for Senate http://michiganradio.org/post/commentary-peters-runs-senate <p></p><p>For many years, it was far more common for Democrats to have brawling, bruising primary fights than Republicans.</p><p>The Democratic Party, after all, was a coalition of sometimes very different factions – African-Americans and Jews; labor and ethnic groups; factory workers and elegant, highly educated liberals in places like Ann Arbor.</p><p>They often had little in common except the fact that they were all more opposed to the Republicans.</p><p>Republicans, on the other hand, were more homogenous, more like an extended family that was largely business-oriented, largely white Protestant, and didn’t like fighting in public.</p><p>They even used to have what they called the Eleventh Commandment: “Thou shalt not speak ill of another Republican.” Well, times have changed.</p><p> Thu, 02 May 2013 12:58:35 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 12377 at http://michiganradio.org Commentary: Peters runs for Senate In this morning's news: Detroit and possible EM, Rogers considers run for Senate, Maple Syrup Month http://michiganradio.org/post/mornings-news-detroit-and-possible-em-rogers-considers-run-senate-maple-syrup-month <p><strong>Detroit has one more day to avoid an emergency manager </strong></p><p>"The Detroit city council has one more day to put the final touches to its arguments to avert a state takeover. An appeal hearing is scheduled for tomorrow before a state treasury official, who will forward a recommendation to Governor Rick Snyder," Rick Pluta reports.</p><p><strong>Mike Rogers considers running for Levin's Senate seat</strong></p><p>"Republican U.S. House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers says he's seriously considering running for the Michigan U.S. Senate seat that Democrat Carl Levin is vacating next year. The 78-year-old Levin announced Thursday that he wouldn't run again when his current term expires in 2014," the Associated Press reports.</p><p><strong>Snyder announces March as "Michigan Maple Syrup Month"</strong></p><p>"Gov. Rick Snyder has declared March "Michigan Maple Syrup Month" in honor of the industry's contribution to the state economy. According to the state, Michigan ranks seventh in the U.S. with an average yearly maple syrup production of about 100,000 gallons," the Associated Press reports.</p><p> Mon, 11 Mar 2013 11:55:22 +0000 Emily Fox 11619 at http://michiganradio.org In this morning's news: Detroit and possible EM, Rogers considers run for Senate, Maple Syrup Month