2012 election

Politics & Government
3:23 pm
Wed May 1, 2013

Michigan restriction on presidential candidates OK

Gary Johnson sued after he was kept off the Michigan ballot last November.
Gary Johnson

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - A federal appeals court has no problem with a Michigan law that bars a presidential candidate from running in the general election after losing in the primary for another political party.

The lawsuit was filed by the Libertarian Party after the secretary of state kept Gary Johnson off the ballot last fall. He'd lost earlier in 2012 as a candidate in Michigan's Republican Party primary.

A three-judge panel at the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati said Wednesday that Michigan's law is constitutional.

The ruling affirms an earlier decision by Detroit federal Judge Paul Borman.

Election 2012
4:39 pm
Wed November 7, 2012

Stateside: What the election results mean for Michigan

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The election results are in and Americans are now looking at our country’s future.

To better understand what last night’s results mean for Michigan, Cyndy spoke with Rick Pluta, the Lansing Bureau Chief for the Michigan Public Radio Network and Bill Ballenger, Editor and Publisher of Inside Michigan Politics.

Ballenger began by addressing the automotive bailout’s effect on Romney and his Michigan campaign. According to Ballenger, his position on the bailout was only part of the reason he failed to win the state.

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Politics & Government
11:31 am
Wed November 7, 2012

Commentary: Ballot proposal downfall

You have to wonder what Ambassador Bridge owner Matty Moroun thought, when it was clear the proposed constitutional amendment he designed to protect his monopoly was going down to a stunning defeat.

Moroun spent at least $33 million trying to get voters to say yes to his Proposal 6, which would have required a statewide vote before any new bridge or tunnel was built between Michigan and Canada. First, he paid to have the signatures collected.

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Politics & Government
8:17 am
Wed November 7, 2012

The week in Michigan politics

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We have a special "Week in Michigan politics."

Morning Edition host Christina Shockley talks with political analyst Jack Lessenberry about the election results.

They talk about Obama's victory in the state, who won the Congressional races, how voters rejected all ballot proposals and much more.

Politics & Government
11:53 am
Tue November 6, 2012

Stateside: An election nearing its end

As the votes rush in, Jack Lessenberry and Daniel Howes provide last-minute coverage

After today, it’s over.

The campaign commercials, the ballot proposal advertisements and social media bombardment will come to an end.

But first, Michigan Radio’s Jack Lessenberry and Daniel Howes of the Detroit News provided Stateside with  election coverage.

“I don’t think this election will be that close, I think Obama will win it by three points,” said Lessenberry.

To both Lessenberry and Howes, once the election is over the auto industry will become less heated of an issue.

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Politics & Government
11:07 am
Tue November 6, 2012

Stateside: A history of mudslinging

Without voice bubbles, it's hard to hear the mudslinging
John Trumbull

Do you think today’s political attack advertisements are venomous?

They are tame when compared to those used by Thomas Jefferson and John Adams in the 1800 election.

Gleaves Whitney, director of the Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies at Grand Valley State University, told Stateside that attack ads are in America’s blood.

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Politics & Government
5:12 pm
Mon November 5, 2012

Stateside: Addressing the political divide

The country's heightened sense of partisanship will be a lingering concern.
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The polarization of American politics has been widely documented through social media. Many citizens are now taking sides and filling their screens with voices that only reflect their own political opinions.

To investigate the effect this split will have on America’s political future, Cyndy spoke with John Bebo, the President and CEO of The Center for Michigan and Michigan Radio’s News Director, Vincent Duffy.

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Politics & Government
1:20 pm
Mon November 5, 2012

Commentary: Election scandals

Brian Banks has eight felony convictions on his record, for things like bad checks and credit card fraud.

His landlord had him evicted from a rental property in Harper Woods last week, saying he had written bad checks and not paid his rent. Additionally, he was evicted from a second home in that city and a court ordered him to pay a nearly $4,000 judgment.

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Investigative
7:00 am
Fri November 2, 2012

Truth Squad: 'Flagrant Foul' and 'No Foul' on Prop 5 ads

Political ads are filling the airwaves, but it’s not always easy to know what is true and what is not.

Michigan Watch has teamed up with the Center for Michigan’s Truth Squad to sort it out.

Today we look at Proposal 5 ads. That’s the proposal requiring a two-thirds majority of the legislature or a vote of the people for any state tax increase.

We’re going to start out with the proponents of Proposal 5, the Michigan Alliance for Prosperity. They want you to vote ‘yes.’

John Bebow and the Truth Squad reviewed several radio ads the group is running.

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Politics & Government
4:47 pm
Wed October 31, 2012

Stateside: Amidst tight race, candidates' interest in Michigan increases

Election Day is less than a week away and the race is tightening with intensity.

Filling Michigan residents’ televisions is a burst of campaign ads from both Governor Romney and President Obama.

To explain the stakes of the race in Michigan, Cyndy spoke with editor and publisher of "Inside Michigan Politics,” Bill Ballenger and Michigan Public Radio Network Lansing Chief, Rick Pluta.

The guests started by addressing where the race currently stands.

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Politics & Government
11:00 am
Wed October 31, 2012

What this election means for low-income families

Second-graders in Wayne County participate in mock-election
Jennifer Guerra Michigan Radio

After months of political rancor and over $2 billion raised, the 2012 presidential race is almost over. Yet with only six days left until Election Day, both Barack Obama and Mitt Romney have largely ignored the issue of poverty.

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Politics & Government
8:36 am
Wed October 31, 2012

Commentary: Halloween politics

First, the good news. A week from now, this election will be over. No more ads, no more lies, no more charges and counter-charges. Do you know one person who regrets that, or who isn’t heartily sick of the campaign at all levels, including the candidates?

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Politics & Government
7:00 am
Tue October 30, 2012

Proposal 5 pros and cons

Senate Chamber, Michigan State Capitol
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There are five proposed amendments to the Michigan Constitution on the ballot. One that could be a game changer for the State of Michigan is Proposal Five, the so-called "two-thirds" proposal. 

Proposal 5 seems pretty straightforward. Right now it takes a simple majority of the legislature to pass a tax increase. If passed, Proposal 5 would require a supermajority of two-thirds of the legislature or a vote of the people to pass a tax increase.

Those for Proposal 5

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Politics & Government
6:44 am
Thu October 25, 2012

In this morning's Michigan news headlines. . .

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Snyder says Prop 2 is not a referendum on right-to-work laws

"Governor Rick Snyder says if voters reject Proposal 2, that would not be an invitation to pass a right-to-work law in Michigan. Proposal 2 would guarantee collective bargaining rights in the state constitution, and call into question many of the state’s labor laws. Governor Snyder is urging a “no” vote on the proposal, but he has also asked the Legislature to stay away from right-to-work because it’s so controversial. Right-to-work laws forbid compulsory union membership as a condition of employment," Rick Pluta reports.

Political signs can now be displayed in bars

"Michigan bars and restaurants that serve alcohol can now add political signs to their décor. Since 1954 the Michigan Liquor Control Commission has had a rule that businesses with state liquor licenses could not post signs endorsing political candidates. Last week an Ann Arbor bar along with the ACLU filed suit challenging the ban," Steve Carmody reports.

Voting rights group will be on call on Election Day

"The Michigan Center for Election Law says it will be on call on Election Day. Volunteers will staff a hotline that voters can call if they experience problems casting a ballot. The phone number will be on yard signs outside most precincts. A member of the group says during the primary, some people called the hotline because clerks told them they couldn't vote without I.D. State law allows people to vote without I.D. if they fill out an affidavit," Tracy Samilton reports.

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Politics & Government
8:24 am
Wed October 24, 2012

Commentary: Should we have early voting?

If you are a politician, or promoting one of the ballot proposals and want to influence my vote, don’t waste your time.

I voted a week ago, by absentee ballot, even though I may be home on election day. I can do that because I am 60 years old. Hey, you should be able to get some benefit out of being 60.

But here’s the thing. Unless you are my age or older, you can’t legally get an absentee ballot, except in a very few cases, mostly if you know you are going to be in jail on election day, or out of town.

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Election 2012
8:34 pm
Fri October 5, 2012

Federal judge orders removal of citizenship checkbox on Michigan ballot

Ruth Johnson has faced criticism over the citizenship question on Michigan ballots this year.
user jdurham MorgueFile.com

DETROIT (AP) - A judge has told Michigan Secretary of State Ruth Johnson to remove citizenship check-off boxes from November ballot applications.

U.S. District Judge Paul Borman made the ruling Friday during a hearing in Detroit. A written decision is expected Tuesday.

Borman told Johnson the boxes that ask Michigan voters to confirm their U.S. citizenship slows the voting process, is confusing and is a burden on the right to vote.

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Politics & Government
7:00 am
Thu September 20, 2012

Muddying the Michigan Constitution?

Old Supreme Court chambers in the Michigan capitol.
Lester Graham Michigan Radio

You’ve got a lot to decide on election day. It’s not just who will be president, or elected to Congress or to the state legislature. There will be five state constitutional amendments. Some people are concerned about whether adding a lot of Constitutional amendments muddies a document that is designed to be a clear guide for the state.

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